General and News http://www.personal-view.com/talks/categories/general/feed.rss Sat, 18 Nov 17 23:35:32 -0700 General and News en-CA FCC Approved ATSC 3.0 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18264/fcc-approved-atsc-3.0 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:50:10 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18264@/talks/discussions

The Federal Communications Commission adopted new rules to let television broadcasters use the Next Generation broadcast television transmission standard, also called ATSC 3.0, on a voluntary, market-driven basis.

The Next Generation TV standard will let broadcasters provide consumers with more vivid pictures and sound, including Ultra High Definition television and superior reception, mobile viewing capabilities, advanced emergency alerts, better accessibility features, localized content, and interactive educational children’s content.

Action adopts rules that will allow broadcasters the flexibility to deploy Next Generation TV service while minimizing the impact on consumers and industry stakeholders. The upgraded technology will merge the capabilities of over-the-air broadcasting with the broadband viewing and information delivery methods of the Internet using the same 6 MHz channels presently allocated for digital television (DTV).

Among other things, the Report & Order:

  • Requires broadcasters that use Next Generation TV to partner with another local station in their market to simulcast their programming in the current DTV standard, called ATSC 1.0, so that viewers can continue to receive their existing broadcast service without having to purchase new equipment;
  • Subjects Next Gen TV signals to the public interest obligations that currently apply to television broadcasters; and
  • Requires broadcasters to provide advance on-air notifications to educate consumers about Next Generation TV service deployment and simulcasting.

Today’s ruling comes after several field tests of the technology were conducted in the Cleveland media market. Last year, the Next Generation TV transmission standard was tested during Major League Baseball’s 2016 World Series.

Action by the Commission November 16, 2017 by Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 17-158). Chairman Pai, Commissioners O’Rielly and Carr approving. Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel dissenting. Chairman Pai, Commissioners Clyburn, O’Rielly, Carr and Rosenworcel issuing separate statements.

ATSC 3.0 will require from TV build in feature so broadcaster will be able to turn it on remotely.

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Personal View community lab topic http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16041/personal-view-community-lab-topic Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:13:55 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16041@/talks/discussions What we did in 2017

  • Started making independent field monitor panels measurements, 5 monitors measured, more to follow
  • Started measuring AC consumption, measurement of NP batteries powered DC consumption coming later
  • Started measuring light luminous emittance, flicker, you'll find first results in reviews soon.
  • Measuring led lights spectrum for more than 25 lights, CRI and such, results links can be seen in this topic
  • We started measuring detailed temperature readings of led lights they can cause degradation and show quality, both contact and IR way.
  • Make sure to check lot of reviews at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Pj7yx6F1TdNJ36eRlZgcA?sub_confirmation=1

Why we ask you for support

  • We need your support to get some testing equipment.
    • We are collecting funds for lab grade spectrometer now
  • We need your support to form small review fund to get non expensive items for tests, get and test them on members request and sell.
  • If you have some gear and want us to make review, you can contact me by PM.
  • Let us know the gear and specific tests you want to see, you can post in this same topic

Remember

  • PV does not have ads, "sponsors" or any such crap injecting stuff. We are here for you, not for ads.
  • We even do not have auto playing video ads what became trend in last few months. :-)
  • Each month we pay for dedicated server hosting and it this sum is not small, and additional daily backup located outside of hoster network (for safety).
  • We don't have big team to support site. No admins, paid moderators, etc. All this time is invested in keeping this community alive.
  • Remember to support regularly, even with very small amounts, if you are in economic trouble.

Where we are going:

  • We are making gear reviews and slowly improving in it
  • We are improving our deals and will add new partners
  • We'll also have some software updates focusing on new features and becoming more tablet and mobile friendly - work is being done in this regard, moving slowly.
  • We have new video contests coming - working on this with few manufacturers.
  • Stay tuned.

We need your help, remember to donate using orange Donate button above this page!

Thanks in advance.

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VESA Introduce DisplayID Version 2.0 http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18251/vesa-introduce-displayid-version-2.0- Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:14:37 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18251@/talks/discussions

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) today announced a major update to its Display Identification Data (DisplayID) standard. The new version 2.0 of this universal display standard simplifies connecting and configuring modern display products, including PC monitors, consumer TVs and embedded displays (e.g., display panels within laptop and all-in-one systems). The result is a best-in-class plug-and-play experience. Advanced capabilities supported include 4K-and-higher resolutions, high dynamic range (HDR), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and refresh rates of 120Hz and above.

