Computers and studio gear Tue, 19 Sep 17 16:26:04 -0600 Computers and studio gear en-CA Capitalism: Planning and DRAM Mon, 29 May 2017 08:04:14 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17041@/talks/discussions image


Capitalism is very efficient, somewhere. DRAM prices (same as NAND) is kind of mad, due to production/consumption issues and cartel agreements that followed.

HP Z8 workstation: 3TB of RAM and 48TB HDDs Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:01:31 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17775@/talks/discussions image


HP today announced the HP Z8 G4, the most powerful workstation on the planet1 and security features that denote HP as having the world’s most secure and manageable desktop workstations2.

The reinvention of HP’s most powerful desktop PCs meets the compute power needs demanded by the world’s inventors of change, including product designers, architects, digital creators, scientists, educators, healthcare workers, financial traders and others. The HP Z8, Z6 and Z4 Desktop Workstations are equipped with extreme power, unprecedented security2and innovative design, future-proofed to support the fast growing fields of virtual reality, machine learning and advanced design.

IT managers in today’s world must make security a top priority. HP’s new powerhouse portfolio includes the industry’s most comprehensive set of security features2 including HP SureStart (the industry's first self-healing BIOS with intrusion detection), the HP Client Security Suite and more. With the highest security levels in the history of the HP Z Workstations business, this generation performs with extreme power and protects intellectual assets.

“The stakes for world-class security have never been higher or more important for workstations,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, HP Z Workstations, HP Inc. “Workstation users create the most valuable IP for a company and HP is meeting the security needs with the world’s most secure and manageable desktop and mobile workstations. As the most powerful desktop workstation in the world, the HP Z8 Workstation can deliver the extreme power and the security demanded by our customers.”

HP’s New Desktop Workstations

Every inch of the new tower workstations was intentionally and thoughtfully re-designed to deliver superb power, style and the inspiration desired by the inventors of change. The ID was completely updated to incorporate advanced manufacturing techniques and materials, and represent the power of the machines, their users and the work that’s completed by creatives.

The new workstations incorporate Thunderbolt™ 3 (optional) and Dual 1GbE Ports (standard) to support the high bandwidth data transfer demanded by current and future users, as well as Microsoft Windows 76 support for legacy workflows. Each of them offers modular front IO with USB 3.1 G2 Type C™ ports. The Z8 and Z6 models each support up to dual CPUs, and an optional dual 10 GbE network module for high speed networking at half the cost of current HP Workstations, and without consuming a precious PCIe expansion slot.

HP Z8 G4 Workstation delivers top-of-the-line power to fuel those who reimagine the design of everything from race cars to rockets. As the most powerful desktop workstation on the planet1, the HP Z8 Workstation has the capability to run the most complex simulations and process massive amounts of data. Users can run 3D simulations and edit 8K video in real time with up to 56 processing cores and up to 3 TB of main memory, 3x the capacity of its predecessor4. Certified for serious software, such as ANSYS or After Effects5, users can deliver creative work in less time.

HP’s flagship workstation has an all new ID with inventive ducting that routes fresh air to the second CPU, rather than recycling warm air expelled from the ducting on the first CPU and state-of-the-art design from world-class computer architecture experts.

A split chassis architecture enables rear access to the hefty 1700 W power supply with a locking mechanism, 24 DIMMs, and a total of 9 PCIe slots (7 full length, full height PCIe slots and two internal PCIe “personality” slots) to bring this coveted machine to life for specialized workflows. The HP Z8 Tower has 67 percent more memory bandwidth, 27 percent greater processor core count capacity, 40 percent greater PCIe I/O bandwidth and 29 percent greater power supply capability – as compared to the Z840 – for customers running the most demanding workloads.

The HP Z6 G4 Workstation is designed with the ever-changing needs of VFX artists in mind. Supporting the latest professional graphics, 384 GB of system memory, and dual M.2 slots for HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSDs users can experience seamless performance in visual effects and design visualization workloads.

