pgb

pgb

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Video editor / Technical Director
Joined on Sep 7, 2003
About me:

Take more photos and switch off the computer.

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cdembrey: Android phone already outsell iPhones—why would Apple do anything to cut iPhone sales?? Short answer is that they wouldn't.

Apple fought the FBI in the past. Why would they now sell-out to them now?? @Brian Hedrick said: " They may have patented it for the sole purpose of PREVENTING it from being implemented." Sounds about right to me.

Lots of paranoia among the Apple HATERS.

Maybe the FBI are funding this. Maybe MS receive a payment for every free download of Win 10 with it's new `phone home' features.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2016 at 21:02 UTC
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gehairing: Why didn't you made the tests on an intermediate "gray" theme ?
For those who find white too white and/or black too black. :)
You've probably tried or discussed this option ?

I think white on 15% grey is the best of both worlds. I prefer black but it's a little too contrasty, any chance of a third option ?

Link | Posted on Jun 24, 2016 at 21:45 UTC
On article Patents hint at camera on future Apple Watch (34 comments in total)
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noflashplease: Expect women to start waxing their hairy forearms if Apple puts a selfie camera into the Apple Watch. Men as well, probably.

The real problem with the Apple Watch is that it isn't a very good watch. Like almost every smart watch, it's horribly unattractive and phenomenally inconvenient to have to charge it so frequently. A selfie camera is not the solution to any problem, except how to service an increasingly narcissistic society.

It could be used as an expensive mirror. Didn't Dick Tracy have a camera in his watch ?

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 10:05 UTC
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (155 comments in total)
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D3stroyah: unfortunately many people writing down there have no idea of what we're facing with VR and how the entertainment could change in a few years. So before commenting knowing so little i highly suggest you to:
-try a good 360 photo with a good headset (not a cardboard!)
-try a short movie VR like the last one from pixar or "henry". Also mind that google hired some movie directors just to study "how" build a good VR movie. You can youtube that too, it's very interesting.
-youtube "project tango" and watch some demonstrations
-youtube some VR reaction videos like "IGN reaction scary"
-lastly and hopefully, try yourself some good VR experience without judging too much the quality: this is just the tip of a new era, we are at the black and white VR, like the TV in the 60's.

Please don't read my comment as hostile, it's not. I just want to give VR the best possible "start" and the only way is having people talking after having tried it a while. Reading comparisons with 3d televisions hurts me

D3 what you say is true, you need to experience it before commenting.
I have just seen VR for the first time using a HTC headset with a 3D model of a sunken wreck. It was so strange the dis-embodied voice of the real guy standing next to me while being underwater.
Another model was standing on top of a tall building, I didn't want to go too near the edge and look over it. The experience was unique and amazing but I did feel dis-orientated after surfacing back to reality. Whoever can successfully transform the language of cinema into VR will make a fortune. TV didn't replace radio, I don't think this will replace cinema, they will co-exist but the future will tell.
Stereo audio, colour TV, Imax, stereo video, 5.1 sound, 4k are comparatively left in the dust. I was a VR sceptic a few hours ago but I can also see this technology becoming additive and isolating for some.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
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David Kinston: In our family there are 3 different recent Nikon cameras, from the D7200 to the D750. Tamron, Sigma and Tokina lenses as well as Nikon. Never any issues.

Plainly CANON is the problem! They like making life difficult for their competitors - and we photographers are the ones suffering.

Those new Sigma lenses must be getting a bit too good. Since these bodies still work with legacy Canon lenses the protocol can't have been changed or is backwards compatible, unless it sees a Sigma lens id.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 14:50 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (689 comments in total)
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Coyote_Cody: Most of us know that 4kHD is not terribly important, but why not the best-in-class 2kHD from a non Pro Canon DSLR ??

Except for some models (and not ML w/ Raw), Canon 2kHD (1080p) is really good 720p video, as good as any !!

So Canon really, why not class leading 2kHD if no 4kHD , afterall you started the whole DSLR video craze !!??

