Saturday, February 28, 2009


February: in Pictures - Obama's Big Day.

-Idaho Bob-

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Don't S**t Your Pants

The Don't S**t Your Pants Game. A throwback to old text games, but s***tier.
-Idaho Bob-

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A verbal telling of all 2000 pages of this epic told by storytellers from around the world over 3 days!
-Idaho Bob-

Monday, February 9, 2009

After The Fire

Photos by Billy Song and Bob Geile

See the last photo on my 1-a-day photo blog and the video on YouTube.
-Idaho Bob-

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Fire Alarm Clock

At 8:30 we were a woken to what sounded like people shooting glassware with pistols in the next.  I jolted out of bed but thought it was someone watching a gangster movie until T came out of his room and said there was a fire and that sound was the NYFD smashing out windows.
This picture was taken when the fire was relatively small and eventually it spread and started burning in the appt. directly above.  B & T tried to leave the house but there were medics, firemen, and bodies outside the door.  We had nothing to do but sit and watch as the fire got bigger and be shaken.  
All of us still have our shoes on, ready to flee but they got the fire out, and we figure if the people on that floor are still hanging out their balconies we are OK.  Plus, we are one floor down so the smoke won't be coming down to us, especially with 15 stories of windows busted out.
So much for waking up at 10.  Hope everyone is alright.
-Idaho Bob-

Friday, February 6, 2009

Christians Trying to Ride my Coattails

Apparently, Idaho Bob is getting so popular that people are trying to cash in on the misspelling of going to my blog.  Just look what happens when you remove the "s" from "blogspot" and try to get to me.

WTF is this: MEGA-SITE of Bible, Christian, church & religious information, sermons & studies. !!??!!

This is as bad as the or people (neither of which still exist as Yahoo and Google bought them out for a pretty penny I'm sure).  Well, that's the price you pay for fame, eh?
-Idaho Bob-
*Yes I know that any goes there, but indulge me alright.

HVX200 vs. HPX170

HVX200                                          HPX170

Dec 2005                                               Summer 2008

1920 x 1080 Resolution                       1920 x 1080 Resolution

480i/p, 720i/p, 1080i                            480i/p, 720i/p, 1080i/p

ASA 320                                                ASA 500

82mm Leica Lens                                  72mm Leica Lens

4.2-55 zoom                                           3.9-51 zoom

                                                  *widest of any prosumer out now

Tape Deck & P2                                   P2 Only

Sharp LCD                                            Sharper LCD

                                                       *Easier to Focus

N/A                                                       Waveform Monitor

N/A                                                       3 Second Pre-Roll

N/A                                                       DRS Control

Little Image Trails                                Less Image Trails

Noise at +3-6db                                     Noise at +6-9db

5.5 lbs                                                     4.1lbs


In Conclusion


The HPX170 is noticeably lighter with more solid connections in and out of the camera, a big problem with the HVX200.  The new features such as the WFM, advanced focus assist, and DRS controls are a huge plus but only in function not performance  

            The real difference is the wider lens but at the cost of having less telephoto.  The improved DSP gives the HPX a half stop brighter chip, less noise in the blacks, and a smoother (less trails) image.  However, these are almost unnoticeable unless scrutinizing the images side by side.  The addition pf 1080p puts the HVX up with any other prosumer camera on the market and was a pitfall of the HVX200.  The DVCPRO codec delivers 4:2:2 color sampling at a 100mb/s data rate as opposed to SONY’s HDV codec at 4:2:2 but only 25mb/s.  That gives Panasonic the advantage with less compression of the image but more data to handle.  Despite the 1080p addition, 720pn is still the most versatile shooting standard and looks almost identical to 1080p footage when uprezed.




You can see the more realistic color rendition and less green in the overall image.  Also, there is a lot more detail in the darks with the 1/2 stop brighter HPX.  If you look closely you can see a bit more detail in the HPX still, but it’s almost imperceptible on a moving image. 





Most noticeably is the green in the HVX still, and the HPX image looks slightly more washed out and less contrasty.  This is easily fixed in your NLE by adding a bit more saturation and crushing the blacks, and unlike the HVX image, which would need to have green removed and thus adding red, the HPX image will have more accurate color after color correction.  I, and most colorists, prefer a clean colored image with more data to work with in the darks.  The HPX, although seeming inferior in the still, delivers more control in post.

 Mega Thanks to: Dan Brockett for the stills

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Fun at Salvor Studios

Shadi was doing a shoot for Salvor so Maiko and I went down to play and try out the HPX170.

-Idaho Bob-