A future-proof powerhouse, the HP Z6 Workstation also delivers a highly-modular design experience with options like a second processor and memory riser solution so users can quickly and simply double their compute capabilities. The HP Z6 Workstation has up to 1.5x the amount of total system memory, 67 percent more memory bandwidth, 27 percent greater processor core count capacity and 22 percent greater PCIe I/O bandwidth for customers refreshing from the Z640.

The HP Z4 G4 Workstation is the next generation of HP’s best-selling workstation and redesigned from top to bottom. The system is ahead of its time with more standard features and delivering performance upgrade options never before available in an HP single-processor workstation. Users across a broad range of markets can choose the ideal configuration to meet performance requirements. With the impressive new Intel® Xeon® processor W family, users from CAD to simulation will see extraordinary application performance scaling, giving them the ability to visualize ideas anytime during the design process. The HP Z4 Workstation also features major design improvements for tomorrow’s office environment with a sleek and modern industrial design including ergonomic front and rear handles, a dramatically smaller chassis for cramped workspaces and a new dust filter option for industrial environments.

The HP Z4 Workstation, a great solution for embedded applications, unleashes new levels of IO bandwidth with dual 1GbE networking and dual M.2 slots for HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSDs standard, and the ability to easily upgrade the front USB to include two USB 3.1 G2 Type C™ ports. The HP Z4 Workstation has 11 percent more memory bandwidth, 25 percent greater processor core count capacity and 13 percent greater PCIe I/O bandwidth for customers refreshing from the Z440.

HP Z Portfolio Pricing and Availability

HP Z8 Workstation is scheduled for availability in October starting at $2,439.

HP Z6 Workstation is scheduled for availability in October starting at $1,919.

HP Z4 Workstation is scheduled for availability in November starting at $1,239.

Intel Ice Lake will be first 10nm desktop CPU architecture Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:07:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17534@/talks/discussions

The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th generation Intel® Core™ processor family. These processors utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10 nm+ process technology.

This appeared on Intel site. Means that Cannon Lake will remain mobile only line with small amount produced.

And actual 10nm desktop chips will be available most probably around 2019.

AMD Threadripper 16-core CPU Wed, 17 May 2017 02:42:14 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16950@/talks/discussions

Intel Coffee Lake CPUs leaks, 2018 release Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:29:14 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16068@/talks/discussions image

Both desktop and notebook performance lines will have 6 cores.

Yet, display and decoders support will be as Kaby Lake.


Also no progress with HDMI 2.0 support, again motherboard must have build in DP 1.2 to HDMI.

Check more at

Acer Swift 3 Note, IPS Screen, 4 core CPU and NVIDIA MX150 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:59:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17750@/talks/discussions image

  • Intel Core i5-8250U
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB (GT 1030 analog)
  • 14" Full HD IPS display
  • 8GB LPDDR3 Memory
  • 256GB SSD
  • 10 hours battery
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 13.3 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches
  • 3.8 pounds

Xiaomi Mi Air, same as Apple but cheaper Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:20:11 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15427@/talks/discussions


  • 12.5" model is $525 Core M3/ 4GB RAM/ 128GB SSD/ USB 3.0 and HDMI ports + USB-C port, 11.5 hours battery
  • 13.3" model is $750, Core i5-6200U/GeForce 940MX/8GB RAM/256GB SSD, 40Wh battery, 0.6" thick, 2.8 pounds
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro - MacBook Pro competition Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:40:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17719@/talks/discussions image

  • 15.6″ FHD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 4 core i8 CPU up to 4.0GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  • 8-16GB dual channel 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • one free SATA SSD slot for SSD or HDD
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • 60 Wh battery
  • Connectors - HDMI, 2 х USB 3.0, 2 х USB Type-C, 3,5-mm headphones out
  • 360,7 х 243,6 х 15,9mm
  • 1,95 kg
  • Prices
    • i7 + 16GB + 256GB: CNY 6999 ($1073)
    • i7 + 8GB + 256GB: CNY 6399 ($981)
    • i5 + 8GB + 256GB: CNY 5599 ($858)

