Archives For July 2011

Zacuto has posted Episode 2 of their most excellent “Great Camera Shootout” for 2011 series. If you want to be educated on how the range of digital camera acquisition options stack up and compare in a series of excruciatingly well-designed tests, this is really a great resource.

Dim the lights, enable HD, and fullscreen it.

Click the image below to view on the Zacuto site:
Cam Shootout
And in case you missed part one, make sure you start here:
Cam shootout 1

Zacuto has posted Episode 2 of their most excellent “Great Camera Shootout” for 2011 series. If you want to be educated on how the range of digital camera acquisition options stack up and compare in a series of excruciatingly well-designed tests, this is the place.
Click the image below to view on the Zacuto site:

Cam Shootout

And in case you missed part one, make sure you start here:
Cam shootout 1

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.

I won’t give it away but the ending is a bit harsh.

Carey notes: This is the work of Rob Tinworth www.1021.tv and his opinions are not necessarily the same as my own. However, I understand this is reflective of the kinds of thoughts many editors are experiencing right now.


IMUG and MediaMotion Ball community Founder Carey Dissmore shares a bit of his perspective three weeks after the release of the polarizing Final Cut Pro X. While the noise has started to lessen, a lot of editors remain bewildered as to what lies ahead for them. Should they switch editing platforms? Should they wait?

Carey brings his unique perspective on these & other issues, self-employment and has a few words for Apple as well.

Mentioned in this post:
Adobe Production Premium 50% off for FCP users

Avid Media Composer $995 for FCP users

Hey gang, While I maintain that in it’s current state I can’t use FCPX professionally, I also maintain that now is the best time to be learning the powerful capabilities of the software.

I continue to believe that FCPX will one day mature to a viable professional application, with the support of a robust 3rd party ecosystem. That’s why I think now, in it’s nascent early days, is a very good time for the enterprising editor to be developing their skills in this entirely new application.

One such opportunity is a live seminar by Larry Jordan which will be taking place tomorrow, July 12 in Burbank. If you are in the area I’d recommend attending. There’s a LOT you don’t know about the power of FCPX, but just as important, there’s going to be a ton of 3rd party developers, including FCPX competitors like Adobe and Boris FX there who can answer questions and provide facts and 1st person answers to questions. Also on hand will be video hardware vendors like AJA and Blackmagic Design. Will they make any announcements? Boy I’d sure like to know…

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Larry Jordan Final Cut Pro X Training in Burbank, CA

Wish I could make it!

Happy Canada Day to all the Canadian readers out there (heck, here in Minnesota we call it “close enough” to start our US 4th of July weekend a little early. Please have a happy and safe one. Relax. Think about things non-techy. I plan to be back in a few days with a little more “seasoned” perspective. Take care!