When you’re considering what to invest your money into in regards to camera equipment what comes to mind? Some may say the camera body, but with technology changing moment to moment the body is one of the most disposable pieces of a camera rig. At best you may be able to get three to four good years before it’s time to replace it. If you’re talking a DSLR body, expect to lose 50% of what you paid for it if you resell it
I was really interested to see how camera makers reps would respond to questions about installing custom firmware on their cameras. I approached Canon, Nikon & Panasonic customer service departments with a simple question:
I love this! The NEXTO DI NVS 2825 Video Storage Air is a location media backup device. I first came across the predecessor the unit back in 2009 and I loved it then. In fact I made a video about it back then for CVP. Anyway they have a new device which is awesome…well 2 models actually. The NVS 2501 and the NVS 2825 The unit I have to review is the NVS 2825
Ripple Tools II is an expanded set of 12 Final Cut Pro X plugins that allow you to quickly accomplish a number of effects and editorial tasks. Add Glows and Rays to your text and video; format and animate your text along 4 different path types; remove unwanted pixels using the Cloner; create scrolls or crawls with custom graphics or video; apply various retiming effects; and use classic effects such as Tritone, Blink and Vignette....
The demo video looks like some really cool addons to FCPX
Magic Lantern (ML) is a Canon firmware toolbox specifically aiming for the video segment. It has recently got a huge buzz for enabling a Canon's 5DmkII to shoot 24P RAW video. And while ML is not the oldest of custom firmware, it is definitely one of the more mature ones, with many movie makers using it on production setups. As with CHDK, it usually run from the memory card and does not require a firmware "flush.
A reader informed me that Samsung released the code for the NX200 and NX300 mirrorless cameras as open source based on the Cortex A9 quad core CPU and Neon coprocessor. This means that everyone can download it and make their own modifications, fix bugs, add new features, etc. As far as I know, this is the first major camera manufacturer to release their source code to the public. Could this be the beginning of the open source camera...
Good golly this is amazing! Camera company releasing the code? Asking people to create new features? Unheard of! But great to see.
Like you I spend a bunch of time every single day working through my inbox, answering emails, sending emails, reading emails, deleting emails. I’ve shared my personal inbox management system before so you can go ahead and read that if you missed it but the fact is that you and I spend a buttload of time there.
Which means, naturally, that there is a literal cost of real resources that we’ve allocated to it. I emphasize real here because some people have not ever thought about this and are making many people’s lives very miserable, like mine.... read more!
John is so right - I get lots of emails asking me for help and other things. I don't always think about how much time this all takes and this is a great reminder.