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NAB SHOW 2011 – Some Comments

NABShow

NAB Show 2011 has ended few days ago, and we couldn’t let it go without sharing some comments and thoughts.

One of the most relevant considerations for the convergence trend and the HDSLR market is to remind that NAB was mainly (and mostly) aimed to broadcasting equipment. In fact NAB means “National Association of Broadcasters”, so NAB Show was all about that.

At least it was until the appearance of Canon EOS 5D Mark II and all subsequent cameras with Full HD movie/video capturing capabilities.

That’s not a minor point, but a very big one. If you had the chance to visit NAB Show few years ago, and also this latest 2011 show, you know what we mean.

In this 2011 version, there were LOT of new products clearly aimed for HDSLR cameras, more than ever.

There is no doubt that the Canon 5D Mark II was a “game changer”, even without Canon’ specific intentionality (in fact they were surprised and didn’t expect that success, it took them many months, with huge amount of firmware improvements requests in between (1) to realize the potential of this new growing market).

Since then, everything has changed to most major DSLR cameras manufacturers.

Note (1): Just to mention few of those worldwide campaigns and requests: Petition to Canon Inc., “Calling Canon” Campaign , List of Fixes & Improvements, and thousands of Canon customers and users requesting by their own or by many other ways.

MUCH MORE ABOUT NAB SHOW 2011

Below we list a couple of our friends who have covered this event and can give you lot more of VERY interesting information of new technologies and products at NAB Show 2011. We highly recommend checking their websites:

You can find lot of additional information at many other sites, and of course you can visit NABShow website as well.

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Image credits: © 2011 National Association of Broadcasters

April 19, 2011 Posted by | News & Info | , , , , | Leave a comment

Canon Rebates – March 2011

INSTANT REBATES ENDING SOON

Promotion ends March 19, 2011.

For those who still don’t know, there is an “Instant Rebate” and “Double Instant Rebate” promotion available for Canon DSLR cameras and lenses ending soon. This may be a good time for making your purchases.

It works as always: you simply buy one or more of the qualifying lenses or cameras and you get an instant rebate on your final price. You simply pay less.

But if you buy a camera AND a lens that qualify at the same time, then you get a double instant rebate! The double discount will be displayed on your shopping cart. It’s that easy.

For instance the Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS II USM (the best Canon 70-200mm 2.8L zoom lens by far, which we really recommend) currently has $200 instant rebate, but if you buy it with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II or Canon EOS 60D (or any other DSLR that qualifies) at the same time, you will get a $400 instant rebate on the lens. Nice!

For your convenience we provide a list of the current promotions below.

– List of DSLR Camera and Lenses with Instant Rebates:

– List of DSLR that qualify for Double Instant Rebates:

Purchase any of the above DSLR cameras and take advantage of the double instant rebates on the lenses mentioned above.

Important: Please note that B&H does not process web orders from Friday evening to Saturday evening.

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March 16, 2011 Posted by | PROMOS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Canon EOS T3i / 600D in Stock!

The latest Canon DSLR camera, EOS Rebel T3i/600D, announced in February of this year is finally in stock!

This entry-level HDSLR has really great features, especially if you are interested in the movie/video capturing capabilities, or if you are new to the DSLR world.

Please check these links:

SOME FEATURES

Some of the main features include:

  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor
  • 3.0″ Clear View Vari-Angle LCD
  • 100-6400 ISO
  • Full HD Movie Mode w/ Manual Exposure
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
  • 3.7 Frames/Second Continuous Shooting
  • 63 Zone Dual-Layer Metering / 9-Point AF
  • Intelligent Auto Mode
  • x3 to x10 Zoom in Full HD (exclusive new feature)

and more…

CANON EOS 60D vs. T3i/600D

We don’t like to just post about a new camera being in stock.

Instead, we place ourselves in the reader’s perspective and potential customer who may be considering to buy a Canon DSLR camera. So, keeping this in mind and the similar specifications and prices, we cannot avoid making some comments comparing the EOS 60D vs. EOS T3i/600D, especially since they currently have a very small difference in price.

These are some differences between them, besides the lens kit option, that you should consider if you plan to buy one of these cameras. Please check the comparison below:

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March 1, 2011 Posted by | EOS T3i/600D, News & Info, PROMOS | , , , , | 2 Comments

Using Stills to create Matte Painting Effects in your footage

How to use stills to create simple matte painting effects for your DSLR footage

This is another great video tutorial for people using HDSLR cameras for filmmaking purposes.

