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Red announces Scarlet mini 3K camcorder »

Red announced its smallest camera yet 3K Scarlet. This teeny camera has a 3K resolution and is based on a 2/3″  Mysterium X sensor, capable of 1 to 120 frames per second and records to dual CompactFlash cards supporting up to 100MB per second of REDCODE RAW HD video.

It features a 4.8″ LCD, 8x RED zoom lens, HDMI, HD-SDI, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connections. The camera is also compatible with many of the RED ONE accesories. You can even control the camera via a WiFi Connection.

Price should be under $3,000 and be available early 2009.

Panasonic releases pricing on the AG-HMC150 »

This camera is the newest in the family of AVCCAM line cameras and is capable of 1280 x 720 and 1440 x 1080 recording using the MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 codecs. You will also find native 16:9 1/3″ 3CCD imagers, and has a digital signal processor with a 14-bit A /D conversion and 19-bit processing.

Like many other Panasonic cameras the AG-HMC150 is equiped with a 13x Leica Dicomar zoom lense with optiacal image stabilization.

The camera has 4 quality modes – PH (average 21 Mbps/Max 24 Mbps), HA (approx.17 Mbp), HG (approx. 13 Mbps) and HE (approx. 6 Mbps). Read the rest »

Sony brings OLED viewfinder to Pro HD Cameras »

Sony is unveiling its first color professional camera viewfinder using Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) Technology.

The HDVF-EL100 is an 11 inch display and is Sony’s first non-consumer application of an OLED panel. Consumer OLED displays were introduced in January, and continue to generate strong demand.

“High-definition acquisition requires extremely precise focusing, allowing the operator to accurately see contrast and color levels when framing a shot,” said Rob Willox, director of Sony Electronics’ content creation group. “This new viewfinder is a perfect example of our unique ability to leverage the innovation and expertise from one part of our company and apply it in another area to meet customers’ needs. Read the rest »

JVC GY-HD200 gets 1080/50i and 60i output »

JVC announced a new feature for the GY-HD200 by adding 1080/50i and 1080/60i output though the FireWire connection. The 1080i footage is not recorded to tape, but when combined with a hard disk recorder such as the DR-HD100 you will be able to capture in 720P or 1080i in native QuickTime or M2T files.

The new feature is not a firmware upgrade. Customers who purchased a GY-HD200 since February 1, 2008 will be eligible for an upgrade. All other owners will have to stick it out with 720P or buy the new camera.

The product name has been updated to GY-HD200UB and is available immediately, and is $5995 with 16:1 Fujinon lens or the body only for $5695.

New Panasonic AG-HPX170 P2 Pro Camcorder »

Panasonic announced another new camera today at NAB 2008, the AG-HPX170 P2. The new camera records exclusively to solid state P2 cards, now available with capacities up to 64GB. The AG-HPX170 can record in up to twenty different formats, 1080i and 720P HD and SD in DVCPRO HD, 480i, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO and 480i in DV, with 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. It is also capapble of frame rates from 12fps to 60fps for fast or slow motion effects. With two P2 card slots you have the capability to shoot 128 minutes in the highest quality setting (DVCPRO HD) when using two 64GB P2 cards.

The AG-HPX170 is expecting to ship this Fall, and will be covered by a 5 year limited warranty from Panasonic. No word on pricing yet.

Build your own CNC Machine »

Building your own CNC Router can be a fun and exciting project. CNC stands for Computer Numeral Control and is used to cut designs that were created in a computer CAD program.

This article will walk you though all the steps in planning, choosing the parts, building and using your DIY CNC.

Computer aided design, or CAD, has always interested me but up until recently I haven’t needed to manufacture parts requiring CAD, , and finding out how much companies charge to mill parts, I decided I would make my own machine to do the job.

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Sensitive military gear for sale online »

According to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Many pieces of military gear which were stolen have been sold on Craigslist and eBay.

Investigators posing as buyers where able to buy over a dozen items listed on the online sites, the sellers of stolen items were arrested.

The items include two F-14 fighter jet components, special night vision goggles for the military, army combat uniforms for soldiers, as well as enhanced body armor used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read the rest »

Hydrogen Powered Vehicles »

It’s hard to escape coming across the name “Stan Meyers” when researching this technology. Stan Meyers began making news in the early 1990’s, having claimed a major breakthrough in Hydrogen power. In fact, he attracted the attention of the Pentagon with his breakthrough (their interes: “Star Wars” and tanks. Oh well, whatever it takes to get this idea moving). It seams that he was able to surmount that nasty barrier where converting one form of energy into another always results in an overall reduction in energy, not more. With minimal amps (1/2) from a battery, Stan was able to separate the hydrogen molecule from the oxygen molecule in ordinary tap water (H2O). The hydrogen, being flammable, could then be used as a combustible agent to drive pistons in an engine. In 1998, he made national news when he powered a small car using this technology from New York to Los Angeles on nothing more than 28 gallons of water. The “black box” behind all this was a device he called a “Water Fuel Cell”. He expected to be able to manufacture and sell these engines for around $1500. Read the rest »

New Focus FS-5 Revealed »

Focus Enhancements today announced that it will showcase its new, ultra-portable FS-5 Direct To Edit (DTE) recorder at NAB 2008.

The FS-5 is designed to be used with many popular HDV and DV cameras. However, it features a 50% weight reduction and a 60% reduction in size compared to the FS-4. It also features a new low-power and fan-less design providing a 3 hour record time, using one removable Li-Ion battery pack.

Other major changes include a newly designed user interface and a 320 x 240 color LCD, but like the previous models you can not play back video.

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The ONE Campaign, Ben & Jerry’s Join Forces »

You know Ben & Jerry, the two loveable old guys from the 60’s that have made ice-cream forever, and have always been active in worthy causes (why can’t we get presidents as honest and down-to-earth as these guys?). Anyway, they have just developed and dedicated one of the strangest sounding frozen concoctions you can imagine: cheesecake and brownie ice-cream.
The “dedication” is to one of the most persistent and growing problems facing the world today: world hunger. In their own words, this event was dedicated to “commemorate a joint endeavor to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease around the world”.
The partnership was announced at the Ben & Jerrys Scoop Shop in Burbank, California, and featured Ben & Jerrys Co-Founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, and David Lane, CEO and President of the ONE Campaign. The event also featured longtime ONE members DAUGHTRY and a performance by the African Childrens Choir.

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