Bullet Proof from Red Giant

BulletProof from Red Giant

Red giant launched a very interesting new product during NAB this week. Called “BulletProof“, it is a digital asset management system for video. Actually, that description really doesn’t do it justice, as it’s much more than that. It’s been designed to solve some of the problems that modern tapeless digital cameras present, from organising and metadata management to basic colour correction and transcoding. In many ways it’s like a version of Lightroom for video.

Stu Maschwitz over at ProLost has a good run down of the features and there’s a great video interview with Stu from the guys at Fresh DV on his site in which he explains some of the features and shows off the software. It looks great if you’re a video professional, or even a photographer stepping up into video. They are accepting requests to join the public beta programme now and the software will eventually sell for a very reasonable $199 when it is ready.

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Market Carnage in the PC Industry

There was pretty grim news for the PC industry yesterday as research firm IDC reported the worst quarter for the industry on record. It was pretty much carnage for the desktop and laptop PC sector. Even Apple, which had been bucking the trend, is expected to feel the effects. What is particularly interesting is that the research is specifically blaming Windows 8 for contributing to the drop in sales, the complaint being that it is confusing consumers. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft does anything to respond to these figures other than its usual expression of denial that anything is actually wrong.

What I also find fascinating is that many people who criticised the lat Steve Jobs for his comments that we are living in a “post-pc world”, are now begrudgingly coming around to the realisation that he may have been right. It should be noted that these figures are just for the United States too. I suspect the situation in Europe is even worse. The retail market has been undergoing a catastrophic downturn here, with many high profile casualties, and I expect PC resellers aren’t immune either. It’s a difficult time to be in the PC business right now, and I suspect those who make PCs and are feeling the pain are especially furious with Microsoft over Windows 8.

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High Res Images from Star Trek Into Darkness

Collider has a great set of high res stills from the upcoming star Trek into Darkness Movie. I see a few wallpaper potentials there!

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Trailer for “Rush”

Trailer for Ron Howard’s new Formulae 1 movie about the real life story of Niki Lauda and James Hunt from the golden days of Formulae 1. Looks amazing. I can’t wait.

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Intel announces next-gen Thunderbolt with 20 Gbps throughput, 4K support

And you thought 10 Gbps was fast enough!

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Sorenson Media Launches Squeeze 9

Sorenson is still around?

Fond memories of the Sorenson codec. Thank god we don’t use that any more, although I got a quicktime from a client not so long ago encoded with the old Sorenson codec.

All kidding aside, Squeeze is a pretty good programme, or so I’ve been told. I never use it myself. Compressor and Adobe Media Encoder do pretty much everything I need.

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Ron Johnson “Leaves” his Position As CEO of JC Penny

Not surprising considering JC Penny’s performance since he took over, but, as others have pointed out, they didn’t really give him time to turn things around. Still, his former position at Apple is still open. Just sayin’

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RUMOR: Apple to announce replacement for Mac Pro soon

Here’s hoping. I only bought a Mac Pro before Christmas, but I would really like to see an updated line. The technology inside the current ones is getting very long in the tooth. According to Mac Daily News their source has been reliable in the past, so you never know. Please Apple….Please :-)

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HTC Just Made Its Lowest Profit Ever

The media is so obsessed with pushing the “Samsung vs Apple” narrative that they’re missing the real story in the phone world, and that is that Samsung is absolutely crushing the rest of the Android phone makers.

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Hidden Camera films Journey through the Mail

Great video from industrial designer Ruben van der Vleuten who decided that he wanted to see what happened to a package as it was sent through the mail. He created a special parcel with a hidden camera and built a timer circuit to shoot a 3 second video every minute. It also detected if the box was moving and shot for longer. A very clever little project an fascinating video (especially when you see the sorting machinery in the sorting office).

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The Internet Commenters Wish

From Funny or Die

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The Technology Geek is on Facebook

If you like what we’re doing here, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!

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iPad Death Watch – From 2010 !

On the third anniversary of the release of the iPad, Asymco rewinds the clock back to the weeks following the introduction and looks at the numerous analysts comments predicting the iPads certain failure. Some gems there in hindsight.

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The True Science of Parallel Universes

Great little animation from Minute Physics explaining the current scientific theories on parallel universes in a really easy to understand way.

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How To Fake A Moon Landing

How To Fake a moon Landing

Check out this new comic book from Darryl Cunningham featuring clever and funny dismissal of Science Skeptics and Science Denial.

From the description….

Is hydro-fracking safe? Is climate change real? Did the moon landing actually happen? How about evolution: fact or fiction? Author-illustrator Darryl Cunningham looks at these and other hot-button science topics and presents a fact-based, visual assessment of current thinking and research on eight different issues everybody’s arguing about. His lively storytelling approach incorporates comics, photographs, and diagrams to create substantive but easily accessible reportage. Cunningham’s distinctive illustrative style shows how information is manipulated by all sides; his easy-to-follow narratives allow readers to draw their own fact-based conclusions. A graphic milestone of investigative journalism!

Looks good. I have my copy on the way!

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