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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

BlackRapid Booth Visit

Checking out the new RS-7 strap

Create your own K-X Paint-job

Pentax Japan has the coolest little Flash-interface where you can color your Pentax K-x in virtual reality. Kind-of cool, too bad its in Japanese only (also the only place you can order ALL the colors)
Check it out HERE

Premiere Elements 8: The Missing Manual

New from O'Reilly
Sebastopol, CA—Armed with a camcorder and Premiere Elements video editing software, you can create art. Or, if your goals are a little less lofty, you can chronicle family events, show off on YouTube, or produce a video project for school. But despite the many improvements to the software over the years, one feature has grown consistently worse: documentation.

Fortunately the newest addition to the Missing Manual series, Premiere Elements 8: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly Media, $34.99 USD), delivers crystal-clear guidance. Packed with great ideas on how to spiff up your footage, this book helps you avoid the dreaded "Help! I Never Do Anything With My Video" syndrome.

When you want to turn raw video clips into a finished movie to share, Premiere Elements 8 has all the tools that hobbyists and serious amateurs need. This program has so much going for it, in fact, that you may easily get lost. With Premiere Elements 8: The Missing Manual, you'll learn how to use Premiere's two approaches to filmmaking: The quick-and-easy InstantMovie technique, and the classic, handcrafted approach for frame-by-frame editing with fine-tuned transitions, effects, and more.

Premiere expert Chris Grover combines a touch of humor with insights, tips, and tricks culled from years of moviemaking experience to help you release your inner Scorsese.

"This book uses every day language, not computer jargon, to teach you how to use the Premiere Elements video editing program. In addition to mastering the program, you'll learn the language and grammar of filmmaking," says Grover.

He continues, "We're in the midst of a video revolution. For less than $200, you can buy a HD video camera that fits in your shirt pocket. For less than $100, you can get Premiere Elements, an amazing video editing tool. It costs nothing to reach an audience of millions by posting your video on YouTube. If you prefer, you can distribute your video on DVD for pennies a disc. So, these days, if you've got a message to deliver, it's only naturally to chose video as the medium. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, just imagine the communication power of 30 pictures per second."

Premiere Elements 8: The Missing Manual will teach you the important stuff you need to know:

* Create movies from start to finish with hands-on, step-by-step instructions
* Use InstantMovie to whip slick videos ready for prime time
* Learn frame-by-frame editing to handcraft your story like the pros do
* Share your movie by saving it to disc, uploading it, or emailing it
* Add video effects that dazzle
* Use keyframes to precisely control cuts, special effects, and sound
* Tap Premiere's automated tools to analyze, organize, and rate your clips

Chris Grover lives in Fairfax, California with his wife and two daughters. Chris received degrees in Creative Writing and Film from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He's worked as a technical writer, advertising copywriter and product publicist for more than 25 years. His freelance articles have been published in a variety of magazines from Fine Homebuilding to CD-ROM World.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see:

Premiere Elements 8: The Missing Manual
Premiere Elements 8: The Missing Manual
Chris Grover
ISBN: 9780596803360, 478 pages,
Book Price: $34.99 USD, £38.50 GBP
Ebook Price: $27.99 USD

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LaCie Network Space 2: Simplifying The Network Storage Experience

LaCie today announced the LaCie Network Space 2, design by Neil Poulton – a leading-edge Network Attached Storage (NAS) and media server. The LaCie Network Space 2 combines the performance of a full-featured NAS solution, with a unique and customized way to manage the total experience.

  • Simplified setup and customizable dashboard

  • Centralize, share and back up your files

  • Enjoy photos, music and videos on UPnP™/DLNA™ players

  • Download torrentseven with your computer turned off

Easy to Use
LaCie Network Space 2 was designed to be as convenient and user-friendly as a classic USB external hard drive. With the advanced LaCie Network Assistant, you can be up and running in a few short steps. To help you manage your desired product preferences, the LaCie Network Assistant now offers new dashboard functionality. You can customize the dashboard with useful widgets to access network and drive information, administer user accounts and monitor drive capacity.

Home Entertainment
LaCie Network Space 2 makes it easy to stream photos, music and videos to computers on the local network or to any UPnP/DLNA compliant devices like PlayStation®3 or Xbox® 360. It includes iTunes® server software so Mac and PCs can see and play content from the LaCie Network Space 2 directly through the iTunes interface. It also includes Download Machine that allows multiple torrent downloads, even when your computer is turned off.

High Performance and Versatility
While the LaCie Network Space 2 can perform at speeds of up to 65MB/s** over the Ethernet connection, you may choose to leverage it as an external USB hard drive – connecting it directly to your computer for off-network file transfer and accessibility.

Additionally, there is a USB 2.0 host connection in the front of the device that allows you to connect a USB flash drive, external hard drive or digital camera, and import files automatically without the need of a computer.

Eco Friendly
The LaCie Network Space 2 includes a built-in power management widget, which lets you control both the light on your drive, as well as your drive's Eco Management; placing the drive into a low power setting at scheduled time intervals or when the product is inactive. Additionally, the Network Space 2 can be awakened through its Wake-on-LAN functionality, making it a powerful, efficient and eco-friendly media server for the home.

"The LaCie Network Space 2 is a state-of-the-art solution for customers wanting to share and store media files from anywhere in the house," said Patrick Salin, LaCie Digital Home Business Unit Manager. "LaCie's new dashboard functionality makes it simple for users to enjoy the features of network storage, and further shows our commitment to enhancing the experience of our customers."

Designed exclusively for LaCie by Neil Poulton, the compact LaCie Network Space 2 has a sleek, mirror-polished black finish with a blue LED strip on its underside that creates an ambient glow.

The LaCie Network Space 2 is available in a 1TB capacity in Europe and will be available worldwide later this year. For more product information, visit

About Neil Poulton
Neil Poulton was born in Thurso, Scotland. A graduate in Industrial Design from Edinburgh University and Milan's Domus Academy, Poulton first came into public view in 1989 as the creator of "the ageing pens," pens made from a "living," wearing plastic that changes color and form with use. Today, Neil Poulton designs and develops best-selling, award-winning products for a variety of international clients including LaCie & Artemide. Since 1991, Poulton has lived and worked in Paris, France.

About LaCie
Located in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore and Hong Kong, LaCie is the leading manufacturer of computer peripherals for Windows, Apple and Linux users. LaCie creates external storage solutions and color monitors that help professionals and everyday people easily manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC). For more information, visit

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