General and News http://personal-view.com/talks/categories/general/feed.rss Sun, 24 Jun 18 03:04:46 -0600 General and News en-CA Photo stuff to become more expensive - B&H and Amazon will pay sales tax http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19948/photo-stuff-to-become-more-expensive-bh-and-amazon-will-pay-sales-tax Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:05:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19948@/talks/discussions

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes even in states where they have no physical presence.

The decision, in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., was a victory for brick-and-mortar businesses that have long complained they are put at a disadvantage by having to charge sales taxes while many online competitors do not. And it was also a victory for states that have said that they are missing out on tens of billions of dollars in annual revenue.

Writing for the majority in the 5-to-4 ruling, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said the Quill decision caused states to lose annual tax revenues of up to $33 billion.

“Quill puts both local businesses and many interstate businesses with physical presence at a competitive disadvantage relative to remote sellers,” he wrote. “Remote sellers can avoid the regulatory burdens of tax collection and can offer de facto lower prices caused by the widespread failure of consumers to pay the tax on their own.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/us/politics/supreme-court-sales-taxes-internet-merchants.html

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Rumors: Olympus can pass Photokina due to future merger http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19907/rumors-olympus-can-pass-photokina-due-to-future-merger Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:56:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19907@/talks/discussions

Multiple sources told me that Olympus will NOT have a stand at this years Photokina. Instead they will have a “Perspective Playground”. This means there is a 99,9999% chance Olympus wont announce a new camera

https://www.43rumors.com/ft5-olympus-will-not-have-a-stand-at-this-years-photokina-they-will-only-have-a-perspective-playground/

One of the reasons can be that digital camera part of Olympus will merge with other m43 strong manufacturer (I khow you get the idea), but later in the year or early 2019.

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HDR - new marketing idea http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14402/hdr-new-marketing-idea Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:00:09 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14402@/talks/discussions 2016 is a year of HDR, as 2014 had been for basic 4K and 2015 had been for color gamut and quantum dots.

Current REC.709 televisions only display 33% of the actual amount of colours you can see and they are also limited to around 100 NITS of brightness (NITS are the unit used to measure brightness),

And this is that happens if you read too much marketing literature.

In reality most consumer TVs are not 100nits (and at retail demo rooms they are even more far from it). And they are NOT limited here.

Next thing people do not understand that sRGB color gamut is not so limiting due to fact that we see reflected light in nature and super saturated colors that is not included can be rarely seen in nature.

Next trap lies in complete misunderstanding on that dynamic range of reproduction device is (and replacing it in the head with dynamic range of camera).
Dolby lie comes from marketing proposal that limiting factor of consumer sets comes from maximum brightness, and it is just not true. While actual limiting factor now come from black level on LCD sets. And all modern quantum dots and so called "UltraHD Premium" marketing labels have nothing to do with it.

Real cure can come from OLED side, where black level is limited only by room reflected light. OLED also can be made with very wide gamut with ease. Main issue with them is... color degradation and burn in, especially with long time high brightness.

In reality that Dolby want to do now is to introduce premium theaters where they will check reference brightness level and try to keep it at acceptable level (saving on bulbs in theaters is very common business, as with brightness reduction very expensive bulbs work much longer) and also check quality of projectors and used screens to do not have washed out colors.

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DRAM vendors can get $8 billion fine for cartel agreement http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19944/dram-vendors-can-get-8-billion-fine-for-cartel-agreement Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:08:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19944@/talks/discussions

Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix and Micron Technology - the world's top-3 DRAM vendors - could be fined up to US$8 billion in China over alleged price fixing, according to industry sources.

Regulators launched investigations into Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron, which collectively hold an over 90% share of the global DRAM market, the sources said.

Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron have all confimed the visits of China's antitrust regulators to their local offices. The companies said they would cooperate but did not elaborate.

According to China's antitrust law, Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron could be fined between US$800 million and US$8 billion if found to have engaged in price fixing, the sources noted. The estimated fines are based on their DRAM sales to China in 2016-2017.

Nice news.

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich fired for failed 10nm process http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19941/intel-ceo-brian-krzanich-fired-for-failed-10nm-process Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:22:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19941@/talks/discussions

June 21, 2018 – Intel Corporation today announced the resignation of Brian Krzanich as CEO and a member of the board of directors. The board has named Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan interim chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Intel was recently informed that Mr. Krzanich had a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee. An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel has confirmed a violation of Intel’s non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Given the expectation that all employees will respect Intel’s values and adhere to the company’s code of conduct, the board has accepted Mr. Krzanich’s resignation.

“The board believes strongly in Intel’s strategy and we are confident in Bob Swan’s ability to lead the company as we conduct a robust search for our next CEO. Bob has been instrumental to the development and execution of Intel’s strategy, and we know the company will continue to smoothly execute. We appreciate Brian’s many contributions to Intel,” said Intel Chairman Andy Bryant.

And they even made up nice excuse to not scare markets.

