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Showing posts with label News. Show all posts

Monday, October 20, 2014

Find everything about iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on Pavtube Special Topic

Pavtube Studio released iPhone 6/6 Plus topic page to share with Apple newbie and would-be users about everything you need know about these two high-end phones which were unveiled by Apple on September 19.

iPhone 6/6 Plus topic page

To Help the Apple fans find a place to look for useful information about iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and share interests with each other, Pavtube assemble the important information of iPhone 6/6 Plus on a page so that they can find useful stuff easily.

On this topic page, Apple fans can find hot news, useful tips, unique features, popular apps and almost everything related to the new iPhone 6/6 Plus in order to get familiar with these two devices. More importantly, it is possible to transfer movies, watch videos, and share joys on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with the help of this Pavtube specia page.

“The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus with a complete redesign and a much larger screen size than any iPhone that came before catch people’s eyes at the moment Apple announced their release. Even with a slightly larger screen, the iPhone remains comfortable to hold. With fast performance, a great display, an elegant new design and a much-needed software update, it's one of the best smartphones you can buy right now,” said Anna Qian, brand manager of Pavtube.

“With this topic page on Pavtube, Apple fans and newbie of iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus would learn more about these two devices, like hot news, useful tips, popular apps, etc. Later users would obtain much fun from iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and fall in love with them.”

Find everything about iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on iPhone 6 Column.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pavtube HD Video Converter 4.6.1 Adds iPhone 6 Output

Good News! We are so proud to announce that Pavtube has an amazing updated version of its all multimedia tools. Acted on customers requests and Pavtube adds some amazing new features at the latest release.

What's New?

1. Add profiles for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4
2. fix some bugs

The new version of Pavtube HD Video Converter 4.6.1 is specially designed for converting your downloaded movies, camcorder recorded videos, tv shows, tv series,etc. for viewing with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 4!

Pavtube HD Video Converter 4.6.1

Supported OS: Windows 2003/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1
Download the lateast version of Pavtube HD Video Converter here.

Three new profiles:

iPhone 6 Video Format

iPhone 6 Plus Video Format

Galaxy Note 4 Video Format

Best Profile Settings:

iPhone 6 Video Settings

iPhone 6 Plus Video Settings

Galaxy Note 4 Video Settings

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pavtube Release a New Site - with Product Migration and Name Change


Aiming to improve customers' experience and product improvements, Pavtube Studio recently launched its new official website -

Along with the new website, Pavtube has migrated its all BD/DVD Copying & Ripping software products to the new site with some brand new names, fantastic discounts waiting for you:
  • DVD Ripper (Windows/Mac) -> DVDAid (Windows/Mac
  • Blu-ray Ripper (Windows/Mac) -> BDMagic (Windows/Mac)

Great News!

If you always fan our Facebook or will be a new fan, you might have a chance to get "New Site Special" with up to 40% off fantastic discounts now!

Seems wonderful? Take action now without hesitation!!! Start to experience more fresh enjoyment while exploring Pavtube new website-

More detailed information is published on

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Newly Released iFonebox Help you to Get Your Lost Data

Description: The newly released iFonebox could help Apple device users to recover data like Contacts, SMS Message, Call History, Photos, Notes, etc from iOS devices.

iFonebox, the newly released data recovery software. With the help of this software, Apple device users could recover data from iOS devices due to accidental deletion, dead for jailbreak failure or system update, lost or damage devices, etc. It allows recovering data Contacts, SMS Message, Call History, Photos, Notes and more not only from iTunes backup, but also scanning directly from almost all apple devices.

Supported iOS devices

iPhone 3GS/4/4s/5/5c/5s; iPad 1/2/3/4, iPad Air, iPad mini & iPad mini 2; iPod Touch

Ways of Recovery and Types of Recovery Data

From iTunes backup: Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Message attachment, Voice memos, Contacts, Messages, Call history, Calendar, Notes, Reminder, Safari bookmark
From iOS device: Contacts, Messages, Call History, Notes, Calendar, Reminders and Safari Bookmark

Other Attractive Features:

Preview from the scan result with organized, clear and original quality before recovery.

