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Photographer Dad creates epic Star Wars Christmas card for his family

07 Dec

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Photographer Josh Rossi is no stranger to creating epic photography for and of his family. His portraits of his daughter as Wonder Woman swept across the Internet like wildfire, and he’s continued doing amazing work, including this touching series where he transformed disabled kids into Justice League superheroes.

So why did he let some run-of-the-mill “family photographer” take last year’s Christmas pictures for him!?

He didn’t know either. In fact, he felt deeply ashamed by this lapse in judgement, and so he set to work creating something amazing to redeem himself this Holiday season. Cue Star Wars theme.

“I’m a huge Star Wars fan, and my wife has been asking me to do some pictures of us so I went all out this year for our family photos,” Rossi tells DPReview. And by all-out, he means he recreated the Star Wars: The Last Jedi posters featuring himself, his wife, and their two children instead of the lead actors.

“I had such a fun time doing this with my family,” he told us, “especially with my 1 year old.”

Rossi sent over a few behind the scenes images for us (below) and you can see the final shots in the gallery at the top.

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To see more of Rossi’s work, or if you just want to say hello and kudos for another really creative and well-executed project, head over to his website or give him a follow on Instagram and Facebook.


All photographs by Josh Rossi and used with permission.

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Blackmagic unveils DeckLink 8K Pro capture card for ‘real time 8K workflows’

17 Nov

General opinion seems to be that 8K is a long way off, but it’s actually coming much faster than people think, and the industry is gearing up (literally) for it. Case in point: meet the new Blackmagic DeckLink 8K Pro capture card that ‘breaks new ground in high quality’ by supporting formats ranging from SD, to HD, Ultra HD, 4K, 8K and 8K DCI.

Oh, and it can also handle 64 channels of audio, stereoscopic 3D, and high frame rates… you know… just cause.

The card can do all of this because it’s the world’s first to feature quad link 12G?SDI bi-directional connections that Blackmagic says “can be used to either capture or playback quad link 8K, or for the simultaneous capture and playback of single or dual link SDI sources.” And as far as colors go, the DeckLink 8K Pro can work in 12?bit RGB 4:4:4 as well as Rec. 2020, which is, “a massive color space designed for high dynamic range Ultra HD and digital cinema work in 4K and 8K.”

All of this from this little powerhouse of a card:

Photo: Blackmagic

Of course, the bit Blackmagic won’t tell you is that you’ll need a monstrous computer to make any of this work… and an 8K monitor to boot. But if you were paying attention at the beginning of this article you’d already know: 8K is coming and it’s coming fast. Professional videographers and video editors may want to start preparing for it now.

And if that prep involves buying this monster of a card, you should know that the DeckLink 8K Pro will be available starting in early January for $ 645 USD. For more information, check out the full release below or visit Blackmagic’s website for a breakdown of all their DeckLink products.

Press Release

Blackmagic Design Announces DeckLink 8K Pro with Quad Link 12G?SDI

The world’s first quad link 12G-SDI capture and playback card designed for high resolution,?deep color high dynamic range 8K workflows!

InterBEE 2017, Tokyo, Japan – November 15, 2017 – Blackmagic Design today announced DeckLink 8K Pro, a new high performance capture and playback card featuring quad link 12G?SDI to allow real time high resolution 8K workflows. This new DeckLink 8K Pro breaks new ground in high quality as it supports all film and video formats from SD all the way up to 8K DCI, 12?bit RGB 4:4:4, plus it also handles advanced color spaces such as Rec. 2020 for deeper color and higher dynamic range. DeckLink 8K also handles a massive 64 channels of audio, stereoscopic 3D, high frame rates and more.

DeckLink 8K Pro will be available in early January for US$ 645 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

In addition, Blackmagic Design has also announced a new low price of US$ 895 for DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G.

DeckLink 8K Pro will be demonstrated at InterBEE in Japan on the Blackmagic Design booth 8211.