As it is real shit going on with 10nm process, it is not even clear if they could do something before end of 2019.

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Canon extra large sensor http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19938/canon-extra-large-sensor Thu, 21 Jun 2018 05:47:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19938@/talks/discussions image

A certain level of light is required when shooting with a digital camera or camcorder, and without it, images cannot be captured due to insufficient sensitivity.

In the pursuit of further improving the sensitivity of imaging elements, Canon has embraced the challenge of achieving higher levels of sensitivity and larger element sizes while maintaining high-speed readout performance, and has succeeded in developing the world's largest class of CMOS image sensor measuring approximately 20 cm square. At present, the standard diameter of the silicon wafers on which CMOS sensors are fabricated is 12 inches (approx. 30 cm). As such, a 20-cm-square sensor is the largest size that can be manufactured based on these dimensions, and is equivalent to nearly 40 times the size of a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor.

Increasing the size of CMOS sensors entails overcoming such problems as distortion and transmission delays for the electrical signals converted from light. To resolve these issues, Canon not only made use of a parallel processing circuit, but also exercised ingenuity with the transfer method itself. As a result, the sensor makes possible the shooting of video at 60 frames per second with only 0.3 lux of illumination (approximately the same level of brightness as that generated by a full moon).

Possible applications for this ultrahigh-sensitivity CMOS sensor include the video recording of celestial objects in the night sky, nocturnal animal behavior and auroras, and use in nightwatch cameras.

When installed in the 105 cm Schmidt camera at the Kiso Observatory operated by the University of Tokyo's Institute of Astronomy, the ultrahigh-sensitivity sensor made possible the world's first video recording of meteors with an equivalent apparent magnitude of 10, a level so dark that image capture had not been possible until now. As a result, the sensor provided proof that the frequency with which faint meteors occurred coincided with theoretical estimates to date. By supporting more detailed recording and statistical analysis of meteors, the technology could lead to an increased understanding of the influence that meteors may have exerted on the development of life on Earth.

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Nikon prices will rise in UK, other firms will follow http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19704/nikon-prices-will-rise-in-uk-other-firms-will-follow Mon, 14 May 2018 22:50:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19704@/talks/discussions In dealers circles it is strong talks about prices hike for all Nikon cameras and lenses within next 40 days.
Some items can hike as much as 30% due to dropping sales.
Nikon management think that top income buyers will not notice such price changes.

Other firms can follow within 1-2 months.

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AMS Full Frame Global Shutter Sensor http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19939/ams-full-frame-global-shutter-sensor Thu, 21 Jun 2018 05:53:17 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19939@/talks/discussions image

Specs

  • 8T global shutter pixel with true Correlated Double Sampling (true-CDS)
  • Resolution of 7920×6004 at 30 frames per second
  • Low noise (8.8e) and high sensitivity (QE=60%), with on-chip noise reduction
  • Capable of using standard optics
  • 35mm full frame optical format sensor
  • Capture fast moving objects
  • Designed for high performance applications
  • Use in low light conditions

PR

Premstaetten, Austria (12 June, 2018) — ams (SIX: AMS), a leading worldwide supplier of high performance sensor solutions, today announced its CMV50000, a high-speed 48Mpixel global shutter CMOS image sensor for demanding machine vision applications, has gone into mass production.

It is available for purchase in high volumes now.

The CMV50000, which features a 35mm-format 7920 x 6004 array of 4.6µm-sized pixels based on a patented eight-transistor pixel architecture, is a breakthrough in CMOS image sensor performance. It operates at a fast 30 frames/s with 12-bit pixel depth at full resolution or a binned 4K and 8K modes, and even faster – up to 60 frames/s – with pixel sub-sampling at 4K resolution.

This means the CMV50000 can provide the detailed views of a large surface area that are required in factory automation applications such as automated optical inspection (AOI) equipment and systems for the inspection of displays of mobile phones, tablets, laptops and TVs. The combination of high frame rate and high resolution enables manufacturers to increase their already high throughput rates at consumer product assembly plants.

The low-noise ams pixel architecture offers excellent electronic shutter efficiency, and the global shutter operation produces distortion-free images of fast-moving objects. The sensor offers 64dB optical dynamic range at full resolution and up to 68dB in binned 4K mode. The image sensor benefits from the implementation of sophisticated new on-chip noise-reduction circuitry such as black-level clamping, enabling it to capture high-quality images in low-light conditions.

The outstanding performance of the CMV50000 lets manufacturers replace the charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensors which have traditionally been used in applications requiring ultra-high resolution. Now they can use a CMOS image sensor which is easier to implement in camera systems, uses less power and operates at higher frame rates.

The superior imaging performance of the CMV50000 was recognized earlier in 2018 when it was named the Biggest Breakthrough Development at the Image Sensors Europe Awards 2018.

