News of the HV20 was leaked a few days ago, but now it’s official. The Canon HV20 is in the same product line as the HV10 consumer HD camera. The HV20 is a different form factor, looking to be similar to the Panasonic GS line of small consumer cameras, rather than the palmcorder look of the HV10. The primary feature added to the HV20 is 24f support. The HV10 could play back 24f tapes from an XLH1/XHG1/XHA1, but couldn’t record in 24f. That makes it a pretty tempting choice for beginning filmmakers who want a higher-end look. I would guess that it’ll street for $899, which makes it a pretty nice choice for folks who are serious about their video, but working on a limited budget.
The process by which real life turns into digital video is, by all accounts, pretty arcane. Not necessarily because of bad design decisions (though there are plenty of those) but just because real life is very complex, and our tiny little brains haven’t figured out great ways to capture it.
In any case, color sampling and color spaces is an area that trips up many folks in this field. You’ve got analog ranges, digital ranges, 8bit, 10bit, 12bit, and then you’ve got color profiles on the computer to contend with.
DV.com has a two part article (part 1, part 2) dealing with color spaces in video. Take a look if you’re at all interested in understanding why your image changes colors when you move it from Photoshop to Final Cut, or from your Mac to a PC. Keep in mind though, that all of this happens separate of the color subsampling step. The detail lost by going to 4:2:2 or 4:2:0/4:1:1 is independent of the latitude lost due to color space conversion.
FXGuide has an article up about the VFX in Pan’s Labyrinth. It’s a film I really hope to see soon. It sounds like there was a fair amount of practical work done on the set – from the trailer, I was sort of expecting that every shot would be a VFX shot. It’s worth reading to just to learn about all the tools that were used. I’m not well schooled in the world of 3d, but I’m always interested to hear people talking about the ways in which one renderer can be worlds above another. A lot of kung foo going on there.
Mike, Dave and I finally got it together to record a podcast. I’ve posted the results over on my .Mac site. So, I present to you the first very episode of the Mike, Dave and Colin Show. We cover html compression, leopard APIs, health care reform and a few other topics. Don’t worry, they’ll get better in the future…
Sorry for the slow updates lately. We’ve started our semester here at the University of Minnesota, so much of my time is being spent getting the young folk excited about production. Woo.
Anyways, the video industry is in a post-CES, pre-NAB lull right now. Everyone is off drinking at Sundance,and frankly I don’t really care about Sundance…
I’m still a fan of the XDCamHD camera line, particularly the F350. If you are too, you might be interested in two articles that were recently posted about the F350, one from DV.com giving a general overview, and one from Digital Content Producer which provides some real life use stories. One day, it will be mine.
Sorry for going silent for the last few days. Zero hours of sleep at MacWorld, combined with real-world work kind of caught up with me.
MacWorld was a blast, thanks to all those I met there. Aside from the obvious Apple announcements, the big star for me was the Axiotron ModBook. It really is beautifully engineered. I really hope to get a couple to use with ScopeBox. Check the link if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
The LAFCPUG meeting was a good time, though all of us were dead tired by that point in the week so it was a bit hazy. We did some renegade ScopeBox promotion, which was a blast, and had good reactions throughout. I bit my tongue and didn’t say anything nasty to the folks from Focus Enhancements. Go me!
Now I’m back at the University and the semester is in full swing. NAB is only a few short months away, and there should be some pretty exciting things in the meantime.
CES didn’t bring a lot of exciting announcements for the prosumer/professional video production world. Sony released a slew of new consumer-level HDV cameras, recording to all manner of media. Half of them are AVCHD (recording to mini-DVD) and the rest are HDV (recording to mini-DV). Otherwise, there’s not a ton of stuff that caught my eye. Aside from the iPhone of course …