Month: January 2018

Offloading photos and footage requires some care

So, you’ve shot your footage and have three SD cards and two SSDs filled with clips, all ready to be copied onto the disk drive that is ready for editing. You’ve used ShotPut Pro or Hedge for Mac to offload the whole bunch into their respective folders and you’ve put the SD cards and SSDs back into their respective cases. A few days later, your movie is ready. A week later you accidentally delete all the copies of this particular film from all of your devices, only to discover a few days later that you actually still need that footage for other projects. Of course, your original SD cards and SSDs have been overwritten since. The good news is that you can do something about it fairly easily and without having it to cost much money or extra time. You will need a couple of apps to buy – if you don’t have these already, that is. To safeguard data in modern times, we need to be aware that it is very easy to make …

Crucial’s MX500 is fastest ever SSD

The newest SSD Crucial recently released has Micron’s new 64-layer NAND memory and is the first high-speed SSD to leave the factory since the Lexar brand was sold. The MX500, as it’s called, is in some tests the fastest SSD currently available. It’s so fast that it suffers from the performance limitations of its form factor, which is a 2.5in SATA disk.

RU Connected Thin HDMI cable for recording to a Shogun Inferno

A quick question: in order to record 4K/HDR/4:4:4 footage would you shell out €115 for a coiled HDMI 2.0a cable that is 30cm-60cm long? Or would you opt for a thin, flexible cable of let’s say 150cm that is certified for HDMI 2.0b but costs €25.95? I don’t know about you, but given that I can roll up the latter to a lightweight loop, yet use that same cable to put my video monitor/recorder in a secure location while operating my camera at a distance, I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment. I tested the RU Connected thin cable with a Shogun Inferno, recording 4K/60 in V-log (Rec.2020, aka “HDR”) and was very happy with it.

Rotolight NEO 2 review

The NEO 2 is Rotolight’s disc-shaped, polycarbonate, all-in-one High Speed Sync (HSS) flash and continuous on-camera LED light. Unlike traditional on-camera flash, the NEO 2 has no recycle time. It succeeds well as a continuous light, but using it as a flash requires a different mindset than when you’re using traditional flashes.

RØDE’s Audio Interface AI-1 review

The already crowded audio interface market welcomes a new competitor with RØDE’s release of its first audio interface for home studio recording. It’s a 24-bit/94kHz capable device inside a gorgeous looking, small, black aluminium housing with one XLR input port, stereo headphones and RCA output ports and two rotary knobs/push buttons for setting input gain, output volume and engaging 48V phantom power and direct monitoring. I received the studio kit, which comes with an NT1 large-diaphragm microphone, a 6-metre XLR-cable, SMR shock mount and USB-C cable. A voucher inside the box lets you download a light version of Ableton’s Live app.

Intel messes up – your computer at risk and the workaround will slow it down

Soon you could be asked – or rather, gently dictated – to update your macOS, Linux or Windows desktop computer or workstation. The update will not speed up your machine; it will actually slow it down. The reason: Intel has messed up its design of processors made over the past decade, resulting in an exploitable security breach. While malware and hackers could use this bug to more easily exploit other security bugs, there’s also a chance it could be used by programs and logged-in users to read the contents of the kernel’s memory. The fix – or rather, the workaround – is a software update, and The Register – where I initially read this news – says the effects are still being benchmarked, but that you’d better brace yourself for a performance hit of between five and 30 percent, depending on the task and the processor model. The Register also says that more recent Intel chips have features – such as PCID – to reduce the performance hit. If you thought our precious Macs would …

Review of the Panasonic BQ-CC65 flagship battery charger

Panasonic BQ-CC65 flagship battery charger review

Panasonic BQ-CC65 flagship battery chargerPanasonic sent me their brand new flagship charger for AA and AAA NiMH cells, the BQ-CC65. The new charger is black, has a large LCD screen and several modes to get your batteries in pristine condition. The BQ-CC65 is the best charger to charge and recharge your Eneloop cells. The first thing that struck me when I opened the box the BQ-CC65 came in, was the size of the charger. It’s quite big when compared to the older BQ-CC16 Smart chargers. It has a large blue LCD screen and – a first for Panasonic’s chargers – a 5V/1A USB port. You can’t charge batteries when you’re charging an iPhone or an iPod, so when you plug in a USB device, charging will stop. As I don’t think you’ll be buying the BQ-CC65 for USB output in the first place, I don’t take this to be a minus. The BQ-CC65 has three buttons: Refresh, Display and USB Out. You can load from one to four AA or AAA cells in the unit. …