Philips 328P8K 8K HDR monitor Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:05:23 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17681@/talks/discussions image

  • IPS panel
  • 7680 × 4320 resolution, 60Hz refresh
  • 100$ sRGB and 100% Adobe RGB coverage
  • 400 nits
  • 1300:1 contrast typical for IPS
  • DisplayPort 1.3 input
  • USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports
  • Two bad tiny speakers
  • Start price around $3400
Core i9 Skylake-X Lineup Sun, 14 May 2017 06:08:22 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16929@/talks/discussions Core i9-7920X - 12C/24T, 16.5MB L3, 44 PCIe lanes, Clocks Unknown

Core i9-7900X - 10C/20T, 13.75MB L3, 44 PCIe Lanes, 3.3Ghz Base, 4.3Ghz Turbo 2.0, 4.5Ghz Turbo 3.0

Core i9-7820X - 8C/16T, 11MB L3, 28 PCIe Lanes, 3.6Ghz Base, 4.3Ghz Turbo 2.0, 4.5Ghz Turbo 3.0

Core i9-7800X - 6C/12T, 8.25MB L3, 28 PCIe Lanes, 3.5Ghz Base, 4.0Ghz Turbo 2.0

  • L2 cache = 1MB (Skylake-X), 4x as much as Core i7-7700K
  • Quad DDR4-2666 for Skylake-X
  • 140W for Skylake-X
  • All Core i9 parts support AVX-512
  • Launch in June, except 7920X in August
MacBook Pro 13 and 15 2016, released today by Apple Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:19:47 -0600 matt_gh2 15950@/talks/discussions

Event link -

Elgato Green Screen Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:38:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17589@/talks/discussions

Intel Cannonlake with 10nm can be shifted to 2018 or 2019 Sat, 17 Oct 2015 02:36:43 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13949@/talks/discussions Intel already has serious issues with 14nm (Atom chips delayed almost a year and still are not available for most manufacturers).

10nm (even with usual tricks of shrinking only some elements) require huge investment, and it seems that problems also rise exponentially and performance increase stopped.


AMD RX Vega Lineup Mon, 15 May 2017 10:59:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16940@/talks/discussions

AMD is expected to unveil its upcoming Vega based graphics cards at this year’s Computex on 31st May.

First card will be called the RX Vega Core which will start at $399. It will deliver performance on par with or better than Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070.

RX Vega Eclipse which will be priced at $499 and will compete head to head with the GTX 1080.

RX Vega Nova will be the Big Vega that will retail at $599 and rival the GTX 1080 Ti.

HEVC Decoding and NLEs Sat, 13 May 2017 04:09:34 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16921@/talks/discussions 4K Low mbit sample, LG_4K_View-the-Feeling (2160p@29.970fps ~25Mbps)

  • GTX 1060 - 217/223/227
  • GTX 1050 Ti - 195/199/204
  • Skylake HD 530 - 146/168/202
  • Kabylake HD 610 - 97/123/147
  • RX 470 - 101/107/113

4K High mbit, high fps - Crowd_run 4K@50fps -300Mbps

  • GTX 1060 - 139/145/147
  • GTX 1050 - Ti 115/125/128
  • Skylake HD 530 - 102/114/119
  • GTX 1050 - 94/106/114
  • Kabylake HD 610 - 72/92/98
  • RX 470 - 60/72/79

4K Very high mbit, 60fps, 8bit - Netflix_TunnelFlag_4096x2160_60fps_x265_8bit_700Mbit

  • GTX 1060 - 81/91/101
  • GTX 1050 Ti - 66/80/92
  • Kabylake HD 610 - 57/72/87
  • GTX 1050 - 49/64/74
  • GTX 960 - 47/59/71
  • RX 470 - 34/46/55

8K MBC UHD Music Core GFriend - Rough (4in1) 8k@60fps-80Mbps

  • GTX 1060 - 59/60/63
  • GTX 1050 Ti - 54/55/56
  • GTX 1050 - 52/54/55
  • Kabylake HD 610 - 24/25/29


If camera HEVC stream matches standard 4K HEVC native files (both 8 and 10bit) must be editable in properly made NLE on latest GTX cards or even CPU.

