Friday, December 30, 2016

unleashing the beast...

Found a good indoor project for a cool / cloudy day.  Installed Magic Lantern on my Canon T3i to open up a world of possibilities with the camera functions for both stills and video.  The download and install via SD card went flawlessly and so far I haven't turned my camera into a brick (the term used when you screw with the firmware on your camera and render it useless).  I opened up another world of possibilities 5 years ago with my old Canon G9 when I downloaded a firmware hack called CHDK.  Not sure if I will ever use all the new functions that have been enabled on my T3i.  The main reason for it was to be able to program an intervalometer feature. (an attachment or facility on a camera that operates the shutter regularly at set intervals over a period. On a movie camera the device is used for time-lapse photography.)
Next up - I'm sort of in the market for a new computer for video editing.  My current set up can't handle much more that rudimentary editing in low definition.  I don't normally ask for suggestions but any advice on this area would be greatly appreciated.  Note: for PC...not Mac - and I am more interested in an off the shelf solution over a scratch build - for under $1000.  This is one I am considering.  57,60,39, .07",B

4 comments:

Hollis said...

If you won't consider Apple, the Dell 990 is a fine machine, the Solid State HD & Video Card should make it plenty fast enough to edit video's. I have one at home, solid & quiet.
BUT! I have bricked 1 laptop, 2 tablets, & 2 PC's with Win10.
I'd buy a copy of Win7 & never upgrade! LOL
Hollis, IT Professional for nearly 20 years.

Dale said...

My last refurbished Dell lasted about 3 months and sits in my closet awaiting transport to the city recycling center. Mo betta new

Annemarie Gerber said...

I use Dell. Never had any problems. My previous one lasted 10 years. Easy to use. No fuss.

Randy H said...

Dells were good, in the past. most are now made overseas and use junk parts. Avoid if you can.