Panasonic AG-AF100 – I can’t wait!

When HDSLR Filmmaking started catching on with great cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 7D, word spread that it was going to completely redefine how movies are made. With sensors 4x the size of the RED One, these cameras are able to give an image with low light capabilities and shallow depth of field like no other.

The big downside for me, though, was that HDSLRs were only able to record 12 minutes of video continuously before it’d start to overheat. Not good for documentary filmmaking. There was also no XLR audio input. The single mini input jack meant that we’d have to purchase either a converter box or a portable field recorder to enable quality 2-channel audio recording.

That’s why when Panasonic announced their upcoming release of the AG-AF100, my heart skipped a beat. Finally, a good cross between a HDSLR and a professional video camera. Let’s take a look at the specs here:

  • 4/3-inch image sensor
  • Micro Four Thirds lens mount – lets you mount film camera and prime lenses
  • High Definition Viewfinder (no need to buy an additional Z-finder!)
  • Dual SD Card slots, so you can swap while recording
  • Anti-aliasing filter to remove moire
  • Uncompressed professional audio (2 XLR inputs!)
  • Built-in ND Filters
  • Full waveform monitor
  • Color-peaking focus assist
  • Auto-focus + Auto-iris if you use a lens that enables it

Love at first sight. Word has it that it’s slated for a year-end release and is going to retail for just under $5,000. Oh, Panasonic, you’ve done it again. Moving from the HVX-200 to the AG-AF100 should be a piece of cake! I’m so excited! Check out Barry Green’s detailed hands-on video introduction of it below.


Social Media. There’s no escaping this revolution.

“We no longer search for the news, the news finds us.”

“If Facebook were a country, it’d be the world’s 4th largest.”

“YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine in the world.”

These are tidbits of facts gained from the video below giving us a reality check on just how huge the world of social media has become and why there’s no escaping it. A tremendous shift is happening. People are increasingly moving away from traditional thought leaders. Here comes the rise of the citizen journalist.

Believe it. The power now lies in your hands. How will you change the world for the better?

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Creative Commons… revolutionize protection.

Whether you’re a writer, painter, filmmaker, musician or just someone who enjoys creating art, I’m sure you’ve run into the stifling barrier of copyright protection. Think the indie band that has an awesome idea for a cover of a Bon Jovi tune but with a jazz twist, or the student who needs that ten-second scene from a movie to demonstrate his point more effectively, or the filmmaker who has to remove an entire scene that was crucial to his documentary because a radio in the room was playing a piece of copyrighted music in the background.

There’s now a silent version of my RTVF380 final project, Messages, on YouTube. YouTube removed the audio because we used a copyrighted song in our class project. Didn’t matter that we weren’t going to make money off it. What were we supposed to do? None of us were musically inclined enough to write an orchestral masterpiece to suit the mood of our film… and none of us had money to pay a composer to do it for us.

Truth is, whether we like it or not, anything tangible we create, any expression of an idea, is automatically copyright protected. That’s right… that doodle on your writing pad… that’s copyright protected.  No need for any registration, no need to print a little circle with a letter c in it. But what if you don’t want to keep your work all to yourself? What if you want to enable people to enhance their work by making use of yours? What if we can build a rich culture of creative sharing and a vibrant exchange of ideas?

Creative Commons

I first came across Creative Commons 3 years ago in my Media Law class (thank you Mr Sabnani!) and was instantly swept away. I got so excited about this door-opener that my partner Rachel Fun and I did a news piece on it for broadcast on Radio Singapore International. We went all out for that radio journalism assignment… even made a phonecall to Germany to speak to the Executive Director of Creative Commons International at that time, Christiane Henckel von Donnersmarck. This was her take on it:

I think originally copyright was invented to foster creativity and to have artists get reimbursed for their work. But this was before the digital age. Now the artists and the users of the internet and digital media have such great and powerful new possibilities to be creative …And it just became obvious that the international copyright system is not sufficient at the moment.

Where copyright is all rights reserved, Creative Commons is some rights reserved. CC works with copyright to let you, the copyright owner decide how you want to share your work. So instead of leaving your work completely untouchable by others when it’s automatically copyrighted, simply tag on options to your free CC license to decide things like whether people:

  • by-nc can/cannot make money off the work they’ve used your stuff for

  • by need to credit you for your work in their piece

  • by-sa need to pass on the kindness by sharing their piece with others too

  • by-nd can modify your work or if they need to use it whole

Let this video explain it to you in 2 minutes.

I love what CC is trying to achieve. When more people are aware of their ability to share, it becomes a huge community of exchange. Witness the power of collaboration. Spread the word. Help save the world from failed sharing.