This press release from Pixellexis/Ambric Silicon caught my attention today. Pixellexis are the folks who tried to raise a buzz at NAB this year with their RedBox external processing unit. Every time I went by their booth, it was a bit empty. As Mike said, “I’m not sure I’d start a company based on the idea that computers will never get faster.”
In any case, the press release talks about the new Ambric Silicon chips they’re using, which have 300+ cores in a single die. Which sounds suspiciously like a commodity GPU. With OpenCL in the near future (and far cooler than the public info would have you believe), it’s hard to imagine dropping serious cash on a proprietary secondary processing unit.
Sony has announced a new multicodec HD encoder for BluRay authoring. Starting at $55k, it’s a bit of a splurge for the hobbyist, but I bet it comes in a very attractive box.
High end compression tools do some amazing stuff though, like the ability to customize compression parameters on a frame-by-frame basis, after the encode, without re-encoding the rest of the stream. Sexy.
CEPro has a slideshow of 35 great CD/DVD/BluRay discs for demoing your home theater system, selected by “industry professionals.”
Yeah, I’m procrastinating this morning.
Just a plug for some friends – Pond5 has officially gone live. They’re a stock video site, where any videographer can sell their content at prices set by the videographer. You get 50% of the profits, customers can get great footage at HD resolutions, with even higher end formats coming soon.
If someone with an EX1 were looking to make some money without too much extra effort, it’s not a bad option.
Anyone who’s used one of AJA’s capture cards knows that, while the AJA control panel shows embedded SDI timecode, Final Cut Pro can’t read it, and thus you’re stuck using RS422 even when you don’t need control. DigitalVideoEditing has a quick little tutorial on using AJA’s capture tool to work around that issue. Neato.