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Shoot35 CINEbox review

I’ve just posted a full review of Shoot35’s CINEbox matte-box. Click below to read the review.

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Sony PMW-F3 layout review

I’ve put together a page showing closeups of the new Sony PMW-F3 digital cinema camera and my thoughts about the differences between the Sony PMW-F3 and the Sony EX1.

Sony PMW-F3 - playback controls

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12 core Mac Pro tests

Activity monitor showing 24 flat out processors

“The 12 Core shows up as 24 CPU’s, all flat out in compressor!”

My new Mac Pro arrived yesterday so I spent my evening installing apps and getting it set up ready to take over as my main editing machine. Once I had the basics installed I couldn’t resist running a few tests to see how it compared to my old machine…

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SmallHD DP6 first impressions

I got back from my shoot in Austria last night to find the DP6 monitor from SmallHD waiting for me. To be honest I’m not going to have much time over the next few days to put it through it’s paces but thought I’d share a few initial thoughts with you and some quick iPhone pics I took whilst having a play with it.

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Playing with Premiere Pro CS5

Over the last few days I’ve been giving the 30 day demo of Adobe’s Premiere Pro CS5 a few workouts and I have to admit to being very impressed. The 30 day demo doesn’t come with many codecs so I could only work in DVCPRO HD sequences but that just made things even more interesting.

In Final Cut Pro if I create a similar sequence and then drag in some DSLR source clips things immediately become unresponsive. The timeline needs rendering and my mac struggles to play the sequence back. Adding any kind of transition or effect makes things a lot worse with rendering required at every stage.

Premiere Pro however handled the native DSLR footage with ease. I did a quick edit, dropped in some cross fades, applied some 3-way colour correction and a bit of blur here and there and not once did I have to render anything in order to watch it play back smoothly. Very impressive!

I must admit to being very tempted to splash out on a license but changing NLE’s is a very tough thing when you’ve gotten used to a specific workflow and I feel very at home with Final Cut. Seeing what Adobe has achieved just heightens my frustration with Apple for their apparent lack of advancement of the Pro apps and I’m definitely not going to keep plodding away in Final Cut for long knowing the competition is so far ahead.