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Frugalfilmmakers is going to NAB

  After many years of not going to the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, it is time to go again. This is the biggest media show of the year and even though it has the name broadcaster in it, this show has evolved into the biggest media equipment show. The HDSLR revolution is well represented at this convention now. All the manufactures will be there as well a lot small guys who do speciality equipment and software. These are the booths I like to find. The majors are coming around to make things for us frugal filmmakers … Continue reading

AT&T Archives – Microworld

This is a fun historical film for AT&T. Back in 1976, microprocessors had a maximum of 8.5K transistors for 64bits of memory. The Queen of England sent her first email, and Steve Wozniak designed the Apple I. And a post-Star Trek but pre-TJ Hooker William Shatner made this film for AT&T about the future of microprocessors. The chips were tiny at that time, to be sure, but paltry in terms of memory by today’s standards. Yet Moore’s Law had already been in effect for 11 years by this point, enough time to see that the future was going to be … Continue reading

Canon Jumps on Thunderbolt

Just saw this on provideocoalition.com Canon jumps on Thunderbolt Steve Hullfish | 03/10 Canon first to jump on Apple Bandwagon So, when Apple recently announced support for Thunderbolt the biggest question after the release by many in the video community was: “Who else is going to support this?” The answer has come from a major player: Canon. This is a natural partner who can obviously utilize Thunderbolt’s 10Gbps port. Thursday Canon announced that it would be coming out with at least one video camera that would use Intel’s Thunderbolt port. According to Canon’s Hiroo Edakubo, “We are excited about Thunderbolt … Continue reading

Apple and Intel’s Thunderbolt Could Revolutionize Portable Live Streaming Production

More good news for production people. This an article from www.streamingmedia.com on the impact of Thunderbolt. “For video mixing, however, the use of a laptop has been limited by both connectivity options and the processing required for HD production. The advent of Thunderbolt, along with the joint release of quad-core i7 processors in laptops, though, has enough throughput to allow multiple uncompressed HD streams to flow in to and out of the laptop. The potential for video mixing and streaming, plus external connectivity to multiple cameras and monitors can’t be understated, given the throughput and multiple-protocol basis for Thunderbolt.”

Halfmac.info Blog has moved to frugalfilmmakers.com

Halfmac.info Blog has moved to frugalfilmmakers.com This is the right place! All future posts about filmmaking and photography have moved to frugalfilmmakers.com. We started this blog to feature exciting developments in those fields. Things are changing fast with HDSLR’s, SLE’s or mirrorless cameras and large sensor video cameras. Computers are moving quickly as well. We try to keep up and find bargains along the way. It is a brave new world and very exciting. Subscribe to the new blog on this site.

The King’s Speech to Be Re-Edited? Update – YES

Just read an article on www.reelzchannel.com which is bad for filmmakers. They want to re-edited the “The Kings Speech” to get a PG-13 rating. THIS IS TOO BAD! The MPAA is a crock ‘O sh*t. “The Kings Speech” is not an R rated film. The “The Dark Knight” IS and was rated PG-13. Hollywood has an incredible bias against Foreign Films. I have seen so many films from overseas that should have not been rated R like “Topsy-Turvy” about Gilbert & Sullivan. They should simply resubmit the film for what it should be rated, PG-13. Even my 90 year old … Continue reading

A New Interface, A New Drive

The new “Little Big Disk” from LaCie is the first in a range of storage and peripherals solutions from LaCie that feature the all-new Thunderbolt technology, developed by Intel and brought to market in collaboration with Apple. Promising ultra-fast data transfer speeds and “workstation-class” power and functionality in compact devices, Thunderbolt technology allows faster content editing than ever before, and facilitates complete system backups in minutes. Available by summer 2011 from the LaCie Online Store, the LaCie Little Big Disk takes advantage of this technology to store and back up large video files and entire photo galleries at unheard of … Continue reading

Thunderbolt™ Technology: The Fastest Data Connection for Video Hard Drives

This will be very good for video editors.  We are talking 4 streams of uncompressed HD video playing at once on a laptop.  Major throughput. Intel Press Release: Blazingly Fast Data Transfer Combines with HD Display Connectivity to Enable New Usages and Peripheral Devices NEWS HIGHLIGHTS Thunderbolt™ technology is a new high-speed PC connection technology that runs at 10Gbps. Thunderbolt technology supports both data and display on a single cable, enabling greater simplicity, flexibility and new and exciting ways to use a PC. Apple* is the first customer to offer Thunderbolt technology, coming first on its new line of MacBook* … Continue reading

New Final Cut? Lets Hope So!

This is from TechCrunch. New Final Cut Pro Is Real, And It’s Spectacular (And It’s Expected Spring 2011) Alexia Tsotsis 13 hours ago Because it seems like it’s Apple rumor day I’d thought I’d throw my (very small) hat in the ring. More than a year has passed since Final Cut Pro’s last release and we’ve seen two reported Steve Jobs emails talking up a product that many thought Apple had given up on (“Stay tuned and buckle up.” and “Next release will be awesome.”) but no product itself. This might change soon however, as we’re hearing that the highly … Continue reading