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June 15, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) – Cotton Carrier Systems announced today a new line of camera harnesses that are completely redesigned with new features, greater flexibility, and more options for active photographers. The new G3 Camera Harnesses provide added comfort with a more stylish, ergonomic design to keep cameras safe and accessible while allowing photographers to go hands free for total mobility.
When Pebble announced its Kickstarter to fund its watch a few years ago, I jumped on board. For two years I enjoyed the functions and features of the watch, but there was something lacking. Apparently, the company also found something lacking, as it announced it is shutting down operations.
For the last couple of weeks I have had a chance to test the new AG-UX90 camera from Panasonic. The lightweight camera is great for the photog on the go or for those doing documentary work. Should you grab this camera? I run down the great, and not so great features of the camera, in this review.
Adobe has announced the new feature set for Adobe After Effects CC 2017 (November 2016 release). This release is the first time in a long time where I didn’t participate in the Adobe Pre-Release program, so all of the new features and announcements are fresh for me too!
The Sun and the clouds were just right and I couldn’t pass up taking this panorama of the sky. Would have been interesting if I could have gotten a full 360-degrees.
Binaural audio recording has always fascinated me since I first heard it and learned about it college oh so many years ago. In 1992, a binaural microphone setup cost $10,000 or move. Bad news, in 2016, a Neumann KU 100 Dummy Head Microphone costs $8,000, but there are several cheaper alternatives.
I’m always impressed with the storage size manufacturers are able to squeeze onto SD cards. I use several 128GB cards when I shoot video episodes of Munchkin Land in glorious 4k. It allows me to resize and fit the image to get the perfect shot, even when no one is running the camera. Using the AVCHD format, I can squeeze nearly four and a half hours of content on each card.
Now the game has completely changed with the introduction of 1TB – ONE TERABYTE – of storage on a single SD card.
Before you get too excited, keep in mind the 1TB SD card, on display at Photokina 2016, is only a prototype. SanDisk has not announced a price point or release date (sometime in 2017). 512GB SD cards sell for $300 on B&H Photo Video. One thing I’ve noticed is that the price drops dramatically when the new storage size is offered. If I were to guess, I would say the 1TB card will sell for $400, with the 512GB cards dropping to $125 (or less).
For me, if the cards are affordable enough (the cheaper the better), the 1TB SD cards would allow me to record nearly 12 hours of video on a single card. That may seem like overkill, but we do have some games that run six plus hours, and not having to worry about running out of space on the camera puts me at ease. On the other hand, I’m going to need to store all of that content somewhere while I edit, which means the network storage system, which is currently at 77% capacity is going to need an upgrade at a cost of several thousand dollars.
For the rest of you, in addition to having tons of storage space for stills and videos, the introduction of a 1TB card means users will have little to no reason to ever take their cards out of their cameras. Over the weekend I shot 3,500 images of my son playing soccer. For the sports photographers they should be able to shoot entire sporting events on one card without fear of running out of space.
How much would you be willing to pay for a 1TB card for your camera?
Panasonic has announced its line of PTZ cameras will now be recognizable as Ethernet cameras on local area networks. This means the cameras are not able to connect with NewTek Connect Pro.
Chaos Group has announced the Phoenix 3D plugin for 3ds Max has received an upgrade so animators can create even more realistic fire, liquids, smoke, and more without needing a PhD in Fluid Dynamics.