Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sanyo Xacti HD1000 - Don't Buy Until You Read This!

Sanyo Xacti HD1000 - Don't Buy Until You Read This!

Straight out of a movie, "2001 - A Space Odyssey." We're on the moon for an important briefing. Powerful people are waiting, they've traveled 250,000 space miles.

Photographer wears a weird 2001 too-slim checkered suit, and holds a little camera that looks like a photographer's spot meter. He looks through it, and takes his shot. Silent, no "click." He's done shooting. He's off. That's a dream camera.


Sanyo Xacti HD1000 is a "True HD" camera. Its pictures are 1090 x 1920 dots, at 60 fps (i)nterlace or (p)rogressive. Easy to make 24p in editing.

(Magic Bullet or Cineform convert 60i to 24p. In Cinema Tools, DUPLICATE YOUR CLIPS, and then batch process your 60p to 24p. (Cinema Tools works only on QuickTime format files). Then, in Final Cut Pro, drag those clips to your Timeline, and set their frame rate to "250%," to make them 24fps. )

Xacti styling is great, reminds me of my Eumig Super 8mm, only it makes movies you can play on any HDTV in the world, and it costs LESS than my old S8mm camera cost me!

10:1 optical zoom, which replaces a full set of lenses. It's got the Sanyo "blue spot" lens flare under overhead light, so shade it or flag it, or learn to love the flare.

Cute, little, sexy. So is the camera.

Dave in Edinburgh loves his Sanyo Xacti HD1000.

I love my Flip, but it only shoots 720 dots, and the Xacti has a REAL LENS. When I need the HD real deal, I put my Xacti in my pocket, and I'm ready to roll. You can't buy this camera unless you appreciate it's really cool, and it looks great, and it's fun to use. Please tell me how you use your Xacti.

Sanyo Xacti HD1000 Camcorder

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Gilbert and Sullivan, Qualex and Calynx, Kodak and Utopia Limited

Film Production - Gilbert and Sullivan, Qualex and Calynx, Kodak and Utopia Limited

As you may know, and I note with sadness, due to new digital imaging processes, Eastman Kodak ceased operating its Qualex photofinishing facilities this year, 2009.

Qualex sacked many people at their 53 laboratories, and operations at their 43,000 stores across the US were, um, shuttered. Eastman Kodak is still in business, providing digital and photochemical products and services.

"Kodak" was trademarked in 1888, and the Eastman Kodak company was formed in 1892. With its popular advertising slogan "You press the button, we do the rest," Kodak simplified complex photography, and made amateur snapshots easy.

In this current year of 2009, I'm looking forward to a wonderful production of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Utopia Limited," which was first produced in 1893.

"Utopia Limited" is a brilliant show, lampooning corporate shenanigans, war, riots, takeovers, and bailouts. To make it current to the imploding 2009 economy, fewer than a dozen words needed changing.

In "Utopia Limited," my favorite character is Qualex, er, Calynx, Vice Chamberlain of the Topsy-Turvy island paradise of Utopia.

In his "Utopia" lyrics, W.S. Gilbert actually mentions the timely snapshot craze, and Kodak by name. On introduction, the King's twin teenage daughters sing:

Then all the crowd take down our looks
In pocket memorandum books.
To diagnose
Our modest pose
The Kodaks do their best.

If evidence you would possess
Of what is maiden bashfulness
You need only a button press...

And we will do the rest.

Sleep, my little Qualex. Good night, sweet prints.


Utopia Limited
Gilbert and Sullivan
Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society
film school
film financing
film production
passion for cinema
digital filmmaking handbook

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