Selectively recover and save lost or deleted iPhone/iPad/ipod touch files.

Fully Support iOS 7.1 and latest version of iTunes.

Download the trial version of iFonebox for Windows right now to experience this brand-new iOS data recovery tool.

Tip: iFonebox for Mac would be come out in a few days! If you are a Mac user, do not miss this superb iOS data recovery tool!

Click here to get more information about iFonebox:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pavtube ByteCopy v1.0 24 hours Giveaway! Never miss!

Giveaway!!!! Giveaway!!!! Giveaway!!!!

Hi, Friend! I'm so excited to tell you the amazing news that we are going to have a giveway of Pavtube ByteCopy for Windows or Mac at 0:00 on March 23th, 2014, U.S.A. California Los Angeles time. This is only a 24 hours giveway which is providing the great and strong BD/DVD multi-track tool totally the same as Pavtube official (42usd) retail version; no time limit, no watermarks.

Key features for Pavtube ByteCopy (Windows/Mac) are as below:

  • Backup BD/DVD to MKV without quality loss (keep 1080p quality at 16:9 aspect ratio). 
  • Convert/rip/shrink/copy latest Blu-ray/DVD movies for Android/iOS/Windows device, editing program, HD player, game console, etc. 
  • Allow full preservation of all audio tracks, subtitles and chapter markers. 
  • Remove unwanted subs streams and audio tracks 
  • Preserve soundtracks and subs in multiple languages, e.g. English, Spanish, French, Deutsch… 
The giveaway page is here:

ByteCopy (Windows) giveaway:

ByteCopy (Mac) giveaway:

Note: The giveaway version may not be updated in the future.

How to get the giveaway?


The way to get licence is very easy and convenient. Just visit the Glarysoft Giveaway page and click download now when the giveaway start to get fully licensed software for free. Only available on 23th, please don't miss this chance.

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Blu-ray Ripper is capable of 1:1 copying BD/DVD Disc content to local computer or external hard drive in original file structure with all subtitle tracks and audio streams preserved. Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper also supports backing up only movie content without extras to save time and storage space. At the same time, it rips/converts 3D Blu-ray discs, 2D Blu-ray discs, and standard DVDs to your desired HD and SD media formats.

Pavtube DVD Ripper provides movie lovers, children and people in any group with the easiest and fastest way to backup and rip DVD movies. It rips and converts DVD movies to MP4/AVI/MKV/WMV and many other video and audio formats with high quality. It lets you enjoy DVD movies on any portable device like iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, Lumia 920, PS4, Xperia Z, Surface, etc.
Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate provides 1:1 backup Blu-ray/DVD movies from disc to PC hard drive for disc burning and ISO image creating. It converts Blu-ray, DVD and video to MP4/AVI/MKV/WMV any popular video and audio formats. Besides, it allows for video editing tools including trimming, cropping, splitting, attaching srt/ass/ssa subtitles and special effects to add more fun when watching movies and videos.

More step-by-step guides can be found here:

Bytecopy windows guides:

ByteCopy for Mac guides:

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Apple and iOS Continue to Make Small Gains in U.S. Smartphone Market Share

Apple retained its crown as the number one handset manufacturer among consumers in the U.S., while Google's Android operating system remained the number one platform, according to comScore's latest MobiLens and Mobile Metrix reports. These figures measure smartphone ownership and cover the three months ending January 2014. 

Apple beat out rival Samsung with 41.6 percent market share as compared to Samsung's 26.7 percent. When comparing changes over the measured periods, Apple, Samsung and LG made small gains, while Motorola and HTC fell. Apple's market share continues to grow, but its rate of adoption is slowing. 

