Mac AVCHD gamma issues – the fix

FS100 with SLRmagic Hyperprime

As I recently found with my FS100 Macs really seem to hurt your AVCHD footage from Sony cameras and the Panasonic GH2… But especially the Sony FS100.

It is no wonder these cameras often get a bad reputation for limited dynamic range, crushed shadows and blown highlights – when you are only seeing the middle part of the full 8bit range of luma.

This Rec.709 portion of a 601 space (16-235 instead of the full 0-255 the FS100 shoots in) is incorrectly remapped to 0-255 by Quicktime. Therefore apps that use Quicktime at their core like Premiere, trip up. This makes a huge difference to the image. When fixed, you recover over 10% of your dynamic range, highlight and shadow detail, along with a much smoother roll off to whites and blacks.

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How Mac OSX still *screws* your GH2 / FS100 / NEX footage – A must read!!

FS100 and GH2

I’ve had my suspicions for a while now about AVCHD footage having a different exposure on my Mac to on the camera. When I edit my GH2 and FS100 stuff natively in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 or the new CS6, or preview AVCHD MTS files in VLC Player (Quicktime X still does not support AVCHD) blacks are crushed and the image is darker overall with far less shadow detail than on the camera’s LCD.

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Are Apple losing the plot?

Steve Jobs

Guided by Steve Jobs Apple have had an incredible decade. Even when they were in no position to lead the market they decided to lead it anyway and ended up winning. The iPhone came from nowhere and revolutionised the smartphone industry to such an extent that Nokia all but rolled over and died. It was a visionary move.

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Final Cut Pro X released next week with mystery Apple ‘Thunderbolt product’

FCPX and 'Thunderbolt Product' due June 20th

Apple Insider reports that FCP-X is being readied for the App Store and will be released in the final week of June 2011. Slightly less highly anticipated but of just as much intrigue is that Apple are said to be releasing an as yet revealed Thunderbolt product alongside FCP-X.

What could it be?

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