Monthly Archive: January 2012

New Lumix Lens Converters

Panasonic has introduced some new lens teleconverters that work with their 14-42mm lenses. Click on the image for a larger view. And a couple of “concept lenses”. Panasonic expects to expand their lens line up to 20 total lenses by the end of 2012. The Internet access at the hotel is so slow that I may not be able to post much in the way of much of anything. This was torturous just...

Convert your 2D Display to 3D

The 3D Now Theater is a universal processor that converts any 2D HD display with an HDMI input – new or old – into a stereoscopic 3D display via Convert your 2D Display to 3D: 3D Now Theater to Launch at CES 2012 | AVForums.com – UK Online. This makes sense to me. Uses the interleaved frames to create separate left and right images synchronized with 3D glasses. Would love to...

Converting individual .MTS AVCHD files on Mac OS X

I have deleted much of this original post since it was not that useful. Until Final Cut Pro X, Apple did not support AVCHD file formats well. Importing an AVCHD file involved a time consuming and file expanding conversion from AVCHD to either Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) or ProRes codec.  The files are often 3 to 5x larger than their originals. The only benefit was the editing was faster than if...

Updates from the 2012 CES

I will make every effort to post updates from the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, next week, including posting photos and video. Depending on Internet accessibility and my time, I may do much of my video posts in the early morning. I have quite a bit of experience in doing “fast turnaround” nearly live event video – but it all depends on the Internet access and my time. Be sure to...

Controversy: “DSLRs are a dying breed”

Well this will stir things up: DSLRs are a dying breed – 3rd Gen Cameras are the Future. Based partly on comments to the above, might future cameras: Shoot dozens of RAW images per second (the RED EPIC does that now, roughly, for the motion picture industry) Shoot with infinite focus points (like the Lytro) Be small – may be not all bundled into a cellphone – there is still physics to...

Build your own 3D dual camera mounting rails

Ritwika Mitra shows how to build your own dual camera mount featuring an adjustable interaxial distance for 3d stereoscopic photography or video. Ritwika is a high school senior, by the way. Cool young woman! She and her sister are also the founders of the non-profit Rennow.org. The details begin at about 2:30 into the video. I built this but I also use a fixed mounting bracket that is simpler and smaller....