“During recent months, ams has seen great demand for the CMV50000 from design teams developing new automated optical inspection systems and vision systems for testing flat panel displays,” said Wim Wuyts, Marketing Director for Image Sensors at ams. “The CMV50000 is now fully qualified and available to these manufacturers in production volumes. It is also about to be supported by a full demonstration system for evaluating the sensor’s performance.”

Both the monochrome and color versions of the CMV50000 are available in production volumes now. The per unit pricing is €3,450.

For sample requests and for more technical information, go to www.ams.com/Image-Sensor/CMV50000.

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ProRes RAW and patent trolls from RED http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19440/prores-raw-and-patent-trolls-from-red Fri, 13 Apr 2018 04:48:25 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19440@/talks/discussions

ProRes RAW

ProRes RAW is a new format from Apple that offers the quality and workflow advantages of RAW with the stunning performance of ProRes. With ProRes RAW, editors can import, edit and grade pristine footage with RAW data from the camera sensor, providing ultimate flexibility when adjusting highlights and shadows — ideal for HDR workflows. And with performance optimized for macOS, editors can play full-quality 4K ProRes RAW files on MacBook Pro and iMac systems in real time without rendering. ProRes RAW files are even smaller than ProRes 4444 files, allowing editors to make better use of storage while providing an excellent format for archiving.

Final Cut Pro editors can work natively with ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ files created by Atomos recorders. The format will be available as a free update for owners of Atomos Sumo 19 and Shogun Inferno devices. The format will also be available as part of a forthcoming upgrade package to users of the DJI Inspire 2 drone and Zenmuse X7 Super 35mm camera system designed for aerial cinematography.

Now let's go back to 2017

RED, known for high-end cinema cameras used by James Cameron, Peter Jackson and others, has just formed a very unusual retail partnership. It's now offering the 4.5K, 120 fps RED Raven camera exclusively at Apple.com for a mere $15,000.

Nothing unusual?

And now back to 2013, listen to Red patent trolls attacking Sony

We are heavily invested in concepts, inventions, designs, development and manufacturing of RED cameras, REDRAY and the RED Projector. Each is unique and has motivated the industry to get better, for the benefit of all. We don't mind others joining the 4K revolution... quite the contrary, we embrace it. What we don't accept is others just borrowing our technology, intentionally or unintentionally. We admire invention and happily pay for and license great technology from other companies when it is useful to our program.

We have created many jobs in the US leveraging our vision and technology and we will aggressively protect our employees. Every single job matters. It is a magic trick to build a camera in the US, especially at the highest level. This cannot be done if others are allowed to just take what we have done and use our work as their own.

Our customers have invested in our technology. They need to be protected and their investment needs to be protected. We have an obligation to our customers so they will not have their investment diluted by a proliferation of the proprietary technology they invested in.

Patents are here for a reason. They protect IP. Receiving a patent now means that you have an obligation to protect it... or they have absolutely no value whatsoever.

Solution for many cameras is using Cinema DNG, effectively it is way to circumvent patents but at a cost of making much less effective everyday work.

Back in 2017 Apple and RED made secret agreement (Atomos seems to also join on second stage), and I am sure that for now we saw only small part of it.

Both Apple and RED want to gain good money from ProRes RAW licensing. And both will use combined lawyers power to not allow any fast free compressed raw formats.

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Sigma Ships Five Prime Art Lenses for Sony Cameras http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19919/sigma-ships-five-prime-art-lenses-for-sony-cameras Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:00:17 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19919@/talks/discussions

Ronkonkoma, NY -- June 19, 2018 -- Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced availability of five of its interchangeable Art prime lenses for Sony E-mount camera systems -- Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ($899 USD), Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM ($849 USD), Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM ($899 USD), Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM ($949 USD) and Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM ($1199 USD).

Offering the same high-performance optical design as other lenses in the Art line, the new Sony E-mount models feature a newly developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses are compatible with Sony's Continuous AF (AF-C) and high-speed autofocus, which are not addressed by Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. Like MC-11, the lenses are compatible with in-camera image stabilization and in-camera lens aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations and distortion.

Key Features and Benefits

Autofocus Tuned for Each Lens

Thanks to an autofocus drive control program tuned for each lens and high-speed data transmission, the lenses offer a high-speed autofocus at the same performance level as that of a lens designed exclusively for mirrorless cameras. In particular, in E-mount cameras offering Sony's Fast Hybrid AF, AF-C mode delivers exceptional subject following performance. Autofocus remains\ extremely precise even in those E-mount cameras offering only contrast AF.

Compatible with In-Camera Image Stabilization

The lenses are compatible with in-camera image stabilization. The Sony E-mount camera senses the focal length of the lens and automatically optimizes image stabilization performance.

Data Loaded for Compatibility with In-Camera Aberration Correction

The lenses are fully compatible with in-camera aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations and distortion. By matching corrections to the optical characteristics of the lens, this function takes image quality to an even higher level.

