pgb

pgb

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Video editor / Technical Director
Joined on Sep 7, 2003
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Take more photos and switch off the computer.

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On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (417 comments in total)
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Mark Turney: Well, we live in an analog universe so it's no wonder to me why digital tends to "feel" wrong. But I'm also not sure that going back to a old technology is the answer, especially considering that Kodak digitizes the film from what I understand, looping us right back to that which we seek to avoid.

Anyway .... just some food for thought 💭

This is a digital sensor but when and if it becomes a commercial reality remains to be seen. DR would only be limited by how many photons it could count over time.
https://petapixel.com/2015/10/12/cmos-inventor-working-on-gigapixel-sensor-that-can-detect-single-photons/

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 06:32 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (417 comments in total)
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Mark Turney: Well, we live in an analog universe so it's no wonder to me why digital tends to "feel" wrong. But I'm also not sure that going back to a old technology is the answer, especially considering that Kodak digitizes the film from what I understand, looping us right back to that which we seek to avoid.

Anyway .... just some food for thought 💭

but sensors are analogue devices.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 18:29 UTC
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (417 comments in total)
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joel avery: <sigh> Thought the headline meant Kodak was releasing an 8k video cam. That would've truly been a Super-8.

What would 8mm resolution be? Lets be optimistic and say 35mm is 5k and 8mm has a 6mm frame.
6mm / 36mm x 5000 = 833 pixels, a bit more than standard def, 720px. Of course there is the film look to offset this.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 18:22 UTC
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AlanG: I see the heart of the innovation being the control dial that makes using a stylus more efficient. With that being part of the operating system and programs I would expect to see similar products from other manufacturers before long. Why not 10"- 20" tablets that works this way on their own, but that can also be linked to another monitor?

I wonder how many dials it can support ?

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 18:48 UTC

It would be good for controlling an audio mixer etc, lots of other applications beyond graphics.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 01:03 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Modern Mirrorless: Canon EOS M5 Review (1597 comments in total)
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rfsIII: If a camera doesn't offer waveform monitors and RGB parade for video in this day and age it is a total fail and not worth anyone's time.

Does it have a histogram, how do you expose for video?

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 21:19 UTC
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sawks1: So far i'm quite impressed with it especially for £29.99 and yes there are a few laggy moments but to be honest i have also experienced issues with photoshop. There are several things i like such as de-hazing and how you can jump back and forwards from the photo persona i.e the photoshop part and the raw developing part so easily. It also allows plugins though not sure how many of them are compatible Googles Nik collection seems to be so far. Over all not a bad fully featured raw processor and editing software for the price.

Just got the Win version, it looks like a great set of tools. The 3D transforms are far more realistic since it's built on a more contemporary foundation than PS.

It seems quite responsive on a 2010 quad core i5 Dell laptop so it should be fast on my desktop. Imagine what v3 of this will look like, well worth supporting.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2016 at 10:09 UTC
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Reactive: It's astonishing how that silly little rotting apple logo still controls the foolish. I showed my daughter [14, owns a very thin Toshiba Windows 10 laptop] this new MacBook. Naturally as soon as she saw the logo she thought it was a dream machine... until I told her what it didn't do (SD cards, USB sticks) and then the funniest bit, the price... at least triple the cost of her Toshiba. "Oh, that's just really stupid," was all she said, and wandered off.

Apple, their a byte short.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2016 at 16:28 UTC
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AlanG: For quite a while it has been clear that maximizing profits is Apple's goal and the needs of creative professionals is not a priority. By comparison, it took a while but Microsoft's Surface Studio indicates that Microsoft now wants to fill that role and is more than capable enough to do it.

Xero, USB3 is 5000mbps, Prores HQ HD, a high end mastering format is 220mbps. For UHD x4 = 880mbps, there's still plenty of headroom there for USB3 in post.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 00:44 UTC
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chadley_chad: I went on Macrumours earlier, out of interest, because I know whatever Apple do, their loyal isheep will follow. Thing is, I don't think I've ever seen so many complaints about Apple!

For me, my 3ghz i7 iMac seems to get slower and slower with every new OS update - not that I wanted to update; but Apple forced me to when I bought a new iPod touch as it was only compatible with their new crappy OS! The OS on the iPod was also so bad, I sold it for £100, loosing a cool £129 in 2 weeks ... But I didn't care ... The latest iTunes has to be the biggest pile of crap ever written.

My iPad is also getting slower and slower; and as for my phone; well, I switch to Samsung a long while back and never looked back!

Apple is heading for a hard fall; and you know what, I have no pity ... Their arrogance and inability to bring good new products to the table, at good prices, and listen to their customers is shocking!

It's surprising what happened to iTunes from being a very clean and novel app to something that looks like shareware designed by a committee. The older versions left Windows media in the dust. Win didn't stray off the path, they never found it and that's coming from a Win user, not devotee, just a user. It's hard to believe someone inside Apple can't see this.

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 09:00 UTC
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ABM Barry: Q/ Why did Bad-Apple drop the card slot?
A/ The usual reason: They worship $$$$$ and couldn't care less about loyal customers.

You would think such a wealthy company would throw their customers a bone occasionally, pure greed but the brainwashing is starting to wear off as their customers age.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 19:08 UTC
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Mark K: I love Apple products...every thing they made from MacBook to PowerMac..but this change, omitting all SD, USBs....is simply a suicidal attempt. Maybe most of Mac Users are not serious photographers after all.

