Facing stiff competition from the likes of Panasonic's GH4 and Sony's a7S Blackmagic lowered the price of the Pocket Camera to a mere $495. Keep in mind that this camera is a MFT (micro four-thirds) mount, but has the capability of shooting in any flavor or ProRes (courtesy of the latest firmware update) as well as CinemaDNG RAW. It's also a smaller sensor than the above listed cameras with its Super 16 sized sensor (12.48mm x 7.02mm), which amounts to a nearly 3X crop factor on lenses. The crop factor gets reduced to nearly APS-C sizes (~1.7x) if a Metabones speed booster gets attached.
Ryan Holmes Cut Color Post. Excerpts, quips, and musings on the production and post-production industry of editing, color grading, and deliverables.
Robin's right. Killing Aereo doesn't stop their problem. In the same way that shutting down Napster didn't help the RIAA. The problem is that technology is moving faster than these companies. And the companies want to continue to sit on their profit margins more than serve their customer base. It's only a matter of time until a company, product, or service crops up that really addresses how customers consume media (anytime, anywhere, on any device) and forces the main telcos to adapt. Or if it plays out like the RIAA, until an Apple like company throws the telcos a lifeline via an iTunes-esque software/service and then begins to shift the balance of power.
Netflix updates their ISP speed ratings monthly. It's a fascinatingly awful picture of just how poor our speeds are here in the States. Enjoy the bitter reality:
Apple introduced another codec to the ProRes family last week, ProRes 4444 XQ. This codec is geared towards high-end visual fx as the codec supports 12 bits per image channel, 16 bits for the alpha channel and carries a data rate of about 500mbps for 1080p30. From Apple's White Paper:
This is welcomed news for vfx pros in a ProRes-centric workflow. However, I would imagine most doing work at this level are in a DPX sequence workflow. But having the additional option may prove to be helpful for some shops.
You can add this to the growing line of professional apps that Apple has killed off without warning for users - Shake, Final Cut Server, Final Cut Pro 7, DVD Studio Pro, etc. It's one of the reasons that I am not a skeptical Apple software users. Any Apple software I use I do so with the intent of not marrying myself to it because inevitably Apple will pull the rug out from under you.
At least this time it appears that Apple will give users a way to migrate their libraries from Aperture to the new Photos app. Something I wish would've been allowed when FCP X was released in 2011.
This is also a great time to add, if you're not a Lightroom CC user there's no better time to join up!