Computers and studio gear Thu, 30 Mar 17 00:53:29 -0600 Computers and studio gear en-CA Ninja Inferno with HDR and 4Kp60 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:18:33 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16625@/talks/discussions

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Melbourne, Australia – 23rd March 2017: Today, Atomos brings the power of 4Kp60 10-bit ProRes recording and HDR monitoring to the GH5 for an amazingly low price of just $995.

“Our message to video Pro’s is to Go HDR 4Kp60 Today showcased by the GH5 and Ninja Inferno combo”, said Jeromy Young CEO and co-founder of Atomos. “For less than $3k it’s an unbeatable total package especially when considering having 4K HDR content ready for clients, Netflix and YouTube is a must”.

Atomos has always led the way advancing the quality, affordability and simplicity of filmmaking by adding professional features to popular Japanese cameras. Atomos are again first to launch a portable HDR 4Kp60 10-bit 422 monitor recorder. Timed with the release of the powerful Panasonic GH5 and a $995 price point Ninja Inferno empowers the masses.

Just as the original Atomos Ninja broke open DSLR filmmaking by giving the Canon 5DMKIII professional Apple ProRes recording & the original Atomos Shogun pioneered 4K with the Sony a7s and Panasonic GH4, the Ninja Inferno now arms the Panasonic GH5, the hottest camera of 2017, with HDR Apple Pro-Res 10-bit 4:2:2 4Kp60 over HDMI 2.0 – a feat not possible internally on the GH5. This marks another incredible Atomos breakthrough – professional 10-bit color resolution, 4:2:2 color accuracy, high frame rate 4K 60p video resolution & all with the incredible brightness range that HDR delivers in PQ or HLG.

Apart from being an obvious companion for the new GH5, the Ninja Inferno is the world’s first HDMI monitor-recorder to accept 4K DCI signals from cameras like the Panasonic GH4 / DVX200 / HCX1000 / UX180 / HCX1, Sony FS7 / Z100 and the JVC LS300. Support for the 4096 DCI standard unlocks cinema recording from these 4K video & mirrorless DSLRs.

For the Ninja Inferno, like its flagship sibling the Shogun Inferno, we have created the ultimate monitor through end-to-end custom engineering of all components. It starts with a 1920x1200 resolution LCD panel and add 10-bit processing in highlights and equivalent 10+ bit resolution in blacks. This is achieved through the patented AtomHDR engine which when combined with our custom Atomos-built backlight allows the power of 1500nits to be utilized for High Bright Rec709 or HDR PQ/HLG at 10+ stops. The full-size HDMI 2.0 connection bypasses the camera’s internal limitations by recording to 4Kp60 4:2:2 10-bit pristine video in grading-friendly Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR. The Ninja Inferno upgrades mirrorless and DSLR camera audio by including balanced XLR input and 48V Phantom Power, negating the need to purchase separate audio recorders. For on set review, the wide angle 7” calibrated screen, playback controls, playlist and XML tagging make the Ninja Inferno the perfect client or director’s monitor, with playout to the latest HDR PQ/HLG or SDR TV’s. The Ninja Inferno is equally adept in the editing suite as it is in the field with the recorded files dropping directly onto the timeline of all the major NLE editing and grading software with the HDMI input capable of accepting HDR signals to make the Ninja Inferno an unbelievably affordable HDR reference monitor for portable or in studio color grading.

The Ninja Inferno, which is shipping now for MSRP $995, is the ultimate camera accessory for the GH5, the popular Sony FS7 or cameras with 4K DCI output & other 4Kp60 / 4Kp30 / HDp60 cameras looking for a future proof monitor-recorder.

HDR now comes free across the Atomos 4K Line-up

Timed with the release of the Ninja Inferno, Atomos have driven down the price of the existing line-up, passing on the volume savings they receive due to the popularity of the entire HDR range. The Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame are now $995 and $795 respectively (both models ship with mains power supply, recording caddy & travel case. The Shogun Flame also ships with an XLR breakout cable). To complement all models in the line-up, Atomos have developed a tailored Accessory Kit and Power Kit that arm users with everything needed to power, control, dock, charge and safely carry the units at an amazing price. The flagship Shogun Inferno continues to ship as is today.