Since most devices, eg a mouse, memory stick, power charger, mechanical drive can't use more than USB 3 or 3.1 speeds, providing a couple of usb3 and two usbc would have kept everyone happy. They probably couldn't physically fit type A connectors into the starbuck pro's reduced height. With 10% of the market Apple is not going to define the future as some Apple enthusiasts imagine.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 18:49 UTC
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BadScience: for the first time I can remember, Apple users (such as myself) are utterly dismissive of new apple computers.

Big computer companies have come and gone, almost in a blink.

Apple have messed this up, in a big way. They MUST either consider what their computer users want, and provide that; or leave the computer business and concentrate on phones and tablets.

2nd time, don't forget the new Macpro with its rats nest of cables.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 23:58 UTC
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eyeport: Whoever came up with this new apple mbp design (port removal) should be fired. Terrible taste and simply makes this machine unlikeable. It shows how incapable the decision makers are at Apple.

Apple is no longer the leader. Just look at the keynote and also MS product launch event, Apple used to claim their products were the best but now only claim that this is the best MacBook/iphone/whatever ever made instead of the best in the market. Yes that best in the market phase is now being used by MS.

Apple had some beautiful ideas and products but nothing really inspiring after Jobs I am sorry to say. It was once a leader and now a follower.

dark goob, not quite 4 full pcie slots. A pcie 3 lane is 8gbs, x 16 lanes is 128gbs, per slot. USBc is 40gbs using .5m cables, 20gbs with 1m cables. For most uses this wouldn't matter but gpus are usually 16 lane devices.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 23:39 UTC
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nicoboston: "One, it’s a bit of a cumbersome slot. You've got this thing sticking halfway out."

Here is what Apple suggests to replace the cumbersome slot. The picture is from their website.

Sigh.

http://store.storeimages.cdn-apple.com/4973/as-images.apple.com/is/image/AppleInc/aos/published/images/H/KR/HKR62/HKR62_AV4?wid=2000&hei=2000&fmt=jpeg&qlt=80&op_sharpen=0&resMode=bicub&op_usm=0.5%2C0.5%2C0%2C0&iccEmbed=0&layer=comp&.v=1477428460359

That thing looks like the ideal design to break off or cause damage to the computer. Considering the potential revenue for Apple they should be included for free.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 21:01 UTC
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rufusrm44: why would a pc user be bothered by what apple produces? unless that same pc user secretly wants an apple but can't justify the cost... (hence why he's a pc user in the first place).

so to attack a product that they wouldn't buy anyways, seems a bit bizarre. I use a mac 11" right now and it satisfies my needs, so when it doesn't, I shop around. I couldn't care one bit what M$ makes because I'm not going to buy something I don't need.

but lets all be honest here, switching between OS's is a reasonably big deal, so this is more about needing to prop up your choice of OS so as not to feel like you made a bad decision...

on another note of cost justifications, why would anyone spend $6000 for a full frame camera? all cameras take pictures, right? oh, there's some specific reasons that only you can rationalize for the cost justification...right? good for you. I have no qualms with that... does anyone?

I think it's more that PC users are sick of all the lies and deception from the Apple brainwashing machine, pC s always crash, Bill Gates is the devil when in fact the opposite proved to be true, etc etc and they feel the need to reply and hopefully give others alternatives especially now that Apple is exiting from the high end market.

In fact the 2013 trashcan was as good as or better than PC prices for the performance, so cost isn't an issue.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 20:47 UTC
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ZJ24: 2019: "We felt that by getting rid of the screen and keyboard from the new MacBook Pro that a new level of industrial aesthetic could be achieved ... It's invisible from side on now ..." **raucous launch applause**

For some it's invisible from all sides now.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 20:15 UTC
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John Gellings: Bad for those who use SD, non issue for everyone else. I use SD, but I'll survive. I'll just get a hub that has both USB ports and SD card reader. Not ideal, but oh well.

Include consumer and semi pro video cameras in everyone else. Data volumes are far greater too.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:58 UTC
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PieterB: yeah no point. Apple users love adapaters since Apple seems to change their ports every few years. Bought a nice fast Thunderbolt drive? Bad luck. Buy an adapter.

Want to connect your new Iphone to your spanking new Macbook Pro. Buy an adapter.
Want to connect your nice headphones to your new Iphone 7. Use an adapter (supplied with the Iphone 7).
Use your older usb-3 hard-drive. Buy an adapter.

Of course USB-C is really good but it would be nice to connect any peripheral without using an adapter.
Want to connect an external screen, yup. Buy an adapter.

If adapters turn you on, buy an Apple device.
There is one plus side. USB-C is not Apple proprietary so they can't charge patent-fees.

How does Airdrop go when transferring 20GB while continuing to shoot ? Of course that's something only a pro would do.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:41 UTC
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wilsonlaidlaw: Pro cameras are gradually switching from CF to SD. Now that UIII SDXC cards are available to sizes of 1TB and very high read/write speeds, the requirements for the larger CF cards is disappearing. Leaving out the SD card reader from the new MBP is a mistake but Apple is unlikely either to recognise this or admit it. Just like putting only 4 USB-C ports is also an error, meaning we have to go back 10 years and carry a selection of dongles. I cannot think of any new Mac which has caused more anger amongst people who generally are fans of all new Apple devices.

The `function follows form' Macpro Trashcan alienated a lot of users too and still does. Fortunately HP has been filling the gap for a long while, 44 cores / 88 threads for not that much more and it's user upgradeable.
Another pro feature was digital audio from the dual function 3.5mm jack, pure innovation, gone. This new Starbuck pro looks pretty cool too.
Apple is moving from content creators to content consumers, there's far more profit in it. Macs are 10% of sales, higher end users would account for possibly 1% of revenue. Their simply not worth the time and investment unlike disposable phones and watches.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 19:07 UTC
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