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Old September 19th, 2002, 08:48 AM   #76
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From the FAQ page at Pioneer:

Q. Will the update work if I have a Pioneer DVD drive connected to a Macintosh using a Firewire connection?

A. No it will not work. You will need to connect the external Pioneer DVD drive to a Windows PC or contact the manufacturer to make arrangements for an update.
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If this reads like I think it does, it means Mac people will have a tough time making this upgrade. Also, the Mac link page is still under construction.

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Old September 19th, 2002, 06:49 PM   #77
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Pioneer has advised that they are working with Apple on this update and it should be ready in about 2 weeks. If you have a FireWire DVD drive you may have a project on your hands. It would mean dissasembling the FireWire enclosure and installing it internally and upgrading that way. Someone will eventually make a stand alone installer but that may be months away. Or just don't use any 4X DVD's.

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Old September 19th, 2002, 08:30 PM   #78
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It still may be too new.

Probably the technology is still too new. Someone is going to have to show that it delivers a superior image, it has to offer equivalent or better reliability, at competitive prices.
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Old September 19th, 2002, 08:57 PM   #79
 
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OTOH....the update will work if you plug your firewire drive in to a windows machine. Just go find a PC with a firewire port.
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Old September 20th, 2002, 12:24 AM   #80
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Indeed, the Foveon technology sure looks drool-worthy. My understanding from the financial community is that the barrier to acceptance and licensing right now is, as Jeff indicated, cost. With the sweet-spot for high-volume consumer digital still cameras hovering between $300-500 Foveon will not find a home there for quite some time. Similarly, with the sweet-spot for consumer-grade video cameras being <=$1,000 the reengineering costs would be hard to recover. U.S. consumer debt and spending are at rediculous historical levels and spending is starting to slow dramatically as the economy continues to languish...likely for at least 18-24 more months. So this is just an unfortunate time for Foveon to come forth.
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Old September 20th, 2002, 12:41 AM   #81
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New Wiebetech FW Drives

Wiebetech has recently introduced a 120Gb 7200rpm -bus-powered- Firewire drive called the "Super DesktopGB". That is, the drive is powered by a 6-pin 1394 connection from a Mac or a PC adapter featuring powered pass-through.

The drive has an aggressive introductory price of $299.95 until Sept 21 and $329.95 thereafter. (Smaller capacity drives of the same model are also available.)

I have a Wiebetech MicroGB drive (and also just ordered a Super DesktopGB) and can say that these folks make high-quality equipment. If you're looking for high-performance external storage (and who around here isn't?) you should take a look at Wiebetech. (weibetech.com) While you're there, take a look at their Firewire RAID systems...interesting.

And, no, I am not an investor in, or promoter for, the company <g>.
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Old September 20th, 2002, 06:44 AM   #82
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Contributed Stock DV

This was discussed for awhile on another thread, and now it has happened. Inevitable, I guess.

--DVfootage.com Launches as Stock Footage Portal
"The launch of DVfootage.com, in September 2002, makes available
digital asset management and e-commerce solutions to a wider
audience, enabling independent stock footage suppliers to place
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Old September 20th, 2002, 08:32 AM   #83
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There was a patch...

Apple stopped one of its vendors from giving away a patch (with the sale of the drive) that allowed you to connect an external drive to iDVD(?), an Apple product.

The story I read suggested that the vendor has a good relationship with Apple, so if Apple plans to release one, maybe it won't take too long.
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Old September 20th, 2002, 09:39 PM   #84
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IBM Ultrastar 146 gb 10K rpm drive

IBM has also recently released the new Ultrastar 146 gig 10K drive now available.

IBM Part Number: 08K0322

Model Number: 146Z10

Does anyone know of any issues with the Ultrastar line. I just lost 60 gigs of data from 1 of 2 drives due to a sudden crash that was found to be a mechanical failure. This is the danger of using striping RAID 0. If only ONE goes out, you're screwed. Data recovery started at $8,000-$20,000. I guess I'll have to do without that for a while! Luckilly, the drive is still under warranty but that won't get my data back! I will be backing up with DVD in the near future.
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Old September 21st, 2002, 12:13 AM   #85
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No, I do not have first-hand experience with these drives. We should note for clarity, however, that the Ultrastar drives require a Ultra320 SCSI interface for top performance (and are also compatible with an Ultra160 SCSI interface).
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Old September 24th, 2002, 01:55 PM   #86
 
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Pioneer has uncovered a bug

Pioneer has uncovered a bug and posted a fix. The DVR-A03 and some early DVR-A04 drives will lock up when 4x media is put in them. A drive left locked up for over 5 minutes can damage the media and the drive. This firmware patch fixes this issue. It allows 4x media to work properly.

PLEASE NOTE THIS DOES NOT MAKE THE DRIVE 4x. All specs remain unchanged. It is simply a compatibility fix.

Here is the official Pioneer press release: As the DVD Forum releases the specifications for new high-speed discs for DVD recording, Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. announces that many of its DVD-R/RW computer drives and DVD recorders will require a firmware update in order to avoid potential damage to the units and discs.

The update process is free and relatively simple, and it is extremely important for owners of these products to make sure it is completed prior to using any new high-speed discs for recording. The DVD Forum has established new standards for high-speed recordable discs (4X for DVD-R and 2X for DVD-RW). Various media manufacturers have begun production of these discs that will soon be available in the marketplace.

The source of the problem is a firmware “bug” in certain Pioneer DVD-R/RW recorders and drives, and not with the high-speed media itself. As a result, use of the new high-speed discs for recording on these particular Pioneer products may cause damage to both the loaded disc and to the drive/recorder. The following drives and recorders may be affected:

Pioneer DVR-A03, DVR-103, DVR-A04 & DVR-104 computer drives
Pioneer DVR-7000 DVD recorder and the Pioneer PRV-9000 Professional DVD recorder In addition to the above models, certain OEM computer systems containing Pioneer DVD-R/RW drives are affected.

Anyone who owns or uses any of the above-listed products should conduct the free firmware update immediately. Download from http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/hs/pioneer.html
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Old September 24th, 2002, 02:17 PM   #87
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Yup, already applied it to my 104s.
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Old September 24th, 2002, 11:00 PM   #88
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The Future is here- well in Tokyo anyway

I'm currently in Yurakacho in down town Tokyo at a shop called Bic P Kan or Bic camera for us non Japanese. I've just finished looking at the begining of the future - 2 DVD cameras - one from Panasonic and the other from Hitachi.

Both cameras use a 1.4M pix CCD and record native MPEG2 onto DVR/DVD RAM and DVD/RW Cost wise they run about USD$1200. I realise that native MPEG2 isn't anygood for broadcast work but it's just a glimpse at what is happening herre in Techno Central.
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Old September 25th, 2002, 09:29 AM   #89
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You have to wrong on that price. Maybe you need another zero
$12,000 Ok now that sounds more like it. I saw these cameras in the Sep Vidoegraphy mag. Well at least the Hitachi. I wonder how these cameras hold up while running or bumpy roads. Will they skip like a CD. Just kidding. I am sure the bid boys have a solid system, but it is somthing to think about.

Here is a link

http://www.hdal.com/products/products.ihtml?step=subcat&parent=51&subparent=69&sortedby=model
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Old September 25th, 2002, 09:42 AM   #90
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Adrian,
I ought to head out the Bic Camera in Namba and play around with those cameras. Can't wait for the day when the XL-1 has a DVD drive built into it.
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