Thoughts on new iPads, iMac and Yosemite

Apple, iMac, ipad, iPad Air, iPad Mini by Thorsten Meyer on October 17, 2014 Comments Off

Apple has released yesterday the new/updated iPad Air, ipad Mini, Mac mini, iMac and OS X.

Our quick view:

  • 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display is maybe the biggest one. You get a 5K Display with an MAC
  • iPad Air 2 is a great upgrade for everyone
  • New iPad mini 3 is not such a great upgrade if you have already a mini
  • OS X Yosemite is a great upgrade, however make sure beforehand you current application will still work
  • Mac mini is a great update if you upgrade from an older model or just need a Mac mini

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iMac with Retina 5K display delivers an amazingly immersive user experience. With a resolution of 5120 x 2880, iMac with Retina 5K display has four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display. Text looks as sharp as it does on a printed page, and you can see more of your high-resolution photos with pixel-for-pixel detail. In apps like Final Cut Pro® X, you can view 4K video at full size while still leaving plenty of room for your assets and editing tools.

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iPad Air 2 is powered by the new Apple-designed A8X chip, which delivers a 40 percent improvement in CPU performance and 2.5 times the graphics performance of iPad Air, and still delivers the up to 10-hour battery life³ users expect while working, playing games or surfing the web. Combined with Metal™, the new graphics technology in iOS 8, the A8X chip unlocks realistic visual effects comparable to the most advanced gaming consoles. iPad Air 2 also includes the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and an all-new barometer which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation.

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OS X Yosemite has been redesigned with a fresh, modern look, while maintaining the power and familiarity users expect from a Mac. Streamlined toolbars make more room for your content, and use translucency to reveal additional app content as you scroll.  Other translucent elements, such as window sidebars, take on the feel of your desktop picture and give you a sense of what’s hidden behind the active window. App icons have a clean, consistent design, and a new system font improves readability on every Mac and looks stunning on a Retina® display.

Yosemite introduces innovative new features, including:

  • Today view in Notification Center, giving you quick access to informative widgets for Calendar, Weather, Stocks, Reminders, World Clock and social networks. You can also add widgets like Yahoo! Sports from the Mac App Store to customize your Today view;
  • a new Spotlight, delivering rich information right to your desktop from Wikipedia, Maps, Bing, App Store℠, iTunes Store®, iBooks Store℠, top websites, news and movie showtimes;
  • iCloud Drive℠, so you can store files of any type in iCloud®, organize them any way you like, and access them from your Mac, iPhone, iPad® or even a Windows PC;
  • a streamlined new Safari that delivers the fastest performance, as well as the longest battery life for web browsing and Netflix HD video streaming on the Mac;
  • an updated version of Mail, which includes Markup for quickly filling out and signing forms and PDFs right within Mail, plus Mail Drop, which makes it easy to send large attachments up to 5GB for free;
  • enhanced Messages, so now you can add participants to your ongoing group conversations, see their locations on a map, quickly access attachments and even mute notifications;
  • iTunes 12, which has a sleek new look, is fast and simple to use, and makes it easier to switch between browsing your music library and discovering new music on the iTunes Store. A new Recents view makes it easy to access the media you just purchased or recently played; and
  • Family Sharing, so family members can now browse and download each other’s iTunes, iBooks® or Mac App Store purchases.

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The new Mac mini delivers new levels of graphics performance, expandability and connectivity. New integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000 and Intel Iris Graphics deliver up to 90 percent faster graphics performance than the previous generation.* Mac mini now includes two Thunderbolt 2 ports, each delivering up to 20Gbps of bandwidth to each port, as well as next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi that is up to three times faster when connected to an 802.11ac base station. Mac mini is still the world’s most energy efficient desktop, exceeding Energy Star 6.1 requirements by seven times the standard and consuming as few as 6 watts of power at idle.**

Offload (Red Giant): safely offloading and backing up your footage

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on October 17, 2014 Comments Off

Red Giant Offload is a simple, stand-alone application for safely offloading and backing up your footage from your camera’s media card to your computer and/or external drives.

  • Simplicity – Offload is easy to use, and works with virtually every camera, card, and format.
  • Safety – Every file is compared to the original to ensure an exact, pristine duplicate.
  • Redundancy – Offload can make an additional copy of your files to another destination or drive.

 

Offload runs on both windows and Mac and works with virtually all cameras, cards and media formats. No special hardware is needed, so Offload is ideal for use on set, in the field, or for when you return home.

Offload is available for $49.