The DisplayID standard was originally launched in 2009 to enable the widely adopted Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) standard to keep up with newer-generation display technologies. However, with the EDID standard nearing the end of its effectiveness, a standard with new standalone structures, unencumbered by legacy architecture, is needed to properly and efficiently communicate modern display capabilities, thus ensuring an optimal user experience for future display technologies.

What’s New with DisplayID 2.0

The key difference between DisplayID 2.0 and EDID predecessors is its modular structure, based on the concept of “data blocks” – individually defined, self-contained data formats that each provide a specific set of related display information in a clear unambiguous manner. This benefit affords unprecedented flexibility, as entire content can be constructed from any number of elements, predefined data blocks or descriptors. The specification addresses head-mounted and other types of wearable displays; provides a clearer way to define Adaptive-Sync (i.e., dynamic refresh rate); extends field sizes to support higher pixel counts; expands the magnitude of parameters needed to enable HDR; and supports high luminance, to name just a few of the advanced technologies that DisplayID 2.0 covers.

“What version 2.0 of the DisplayID standard facilitates is a true ‘it just works’ plug-and-play consumer experience,” said Bill Lempesis, VESA executive director. “With advanced display technologies becoming more widely available, DisplayID 2.0 – by stripping out legacy capabilities – provides a crisp, succinct way to describe optimized connectivity while carrying forward structures that remain relevant today. This ensures the standard will expand to accommodate user demands.”

“EDID remains viable for lower-resolution devices, and the current framework allows for the smooth transition from EDID to DisplayID as modern displays migrate over time,” commented Syed Hussain, VESA board vice chairman and AMD Senior Display Domain Fellow. “While DisplayID 2.0 is a future-focused specification incorporating support for higher resolution and refresh rates as well as HDR and Adaptive-Sync, it can also co-exist with older products supporting EDID, further enabling us to help guarantee full-plug-and-play ability for consumers regardless of the type of display they own.”

If you have lot of people who want to eat and live well, sooner or later you will get ton of complex standards and most of them are not needed by anyone.

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Canon finally found their true passion http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18250/canon-finally-found-their-true-passion Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:43:34 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18250@/talks/discussions image

http://cweb.canon.jp/canon-official-fan-goods/index.html

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Cameras and lenses cut in half http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/429/cameras-and-lenses-cut-in-half Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:08:03 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 429@/talks/discussions

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Bo Kajiwara now CEO of Nikon Inc http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18236/bo-kajiwara-now-ceo-of-nikon-inc Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:50:42 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18236@/talks/discussions

Nikon Inc. has formally announced the appointment of Bo Kajiwara as the new President of Nikon Inc, the subsidiary of Nikon Corporation for the Americas. Kajiwara transitions from his role as the Senior General Manager, Sales and Marketing for Nikon Europe. During his 29-year tenure with Nikon, Kajiwara has overseen many major product and marketing efforts including the launches of industry changing DSLR cameras, multiple NIKKOR lenses and compact camera options. Previous to his position at Nikon Europe, Kajiwara held the role at Nikon Corp. in Japan of General Manager for the Communications Department, with the responsibility for International Sales Strategy and Communications. Kajiwara is no stranger to the US, having worked in Nikon Inc. from 2004 to 2013, rising to the role of Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience from head of the Imaging Division.

“I am very eager to help lead the charge in the Americas; It’s an exciting time in the imaging industry, and as Nikon celebrates our 100th anniversary, the company’s outlook for innovation is positive, which is great news for our customers, partners and retailers,” said Kajiwara. “We just announced Nikon’s most powerful DSLR ever, and the highly acclaimed D850 DSLR is just the start of great things to come. Nikon is leveraging its legacy and experience to create exceptional products and solutions for a wide range of applications.”

In his new position as President and CEO of Nikon Inc., Kajiwara will oversee markets in the Americas, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central Latin America, with a concentrated effort on marketing, product development and customer satisfaction. Kajiwara will continue to promote the drive to optimize “focus and efficiency,” which has become a core pillar of Nikon Corp’s. worldwide plan for restructuring to drive profitability.

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Chinese made TVs sales going up fast, 4K models lead the pack http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/9066/chinese-made-tvs-sales-going-up-fast-4k-models-lead-the-pack Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:40:30 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9066@/talks/discussions image

By green Chinese manufacturers are marked. Vizio also makes all of their TVs in China.

In fact that we can see is pretty optimistic view for LG and Samsung. As if 4K will become hotter product things can be much worse, as all of marked companies already have 4K and 3D capable TVs for very affordable prices.

