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  • Tej Tests the Nikon D90 HD Capabilities

    Tej Tests the Nikon D90 HD Capabilities

    August 17, 2009, 5:44 pm
    Testing the Nikon D90 HD capabilities

    During my week I had the chance to look and test the Nikon D90’s Video capability. The camera is just newly release here in Canada and has the capability to shoot video at 720p at 24 fps. You might think this is impressive for a DSLR; especially in order to get that kind of quality you would have to go to a higher end prosumer camera like the P2. Well let’s put it to the test, and see how it work
    Tej Tests the Nikon D90 HD Capabilities
    First and foremost this is not a review on the still frame capabilities, but on the abilities of the video aspects. I want to make it very clear this is not a true video camera, so for those of you thinking you can save a little money and have the best of both worlds are out of luck.
    The reason being there are limitations to what this camera can do. For instance the camera limits you to only record 5min of footage at a time. Compared to a P2, there is a lot more compression, a lack of stereo sound, and no zoom function. The camera also limits you to Auto Mode, and no manual controls. However what is really nice is the fact that you can use a variety of prime lenses. This is nice addition that is particularly non-existences in the broadcast field.
    The D90 has great auto focus in stills; this is not the case in video mode. It does not have the ability for continuos auto focus, which can be a problem shooting anything that is moving in your frame. Unless you are a Hollywood focus puller, this can be a problem. You also may want to consider using the little button marked AE-L. This can be a life- saver, as the D90 constantly recomposes exposure while in Auto Mode. Another issue is that the camera does not mount on the desktop as a drive. Thus you will need an application for getting the footage off the camera. I personally work on a Mac and like to use Image Capture, File transfer protocol in FCP, or even iPhoto will bring it in along with any stills.
    The D90 shoots a .AVI format, which is great because almost any application can open it. However this is not the greatest codec for editing in post. I personally like to convert the file to something more manageable like a .MOV file, or whichever codec you find is easier to work with in your timeline. Just remember that this is a 24p shoot, so you have to change your sequence settings to match. I also find I am able to reduce the amount of footage degradation by using Apple’s 422 codec.
    The quality of the image is rather soft, but for a film like look this is actually desired, combined with some prime lenses you can have some great looking footage. For my test here though I used the stock lenses, as these are what people will be getting with their camera initially, unless you have a ready supply of previous lenses.
    The D90 has proved to be a phenomenal still camera, but as a video camera... I think I will be sticking to more professional video cameras. That in mind I did end up keeping my tester, as I love it for stills. Nikon has done a great job as introducing a new capability without having to initiate a new hybrid body style. I believe over next few years you will begin to see more DSLR with these functions with better resolutions and features. Can some one say Canon 5D Mark II?
    Below is a video I shot using the stock lens of a waterfall.

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    • Highlights from NAB 2011
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      Highlights from NAB 2011

      April 25, 2011, 10:02 am
      This year at NAB Show 2011 there was so much to see and so many great people to meet. Post -Production was dedicated to entire Hall which and an unbelievable amount of editing gear. The industries finest could been seen almost everywhere. BlackMagic Design and Grass Valley had some of the largest booths there.

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    • Matrox Announces Thunderbolt Support at NAB
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      Matrox Announces Thunderbolt Support at NAB

      April 19, 2011, 9:25 am
      Matrox announced at NAB for Thunderbolt using an adapter to connect to your existing MX02 or Mini. This will allow users with the latest generation of Macbook Pros with Thunderbolt to support 10 gigabits per second that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable.

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    • EditShare at NAB
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      EditShare at NAB

      April 18, 2011, 1:38 pm
      EditShare was on hand at NAB showing off their latest hardware and software. Some of these included were EditShare Flow (production asset management), Energy & XStream (shared storage), Geevs (broadcast ingest/playout) and Ark (archiving).

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    • Grass Valley releases the ADVC Range at NAB
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      Grass Valley releases the ADVC Range at NAB

      April 18, 2011, 11:22 am
      The four new ADVC G- Series converters offer a number features, such as frame synchronization, 3D stereoscopic signal conversion, and true 1080p capability with 3Gb/s SDI. These new converters come in a variety of flavors.

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    • Introducing Final Cut Pro X
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      Introducing Final Cut Pro X

      April 13, 2011, 4:28 am
      Apple has finally given us a preview of the new Final Cut Pro X. It has been entirely re-written from the ground up. There are some fantastic new features added and you will be able to download it to your mac for the unbelievable price of only $299.

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    • AJA's New Thunderbolt I/O
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      AJA's New Thunderbolt I/O

      April 12, 2011, 2:52 pm
      AJA is on the floor show casing various products from Kona cards to I/O to converters. A real stand out here at NAB is AJA’s new I/O Express supporting Thunderbolt Technology. With speeds up to 800mbs is such a small package. This is really looks capturing and monitoring with AJA just became a whole lot faster and better.

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    • BlackMagic Design Press Conference
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      BlackMagic Design Press Conference

      April 11, 2011, 8:20 pm
      Nab 2011 is off with a big band. Plenty of gear to see and plenty of event to attend. I started off this morning with a special invite from BlackMagic Design to their press conference . They had several outstanding things too announce.

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    • After Effects: Sign Replacment
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      After Effects: Sign Replacment

      March 28, 2011, 8:23 am
      A brief look at how to replace signs in your film using After Effects, and avoid a lawsuit.

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    • BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve Review
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      BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve Review

      March 21, 2011, 9:47 am

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    • NAB 2011 An Evening With Tej
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      NAB 2011 An Evening With Tej

      March 16, 2011, 10:24 am
      Art of the Guillotine is proud to announce Tej’s Tech Blog will be at NAB covering the event. While there, come join us for An Evening with Tej. Tej Babra will lead a workshop at NAB discussing editing workflow techniques, and technology to improving your editing workflow.

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