 

COMPATIBILITY:

Offload works on both Windows and Mac:

  • Apple Macintosh
    • Mac OS X 10.8
    • Mac OS X 10.9
    • Mac OS X 10.10
  • PC / Windows
    • Windows 7 64-bit
    • Windows 8 64-bit

Flying Camera: HEXO+

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on October 16, 2014 Comments Off

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HEXO+ is a flying camera that follows and films you autonomously. Just attach your GoPro to your drone, set your framing in our app and you’re good to go. GoPro not included, final product shipping May 2015. You can pre-order your HEXO+ here. HEXO+ will be shipped worldwide.

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  • Easy to use: set the framing on your smartphone and lock your target, the drone does the rest; from auto take-off to auto landing.
  • Smart and autonomous: no remote control necessary; HEXO+ automatically follows your movements to maintain the framing you defined.

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  • Designed for action: lightweight, foldable frame and legs, removable propellers and gimbal to fit in a backpack.
  • Extra fast flight: up to 70 km/h – 45 mph top speed to track even the fastest subject. Wind tunnel tested for improved aerodynamics.
  • Extra stable: hexacopter design and 2D brushless gimbal to ensure vibration-free, smooth filming.
  • Safe: Fail-safe software features and six propellers mean a safe landing in case of a problem.
  • GoPro compatible mount: built for the best action camera out there.
  • Optional 360cam mount: aerial 360° photos and videos! About 360cam.
  • Includes The Director’s Toolkit: HEXO+ comes with a Garageband-like app to create filming scenarios with drag and drop, combinable camera movements: crane, 360° around you, dolly, far-to-close/close-to-far. Unleash your creativity.

Beta Specifications

General

  • Dimensions: 62 x 52 x 12 cm – 24 x 20 x 5 inches
  • Total weight: 980 g – 2.2 lbs

Drone

  • Hexacopter design with 30° tilt propellers
  • Speed range: up to 70 kmh – 45mph
  • Flight time: 15 min with 3S battery, gimbal and GoPro attached

Flight controller

  • Filming distance range: Technically, the drone can be as far from the GPS as 2 kilometers, but we advise you to research and respect your local regulations.
  • Auto take-off and auto landing
  • Trajectory anticipation
  • Video target locking
  • GPS + onboard sensor position tracking
  • Processor with MAVLINK protocol
Gimbal

  • High performance 2D or 3D brushless gimbal
  • Easy attach/detach from drone body for transportation
  • GoPro mount

App

  • iOS and Android versions
  • Intuitive live view framing
  • Favorite framing presets
  • Subject framing lock
  • Emergency landing

Canon’s Best DSLR For Video: EOS 7D Mark II

Canon, Canon EOS 7D Mark II by Thorsten Meyer on October 15, 2014 Comments Off

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The new Canon EOS 7D Mark II introduces  professional features  in an affordable DSLR.

The EOS 7D Mark II camera offers users the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD or 720p HD video up to 60p enabling slow-motion capture at full resolution in either ALL-I or IPB codecs with optional embedded time code, exceeding the specifications of other current EOS cameras. Users can also choose between .MOV and .MP4 recording formats for maximum flexibility.

8-bit 4:2:2 output from the HDMI port
The EOS 7D Mark II camera’s mini HDMI port can be used to record uncompressed Full HD video to external recorders. This is one of the key new Movie features

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Canon’s Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, such as the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, significantly reduce focus motor noise, letting the EOS 7D Mark II camera’s built-in microphone capture clear audio of the scene being shot without picking up unwanted noise from the lens. The EOS 7 D Mark II camera also features a stereo microphone port and outputs stereo audio via the camera’s mini-HDMI port. The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera is equipped with a headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring, as well as a silent control feature that allows users to adjust audio levels during recordings. Other built-in ports include a PC socket for external flash units and an N3 socket for dedicated Canon wired remote control accessoriesv. A cable protector is provided to maximize safety when using the USB 3.0 and mini-HDMI ports.

