Can’t open 5D Mark III raw photos? Hate bundled software? Try this

Lightroom 4.1 RC

It is a pretty disgraceful state of affairs around raw support and new camera releases at the moment and heads need banging together in my opinion. However help is at hand from Adobe who have released the pre-release version of the new Lightroom 4.1 – and it is free.

Adobe Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate (RC) can be downloaded at Adobe Labs here

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Canon set up support shop in Hollywood ahead of November 3rd

Canon Hollywood Support Centre

Canon have just announced they are opening a Professional Technology Centre in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard.

Needless to say the November announcement now looks almost certain to mark a huge push by Canon into RED’s back yard.

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OpenCL in OSX Lion to give FCP X huge performance hike

Apple Mac OSX Lion supports OpenCL

OSX Lion is to have an emphasis on a technology called OpenCL.

OpenCL allows normal apps to take advantage of the programmable nature of GPUs (graphics processors) in modern computers. GPUs are more powerful than general purpose CPUs but until now have only been used to crunch through 3D graphics. The graphics chip has long since stood idly by unless playing games but now is about to have a lot more influence over your everyday video apps.

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Finally a British DSLR rig!

Sam Morgan Moore has launched his Half Inch Rails S2 camera support. Watch the great summary above.

The main reason I like DSLRs is because they’re small and flexible and it made no sense to me to see all these huge one-purpose rigs coming out recently that basically took your nimble digital cinema camera and turned into a heavy ENG camera in need of 3 pairs of hands just to pick up.

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Great starter’s guide to DSLR rigs

I was messaged this today on the site from Phil Holland – thanks Phil!

He’s done a great job explaining and demonstrating his rig, with a general overview of why one is useful.

I’m all for keeping this kind of equipment at a minimum for the job in hand. That’s why Phil’s video is good – because it’s a nice practical rig and not too bulky or complex, plus it can be stripped down quickly and easily.

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