High-speed and low in cost: the Olympus i-SPEED PL

i-Speed-PL-Shot-1_03In January, the camera specialist pure4c from Munich invited us to attend a product presentation by a manufacturer with whom film and video professionals had had little to do before: Olympus. The well-known brand, which is predominantly associated with photography cameras, presented a new high-speed camera called i-SPEED PL.

In reality, manufacturing consumer cameras is only a small part of what Olympus does. Its focus is on medical technology (endoscopes, microscopes) and industrial test apparatus.

The high-speed cameras for industry arose from the latter of these sectors, and these then led to the variant for the world of film and video.

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Video Editing on xSAN

“Editing is the second birth of the film” is an old phrase used by filmmakers.

These days it is earning a more and more important place in filmmaking, and not just with corporate videos: the modern, computer-supported cutting room is often a film laboratory, a video transfer service, an editing and sound studio in one.

This is because in terms of the technology, we need to be more and more flexible when it comes to cutting. Whereas before you could zoom in on one format, namely DigiBeta and Betacam SP; nowadays, there is a broad range of formats and data carriers. XDCAM HD on discs and SxS cards, MOV films on CF cards, AVCHD and lots more on SD cards, external hard drives and so on and so forth.

At the end of the day, everything arrives at our cutting computers. In the past, these were effectively single-user systems: one Mac computer with a hard drive array per person. This disk storage needs to be pretty large, as we don’t just film lots of material for our customers, we also need to store it for a long time. Murphy’s Law about corporate videos applies here: a corporate video project is never “finished”!

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