Early this year, Atomos released the Connect SDI/HDMI convertor. It’s a portable convertor that comes in two flavours – the Connect H2S (converts HDMI to SDI) and the Connect S2H (converts SDI to HDMI). It’s a fantastic little device, and has been somewhat overlooked since its release earlier in the summer. Now, there are a few products out there that perform the conversion task, but the majority are not portable. Despite being small devices, most require AC power. This immediately bumps the Atomos Connect towards the top of the list for fieldwork. But Atomos didn’t simply just add a battery; this is a well-designed bit of kit that’s made to fit seamlessly into any professional workflow that requires this conversion.Read more
The GoPro HERO2 action camera has become quite popular in the world of sports television. In April when GoPro announced 35Mbit & the implementation of a Technicolor Gamma Curve they got our attention. Today GoPro announced the WIFI BacPac™ + Wi-Fi Remote Combo. Their ad (seen above) looks pretty impressive to me. $99 will turn your iPhone (or other smartphone) into a remote monitor that’s good for up to 180m range and can connect to up to 50 GoPro’s. This is intriguing not only because you can monitor & control your GoPro’s at a very reasonable price, but also because it opens up new possibilities of filmmaking and makes the GoPro even more versatile. This can be used to monitor a quad-copter rig for example or control & monitor the camera at any other inconvenient location. The GoPro WIFI combo can be ordered here [UPDATE:] now (limited quantity): The GoPro HERO2 Technicolor ProTune firmware update is said to come soon. We’ll keep you posted.Read more
When we had our first 1 day no-budget Scarlet-X shoot two weeks ago (see short and field report here) we bumped into one major problem: Backing up the data on this MacBook Pro via FW800 just took too long (30 minutes for a 64GB card) and we ended up not having a second backup (!). This is a situation you simply can’t have. If that backup dies the work (and money) that went into that shooting day dies with it. Read on for the solution to this problem:Read more
Here’s something that you might even find cool if you don’t need it. Atomos, the makers of the famous Ninja harddisk recorder just announced their Atomos Connect converters. These devices can’t shoot your movie, but they can almost do everything else. Not only do they convertRead more
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