DeckLink 8K Pro is the ultimate digital cinema capture and playback card. Featuring four quad link multi rate 12G?SDI connections, DeckLink 8K Pro can work in all SD, HD, Ultra HD, 4K, 8K and 8K DCI formats and is compatible with all existing professional SDI equipment. The 12G?SDI connections are also bi-directional so they can be used to either capture or playback quad link 8K, or for the simultaneous capture and playback of single or dual link SDI sources.

When it comes to quality, DeckLink 8K Pro is better than any other solution because it lets customers work with both more pixels than ever before and better pixels than ever before. The 8K images have 16 times more pixels than a regular 1080 HD image, which lets you reframe or scale shots with incredible fidelity and precision. DeckLink 8K Pro also works in 12?bit RGB 4:4:4 as well as Rec. 2020, which is a massive color space designed for high dynamic range Ultra HD and digital cinema work in 4K and 8K.

The combination of higher resolution, a vastly larger color space and incredible dynamic range means that DeckLink 8K Pro delivers the sharpest and most vivid images customers have ever seen for editing, color and high end visual effects work.

DeckLink 8K Pro supports capture and playback of 8 or 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 video and 10 or 12?bit RGB 4:4:4. Video can be captured as uncompressed or to industry standard broadcast quality ProRes and DNx files. DeckLink 8K Pro lets customers work at up to 60 frames per second in 8K and supports stereoscopic 3D for all modes up to 4K DCI at 60 frames per second in 12?bit RGB.

The advanced broadcast technology in DeckLink 8K Pro is built into an easy to install 8 lane generation 3 PCI Express for Mac, Windows, and Linux workstations. Customers get support for all legacy SD and HD formats, along with Ultra HD, DCI 4K, 8K and DCI 8K, as well as Rec. 601, 709 and 2020 color.

DeckLink 8K Pro is designed to work seamlessly with the upcoming DaVinci Resolve 14.2 Studio for an incredibly seamless editing, color and audio post production workflow that lets you master full resolution high dynamic range projects in full 8K resolution. In addition, DeckLink 8K Pro also works with other professional applications such as Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer, Premiere Pro, After Effects, ProTools, Nuke and more. There’s even a free software development kit so customers and OEMs can build their own custom solutions.

“DeckLink 8K Pro is our most advanced PCIe capture and playback card ever,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s exciting because the 8K images have so much clarity and detail that it’s as if you’re looking out a window. Whether it’s for the 2020 Olympics or the next generation of Hollywood blockbusters, DeckLink 8K Pro has the speed, quality and compatibility customers need to do their best work!”

Availability and Price

DeckLink 8K Pro will be available from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$ 645 in early January. DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$ 895.

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VNTG8 turns old 8mm film canisters into SD card holders

11 Nov

A new Kickstarter project wants to provide photographers with a retro storage solution for their SD and microSD cards. Called VNTG8, this project takes old 8mm film canisters and transforms them into SD card holders via a foam insert. This foam insert features six large pockets for full-size SD cards and six small pockets for microSD cards.

The foam insert has a somewhat clever radial design clearly inspired by the film spool it replaces. VNTG8 comes in two varieties, one that features a new Goldberg Brothers canister from remaining stock produced in the 1970s, the other featuring used canisters sourced from various places throughout the US.

In addition, the polyethylene foam insert will be offered as a standalone option for buyers who have their own 8mm film canisters, but only if the Kickstarter campaign reaches its $ 7,000 stretch goal. A Goldberg canister VNTG8 with foam insert is offered to backers who pledge at least $ 19. Delivery is estimated to start in February 2018 if the campaign is successful.

Via: Kickstarter

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06 Sep

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SanDisk unveils world’s largest microSDXC card with 400GB capacity

03 Sep

As long as your device features a microSD-slot, there are now no excuses for running out of storage. Today, Western Digital introduced what is currently the largest capacity microSD memory card in the world: the SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I card with a whopping 400GB of storage space.

Western Digital has managed to double the capacity of its current high-end models by leveraging its proprietary memory technology, design and production processes, allowing the die to store even more data in an unchanged form factor.

