virtualkyr

virtualkyr

Lives in United States AL, United States
Works as a Mechanical Engineer
Has a website at www.kyleroot.com
Joined on Jul 6, 2012
About me:

Engineer by day, wedding and event video guy on the weekends, and hobbyist photo dude at other times.

I also tutor math and play progressive rock, guitar and keyboards.

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On Linkedin announces lynda.com acquisition article (28 comments in total)

Curious to see what will happen with the two sites.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 10, 2015 at 01:31 UTC as 15th comment
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)
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KrisAK: Is there no long-GOP option for 4K recording?

I understand the appeal of massive bit rates for certain workflows, but it would be nice to have the OPTION to shoot in a more storage-friendly format. (And 4K XAVC-S footage certainly looks nice.)

I'll say, I was impressed with details I could recover on Sony a7s HD footage shot in XAVC-s at 50 mbps. A very nice user friendly codec based on my experience.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:11 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)
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virtualkyr: Man I dunno... the Sony AX100 for $1,700 still seems like the better deal in terms of video cameras and ergonomics for running full manual.

Having one button access to the iris, shutter, and gain on the AX100, plus a handy switch for the NDs is really nice.

Right if you need the XLR inputs and don't need 4K, the X70 is the way to go.

It looks like the 4K upgrade to the X70 isn't scheduled to come until June which is still a bit off.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 19:10 UTC
On Canon XC10: What you need to know article (230 comments in total)

Man I dunno... the Sony AX100 for $1,700 still seems like the better deal in terms of video cameras and ergonomics for running full manual.

Having one button access to the iris, shutter, and gain on the AX100, plus a handy switch for the NDs is really nice.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2015 at 17:12 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1054 comments in total)
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Aur: Nikon HQ

Nikon engineer: "We can increase video to 4k, add in USB 3.0 chip, give the screen tilt, make a lighter carbon frame, add.."

CEO: "no no no, that will require actual work, just add 18 shots to the buffer size and call it a day, our customers are stupid, they'll think it's all new hardware"

Nikon engineer: "But our DSLR sales have dropped by 30% in the l.."

CEO: "la la la, I can't hear you"

Yeah I'm with you on that. Buying multiple sets of F2.8 glass for different bodies so you can take advantage of the body features does get expensive.

In order for Nikon to hit a home run on video, they'd need to implement the popular focus peaking feature and also add more flip screen action. Of course 4K is a given. Gotta have it.

4K TVs are dropping in price every month it seems. 50" 4K TV's are now less than $1,000 which is pretty incredible. My current 55" HD TV I paid $1,800 for 6 years ago. Now, I can get basically the same size in 4K for 1/2 price just about. Crazy!

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 03:21 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1054 comments in total)
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virtualkyr: From a stills perspective - the D7200 is an awesome camera, and a likely good upgrade from my D90.

However, I believe Nikon has really missed a great opportunity to attract video shooters by not incorporating some 4K into this one. They really would have done something Canon hasn't done yet and provide a larger sensor alternative with better low light performance and DR than the Panasonic GH4.

We have both the GH4 and A7s in our arsenal, but I have a lot of nice Nikon glass, and would much prefer to have a matching Nikon body to attach it to.

That's the point I was making. Nikon is really touting the video capabilities of their cameras. It would have been nice if they would have entered into the 4K arena. If done properly of course, and not like the initial D90 video implementation.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 19:51 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1054 comments in total)
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virtualkyr: From a stills perspective - the D7200 is an awesome camera, and a likely good upgrade from my D90.

However, I believe Nikon has really missed a great opportunity to attract video shooters by not incorporating some 4K into this one. They really would have done something Canon hasn't done yet and provide a larger sensor alternative with better low light performance and DR than the Panasonic GH4.

Once you start thinking creatively and using large chip cameras to your advantage, it's very hard to go back to regular camcorders.

I use both for weddings, and you just can't beat the Shallow DOF you get from a larger sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 15:11 UTC
On Nikon D7200 First Impressions Review preview (1054 comments in total)

From a stills perspective - the D7200 is an awesome camera, and a likely good upgrade from my D90.

However, I believe Nikon has really missed a great opportunity to attract video shooters by not incorporating some 4K into this one. They really would have done something Canon hasn't done yet and provide a larger sensor alternative with better low light performance and DR than the Panasonic GH4.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 14:59 UTC as 190th comment | 11 replies
On A closer look at the Nikon Coolpix P900 megazoom article (191 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: I would prefer the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 superzoom with larger 1" sensor and 4K UHD 2160p video for $130 more.

I'm with you on that.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 14:52 UTC
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virtualkyr: $1,999 ain't bad.

I'll probably hold out for a refurb. lol

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 21:09 UTC

$1,999 ain't bad.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 02:16 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies
On GoPro announces Hero4 lineup article (110 comments in total)

I've really enjoyed my Hero2 for timelapses at weddings and in some cases, on stage work when lighting is good. This new 4 looks like a worthy upgrade.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2014 at 15:24 UTC as 18th comment
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
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brownie314: This is supposed to be a video oriented body? What? I get that it has good (not great) stills prowess. But Nikon is still in 2009 with video. Note to Nikon: take a look at recent releases from Panasonic and Sony (and even Canon) to figure out where video is in 2014. Maybe even try to hire some of their engineers if you can't figure it out.

Proper camcorders do not give you the shallow DOF that many find desirable for creative purposes when shooting video due to their small sensor size.

I can get decent bokeh out of my Sony NX5 - if I'm shooting at 600mm and am very far away from my subject, and my subject is very far away from the background. lol

This kind of gives you the best of both worlds in one package.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 20:14 UTC

We had a lot of cloud cover where I live in the southern US,those 2 days and I went out to shoot in hopes of them breaking... no luck. Maybe next time! great pix thanks for sharing!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2013 at 13:19 UTC as 16th comment
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