Atomos Shogun Inferno Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:24:23 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14976@/talks/discussions image

Melbourne, Australia – 17th April 2016: Atomos invented the all-in-one monitor recorder category and now redefine it with the Shogun Inferno. It is the combination of the most advanced monitor technologies – 1500nit/10bit/HDR, the latest recording capability – 4Kp60 over Quad-SDI, along with playback & editing functionality that encourages on set collaboration. Shogun Inferno makes mastering a high resolution, high frame rate, high dynamic range workflow available to all filmmakers.

Shogun Inferno sits as the flagship model in the new 8-strong Atomos HDR line-up which has expanded to include HDR as a free update to the Blade HD series, Ninja Assassin, Shogun and Shogun Studio along with the recently announced Flame series.

Shogun Inferno has all of the premium monitoring features previously announced on the Shogun Flame i.e. 10 stops of dynamic range with AtomHDR, 1500nit brightness for outdoor monitoring & 10-bit processing for smooth color transitions.

  • AtomHDR; AtomHDR lets you shoot with the high brightness range of your camera’s Log profile and previewthe final, vibrant post production HDR result.
  • 4K 60p; Record and play out pristine ProRes/ DNxHR in 4K resolution and 24/25/30/50/60p frame rates.
  • HD 240p; Apart from 4K recording, high frame rate HD from 50p to 240p can be recorded from cameras thatoutput these high frame rates.
  • Quad SDI; The Quad SDI inputs let you connect from cameras with 1.5/3/6/12G SDI outputs without the needfor converters.
  • Raw recording; Capture the RAW output from Sony FS7/ FS700 and Canon C300MKII/C500 over SDI,recording to either ProRes, DNxHR or CDNG.
  • 10-bit monitor; 10-bit monitor processing increases the number of colors from 16.7 million for standard 8-bitpanels to 1.07 billion, minimizing color banding on screen.
  • 7” 1500nit brightness; For Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) shooting ramp the brightness slider up to 1500 nitfor hood-free outdoor monitoring.
  • Apple ProRes & AVID DNxHR recording; Record to visually lossless Apple ProRes or AVID DNxHD in Rec709or Log formats as an edit friendly, visually lossless industry benchmark independent of the camera brand used.
  • PQ in/out; Take PQ out into larger HDR compatible screens or feed HDR from your NLE into the PQ input forHDR grading using the Inferno.
  • Custom looks; Apply a custom look to footage by uploading and applying “.cube” 3D LUT’s. View in full/halfmode on screen, output it to a monitor or record into the footage.
  • Continuous power; Our patent pending Continuous power system automatically swaps to the second batterywhen power is low for uninterrupted recording in the field.
  • Playlist generation; Create playlists easily, either entire clips or tagged parts of clips, for playback on the unit orout to a larger screen.
  • High quality 4K 60p and HD 240p ProRes and DNxHR recording, from either a video or Raw signal – perfect for sports broadcasters and slow motion recordings.

The Shogun Inferno ships with host of accessories including a HPRC hard case, a snap-fast HDR sunhood, fast battery charger, control cable, 2 x NP-F750 4 cell batteries, USB 3 Docking Station, D-Tap Cable, 5 x Master Caddy Cases, Break-out XLR cable and a 12 V 3A AC-DC Power Adapter. MSRP is US $1995 with availability in Q3 2016.

The Shogun Inferno is shipping Q3 2016 for a MSRP of US: $ 1,995 ex. TAX EU: € 1,995 ex. VAT GBP: £ 1665 ex. VAT AUD: $ 3099 Inc. GST JPY: Yen 278,000 inc VAT

Quantum dots - next big thing in monitors (aka Sony TRILUMINOS) Sun, 03 Aug 2014 06:08:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10963@/talks/discussions

Idea behind this displays is to use quantum dot effect making very sharp spectrum peaks for red, green and blue. Such approach allow to improve color gamut while keeping energy efficiency.

Sony’s approach uses an uncoated LED inside a thin glass tube packed with red and green quantum dots supplied by Massachussetts company QD Vision. When the dots get blasted with electricity, they only emit light at their characteristic wavelengths, which, combined with the blue light from the LED, form a white light that’s more intense at those three points.

It is used in their TV, Monitors, tablets and phones.