Apple may be the top handset maker, but iOS is outnumbered by the volume of Android phones on the market. Apple's iOS platform was number two with 41.6 percent of the smartphone market, while Google's Android OS was number one with 51.7 percent market share in the recently ended period. 

iOS was only the platform to gain ground in the three-month period, inching up from 40.6 percent in the period ending October 2013 to 41.6 percent in the most recent period. Android and BlackBerry lost ground, with each platform dropping 0.5 percentage points. 

comScore measures both ownership and usage across a customer's primary smartphone and tablet. It uses an intelligent online survey as well as both panel and census-based measurement methods to compile its data.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

New! Pavtube DVD Ripper (Windows 4.5.0/Mac 3.7.0) is out! (Mar 03, 2014)

Pavtube Studio has updated DVD Ripper to 4.5.0 and DVD Ripper for Mac to 3.7.0.

Windows version

Version: 4.5.0
Supported OS: Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1

What’s new:
  • Support latest DVD
  • Windows install package with digital signature
  • Fixed some known bugs
Download here:

Mac version

Version: 3.7.0
Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6, Leopard 10.5

What’s new:

  • Support latest DVD
  • Update Mac pkg and dmg install packages simultaneously
  • Fixed some known bugs
Download here:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Nice info! Pavtube ByteCopy (Windows/Mac) new version is out!

Good news! As your best tool to rip and convert Blu-ray movies and DVDs to MKV container format with multiple audio tracks and subtitle sinclided, Pavrtube ByteCopy, both Windows and Mac version have updated to the new version!

Windows Version:

Version: 2.2.0

Supported OS: Windows 2003/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1

What's new:

* Support latest BD and DVD

* Windows install package with digital signature

* Fixed some know bugs

Download here:

Mac Version:

Version: 2.3.0

Supported OS: Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6

What's new:

* Support latest BD and DVD

* Update Mac pkg and dmg install package simultaneously

* Fixed some know bugs

Download here:


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas! Enjoy your holiday season from now !

2013 Christmas is coming, you may have bought many new digital for play in the holidays, such as tablet, smartphone, camera or camcorders, you may need multimedia software to better enjoy content on the portable devices or recorded by the cameras. Now we are pleased to announce our Year-End Holiday Big Deal, in which four promotionitems allowing you to get awesome free Xmas gifts and Specials at the coming Christmas Day! 

Merry Christmas to everyone! Pavtube is offering our best wishes to every Pavtube member and all potential customers in this holiday season. In addition, it provides excellent customersupport service, including lifetime free upgrade of product and technicalsupport. Users can contact the support staff via email for help and suggestion. For detailed information, please visit the activity page toget the latest news.


Finally, Pavtube Studio members give our best wishes to all our customers inadvance:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

40% OFF ByteCopy : Enjoy your Xmas Gifts at Pavtube Facebook within Two Days!

Will you take your favorite BD/DVD discs with you for the journey to hometown this Christmas? Are you bothered by naughty kids who always like to throw discs to the air around or make noise during your work? Do you feel boring with no sound around during your housework?

Come on! Just build an e-library of your own Blu-ray/DVD discs from now on~

Wellcome to Pavtube Facebook Weekend Special Offer (Only Two Days)

Get 40% discount for Pavtube Bytecopy for Windows or Mac users:

ByteCopy for Windows 40% off:

ByteCopy for Mac 40% off:

Pavtube ByteCopy is an all-in-one Blu-ray/DVD solution to meet all the needs of movie fans for multi-track backup and conversion.

Ease of use is the feature liked by every users as backup and conversion are only several clicks away on the straightforward interface.

Bytecopy also supports multi-track subtitles and audio language so that users are free to select preferred subtitle to see and listen.

Another remarkable feature is 3D effect output. It enables users to get fantastic visual experience.

With all these features, users will get easy access to watch movies on portable devices on the go, commute, or during journey on the plane, or train etc.

Learn more:


Don't miss it and tell your friends as well!

