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Engadget recently posted this news, and since it’s taking place in Hollywood, and it’s from Canon, I think we can safely assume that this is going to be some sort of camera product directed at our industry, and that makes it worthy of posting here.

 click the image to link to the Engadget post.

Billed as an historic global announcement, I gotta believe this is more than a new 5D Mark III or some such. Although, in hindsight, the Canon video DSLRs sure have had a big impact on our industry. Perhaps this could be some new large sensor camcorder, maybe with RAW recording, maybe 4k, who really knows… Just thought I’d get it on the radar. All we know for sure is Canon is announcing something they consider historic on November 3rd in Hollywood.

Let’s not forget to factor Canon’s recent digital cinema PL-mount lens announcements (thanks Adam Oas for the nudge)!

I admit this is far from comprehensive, but I still find it interesting. A bunch of Boston area shooters got together for an informal look at how lenses of different costs (ranging from $450-$18K) looked on the same camera (a Panasonic AF-100) in the same scene. Here’s the unscientific results.


There’s also a Behind-The-Scenes piece. Enjoy!

Here’s a link to Benjamin Eckstein’s blog with the full write up.

Blackmagic Design have made a lot of news at IBC this week. Amongst many announcements, today they’ve announced DaVinci Resolve version 8.1. Alexis Van Hurkman has a great breakdown of new features over at his blog.

Here’s a link to the BMD press release.

Also, another big announcement is that Resolve is going cross-platform.
Well, technically it already was cross platform. First Linux, then Mac, but come Q1 2012, Resolve will be on Windows!

Very smart move from Blackmagic Design to further cement their brand. This will also open a much wider range of hardware and multi-GPU configuration possibilities.

In the current climate where many professional users are questioning Apple’s commitment to them, they are realizing that FCP competitors like Adobe and Avid have pretty much identical experiences on Mac or Windows, there might not be as much keeping them on the Mac platform as they thought. It’s about growth and tectonic shifts in the market place. Good to see Blackmagic solidifying their presence with this powerful color grading system.

What about me? I’ve been a cross-platform shop for a decade or more. My first foray into doing production on Windows was for performance reasons when the Macs were stuck in G4-slow-ville and the Pentiums were kicking butt. Having said that, for the last 5 years or more I’ve done almost all production on the Mac platform.

Just a quick post to let everyone know that Blackmagic Design is the first one out with full support for Mac OS X Lion. The update supports Lion’s Core Video and Audio processing pipelines for our DeckLink, Intensity, Multibridge and H.264 products. And it is available now.

Full text of the press release is below.
Blackmagic Design Support Page

Blackmagic Design Releases Support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
New software update 8.2 for DeckLink, Intensity, Multibridge and
H.264 Pro Recorder products is available for download now!

Milpitas, CA – July 20, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today released a new software update for its desktop video products that adds full support for the new Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. This Desktop Video 8.2 software update includes support for Apple’s new Core Video and Core Audio processing pipelines for professional grade video and audio functionality across a wide variety of applications.

Core Media is the new exciting way video hardware devices capture and playback to software applications and it’s the future of video API’s on the Mac OS X platform. Blackmagic Design is the first company to support this new standard, right from the very first day it’s available to customers. Now all developers can design modern 64 bit video software and get high performance capture and playback to hardware, while having the benefit of high quality broadcast solutions for video with new Core Media technology.

“Our close relationship with Apple has enabled Blackmagic Design to take full advantage of the many exciting new features in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, such as Core Video and Core Audio, from the very first day of its release,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. ”Our customers are constantly looking for performance improvements to their workflows and they will not be disappointed when they upgrade to the incredible new performance of Mac OS X 10.7 and Blackmagic Design products.”

This new software update supports all of Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink, Intensity, Multibridge and H.264 Pro Recorder products.

Availability and Price
Desktop Video 8.2 software update is available now free of charge for all DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and H.264 Pro Recorder customers from the Blackmagic Design web support page at www.blackmagic-design.com/support.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s DaVinci Emmy™ award winning color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagic-design.com.