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Apr 7, 2016 at 14:27
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Apr 7, 2016 at 1:15
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Your Essential Guide to Lourdes DH World Cup 2016
The live broadcast starts at 1330 UK time.
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Jan 19, 2016 at 10:57
Jan 19, 2016
Drones and Wearables - The Tech You Need To Know About From CES 2016
Hey @maxyedor, Garmin only updated the Fenix range with the Fenix 3 Sapphire at CES, so as we had featured other new releases from Garmin and wanted to feature the new Casio smart watch, we decided not to cover the upgraded Sapphire as well, although it's a great product. If we covered everything, we'd be here till next CES :)
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Jan 19, 2016 at 10:51
Jan 19, 2016
Drones and Wearables - The Tech You Need To Know About From CES 2016
The [L=http://www.dji.com/product/phantom-3-pro]Phantom 3 Professional[/L] (with a 4K camera) has been out for a while, yes, but the [L=http://www.dji.com/product/phantom3-4k/info]Phantom 3 4K[/L] was released at CES 2016. According to DJI: "The Phantom 3 4K is the only one of the Phantom range to feature a powerful camera capable of 4K video and Wi-Fi connectivity for the live video feed."
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Jan 13, 2016 at 13:59
Jan 13, 2016
Photography, Videography and Smartphone Accessories - The Tech You Need To Know About From CES 2016
Check the first part of our CES coverage: [L=http://www.pinkbike.com/news/pov-cameras-camcorders-web-broadcasting-ces-2016.html]http://www.pinkbike.com/news/pov-cameras-camcorders-web-broadcasting-ces-2016.html[/L]. In the UK, EE offer the 4GEE Action Cam that streams directly via a built-in 4G cellular link.
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Jan 13, 2016 at 4:11
Jan 13, 2016
POV Cameras, Camcorders and Web Broadcasting - The Tech You Need To Know About From CES 2016
Agreed on the 4K thing. We're lucky to have 4K monitors for editing here (but not TV yet), so unless you have 4K displays, you're missing out. 4K displays are getting a LOT cheaper though, and will likely be fairly standard as computer screens and TVs in a year or two. Unfortunately, manufacturers are unlikely to put greater emphasis on frame rates as pushing more pixels out at 4K in standard 24/25/29.97fps is much easier than pushing out doubled or even quadrupled frame rates... 1 sec of UHD (4K for TV) at 25fps = 207,360,000 pixels per second 1 sec of UHD (4K for TV) at 120fps = 995,328,000 pixels per second (nearly 5x as much data) ...for what most people see as a very small change to the overall image. Plus, upping frame rates would mean new cameras, new transmission standards and new generally new technology worldwide (all to handle 5x the data just for the existing image size), which is less likely to happen than the world going 4K, 8K or more. With all that said, there are less impediments to going 48/50/60fps-native for web broadcasting, as your ability to see it - if it's encoded and played back that way - are down to just your internet speed and monitor's refresh rate. YouTube already supports 60fps playback too.
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Jan 13, 2016 at 3:50
Jan 13, 2016
POV Cameras, Camcorders and Web Broadcasting - The Tech You Need To Know About From CES 2016
Ok, so a couple of things to clear up here... Sony Action Cams use Sony Exmor R sensors and glass Zeiss optics, GoPros use Ambarella sensors and as far as I know, their own-brand glass optics. Both use f/2.8 lenses. Sony ACs shoot in either MP4 (Sony's standard H.264) or XAVC-S (Sony's modified H.264) whilst GoPros shoot in GoPro Cineform/VC-5 (Cineform's standard H.264) or GoPro Cineform/VC-5 with a ProTune profile (again, a Cineform-modified H.264 but this is NOT a RAW capture mode). Not all their respective models do it - far too hard to explain what each one does - but generally, the newer the model, the more formats it offers. GoPro's Cineform format is recognised as an "Open Standard for Video Acquisition and Post Production" by the board that governs TV and post-production standards. XAVC is also an acknowledged standard. Sony ACs offer electronic image stabilisation on most models, GoPro have no image stabilisation in any mode on any model. The IS offered by Sony only works in some modes - notably NOT in 4K but in most HD modes - and is reported to be improved in the new HDR-AS50 model mentioned. The 'standard' H.264 recorded by both is largely on a par as both Sony and Ambarella are top-end producers of the innards that sit in these devices, and on each, standard highly-compressed H.264 can be recorded on to fairly low-end microSD cards. XAVC-S on Sony ACs is a proprietary format (based on H.264), but allowing for data rates to be increased to 50mbps/6.25MB/s (100mbps/12.5MB/s on some models), offering a low-compression stream to be recorded. ProTune is GoPro's way of offering manual settings - white balance, standard or log colour, ISO, image sharpness, shutter and exposure - and also allowing a higher but variable data rate (lower compression) of the image, up to 35mbps/4.38MB/s. Both XAVC-S and ProTune were designed to allow shooters to capture footage with less artifacts, and for the formats to be used in more professional production environments, where footage may need to be graded or manipulated. If you know what you're doing with them, both XAVC-S and ProTune are powerful modes. However, as XAVC-S records at up to 100mbps (around 3 times more data than ProTune), you need to use very fast, high capacity microSDXC cards, whereas lower-end microSDHC or microSDXC can be used in GoPro in ProTune mode with little problem. Both cameras can use lower-end cards to record 'standard' H.264 footage. Always check out reviews and manufacturer recommendations before buying though! We use Kingston SDCA3/64GB in our Sony ACs (at 100mbps) and SanDisk Extreme SDSQXNE-064G in our GoPro HERO 4 Black. I use both Sony and GoPro and both have strengths and weaknesses...it just depends on what you're shooting, where, how and how you'll use the footage.
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