Gerard D C

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On article Hands-on with the the Canon PowerShot Zoom (124 comments in total)

Any golfer will think you are taking distance readings because this thing looks just like a laser rangefinder.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 12:50 UTC as 43rd comment | 1 reply
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Georgescanvas: Another phone model release from the fruit company....

How on earth have we reached the stage in 2020 where if you need to buy a mobile phone to speak with your loved ones, the only operating system choices available are from two giant American corporations which have morphed into proxies for the US government?

What? If you just want to call your loved ones without using Android or iOS, then use a phone without those. There are KaiOS phones out there. You might consider pre-ordering the Librem 5 using PureOS. But don't complain if your friends have all the cool apps because they use a more popular OS.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 12:44 UTC

I applaud Blackmagic Design for the work they are doing to improve video quality for lower budget movie makers. The new Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K camera will be insanely good value when it gets this RAW format, especially as it also comes with the full version of Davinci Resolve.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2018 at 20:50 UTC as 8th comment | 4 replies
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ProfHankD: This does not meet any technical definition of a "raw" format. I agree that DNG (and Cinema DNG) are not great, and actually aren't necessarily really raw either (e.g., DNGs from ADC generally lose information), but it's a misleading name. This is a cooked, lossy compressed, format with some potentially helpful features, but mostly it sounds like the win is that it doesn't do the reduction of color bit depth in typical YUV encoded video formats (including the various gradable log versions).

In sum, it all sounds like a very reasonable thing to do, and I strongly applaud if they actually release open source code for read and write, but Blackmagic RAW is a marketing lie of a name.

This is a RAW format in any reasonable interpretation of the name. Good job Blackmagic Design.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2018 at 20:47 UTC
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thielges: Hopefully this tamper detection will become available to the general public either through a website or directly as a downloadable tool.

@kodachromeguy. I think many people would like to have the ability to verify an image, or at least to know it has been verified. Fake images are part of the fake news onslaught these days. You don't know what is real a lot of the time.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2018 at 22:34 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: I don't get all the hate with Adobe? If you don't like Lightroom, use Adobe Camera Raw instead. It's faster and more streamlined.

Doesn't Lightroom use ACR? The problem with Lightroom/ACR is that the results aren't as good as with other applications. Capture One does wonders with color and is a much nicer application to use.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2018 at 22:30 UTC
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saiko: Don't make kids get hooked to Adobe Ransomware Package at a young age - even if they give it out for 'free'.

@BaldCol. In the past that was not a problem, you had the Adobe application on your computer or disc with a license.

But with CC, you need an active subscription to use CC software (there may be a brief grace renewal period before termination).

You do not get to use your Adobe edited files containing non destructive edits without access to the CC software after your account dies (after you cut off the stream of money into it from your bank account).

Why, oh why do the Adobe stooges keep trying to fool people into thinking they will be OK to use CC software to regain full file features after they stop paying?!!

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 20:28 UTC
On article Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (393 comments in total)
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M43ForMe: Yeah but it doesn't even have a pop up flash... Garbage camera

@GodSpeaks, you are right. Sarcasm doesn't travel well. You really have to have the emoji and preferably an explanation on what the emoji means. :-) <--smiling, almost joking.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 19:42 UTC
On article Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (393 comments in total)
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rialcnis: Not a pocket camera so the name is dumb.
Battery life poor
Can't film in the rain
Looks ugly but neat
Only 1 mini XLR
SSDs connected directly is fantastic...if it all works and won't overheat filling up terabytes.
Software package is terrific.

Who would even bother with SD cards. It needs a gimbal and cage to hold the SSDs.

The price is amazing.

It's reliability will mean everything.

Beware the YouTube roving reporter! I heard one of them reading out the wrong rumoured specs instead of the real specs in one of the videos.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 19:39 UTC
On article Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (393 comments in total)
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Bokeh Blues: Looks like a camera from 2001.

This is obviously not a copy of any 20 year old design I have ever seen. I challenge anyone to show a product from 20 years ago that this was copied from. I suppose people have to find fault... if not, invent fault.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 19:35 UTC
On article Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (393 comments in total)
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CaPi: Has anyone made a joke about deep pockets yet? ;)
Have to have em to get it
Have to have em to pocket this

No. Anyone who knows how much a similar video camera costs would not have thought of a deep pockets joke relating to the cost. This camera is very good value for anyone who needs what it offers.