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20131211PD215.html

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Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and other companies interviews http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12024/canon-nikon-sony-olympus-and-other-companies-interviews Wed, 24 Dec 2014 02:28:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12024@/talks/discussions In Japanese (use google to translate)

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Things can happen if you rely on one sensor manufacturer http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14999/things-can-happen-if-you-rely-on-one-sensor-manufacturer Fri, 22 Apr 2016 04:17:30 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14999@/talks/discussions

Due to the earthquake of April 14, 2016 and subsequent earthquakes in the Kumamoto region, Sony Corporation ("Sony") expects that it will be unable to formulate the forecast for its consolidated results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 in the usual timeframe.

The survey of damage to the Kumamoto Technology Center conducted so far has revealed damage to certain parts of the building, clean rooms and production equipment. The timeframe for resuming operations has yet to be determined. The Kumamoto Technology Center is the primary manufacturing site for image sensors for digital cameras and security cameras as well as for micro-display devices.

http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201604/16-043E/index.html

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Black Friday Preliminary and Results http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18208/black-friday-preliminary-and-results Sun, 12 Nov 2017 06:14:31 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18208@/talks/discussions

According to Consumer Technology Association (CTA) market research presented at the annual CES 2018 Unveiled media event in the New York Metropolitan Pavilion Thursday, retailers are competing furiously throughout the month, before and after Thanksgiving, with special deals, many of which involve some sort of technology device.

From a CTA consumer study conducted just last weekend, 44 percent of those surveyed said they plan to shop now through the beginning of Thanksgiving week; 33 percent are shopping on Black Friday, and 51 percent are shopping on Cyber Monday.

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Sony IMX533 16mm Back Illuminated Sensor http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18199/sony-imx533-16mm-back-illuminated-sensor Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:38:19 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18199@/talks/discussions image

  • Square image sensor of aspect ratio 1:1
  • Excellent image quality by large pixel size equivalent to DSLR (APS/35mm)
  • High sensitivity using BI technologies
  • Digital Overlap High Dynamic Range function
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Sony IMX411 and IMX461 Back Illuminated MF Sensors http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18198/sony-imx411-and-imx461-back-illuminated-mf-sensors Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:36:26 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18198@/talks/discussions image

  • Super high resolution (100-150 Million pixels) image sensor using microfabrication technologies
  • High Dynamic Range function (HDR)
  • Rich graduation expression (High resolution AD converter - Max.16bit)

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Sharp 8K 60p camera. Super 35mm sensor. PL mount. http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18177/sharp-8k-60p-camera.-super-35mm-sensor.-pl-mount.- Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:30:24 -0700 PauloTeixeira 18177@/talks/discussions Here's the press release: http://www.sharp-world.com/corporate/news/171107_2.html image image

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UK Datacolor Colorimeters Sale http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18175/uk-datacolor-colorimeters-sale Thu, 09 Nov 2017 05:04:02 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18175@/talks/discussions

Datacolor®, a global leader in colour management solutions, has announced its current winter sales. Until December 22nd, customers can save over £130 on Spyder products through qualified retail stores as well as Datacolor’s online shop.

Datacolor’s savings this winter:

  • Spyder5PRO + FREE SpyderCUBE – for accurate RAW conversion on a calibrated display
    Promotional price: £157 incl. VAT
  • Spyder5ELITE + FREE SpyderCHECKR24 – for accurate camera calibration on a calibrated display
    Promotional price: £228 incl. VAT
  • SpyderCHECKR – Datacolor’s premium calibration chart with replaceable colour cards, FadeCHECKR and tripod mount
    Promotional price: £87 incl. VAT
  • Spyder5CAPTURE PRO – the ultimate bundle for photographers that provides all the essentials needed to manage colour from capture to editing in a photographic workflow; camera calibration, colour balance control and monitor calibration – this bundle, presented in a solid aluminium case, offers it all.
    Promotional price: £263 incl. VAT
  • Spyder5STUDIO – a comprehensive toolkit for fine art printers, offering SpyderCUBE as the smartest grey card on the market, display calibration and printer profiling in a solid aluminium case.
    Promotional price: £262 incl. VAT

These promotional prices are valid until December 22, 2017 and can be obtained at a qualified reseller or in Datacolor’s online shop.

http://www.datacolor.com/winter-savings-2017-ema-en/?afftid=7011M00000137dh

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Italian memebers is videolinea.com good to buy from? http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18162/italian-memebers-is-videolinea.com-good-to-buy-from Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:48:31 -0700 sammy 18162@/talks/discussions Saw this Italian online shop when I was searching for a couple used cameras that I'm interested in, has anyone had any experience with them, are they legit ?

