Adobe previews Anywhere collaborative workflow platform Photo

Adobe previews Anywhere collaborative workflow platform

Adobe has released details of its new collaborative workflow platform for video editors. Anywhere is a “cloud” based tool that allows multiple editors to collaborate in real-time at multiple locations and across computing platforms. Adobe Anywhere will operate across standard networks and does not require any proprietary hardware. Its collaborative capabilities will be embedded directly into future versions of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Prelude software.

It is currently under development and will be available sometime in 2013.

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Canon announces firmware update for EOS 1-D C Photo

Canon announces firmware update for EOS 1-D C

Canon has announced that it plans to offer a firmware upgrade for its EOS 1-D C that will add support for 25p recording at the camera’s maximum 4K resolution. Canon add that this is in response to requests for the feature from European shooters. The EOS 1D-C captures 4K (4096x2160) video using 8-bit motion JPEG compression and has the ability to also simultaneously output an uncompressed Full HD (1920x1080) YCbCr 4:2:2 signal to an external recorder, via its HDMI terminal. Full HD video can also be recorded directly to CF cards, at frame rates of up to 1080/60p.

Canon have, of late, tended to “advertise” their firmware updates in advance, so please don’t try to click-through to upgrade yet. This one will only be available in April but will be free to EOS 1-D C owners.

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Nikon releases firmware update for D4 SLR Photo

Nikon releases firmware update for D4 SLR

Nikon has announced the release of a firmware update for its flagship D4 SLR. The new firmware is labelled as versions A1.04 and B1.02 and contain one improvement: “subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.”

The update is available as a free download for D4 owners from the Nikon support site.

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Show report: BOOT 2013 Photo

Show report: BOOT 2013

Wetpixel member and equipment designer Andrej Belic has kindly agreed to share his thoughts and images from the recent BOOT Show. The show, held in Düsseldorf, Germany, attracted 226,300 visitors in total, 45,000 of which came from 50 countries other than Germany. There was a total of 1,674 exhibitors from 63 nations showing their products. Andrej was able to visit all the major housing manufactures and distributors, and also found time to give us a quick guide to the plethora of new rebreathers that have come to market recently.

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Sigma announces 60mm M43 and NEX lens Photo

Sigma announces 60mm M43 and NEX lens

Sigma has announced a 60mm f/2.8 lens for Micro Four Thirds and NEX system cameras. It offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 90mm/120mm (NEX/MFT) and the lens has a rounded aperture diaphragm, a minimum focus distance of 19.7 inches and the maximum magnification is 1:7.2. It may be possible to address this for underwater use with diopters.This lens also contains Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, which helps minimize axial and transverse chromatic aberration and a linear AF motor. The Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN lens has a 46mm filter thread. Prices and availability are still to be confirmed.

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Dolphins support dying pod member Photo

Dolphins support dying pod member

The Marine Mammal Science journal has posted an abstract of a paper that shows a group of dolphins trying to collaborate in order to support a dying member of their pod. The Korean researchers witnessed the event in the East Sea off the coast of Ulsan, in South Korea. During a survey, they saw 10 long-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus capensis) trying to save the life of another adult by forming a raft to keep the stricken dolphin afloat. One of the rescuers actually turned over to better support the ailing dolphin, while another used its beak to try to keep the dying dolphin’s head up. These behaviors have been seen in individual animals in the past, but never as a collaborative exercise.

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NY Times offers portfolio reviews Photo

NY Times offers portfolio reviews

The New York Time’s Lens blog is offering 160 amateur photographers the opportunity to have their portfolios reviewed by an expert panel including leading photo editors, museum curators, book publishers and gallery owners. The newspaper is asking for submissions of a maximum of 20 images for review and selection. The 160 portfolios selected will be invited to attend a series of one-on-one meetings at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism on West 40th Street in Manhattan. These will be held on Saturday and Sunday 13 and 14 April 2013. Portfolios for consideration must be submitted by 13 February, with full details for submissions on the paper’s blog.

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ITU approves new video standard Photo

ITU approves new video standard

The goal of bringing 4k video to future broadband networks, while also making streaming HD video available even on bandwidth-constrained mobile networks, has come one step closer with adoption of the H.265 standard, also informally known as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), by the ITU yesterday. The new standard will enable publishers to stream 1080p video with about half as many bits as required today which could also mean that in places where there is good broadband connectivity, 4K streaming could be possible with connection speeds of 20-30 Mbps of bandwidth. A team within the ITU continues to work on developments within HEVC including support for 12-bit video, 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 chroma formats, scalable video coding as well as stereoscopic and 3D video coding.

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