Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Digital Video

The FPS1000 captures slow motion video at up to 18,500 frames per second for the price of ...

Slow motion video is undeniably cool. It's not only visually intoxicating, it gives you a mind-bending perspective on the most fleeting of life's moments. Slow something down enough, and your brain can begin to catch up on the physics, dynamics and emotional content of events that transpire in the blink of an eye. The FPS1000 is a small, hand-held camera designed to capture slow motion video at up to 18,500 frames per second for the price of a decent compact instead of your typical US$100,000 slow-mo rig.  Read More

The TiVo Mega features 24 TB of storage thanks to 10 hot-swappable HDDs

TiVo obviously believes things have improved since 1992 when Bruce Springsteen sang about 57 Channels (And Nothin' On). The company has announced the TiVo Mega, a digital video recorder (DVR) that packs a whopping 24 TB capacity. This allows the device to store over 26,000 hours of TV, which translates to around three years of non-stop viewing – which would stretch the endurance of the most dedicated TV marathoner.  Read More

A newly-developed codec could make pixels obsolete within five years, according to its cre...

Unlike traditional bitmap graphics, which are made up of an array of pixels, vector graphics consist of lines, curves and shapes that are based on geometric formulas. Not only do they take up far less memory than bitmaps, but sections of them can also be enlarged without any loss of resolution. Currently, however, vector graphics aren’t well-suited to photorealistic applications, such as video. That may be about to change, though, as researchers from the UK’s University of Bath have developed a new program that is said to overcome such limitations – the scientists believe that the technology could make pixels obsolete within five years.  Read More

Sony F5/F55 4K Camera

The disruptive impact of the RED One 4K digital cinema camera when it was introduced in 2007 can’t be overstated. After a few of years of denial that 4K was even necessary and thousands of RED camera sales, broadcast giants Sony began to get their act together and move toward 4K image capture. The stunning F5 and F55 cameras are the culmination of those efforts and more interestingly, an indication of a complete, and necessary, change of attitude at Sony.  Read More

Highlight Hunter makes it even easier to sort the video wheat from the chaff

A few months back we looked at Highlight Hunter, a handy little application for bookmarking video highlights during filming by covering the lens for a few moments. An updated version has now arrived that features a cleaner user interface, Facebook sharing and a more accurate scanning engine. Even more notably, the application is now free.  Read More

The OmniVision OV16820 16-megapixel CameraChip sensor

Smartphones are quickly replacing the need for a camera. The phone is always within arm's reach, and ready to capture any subject worth documenting with a digital still or video image. The reason we're still toting around cameras is the resolution and a few other features such as focus for a sharp image. The Smartphone may soon catch up, however. OmniVision just released details on two new 16-megapixel CameraChip sensors for use in digital still cameras, digital video cameras and high-end smartphones.  Read More

Highlight Hunter helps save some time in the editing chair by letting users bookmark highl...

The advent of digital video and the ever-more capacious storage capabilities of video capturing mobile devices has made it much less likely that we’ll miss that killer shot when the opportunity arises. But it also means that digging up that great shot amongst the hours and hours of captured footage can be a real chore. Highlight Hunter helps save some time in the editing chair by letting users bookmark highlights as they are recorded, so the application can automatically hunt them down when the time comes to import them to a computer.  Read More

Canon has revealed the details of its new EOS 1D C digital SLR which is capable of recordi...

Canon has just brought 4K video recording to the world of digital SLR cameras in the shape of the EOS 1D C. Developed to support the broadcast quality TV, motion picture high-resolution production industries, the new EOS family member is based on the core specs of the EOS 1D X (which has just been confirmed for a June 2012 release), with some features from last year's C300 cinema camera thrown in for good measure.  Read More

The 4K Scarlet X camera kit with a Canon lens

It would be hard to imagine a greater contrast between today's launch by Canon of its EOS C300 digital cinema camera and the launch of RED's long-awaited Scarlet. Canon's event was huge and long-winded with a string of cinematography heavyweights on stage. At the RED gathering half an hour later, an ad hoc bunch of the faithful turned up at RED studios, ostensibly just to watch the same web page update as the rest of the world. Alas it didn't quite work out like that.  Read More

Canon's new EOS C300 digital cinema camera and prime lens

The fact that Canon chose to release its new camera on the Paramount lot in Hollywood should be a big clue as to how it is positioning it's new baby. Scorsese was there! Ron Howard was there! Though it records to the same video codec as previous Canon cameras (50Mbps 4:2:2 Canon XF) 'video camera' would be a misnomer. Digital cinema camera would be more appropriate with the S35-sized 4K sensor designed to appeal to budget film makers and episodic TV producers. Canon sees an opportunity to sell the equivalent of an Arri Alexa for a third of the price and compete with Sony's CineAlta F3 large sensor offering. Of course Canon has a bit of a psychological advantage in this regard.  Read More

Looking for something? Search our 29,537 articles