Random stuff, part 3

* I watched “El Mariachi” tonight. This is a 1992 Mexican movie that was shot for just $7000 and made it to the big screen with a 7.0 rating at IMDb. Another cheap movie is “Primer“, also shot for $7000, but in USA in 2004. I keep thinking that if the “Primer” creator had used a digital camcorder instead of 16mm (e.g. the Canon Optura Xi which was a pretty good model for the money at the time) he would have been able to make the movie for cheaper. If you are a video enthusiast you owe it to yourself to watch these two movies. They are the epitome of true indie film making and already legendary for that status. And of course, buy the “DV’s Rebel Guide” book. It’s the ultimate “that’s how you do it for dirt cheap” indie film book.

“El Mariachi” trailer

* Last night I watched the lighting tutorial DVD that came with the reflectors I bought two months ago. It was very interesting and simple, it really demystified lighting for me. I feel that I am ready to actually correctly use lights if I want to shoot a music video clip or short movie. Highly recommended to get these reflectors, if not for the included DVD too!

* I spent the day re-encoding some of my favorite Vimeo videos in a format that the PS3 can playback. I have a collection of about 85 videos so far. The PS3 is powerful and doesn’t sweat in HD playback, but its UI is not as good as AppleTV’s regarding media. Hopefully, Jobs will announce the AppleTV 2.0 on Tuesday, but I need it to not only be able to deliver 1080/30p, but also to playback WMV and DivX/XViD in order to be useful to me.

“Primer” trailer

* I published a review of the Nokia N82. Expect next week a review of a 28″ PC 1920×1200 monitor too. I used it for editing my HD footage in 1:1 size, and I must say that for the first time I was able to see clearly how noisy the HV20 is — and the HDV-encoded artifacts too. In all truth told, if you want a “super clean” final cut, the HV20 is able to deliver a good 720p video, but at full 1080p it’s noisy and artifact-prone if you stick your nose to the monitor and you get careful on what you are looking at.

* Havoc Pennington left Red Hat. I don’t know where he’s going next, I wish him good luck, but I also feel sad because the last true leader on Gnome has left the house.


Henrikki wrote on January 13th, 2008 at 4:08 AM PST:

It takes an 8 gb memory card and USB is standard micro USB-connector if I’m not mistaken.

I’m sure about the 8 gb (my N82 sports a 6 gb, so the 4 gb limit doesn’t certainly apply, and I have heard others use the 8 gb) and 50 % sure about the new USB-standard..:)

I can concur, that the directional key is not the best I’ve used and the keypad takes some time to get used to. And how about that missing naviwheel?

Xenon-flash, simple candybar form factor, enough memory to run all the heavy applications like web, maps, camera and others (I think it can run all my apps at the same time!) makes this the best S60 device in my opinion at the moment. N81 does look sexy, but lacks in the HW side.

This is much more mature than N95 when it came to market. Sure, N95 is getting better all the time with FW uppgrades, let’s hope it gets the Youtube support and everything else as well. After all, it got A-GPS and demand paging..

Did you like the sound quality of the N82? There is after all, no hiss (which N95 did have) in my example!

Best regards,


P.S Tried to leave this to OSnet, but anonymous comments were disabled.

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Eugenia wrote on January 13th, 2008 at 4:19 AM PST:

Honestly, you should have made this comment on osnews, not here. This post is mostly about video.

As for the 4GB limit, that’s what the nokia N82 spec page says while it doesn’t say the same for other models, so take it with them. As for the micro-usb connector, I don’t see it as standard. Even if it might have been standardized at some point, it’s extremely rare to find this cable in the wild. Sure, Fry’s might have it in store, but if I go to a Greek PC store, or even the PC store around the corner, there’s no way in hell that I am going to find it. There was absolutely no reason for Nokia to use this connector over the mini-usb, as the phone has the required thickness for mini-usb.

Richard wrote on January 14th, 2008 at 1:00 AM PST:

btw. ProLost is the Blog of DVRebel Author “Stu Maschwitz”, very interesting read as well. 🙂

It is also linked from the Rebels Guide Homepage.

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Eugenia wrote on January 14th, 2008 at 1:03 AM PST:

Yeah, I know… We’ve exchanged emails/opinions in the past. Not always happy ones.

Jim wrote on January 14th, 2008 at 1:00 PM PST:

Isn’t there a plug in for Vegas 8 pro that reduces noise?
What is your recommendation here for users of the HV20?
that they output to 720P instead of 1080?

Just so you will know my background, when I train apprentices or trainees in my trade they learn my way, when they understand, they do it there way, but they are productive either way. I as a trainee to speak am becoming more advanced all the time, but I don’t do this for a day job and only gotten serious in the last couple of years, every project is more advanced than before, so I am trying to learn your good habits as going from SD to HDV has made things far more complicated, so looking for a solution or workflow to deal with the noise

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Eugenia wrote on January 14th, 2008 at 1:28 PM PST:

There’s a plugin that’s called “neat”, yes. Google it. However, to reduce noise, simply buy constant lights and use them when shooting in low light conditions.

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