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A New Interface, A New Drive

The new “Little Big Disk” from LaCie is the first in a range of storage and peripherals solutions from LaCie that feature the all-new Thunderbolt technology, developed by Intel and brought to market in collaboration with Apple. Promising ultra-fast data transfer speeds and “workstation-class” power and functionality in compact devices, Thunderbolt technology allows faster content editing than ever before, and facilitates complete system backups in minutes. Available by summer 2011 from the LaCie Online Store, the LaCie Little Big Disk takes advantage of this technology to store and back up large video files and entire photo galleries at unheard of speeds. Very quick data transfer.

Press Release

LLaCie Introduces Little Big Disk, Featuring High-Speed Thunderbolt Technology

LaCie today announced the LaCie Little Big Disk featuring the all-new Thunderbolt™ technology, developed by Intel® and brought to market with collaboration from Apple®. Designed to store large audio and video files, the LaCie Little Big Disk will bring a new level of performance to creative workflows with ultra-fast data transfer, complete system backup in minutes, and faster content editing than ever before.
“Thunderbolt technology is a breakthrough in I/O technology and represents the future of mobile computing. Soon you will be able to carry workstation-class power and functionality in compact devices,” said Philippe Spruch, Chairman and General Manager, LaCie. “LaCie is excited to be one of the first to deliver Thunderbolt technology with the LaCie Little Big Disk.”

“Intel believes Thunderbolt technology in combination with LaCie’s unique portfolio of storage products and displays will drive new levels of performance and simplicity for consumers,” said Jason Ziller, Director, Thunderbolt Planning and Marketing, Intel Corporation.
Thunderbolt technology delivers incredible bandwidth at 10Gbps and runs two protocols (PCI Express and DisplayPort) simultaneously over a single cable for connectivity to high performance peripherals like the LaCie Little Disk and high-resolution displays. Created with mobile and media professionals in mind, Thunderbolt technology moves content with blazing speed and facilitates complete system backups in minutes. Using a single Thunderbolt cable, users can connect their notebooks to high resolution displays, cameras and storage—all at the same time—for a fast, simple, and portable computing environment.
The LaCie Little Big Disk can deliver multiple streams of HD video and offload hours of content in minutes without compromising bandwidth and performance. With the LaCie Little Big Disk, speeds that previously were only available from rack mounted storage arrays are now possible with a portable computer – including Apple’s MacBook® Pro, the first notebook to feature Thunderbolt technology. Users will be able to edit on-set during a day of filming, and then transfer all of the assets for the edit suite within seconds. The LaCie Little Big Disk can even be daisy chained for storage expansion or connecting other peripherals.

The LaCie Little Big Disk will be the first in a range of storage and peripherals solutions from LaCie that feature Thunderbolt technology. The Little Big Disk will be available by summer 2011 from the LaCie Online Store, the Apple Store and authorized resellers. For more information please visit http://www.lacie.com.

About LaCie
With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of storage devices for PC, Apple, and Linux. LaCie has differentiated itself through sleek design and remarkable technical performance. Find out more about our products at http://www.lacie.com


February 26, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Final Cut? Lets Hope So!

This is from TechCrunch.

New Final Cut Pro Is Real, And It’s Spectacular (And It’s Expected Spring 2011)

Alexia Tsotsis
13 hours ago

Because it seems like it’s Apple rumor day I’d thought I’d throw my (very small) hat in the ring. More than a year has passed since Final Cut Pro’s last release and we’ve seen two reported Steve Jobs emails talking up a product that many thought Apple had given up on (“Stay tuned and buckle up.” and “Next release will be awesome.”) but no product itself. This might change soon however, as we’re hearing that the highly anticipated revamped release of Final Cut Pro is imminent.

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.

Early reports from people who have demo’d the new Final Cut Pro (FCP 8?) say that the changes are “dramatic and ambitious” and should alleviate concerns that Apple has shifted its video editing focus from the professional to the consumer space, shutting down work on FCP . Apple plans on releasing the new product in Spring 2011 according to our source, in a launch possibly coinciding with the National Association of Broadcasters conference.

February 23, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My Blackberry Is Not Working

This about sums it up!

January 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kodachrome T-Shirt

Dwaynes Photo in Parson, KS has accepted the last order of Kodachrome processing. They are offering a T-Shirt to “To commemorate the best slide and movie film ever made, show off the Kodachrome colors with this 100% cotton T-shirt.” I ordered one.

January 3, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For Kodachrome Fans, Road Ends at Photo Lab in Kansas

Here is a article from the NY Times.

I have a lot of Kodachrome slides. In it’s day, it was the best photography offered. They are the only slides that have not faded. Kodachrome is a victim of Digital Photography.

I have known about this for some time. I do have some old rolls of Kodachrome that I did not process. I have not touched film since 2001.

January 3, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

RED Scarlet S35 is now…

RED founder Jim Jennard announced:
“Scarlet S35 is now…
called EPIC Light. The features have changed as has the price. I’ll update in the next two weeks.


“Everything in life changes… including our camera specs and delivery dates…”

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone with a bad attitude.”


December 6, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Problem with a lot of Films These Daze

The problem with a lot of films these daze is that it is all about geewiz and not story. (particularly Hollywood – look at anything Micheal Bay does) This best films are the small independent film because they have to focus on story. That is what filmmaking is all about – telling a story. But this is not new. I remember working at a theatre in the early ’80’s and the owner and I were complaining back them about the lack of story in Hollywood films. Why is Pixar so successful? Story!

Gear is the ends to a mean. It helps you tell the story. The better you know your gear, the better you can craft your story. This is why it is very important to have the right gear for your abilities. Some require less and others more. I am of the less. I grew up with SLR’s and 16mm cameras, so I know them well. Some grew up with video cameras so they know them well and want their camera to be like that. I do not recommend everybody use a HDSLR. It is more like a film motion picture camera than a video camera. It requires the patience and practice the a film camera requires. Some just do better with a video camera. The manufacture’s are responding to that need of a large sensor video camera the does not rob the bank. But, it will still require good focus techniques because of the shallow depth of field.

Learn your craft so you can tell a great story.

This was a response to a great article on ninofilm.net

December 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Roddenberry Letter

A very interesting letter.

Roddenberry Letter.

November 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Movies for Our Times

This is a good list of films for the times.

1. “Mr. Smith Goes To Washington” (1939) From Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, on DVD

2. “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946), From Paramount Home Entertainment, on DVD (60th Anniversary Edition) and Blu-ray

3. “Not One Less>” (1999, Chinese with English subtitles) From Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

4. “Ratatouille” (2007) From Walt Disney Home Video , on DVD and Blu-ray

5.”Norma Rae” (1979) From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, on DVD

6. “To Kill A Mockingbird>” (1962) From Universal Studios Home Entertainment, on DVD and Blu-ray

7. “Going My Way” (1944) From Universal Studios Home Entertainment, on DVD

8. “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008) From Miramax Home Video, on DVD

9. “The Miracle Worker” (1962) From MGM Home Entertainment, on DVD

10. “The Up Series (Seven Up / 7 Plus Seven / 21 Up / 28 Up / 35 Up / 42 Up)” From First Run Features, DVD Box Set

Here is an article from MarketWatch on this.

November 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Philipsburg MT

101116-223553-029, originally uploaded by Halfmac.

This shot was taken with my Canon 60D @ a 1/4 second hand held with a 28mm f1.8. That is right 1/4 second. I have a Hoodloupe attached to my LCD which I call the L-Finder. I use live-view which locks up the mirror. No vibration and very quiet.

November 19, 2010 Posted by | Canon 60D, low shutter, Uncategorized | Leave a comment