Archive for September 28th, 2007

24p: the format of the elite

As usual, I am part of a heated discussion over at DVinfo about video stuff (and you can ignore that note from the admin, who didn’t understand that I was talking about the HV20 format and not their semi-pro cameras when I talked about 3:2 pulldown). The opposing guy this time is the Grammy-winner Douglas Spotted Eagle, who I blogged about before. Douglas believes that 24p (inside a 60i stream, or a real progressive one) is not a consumer format and it should never be one. In fact, he claims that Canon made a big mistake by adding 24p on their consumer HDV camcorders.

Personally, I beg to differ and so do some others. I agree with Douglas that most consumer NLEs don’t have support for 24p yet (heck, not even Final Cut Express does), and it’s a format that looks bad if you try to shoot fast moving action, like sports. However, Douglas forgets a part of the consumers who are actually prosumers. Much like myself. These are users who would like some exotic features, who know what is what, but they are not willing to pay $3000 to get these features. Instead, the “sweet” spot seems to be at around $1500. Oh, wait a second. Isn’t that the price of most HDV cameras? And if Canon made a mistake to include 24p in their HV20, why is the HV20 the best selling HDV camcorder ever, with sales pushed exactly because of its 24p/cinemode support?

His reaction felt elitistic and pessimistic, rather than genuine concern for the consumer. As with any new feature that gets ‘downgraded’ and becomes a consumer feature, there will have to be a time of adjustment. And in fact, we are going faster towards the 24p adjustment in terms of consumer NLE software support rather than AVCHD support. Besides, both the new consumer versions of Sony Vegas Movie Studio and Premiere LE support 24p now (even if unofficially) and more will follow.

I don’t believe that every point-and-shooter should have access to 24p, because it indeed might confuse them, but prosumers should.

Here’s a chart on how I catalog video customers:
1. Cheapos: Digicams and cheap digi-recorders up to $200.
2. Point and shoot consumers: miniDV up to $800.
3. Prosumers: $800 to $2000.
4. Semi-Pro: $2000 to $10000.
5. Pro: $10,000 to $200,000.

I got the iPhone

So the unlocked iPhone v1.0.2 arrived yesterday. The same day that the v1.1.1 firmware came out. Kind of ironic. Anyways, I don’t have plans to upgrade to 1.1.1 as it could potentially brick my phone (I have no idea which unlocking mechanism my supplier used so I am literally with tied hands).

The v1.0.2 works with the Greek Vodafone SIM I put in it (it uses the AT&T network here in US). I love the interface, although some new features will hopefully be added on v2.0. Overall, this is a great device.

What I didn’t like, even more than the bricking danger, was the fact that iTunes doesn’t let you use your iPhone in manual syncing mode. This sucks big time for me. I have about 15 GB of music that I really like (and that’s not counting the overall of 36 GB of legally-bought music we have in this house), while the iPhone has only 8 GBs. I need to manually add/remove songs from it, like I do on my 4GB iPod Mini. But Apple won’t let you do that with the iPhone. I have to create playlists and crap all the time. What if my PC dies and I lose my iTunes library? How will I be able to *remove* or simply *keep* stuff in the iPhone as it only keeps/removes whatever is in your PC’s hard drive the next time you sync? This pisses me off royally, much more than re-lockings and non-SDKs.

How the Cylon Wars started

Discussion tonight between myself and JBQ:

Eugenia: I cleaned up the shower yesterday, hard, dirty work.
JBQ: Heh, I hope you will maintain it clean.
Eugenia: I need a Cylon for that.
JBQ: Now you know how it all started…

A good show and a bad show

We watched the premieres of the “Reaper” tonight at CW and “Big Shots” on ABC. Here you get a cheap show like the “Reaper”, shot in Vancouver no less, and it’s very funny, interesting and well directed (by Kevin Smith). And then you get the expensive “Big Shots”, which is dull and stupid. Why anyone would want to watch a series where all 4 main characters are man whores and they are all CEOs but we learn nothing about what they exactly do at their jobs. Zero morals on that show, it made me wanna puke. I hope it gets canceled for the sake of our civilization.

Same goes for “Cane” too. That show was not nearly as bad as “Big Shots”, but again, why would I want to watch some rich people killing anyone on their path to get richer? I am much better represented by Dr Who and his teleporting phone-booth rather than “Cane”.