Canon finally releases EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro
It’s Canon SLR video day! After totally botching the first announcement on February 8, Canon have finally made available the EOS Movie Plugin-E1, which adds Canon SLR compatibility to Log & Transfer in Final Cut Pro. To download it, go to Canon’s download page and select “Mac OS X” as your operating system, and download the file, ce1100x.dmg.zip.
Underwater video expert Mary Lynn Price writes, “ have learned that the plugin seems to work great, with the caveat that it is necessary to keep all the thumbnails (the .THM files) in the DCIM folder, otherwise the clip missing the thumbnail file won’t show up in the Log & Transfer window.”
Early adopters: let us know how you fare with the plugin!
Canon Releases Updated 5D Mark II Firmware
Canon has just released a revised version of the firmware update for the 5D Mark II to address an issue involving manual audio levels control. According to Canon,
“There was a phenomenon in which the manual recording settings made in C1/C2/C3 were changed and sound could not be recorded if manual sound recording was used in the C1/C2/C3 settings and the camera was subsequently turned off (or if Auto Power Off was activated). This does not occur in modes other than C1/C2/C3.”
Firmware version 2.0.4 is available for immediate download here and is recommended for anyone who already installed version 2.0.3.
Obama wants your feedback on how copyright infringement affects you
The Obama administration’s Intellect Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, is asking for feedback on how copyright infringement affects photographers and how best to deal with such crimes. There is a proposition for an Act in Congress which will provide protection for artists who’s copyrights are violated. As a requirement, public feedback is required and encouraged. So please let your voice be heard on how intellectual property theft affects you. The deadline is Mar 24, 2010 at 1700hrs EST.
Trimming video clips created by digital SLRs in Final Cut Pro
Anyone who has tried using Final Cut Pro to export trimmed video clips from their new digital SLR should follow this forum discussion about how to do it properly. Apparently, Final Cut Pro has had a long-standing bug that makes it unable to properly trim and export video clips that lack timecode. Since video clips taken with a digital SLR do not contain timecode, this is an issue that will affect many people.
Luckily, the solution is a simple one, discovered by moderator Shawn Heinrichs. Read on for more…
Article by Keri Wilk on underwater snoot photography
Keri Wilk has just authored a fabulous and informative article on selective lighting techniques in underwater photography, aka snoot photography. If you’ve perused any of the winning images in the underwater photography competitions lately you will have seen Keri’s work with snoot lighting.
“If you’re willing to suffer through the inevitable headaches, and are looking to expand your underwater photography skills, you might want to consider the snoot.”
Nauticam D700 underwater housing field review
Nauticam’s new range of housings has been the subject of much excitement on the Wetpixel forums. A winning combination of build quality, design innovation, ergonomics and price immediately marking Nauticam out as a major player in the housings market.
Wetpixel’s Alex Mustard put their D700 housing through its paces in Australia, producing a detailed review of the housing, to see if we can believe the hype.
Nocturnal Lights, official distributor for Keldan Lights in the Americas
Starting in 2010 Nocturnal Lights is the official North/South American distributor for Keldan Lights. Keldan is a Swiss Lighting manufacturer for high-end dive lights and video lights that has the reputation of building some of the most advanced dive lights and video lights in the market. The latest product from Keldan is the Luna 8 LA-V 40W LED video light, which has 2100 lumens with a CRI of 95, with an 80 minute burn time at max power. Please visit www.nocturnallights.com for additional product information or to locate an authorized dealer in your area.
Firmware Update 2.0.3 for 5D Mark II Now Live on Canon’s Servers
The long awaited firmware update for the Canon 5D Mark II is now available on Canon Japan’s servers, and will likely become available on international sites on Tuesday, March 16. The firmware update adds frame rates of 24p, 25p, and changes the 30p frame rate to 29.97 fps to match broadcast standards. Additional features include live histograms when shooting in manual and aperture priority modes, increased audio sampling (48kHz), and the ability to adjust audio recoding levels manually. The firmware update is available for immediate download here.
Update: The firmware is now also available from Canon USA.
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