On Friday Media creators and editors descended on UCSF Mission Bay Campus to take part in the SF SuperMeet.  The Apple Training books were 35% off So I used to opportunity to get a hold of a Mark Spencer book on using Motion 4. Oh yeah and I met him too.  Whoo-hoo!

Canon announced a New codec/file based camcorder that may compete in my head directly with the Panasonic series of camcorders offering a similar compression/recording scheme. They didn’t exactly have one for display under a glass cabinet or anything,wait they did…And the plexiglass was locked..trust me..No stickers on the buttons or knobs.  They didn’t announce the camera but it was there unlabeled not working…   The New Canon spec is “MPEG-2 Full HD compression, 4:2:2, 50Mbps.”   The Panasonic HVX and HPX series camera have used a similar compression scheme for years.  But the use of the Panasonic cameras requires purchasing expensive P2 Cards ($500 16GB) which are the media the video and sound transferred to your editing station with instead of DV tape.  Hopefully these two manufacturers will duke it out in the marketplace in the coming months and will be very good for us Comsumers.   Let’s all chant “4:2:2”  “4:2:2” “4:2:2”

Whichever camera you do pick, AJA video systems has a little black box with a BIG innovation.  The KI Pro bypasses the compression of the recording system of the camera and uses the Lens and imaging system (CCD’s or CMOS) of the camera to encode video @ Pro Res quality.   That’s right use any HDV camera or AVCHD camera with a uglier compression scheme, And this Ki Pro will record straight from your camera’s circuitry, video in Pro Res.    Then you eject the “Disk” you recorded it on.  And the ejected disk becomes an external Hard drive, that has the whole shoot on it.Labeled with Scenes and takes and whatever you set up…. You connect the disk via firewire and transfer the Pro Res footage you just shot, on your HDV camera….this might hurt a bit It costs $4,000 to start.  Regardless,   This is amazing.  AJA spells WOW!

No I didn’t win the Canon 5D mark 2 they were giving away. Neither did anyone @ CCSF.  Oh well.  May we all get work that brings one to us this year.