Movie Features include:

File Format

  1. MOV
    Movie: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
    Audio: Linear PCM
  2. MP4
    Movie: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
    *Variable (averaged) bit rate
  3. Audio: AAC

File Size
Recording Sizes:
1920 x 1090 (Full HD), 1280 x 720 and 640 x 480

Frame Rates
MOV Format:
[1920 x 1080]: 59.94 fps / 29.97 fps / 24.00 fps / 23.98 fps
[1280 x 720]: 59.94 fps
[640 x 480]: 29.97 fps

MP4 Format:
[1920 x 1080]: 59.94 fps / 29.97 fps / 24.00 fps / 23.98 fps
[1280 x 720]: 59.94 fps / 29.97 fps
[640 x 480]: 29.97 fps

Continuous Shooting Time

MOV FORMAT
Movie Recording Size Total Recording Time File Size
(MB/min.)
4GB 8GB 16GB
1920 x 1080 59.94 fps
50.00 fps
IPB 8 min. 17 min. 34 min. 440
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
24.00 fps
23.98 fps
All-I 5 min. 11 min. 23 min. 654
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
24.00 fps
23.98 fps
IPB 16 min. 33 min. 1 hr. 7 min. 255
1280 x 720 59.94 fps
50.00 fps
All-I 6 min. 13 min. 23 min. 583
59.94 fps
50.00 fps
IPB 19 min. 38 min. 1 hr. 17 min. 196
640 x 480 29.97 fps
25.00 fps
IPB 50 min. 1 hr. 41 min. 3 hr. 22 min. 75

 

MP4 FORMAT
Movie Recording Size Total Recording Time File Size
( MB/min.)
4GB 8GB 16GB
1920 x 1080 59.94 fps
50.00 fps
IPB 8 min. 17 min. 35 min. 431
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
24.00 fps
23.98 fps
All-I 5 min. 11 min. 23 min. 645
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
24.00 fps
23.98 fps
IPB 17 min. 35 min. 1 hr. 10 min. 216
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
Light
(IPB)
43 min. 1 hr. 26 min. 2 hr. 53 min. 87
1280 x 720 59.94 fps
50.00 fps
All-I 6 min. 13 min. 26 min. 574
59.94 fps
50.00 fps
IPB 20 min. 40 min. 1 hr. 21 min. 187
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
Light
(IPB)
2 hr. 5 min. 4 hr. 10 min. 8 hr. 20 min. 30
640 x 480 29.97 fps
25.00 fps
IPB 57 min. 1 hr. 55 min. 3 hr. 50 min. 66
29.97 fps
25.00 fps
Light
(IPB)
2 hr. 43 min. 5 hr. 26 min. 10 hr. 53 min. 23

* With MOV and MP4, if the recording time reaches 29 min. 59 sec., the movie shooting stops automatically.
* With MOV and MP4, movie shooting does not stop automatically even if the file size reaches 4 GB.

Focusing

  1. Autofocus
    1. One-Shot AF
    2. Predictive AI Servo AF (AI Servo AF III)
    3. AI Focus AF
      *Switches between One-Shot AF and AI SERVO AF automatically
    4. Manual focus

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Range
EV 0 – 18
(With Dual Pixel CMOS AF detection, at 23°C/73°F, ISO 1000)

Exposure Control

Shooting Mode Frame Rate Shutter Speed (sec.) Aperture ISO SPeed (Recommended Exposure Index)
Auto Setting Manual Setting Auto Setting Manual Setting Auto Setting Manual Setting
A+ Program AE for movie shooting 29.97,
25.00,
24.00,
23.98
1/4000–1/30 Yes ISO 100–16000*1
59.94,
50.00
1/4000–1/60 Yes
P, Program AE for movie shooting 29.97,
25.00,
24.00,
23.98
1/4000–1/30 Yes ISO 100–16000 (H1: 25600)*2
59.94,
50.00
1/4000–1/60
TV Movie Shutter-priority AE 29.97,
25.00,
24.00,
23.98
1/4000–1/30 ISO 100–16000*2
59.94,
50.00
1/4000–1/60
AV Movie aperture-priorityAE 29.97,
25.00,
24.00,
23.98
1/4000–1/30 ISO 100–16000 (H1: 25600)*2
59.94,
50.00
1/4000–1/60
M Movie manual exposure 29.97,
25.00,
24.00,
23.98
1/4000–1/30 Yes ISO 100–16000*3
59.94,
50.00
1/4000–1/60 Yes

ISO speed for still photos during movie shooting:
*1: ISO 100 – ISO 6400
*2: ISO 100 – ISO 16000
*3: Same as the ISO speed used for movie shooting.

Exposure Compensation
Up to ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments

*For movies, even if exposure compensation has been set beyond ±3 stops, exposure compensation up to only ±3 stops will be applied.