Native Mount for a More Rigid and Stable Feel

Making the mount native to the lens means a more rigid and stable feel to the lens. Featuring a special surface treatment to enhance strength, the brass bayonet mount offers a high-precision fit and exceptional durability. The mount connection area incorporates rubber sealing for dust- and splash-proof construction.

Available Mount Conversion Service

This service converts the mount of Sigma lenses to that of a different camera body, allowing photographers to continue using their favorite lenses over the long term regardless of camera system.

The Mount Conversion Service is different from a normal repair. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized Sigma subsidiary or distributor: http://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/world-network/.

This service is performed exclusively by Sigma.

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Kinefinity Mavo and Mavo LF http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19228/kinefinity-mavo-and-mavo-lf Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:05:53 -0600 bannedindv 19228@/talks/discussions Kinefinity has announced two new evolutions from their Terra Platform. One 6K S35 sensor’d camera Mavo, and a 36x24 “full frame” format Mavo LF

PR

Kinefinity MAVO

The new Kinefinity MAVO is a 6K-capable Super 35mm cinema camera building upon the legacy of the company’s previous line, the Kinefinity Terra. Although the MAVO offers plenty of professional features, its price of “only” $14,000 for a complete camera package with all accessories is still massively disruptive – a strategy that Kinefinity is clearly intent on keeping up.

Kinefinity MAVO

The Kinefinity MAVO is a modular system similar to what the manufacturer did with the Terra line. The camera body includes the brand new 6K CMOS Super 35mm sensor, along with basic I/O, headphone output, 2.5” SSD port, built-in mic and the port to attach the SideGrip – a side handle offering basic controls and battery compartment – and the KineMON – the camera’s proprietary monitor. Like the Terra, the Kinefinity MAVO becomes a much more powerful beast when attaching the optional KineBACK module at the rear of the camera body, which unlocks more professional features such as dual XLR inputs with phantom power, SDI outputs, V-Lock battery capabilites, D-tap power outputs, and timecode in/out. The new version – the KineBACK-W – seems a lot easier to attach, requiring only a couple of screws rather than fumbling around with a delicate ribbon cable, as was the case with the Terra. This means it is a lot quicker to go from a fully built-up camera to the compact 990g body-only, perfect for mounting on a gimbal. Wireless Capabilities

This new version of the KineBACK, however, offers new integration for wireless functionality. It features a slot into which you can insert a new wireless transmitter card, unlocking a system capable of wireless video transmission with a claimed zero delay, as well as wireless lens control via the Movcam system, all this without additional cables or powering.

KineMOUNT

The Kinefinity MAVO still makes use of the Kinefinity KineMOUNT system, a versatile mount that allows you not only to easily change between Sony, Canon, Nikon and PL mounts, but also takes the manufacturer’s proprietary EF or PL variable ND filter attachment and KineENHANCER (Kinefinity’s version of a Speedbooster).

Additionally, the Kinefinity MAVO will feature a removable OLPF. This is significant, as the Kinefinity TERRA 4K – the company’s current entry-level option, which also offers very interesting features at a very low price – suffered from severe OLPF reflection flare issues when pointed directly at strong sources of light. This has been a cause of concern for many potential buyers doing their due diligence, so having the possibility to remove the OLPF altogether, or easily replacing it when new and improved versions become available, could be a good compromise. Kinefinity MAVO Image

Kinefinity’s new camera offers a Super 35mm sensor, larger than the Terra 4K sensor which was halfway between Super 35mm and Micro Four-Thirds. This new 6016×4016 pixel sensor offers over 14 stops of dynamic range, and various maximum frame rate, resolution and sensor windowing combinations including Open Gate and 4:3 for anamorphic capture, as you can see in the graphic below. Despite the larger sensor, Kinefinity claims improved rolling shutter speeds, putting it in the same ball park as the RED 8K-capable cameras.

In terms of processing, the Kinefinity MAVO also has some great improvements, with the addition of ProRes 422HQ, ProRes 444, ProRes 444XQ codecs to the previously available ProRes 422. Kinefinity’s own flavour of Raw has been updated to KRW 2.0, and now allows for an adjustable compression ratio from 2:1 to 10:1. Kinefinity previously offered a free software utility to transcode KRW to cinemaDNG, so what is even bigger news is that MAVO can record cinemaDNG internally at 3:1, 5:1 and 7:1 compression ratios. Pricing and availability

Kinefinity MAVO will be available in four packages:

  • Body Only: $7,999
  • Basic: $9,499
  • Pro: $10,999
  • Full: $13,999

If the Terra pricing scheme is anything to go by, the Basic package will also include accessories such as the KineMON, SideGrip, a couple of BP-U 30 style batteries, charger, KineMAG SSD and power cables. The Pro package will also include the KineBACK module, case and shoulder rig kit. I would guess the Full package includes all the necessary accessories to unlock the wireless capabilities of the camera. There will also be trade-in deals for owners of earlier Kinefinity cameras.