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DJI X7 camera with 6K! http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17965/dji-x7-camera-with-6k Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:55:06 -0600 IronFilm 17965@/talks/discussions image

Tech Specs:

  • 3 Axis Stabilized Gimbal & Camera
  • 35mm Image Sensor
  • DL Lens Mount (sigh, not another new mount!)

Resolution:

  • Up to 6k 30fps video
  • 24MP Raw DNG still images

Recording Formats:

  • Cinema DNG
  • Apple ProRes
  • h.264
  • h.265
  • DNG
  • JPEG

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Capitalism: TITAN Xp new drivers up performance 300% http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17452/capitalism-titan-xp-new-drivers-up-performance-300 Thu, 03 Aug 2017 01:13:27 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17452@/talks/discussions

TITAN Xp is the most powerful GPU you can put in your PC, and now we’re enabling even better performance with our latest TITAN drivers.

We built TITAN Xp for people who design and create — and, of course, play games. And it’s always getting better.

Our latest driver — available today — delivers 3x more performance in applications like Maya to help you create and design faster than ever.

You can now also use TITAN Xp with more PCs, including thin & light laptops, than ever before, and with external GPU chassis from a wide range of manufacturers including Asus, HP, Powercolor and Razer

Nvidea removed some artificial limits existing in driver.

Nvidia also mentioned premiere Pro among apps gaining big boost.

http://www.nvidia.com/download/driverResults.aspx/121776/en-us

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GH3 Loose Hot Shoe (pictures) http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7535/gh3-loose-hot-shoe-pictures Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:43:02 -0600 djhessler 7535@/talks/discussions I know there is a topic on this already, but Vitally please leave a thread for this, it's very important. As everyone knows already, the hotshoe becomes loose on the GH3, the sad news is that the screws come completely off. This weekend on a trip to San Francisco my hot shoe became really loose I had 2 wireless transmitters on it, so this morning I decided to open my gh3, yes I know very stupid!!!!!!!! Do not do this!!!!! it's not easy to do this and parts can easy break. After opening the camera I discovered that taking out the viewfinder is not easy, one bolt is blocked by the board and taking out the board was a bit too much for me, so there is one particular bolt that stayed out, yes .... I did not put it back because it is too difficult to put it back in without pulling out the board, so back to the hot shoe, the hot shoe seems to be screwed by two bolts on each side, incredibly both bolts came off, and the sad news is that one is probably inside my camera moving around because I only found one :-( so what I did is that I used a bolt from the outside of the body and put back two bolts on the hot shoe, but another sad thing I discovered is that this part of the camera is really weak, I honestly cannot see that much metal around here so my advice to people is: Do not put anything too heavy on there. Another sad thing is that yes the bolts that hold the hotshoe do not have locktite so that is why they come off so easily, all these small screws are not tight too much because if tightened too much they give out. Honestly it's sad to see such expensive camera made so flimsy in the inside, I have 2 GH3 and I hope they last me a good time cause I paid premium for these cams. The first picture has a red circle around the area where both bolts came off.

When pulling out the back plate, I broke a part of the chasis, I think I was suppose to take out the dial and take a screw out from there, so be aware if you simply pull the back as I did, you will brake this part too. The camera is back together and working, I tested it and all seems to be ok even though I did break some parts :-(

So there you have it guys, these hot shoes will come loose eventually unless panny fixed the issued on a different batch, I bought mine in November of 2012.

See pictures bellow.

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HDR - new marketing idea http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14402/hdr-new-marketing-idea Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:00:09 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14402@/talks/discussions 2016 is a year of HDR, as 2014 had been for basic 4K and 2015 had been for color gamut and quantum dots.

Current REC.709 televisions only display 33% of the actual amount of colours you can see and they are also limited to around 100 NITS of brightness (NITS are the unit used to measure brightness),

And this is that happens if you read too much marketing literature.

In reality most consumer TVs are not 100nits (and at retail demo rooms they are even more far from it). And they are NOT limited here.

Next thing people do not understand that sRGB color gamut is not so limiting due to fact that we see reflected light in nature and super saturated colors that is not included can be rarely seen in nature.