It will be expired on 16-Dec,2013.

Other Christmas discount:

Now get 40% off for BD&DVD Ripper tool to play Christmas movies on your tablets/smart phone/TV etc at the Facebook Page:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Only two Days! Get 30% off ByteCopy to rip blu-ray/dvd on Windows or Mac

Now it is time for another Facebook Weekend Special Offer! Good news for Blu-ray/DVD fans, on this weekend (2013, Oct 12~13th), only these two days! Pavtube Studio put 30% discount for its ByteCopy and Byte Copy for Mac. Hurry up! Like us on our facebook and get the Coupon Code! Never miss to get it!

Now click the links below to get 30% off to backup BD/ DVD with subtitle and multi audio tracks in lossless MKV. And rip BD/ DVD to any format for iOS/Android tablets & phones.

Pavtube Bytecopy for Windows or Mac (Both Only $29.4! You can save $12.6)

Get ByteCopy for Windows 30% off

Get ByteCopy for Mac 30% off

Key features:

- Backup BD/DVD with subtitle and multi audio tracks in lossless MKV
- Watch 3D movies in various 3D effect.
Side by side(left/right), top-bottom and anaglyph(red/blue) effect
- Rip Blu-ray/DVD movies retaining multiple audio and subtitle tracks in .mkv/.mp4/.mov. output format
- Retain chapter marker in lossless .mkv&.mp4
- Rip Blu-ray and DVD movies to a proper format for playing on your Android/Apple/Windows 8 tablets & smartphones, HD Media Players, etc.
- Extract subtitle files in separate .srt

Learn more about the product:

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Only 2 days left and to be expired on Oct 12, 2013

If you have any problem to buy or use Pavtube, pls feel free to contact (for Windows user), (for Mac users).


Saturday, October 12, 2013

40% Off: Upgrade Pavtube Free MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac to official retail version (Only 2 Days)

Good news on this weekend (2013, Oct 12~13th)! Pavtube now offer 40% OFF to upgrade your Free MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac to Paid MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, the official retail version, which is just updated several days ago and perfect support more latest cameras from Sony, JVC, Panasonic and Canon.
The Pavtube Free MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, a powerful free Mac MTS/M2TS Converter software to help convert your 2D/3D MTS/M2TS/M2T/AVCHD file at 1080i/1080p/720i/720p to MKV/MP4/MPG/WMV/MOV/FLV/F4V for editing in NLEs such as Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Apple Aperture 3, Kdenlive, Keynote, Avid Xpress Pro, Adobe Creative Suite 6, DaVinci Resolve, iPhoto, or playback on iPad 4, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPod 3, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1/8.0, Galaxy Note 3, Google new Nexus 7, Asus Fonepad 7, Motorola Droid Mini, Moto X, Asus Transformer Book T100, Asus Transformer Pad TF701T, Kindle Fire HD, Surface RT/Pro, Surface 2, Surface Pro 2; it well supports Apple TV and other HDTV videos outputting and other devices like XBox 360, PS3, WD TV, Wii, TVs, etc.

As we can see, it has a simple and straightforward interface to enable quick conversion within a few clicks. As long as your camera is recognized by Mac directly, it could detect your MTS/M2TS/M2T/MOD/TOD/AVCHD footage automatically without risky of losing intact file structure.

And the most important thing is your can download it totally Free in App Store with 100% safety.

See this specification:

This Free MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac comes with bellowing features:

Full Support to AVCHD footage
Support interlaced and progressive AVCHD 1920*1080, 1440*1080, 1280*720 videos shot with Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC, etc.

Simple gauss blur effect
Simple gauss blur effect is very useful to recorded file formats, since it can eliminate the recorded videos noise. If you like, you can also add other special effects including simple laplacian sharpen, gray, flip color, invert, aged film and deinterlacing. What is worth mentioning is the deinterlacing, which can convert interlaced video into a non-interlaced form so that you can enjoy a better and clearer video effect.

