Did Jobs Claim "All New HD Camcorders" Use USB? I Beg to Differ

HDV cameras like the widely-beloved Canon HV20: no longer compatibility with the MacBook. And, ironically, for the difference in price with a Pro that gets you FireWire, you could buy an entire PC laptop. But I guess this camera was, um, totally 2007? Photo (CC) Brad Wood. Apple’s decision this week to remove FireWire from […]

Monitor Your Audio Drives for Trouble via SMART, Free (Windows/Mac/Linux)

We live and die by hard drives for music. There’s no substitute for redundancy and backups (hey, you could be Matthew Dear and have a drive stolen during your set). But it is helpful to know whether a drive is healthy or not. S.M.A.R.T. monitoring features built into drives can help. Lifehacker today points to […]

Rolling Your Own Blu-ray Discs: It’s Not Far Off

Photo: Billaday, via Flickr. I think the label says something about Blu-ray being awesome, and don’t stare into the laser, and go buy a PlayStation 3 because you really need one. During the high-definition wars, your feelings about new higher-capacity storage discs may have ranged from ambivalence to dread to simple disinterest. (Well, that’s how […]

Rolling Your Own Blu-ray Discs: It's Not Far Off

Photo: Billaday, via Flickr. I think the label says something about Blu-ray being awesome, and don’t stare into the laser, and go buy a PlayStation 3 because you really need one. During the high-definition wars, your feelings about new higher-capacity storage discs may have ranged from ambivalence to dread to simple disinterest. (Well, that’s how […]

Someone Stole Matthew Dear’s Hard Drive While He Was Playing?

Dateline: Brooklyn. Yeah, you’ve heard all sorts of stories about hard drive failure rates and why you should back up. But here’s a new one: someone might steal your hard drive, while it’s plugged into your laptop, in the middle of a set, as happened to Matthew Dear earlier this month.. Given that hard drives […]

The Battle for Analog: VHS and the Evils of DVD

Sure, the name of the site may be Create Digital Motion, but don’t get me wrong — we know digital is evil. Or, specifically, digital gets real evil at certain times. There are the latency-inducing, problem-causing HDMI cables when VGA or S-Video or Composite would do the job, the “look at our brand, new storage […]

Ridiculous Product of the Day: USB Mix Tape

Not really a whole lot I can say about this one — and I’m sure you could just fashion your own if you wanted, which I will say would be a great way for me to stop forgetting where I put my 2 gig flash drive. But this does suggest that, somewhere deep inside, people […]

Pinnacle Video Transfer: Grab Analog Video Without a Computer

Pinnacle’s new Video Transfer box is a portable analog video (S-video/Y-c and composite) and stereo audio (RCA) h.264 encoder. The Video Transfer box has no built in storage – you supply it. Touting iPod video compatibility and USB Mass storage support, you can in theory hook up any USB 2.0 device to record video to. […]

Hard Drive Mortality Rates: When to Replace Those Old Drives

Hard drives are the skeleton and lifeblood of digital video. Musicians and other audio-botherers seem constantly amazed by the amount of space required for DV and especially HD-Video projects (with uncompressed HD capture inhabiting an entirely different level), while my video-based friends seem to be ever carrying around stacks of Firewire or USB hard drives […]

Off The Shelf RAID 5 for Uncompressed Editing on HD4NDs

Mike has a bit of a discussion on using RAID for uncompressed editing. Mac-centric, but the same issues apply for the PC world. Mike links to a 2 reviews (here and here) of the Caldigit HDPro (US$8000 for 6TB). A little expensive, but one of his commentors points out that DIY systems can be put […]