Next trap lies in complete misunderstanding on that dynamic range of reproduction device is (and replacing it in the head with dynamic range of camera).
Dolby lie comes from marketing proposal that limiting factor of consumer sets comes from maximum brightness, and it is just not true. While actual limiting factor now come from black level on LCD sets. And all modern quantum dots and so called "UltraHD Premium" marketing labels have nothing to do with it.

Real cure can come from OLED side, where black level is limited only by room reflected light. OLED also can be made with very wide gamut with ease. Main issue with them is... color degradation and burn in, especially with long time high brightness.

In reality that Dolby want to do now is to introduce premium theaters where they will check reference brightness level and try to keep it at acceptable level (saving on bulbs in theaters is very common business, as with brightness reduction very expensive bulbs work much longer) and also check quality of projectors and used screens to do not have washed out colors.

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GoPro sales fall http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14428/gopro-sales-fall Wed, 13 Jan 2016 16:00:28 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14428@/talks/discussions

GoPro has laid off 7 percent of its workforce, and warned investors of poor sales of the company's action cameras. The news comes just a few weeks before GoPro is set to officially announce its fourth quarter earnings for 2015.

The company is also downgrading its guidance for the fourth quarter from about $500-$550 million in revenue to $435 million. GoPro blames that drop on what it's calling "lower than anticipated sales of its capture devices" in the final quarter of 2015. That would represent about a 70 percent drop in sales from the company's big fourth quarter in 2014, when it brought in $633.9 million in revenue. Industry analysts were originally projecting that GoPro's Q4 revenue in 2015 would be somewhere closer to $690 million.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/13/10763952/gopro-lays-off-seven-percent-of-its-staff-warns-of-poor-sales

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Nikon shut down Chinese manufacturing operations http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18092/nikon-shut-down-chinese-manufacturing-operations Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:11:05 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18092@/talks/discussions

Nikon Corporation (the “Company”) has announced at the Board of Directors’ Meeting held today the resolution that operations of consolidated subsidiary Nikon Imaging (China) Co., Ltd. will be discontinued.

Nikon Imaging (China) Co., Ltd. (NIC) was established in June, 2002 in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, China, and manufactured digital cameras and lens units for digital cameras. In recent years, however, due to the rise of smartphones, the compact digital camera market has been shrinking rapidly, leading to a significant decrease in operating rate at NIC and creating a difficult business environment.

In this context, the Company conducted rounds of thorough reviews and discussions on the global manufacturing structure optimization measures stated in the company-wide restructuring plan announced by the Company in November 2016. The Company has decided to discontinue operations of NIC. Thereafter, we will begin conducting relevant dissolution and liquidation procedures of NIC. Specific details will be notified separately according to the decision.

As part of restructuring the Imaging Products Business, the Company will focus more on high value-add products. China’s position as one of the most important markets in the world will remain unchanged. Nikon Imaging (China) Sales Co., Ltd. (NICS), the Company’s sales subsidiary in Shanghai, continues in full operation as normal, contributes to photo and imaging culture development, and strengthens the sales effort of imaging products and the after-sale services in China that meet customers’ satisfaction.

Moreover, besides NIC, the rest of the Company’s manufacturing and sales subsidiaries in China remain in full operation, and continue proactively developing business and services in China.

On October 30, 2017, the Company made a board resolution to discontinue operations of NIC. On the same day, NIC will discontinue its operations.

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BITRV 2017 Exhibition, PV coverage http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17583/bitrv-2017-exhibition-pv-coverage Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:27:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17583@/talks/discussions This year PV is first time making BIRTV exhibition coverage.

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Alan will be heading our team

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Exhibition starts 23 August.

Make sure to follow Telegram channel - https://t.me/personal_view and this topic.

Youtube videos will appear later at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Pj7yx6F1TdNJ36eRlZgcA?sub_confirmation=1 .

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X-Rite renamed ColorMunki Photo to i1Studio http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18063/x-rite-renamed-colormunki-photo-to-i1studio- Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:29:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18063@/talks/discussions image

http://xrite.com/geti1Studio

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PCI Express 4.0 Specs Finalized http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18068/pci-express-4.0-specs-finalized Thu, 26 Oct 2017 22:43:47 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18068@/talks/discussions image

https://pcisig.com/specifications

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CineForm SDK becomes open source http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18062/cineform-sdk-becomes-open-source Wed, 25 Oct 2017 16:57:12 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18062@/talks/discussions

