Sunday, July 30, 2006

New Canon HDV cameras!

If you've been keeping up with the world of Canon cameras, they introduced the XL-H1; the HD inheritor to the XL-1 legacy. I've played with the XL-H1 - it's gorgeous, and of course it's expensive. The great news is that last week Canon introduced a couple lower priced models; the XH-G1 (pictured above) & the XH-A1.

The XH-G1 is built to offer the same image quality as the much larger XL-H1 without the removable lens. I think that the features are pretty much the same (I haven't read the specs in detail), so this might be a good way to get into professional HD without sinking $10,000 into the XL-H1. The XH-A1 is the least expensive entry into Canon's pro HDV line. It's the same as the G1, just without the profusion of specialty inputs and outputs.

Canon's XH-G1
The XH-A1

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Memory Mirror

More awesomeness from the Royal College of Art 2006 show.
Link Via Pixelsumo

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 Tiny radio chip stores video clips

A 'Memory Spot' no bigger than a grain of rice offers greater memory and faster transfer speeds than RFID tags - and could be read by a cellphone, reports New Scientist.

'The chip, called a Memory Spot, is small enough to be attached to a postcard or a photograph and could be used to append video, audio or hundreds of pages of text to all sorts of everyday objects. In hospitals, for example, the chips could allow doctors to add detailed medical records to a patient's plastic wristband.


Monday, July 17, 2006

Slashdot | Core 2 Reviews All Around the Web

Slashdot | Core 2 Reviews All Around the Web

....and why should you care? Because it is widely expected that Apple will use these chips in their G5 tower replacements, expected to be called Mac Pros. They be fast. Fast good.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Sci Fi Tech Blog- Frisbee Camera

I can think of about a million awesome uses for this. Unfortunately it's still just an idea.

Drifting in from the "What the hell?" department comes the Frisbee camera. Yes, in case there aren't any pretty young things around to impress with your acrobatic Frisbee tossing, now you can record all your amazing jumps and throws for playback on your cell phone, which is way manlier. And if you're thinking the footage from a spinning Frisbee would most likely give you vertigo, designer Adam Sutcliffe is one step ahead of you: a fin on top of the disc attaches to a rod that pokes through the center axis, which in turn attaches to the camera.


Monday, July 10, 2006

More DIY 360° tests

Following up to my post a while back about my experiments with panoramic video, I've just got round to putting some more footage online. I shot these shortly after the original experiment, using a slightly more advanced setup (nice new glass bauble instead of old plastic one! ^_^) but it has, typically, taken me an age to get round to putting the results online.

I've experimented with shooting sideways, and also stuck cheesy video effects on a couple of shots for no good reason. Hope you enjoy.

New lasers from Ricoh read both HD DVD and Blu-ray - Engadget


Thursday, July 06, 2006

SCI FI Tech -Marantz bows first 1080p DLP front projector

From the Sci-Fi channel's Tech Blog
Marantz's VP-11S1 is the first projector to include Texas Instruments' 1080p DLP chip, and it has the processing chops to use it: a souped-up image processor from Gennum, which upconverts all lower-resolution video to 1080p. Although the projector uses only a single DLP chip instead of three, its color wheel spins faster than any previous DLP projector, said to reduce the potential for any color-smearing artifacts (sometimes noticeable as a "rainbow effect" on single-chip models). But the single-chip design at least keeps the cost down to a mere $20,000 — still worthy of a spit take, but not bad for such a first-ever, ultra-high-end item, considering.


Pixel Maelstrom

"Pixel Maelstrom" is a nice circuit bent audio-responsive video generator made from a TI-99 4A.
From the looks of it, the creator Philip Stearns was very methodical in his modifications, and is getting some cool effects here, blocky text and colors similar to what you get with a NES and a dirty cartridge, but the reactivity to sound is really what sells it. This is one of the first video glitch projects in a while that hasn't had me yawning and grumbling about how I had done the same stuff back in '94. Check out the videos.
Found via Data is Nature

Sunday, July 02, 2006

RED update from Jim Jannard

Mysterium sensor... - -- The online community for filmmaking

Jim Jannard posted over on the dvxuser forums:

We stated before that we had images from a 'test slice' that proved the design of our sensor. Now we have images from a full size sensor.

Definitely an important step along the way. Also announced that they'll be putting the breadbox prototypes in the hands of professionals to let them shoot some test footage to show, presumably at IBC if all goes well.


Create Digital Motion

Create Digital Motion has officially launched- Live visuals, motion graphics, equipment and software... all the stuff we like.