Canon Rebel T2i / 550D squares off with EOS 7D in video performance test

March 3, 2010

We should all be pretty familiar with the specs of Canon‘s latest mainstream DSLR, so let’s skip past the new 18 megapixel CMOS sensor, SDXC memory card compatibility and high-res 3-inch LCD screen, and just focus on the one area where the Rebel T2i has a shot at matching the EOS 7D: 1080p video. Ron Risman of Cameratown has perched the two black-clad champs atop a tripod, installed identical (for the purposes of the test) lenses on them, and gone to town with testing the ISO performance of the two bodies. As he sees it, there’s no perceptible difference between the two up to ISO 1600, though looking at his video test we’re also hard pressed to distinguish any notable discrepancies at the maximum 6400 setting. Needless to say, the conclusion is that if you’re just after the 7D’s video performance with a smaller price tag, the Rebel T2i / 550D is the shooter for you. To make that decision as informed as possible, there’s also a feature comparison list, so skip along to the source link to get informed.

Engadget HD.


Mitsubishi’s upconverting technology takes 1080p to 4K x 2K, you to cloud nine

February 21, 2010

Mitsubishi’s upconverting technology takes 1080p to 4K x 2K, you to cloud nine

So, there’s good news and bad news, and we tend to prefer starting with the former. According to Akihabara News, Mitsubishi has whipped up an upscaling technology to end all upscaling technologies — one that takes vanilla 1080p material to 4K x 2K without breaking a sweat. Now, for the less-than-awesome tidbit. For whatever reason, the tech is not yet compatible with Blu-ray content, and moreover, you’re still nowhere close to being able to afford a 4K television or projector. Here’s hoping this breakthrough makes ’em a wee bit more feasible for the layman, though.


Eyeon Fusion VFX Group News | LinkedIn

February 19, 2010

GenArts Buys Tinder plugins from The Foundry



New Vicon Bonita camera sells fast

February 12, 2010

Vicon, renowned developer of motion capture solutions for the entertainment industry has announced that its new Bonita camera has broken company records by becoming its fastest selling motion capture camera ever. The company says that over 150 cameras were shipped in the first 3 months.

“We’re delighted by this news, especially after the phenomenal success of
the award-winning T-Series,” said Douglas Reinke, CEO and President. “We’ve 
been developing motion capture cameras for 25 years; for Bonita to become 
our fastest selling camera ever is incredible. Its price-point, ease of use 
and positional accuracy make it the first choice for engineering and 
robotics research.”

One Bonita user commented,”Although I’ve used a number of Vicon cameras 
before, I’ve been amazed by the Bonita camera. The lens is so easy to
adjust, which means you can quickly alter the volume for different
 applications without compromising the quality of data captured. It’s motion
capture made easy!”

Key Features of Vicon Bonita include:

  • Single PoE (Power over Ethernet) connection to the PC via an
 off-the-shelf Ethernet switch enables easy configuration and system
  • A variable focal length lens enables full flexibility within a variety of
  • 68 high-powered LEDs outperform other cameras in its class with better 
illumination of markers
  • Small form factor allows you to place the camera in small areas, while
 maintaining performance

For more information, check out the Vicon website.

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SGO profits from an upsurge in 3D | News | Broadcast

February 11, 2010

SGO is reaping the benefits of the surge in interest in 3D in the UK, securing eight deals for its stereoscopic-capable finishing system Mistika.

The UK division of the Spanish manufacturer is in the process of completing £1m worth of sales to broadcasters and facilities, with systems on their way or very recently installed at Framestore, Sky Creative, The Club and Preditors.

Four further deals are to be revealed shortly.

SGO UK director of sales and operations Geoff Mills said: “Stereo 3D has arrived at the cinema and will be available on TV very soon. If facilities have not been asked about it yet, they soon will be.”

Mistika will be added to finishing suites at Framestore for completing effects work on 2D and 3D commercials, film and TV projects.

Sky Creative will deploy its Mistika primarily for stereo 3D work and has already used it for idents and graphics shown during the 3D coverage of a football match between Arsenal and Manchester United last month.

Preditors will add a Mistika to a new finishing suite (Broadcast, 27.08.09) and offer stereoscopic 3D services to music promo, TV and ad clients, while The Club’s Mistika will be used initially for 2D work.

via SGO profits from an upsurge in 3D | News | Broadcast.


Portable Cinedeck lets filmmakers record and edit high-rez footage | DVICE

February 8, 2010

Portable Cinedeck lets filmmakers record and edit high-rez footage

Portable Cinedeck lets filmmakers record and edit high-rez footage

Cinematographers got sick of lugging around bulky and anvil-heavy recording gear, so they designed the “extremely portable” Cinedeck, a hotshot digital video recorder that’s 8 inches wide and weighs 4 pounds. It digitally records HD footage from any camera that outputs HDMI or HDSDI onto its off-the-shelf solid-state drives.

Besides functioning as a digital recorder and high-rez playback unit, this versatile box’s on-board Intel Core2 Extreme quad qx9300 processor powers a fast Windows PC inside, letting you hook up a mouse, keyboard and a larger monitor to edit together your shots using whichever Windows editing software you prefer.

Shipping next month is the first Cinedeck/Extreme model, capable of handling resolutions up to 1080p. Later this year, the company will roll out versions for 3D shooting, higher-rez 2K film work, and even a model that handles footage from those sweet 1080p-shooting digital SLR cameras. Pricing starts at $7995, so you can see it’s intended for pro use on film shoots.

via Portable Cinedeck lets filmmakers record and edit high-rez footage | DVICE.


HDMI 1.4’s 3D spec publicly released

February 8, 2010

HDMI 1.4’s 3D spec publicly released

Panasonic RealD active shutter glasses

3D’s happening whether you like it or not — but the good news is that there won’t be any format war to go with the adoption of the new tech. At least that’s the sense we’ve been getting, as most manufacturers are adopting active shutter glasses, delivery will happen on cable, satellite, and Blu-ray, and now the HDMI Licensing group has opened up the 3D portion of the HDMI 1.4 spec so non-licensees can make their gear compatible. There’ll be some changes coming down the pike in HDMI 1.4a, but that’s also due for public release, so really we’ll all be one big dorky family in 3D glasses when this is all over.

via Engadget HD.