The CineForm codec, initially developed in 2001, was designed to enable real-time consumer video editing. CineForm, Inc. was a team of engineers that knew image and video processing, but very little about codec design (which likely helped.) Back then, DV (remember mini-DV tape?) was popular but too slow on the consumer's Pentium III and Pentium 4 desktops for software based video editing. We had worked out that the Intel processors had plenty of speed for editing without dedicated hardware, but the camera's compression, DV or MPEG based, were too difficult to decode. So in 2001, the CineForm codec became the first "visually lossless" intermediate codec (not a proxy) that replaced the source with a new file with much more speed. We didn't know this was a somewhat new idea. While there were other performance optimized codecs, like HuffYUV, CineForm was the first to offer significant compression, balancing quality, speed and performance like no other before it. Since then, Avid DNxHD and Apple ProRES have followed similar strategies. As CineForm Inc (the start up), the codec became a core differenciator, open source was never felt to be a viable option (we were probably wrong.)

In 2017, the production market changed again, with new opportunities for the CineForm codec to provide solutions… particularly for greater than 4K sources from premium 360° products, like GoPro's own Fusion and Omni cameras. The new Fusion Studio desktop software defaults to CineForm for all the greater than 4K exports. But unlike GoPro Studio, where CineForm was primarily an internal format, Fusion Studio is not an editor. The CineForm files are meant to be edited in external tools, like Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve and HitFilm. While many video tools do have native CineForm support, not all do… and some can’t. This gives GoPro more compelling reasons to make CineForm open source to help support our high resolution cameras.

The CineForm SDK is now open sourced, dual licensed under Apache 2.0 or the MIT license (integrator's choice.) You are now welcome to build new applications around the CineForm SDK, build it into existing applications, and extend its abilities with new performance optimizations and explore new image formats. I would love to see it go into many new places and new markets, but in particular, into popular open source players and transcoders. While the CineForm wavelet engine might be simple, 16 years of coding and optimization have complicated the source. So, to help with new upcoming compression-ists, the open source includes a simplified wavelet compression modeling tool -- simplified CineForm -- for education purposes and some codec design and tuning.

GitHub: https://gopro.github.io/cineform-sdk/

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DxO acquires Nik Collection assets from Google http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18060/dxo-acquires-nik-collection-assets-from-google Wed, 25 Oct 2017 07:53:01 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18060@/talks/discussions

DxO, one of the most innovative companies in consumer imaging, today announced the acquisition of the Nik Collection assets from Google.

DxO plans to continue development of the Nik Collection. The current version will remain available for free on DxO’s dedicated website, while a new “Nik Collection 2018 Edition” is planned for mid-next year.

“The Nik Collection gives photographers tools to create photos they absolutely love,” said Aravind Krishnaswamy, an Engineering Director with Google. “We’re thrilled to have DxO, a company dedicated to high-quality photography solutions, acquire and continue to develop it.”

“We are very excited to welcome the Nik Collection to the DxO family,” said Jérôme Ménière, CEO and founder of DxO. “DxO revolutionized the image processing market many times over the years with its innovative solutions, and we are convinced that we will continue to do so with Nik’s tools, which offer new creative opportunities for photographers. The latest version of our flagship software DxO PhotoLab, which is available as of now, is the first embodiment of this thrilling acquisition with built-in U point Technology.”

About the Nik Collection

The Nik Collection is composed of seven desktop plugins for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out hidden details, to the ability to adjust the color and tonality of images. The current lineup of the Nik Collection includes:

  • Analog Efex Pro: Applies film-era camera, lens, and film simulations to digital images
  • Color Efex Pro: A comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects
  • Dfine: Noise reduction software for camera-specific digital images
  • HDR Efex Pro: Specialized program for processing HDR pictures
  • Sharpener Pro: Image sharpening for digital images
  • Silver Efex Pro: Black & White conversion of images with darkroom-inspired controls
  • Viveza: Selectively adjusts image color and tonality without complicated masks or selections
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H.265 HEVC topic. Same quality, half file size. http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/3306/h.265-hevc-topic.-same-quality-half-file-size. Tue, 22 May 2012 15:42:11 -0600 Hallvalla 3306@/talks/discussions Didn't realize h265 is predicted to become available in 2013:

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13970_7-57387626-78/qualcomm-shows-horsepower-of-next-gen-h.265-video/

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Canon - cry from the dying beast http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/13675/canon-cry-from-the-dying-beast Tue, 08 Sep 2015 07:26:56 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 13675@/talks/discussions

Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Through the Company’s proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that will contribute to the development of imaging culture.

Canon, as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

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