2048 x 1080 and 4096 x 2160 are the two digital
cinema standards for delivery. Either can carry any aspect ratio by padding with black top and bottom or on the sides in the case of HD 16x9. All the pixels are never used, it's a container that can be configured by the user but the standard aspect ratios are 2:35, 1:85 and 1:78 / 16x9. It's a carry over from 35mm
movie film, 4x3 where it was cropped to these aspects with the exception of anamorphic where the whole frame was used.
Your right it's not used domestically, UHD 3840 x 2160 is the 16x9 or TV version of 4K. I guess this is what you refer to as 4KHD ?
What are the pixel dimensions of 2KHD ? I haven't heard this term before, only 2K or HD.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 12:50 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (689 comments in total)
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Coyote_Cody: Most of us know that 4kHD is not terribly important, but why not the best-in-class 2kHD from a non Pro Canon DSLR ??

Except for some models (and not ML w/ Raw), Canon 2kHD (1080p) is really good 720p video, as good as any !!

So Canon really, why not class leading 2kHD if no 4kHD , afterall you started the whole DSLR video craze !!??

2k is 2048x1080, the DCI standard
HD 1920x1080
2K film scan is 2048 x 1532
2K film scan is 2048x 1536 with the frame bar

Link | Posted on May 6, 2016 at 04:38 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (689 comments in total)
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Gesture: Dynamic range lags behind the competition

Not by much, a little less than 1 stop, other things
offset this.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 21:19 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (689 comments in total)
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Coyote_Cody: Most of us know that 4kHD is not terribly important, but why not the best-in-class 2kHD from a non Pro Canon DSLR ??

Except for some models (and not ML w/ Raw), Canon 2kHD (1080p) is really good 720p video, as good as any !!

So Canon really, why not class leading 2kHD if no 4kHD , afterall you started the whole DSLR video craze !!??

I thought you were comparing the 80D which is
1080p to 2K?

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 11:26 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (689 comments in total)
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Coyote_Cody: Most of us know that 4kHD is not terribly important, but why not the best-in-class 2kHD from a non Pro Canon DSLR ??

Except for some models (and not ML w/ Raw), Canon 2kHD (1080p) is really good 720p video, as good as any !!

So Canon really, why not class leading 2kHD if no 4kHD , afterall you started the whole DSLR video craze !!??

With only 6% more pixels would anyone notice the
difference? Full raster 2K is aspect ratio 1.89:1, not a Hollywood or TV standard, how does this fit on a 16x9 TV, it would be need to be resized which is a lossy process for such a small resolution change resulting in letterboxing or black bars top and bottom and a smaller picture.
Same figures for 4K vs UHD.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 19:40 UTC
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wailsound: The real interesting thing about this is not the lack of a LCD but the insecurity of photographers with there own skills and abilities. So much reliance on the cameras automation that we have to check up on it so we can be sure we got the shot.

Wailsound, you have the best of both worlds, film,
digital and primes, enjoy. It always surprises me how
these old primes stand out from newer lenses, it's
not as simple as sharpness, it's something else ...

Link | Posted on May 1, 2016 at 20:12 UTC
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wailsound: The real interesting thing about this is not the lack of a LCD but the insecurity of photographers with there own skills and abilities. So much reliance on the cameras automation that we have to check up on it so we can be sure we got the shot.

But you don't have to chimp, you can turn it off or
ignore it. I assume you can turn the Leica LCD off.
My most expensive lens cost $A450 in 2006 and I use 40 year old primes. So maybe I'm not as stereotyped as you assume. For difficult light I use the histogram. If I was buying a Leica I would get the M262 with the option to check exposure.

Link | Posted on May 1, 2016 at 08:13 UTC
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wailsound: The real interesting thing about this is not the lack of a LCD but the insecurity of photographers with there own skills and abilities. So much reliance on the cameras automation that we have to check up on it so we can be sure we got the shot.

You would have to be very insecure to want to buy
this to show off how special or wealthy you are.
There's also the possibility you may be just very
technophobic with this newfangled digital tom foolery.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 21:28 UTC
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Marty4650: HOLY COW! I just saved $6,000!

I just discovered I can turn off the LCD screen of my Olympus EM5! All it takes is pushing that small button on the right side of the EVF housing. Push the button again, and the LCD screen comes back on!

This means I just saved $6,000, that I could use to buy a $2,500 300mm f/4.0 PRO lens, a $1,300 42.5mm f/1.2 lens, and still get a brand new Panasonic GX8 for the remaining $1,200!

Life is good! :)

Do you think Olympus have that patented and Leica
couldn't use it? Canon have very sneakily got around
it by having a `Review off' function in the setup menu but it's terribly confusing and distracting to use.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 21:11 UTC
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LWW: Maybe a sort off file format where you need to post your files off to a commercial enterprise, sort of like film, is likely?