It is on the large pocket side, but that is because they chose to include a 4K sensor with cooling and professional output connectors. To get the same expected quality, you would have to put other such cameras on your shoulder.

The pocket in the name is a sensible way to let customers know that it is an upgrade to the original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2018 at 19:32 UTC

This is progress!

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 01:07 UTC as 19th comment
On article Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (393 comments in total)
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DiffractionLtd: Most interesting thing: 8 mp m4/3rds sensor. Apart from a 100mp FF sensor, I'd be most curious to see how it behaves.
Most annoying thing: No EVF.
Most perplexing thing: Too large.
Most funny thing: The resemblance to old SLRs. Not that it is bad.

I notice that those reviewing from a hands on look at it have mentioned that it feels very comfortable in the hand. So, who cares about the look! Get a new hat instead.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 01:06 UTC
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(unknown member): Photoshop is still the king for now. So is AE, audition, premiere pro and the rest I cannot speak for. However, I am always looking at alternatives. Whether Adobe have a monopoly or not, it's always fun to switch it up after a while (decade or more) and begin with a fresh approach to the workflow.

kirsto93. Affinity Photo is excellent and as good as Photoshop for at least 90% of people. But like anything else, you have to know how to use it. Most people I have heard criticize it have never even opened it. Most others spent no time learning it.

And I am talking about people doing serious work. Have a look at the many tutorials online showing what you can do. I was impressed enough to try it a while back, despite my love for PS. Now I do most of my work in Affinity Photo.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 23:32 UTC
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(unknown member): Photoshop is still the king for now. So is AE, audition, premiere pro and the rest I cannot speak for. However, I am always looking at alternatives. Whether Adobe have a monopoly or not, it's always fun to switch it up after a while (decade or more) and begin with a fresh approach to the workflow.

Jefftan, Capture One has plenty of choices and I have found their preset profiles to be excellent for the cameras I have used with it.

If you don't like those, you can create custom profiles and add those. Most of the problems I have seen with people using Capture One is that they don't choose the right ICC Profile.

Managing color is something that has to be learned and practiced for any photo editing software where image quality is critical. There are tutorials online that help.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 23:28 UTC
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Team Yeti: Obviously the Creative Cloud is helping them rake in the cash. And good for Adobe and their shareholders -- they are running a business, after all. That's capitalism at work.

You know what else is capitalism at work? Me voting with my wallet not to pay for their subscription-based products. Bring back standalone software please.

The obvious motivation to want standalone software that is missed by those blinded by flashy Adobe marketing is that you don't have to keep paying a fee to Adobe just to access your files. Remember, all fun and games until you stop paying and get locked out of your account AND software features.

Subscriptions are intended to keep those who are not using the software paying for the possibility that they will need it again or because they have paid annually and can't get out until renewal. Standalone software is more customer friendly in that customers buy and upgrade based on current needs.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 23:16 UTC
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Deliverator: Just use DXO PhotoLab or Capture One or any of the myriad other photo editor and management tools out there.

@Reilly Diefenbach. As usual you are making no sense. Typical DC resident? What has that got to do with me? And what is a typical DC resident anyway?

Cut back on the weed. It's destroying whatever brain you started with.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 22:12 UTC
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milkod2001: CaptureOne looks more and more attractive now.

Vik2012. Also noticed the routine Reilly Diefenbach Adobe trolling.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 21:59 UTC
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Deliverator: Just use DXO PhotoLab or Capture One or any of the myriad other photo editor and management tools out there.

@Reilly Diefenbach. You are trolling a lot on Adobe's behalf here today.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 21:58 UTC
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EDWARD ARTISTE: If there's one thing for sure, Camera RAW needs competition.

It is the engine that is unmatched by anyone else, in terms of an ecosystem (Bridge-->RAW/Lightroom-->Photoshop).

If not, Adobe will have everyone by the nuts for a very long time. All of these other developers may be wise to jumpstart an imaging consortium and create a standard (that works as a plugin for all major apps) to do battle with adobe.

No thanks.

I have to agree with Vik2012. Most studios I have been in recently are using C1 for their editing. Some were using Lightroom, but a few years ago, I would have seen LR in most. I switched to C1 at the end of last year and am delighted with the change. I'll probably drop LR when I no longer need to open recent projects.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 21:53 UTC
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