Archives For January 2012

Apple has announced immediate availability of Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 with some really big new features like Multicam, improved XML, Relinking…and Broadcast monitoring!

In this short post I discuss some of these new announcements as well as an exciting new tool from Intelligent Assistance, 7 to X, which provides a way to move your legacy Final Cut Pro 7 projects to FCP X.

I also include an addendum on my previous posts about Thunderbolt and the Mac Pro future.

Apple’s official page announcing the FCP 10.0.3 Software Update

Philip Hodgetts Blog post about the creation of 7toX, the FCP 7 to FCP X translation utility.

Hey gang,

This is some very exciting news for the world of production that does not work in full-blown uncompressed video very often.

Blackmagic Design has had one of the most affordable SDI/HDMI recording devices available in the Hyperdeck Shuttle, which takes off-the-shelf SSDs as recording media, and costs just $345. But it had one rub that quickly harmed it’s appeal: It would only record full-rate uncompressed video which meant record times of just 9 minutes or so on a 64GB SSD. The high cost of SSDs (now dropping a bit) combined with the sheer volume of data to transfer and manage through the entire editorial and archive process made this product less desirable for many longer-form projects.

Today Blackmagic has announced that the Hyperdeck Shuttle 2 will now have the option of recording in DNxHD, writing files in industry standard MXF format. DNxHD is a codec with similar performance to Apple ProRes, but is developed and championed by Avid (Although you can work with these files in Premiere Pro). This will dramatically improve recording times (5x or more) and have the added benefit of making total project sizes far more manageable…all without reducing visual quality in a perceptible way.

 

Blackmagic Design Releases HyperDeck Shuttle 2 with Avid DNxHD Recording and Playback

Milpitas, USA – January 19, 2012 – Blackmagic Design today released a new version of it’s popular HyperDeck Shuttle Solid State Disk recorder. HyperDeck Shuttle 2 replaces the existing model and adds broadcast quality 10-bit recording and playback to the Avid DNxHD format for the same low price of $345.

You can find the rest of the press release by clicking here.

Please note that in a show of solidarity with the greater internet community, this site will be joining literally thousands of others in a blackout from 8AM to 8PM Eastern US time to protest pending SOPA/PIPA legislation in the U.S. Congress.

This is very dangerous legislation that literally threatens the very functioning of the internet, even with DNS blocking provisions removed.

For some insight to the blackout from Wikipedia, click here.

This post may feel a little out of place here as it involves heavy 3D modeling, which is not a focus of this blog. But! I have my reasons for including it here: As amazing as the 3D work is on it’s own merit, I’m also attracted to the editing. It’s rare to see a modeling/animation/vfx breakdown that has such great editing and soundtrack as this.

As someone who considers himself a versatile editor of numerous disciplines, I have to admit that beat-cut editing to a hot track remains one of my favorite editorial styles.

Kudos to Paul Clements for this great work. I have to admit I am very curious about the design hours involved in crafting this intricate, detailed and highly finessed piece. I’ve asked Paul if he’s willing to comment on that. We’ll have to see.

Following up on my last post about Thunderbolt technology, I continue the discussion and veer into some scary territory: Contemplating the future of the Mac Pro in video post production.

So what do you think? Is there a future for the Mac Pro? Will you be migrating to Windows for production? Maybe you already have? Maybe years ago?

Central to the discussion is at what point do you let your need for performance take precedence over your preferred operating system?

Leave a comment!

Update:

ARS Technica has just posted the following article: Why the video pros are moving away from Apple. 

While I may not agree with everything in it, that’s beside the point. It goes to show I’m not alone in mulling (and frankly dreading) dealing with this.

Update 2:

My addendum clarifying details about my wishes for Mac Pro as well as confirming my excitement for Thunderbolt technology (starts at 2:06 on this video post).

Hey gang,

I’m finally back with a new post. This week as brought a wave of news out of CES, including some new Thunderbolt peripherals. Here are some of my thoughts on what’s ahead.

Update 1: AMD intros “Lightning Bolt”, creates confusion about true Thunderbolt

I became aware of this a day after I recorded the Thunderbolt round-up video above. Just as Thunderbolt is starting to get some traction, AMD has announced it is developing a cheaper, slower, less capable competitor that uses THE SAME CONNECTOR (Mini display port). They are conspicuously calling this tech “Lightning Bolt”. This tech is USB 3 based, but due to muxing this would run at “less than” full USB 3 speeds. Note: USB 3 is rated at 5Gbps (total). True Apple/Intel Thunderbolt is 10Gbps (bi-directional…i.e. 20Gbps total). Does this smack of “cheap knock-off” or what?

Ugh. I predict widespread confusion, especially outside of the geek-o-sphere.

Anandtech has the known details.

Update 2 : My follow up to this video

My follow-up to this video regarding Thunderbolt and the Mac Pro’s future