New Large Format Camera Too? Kinefinity MAVO LF

In the age of Sony Venice, RED Monstro and ARRI ALEXA LF, it is clear that there is a tendency towards large sensors at the very top tier of cinema cameras. Clearly, Kinefinity didn’t want to lag behind.

During the live stream today, Kinefinity also announced an upcoming large-format cinema camera, the MAVO LF, which will pack a 36x24mm sensor, just a wee bit smaller than the ALEXA LF. This camera – which will no doubt become Kinefinity’s flagship after the now ageing KineMAX – will benefit from all the improvements of the upcoming Kinefinity MAVO, and will become available in August 2018.

New MAVO Prime range of cinema lenses

As if the announcement of two new cameras wasn’t enough, Kinefinity also announced a complete range of cinema lenses for the MAVO platform. The MAVO Prime lenses will cover 25, 35, 50, 75 and 135mm at T2 with full-frame coverage, and a price tag of around $12,000 for the whole set.

More info here:

http://www.kinefinity.com/mavo/

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Chinese made TVs sales going up fast, 4K models lead the pack http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9066/chinese-made-tvs-sales-going-up-fast-4k-models-lead-the-pack Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:40:30 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9066@/talks/discussions image

By green Chinese manufacturers are marked. Vizio also makes all of their TVs in China.

In fact that we can see is pretty optimistic view for LG and Samsung. As if 4K will become hotter product things can be much worse, as all of marked companies already have 4K and 3D capable TVs for very affordable prices.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20131211PD215.html

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HDMI 2.1 released, 8K and 10K oriented, 48Gbit cables now http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16274/hdmi-2.1-released-8k-and-10k-oriented-48gbit-cables-now Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:26:56 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16274@/talks/discussions

HDMI Forum, Inc. today announced the upcoming release of Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification. This latest HDMI Specification supports a range of Higher Video Resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, Dynamic HDR, and increased bandwidth with a new 48G cable. Version 2.1 of the HDMI Specification is backward compatible with earlier versions of the Specification, and was developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group whose members represent some of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, personal computers, mobile devices, cables and components.

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“This new release of the Specification offers a broad range of advanced features for enhancing the consumer entertainment experience, as well as providing robust solutions to the commercial AV sector,” said Robert Blanchard of Sony Electronics, president of the HDMI Forum. “This is part of the HDMI Forum’s continuing mission to develop specifications for the HDMI eco-system that meet the growing demand for compelling, high-performance and exciting features.”

HDMI Specification 2.1 Features Include:

  • Higher Video Resolutions support a range of higher resolutions and faster refresh rates including 8K60Hz and 4K120Hz for immersive viewing and smooth fast-action detail.
  • Dynamic HDR ensures every moment of a video is displayed at its ideal values for depth, detail, brightness, contrast, and wider color gamuts—on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis.
  • 48G cables enable up to 48Gbps bandwidth for uncompressed HDMI 2.1 feature support including 8K video with HDR. The cable is backwards compatible with earlier versions of the HDMI Specification and can be used with existing HDMI devices.
  • eARC supports the most advanced audio formats such as object-based audio, and enables advanced audio signal control capabilities including device auto-detect.
  • Game Mode VRR features variable refresh rate, which enables a 3D graphics processor to display the image at the moment it is rendered for more fluid and better detailed gameplay, and for reducing or eliminating lag, stutter, and frame tearing.

The new specification will be available to all HDMI 2.0 Adopters and they will be notified when it is released early in Q2 2017.

http://www.hdmi.org/press/press_kit.aspx

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Mergers: Comcast to aquire Twenty-First Century Fox http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19870/mergers-comcast-to-aquire-twenty-first-century-fox- Thu, 14 Jun 2018 07:49:51 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19870@/talks/discussions

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 13, 2018-- Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) issued the following statement:

Today, Comcast Corporation (“Comcast”) delivered a letter to the Board of Directors of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (“21CF”) setting forth the terms of a superior proposal by Comcast to acquire the businesses that 21CF has agreed to sell to The Walt Disney Company (“Disney”) for $35.00 per share in cash, which represents a premium of approximately 19% to the value of Disney’s all-stock offer as of 12:00 p.m., noon (Eastern Time) on June 13, 2018. The structure and other terms of Comcast’s proposal, including with respect to the spin-off of “New Fox” and the regulatory risk provisions and related termination fee, are at least as favorable to 21CF shareholders as the Disney offer.

https://www.cmcsa.com/news-releases/news-release-details/comcast-makes-superior-all-cash-proposal-acquire-twenty-first

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Zeiss used their connections to pull Samyang XP lenses from shelves http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19866/zeiss-used-their-connections-to-pull-samyang-xp-lenses-from-shelves Thu, 14 Jun 2018 02:34:42 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19866@/talks/discussions image

Actually all Zeiss does not like is similar exterior design. Pure shame on Zeiss who start losing lower end market lately to the likes of Samyang.
Rumors are that it is form of threat as Samyang did not wanted to participate in private price fixing talks that Zeiss and Japan firms are doing privately, mostly in one on one format.