The company says users will be able to transfer files with 100 MB/s speed—which equals approximately 1,200 photos per minute—or fill the card with up to 40 hours of video in Full-HD resolution. The SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I comes with a 10-year warranty and is available now in Europe for 250 Euros (approximately $ 295). No information on US-pricing has been released yet.

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Advertising vs reality: microSD memory card speed test

08 Aug

When you’re purchasing a new memory card, the card’s “read” and “write” speed is an important spec. If it’s too slow, you might pass on the card; if that number is big enough, you break out your wallet. But are those speeds accurate? In this video, Tom David Frey of Tom’s Tech Time tested 10 different microSD cards to see how the advertised speeds on the box compare to real-world performance. The results are mostly disappointing… but not surprising.

Frey tested the top-of-the-line microSD cards out there—all 4K-ready, speed class 10 and UHS class 3. And while we wish the test involved regular SD cards, CF cards or XQD cards, since those are more relevant to photographers, the difference between the cards’ read/write speed and real-world performance is still telling. Plus, drone photographers need some love too.

The cards tested include: The SanDisk Extreme PRO, Sandisk Extreme, Transcend Ultimate 633x, Samsung PRO, Sony SR-32UZ, Kingston, Panasonic, Toshiba Exceria Pro, Verbatim, and Patriot EP Series in either 16GB or 32GB sizes. Here are the contenders alongside their advertised read and write speeds:

Frey performed two tests. First, he used a USB 3.0 card reader and ran several programs to test the actual read/write speeds. Then, he took a 4.1GB video file from his hard drive and copied it to each of the cards in turn to gauge real-world write speed.

So… how did these cards perform in real life? All of them (except Panasonic, which doesn’t give read and write speeds…) advertise read speeds of 90MB/s and up, and the fastest of them claim a write speed of 90MB/s. But not a single card topped even 80MB/s read speed, and the fastest write speed reached was 78.81MB/s by the SanDisk Extreme PRO.

The good news is that some of the cards actually outperformed their advertised write speeds, but none of them were the cards claiming lightning fast 90MB/s write.

You can see all of the results for yourself at the 7:30 mark of the video.

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Delkin BLACK USB 3.0 Rugged Memory Card Reader offers microSD, CF and SD slots

16 May

Delkin has launched the BLACK USB 3.0 Rugged, a large memory card reader featuring both microSD and SD UHS-II card slots.  This is the first rugged memory card reader offering both of these slots in a single device, according to Delkin, making it a suitable model for on-the-go photographers who are frequently in ‘strenuous shooting environments.’

In addition to support both USH-II SD and microSD cards, the BLACK USB 3.0 Rugged has a larger Compact Flash UDMA 7 memory card slot. Transfer speeds reach up to 500MB/s, which Delkin says is ten times the speed of USB 2.0. All three card slots can be used at the same time, while the USB transfer cord and one of each type of flash card can be stored inside of the media card reader when not in use.

The card reader itself is made from both plastic and aluminum with a rubber cover that shields the device from water, dust, and impacts caused by bumps and drops. If the BLACK USB 3.0 Rugged does break at any point within its 5-year warranty period, Delkin will ship a replacement to the customer within 48 hours. The model is available now exclusively within authorized retail camera stores; price isn’t clear at this time.

Via: PhotographyBLOG

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StarTech.com releases two new USB 3.0 CFast card readers

13 May

StarTech.com has released two new card reader/writers for CFast 2.0 and 1.0 memory cards with data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps over USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1). The new readers feature a compact and portable design and come in either USB-C or USB-A versions. They connect to laptops, desktops or compatible mobile devices via an integrated cable. 

Both readers support hot-swap and plug-and-play and are backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.x standards. They will retail in the US for $ 61.99. More information is available on the Startech.com website. 

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Seagate and DJI launch Fly Drive, a 2TB external HDD with a built-in microSD card slot

25 Apr

Seagate and DJI have jointly announced the Seagate DJI Fly Drive, an external storage drive with up to a 2TB capacity, as well as a built-in microSD card slot. The new drive is targeted at camera drone operators specifically, enabling them to rapidly transfer content from the drone camera’s microSD card onto the Seagate DJI Fly Drive. At 2TB, the Fly Drive is able to hold more than 60 hours of video recorded at 4K/30fps.