Accurate trim and crop your AVCHD (*.m2ts or *.mts)
The accurate trim and crop function allows you to trim the proper time length for MTS/M2TS videos, as well as cut off any unwanted area. Its original video and output video preview windows will also be convenient for you to edit.

Replace original audio
To replace the original audio is easy to be realized under the Editor sections.

Split selected video file
Using the Split function, you can split the selected video file into required video clips by specifying the clip quantity, duration time and file size.

Audio and video sync technology
The program adopted advanced audio and video sync technology; never let you troubled by the audio and video issues.

Built-in codec
Its built-in codec will not install any codec on your computer, so as to avoid the unexpected codec problem.

Note: Comparing with Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, the Free MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac removed Apple ProRes codec for Final Cut Pro and Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) codec for iMovie & Final Cut Express.

Learn more Free products from Pavtube:

Wondering how to do the conversion?

The Correct Way to Ingest and Import AVCHD to Final Cut Pro 7
Import Canon XA25 AVCHD footage to iMovie or Final Cut Express
Transcode Panasonic AVCHD MTS to Avid Media Composer
How to Import MTS Clips to Aperture editavle files?

More step-by-step guide of how to start the conversion:
Start Using Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac | MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac Guides


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sony Announces New PXW-Z100 4K Camcorder

Sony has just unveiled the new PXW-Z100, a compact 1/2″ single sensor 4K camcorder with a fixed 20x lens. Utilizing the same XAVC codec first introduced with the PMW-F5 & PMW-F55, the PXW-Z100 can record HD, QFHD (3840×2160) and full 4K (4096×2160) up to 60 FPS. XAVC is a versatile 10-bit 4:2:2 intraframe codec with a manageable data rate of 240Mbps at 4K 24FPS, but a future firmware update will also bring a long GOP XAVC-S mode as well as the standard AVCHD codec option. Dual XQD card slots provide a relay recording option for continuous shooting.

In addition to the standard composite and HD-SDI output, the PXW-Z100 will be one of the first devices to support the newly introduced HDMI 2.0 spec, which means you’ll be able to monitor 4K 60fps over a single HDMI cable. The included WiFi module will provide focus, iris, zoom, and start/stop control via any internet browser, which makes the compact PXW-Z100 a great 4K option for mounting on a jib or tight spaces.

The camera is expected to ship by late 2013 and will have a suggested list price of less than $6,500. You can find more information directly from Sony, but stay tuned for more details and for an in-depth look in the near future!

See XAVC video tips: 

Import Sony F5/F55 XAVC file to Avid MC on Mac

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Canon Powershot N is a Facebook Ready Digital Camera

Facebook fanatics have a smartphone to call their own, and now they have a camera, too. Canon's PowerShot N, which first made its debut at CES, just scored a few (relatively minor) tweaks. The key distinguishing factor for this latest model in Canon's new Powershot lineup is the presence of a dedicated Facebook connect button which will, after a first time setup, allow users to directly upload their pictures to Facebook. Thanks to the presence of built-in WiFi capabilities, the user can subsequently comment on and share with others the pictures or videos throughout the social media site straight from the camera.

Canon PowerShot N Features

The Canon PowerShot N has a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor with an 8x optical zoom and 28mm wide-angle lens.

For the first time in the PowerShot range, Canon PowerShot N zoom lens and shutter are operated on the dual-ring lens. Users can also take a shot by pressing the touchscreen on the rear of the device. Holding their finger down will track the subject and releasing their finger takes the shot.

As the user rotates the camera to take a shot, the touch panel LCD also rotates the content with the movement of the camera.

With a DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the Canon PowerShot N has an Intelligent IS System that automatically changes the IS settings according to the current situation.

Capable of recording Full 1080p HD video via its dedicated movie button, users can try out the Hybrid Auto feature that creates a composite video of the day’s activities using short video clips.

