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  1. I started making videos when I bought a Canon 7D and people liked the memories I presented from attending sports and cultural conventions. It was enormously satisfying and addictive, and I met others along the way doing the same thing with their DSLRs, particularly the 5D. But then Canon neglected the potential from upgrading their firmwares and blocked Magic Lantern. In a parallel development, websites hosting many of these videos got more strict about the copyrighted music accompanying them, and politicians started threatening them with ACTA. I suggested alternative regimes in letters to MPs and MEPs, and wrote to Canon and others about their own shortsightedness, and never received a single satisfactory reply, not even a thank you for my interest. I tried alternative hardware to overcome some performance issues that were bothering me, but found it frustrating to deal with different codecs, especially AVCHD, and then Apple replaced FCP7 with Final Cut X.... I still want to make videos, but only for a limited offline audience of family and friends, because the effort for me is still largely dependent on using the music I find most satisfying, rather than searching for a bland royalty-free substitute. As a consequence, I travel less often, upgrade less often, and still get frustrated when, for example, Sony say they can’t give any internal 4K recording on their A7S. I just don’t believe their excuses. This is not just my experience either, but also true for many of the imaginative and enthusiastic film-makers I met along the way, people who really presented durable videos, not just bite-sized posts on social media. I’m still optimistic that some sense will prevail, because pluralising the skills, and social and economic benefits of people recording their own vignettes of life on this planet is a profoundly good thing.
  2. Saw one of these 4K monitors recently in Media Market, operating in Windows. Colours looked washed out and the demo 4k video in Windows Media actually looked like badly scaled 1080P. Menus and objects, very tiny, but I imagine the screen acreage will be useful for editors, and Mac may have a better interface with zooming and scaling. OLED is a different story - stunning and amazing. I look forward to an OLED desktop (or AMOLED from Samsung) when they can sort out the operating life of blue pixels and other apparent cost issues. Good to read about the quality of Sony's 4K HDMI output. Hopefully, Sony will provide updated firmware soon for the A7S to allow internal 4K recording, even if only for short sequences. Have you approached them on this subject, Richard?
  3. My first time commenting, but have been a long time follower since I got my first camera, a Canon 7D. To begin with I'd like to thank you, Richard, for all that you do to improve our photographic and filming skills and choices. I was prompted to post today because having seen 4K possibilities in small cameras like the new Panasonic and potential beta firmware for 4K recording in the OMD-EM1, perhaps we can press Sony to offer an updated firmware for 4K in their new A7S? If 'heat issues' apparently make this difficult for a camera like the A7S, then it begs the question why it's possible in these smaller cameras and phones. If the heat builds up over time, then perhaps Sony could offer a limited 4K internal recording capability as even shorter sequences would be better than nothing. Keep up the great work.
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