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ARRI AMIRA gets ARRIRAW, or most expensive unlock in history http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19858/arri-amira-gets-arriraw-or-most-expensive-unlock-in-history Tue, 12 Jun 2018 02:15:06 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19858@/talks/discussions

ARRI is enabling owners and operators of AMIRA cameras to record in ARRIRAW.

The change will involve the installation of the new Software Update Package SUP 5.3, and the purchase of a license. It will give cinematographers the option to record ARRIRAW 2.8K up to 48fps, which increases the versatility of their AMIRA even further, and gives them more options to offer clients.

“It’s a response to an increasing demand”, said Markus Duerr, the ARRI AMIRA product manager. “With the growing popularity of ARRIRAW more and more AMIRA users have been asking us to make it available to them”.

The move has been well received by AMIRA users, with wildlife filmmaker Tom Rowland giving it an enthusiastic welcome. "With the onset of ARRIRAW to the Amira it will certainly strengthen its place in the wildlife filmmaking game,” he said. “It will certainly add a whole new level of post-production flexibility to rushes.”

ARRIRAW data produced from an ARRI AMIRA can be considered a digital version of a camera negative. It is the only format that retains the camera's natural color response and great exposure latitude as uncompressed and unencrypted sensor data. The originally recorded raw data remains pristine, providing flexibility in postproduction and raw data archiving.

The ARRI AMIRA is a versatile camera system that combines exceptional image quality and affordable CFast 2.0 workflows with an ergonomic design optimized for single-operator use and extended shoulder-mounted operation. Ready to pick up and shoot straight out of the camera bag, AMIRA is tough enough to take anywhere and features in-camera grading with preloaded 3D LUTs, as well as 200 fps slow motion. It is suitable for a great variety of production types, from reportage and corporate films, to TV drama and low-budget movies.

Simple software unlock key cost is 3,180 € or around $3,730 USD.

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PV Youtube Channel has 400 videos already, make sure to subscribe! http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19845/pv-youtube-channel-has-400-videos-already-make-sure-to-subscribe Sat, 09 Jun 2018 02:27:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19845@/talks/discussions image

Make sure to subscribe and never miss lot of remaining Cinegear videos and new reviews.

It'll be lot of interesting things in upcoming months.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Pj7yx6F1TdNJ36eRlZgcA?sub_confirmation=1

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OLED microdisplay http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19849/oled-microdisplay Sun, 10 Jun 2018 06:49:19 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19849@/talks/discussions

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USB 3.2 with 20Gbps speed coming soon http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17422/usb-3.2-with-20gbps-speed-coming-soon Fri, 28 Jul 2017 23:39:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17422@/talks/discussions

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced the pending release of the USB 3.2 specification, an incremental update that defines multi-lane operation for new USB 3.2 hosts and devices. USB Developer Days 2017 will include detailed technical training covering USB 3.2, fast charging advancements in USB Power Delivery, and other exciting topics.

While USB hosts and devices were originally designed as single-lane solutions, USB TypeC™ cables were designed to support multi-lane operation to ensure a path for scalable performance. New USB 3.2 hosts and devices can now be designed as multi-lane solutions, allowing for up to two lanes of 5 Gbps or two lanes of 10 Gbps operation. This enables platform developers to continue advancing USB products to fit their customers’ needs by effectively doubling the performance across existing cables. For example, a USB 3.2 host connected to a USB 3.2 storage device will now be capable of realizing over 2 GB/sec data transfer performance over an existing USB Type-C™ cable that is certified for SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps.

“When we introduced USB Type-C to the market, we intended to assure that USB Type-C cables and connectors certified for SuperSpeed USB or SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps would, as produced, support higher performance USB as newer generations of USB 3.0 were developed,” said Brad Saunders, USB 3.0 Promoter Group Chairman. “The USB 3.2 update delivers the next level of performance.”

“With increased performance and seamless compatibility, the new USB 3.2 specification brings even more speed and bandwidth benefits to new USB 3.2 devices, while remaining compatible with USB 3.0 and earlier devices,” said Roanne Sones, General Manager, Strategy and Ecosystem for Windows and Devices, Microsoft. “We’re excited to work with our partners in the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to help showcase these benefits to users around the world.”

Key characteristics of the USB 3.2 solution include:

  • Two-lane operation using existing USB Type-C™ cables
  • Continued use of existing SuperSpeed USB physical layer data rates and encoding techniques
  • Minor update to hub specification to address increased performance and assure seamless transitions between single and two-lane operation

For users to obtain the full benefit of this performance increase, a new USB 3.2 host must be used with a new USB 3.2 device and the appropriate certified USB Type-C™ cable. This update is part of the USB performance roadmap and is specifically targeted to developers at this time. Branding and marketing guidelines will be established after the final specification is published. The USB 3.2 specification is now in a final draft review phase with a planned formal release in time for the USB Developer Days North America event in September 2017.