Appealing to the social media addicts, Canon has included a dedicated Facebook Connect Button. After the user connects the camera to their Facebook account, they will be able to post photos and videos to their Facebook feed, either to everyone or select Facebook groups.

Canon PowerShot N Release Date and Price

The Canon PowerShot N will be released in September, available to buy from Canon Direct. It will be priced at $299.99, with UK pricing yet to be announced.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sony QX10 and QX100 Lenses for Smartphones Leak Out

Sony has a pair of incredible new lenses coming out to work in tandem with smartphones for higher quality mobile photography. The Sony DSC-QX10 and DSC-Q100 are actually lenses with an image sensor built-in.

We’ve seen similar designs with the Ricoh GXR system; however, the novel approach of the Sony QX10 and QX100 is the use of a smartphone as the camera interface. The QX10 and QX100 are controlled by smartphones via WiFi or NFC connectivity.

While the leaked image above shows the unit connected to a Sony Xperia smartphone, rumors suggest it will also be compatible with iOS and Android devices.

It appears that the QX10 will feature a 10x zoom range – given the 4.45-44.5mm zoom range (probably about 25-250mm equivalent). The sensor is rumored to be a 1/2.3″ 18MP sensor – so it is definitely in the compact camera territory.

According to SonyAlphaRumors, the electronics giant is expected to release two models: the DSC-QX10 (pictured above) and the DSC-QX100. The latter will ship with the same 1-inch sensor used with the RX100 Mark II, while the other lens will include a larger 10x focal range and a 1/2.3-inch 18-megapixel CMOS sensor. There's no word on pricing or availability, but with Sony's IFA press conference right around the corner, we'll likely get the full scoop (and hopefully some hands-on time) come September 4th.

Alternatively, the QX100 is rumored to be a direct clone of the RX100 II – complete with a 20.2MP 1-inch sensor. Depending on the execution, this could be a big wow factor for smartphone photographers. That said, it’s a big chunk of lens to carry around in addition to one’s smartphone…

While it is nice to see innovation from Sony, this is just the first round of these devices. If there’s a future in this market, I would expect to see something much different and more compact over the next couple generations.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Blackmagic drops Cinema Camera price to $1,995

Do you like the prospect of shooting 2.5K video with Blackmagic's Cinema Camera, but turn pale at spending $2,995 for the privilege? We have good news: Blackmagic just dropped the pro video camera's price to $1,995. While that isn't exactly impulse purchase territory, it's low enough to put the greater-than-HD shooter in the same price bracket as semi-pro DSLRs. Think of the discount as consolation for delays in launching the Production Camera 4K.

This Pocket Cinema Camera and is reducing the price of its original, larger Cinema Camera. It is built around a 'Super 16mm' sized sensor (12.5 x 7mm) and can shoot Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) or lossless compressed CinemaDNG 1080 footage at 23.99, 24, 25, 29.97 or 30p. Meanwhile the company has knocked $1,000 off the price of its original, 2.5K resolution Raw-shooting Cinema Camera model.

The original Blackmagic Cinema Camera is available in both Canon EF and passive (non-autofocus) Micro Four Thirds mounts. Both will now cost $1,995. The Pocket Cinema Camera, which uses a smaller sensor but still promises 13-stops of dynamic range, uses a full Micro Four Thirds mount, allowing autofocus in addition to peaking-assisted manual focus. The Pocket Cinema Camera sells for $995.

The company says the 4K-capable Production Camera, announced alongside the Pocket Cinema Camera should begin shipping in 3-4 weeks.

