Free widgets for weather, sun position and film calculator

sun widgetFilm Source LA have posted up a few useful tools for filmmaking for your computer. These work on Dashboard on a mac, tho PC equivalents can probably be found.

Sun Position - which lets you input any location, time and date and kicks out the suns position.

Weatherbug - a pretty comprehensive weather widget with windspeed and access to local webcams to take a quick look.

Film Calculator Widget - they designed this so you can input footage-frame rate-film type and amount of tape needed.

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Sony's New XDCAM EX Solid State Camcorder

 

Sony's new XDCAM EX solid state camera unveiled at NABSony's all-new XDCAM EX solid-state camcorder was first seen at NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) show in Las Vegas where it was the most talked about product at the show. Crowds of people fought to get a glimpse of it.

The EX series is Sony's first solid-state only camcorder, not dissimilar in size and weight to previous Sony prosumer cameras such as the PD170, Z1, and V1 models,  but there the similarities end.

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The Reactable: Music meets light meets table

reactable2Bjorks' recent show at California's Coachella festival is described in BoingBoing (again) where she used the Reactable, 'a multi-user electronic music instrument with a tabletop tangible user interface' which has to be seen to be believed. Basically a hi-level synthesizer with an interface simpler than playing lego it's one of a number of table top instruments that try and create a 'tangible interface' for electronic music.  

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Zacuto.com Announces New Hand Grip System™ for the HD Video Camera Market

Zacuto, a leading provider of high definition cameras and accessories is announcing its much anticipated ZGrip™ HD Camera Handgrips for all lightweight support rod systems.

The ZGrips are the last piece of the handheld system that Zacuto has been working on for the past year. Also releasing on the same day is Zacuto’s MicroMount™ for attaching articulating arms to any individual 15mm rod.

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Police Recover £100,000 of Stolen Film Equipment

 

Treasure Trove of Stolen-To-Order Film Kit Recovered

Watch Out! There are Film Kit Thieves About!More than £100,000 worth of stolen film and camera equipment has been recovered by police following a series of dawn raids across London. The raids were carried out as part or Operation Edson, launched in the spring following the theft of film and camera equipment worth around £2 million.

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Apple Opens the Window on the Mac

Mac Windows LogoApple Computer has announced today (04/05/06) that it will support running Windows XP on its Macintosh computers, via a dual boot method where at startup the user can chose if they want to run windows or OS X.

For any PC user keen to get stuck into Final Cut Pro or the virus free Macintosh environment, yet doesn't want to give up the superior games or irrational crashes of the Windows platform, the announcement provides a message of hope. To some Mac users it is simply confirmation that the freezing over of hell is complete.

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Sony Ships New Compact HDV Camera

New, more compact Sony HDV cameraSony are to release a less expensive more compact HDV camera, shipping next month to the US. Sony has announced the HDC-HC3 HDV camcorder, which is 26% more compact than its predecessor and also includes a HDMI digital audio/video output. The $1,700 unit includes a 2.7" wide touchscreen LCD display, and is slated to be available in April.

An enlarged picture of the new camera appears below:

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