Yet most popular NLEs internal pipeline design is very old and so horrible...

H.264 decoding and NLEs Sat, 13 May 2017 23:35:09 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16925@/talks/discussions Follow-up to

H.264 decoding in fps.

1080p30 27Mbps, Twinpeaks

  • Haswell - 1070/1070/1070
  • CPU 4790 - 515/515/515
  • SandyBridge - 484/484/484
  • GTX 960 - 475/475/475
  • RX 470 - 288/308/326
  • Radeon - 5750 46/56/62

1080p24 4 ref frames, 112Mbps, Birds

  • GTX 960 - 171/177/176
  • SandyBridge - 151/160/161
  • CPU 4790 - 100/110/113
  • RX 470 - 75/86/92
  • Radeon 5750 - 13/27/47

1080p30 5 ref frames, 108Mbps Ducks Take Off

  • Haswell - 413/413/413
  • GTX 1060 - 249/258/249
  • GTX 960 - 181/191/192
  • SandyBridge - 168/183/183
  • CPU 4790 - 115/125/134
  • RX 470 - 80/98/110
  • Radeon 5750 - 0/30/58


AMD Ryzen aka Zen CPU - Broadwell-E Performance at a Lower Price Point Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:04:20 -0600 Tron 15549@/talks/discussions Potential rendering monster at an affordable price if benchmarks can meet the hype -

  1. The IPC of Zen is on-par or better than Broadwell.
  2. Zen will scale higher than 3.0 GHz in 8-core configurations.

Up to 8 cores / 16 threads (Rumored $300-$400 price vs. Broadwell-E at $1000-$1700). AMD will unify all CPUs on one socket (AM4). To be released in Qty early 2017.

Atomos Ninja Assassin, HDMI only 4K 10bit recorder Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:32:19 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13640@/talks/discussions

Price - $1295 (same in EUR)

Keyboards Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:00:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 2982@/talks/discussions While in camera world we have clear progress year after year, in keyboard business things in mass market are going in reverse.

If you get IBM PS/2 keyboard from 1991 and after working on it you go to your shop and try various keyboards you'll be in shock. Starting from $5-10 crap invented only to type up to 140 symbols a day (makes you understand twitter popularity), to pricey junk "space ships" designed to run video player.

And gaming keyboards. This is long story. Not only you must send all your time down the pipes, but you must do it on cool keyboards. I am not even start the story of motherfuckers who place extra keys in the bottom row, more and more. Inventor of Windows keys (and Fn keys on notebooks) must be found and executed in public using some very paintful way.

This was few thoughts I got after looking at keyboard market and getting Razor BlackWidow (not big choice of localized mechanical stuff is available really).


This is mechanical keyboard based on Cherry MX Blue switches

Razor keyboard is very good example of modern "inventors".

  1. Key size is slightly reduced compared to normal keyboards (whole main block is smaller than normal keyboard).
  2. Typeface used for keys is just awful, not major, really, if you type constantly, but anyway.
  3. As this is "gamers keyboard" it has macro keys that are on the left and placed in such distance that makes harder intuitive use of left Ctrl.
  4. It is glossy and keys are made from quite cheap plastic (if you compare to IBM keyboards)

But overall, of couse it can't be compared to rubber dome crap, even good one as some Microsoft keyboards.

