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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On article Leica M10-P adds a touchscreen and removes the red dot (458 comments in total)
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Marty4650: Removing the red dot is a huge mistake.

Some people will pay thousands of dollars more for a red dot.

Does it come in the box so you can put it on your Sony.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2018 at 21:12 UTC
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(unknown member): I'm a huge BMD fan, but not at all an apple fan and my Resolve v14 runs fine on my 4 year old $3K Windows 7 PC.

Damian, I thought V14 was for Win10, any limitations using Win7?

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2018 at 23:32 UTC

They could have used trash can cases, there's probably lots sitting around.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2018 at 22:46 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
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Focus Shift Shooting: What I like about this is that software can mimic the effect of a high quality lens. This is just another nail in the coffin for DSLRs, and DSLR owners should welcome these things with open arms. I know that I do.

Every innovation that brings us closer to the time when a DSLR is no longer needed for high quality images is a day closer to the time when I won't need to carry a backpack of lenses around just to take pictures.

All that said, I find that bokeh is one of the most overused, lazy aspects of portraiture. It should be that the very first thing a photographer does is look around for a suitable background, and if one cannot be found then and only then open up the aperture. Oh well, looks like they can continue making blurry image backgrounds with massive amounts of negative space like they want to do. But for me, it just means that the technology of miniaturizing optics is moving forward and I welcome that.

You don't need to carry a backpack of lenses around to emulate a phone, just a modest zoom attached to the camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 18:24 UTC
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AminF: I have a fairly decent machine, including Windows OS on SSD and data files on an SSD, but DaVinci gives me very poor playback. It struggles and audio/video don't seem in sync.

Premiere Pro, Hitfilm - even Camtasia! - don't have that problem on the same machine with the same clip from the same location. I've just uninstalled this.

Resolve needs a reasonable GPU that are now not expensive. There's also proxy workflows that make it future proof.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 16:33 UTC
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Reactive: How nice to see a manufacturer selling (not renting) their flagship software.

Not only selling but the free version is good enough for 90% of users, then again they really deserve the $300.

This is mega having effects integrated. Effects were a weak point in Resolve.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 16:30 UTC
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Horshack: This sounds like Apple's response to Sony's X-OCN, which was introduced just before last year's NAB. Sony gave a detailed presentation on X-OCN at last year's NAB, which I found useful. I don't think Apple goes to NAB so not sure if this will be presented there next week.

Here's some info on X-OCN:
http://zsyst.com/2016/12/sony-x-ocn-sample-footage/

Red's codec has been compressed raw from the beginning and Blackmagic offers this option as well.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 20:39 UTC
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digiart: Great, but it's a shame that probably 99% of the people will see little benefit in picture quality because most broadcasters use too much compression. They almost always choose to cram more channels instead of fewer channels but better quality. Many don't even offer true 1080 HD quality!

Whenever they transmit a film or progressive source the 1080i is now PSF. PSF is not a separate physical standard but simply means that 1080i is now carrying progressive. In standard def days when a film was telecined it didn't become interlaced, with all the issues despite being recorded on an interlaced format. It couldn't as it was only shot at 24fps not 50 or 60 fields.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 21:14 UTC
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digiart: Great, but it's a shame that probably 99% of the people will see little benefit in picture quality because most broadcasters use too much compression. They almost always choose to cram more channels instead of fewer channels but better quality. Many don't even offer true 1080 HD quality!

1080i can carry a progressive source without interlace problems as well as interlaced, it's called PSF.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_segmented_frame

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 20:16 UTC
On article Lytro is officially shutting down (207 comments in total)

Here's a smart young guy playing with depth sensors for chroma keying but he's taking a different approach and asking potential customers if they see a need for it before investing more time -

https://forums.vmix.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=14553

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2018 at 23:29 UTC as 9th comment
On article Lytro is officially shutting down (207 comments in total)
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matthew saville: ...THE GOOGLE KISS OF DEATH STRIKES AGAIN!