According to the two companies, Fly Drive features a built-in UHS-II-rated hub for rapid transfers of high-resolution content. The case itself features a USB-C cable that is ‘tucked inside of the [shock-resistant] bumper’ when not in use, eliminating the need to carry a separate data transfer cable. The drive supports both Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1, and it comes with two months of free access to Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

The Seagate DJI Fly Drive will hit shelves some time this summer for $ 120.

Via: Seagate

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Delkin introduces USB 3.0 multi-slot card reader that includes CFast port

25 Feb

Memory and memory accessory company Delkin Devices has announced a new multi-format card reader that will be compatible with the CFast standard. DDreader-48 uses a USB 3.0 interface and can facilitate data rates of up to 500MB/s with CFast 2.0, SD UHS-ll and microSD UHS-l memory cards. While the SD and microSD formats can’t yet test the reader’s transfer speeds on their own the extra capacity in the pipeline allows the reader to read or write from or to each of three slots simultaneously to save users time. A fourth port allows users to connect a Flash Drive via USB.

Delkin Devices USB 3.0 CFast 2.0 Multi-Slot Memory Card Reader is compatible with Windows and Mac devices and will be available at the end of March for £39.99 (approx. $ 40) with a limited 5-year warranty. For more information see the Delkin Devices website.

Press release

Delkin Devices USB 3.0 CFast 2.0 Multi-Slot Memory Card Reader

  • Supports CFast 2.0, SD UHS-II, microSD UHS-I & Flash Drives
  • Data Transfer Speeds up to 500MB/s
  • Three Slots for Simultaneous Data Transfer
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • Mac & Windows Compatible
  • Plug & Play

Part Number: DDREADER-48
UPC: 814373020219

Overview
The USB 3.0 CFast 2.0 Multi-Slot Memory Card Reader from Delkin Devices utilizes the full power of CFast 2.0 and SD UHS-II memory cards for accelerated transfer, while doing it in only a fraction of the time. Designed with four slots for (1) CFast 2.0 card, (1) SD card, (1) microSD card and (1) USB flash drive, the reader is specifically built to handle the high-performance demands of the latest generation of memory cards used in the broadcast, cinema, and photography industries.

Unparalleled Speed
Incorporating a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface, the reader offers speeds suitable for professional photographers and videographers. Offload large files, such as high-res RAW images, 4K, 2K & 3D videos, quickly and efficiently at speeds up to 500MB/s (10x faster than USB 2.0)! The improved user workflow reduces transfer time dramatically and allows you to view and work on your files sooner. The reader also allows for simultaneous data transfer, giving you the ability to download all your files from multiple cards to your computer at the same time.

The CFast slot incorporates SATA III support, guaranteeing the fastest transfers to and from your CFast card. The SD slot is designed with a second row of connectors to utilize the super high-speed performance of UHS-II cards, while also allowing for backwards compatibility with non-UHS-II cards.

Compact & Travel-Friendly
At only 4 in. wide and weighing less than ¼ lb., the reader provides convenient, hassle-free portability. Bring it with you wherever you go; safely store it in backpacks, carrying bags, briefcases, and much more! Whether you are at home or travelling, the reader’s compact size allows you to access your precious files anywhere, anytime, while taking up minimal space.

Plug & Play
Access your files in seconds! No drivers or external power is required; simply plug the reader into any USB port on your computer and start viewing your photos and videos instantly. The reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 ports, but will transfer data at slower rates.

Specifications

  • Compatible Memory Cards: CFast 2.0
  • SDHC / SDXC UHS-II
  • microSDHC / microSDXC UHS-I
  • Ports: 1 x USB 3.0 type-A ports
  • Computer Interface: USB 3.0
  • Data Transfer Rate: Up to 500MB/s via USB 3.0

In the Box
Delkin Devices USB 3.0 CFast 2.0 Multi-Slot Memory Card Reader
Limited 5 Year Warranty

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