It not have ideal main key block layout like some keyboards:

As Enter is still small.

May be in future we'll see something ideal, like IBM keyboards, but with larger bottom row, no widows keys and with buckling spring or mech switches options.

Available at:

Note: You can get older (not 2013) version, it is cheaper but absolutely the same from practical standpoint

Ninja Inferno with HDR and 4Kp60 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:18:33 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16625@/talks/discussions

Available at

Melbourne, Australia – 23rd March 2017: Today, Atomos brings the power of 4Kp60 10-bit ProRes recording and HDR monitoring to the GH5 for an amazingly low price of just $995.

“Our message to video Pro’s is to Go HDR 4Kp60 Today showcased by the GH5 and Ninja Inferno combo”, said Jeromy Young CEO and co-founder of Atomos. “For less than $3k it’s an unbeatable total package especially when considering having 4K HDR content ready for clients, Netflix and YouTube is a must”.

Atomos has always led the way advancing the quality, affordability and simplicity of filmmaking by adding professional features to popular Japanese cameras. Atomos are again first to launch a portable HDR 4Kp60 10-bit 422 monitor recorder. Timed with the release of the powerful Panasonic GH5 and a $995 price point Ninja Inferno empowers the masses.

Just as the original Atomos Ninja broke open DSLR filmmaking by giving the Canon 5DMKIII professional Apple ProRes recording & the original Atomos Shogun pioneered 4K with the Sony a7s and Panasonic GH4, the Ninja Inferno now arms the Panasonic GH5, the hottest camera of 2017, with HDR Apple Pro-Res 10-bit 4:2:2 4Kp60 over HDMI 2.0 – a feat not possible internally on the GH5. This marks another incredible Atomos breakthrough – professional 10-bit color resolution, 4:2:2 color accuracy, high frame rate 4K 60p video resolution & all with the incredible brightness range that HDR delivers in PQ or HLG.

Apart from being an obvious companion for the new GH5, the Ninja Inferno is the world’s first HDMI monitor-recorder to accept 4K DCI signals from cameras like the Panasonic GH4 / DVX200 / HCX1000 / UX180 / HCX1, Sony FS7 / Z100 and the JVC LS300. Support for the 4096 DCI standard unlocks cinema recording from these 4K video & mirrorless DSLRs.

For the Ninja Inferno, like its flagship sibling the Shogun Inferno, we have created the ultimate monitor through end-to-end custom engineering of all components. It starts with a 1920x1200 resolution LCD panel and add 10-bit processing in highlights and equivalent 10+ bit resolution in blacks. This is achieved through the patented AtomHDR engine which when combined with our custom Atomos-built backlight allows the power of 1500nits to be utilized for High Bright Rec709 or HDR PQ/HLG at 10+ stops. The full-size HDMI 2.0 connection bypasses the camera’s internal limitations by recording to 4Kp60 4:2:2 10-bit pristine video in grading-friendly Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR. The Ninja Inferno upgrades mirrorless and DSLR camera audio by including balanced XLR input and 48V Phantom Power, negating the need to purchase separate audio recorders. For on set review, the wide angle 7” calibrated screen, playback controls, playlist and XML tagging make the Ninja Inferno the perfect client or director’s monitor, with playout to the latest HDR PQ/HLG or SDR TV’s. The Ninja Inferno is equally adept in the editing suite as it is in the field with the recorded files dropping directly onto the timeline of all the major NLE editing and grading software with the HDMI input capable of accepting HDR signals to make the Ninja Inferno an unbelievably affordable HDR reference monitor for portable or in studio color grading.

The Ninja Inferno, which is shipping now for MSRP $995, is the ultimate camera accessory for the GH5, the popular Sony FS7 or cameras with 4K DCI output & other 4Kp60 / 4Kp30 / HDp60 cameras looking for a future proof monitor-recorder.

