Our favorite video streaming portal Vimeo recently announced that they are about to introduce 4K streaming in Q1 2016 to all their users (right now, they say it’s for a select few). It’s been possible to download 4K versions already for a while now, if the content was uploaded in a 4K (or greater) resolution. The streaming option however is new. Also, as of now, they start offering variable streaming which can be selected from each video individually. So far, HD videos were usually defaulted to 720p streaming if the “HD” icon at the bottom right in a video was enabled (unless otherwise specified by the video creator in their settings). Now, when you click on that same HD logo, you can select various resolutions, among them of course 720p and 1080p. 4K is likely to be added to that menu in the future. 4K will also be available for Vimeo On Demand as well, which is interesting for filmmakers who sell or rent their work there. Vimeo also say that they are testing adaptive streaming and that it will be introduced soon – like the resolution options, this is reminiscent of YouTube, where this has been normal operation procedure for quite a while now. Vimeo will also introduce this for iOS and Apple TV versions of their app to allow for changing internet connection quality (however Apple TV does not support 4K at this stage). via NoFilmSchool & VarietyRead more
OWC, known to manufacture affordable Mac hardware, just announced that they managed to break the speed record for affordable external thunderbolt RAID storage. [UPDATE]: We’ve received numerous e-mails with claims that the benchmarks by OWC are incorrect. The title of this article has been updated accordingly. Especially filmmakers and editors have been waiting for affordable and fast thunderbolt based storage solutions, a few of which we’ve finally seen hitting the market last year. Just a few months ago OWC introduced their ThunderBay line of 4-drive external RAID-ready storage solutions, recently refreshing it with Thunderbolt 2 connections. It is available in configurations from 4TB up to 16TB and also offered as a diskless enclosure that goes for $429. Mac Pro’s 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports boost speed Several of the OWC drives can be chained together using a combination of the two Thunderbolt 2 ports it has. However the great speeds described can only be achieved using a Mac Pro that sports 6 separate thunderbolt connections. This is how OWC achieved speeds of nearly 4,000MB/s. The benchmark testing showed 3,990MB/s read and 3,802MB/s write speeds, running an HDD array of 3x 12TB OWC ThunderBay 4 drives. They achieved similar numbers running SSD drives. [UPDATE]: numerous e-mails with claims that the benchmarks by OWC are incorrect. In different benchmark tests the maximum speed that could be achieved with the method described here would be 1902 MB/s. The 12TB OWC ThunderBay 4 drives used cost $939 each, making this the most affordable ultra-fast storage solution available. OWC says: The Mac Pro has a total of six Thunderbolt 2 ports connecting to three separate Thunderbolt 2 busses, with two ports to each bus. We connected one ThunderBay 4 to one of the two ports available for each bus to get the maximum performance. Those three ThunderBay 4 enclosures were made into a single RAID-0 array using the built-in software RAID-0 in OS X. We then fired up the benchmarking tools and watched in awe at the performance the ThunderBay 4 enclosures achieved. This combination of performance and storage comes at a fraction of the price of rack-based storage. The ThunderBay 4 enclosures generally got very good reviews. Other, less affordable, but proven solutions include the new G-technology external RAID drives and the Promise Pegasus RAID, both of which are now also compatible with Apple’s new Thunderbolt 2 standard. image via macsalesRead more
Very intriguing. Metabones (the Hong Kong based company who created the most renown Canon EF-lens to Sony NEX-camera adapter) introduce an adapter that boosts your lenses speed by 1 f-stop. But there’s more…Read more
For many the Blackmagic Cinema Camera with MFT mount was a pretty exciting announcement as it opens up the camera for the use with many different kinds of lenses. SLR Magic just confirmed that they are now woking on creating some inexpensive anamorphic lenses. The company is known to produce the famous Noktor primes that have an extreme lowlight capability with their f-stop of f0.95.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
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