New Media Camcorder

by Roger Hart
This is the video camera that I believe is revolutionary in its size (for candid work), media (affordable and instantly editable SDHC cards) and format (native full HD Final Cut Pro MPEG 2 Quicktime files) Decent stills can be pulled at 2 megapixel size for online use at a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Audio can be recorded at 48K 16bit in PCM format (exactly what FCP wants). This one device with a good tripod and a wide angle conversion lens and a telephoto conversion lens would really be all you need besides good microphones to capture all your New Media content. This camera and a laptop with FCP would enable very quick upload of content to the Web. Need I say more, New Tools for a New Media!  Watch promo video here


The GY-HM100U is a Compact Handheld camcorder with
performance and features found only in larger and more
expensive models. It’s designed to be easy to use, making
it ideal for news reporters and producers. Seasoned
shooters will find that its small size lets them work in
environments where larger cameras would be
impractical—all while producing recordings on par with broadcast

  • Professional format recording with selectable data rates up to 35Mbps
    • Native Final Cut Pro format
      Fastest HD shoot to edit workflow. Edit immediately without
      conversion or transcoding
    • Native XDCAM-EX™ format –>
    • ISO Base Media File Format
      Compatible with all major non-linear editing systems
  • Records to dual SDHC memory cards (no moving parts in recording system)
  • Full HD recording (selectable)
    • 1920 x 1080 (1080p24/25/30, 1080i)
    • 1280 x 720P (p60/50/30/25/24)
  • Fujinon HD lens with manual or auto modes
  • Extensive image customization modes (gamma, matrix, knee, detail, etc.)
  • Uncompressed LPCM audio (2ch) recording
    • Manual level controls with audio meter
    • XLR inputs with phantom power

Earth Hour Video: Sydney, Australia

This video I found on YouTube deals with Sydney, Australia’s Earth hour.  The city turned off it’s lights, literally, for an hour, to show politicians and leaders that the environment is important to them.  Earth hour in Sydney has recently sparked a global Earth Hour, which is shown in the video.  The event has received celebrity endorsement, as well as global support.  Cities around the globe have been turning off lights in their most famous landmarks.

Steve V.

Fish Oil Reduces Methane in Flatuelent Cows

I wasn’t sure if we are still supposed to be blogging about the enivronment.  However, this article deals with adding fish oil to the diet of cows to reduce the green house gases they omit.  It is a strange topic but interesting.

Steve V.

Fish Oils Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Flatulent Cows


Short notice, I know

The Power Up Campaign kicks off nationwide on Saturday, March 28, 2009. Our country faces daunting challenges and needs your help. Millions of Americans are losing their jobs and their homes. The country has relied on foreign oil and has an addiction to dirty and unsustainable energy.
There’s a clear path forward to solve many of these problems: President Obama’s plan to create millions of new green jobs and make a massive switch to a New Energy Economy. But the big oil and coal lobbies will fight tooth and nail to preserve the status quo.
Working on a grassroots level, will support President Obama’s plan and pressure members of Congress to support this initiative.

Where: Creal Springs, IL 62922

Directions: From Marion, IL
Route 13 east to 166. 166 south to Sugar Springs Rd. Sugar Springs Rd is outside the city of Creal Springs. Turn right on Sugar Springs Rd and go down to the red garbage cans and turn left up to the house.

When: Sunday, Mar. 29, 2009, at 3:00 PM

What: Come meet other MoveOn members in Creal Springs as we kick off Power Up America, our big new campaign for green jobs and clean energy.


DIY Steadicam

diystedicam by Roger Hart
Here is the DIY Stedicam that I
showed in class made from off
the shelf parts for about $60. I
have found some demo footage
shot with it here.
The demo of the assembly is here

Envision Solar International, Inc. has developed a way to make a solar array into covered parking/shelter areas. They call it a Solar Grove, and some pretty cool pictures are available here. They’ve also got some ideas about creating a community planned around solar power and using solar arrays to create shade in your back yard.


We are drugging the fish …

From the Associated Press:

“Fish caught near wastewater treatment plants serving five major U.S. cities had residues of pharmaceuticals in them, including medicines used to treat high cholesterol, allergies, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder and depression, researchers reported Wednesday.”

The full story can be found here.

This study was funded by the EPA with a $150,000 grant to the researchers. I personally believe we are over medicating our society and focus entirely too little on prevention.