DaVicini Resolve 14

Sony Vegas used to be the poor man’s goto video editing software but it hasn’t been kept competitive and MAGIX hasn’t worked their magic on it yet to bring it back to the forefront of viable alternatives to Adobe Premiere Pro.

Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve is a serious product, and given the improvements to playback in version 14, along with a slew of other wonderful useability improvements and hardware accessories, it’s hard to ignore. We’re all hoping for a viable alternative to the $50 a month Adobe tax and Blackmagic may have given it to us. Time will tell to see how version 14 progresses.

For $299 for the pro version (and dongle-less), we will be giving Davinci Resolve a try now that it can playback 4K footage smoothly.

Sony Hack Removes 30 Minute Recording Limit

View the forum thread on the Personal-View Forums for more information, or see the GitHub page.

In regards to what cameras this is comptabile with, the hack author notes:

This app should be compatible with all Sony cameras supporting PlayMemories Camera Apps.

The risk is your own of course if you use such hacks and make sure you understand what you’re getting into.

Users are reporting getting 90 minutes on the Sony A7s II, over an hour on the Sony A7r II and the Sony A6300 and over 2.5 hours on the Sony RX10-II, for example.


FAQ: What Hardware to Get for 4K

Kodi, formerly known as XBMC is excellent free and open source software for all your media centre needs (and especially video).

They have a community forum where they have complied a FAQ on hardware for 4K.  It’s a short FAQ because the hardware availability for 4K just isn’t there yet.  We expect 2016 to be a much better year for video cards in regards to supporting 4K standards.

A valuable quote from the FAQ:

In the past 10-bit colour encoding was meant for professional use but in HEVC it’s part of the Main10 profile so it will be part of consumer applications. It’s expected to be used in UHDTV broadcasts (Rec. 2020), Blu Ray and Netflix. So, in order to future-proof yourself it’s good to have a box that supports the main10 profile.

The FAQ and replies are worth a read for anyone thinking of building a future-proof home theatre PC.

New Panasonic AG-DVX200 Firmware Coming


See this dvxuser thread for more information, but the relevant part is:

There’s a new firmware update coming for the DVX200, and it makes some rather notable changes in color rendition. The new version is said to be more accurate to the Varicam in VLOG-L, and in all cases it’s supposed to reduce the yellow in the skin tones and especially to greatly reduce the shift to yellow that happens in overexposure. It also is going to substantially clean up the grit that can happen in the shadows. And there’s another feature they’ve mentioned that they’re adding, but since it doesn’t directly have to do with color rendition, I’ll leave them to say what that is.

Nick Driftwood has also hinted that good things are coming.  We want this camera to be good so we hope this new firmware will help with low light or dynamic range for this camera.

Reportedly this firmware will be out or announced on November 16th.

Google Chrome 4K Tip

Thanks to Francois Beaufort for this tip that works with the developer channel version of the Chrome Browser:

The chromium team is currently working on smoother video frame rendering for HTML5 videos in Dev Channel. You can try it now by enabling the experimental flag named “New video rendering path for video elements” at chrome://flags/#enable-new-video-renderer and restart Chrome.

In practice, that means that if your computer was on the edge of playing 4K60, 4K, 1080p60 videos on YouTube for instance (hiccup every few seconds), it should now play smoothly.

If that’s not the case, please report an issue at http://crbug.com/new or press + + i.

Source: https://codereview.chromium.org/1083383005

5K Raw Video from Hacked Nikon Cameras?

Don’t hold your breath for 5K video from a Nikon DSLR as 12 bit 1664 x 1100 resolution is what is provided right now.  But the live-view stream is 4992 x 3280 pixels and it should be available to be captured.  Even if live-view is captured, it would likely be at a lower frame rate than 24fps.

When the Magic Lantern team first started capturing live-view on Canon cameras they were not sure what they could do with it but they quickly made it into very useable frame rates.  So it will be interesting to see how this development goes.

You can view the thread about this raw video hack on the Nikon Hackers forum and below is a raw frame example of what they have done so far.


PlayReady 3.0 DRM for Windows 10 A Bad Thing for 4K?

Microsoft’s PlayReady 3.0 DRM, which is set to be released with Windows 10, is raising some red flags about restrictive and invasive digital rights management.

It seems like the impetus is to provide “secure” 4K streaming and increase the market for 4K streaming services on computers running Windows.

The biggest concern is that users will be compelled to use this technology if they want to stream in 4K.  This has not been confirmed yet.

If a movie is playing in a movie theater right now, and you would like to have access to it on your Windows PC, they might make it available on some Windows PCs that have the higher bar for content protection [PlayReady 3.0 DRM]. — Nishanth Lingamneni (Microsoft)