HiSense introduced a 4K quantum-dot “Wide Gamut TV,” which uses QDEF film rather than the QD Vision rail. It will enter the Chinese market in March; U.S. in the summer. Maximum size is 85 inches, and there is an H.265 decoder built in.

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Tangent Ripple - 3 balls for less than 400EUR Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:45:00 -0600 Psyco 15163@/talks/discussions Just got my Tangent Ripple yesterday and haven't found any topic about it, so here we go...

In a nutshell: Its 3 trackballs, 3 dials, 2 reset buttons per dial/ball, 2 extra buttons A and B, it costs arround 370EUR and connects via USB.

The housing is made of (cheap) plastic and so it makes some noise when moving the balls, but the trackballs and dials are quite nice. I think its "ok" for the price.

I'm using it with Davinci Resolve and the setup is quite easy (less than 5min): download the Tangent hub software, install it, connect the Ripple, start Resolve, select Tangent Elements Panel (the Ripple simulates the Element TK), have fun.

The balls/dials controll the left 3 colour wheels/bars of the Colour page (I have not figured out how to controll the right most wheel/bar). The left reset buttons reset the respective colour wheel, the right buttons reset the respective colour wheels and luminance. Extra button B toggles "bypass all grades" on/off and I have no idea what the A button does.

I have not used the panel for serious grading so far, but from some quick testing I can say:

  • The panel sits very stable on its four rubber feet..

  • Its nice to be able to controll 2 or 3 colour wheels at once - much better than one by one.

  • The trackballs are nice, heavy and feel good, but I have to adjust the sensetivity (if thats possible) as small changes are a bit imprecise.

  • Its much better than using the mouse for the colour wheels... MUCH BETTER! (Thats the reason why I bought the Ripple.)

  • I wish the B button would only bypass the current node, not all nodes. I have not found any way to reassign the A and B buttons to other functions (but maybe its possible).

  • The right trackball sometimes does not move equally smooth in all directions - it seems one of the small support balls under the trackball gets stuck. Maybe this is only with my panel? (If you have a Ripple, please let me know if its the same on yours.)

Some tipps:

  • Take the trackballs out of the housing if you want to pick up the panel and carry it arround! They are not enclosed by the housing and easily fall out (they are heavy!).

  • If the panel wobbles on a flat surface, relocate the USB cable - it doesn't like to stay in its groove.

As you can see in the pictures, I'm going to use the Ripple (3 trackballs) with a Midifighter Twister (16 programmable rotary encoders) and an Icon Istage (lots of buttons) for my colour grading setup. The Ripple does work out of the box. The Twister works really nice with Controllermate and I'm nearly finished with the program to control a lot of functions in Resolve with it. The Istage might be replaced soon, as the hardware is quite nice for the low price, but the software/firmware is total crap... really, its the worst I have ever seen. I will try a Korg Nanopad2 soon, hopefully this will work better.

AMD Ryzen aka Zen CPU - Broadwell-E Performance at a Lower Price Point Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:04:20 -0600 Tron 15549@/talks/discussions Potential rendering monster at an affordable price if benchmarks can meet the hype -

  1. The IPC of Zen is on-par or better than Broadwell.
  2. Zen will scale higher than 3.0 GHz in 8-core configurations.

Up to 8 cores / 16 threads (Rumored $300-$400 price vs. Broadwell-E at $1000-$1700). AMD will unify all CPUs on one socket (AM4). To be released in Qty early 2017.

Keyboards Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:00:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 2982@/talks/discussions While in camera world we have clear progress year after year, in keyboard business things in mass market are going in reverse.

If you get IBM PS/2 keyboard from 1991 and after working on it you go to your shop and try various keyboards you'll be in shock. Starting from $5-10 crap invented only to type up to 140 symbols a day (makes you understand twitter popularity), to pricey junk "space ships" designed to run video player.

And gaming keyboards. This is long story. Not only you must send all your time down the pipes, but you must do it on cool keyboards. I am not even start the story of motherfuckers who place extra keys in the bottom row, more and more. Inventor of Windows keys (and Fn keys on notebooks) must be found and executed in public using some very paintful way.

This was few thoughts I got after looking at keyboard market and getting Razor BlackWidow (not big choice of localized mechanical stuff is available really).


