Two new DiveFilm HD podcasts available
DiveFilm HD has released two new podcasts. First, featuring strange critters and interesting shark species is Bent Jørgensen’s “Ocean Life”. This short video produced by Chilbal Film is a trailer for a three-part educational television series on the marine life of Denmark.
Second is Jon Shaw’s “Fish Rock Cave, Australia” which is about diving this interesting cave site surrounded by abundant sea life off the coast of New South Wales. DiveFilm HD Video podcast is produced in association with Wetpixel, and is a featured podcast available for free at iTunes.
Apple releases Digital Camera RAW compatibility update 3.3
Apple has announced the release of RAW Compatibility Update 3.3 for Aperture and iPhoto. This will add RAW format compatibility for the following cameras: Canon PowerShot SX1 I; Olympus E-PL1; Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2; Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10; Samsung NX10; Sony Alpha DSLR-A390; Sony Alpha NEX-3; Sony Alpha NEX-5.
The update is available via system update or support.
African Diver magazine issue 12 now available
Issue 12 of African Diver magazine is now available for free download. This issue has articles about the Red Sea and the cold but interesting waters of the South African Cape coast. In addition, it features the fishing grounds of Algoa Bay and an article about unique marine conservation efforts in Kenya. Mike Westcott is the featured photographer, and space is also devoted to images from the Sony Winter Shootout.
Gates releases POV housing system
Gates Underwater Products has announced the release of a Point of View (POV) housing system for the Panasonic AG-HMR10 Recorder and AG-HCK10 Camera. The housing and recorder can be separated by up to sixty feet of cable, making the system ideal for pole cam or shy critter filming. POV systems also give a unique filming perspective, as well advantages in terms of bulk, size and weight.
Wetpixel Ocean Safari (Sardine Run) 2010 report now online
Drew Wong has posted part one of his report on the Wetpixel Ocean Safari (aka Sardine Run) 2010. The run is still posing more question than answers for the scientific community, and it’s increasing popularity is creating problems. Drew expresses his concerns about the proliferation of new operators with limited experience, and notes that there have been at least 3 injuries on divers caused by sharks during the run over the years.
Drew also lays claim to the dubious honor of being the first diver to have been mistaken as a sardine by a diving gannet!
Panasonic HDC-SDT750K World’s First 3D Camcorder
Panasonic announces the world’s first 3D camcorder, the HDC-SDT750k. This camcorder shoots 1080/60p at 28mbps AVCHD video in 3D using an accessory lens which projects 2 images to the sensor. Both images are recorded as a single stream and thus there is no post processing needed. There is no pricing announced as yet.
Book Review: Shooting in the Wild - An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom
Chris Palmer’s book: “Shooting in the Wild” is about the ethics of the wildlife filmmaking business and the drawing of proper boundaries, and as such has a real impact on still nature photography as well. As nature films and TV shows proliferate and become profitable, there is little external regulation of what is ethically allowable. The advent of a culture that seeks instant gratification and demands sensationalism and risk taking as a part of entertainment, has encouraged unscrupulous film editors to bend (and increasingly break) the rules that might suggest that the animals and environment’s well-being is paramount. Chris Palmer’s mission with this book is to attempt to challenge this. Palmer is a veteran film producer and educator, with twenty-five years of experience and over 300 hours of original programming in a rapidly changing industry.
Panasonic releases LUMIX LX5 compact camera
Panasonic has announced the release of the LX5 compact camera, which will replace the popular LX3. The new camera has an upgraded sensor, featuring a 1/1.63” 10mp unit for improved dynamic range. The lens is now a 24-90mm f2.0-3.3 and the cameras control system is changed to a clickable control wheel, like that on the GF1. The new camera is also able to shoot HD video in an AVCHD lite format.
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