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Need I say more?!!
We should all do this to our TV!!

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I ran the Shamrock Run this weekend and along with the time change I’m feeling the effects a bit this morning. The Shamrock is considered the start of the running season for many in the Northwest and the rain cooperated making the event most enjoyable…as runs go. After the event I noticed several videographers on the sidewalks doing the “YouTube” interview gig. While gasping for oxygen I got a synopsis from one dude on his high-def project.

The HDV community is unique and advances in the ability to process, store, and manipulate high-quality digital media in real time are paving the way for independent filmmakers to achieve groundbreaking results.

At the same time the HDV camcorder industry is also undergoing tremendous innovation, with new/higher performance features being introduced, at price points that make it affordable to an increasing number of users. At the pro-sumer end of this market is Sony’s exceptional new HVR-V1U HDV camcorder and companion HVR-DR60 hard disk recorder.

One of the unique features in the HVR-V1U is that it offers a progressive 24p 1440 x 1080 recording mode ideally suited for independent filmmakers and others who desire a film look for their productions. One of the difficulties for native-editing based NLEs is that the 24p signal is embedded into an interlaced 60i signal. To offer a true 24p editing workflow you must first extract the 24p sequence from its 60i container, a process called inverse telecine. Resulting files are recorded into an intermediate format, and are immediately available for 24p editing on Windows using Adobe Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas, or on Mac OS X using Final Cut Pro.

I believe CineForm is the only company who provides inverse telecine algorithms in a compressed Digital Intermediate workflow and gives the videographer a software-based real-time extraction of the 24p source sequence from the HVR-V1U. In addition to 24p support in the HVR-V1U, Sony has also included an HDMI connector on the camcorder allowing it to output uncompressed HD digital video that bypasses the highly-compressed HDV format during recording.

With a Blackmagic Intensity card, you could record an uncompressed signal (before MPEG compression) direct-to-disk into CineForm Intermediate files at up to 10-bit precision and with full 4:2:2 chroma resolution.

The aggressive pricing of these new solutions offer independent filmmakers extraordinary visual fidelity and truly challenges the “old guard” of big-budget movies.

Who knows, maybe we’ll see my red, sweaty face on some Shamrock highlight reel from Fire and Ice productions…

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Confession: I actually kind of totally hate running.

Several years ago I “dealt” with that, immersed myself in the hoo-hah and ran consistently (3-5 times a week) for about 4 years. Finally, after an unpleasant ‘clicking’ sound coming from my right knee during the Shamrock Run, I thought its time to call it quits and no matter how much Irish beer I drank that day the pain remained.

My problems with running are numerous. First, there’s no TV and chips! But, even when consciously thinking about it, I have a difficult time with pace. I find that without constant attention, I’m running s-l-o-w or I’ll run too fast at any given moment. That means, I’m always gasping for breath or near it all the time. Second, I think I may be a defective runner as I wander… all over the path rather than in a direct and straight line. The fact that my arms are wailing around like I’m rowing a boat doesn’t help. Second, part 2, even though the medical doctors aggravated me during my knee problems about youth and age and during rehab about age and youth blah, blah, blah it motivated me to try the bike, but you know what? That small seat hurts my butt! What are they thinking? I have none of this discomfort while watching TV!

But perhaps the biggest hurdle is that I never like admitting exactly how out of shape I really am when getting back into trying to run again. I have a friend of a friend…yes, that would be Tina that I compare myself to, who can get up after not running for a year weeks and run a 10K or buy new shoes, fly into a sunny location and just like that finish the marathon. What’s up with that?! So, my recourse is to just force myself to run full-steam until I’m miserable and deadly exhausted.

But, a terrific thing has come into my life that have made running not only possible, not only something I feel I need to do, but, shock and awe, semi-enjoyable. I actually have thoughts like “I want to leave work early and go for a run now.” Maybe it’s just the leaving work early part or:

My iPod+Nike adapter kit, hoo-hah. Knowing that I’m running a 6:40 mile down hill when totally out of shape makes me slow down because I know I can’t maintain it on flat ground. The consistent feedback from this little Apple thingy lets me know when I’m getting out of line. Plus, as a bonus I can listen to music. And oh yeah, you have charts and graphs and other motivational things online…sort of the give a mouse a cookie syndrome…

So there you have it. It’s already February, and looking back at the past month I feel okay with my schedule, but its time to ratchet it up.

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