Blackmagic Related:

Make Blackmagic Production Camera 4K footage editable in FCP
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to Begin Shipping in 3-4 Days
It's August 1st, Do You Know Where Your Blackmagic Cameras Are?
Import Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 DNxHD files to FCP

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to Begin Shipping in 3-4 Days, 4K Camera Nearly Ready

A few days ago, we caught a glimpse of some more footage from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, and it was quite excellent, to say the least. At that time we still had no idea whether or not the camera was going to start shipping anytime soon, and most of us believed that it probably wouldn’t. However, at Blackmagic’s LA event earlier today, the company announced that the Pocket Cinema Camera would begin to ship within 3-4 days in limited quantities and that the 4K Production Camera still needed more work before it begins to ship. 

Here’s the tweet from Ogy Stoilov at MRP Films which confirms the news from the event:

[Update]: Although the above tweet says that the 4K camera should be shipping by September, a source at Blackmagic Design has just informed us that the work on the camera should be completed within 2-3 weeks, and that it should be shipping sometime in August.

While I’m sure that some of you are absolutely thrilled about this development, it doesn’t seem likely that most folks will receive their pre-ordered camera for at least another couple of weeks or so. If previous shipping procedures are anything to go by, the “small quantities” of Pocket Cameras will be distributed somewhat evenly to resellers around the world, then they will slowly begin to trickle out into the film community from there.

Of course, the camera that many of us are waiting for, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, will not meet its estimated shipping date (not a big surprise considering we have yet to see any footage). We don’t know the exact reason for the delay, but since it’s another brand new sensor, it has to be properly calibrated to get the most out of it, and that’s probably the part that isn’t finished yet (since the camera was physically working at NAB 2013).

With that said, getting the Pocket Camera shipped this close to the projected shipping date, even if the quantities are limited, is a victory for Blackmagic Design, especially considering the ordeal with the original BMCC. I, for one, think that it’s a sign that Blackmagic is finally working out the kinks in its production model and gearing up to meet the massive demand for these cameras.

What do you guys think? Are you excited to see the BMPCC make its way into the wild? Is the fact that Blackmagic is closer to meeting their projected shipping dates a good sign for their future as a camera production company? Let us know in the comments!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hasselblad unveils new Stellar compact camera modeled on Sony RX100

Hasselblad has just unveiled the new Stellar compact camera on the company's website. While Imaging Resource has not received any official announcement on the camera, which appears to be based on the Sony RX100 but with some distinctive exterior modifications, the Stellar has its own page on the Hasselblad site with images and some info on the camera. 

"The Hasselblad Stellar redefines quality with its elegantly designed aluminium body and metal operation controls," the Stellar page reads. "Only the finest materials are used to craft the ergonomic handgrip, making it a beautifully powerful, pocket-sized camera."

Hasselblad's strategy of sprucing up Sony cameras must be paying off -- that would explain Photo Rumors' apparent leak of the Stellar, a Hasselblad take on the RX100. The already high-end compact cam will reportedly switch to a tan metallic body and offer several choices of exotic grip material, including carbon fiber and padouk wood. There's no mention of functional upgrades over the Sony original, though. As with the Lunar, we're more likely to see a price hike instead -- Photo Rumors claims the Stellar should launch on July 26th for between $1,600 to $3,200, which would limit it to particularly well-heeled photographers.

See also:
Sony RX100 Mark II (M2) Hands-on

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sony PMW-300, the EX3 replacement has finally arrived! With XDCAM 422 and XAVC!

Ever since the launch of the PMW-200 people have been asking about whether the EX3 would also be replaced. With the EX3 being such a popular camera it wasn’t really a case of “if” but more of a case of “when”.

So here it is, the PMW-300. Like the PMW-200 this is an evolution of the EX1R/EX3 cameras with many similarities but with that all important 50Mb/s 422 broadcast XDCAM codec. Like the EX3 it has 1/2″ sensors and it uses the same EX3 type lens mount, so can use the same lenses as the EX3. As well as the 14x 1/2″ zoom there is also now a new 16x zoom. In addition via adapters you can use both 1/2″ hot-shoe lenses and 2/3″ B4 lenses (1.4x magnification). You can also use an adapter to use Nikon DSLR lenses (5x magnification) for long focal length shots, so it’s sure to be popular with wildlife and natural history shooters. This is almost certainly the smallest self contained broadcast quality camcorder that can take interchangeable lenses.