HDR now comes free across the Atomos 4K Line-up

Timed with the release of the Ninja Inferno, Atomos have driven down the price of the existing line-up, passing on the volume savings they receive due to the popularity of the entire HDR range. The Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame are now $995 and $795 respectively (both models ship with mains power supply, recording caddy & travel case. The Shogun Flame also ships with an XLR breakout cable). To complement all models in the line-up, Atomos have developed a tailored Accessory Kit and Power Kit that arm users with everything needed to power, control, dock, charge and safely carry the units at an amazing price. The flagship Shogun Inferno continues to ship as is today.

Quantum dots - next big thing in monitors (aka Sony TRILUMINOS) Sun, 03 Aug 2014 06:08:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 10963@/talks/discussions

Idea behind this displays is to use quantum dot effect making very sharp spectrum peaks for red, green and blue. Such approach allow to improve color gamut while keeping energy efficiency.

Sony’s approach uses an uncoated LED inside a thin glass tube packed with red and green quantum dots supplied by Massachussetts company QD Vision. When the dots get blasted with electricity, they only emit light at their characteristic wavelengths, which, combined with the blue light from the LED, form a white light that’s more intense at those three points.

It is used in their TV, Monitors, tablets and phones.


HiSense introduced a 4K quantum-dot “Wide Gamut TV,” which uses QDEF film rather than the QD Vision rail. It will enter the Chinese market in March; U.S. in the summer. Maximum size is 85 inches, and there is an H.265 decoder built in.

See more at:

Samsung KU and MU 40" UHD TVs as monitors Sat, 08 Jul 2017 22:53:35 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17315@/talks/discussions image

What models are best?

  • Present year line is MU, last year line is KU.
  • For sRGB you need to focus on 6000 and 7000 lines, they can be adjusted to almost perfectly match SRGB (99% according to measurements)
  • All models use good VA panels.

Models from cheapens to more expensive for now

LeapMotion Mon, 21 May 2012 13:38:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 3291@/talks/discussions This guys rised almost 13 millions not long ago

No one really can tell if they are up to the task, but you can preorder this stuff.

Final Cut XII courses in 2014

Jim, how can I cut and color correct this using only 7 fingers?
It is not possible, Mark, you need to use 9, and one hand must be above your head constantly.

Reference mini active speakers topic Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:59:20 -0600 gameb 4437@/talks/discussions I cannot find anything that convinces me. Klein & Hummel MM 201 or M 52, Genelec 6010, Avantone Pro, Audioengine etc. are great but are "too big" for what I want. I am looking for something really small, portable, like the Ucube (80mmx80mm), but when I listened to them in the shop, I was disappointed. I only need a decent reference, so I don't have to edit with the sound coming from the MBP13 or the headphones. Appreciate suggestions.

Samsung 40 TVs can also become tricky as monitors Sat, 01 Jul 2017 14:34:12 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17280@/talks/discussions As Samsung stopped using Sharp produced panels they now want to replace them with different manufacturers.

And it will be BOE и Innolux and .. LG. Main impact will be on 40" models.

Note that LG is famous for making cheap RGBW panels

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K for $595 only now Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:35:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14980@/talks/discussions image

  • 7" 1920 x 1200 screen
  • 2 mini-XLR audio inputs with phantom power
  • 2 SD cards
  • 2160p30 support
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 HD ProRes or DNxHD recording.
  • Dual UHS-II SDHC card recorders
  • -128dBV noise floor for high quality audio recording.
  • LANC connection for remote control.
  • Auto start/stop recording using HDMI or SDI triggers.
  • Includes slots for 2 hot pluggable batteries as well as 12V DC power input.
  • Full compatibility with editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Avid and Premier Pro.
  • All in one design, mount to cameras, hold in your hand or set up on a table with the included kickstand.
  • Includes 6G-SDI input allowing it to be used as an Ultra HD monitor.
  • Available at


Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Video Assist 4K, a portable all in one professional monitor and video recorder that can be used to add professional recording and monitoring to any SDI or HDMI camera. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features a bright, high resolution 7 inch monitor for checking focus and framing, two high speed recorders for non-stop HD and Ultra HD recording, two extremely high quality XLR microphone inputs for professional audio recording, a built in speaker and more.