This is mechanical keyboard based on Cherry MX Blue switches

Razor keyboard is very good example of modern "inventors".

  1. Key size is slightly reduced compared to normal keyboards (whole main block is smaller than normal keyboard).
  2. Typeface used for keys is just awful, not major, really, if you type constantly, but anyway.
  3. As this is "gamers keyboard" it has macro keys that are on the left and placed in such distance that makes harder intuitive use of left Ctrl.
  4. It is glossy and keys are made from quite cheap plastic (if you compare to IBM keyboards)

But overall, of couse it can't be compared to rubber dome crap, even good one as some Microsoft keyboards.

It not have ideal main key block layout like some keyboards:

As Enter is still small.

May be in future we'll see something ideal, like IBM keyboards, but with larger bottom row, no widows keys and with buckling spring or mech switches options.

Available at:

Note: You can get older (not 2013) version, it is cheaper but absolutely the same from practical standpoint

Xiaomi Mi Air, same as Apple but cheaper Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:20:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15427@/talks/discussions


  • 12.5" model is $525 Core M3/ 4GB RAM/ 128GB SSD/ USB 3.0 and HDMI ports + USB-C port, 11.5 hours battery
  • 13.3" model is $750, Core i5-6200U/GeForce 940MX/8GB RAM/256GB SSD, 40Wh battery, 0.6" thick, 2.8 pounds
Ambarella ARM Cortex-A9 System-on-Chip camera supporting 4K Ultra HD Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:08:31 -0700 igorek7 5787@/talks/discussions ====== Ambarella A9 4K Ultra HD Camera Development Platform ======


Feature Summary:

  • 4K Ultra HD video recording @ 30 fps.
  • High definition video recording at 720p @ 240fps and 1080p @ 120fps.
  • Burst mode support for still image capture of over 700 Megapixels per second.
  • Multi-exposure High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging support, including local tone mapping, preserves image details in high contrast scenes.
  • Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) with rolling shutter correction.
  • 3D Motion-Compensated Temporal Filtering (MCTF) with de-ghosting for reduced artifacts and low light performance.
  • Support for applications including wireless preview, playback, and upload of stills and videos to a smartphone or directly to the Internet over WiFi.
  • Interfaces such as DDR3L, USB 2.0 host, HDMI, and SDXC SD card.
  • Low power – <1W for 1080p60 encode, <2W for Ultra HD 4K encode.

The A9 Camera Development Platform contains the necessary tools, software, hardware and documentation to develop a state-of-the-art network-enabled Ultra HD camera design.

Hardware Platform:

  • Main board with A9 and sensor board with C/CS mount lens
  • Sensor: Aptina, OmniVision, Samsung, Sony--many choices available Software Development Kit (SDK)
  • Royalty-free libraries for ISP, 3A, and codecs
  • Demonstration DV/DSC camera application with full source code
  • Extensive and fully documented middleware API library suite Documentation
  • Programmer's guide, application notes, API documents
  • SoC data sheet, BOM, schematics and layout files

Official announcement:

Product info PDF -


Other pages about the Ambarella A9:

Android tablet with USB 3.0 for Panasonic Image App and OTG backup Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:12:47 -0700 zcream 16398@/talks/discussions I have been researching this for 2 days now and have drawn a blank. I need a tablet to run Panasonic Image App. The tablet should have USB 3 ports to copy the SDXC card data to a 2TB ext. HDD.

I had originally decided on the Chuwi Hi8 for its 1920x1200 screen and USB Type-C connector. Turns out the Image App may not work on Android on Intel, and the Chuwi implementation of the Type C only gives USB 2.0 speeds.

Also, Android ARM tablets only have the USB 2.0 micro connector. Its really frustrating..

Can someone recommend an ARM Android tablet with USB 3.0 host functionality ?

EDIT :- Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 has USB 3.0 - but its a huge tablet.

Panasonic and Sony, please, implement a 4k 10bit 4:2:0 recording mode Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:49:23 -0700 apefos 16471@/talks/discussions The GH5 footage 4k 10bit 4:2:2 is very processor intensive and needs a 8 core CPU computer to play smooth in timeline. Even a 6 core cpu computer can have some sttuter when play the files in editing timeline unless it is overclocked. The GPU cannot help because the CPU does the decoder.

