AVCHD HD video workflow on Mac OS X
I’ve been cursing AVCHD ever since it started showing up in camcorders and still cameras that shoot video. I don’t really understand why it exists. Although its file and folder specification claims to be compatible with Blu-ray, it doesn’t seem likely that the majority of casual video shooters will choose to archive video content from cameras directly onto Blu-ray discs, and AVCHD’s awkward multiple-folder storage structure makes it extremely difficult to work with in video editing workflows.
Tokina AT-X 16-28mm lens released
Nikon Rumours has confirmed the imminent release of the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm PRO FX lens. It will be initially in a Nikon F mount, with Canon mounts to follow soon. It has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 across the zoom range, and is designed for use with full-frame digital SLR cameras. The lens design incorporates a new SD-M (Silent Drive-Module) DC autofocus motor and GMR high-precision magnetic AF sensor, which together aim to reduce focusing noise and increase both speed and accuracy.
AQUA 2 amphibious robot showcased
Dr. Gregory Dudek, together with PhD candidates Junaed Sattar and Anqi Xu of McGill University school of computer science in Montreal, Canada, have developed AQUA 2: a robot which can move on land as well as swim and dive in the water.
The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) uses six independently controlled fins to offer a highly maneuverable underwater sensor platform.The arrangement of highly compliant thrusting surfaces results in a vehicle that poses no danger to humans or sea life and can land or take-off with minimal impact. Tested to a depth of 120 feet, the robot has an intended operating range from the shoreline to 100 feet.
Thailand Travel & Dive Expo 2010, July 8-11, 2010
TDEX, the 7th Thailand Travel & Dive Expo, starts in Bangkok on Thursday, July 8, and runs until Sunday, July 11, 2010. In addition to the many booths, seminars, and activities planned for the 4-day expo, Tony Wu and Eric Cheng will be speaking on the mini stage at 2pm and 5pm, July 10-11.
We’re planning a Wetpixel / Tony Wu fanboy meet-up on Friday night (7pm at Baan Khanitha). See you there!
Call for entries: World Festival of Underwater Images
The 37th World Festival of Underwater Images, formerly held at Antibes, will be held from the 27 to 31 October 2010 at the Palais du Pharo. Marseille. Jean-Michel Cousteau will be the honorary president in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of his father, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and many of those who took part in the Calypso odyssey will be at the event.
Entries for the 2010 competition are now open.
Underwater Photographer issue 55 released
The July/August 2010 edition of Peter Rowland’s online Underwater Photography magazine is now available for download. In UwP issue 55, Wade Hughes FRGS writes about the Sperm whales of the mid-Atlantic, Jeff Britnell on British Columbia, and Eric Hanauer on the Philippines. In addition there are pages of news, reviews and product announcements.
UwP is a free download in PDF form.
New DiveFilm HD podcast: Tony Wu’s PNG Eastern Fields
Tony Wu’s short video of the Easter Fields of Papua New Guinea is now available as an HD or iPod podcast via DiveFilm on iTunes. The film, shot on DSLR’s, includes footage from this remote and rarely visited area. Tony also interviews Craig DeWit of MV Golden Dawn, who also will be the skipper on the upcoming Wetpixel Eastern Fields Expedition.
DiveFilm HD showcases some of the best high-definition underwater short films being produced today from all over the world. Featuring beautiful images of the underwater world, marine life large and small, interviews with interesting people, and updates on underwater imaging. Produced in association with Wetpixel and available via iTunes.
The Digital Shootout updates website with winners’ galleries
The Digital Shootout has updated their website to include galleries of the winning images from this year’s event. There is now full coverage of all seven days of the event, including extensive galleries and videos taken by the staff and participants.
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- Illegal fishermen caught red handed in East Timor by Sea Shepherd (via )
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