 

Additional 7D Mk II Features:

 

  • 20.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and ISO 100-16000
  • High speed continuous shooting up to 10.0 fps allows you to capture fast action
  • 65-point* all cross-type AF system for high-performance, accurate subject tracking with EV -3 sensitivity (center point) for focusing in extreme low-light conditions
  • Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables you to shoot video like a camcorder with smooth, fast, and accurate autofocus and lets you enjoy instant and precise autofocus even when shooting stills
  • Stunning Full HD video with custom Movie Servo AF (speed and sensitivity) for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects, multiple frame rates including Full HD recording at 60p in MOV and MP4 formats and uncompressed HDMI out
  • Intelligent Viewfinder II provides approximately 100% field of view for shooting ease
  • Improved custom controls and built-in intervalometer and bulb timer for expanded creativity
  • Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability up to 200,000 cycles and enhanced dust and weather resistance
  • EOS Scene Detection System features a new 150,000-pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor for improved precision
  • Built-in GPS* Receiver provides a digital compass, records location information (longitude, latitude, elevation and universal coordinated time (UTC)) as EXIF information for geotagging images when shooting
  • 3.0-inch Clear View II LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots) for bright and clear viewing

TimeOfDay (Adobe MAX 2014 Sneaks)

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on October 15, 2014 Comments Off

This is more than stunning, the demo shows how you can change the lightning to simulate different time during a day.

 

Film Drone to Go: Anura

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on October 14, 2014 Comments Off

For the first time a pocket-sized drone designed for consumers and able to travel with the user whenever, wherever, 24/7.

Anura will be available for pre-order Mid October of 2014. Please check www.aericam.com for info.

It will be available for pre-order through KickStarter Mid October of 2014. Aim to be under $200.

Anura: The Beginning Of The Drone Era For The Masses from Jason Lam on Vimeo.

Update: Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

StrongMocha by Thorsten Meyer on October 13, 2014 Comments Off

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Blackmagic Camera 1.9.7 update is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.
The new disk formatting feature allows customers to format SSD’s and SD Cards in camera so they don’t need to use a computer to prepare disks for recording. This new disk formatting feature is unique because unlike computers that format disks for general storage use, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Pocket Cinema Camera can format disks optimized for high performance video use. When formatting the camera confirms the brand of disk and other disks parameters and then formats for highest speed video data recording and playback for that specific type of disk.

This also means that as new disks are released in the future, new software can be released to take advantage of unique features of disks for maximum performance when recording high data rate RAW 4K images.

Customers also get the opportunity to choose between two disk formats, ExFAT and HFS+. The ExFAT is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X so is a good choice when customers are working on Windows or working between Windows and Mac OS X platforms as both platforms natively will read the disk. When customers are working on Mac OS X exclusively, the HFS+ format is the native Mac OS format and this allows higher performance for Mac users as well as better error protection because HFS+ supports journaling.

Allowing easy selection of the format to erase the disk, the new Blackmagic Camera Update 1.9.7 also includes the new dashboard menu that allows actions on camera functions to be selected quickly. Customers can choose to format disks, enable focus peaking, go to the settings page and other camera operations on nice big easy to use buttons.

 

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Blackmagic Cinema Camera Key Features

  • Large, high resolution 2.5K sized sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range
  • New PL model is compatible with extremely high quality PL cinema lenses.Wide 12 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
  • Compatible with extremely high quality PL,EF and MFT mount lenses.
  • Built in SSD recorder allows long duration recording onto solid state disks.
  • Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software, such as ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy, DNxHD and uncompressed RAW. No custom file formats.
  • Features all standard connections, including jack mic/line audio in, 3G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay, headphone mini jack, Thunderbolt, LANC remote control and standard DC 12-30V power connection.
  • Built in touch screen LCD for camera settings and metadata entry compatible with popular video editing software including Final Cut Pro X.
  • Supports Ultra HD and 1080HD resolution capture in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps.
  • Includes UltraScope software for live scopes via the built in Thunderbolt connection.
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve color grading software.

 

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Key Features

  • High resolution 1080HD Super 16mm sized sensor with superior handling of image detail.
  • Super wide 13 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look.
  • Compatible with extremely high quality Micro Four Thirds lenses. Compatible with other mounts via common third party adapters such as PL mount and Super 16 cine lenses.
  • Built in SD card recorder allows long duration recording with easy to use media.
  • Open file formats compatible with popular NLE software such as ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy and lossless CinemaDNG 12-bit RAW. No custom file formats.
  • Standard connections including mini jack mic/line audio in, micro HDMI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay, headphone mini jack, LANC remote control and standard DC 12-30V power connection.
  • Built in LCD for camera settings via easy to use menus..
  • Supports 1080HD resolution capture in 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30 fps.
  • Compatible with DaVinci Resolve Lite color grading software.
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