Credits: Robino Films

Quoted text from the video description:

Taking stills before rolling your DSLR can save you a lot of time during post production when working with shots plagued with aliasing, moire and other unwanted issues.

This tutorial demonstrates how to save a poorly lit night scene using a long exposure still with a Canon 5D.

NOTE: Other more complex examples of this technique can be seen at the end of this video.

Software used:

After Effects
Photoshop
– Cineform FirstLight

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February 16, 2011 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, CANON, Tutorials | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tutorial 10-Bit Colorspace Up-conversion

Canon DSLR Footage 10-Bit Colorspace Up-conversion Tutorial

Credits: Robino Films

Quoted text from the video description:

Learn how to prepare your Canon DSLR footage for editing and color correction by up-converting 8-Bit compressed colorspace clips to true 10-bit 4:2:2 or 12-bit 4:4:4.

NOTE:

This tutorial demonstrates the cleaning of one clip from beginning to end. When working on a long form project, edit your film and then work on your final clips at the end. You can use FirstLight to apply film curves while editing since it’s real time and non destructive to give feel to your shots.

…and backup your original files!

Software used:

– Cineform NeoHD
– HDlink
– FirstLight
– Neat Video plugin
After Effects

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February 14, 2011 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, CANON, Tutorials | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

USB Follow Focus Controller PRE-ORDERS

Less than 48hs after the official release, the new USB Follow Focus Controller has run out of stock!

But we were notified that due to the very high demand the manufacturer (Okii Systems LLC.) is now accepting pre-orders.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT

The manufacturer kindly allowed us to give a Coupon Code to get $50 discount on your purchase. It is cumulative, if you buy two controllers you get $100 discount.

  • COUPON CODE: okii50

To place your order visit the manufacturer website: www.okii.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=FF-001

Please check our dedicated section USB FF Controller which includes a brief description, features list, some video tests and very important technical information and details that all potential customers should read.

PRE-ORDER INFORMATION

Quoted text from the manufacturer website:

Preorder Information

Due to the high demand for this item we are allowing preorders, which will reserve you a USB Follow Focus on a first-come, first-served basis. As inventory arrives, orders will be processed in the order they are received.

The next production run is expected to be ready the week of February 21, 2011. There are a limited number of units, so there is no guarantee that the incoming inventory will cover all preorders. Unfulfilled preorders will roll over to later production runs. At any time you may cancel your preorder and receive a full refund.

As with any kind of manufacturing, circumstances beyond our control may lead to production delays. Please be assured that we are working as hard as possible to meet our projected delivery dates.

Please refrain from emailing about preorder status. This page plus the Okii Facebook and Twitter pages will be updated regularly with status information.

Image on top courtesy of Okii Systems LLC.

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February 3, 2011 Posted by | EOS 1D Mk IV, EOS 5D Mk II, EOS 60D, EOS 7D, EOS T2i/550D, NEW Devices & Accessories, News & Info, PROMOS | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

USB Follow Focus Controller Released

Okii Systems LLC. has released today the Okii USB Follow Focus Controller for Canon HDSLR cameras. As mentioned earlier, this device can do MUCH more than controlling focus.

We have opened a dedicated section called USB Follow Focus Controller with full details, important information and some video tests for your convenience.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT

As previously announced, the manufacturer kindly allowed us to give a COUPON CODE to get a discount of $50 to all those readers interested to buy it.

Please check the USB Follow Focus Controller section for the coupon code and more details.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION & USER GUIDE

It is very important to understand that this is not a mechanical follow focus, but a USB one, with its advantages and limitations (the real limitations are due to Canon’s USB implementation).

To fully understand the capabilities and benefits of the Okii USB Follow Focus controller, you should read the following:

Once you really understand HOW the controller works, then you start taking advantage of its capabilities. It is VERY important to configure the controller to your specific camera and lens to avoid confusion. So take a bit of time reading the instructions.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

You will find lot of additional information, feedback and some video tests on the previously mentioned section. Please also check the manufacturer website for even more detailed technical information and pictures of the product.

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January 28, 2011 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, EOS 1D Mk IV, EOS 5D Mk II, EOS 60D, EOS 7D, EOS T2i/550D, NEW Devices & Accessories, News & Info, PROMOS, REVIEWS | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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