Ok seriously, this is getting ridiculous. How many imaging products, or products that I use as a photographer for scouting, has Google bought and then scrapped? I think I've lost count. I miss Google Earth (the stand-alone app, not the new web-based dumbed-down version) and Panoramio... Oh well...

I'm sure the investors will be happier to see a 10% return rather than nothing.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2018 at 23:25 UTC
On article Lytro is officially shutting down (207 comments in total)
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Ruy Penalva: Never have a commercial future.

`Composite foregrounds and backgrounds using depth information and reduce the demand for cumbersome and expensive green screens on set'.
and replace them with cumbersome and expensive cameras, storage and post processing. 300 GBytes per sec ?

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2018 at 00:46 UTC
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pgb: We should all buy Affinity to further its development but to also avoid monopolies having a stranglehold even if we don't plan to use it.

John, no you just need to make a $50 investment in free enterprise. The fundamentals of PS are getting old now.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 13:01 UTC

We should all buy Affinity to further its development but to also avoid monopolies having a stranglehold even if we don't plan to use it.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 22:11 UTC as 100th comment | 5 replies

Finally an affordable way to do this -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX6JcybgDFo&t=73s

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2018 at 17:04 UTC as 7th comment
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tinternaut: Had I given it any thought, I would have assumed there isn’t a big enough market for this class of device, this (relatively) cheap. Perhaps they’re assuming the YouTube stars* want to take their video to the next level? Or a cheaper, more disposable device for actual pros to use?

* I don’t give them a lot of thought, either.

Applications include, live streaming, lower budget TV, conferences, long form events, corporate theater, live music, sports and unfortunately more cooking shows. Anything where remote control of iris, colour matching, gain, shutter and not being subject to overheating is a must. Also servo zooms with constant aperture. There's almost no competition at this price point. BMD also make vision mixers and all the glue devices required.

Basically all the crud that the `film makers' can't and don't want to shoot / edit.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 22:16 UTC
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urje: It's an ugly hack, but the issue described is no joke. My old 5S would crash whenever the battery was below 25% or so and I would open an app (which would cause a spike in power consumption). This happened especially in the morning, when the cold in my bedroom dropped battery strength even further. With a new battery it performs all the way down to 1% again.

Apparently this is an iPhone thing, so perhaps androids have their power supplies designed more robustly.

If the phone wasn't able to function reliably when displaying 25% then maybe Apple was overstating the battery level, it was really 5% ?

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 01:40 UTC
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TomCak: It's not their product. I paid for it. Slowing down my $1000 iphone when I paid that money to get the fastest/best available at time of purchase is flat out wrong.

How would any user possibly think "My phone just got much slower, but I know it;s in my best interests. Thanks for looking out for me Apple"?

You know what if... If my phone were to break, explode, die, I'd happily purchase a new one. Until that point, Apple should leave their hands off of it and allow me to enjoy the performance of the product I paid for.

This will make me think thrice about buying an iPhone again.

My experience with aging batteries is the product works the same just for a shorter period between charges. Apple's really thinking different here or has used a battery not capable of meeting the load over a reasonable life span.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 01:04 UTC
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kay bryan: Is the same thing true for three year old Ipads? Mine has slowed down drastically.

Others are reporting this too.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 00:42 UTC
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Steve Wilson: This article states "TeckFire pointed out that his iPhone 6s had become very slow, only to speed back up again after the battery was replaced". If this is the case, it has nothing to do with the phone being old, so why does this article repeatedly state Apple is slowing down old phones? My guess is that Apple hasn't changed their algorithm and they'll also slow down a new phone if there is an old, worn out battery in it. If TeckFire's statement is true, then this whole article should be re-written to say "Apple is slowing down iPhones as the battery gets old".

You mean a graceful `limp home' mode past the warranty period. Why should near new products need to limp anyway unless they are badly designed or overstated ?

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2017 at 00:14 UTC
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