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Panasonic GH3

Thanks to a chance encounter I was able to very briefly try a GH3 this week in Barcelona. The camera was on loan from Panasonic and not available to the public to try, it was part of the private beta test program but they very kindly let me give my impressions of it after a brief 20 minute play with the camera behind closed doors. Again this was not the final camera but it had some interesting tweaks compared to the models Panasonic brought to Photokina last month.

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Above: Editing my footage – slowly

Apple are said to be preparing a massive overhaul to Final Cut Pro, the biggest single change to the software since it was created 10 years ago. It’s said to include massive interface changes and a brand new 64bit codebase.

TechCrunch say that Apple are conducting an internal beta program on the Apple campus with various video professionals testing Final Cut Pro 8.

“According our very own people familiar with the matter, a small group of video editors were on the Apple campus recently in order to preview the new version of video editing software, which is in the same space as Avid and Adobe Premiere. Apparently Apple is still putting the finishing touches on ‘the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago’ and wanted pro user feedback. Emphasis on ‘pro’. One source described the new release as encompassing everything from low level architectural changes to a complete redesign of the user interface. It’s safe to say the newest version will be 64 bit as that’s what users have clamored the most for.”

With the old engine being as clapped out as a clapper board and badly in need of 64bit, this is good news and will put Final Cut Pro’s performance back on par with the competition, especially the much faster Premiere CS5.

No news yet on whether FCP8 will support NVidia CUDA for real-time rendering of all timeline FX.

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