So the idea is to implement a 4k 10bit 4:2:0 recording mode, because it would be less processor intensive and any quadcore computer would edit it with no sttuter when play in editing timeline. It would save lots of people with a quadcore and with a sixcore to avoid a computer upgrade. For lots of people it would be an impossible computer upgrade because a 8 core CPU + motherboard is very expensive.

A 4k 10bit 4:2:0 recording mode would be enough for a good VLOG and SLOG grading, because the 10bit would avoid banding. The 4:2:2 recording mode would be an option for people who needs chromakey and other compositing chroma intensive tasks.

The 4:2:0 video have 25% less pixels information compared to 4:2:2 video, only less color pixels, same luma resolution, and this would make the 4k 10bit footage less processor intensive to play smooth in editing timeline when using quadcore computers.

Bluray 4k is 10bit 4:2:0, and if 4:2:2 is needed, a render to 4:2:2 can be made without significant difference, the important thing is the 10bit.

So please Panasonic implement a 4k 10bit 4:2:0 recording mode in a firmware update for the GH5 and future cameras. This would be a simple firmware update.

Also Sony could implement this in future 4k cameras.

Read about the CPU tests here with detailed explanations and reports:

What CPU and GPU to edit 10bit 4k video? Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:30:21 -0700 apefos 16454@/talks/discussions GH5 offer 10 bit 422 4k video.

There are some 4k 10 bit monitor from Samsung, Asus, and so on...

So the question is: what Nvidia GPU will offer 10 bit support for editing 4k 10 bit 422 in premiere cuda aceleration? Will the GeForce GPU be good enough? Or there is a need for highend Quadro nvidia gpu?

Getting Skylake i7 6700 for small part of normal price Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:34:46 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16085@/talks/discussions image

Idea is to use so called 6400T processors, engineering samples of full i7 6700, but on lower frequency

You'll need Skylake supporting motherboard, preferably MSI and Asrock (as it require support of BIOS for overclocking), DDR4 memory. Also need external GPU.





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MacBook Pro 13 and 15 2016, released today by Apple Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:19:47 -0600 matt_gh2 15950@/talks/discussions

Event link -

4K Displays topic Sat, 01 Jun 2013 14:01:47 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 7130@/talks/discussions image

The ASUS PQ321 True 4K UHD Monitor uses cutting-edge Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) rather than traditional amorphous silicon for the active layer of its LCD panel. IGZO panels support much smaller transistors than amorphous silicon, which in turn gives much smaller pixels and the 3840 x 2160 resolution of the PQ321 is four times that of a 1920 x 1080 Full HD display.

176-degree wide viewing angles on both vertical and horizontal planes minimize onscreen color shift, while the 350cd/m² brightness rating and 8ms gray-to-gray response time ensure smooth, bright, and vibrant moving visuals. IGZO technology also gives reduced energy consumption compared to amorphous silicon and reduces bulk — at 35mm at its thickest point, the PQ321 is the thinnest 4K UHD monitor available today.


Intel Kaby Lake CPUs, prices and performance Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:00:55 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15965@/talks/discussions Official launch will be on 5th January at CES 2017

  • Core i7-7700K, 4/8, 4.2 GHz, 8MB Cache, 91W TP, $349 US
  • Core i7-7700, 4/8, 3.6 GHz, 8 MB Cache, 65W TP, $309 US
  • Core i5-7600K, 4/4, 3.8 GHz, 6 MB Cache, 91W TP, $239 US
  • Core i5-7600, 4/4, 3.5 GHz, 6 MB Cache, 65W TP, $219 US

So, all prices stay same as they are for current gen.