The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is perfect for customers that need better monitoring and higher quality recording. Older cameras often feature custom and hard to use file or tape formats, while lower cost consumer cameras often have poor quality file formats and small screens, limiting their professional use. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K solves this problem because it works with every type of camera from DSLRs to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features two built in high speed UHS-II recorders that work with the latest high performance SD cards, making them fast enough to record Ultra HD video up to 2160p30 on widely available, inexpensive SD cards. Files are saved as broadcast quality 10-bit 4:2:2 video in either ProRes or DNxHD formats, making them compatible with all popular editing software, like DaVinci Resolve, so you can start editing immediately without having to transcode or convert files. Recording can be triggered to start and stop using LANC or over HDMI or SDI from the camera. With two built in recorders, customers get non-stop recording because when one card is full it automatically continues onto the next. The new high speed SD cards are compatible with existing SD card readers so they can be mounted directly on a computer for cloning and backup using the included DaVinci Resolve software.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is also an extremely high quality audio recorder that features two mini XLR inputs with 48V of phantom power so customers can attach external microphones. This totally eliminates the problems with auto gain controls on DLSR cameras and, with an amazing low electrical noise floor of -128dBV, the recordings are incredibly high quality and sound dramatically better than camera audio. Sound is recorded into the same file as the video, so customers don’t have to worry about AV sync between separate audio and video files!

Durable and lightweight, the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features a bright, 7 inch high resolution 1920 x 1200 monitor and touchscreen with a wide 135º viewing angle. The extra resolution of the screen lets customers view 16:9 sources and see critical status information without covering the image. The display is also a touchscreen that lets customers use simple tap and swipe gestures to display camera information, change settings and evaluate audio and video levels. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features an elegant heads up display overlay that lets customers keep their eyes on the shot while viewing the current input frame rate, histogram, audio meters, timecode and more.

For power, Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features two standard LP-E6 battery slots that allow hot swapping of batteries while in use, and it can be powered using the 12V DC input. The batteries are discharged serially, so only 1 is used at a time. When there’s power, the batteries are charged in parallel, which saves time when recharging.

Blackmagic Video Assist - FullHD 5" monitor with ProRes and DNxHD recorder, $395 now Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:09:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12793@/talks/discussions image

Available at

4K cheap LG TV series are unsuitable as monitors Thu, 05 Jan 2017 02:46:45 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16280@/talks/discussions Due to this thing


LG takes an unorthodox approach to how it handles the white subpixels in its 6100-, 6500-, and 6800-series TVs. Instead of adding white subpixels to the RGB subpixel arrays, as it does with its OLED models, it replaces every fourth red, green, or blue subpixel with a white one. So three out of every four whole pixels are missing colors.

10Gbit Home Network, time has come Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:38:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17213@/talks/discussions image

Affordable network card for around $99



Affordable switch, sadly only 2 10Gbit ports here.

Lenovo: Story of idiots Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:08:05 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 5856@/talks/discussions image

Lenovo will continue to destroy all advantages of ThinkPad design.

They do it one by one:

  • Making construction cheaper and weaker
  • Horrible cheap materials now used for most models
  • Rock solid, best notebook keyboards first were made quite flimsy
  • Secondly keys were replaced to modern cheap ones
  • Famous very good IBM layout had been replaced by one used in cheapest IdeaPads
  • Now we can see fully removed TrackPoint buttons because some designer figured out that it'll be cheaper to force you press trackpad.

Btw, Ideapad brand will be destroyed as complete failure. And ThinkPad will be widened to try to sell all their crap.

My IBM 600e looks like something made by alients compared to my modern ThinkPad.