Or you could simply post the card to yourself and
cut out the middleman.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2016 at 04:59 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (689 comments in total)
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Chris62: So.... we can say D80 is disappointing.

The newest model from the leading producer in this price should be equipped with BSI CMOS sensor (it could solve DR issue), 4k movies and photo mode to be competitive to Panasonic 4k cameras or Sony A6300, and should be ff/bf issues free.

Maybe next model will be better and meet the expectations ???

Two years old Samsung NX1 body beats this Canon in every aspect (except of system age lens & accessories offer and mirror difference of course )

For real world use I think they have solved the DR
issue. Pushing by 4 stops not 5, Iso 6400 vs 12k8, does it make that much difference ? The rest is fluff for amateurs.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2016 at 20:50 UTC
On article The Canon that can: Canon EOS 80D Review (689 comments in total)
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Alexdi: How is it the best camera site is saddled with the worst audience? It's just a constant stream of negativity and complaining. No appreciation for the article, none for the product, and not five thoughtful comments in fifty. If you're all this unpleasant IRL, I wouldn't want to spend a moment with any of you.

It is a good all rounder and Canon knows this.
For video being able to do focus pulls with different
speeds without all the follow focus crap is new. Having a smooth servo zoom option is new and not really possible before with a Dslr lens. The A6300 has worse HD video, so you need to shoot 4K and downconvert, then over heating is on the cards. No headphone socket as well, if I plug a good mic in I want to hear what's going on. No log profile, turn the contrast down for a flatter profile as we did with the
5D2.
The big step forward for canon is the new sensor, a stop or so worse for iso and shadow pushing, close enough for real world use, I can live with that. Then look at the vast range of lenses at various price points. Canon is the Toyota, when you add it all up it still makes sense for the majority and that's where the money is.
I'll wait till the price drops a bit, please nobody buy this so that happens sooner.

Link | Posted on Apr 27, 2016 at 21:16 UTC
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Joseph S Wisniewski: "The multiple perspectives captured mean you can generate 3D images or video from every shot at any desired parallax disparity"

Except that single point cameras are essentially useless for 3D video, because the occlusion is only correct from the single viewpoint. Moving the viewpoint means that you now need background that was blocked from the single viewpoint.

The end result is that the images look like bad automatic 3D conversions, until a skilled artist retouches all occluded areas.

but will a `limited area' be enough to forever change
film making.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 23:50 UTC
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stormycub: ...more work passed onto post-production, but will the budget follow too?? I think not!

OK, keying is comparatively easy compared to the rest of compositing and effect creation.
It's amazing the quality of keying these days even with digital mixers, UHD realtime. Different industry I know.
One guy who has always used Nuke showed me a plugin in After Effects that did rotoscoping. If he was impressed it must have been pretty good, he had a vested interest in it not working.
Surely DPR has bits and bytes wrong, hopefully this camera can run at 50fps too without the ability to change the shutter in post.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 23:20 UTC
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PeterOlsen: Looks very interesting. Exciting to see what it will bring in the future.

To me the insane data rates of the quoted 300 Gb/s look like a huge problem with present technology? I take it that the 300 Gb/s is before compression? Even with compression it seems an awful lot of data for shooting a whole movie. Even with the fastest commercial standards it would take a loooooong time to transfer from one medium to another and I dare not think about the time it would take to upload it to the servers. It would probably be faster to physically deliver the data :) I am not in the film/movie business so I don't know if there are any proprietary, non-commercial standards which are substantionally faster than USB3/Thunderbolt??

I hope somebody can enlighten me :)

Have a nice day.

Lets say their on location and they take the data truck with them, they plan to shoot 5 hours over the week.
5000TB would require 833 6TB drives, with no raid protection. Lets jam 200 drives into a full height rack, you need 4 racks, you should back that up, 8 racks.
We now need a small generator truck to power it and the air con.
Back at the post house we transfer it using the fibre optic server in the truck. At 1000MBs, 1300 hours later it's all done. No good, lets use 10 fibers and a military grade server, 130 hours.
Now transcode it to proxies so the editor can have a look. The camera has replaced the need for 4 cameras or 4 takes, better transcode the 4 angles.
People will say that it's not intended to replace main stream production, that's my point.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2016 at 21:54 UTC
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