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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Artak Hambarian: Guys, does anyone know of any video editor capable of white balance management, that is also not expensive or free?
BTW my most used editor for stills is the ACDSee Ultimate, and I use PS CS6 for pano stitching.

It's a bit of a time investment learning it but well worth it in the long term.
Don't be put off, you only need to know the basics.
This cost $A750K eight years ago, including hardware. Talk about colour control, you'll see.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 02:48 UTC
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Noogy: How could you not include Corel PaintShop when it is better than most of the alternatives you stated?

Especially since there's really only Corel PSP and now Affinity as alternatives. No doubt apple brainwashing from an early age.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 19:09 UTC
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Artak Hambarian: Guys, does anyone know of any video editor capable of white balance management, that is also not expensive or free?
BTW my most used editor for stills is the ACDSee Ultimate, and I use PS CS6 for pano stitching.

Blackmagic Resolve - free

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 18:23 UTC
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Nobby2016: i owned the A6000 for quite some time, then i decided to update to the A6300 this year. mainly becasue of the 4K video... boy what a disappointment.

not that the quality is bad but i was visiting the USA this year (arizona, texas) and i had constantly overheating problems.
and i did not even shoot 30 min at once.
but filming a few minutes, stopping for 20 seconds, flliming again for a few minutes was enough to oveheat the A6300. i was very disappointed to be honest.

Nobby, does the A6300 overheat in HD mode? How good is HD compared to the 80D, DPR seemed to suggest that A6300 HD was very average while the 4K was superb.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 14:02 UTC
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Gesture: Thanks. This is why so many photographers who did it for a living choose Nikon or Canon-the support network. What does Sony offer?

@ flruckas, Just one 100fps camera recorded for 6 hours would generate over 2 million frames. Sure only 10bit 422 jpeg type files but considering the destination market and the number of amazing moments they would have captured, the quality compromise may become secondary. I hope it doesn't.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2016 at 09:53 UTC
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Gesture: Thanks. This is why so many photographers who did it for a living choose Nikon or Canon-the support network. What does Sony offer?

Support for the broadcasters -
http://www.tvtechnology.com/news/0002/sony-earns-spot-in-nbcs-olympic-coverage/278570
Think of the millions of shots those high frame rate 4K cameras will be taking.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 23:42 UTC
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3DSimmon: I would prefer 4k 50/60p over 8k when watching the olympus.

Yes, the old 1920s standard is getting a bit long in the tooth.
judder judder, blur blur. At least interlacing gave us better temporal
resolution.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 18:52 UTC
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Melchiorum: People may scoff at 8K all they want, but there is a need for it in some areas, such as:

1. 360' video. 4K is already too low-res for spherical videos. What seems like a lot of pixels on a TV screen or a monitor, becomes quite blurry and low-def in VR helmet when you stretch it to cover the entire sphere around the viewer.
2. Photography. Whether we want it or not, but photography and videography are merging and extracting photos from video is already a thing with some cameras. 8K definition will make it better.
3. Cinemas and other large displays. Nothing to add here.

No one said we should buy an 8K TV, because there definitely no need for that. However, it does not mean that the demand for high-def video isn't there.

`but there is a need for it'
Not need, want.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 18:48 UTC
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mosc: I don't know what all the hate is for. The A7Rm2 captures 7952 x 5304 @ 5fps. Is 7680x4320 @ 30fps so crazy to consider?

I don't think it's hate, just being realistic. Business is there to make money, nothing wrong with that but let's not be undiscerning devotees. Philip Morris has a fine range of products too.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 18:19 UTC
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Steve Swayne: Here is Australia we are still in the TV dark ages. Our flagship national carrier ABC TV 1 does not even broadcast in any form of HD. Yes folks, they still pump out 576p50 down under... I mainly watch streamed 1080p content and Blu-Rays and don't bother with broadcast MPEG-2 any more.

Very sad that the bureaucracy infested ABC is living in the past. Think of all the superb HD content that they buy from OS, they make squat themselves, all dumbed down to SD. 720p News 24, a stupid waste of bandwidth, who wants to see a streamed and compressed to death battlefield in 720, it's about news not cinematography. Good to see the commercials are taking it a bit seriously. The bulk of Aussie TV is SD, 8K yeah right.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 12:41 UTC
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Aaron801: I think it's a bit funny how the trend it toward this kind of ultra high def visual stuff that even folks who really care often claim that they can't see much of an improvement over the last generation of tech.... and yet as far as audio most folks are happy with really compressed tinny sounds that are actually a step backward from the high fi stuff of years ago.

The new `stereos' have the speakers next to each other, so it's back to 1950s mono.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 13:08 UTC
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fmian: Finally catching up to the quality of 35mm motion film..

35mm motion picture film is about same the frame size of apsc, so less resolution than 36x24mm. A 4k scan would be very optimistic.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 12:59 UTC

Oh dear, we have enough technology, let's concentrate on the content. Better get the diffusion filters out for the presenters.
Are any broadcasters doing UHD yet ?

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 14:14 UTC as 87th comment | 1 reply
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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 (707 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 (707 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
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