Tag Archives: Products of Note


The Oracle of FDTimes speaks: two more days before 2012 futures are due. Here are our soothsayings. Y4K 2012 will be the “Year of 4K.” Like HDTV, it could be premature. 2013 and 2014 will also be the “Year of 4K.” Remember when 2005 was the “Year of HD,” after its US introduction in 1998? This time, it will not take… read more…


LiveU: Backpack Broadcasting

On Sunday, August 28, 2011, Fox News Photographer/Editor Paul Celeste set up his camera at Newport Harbor in Rhode Island, preparing for a long day of live shots as Hurricane Irene passed over.  Through most the morning the satellite truck was stable, sheltered from the wind by a parking garage. But, when the eye passed overhead and the winds shifted,… read more…

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Hurricane Irene Tracking

To track Hurricane Irene: Stormpulse: www.stormpulse.com/atlantic Stormpulse is used by NASA, the White House Situation Room, Fedex, Carnival Cruise Lines, and should be on every film crew’s list of essential websites. Coming soon to iPad.


Cine Deck

Alan Hoff  from Cinedeck calls his product an “extremely capable recorder”. A look at the spec sheet shows, he’s not bragging. The Cinedeck ($ 9995)  is not much larger than a 7″ monitor, records up to 4:4:4 uncompressed (with a $ 2995 option installed), has Ambient timecode ($ 795 option) and records to SSDs or SSD raids. The base version… read more…

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AFC Micro Salon 2010

Highlights of AFC Micro Salon 2010. Full report coming soon. Click here for full-screen slideshow.

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pCAM App for iPhone

David Eubank is a busy Hollywood Camera Assistant with a long list of impressive credits. Between high-profile jobs, he somehow has managed to conjure up the killer App for the Film Business: pCAM for iPhone. This amazing App is fast, intuitive, easy to understand and a pleasure to use. Beautiful GUI interface. It is easy to load, amazingly comprehensive, faster… read more…

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Mill Colour: Grading on iPhone

Thanks to Mako Koiwai for spotting Mill Colour, a terrific, free iPhone app from those wonderful visual effects people at The Mill. Use it on location to take a reference picture with your iPhone, then emulate primary grading and basic looks. In the iTune App Store, search for The Mill or Mill Colour.

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New iPhone with video and compass

The new Apple iPhone 3G S was just shown at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, with the things we’ve been waiting for: video, compass, cut-paste, landscape typing, longer battery life. Watch for reports on new Apps for set and location.

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Digital Readers for FDTimes

Looks like we’ll see larger, color, Kindle-like digital readers for publications like Film and Digital Times and our technical books in about two years. Imagine an entire shelf of technical books on a reader that’s the size of a pad of paper. Prime View International just acquired E Ink, who make the displays for the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader. Look… read more…


Mother…er…Daddy of All Camera Bags

Markus Davids, underwater cinematographer and clever colleague, has come up with yet another well-conceived camera bag. The CineBags CAMERA DADDY has a customizable interior to carry a SONY EX3, SONY Z5U, Panasonic HVX200, or RED ONE. Helpful details include an ID tag to label your camera bags, waterproof material, large padded shoulder strap, large opening for easy camera loading, 4… read more…