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NHK 8K Selenium Sensor http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19838/nhk-8k-selenium-sensor Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:57:48 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19838@/talks/discussions image

Electric charge generated by incident light are increased by avalanche multiplication phenomenon inside the photoelectric conversion film. The film can be overlaid on a CMOS circuit with a low breakdown voltage because avalanche multiplication occurs at low voltage in crystalline selenium, which can absorb a sufficient amount of light even when thin.

https://www.nhk.or.jp/strl/open2018/tenji/15_e.html

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Nik Collection 2018 by DxO http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19810/nik-collection-2018-by-dxo Thu, 31 May 2018 19:56:54 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19810@/talks/discussions

PARIS -- June 6, 2018 -- DxO, one of the world's most innovative consumer imaging companies, today announced the immediate availability of the Nik Collection 2018 by DxO, an updated suite of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop plugins for photographers and creative professionals. Eagerly awaited by the user community, this "by DxO" update marks the return to the market of the Nik Collection with the first stable version and with customer support. Also available today, DxO PhotoLab 1.2, an update of DxO's acclaimed RAW and JPEG image processing software, adds new local correction features and adds support for seven additional cameras.

Nik Collection 2018 by DxO: Better user experience and stability

Since the acquisition of the Nik Collection from Google in late 2017, the DxO development team has spent several months analyzing and optimizing the code of the seven plugins that make up the software suite to make them stable and operational. "The process was long and complex," explained Bruno Sayakhom, Product Owner at DxO. "It was necessary to recover and recompile source code that had not been maintained for a long time in order to make it compatible with the latest versions of Adobe products and the latest Apple OS updates. This is a first step that allows us to start afresh."

The Nik Collection 2018 by DxO is now fully functional and compatible with all 64-bit Windows and Mac platforms, as well as with Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Photoshop CC 2018, and Photoshop Elements 2017/2018. In addition, DxO now provides support in four languages on its website (http://nikcollection.dxo.com/), which will soon include exclusive tutorials. The software suite update, including the seven plugins, is now available in 13 languages, and includes a free 30-day trial period.

"We are proud to relaunch the Nik Collection, which users have been waiting for," said Jean-Marc Alexia, DxO's VP of Product Strategy and Marketing. "We have put all of our know-how into offering photographers and creative artists the best possible user experience. This is just the first step: using Uservoice-type surveys, we will be reaching out to the user community, from whom we greatly desire to gather feedback about their experiences and gain insight into their expectations." Designed for expert photographers and graphic designers, the Nik Collection includes seven powerful plugins for Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements that offer a full range of creative effects and filters:

  • Analog Efex Pro applies analog film, camera and lens simulations to digital photos.
  • Color Efex Pro includes a set of filters for color correction, touch-up, and creative effects.\ Dfine reduces the noise of digital images by analyzing the specificities of each device.
  • HDR Efex Pro processes images in HDR.
  • Sharpener Pro increases the accuracy and enhances the detail of digital images.
  • Silver Efex Pro is a black and white image conversion solution inspired by darkroom techniques.
  • Viveza locally adjusts the color and tone of specific areas of the image.

Thanks to exclusive U Point technology, the Nik Collection plugins allow you to apply local settings to specific areas in a fluid and precise way.

The Nik Collection 2018 by DxO is available for download on the DxO website (http://shop.dxo.com/us/photo-software/dxo-nikcollection) for $49.99 / £39.99 / €49.99 instead of $69 / £59 / €69 until July 1st, 2018.

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Dxo Labs under reorganization due to financial problems http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19517/dxo-labs-under-reorganization-due-to-financial-problems Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:01:47 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19517@/talks/discussions Legal notices Dxo Labs

Adresse :
3 RUE Nationale
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
Annonce légale publiée dans le Bodacc n°20170082 du 27/04/2017
20 décembre 2017
Modification de représentant
Enterprise (s) issuer (s) of the advertisement
Name : DXO LABS
Code Siren : 444 777 577
Legal form : Limited Company
Company officers : Alternate Auditor: BEAS represented by Pierre Victor; Statutory Auditor: DELOITTE & ASSOCIES in office on March 23, 2006; President: MENIERE Jerome on 15 December 2017
Legal notice published in the Bodacc n ° 20170244 of 20/12/2017
March 16, 2018
Judgment
Activity : design and marketing of image processing software, design, marketing of electronic components.
Comment : Judgment declaring the opening of a bankruptcy proceeding, date of cessation of payments on January 15, 2018 appointing administrator Selarl Fhb Mission Conducted By Me Hélène Bourbouloux 16 PLACE IRIS TOUR CB21 92040 Paris Defense Cedex with powers : assist, legal representative Selarl C. Low Mission Conducted By Me Christophe Bass 171 AVENUE CHARLES DE GAULLE 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine. The claims are to be declared, within two months of this publication, to the Judicial Agent or on the electronic portal at www . Creditors-services. com.
Date of effect : 07/03/2018
Company (s) issuing the listing
Denomination : DXO LABS
Siren Code : 444777577
Legal form : Limited Joint Stock Company

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How backlight must look on HDR LCD Monitor http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19836/how-backlight-must-look-on-hdr-lcd-monitor Thu, 07 Jun 2018 20:04:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19836@/talks/discussions image

Check all video

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Apple considers OpenGL and OpenCL deprecated now http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19825/apple-considers-opengl-and-opencl-deprecated-now Tue, 05 Jun 2018 22:20:36 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19825@/talks/discussions Apple suggest all developers move to Metal. Both OpenGL and OpenCL and moved to "Deprecations and Removed APIs" section of developer docs for new upcoming MacOS.