Gigabyte BRIX has some similarities to can computer by Apple Sun, 01 Jan 2017 06:22:37 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16257@/talks/discussions image

  • Intel Core i7-6700K processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU
  • 15″ x 10.1″ x 5″, size
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 240GB M.2 SSD
  • 1TB 2.5 inch 7200 RPM hard drive
  • 1 Thunderbolt 3/USB-Type C port
  • 1 USB 3.1 Type-A port
  • 5 USB 3.0 Type-A ports
  • HDMI output
  • Ethernet
  • 5.1 channel audio
  • Mic and headphone jacks
  • 802.11ac WiFi


Atomos Ninja Assassin, HDMI only 4K 10bit recorder Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:32:19 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13640@/talks/discussions

Price - $1295 (same in EUR)

Asus upcoming notes with Kaby Lake and GTX 1050 - 1080 cards Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:35:01 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16232@/talks/discussions image

Full models list


Small guys Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:56:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 8094@/talks/discussions image

NUC. Now on Haswell :-)


BRIX. Same shit.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:59:09 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16220@/talks/discussions Will come tomorrow in two sizes - 12.5" and 13.3" screen .

Main specs

  • Intel i7-6700HQ CPU
  • GTX 960M GPU
  • 16GB RAM
  • 4K screens
  • 4G connectivity
  • 512 GB SSD drive
  • $863 price


4K Recorder and monitor - Convergent Design Odyssey 7 and 7Q Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:03:23 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 6511@/talks/discussions image


Specifications (all recording parts for 7Q only):

  • 7.7″ OLED, 1280×800, RGB 8-Bit
  • Waveform, Zebras, Histogram, Vectorscope, Focus Assist, False Color, Timecode Display and Audio Level Meters, and 1:1 Pixel mode.
  • SDI Video I/O
  • HDMI Video I/O (up to 1080p60 422 8-bit)
  • HD/2K RGB 444 8/10/12-Bit up to 60p/60psf
  • HD/2K YCC 422 8/10-Bit Up to 120p, QHD/4K 422 up to 30fps
  • ARRIRAW (16:9) 12-bit up to 60fps, ARRIRAW (4:3) 12-bit up to 48fps
  • Canon Raw QHD/4K 10-bit up to 60fps
  • LUT Support (ARRI, Canon, Sony)
  • High-Speed (120fps) and Simultaneous RAW + Proxy (DNxHD-36) mode
  • Record File Formats: DNxHD, Uncompressed, HD/2K Raw, Canon Raw, ARRIRAW
  • SDI record trigger (ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, Red, Sony)
  • 2-Channel Embedded Audio (48KHz, 24-bit)
  • Odyssey7Q support 8 channels
  • 2.5″ server grade SSD in 240/480/960 GB sizes
  • compatible with off the shelf USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt adapters
  • 540 grams cast-magnesium case
  • 200 x 155 x 25 mm)

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PIX-E 4K recorder from Sound Devices Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:30:34 -0600 ntsan 12726@/talks/discussions image

This new line of Video Devices monitors feature 1920x1080 five-inch (PIX-E5 and PIX-E5H) and 1920x1200 seven-inch (PIX-E7) LCDs, a full suite of precision monitoring tools, SDI and HDMI I/O, plus the ability to record 4K and Apple ProRes 4444 XQ edit-ready files to affordable mSATA-based SpeedDrives.

I wonder how much is their cheapest one with the HDMI only recorder? This could be good for gimbal setup as well as 5" is much more compact.

GH4 laptop Requirements? Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:58:47 -0600 mpgxsvcd 9956@/talks/discussions Let me start this off with saying that I know a desktop is a better option for this. However, I absolutely must have a laptop to do my editing on the road while it is happening. I have a matter of hours to edit this footage and not days, weeks, or months.

Also I am a PC guy. I understand that some people use Macs. That just isn’t for me. I want a fast PC laptop that can handle editing the GH4 4K video for less than $2000.

I definitely need to upgrade my laptop before my GH4 gets here. However, I am not sure what specs will help me and what will just cost me more money and not really give me any benefit.

Obviously a 4K screen would be ideal to match the footage. However, is that really necessary? With a 15-19 inch screen is that extra resolution going to matter at all? How much are the 4K laptops going to be? Is 1920x1080 going to look about the same as 4K on this size screen? Do any of you have a 4K laptop already?

What Grpahics processor? I have always been an ATI person before. However, Nvidia makes great video cards as well. What is the minimum ATI and Nvidia card that will work for editing 4k footage? Is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M enough?

Processor. It is confusing about what processor are fast and what processors are just pretending to be fast. My understanding is that I7 doesn’t always mean what you think it means. So what processor should I be looking for? Is the i7-4700MQ the best processor to get right now?

