So for the moment HD DVD seems to be in the lead. According to Engadget the HD DVD camp is claiming 60% market share of stand alone players. Of course this is specifically designed to take the PS3 out of the playing field, but perhaps this war isn’t over yet…

For me, I like the fact that I can shoot projects with my HVX-200 and then (if they’re short enough) master them to HD DVD using DVD Studio Pro and a regular DVD. Higher quality at no extra cost.

As more and more people start getting their hands on Final Cut Studio 2 there have been a lot of questions raised about the new codec they’ve created – ProRes 422.   I, for one, wasn’t wild about having yet another format to deal with, but the reports that are starting to come in I’m beginning to change my tune.  With bit rates the same as DVCproHD and HDCAM combined, it offers something new for Mac users.   Having just gotten my hands on a FCS2 version this weekend, I’m looking forward to seeing what it has to offer.

The great divide in filmmaking is those who shoot on Film and those who shoot Video. This may change all that. At this point the quality is pretty low, but if someone else could take this and improve upon it, we could be looking at the next big break for independent film. I would love to be able to shoot 24pn on my Panasonic HVX-200 and have cheap way to show it in theaters.

Alex Mitchel has written a tutorial about how to do slow motion video even if your camera cannot.  Check it out.

Need help keeping track of what festival deadlines are?  Check out withoutabox.com I’ve found it extremely helpful.  It tells you where and when festivals are, and a little about what they’re looking for content wise.

There’s a lot of talk about “True” HD being 1080p (although in my world True HD is 4k, but that’s besides the point).  What’s interesting, is that the more one looks into the different resolutions, the less important they become.  According to this article, if you’re like me and sit about 10 feet away from your 56″ television, there is no real benefit to having a 1080p television.   I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely not running out to buy another TV.

On the Lot has been reduced to one night a week. Hopefully they can cram all that action into one night…