The shape and design of the camera is different to the upward curving EX3. The body is a very functional rectangular shape that sits up against your shoulder like the EX3. It incorporates extending flip down shoulder/chest pad for added stability. The viewfinder design is new, it has a higher resolution panel than the one in the original EX3 and is closer in design to the PMW-350 or PMW-F5 LCD viewfinder. It’s mounted to the body with a rotating arm, that allows about 4″ of forward, backward and height adjustment so adapting the camera for use with a full shoulder mount should be quite straightforward.

As this camera uses essentially the same sensors as the EX3, sensitivity and dynamic range will be little different. But a new noise reduction system that Sony are calling 3DNR which should offer lower noise especially in low light situations.

At launch the camera will have the Sony XDCAM codec built in, offering 50Mb/s 422, 35Mb/s 420 as well as both IMX and DVCAM in standard definition. So a great range of codec choices out of the box. Next year you’ll be able to add the new XAVC codec as an option. This will be the Long GoP version of the codec announced at NAB and also coming as an option to the PMW-400. Throw in features like Genlock, RCP remote control and not only is this a great camera for use in the field but it also becomes an interesting option for small or low cost studio applications.

For hooking up to external devices you have the usual HDSDI and HDMI outputs as well as Firewire/ILink for the HDV and DVCAM modes.

I’m quite sure this camera will be as successful as the EX3, maybe more so thanks to the out-of-the-box broadcast codec and ability to add the 10 bit XAVC codec next year. I hope to get hold of one very soon for a full review, as soon as I do I’ll let you know more about it.

More details here:

Related guides:

Import Sony PMW-500 XDCAM to Premiere Pro CS5
Work Natively with Sony PDW-700 XDCAM HD MXF in FCP X
Transfer Sony XDCAM footage to QuickTime MOV on Mac

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The world's first Android-based mirrorless camera- Samsung Galaxy NX Hands-on

It's long been rumored, and it's finally happened: the interchangeable-lens camera has just stepped into the modern, connected world and become a smart device!

After last year's Galaxy Camera, Samsung split in two directions. It went closer to the phone with the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, shrinking the form factor (and some of the specs) for something that closer approximates a pocket-friendly device, and it got serious about interchangeable-lens cameras. 

Now Samsung has announced the Galaxy NX: the world's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera running the Android operating system. The Galaxy NX takes a 20.3 megapixel, SLR-style mirrorless camera and adds 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, connectivity and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). The camera sports a gigantic 4.8" HD LCD touchscreen - with which you'll control nearly all camera functions. The Galaxy NX will be available sometime this summer for an undisclosed price.

Samsung NX, not surprisingly, draws much from the company's experience not only with smartphones -- a section of the market in which it has a dominant presence -- but also from 2012's fixed-lens Galaxy Camera. Like that model, the Galaxy NX is a quad-core device that runs Google's Linux-based Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, along with built-in 3G / 4G LTE and Wi-Fi wireless connectivity.

Beneath the skin, the Samsung Galaxy NX is pretty similar to the Samsung NX300, in terms of its imaging hardware, using the same 20.3 megapixel image processor and DRIMe IV branded image processor. On the rear is a huge 4.8-inch high definition LCD panel and SVGA electronic viewfinder. Sensitivity ranges to ISO 25,600 equivalent, and the Samsung Galaxy NX is capable of swift 8.6 frames per second burst shooting.
 Samsung has yet to announce pricing or availability for the Galaxy NX, which the company has just revealed at a global press conference. Nor has it yet revealed which carriers will be offering the Samsung Galaxy NX in the US market, or overseas.

We've already been hands-on with this extremely interesting compact system camera, though -- so if you want to know more, you'll want to read our Samsung Galaxy NX review for first impressions.