Operating system. I really hate Windows 8. I have a laptop with it and I hate it. I really don’t want to get another one with Windows 8. Will Windows 7 hold me back in any way? I have a lot of astrophotography programs that I also run and those won’t work properly under Windows 8.

Ram. I know the more you have the better. However, will you see a difference between 16 Gigs and 32 Gigs? There is usually a significant price difference between those. Is 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM enough?

Hard Drive. I am using USB 3.0 external drives right now. I need a lot more than 250 or even 500 GB so solid state is not really an option for me. Is solid state that much faster than USB 3.0?

Here is one laptop I am looking at. It is an Alienware 17.3" Laptop - 16GB Memory with the components I listed above. Are there better options out there for less than $1850?$abcat0502000&cp=1&lp=1#tab=overview

Nvidia Color settings and Vimeo Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:36:49 -0700 Scot 16157@/talks/discussions Hopefully this is new information I did not see any reference to the issue.
I for the first time was posting to Vimeo but was unhappy with the results it looked dull compared to playing it on my computer very much the opposite of youtube which has it's own issues. After trying to figure what I was doing wrong I stumbled upon the fact Nvidia cards on PCs have a setting to change dynamic range. You can set dynamic range from Full (0-255) or Limited (16-235). This setting has no effect in my editor or you tube but makes a huge difference in Vimeo. It seems the default is 16-235 but changing it to 0-255 it makes my videos look as intended. I did check watching thru my Roku on TV and it is fine. This leaves me confused as I'm not sure how to react to this. Is this strictly a Nvidia issue? Have I been living under a rock unaware?
It also made me realize why I did not like some peoples color settings in Vimeo it wasn't them it was me lol.

Storage/stacking solution for portable ext. drives Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:52:21 -0700 tubefingers 16090@/talks/discussions I have approx 8 portable hard drives for use by freelancers on various shoots/edits. standard 2.5 inch drives in enclosures - all approx 8 x 12 x 1.5 cm does anyone know of a stationary holder or some sort of desktop furniture which i could use to store them in whilst in use/running, they all run into the MacPro via an Anker USB hub
be great if i could stack them in some sort of rack mount, at moment they are scattered across my desk top in a bit of a mess!

*found this - need something similar but smaller

Intel Coffee Lake CPUs leaks, 2018 release Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:29:14 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16068@/talks/discussions image

Both desktop and notebook performance lines will have 6 cores.

Yet, display and decoders support will be as Kaby Lake.


Also no progress with HDMI 2.0 support, again motherboard must have build in DP 1.2 to HDMI.

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Blackmagic Video Assist - FullHD 5" monitor with ProRes and DNxHD recorder, $495 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:09:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12793@/talks/discussions image

Whats currently the smallest/best external recorder for GH4 Sat, 12 Nov 2016 05:51:46 -0700 tubefingers 16035@/talks/discussions I have a Samurai Blade which is great with my AF101/161 but would need a SDI>HDMI convertor, which costs almost as much as a cheap recorder. So I need a small recorder to capture 1080p 10 bit 422 from the GH4, any suggestions with/without monitor are appreciated. Is it true 10 bit 422 from the GH4 ? I only ask because the 10 bit output from the AF101 was bollocks - 8 bit with dithering. *The Ninja Star is looking like the best option right now at £200 plus cost of Cfast cards

Apple 5K and 4K Ultrafine Displays got some price cut Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:08:20 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15997@/talks/discussions image

4K is $524 now

and 5K is $974

Lenovo: Story of idiots Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:08:05 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5856@/talks/discussions image

Lenovo will continue to destroy all advantages of ThinkPad design.

They do it one by one:

  • Making construction cheaper and weaker
  • Horrible cheap materials now used for most models
  • Rock solid, best notebook keyboards first were made quite flimsy
  • Secondly keys were replaced to modern cheap ones
  • Famous very good IBM layout had been replaced by one used in cheapest IdeaPads
  • Now we can see fully removed TrackPoint buttons because some designer figured out that it'll be cheaper to force you press trackpad.

Btw, Ideapad brand will be destroyed as complete failure. And ThinkPad will be widened to try to sell all their crap.

My IBM 600e looks like something made by alients compared to my modern ThinkPad.