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Apple announces Final Cut Studio 2 and Final Cut Server

April 16, 2007 Apple today took the wraps off Final Cut Studio 2, a significant upgrade to the company’s video production suite that delivers new creative tools designed expressly for editors. Final Cut Studio 2 includes Final Cut Pro 6, which introduces Apple’s ProRes 422 format for uncompressed HD quality at SD file sizes and support for mixed video formats and frame rates in a single Timeline; Motion 3 featuring an intuitive 3D environment, paint and new behaviors; Soundtrack Pro 2 with dozens of innovative tools for multitrack editing, surround mixing and conforming sound to picture; Compressor 3 delivering powerful batch encoding for multiple formats with a single click; and DVD Studio Pro 4.2 for SD and HD DVD authoring. Apple also introduced Final Cut Server, a powerful new server application that works seamlessly with Final Cut Studio 2 to provide media asset management and workflow automation for post production and broadcast professionals.  Read More

The Olympus SP-550 UZ has 18X zoom

March 12, 2007 Now that we seemingly have more than enough megapixels, the digital camera manufacturers appear to have started a magnification war, with Olympus exhibiting its 18x optical zoom SP-550 UZ (Ultra Zoom) at this week’s PMA show and Sony showing its 15x optical zoom, Cyber-shot H7 and the H9 models. Indeed, down at the ultracompact end of the range, Casio crammed a 7X zoom into its Exilim EX-V7 – that’s a 7X optical zoom inside a camera just one inch thick. Extrapolate those figures back to the days of 35mm SLR photography and you’ll have cause to ponder just how far things might go in the longer term. For the miniscule Exilim, that’s the equivalent of a 35mm-266mm zoom lens in 35mm terms, and several different anti-shake technologies are employed, including a mechanical CCD-shift image stabiliser. It’s the Olympus SP-550 UZ that blows us away though – its focal length spans an amazing 28mm-504mm (in 35mm terms) and it employs double protection against camera shake with Dual Image Stabilization, combining high ISO values with a CCD-based mechanical image stabiliser, where a built-in gyro sensor detects camera movement and adjusts the CCD accordingly. On top of that, the 7.1 megapixel SP-550 UZ offers the highest burst rate (15 frames per second) of any compact digital camera., shoots 640x480 video at 30fps and hits the streets this month at US$500.  Read More

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March 12, 2007 Responding to the growing demand for super zoom digital cameras, Sony showed its new 8-megapixel DSC-H9 and DSC-H7 models at PMA, with both cameras featuring powerful Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lenses, Sony’s new advanced sports shooting mode and high-definition outputs so they easily connect to a HDTV for spectacular reproduction. The advanced sports shooting mode combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing. The cameras can quickly focus on fast-moving subjects by predicting where those subjects will be in the frame. This predictive technology also helps to reduce shutter lag, the time it takes for the camera to focus and shoot.  Read More

ViviCam 6200w waterproof camera

March 12, 2007 Vivitar’s new US$230 ViviCam 6200w could become a landmark product in the evolution of the digital camera – it is the first waterproof camera to be marketed directly at the consumer. We see it as the digital camera growing up – what’s the point in having a digital camera if it’s so delicate that you regularly need to leave it behind rather than risk its demise. Now there’s a cost-effective way of ensuring your camera can handle the effects of salt, sand, dust and dirt. Not surprisingly, there’s no optical zoom, but it offers six megapixel resolution and it can capture underwater images to a depth of 10 metres.  Read More

Sony debuts its first wireless Digital Camera

March 9, 2007 Sony today introduced a 6-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-G1 digital camera with the ability to send photos wirelessly to other Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-enabled devices, such as another camera or a PC. Sony’s director of marketing for digital cameras Phil Lubell called the announcement "a step towards realizing a platform for networked photo communication. We will continue to explore the possibilities for networked digital imaging as broadband Internet becomes more pervasive in American homes." The new model’s camera-to-camera wireless capability makes it possible to send your friends a photo at the push of a button. It's also possible for up to four camera users to send each other photos in real time. With a DLNA-compatible PC, storing and sharing photos becomes simplified through wireless image transfer from the camera to the PC.  Read More

Canon’s TX1 PowerShot – 7.1 MPX, 10x optical zoom, Image Stabilizer and VGA movies at 30 f...

February 22, 2007 Canon has announced the latest state-of-the-art compact digital still and video camera - the 7.1 megapixel PowerShot TX1 offers 10x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer and can shoot VGA (640 x 480 pixels) movies at 30 fps (in a traditional 4:3 aspect ratio) and can capture high-resolution still images while recording movies, helping to ensure that milestone memories are preserved for picture frames, photo albums and e-mail sharing as well as for video viewing. The TX1 features an enhanced Canon DiG!C III image processor with innovative technology including in-camera red-eye correction and improved Face Detection with Flash Exposure. The enhanced DiG!C III processor enables in-camera red-eye correction with the touch of a button. Available next month, the US$500 TX1 is the size of a deck of playing cards, making it ideal as a permanent companion.  Read More

Canon to release of The World's Fastest Digital SLR

February 22, 2007 Canon is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its top-selling EOS single lens reflex camera system by announcing the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR, the world's fastest digital SLR camera. At 10 frames per second, the 10.1 megapixel EOS-1D Mark III digital SLR can fire huge motor-driven bursts of 110 Large JPEGs or 30 RAW files because it employs the new Dual DIGIC III image processor engine, providing enough computational horsepower to do parallel processing at a rate unmatched by any other digital SLR. The all-new 10.1 megapixel, APS-H size CMOS sensor is the most light-sensitive and innovative sensor that Canon has developed to date. It features a new microlens array and a more efficient pixel structure for ultra-low noise, resulting in exceptional image quality and an amazing ISO range of 100 to 3200 with extensions to ISO 50 and a highly usable ISO 6400. Scheduled for initial U.S. shipments in Spring, the estimated selling price of the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR will be similar to that of its predecessor, the EOS-1D Mark II N Digital SLR. A ready to shoot EOS-1D Mk III weighs in at only 1,335g (225g lighter than its predecessor, including battery).  Read More

World's smallest and lightest High-Def Digital Video Camera takes 7.1-Megapixel still imag...

January 11, 2007 Packed with performance upgrades including a new 7.38-megapixel CCD image sensor that dramatically improves low-light sensitivity, the new SANYO Xacti HD2 is the world's smallest and lightest high-definition digital video camera. The SANYO Xacti HD2 will be available in March for around US$700, combining the functionality of a 720p high-definition digital camcorder and 7.1-megapixel digital still camera into one ergonomic, pocket-sized device.  Read More

World's First Full HD 1920x1080i Consumer Camcorder

January 8, 2007 Due on shelves in April, JVC’s new HD Everio GZ-HD7 camcorder is the first to offer full HD 1920x1080i video quality combined with hard drive recording. The aim is high def simplicity, with no removable tapes or discs, the simplicity of a point-and-shoot camcorder plus all the features, technology and manual controls that appeal to the serious videographer. The 60GB built-in hard drive records five hours of full HD 1920x1080i at a high 30Mbps(MAX) Mbps, recording through three CCDs and a Fujinon lens.  Read More

Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta announced

December 15, 2006 Early adopters of Intel Macs have been suffering a painful wait for Universal Binary versions of Adobe software - left no choice but to soldier on using Rosetta, and suffering with horsepower straight out of the archaic G4 era as a result. Adobe have finally announced the pending release of the Photoshop CS3 Beta, and thankfully, the fun isn't all for Intel Mac users.  Read More

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