Apple also warned that OS update after this one can have all of this APIs fully removed.

It seems like preparation to move to iOS based OS and their own ARM based CPUs. It also means that many plugins authors can stop making Mac versions if they do not sell well enough to pay for full algorithms rewrite (this considers OpenCL).

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Mergers: Sharp buys Toshiba PC Business http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19822/mergers-sharp-buys-toshiba-pc-business Tue, 05 Jun 2018 18:46:46 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19822@/talks/discussions image

http://www.toshiba.co.jp/about/ir/en/news/20180605_2.pdf

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Mergers: GitHub acquired by Microsoft http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19815/mergers-github-acquired-by-microsoft Sun, 03 Jun 2018 17:22:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19815@/talks/discussions

Microsoft Corp. has agreed to acquire GitHub Inc., the code repository company popular with many software developers, and could announce the deal as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter.

GitHub preferred selling the company to going public and chose Microsoft partially because it was impressed by Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. Terms of the agreement weren’t known on Sunday. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion in 2015.

The acquisition provides a way forward for San Francisco-based GitHub, which has been trying for nine months to find a new CEO and has yet to make a profit from its popular service that allows coders to share and collaborate on their work. It also helps Microsoft, which is increasingly relying on open-source software, to add programming tools and tie up with a company that has become a key part of the way Microsoft writes its own software.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-03/microsoft-is-said-to-have-agreed-to-acquire-coding-site-github

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Canon USA Expands CarePAK PLUS Plan http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19607/canon-usa-expands-carepak-plus-plan Tue, 01 May 2018 03:19:55 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19607@/talks/discussions

Canon U.S.A., Inc. is excited to announce the expansion of the already cost-effective, benefit-rich accidental coverage plan.

Starting today, customers have even more perks with the addition of:\

  • Free two-way shipping to and from Canon for all service and repairs\
  • Free camera maintenance with sensor cleanings up to two times for Canon DSLR cameras or EF Lenses\
  • Dedicated phone and email support at 1-833-CAREPAK (1-833-227-3725) and carepakplus@cits.canon.com

Customers who purchase CarePAK PLUS already enjoy protection against drops, spills, and power surges as well as additional hardware coverage from normal wear and tear.  The plan also includes Image Recovery for cameras and camcorders that utilize a removable memory card -- designed to retrieve irreplaceable images or videos otherwise lost or corrupted.  CarePAK PLUS provides up to four years of service and support from the date of purchase for Canon products including cameras, binoculars, camcorders, printers, and projectors. With a CarePAK PLUS protection plan, a damaged product will be repaired to good working condition or replaced with an equivalent product. Canon customers can also enjoy service direct from Canon using only genuine Canon parts.  This coverage plan is unique to Canon and currently not available from other providers.

All the new benefits listed above are retroactive to all current customers who have an active CarePAK PLUS.

Today also marks the launch of an exciting new CarePAK PLUS promotion.  Now through July 7, 2018, 13 months free Canon CarePAK PLUS is included at no additional cost to customers who purchase select Canon cameras and lenses and register their product within 30 days.  The promotion also includes a special upgrade offer.  Customers who purchase a 36-month CarePAK PLUS with their product purchase will receive a total of 49 months of coverage plus Image Recovery from day 1!

Additional details about Canon CarePAK PLUS can be found at: usa.canon.com/carepak-plus.

To learn more about the current CarePAK PLUS promotion, please visit usa.canon.com/protection.

For more information about Canon CarePAK PLUS and other Service & Support benefits offered by the digital imaging leader, please reach out to Eloise Pisano at episano@cusa.canon.com.

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Dark Mode coming to Mac OS http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19812/dark-mode-coming-to-mac-os Sat, 02 Jun 2018 16:36:39 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19812@/talks/discussions image

https://twitter.com/stroughtonsmith/status/1002893737037582336/photo/1

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Canon issue notice of 70D DSLR problem and free repair http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19801/canon-issue-notice-of-70d-dslr-problem-and-free-repair Wed, 30 May 2018 02:07:28 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19801@/talks/discussions Especially during long movie shooting 70D board can locally overheat and this can lead to structural damage.

Initially it shows as Err 70 or Err 80 messages, and later camera stops to turn on.

Such cameras will be repaired for free (PR of Canon JP)

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