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Final Cut Studio 3 Update

This is a really big update for my type of work. ProRes Proxy will now be the new standard for editing at our facility. This will easily save us from needing to expand our XSan anytime soon.

Also ProRes4444 will really be great for all those people that are finishing their films/documentaries on their desktop. Really sound like a game changer to me!

Posted by: Russell Lasson on Jul 23, 2009 at 12:24:36 pmComments (1) fcs3, prores, 444, dcp

Summer Update

It's been a while few months. There have been a lot of exciting things happening with work and a lot of new indicatives that we've been working on rolling out. It's been a blast working on them. Really excited to roll them out soon.

Back at home, my wife and I had our first child back in May! He's just adorable. My wife's had some challenges in recovering and just this past weekend ended up in the emergency room. Surgery followed the next day. Fortunately everything looks like it's worked out very well and she'll recover quickly. Times like this though really put things into perspective. It was quite difficult to focus on anything else other than taking care of my little family. I'll lucky to have them.

Oh, and my parents left for a service mission to Mongolia this past week end too! It was quite a weekend!


Posted by: Russell Lasson on Jul 22, 2009 at 3:07:26 pm

AJA Rocks!

For those of you how haven't looked yet, I strongly suggest you check out the new products that AJA has released, namely the Ki Pro. I've been wondering for a while what it would take to have someone make a camera based around ProRes.

Let's face it, in most cases on cameras, the weakest link in the camera isn't the optics or the sensor, it's the fact that they all have to record to lossy codecs. Now with the Ki Pro, you can really see what your camera can do by by-passing the cameras codec. Take the uncompressed video signal out HDSDI, HDMI, or component and capture that straight to ProRes without needing to lug around a computer to do it.

For the first time, you can actually upgrade your existing camera without replacing it!


Posted by: Russell Lasson on Apr 20, 2009 at 8:05:29 am nab, aja, ki pro

Getting Ready for NAB 2009

The biggest question I have for this year is, does Apple even care about NAB any more? I know they're not attending this year, but some how in the back of my mind, I still expect that tomorrow their website will update with something FCP related. I shouldn't get my hopes up though.

I'm still excited for all the new RED stuff. Yes, RED won't have a booth either, but the REDUser NAB Party should be great fun and a good time to catch up with people.

Anyways, I'll try to give my day to day impressions on what's happening. I will start tomorrow and press releases start rolling in.


Posted by: Russell Lasson on Apr 18, 2009 at 8:07:48 amComments (1) nab, 2009

March Madness Update

I just had to come out to say that for once, my bracket is pretty darn good. So far, I've only missed one game! That game was the stinking BYU Cougars who always seem to choke in the big dance. I should have known better than to vote for a team that has lost 6 straight first round NCAA tournament games, even if I did graduate from that college.

So right now, on the ESPN percentages, I'm in the 99.45%. That means there are only 25,309 people with better records. That's not bad considering there are over 4 million entries!

I just had to mention it now because later on today, I'm sure things are going to change.

How's your bracket? Who did you pick to win it all?


Posted by: Russell Lasson on Mar 20, 2009 at 9:43:22 amComments (3) ncaa, basketball, march madness

I don't own an iPhone, but....

It seems like copy and paste would have been a function that should have been included in version 1.0, not 3.0. Well at least they have it now. For any of you people who might be reading this from their iPhone, copy and paste this once for me:)


Posted by: Russell Lasson on Mar 19, 2009 at 9:00:18 amComments (2) iphone

$6000 for a Mac! Are you out of your mind?

My first thought after finding out that the new Mac Pro with two 2.93GHz quad-core processors was going to cost $5899 was, "Six grand for a computer? And that doesn't include AppleCare!" For some people, the extra money is worth it, but more most, it's going to be a waste. If I was going to spend that much money on a computer, I'd rather throw in another $600 and buy two of the 2.26GHz Mac Pros instead. OR TEN OF THE NEW MAC MINIS!!!!.

It will be interesting to see some real world specs comparing the new and the old. Maybe my opinion will change, but I doubt it.

Posted by: Russell Lasson on Mar 3, 2009 at 8:59:40 amComments (5) apple, macpro

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