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#1 Jim Murdoch

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 09:05 PM

OK I haven't got all the R&D sorted out yet but I'll get to it!
Specifications:

Sensor: "Silent Gate" full-height 35mm-sized CMOS 144 Megapixel (3 x 48Megapixel)
RGB-masked.
Signal output: 8K x 6K 4:4:4 "true-RGB"
Dynamic range: 20-bit black to peak white
Colour depth: 48 bit linear (3 x 16 bit)
Signal to Noise ratio: 96bB
Price: <US$15,000
Power requirements: single 12V 800mA power source
Lens: any 35mm PL-mount
Recording time: 60 minutes on a $98 flash memory module

Pictures wil be available as soon as I get Photoshop working again.
Website "under construction" but will have fantastic animated graphics as soon as I figure out how to use Adobe ImageReady.
(Simulated) pictures available soon.

Production models are expected to be available third quarter 2007

To secure your place in the queue, leave $3,000 in small unmarked bills in a sealed ziploc bag in the cistern of Gents #2, Grand Cental Station NY NY.

Edited by Jim Murdoch, 26 April 2006 - 09:12 PM.

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#2 Mike Rizos

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 09:22 PM

I plan to leave a deposit for five cameras...or is it only one per customer?
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#3 Jim Murdoch

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 09:34 PM

I plan to leave a deposit for five cameras...or is it only one per customer?

Certainly not! In fact, for an order of 5 I'll give you a special price: only $18,000! But you have to be quick...
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#4 Mike Rizos

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 09:52 PM

Sounds good. However, before I cough up my hard earned cash I would need to see a pencil sketch of the skeleton of the camera.
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#5 Jim Murdoch

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 10:12 PM

Sounds good. However, before I cough up my hard earned cash I would need to see a pencil sketch of the skeleton of the camera.

Aww Jeez! What's the matter with you guys?! Where's the trust?! Where's the love?!
Why do you all have this hangup with proof?!
Have you no faith?!
Hey, yeah, welcome to the 21st century guys!! And here's me thinking we were through all that.
I feel really...sad...you know?
All right all right! Where's that pencil sharpener grumble grumble....
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#6 Joe Taylor

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 11:07 PM

It better have a microphone and none of this Ertyl toy construction nonsense.
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Posted 26 April 2006 - 11:46 PM

OK I haven't got all the R&D sorted out yet but I'll get to it...


Mr. Murdoch -- thanks for the funniest ever Cinematography.com forum post.

I'll get my down payment to you as soon as I can scrape together enough small, unmarked bills.
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#8 Jim Murdoch

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 01:26 AM

It better have a microphone and none of this Ertyl toy construction nonsense.

Better than that; it has an ethernet audio connection with up to 255 microphone connections, plus inbuilt 5-channel dolby surround with matching 100W speaker outlets.

We're still finalizing the case construction material, but machine-milled Honduras Mahogany is a strong contender.

It also features a state-of-the-art blue-violet indicator LED on the front panel. That part is up and running, and the design has been frozen, so we've made some real progress, unlike some "manufacturers" I could name!
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#9 Jim Murdoch

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 02:05 AM

Mr. Murdoch -- thanks for the funniest ever Cinematography.com forum post.

I'll get my down payment to you as soon as I can scrape together enough small, unmarked bills.

Oh look, if it's going to too much trouble, large demonination new notes will be fine. You seem to have an honest face.
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#10 Adam White

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 03:47 AM

Is Mr Lucas aware of this beast yet?

Of course if he needs to use it then you will have to attatch an ED (emotion dampner) unit to limit the performaces of any of his actors.

let us know when we can view your etchings. . .
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#11 Paul Bruening

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 05:22 AM

You make your own cameras???? WOW. I print my own money. Let's make a deal!
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#12 Jim Murdoch

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 06:15 AM

Is Mr Lucas aware of this beast yet?


He pretends he isn't, but we know otherwise. Dammit, he's George Lucas; he knows everything!

Of course if he needs to use it then you will have to attatch an ED (emotion dampner) unit to limit the performaces of any of his actors.


We have Algorithms for that, and any other possible shortcomings. Well, we soon will; as we speak our programmers are out shopping for Dell Laptops and copies of "CGI for Dummies"

let us know when we can view your etchings. . .


The project is progressing satisfactorily and we're very excited about this. I've just finished digging the hole in my backyard; next step is to dig out some of the clay at the bottom, and then wet and sieve it so we can make the first clay models of the camera, lens and disk drive.


You make your own cameras???? WOW. I print my own money. Let's make a deal!

You print money? But do you have a license to print money?
I think there are some legal complications involved with that, but I'm not absolutely sure.
I think the government can sue you for breach of copyright, or something like that. Sounds like one of those "laws that cannot be inforced" to me.
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#13 Paul Bruening

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 10:40 AM

Of course I have a license. I can print up most anythjing.
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Posted 27 April 2006 - 11:19 AM

Price: <US$15,000



Darn it, no one wants to make a camera for the true indie.

Anyone buying one of these so I can steal it? I have to make a feature on the weekend.
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#15 Rupe Whiteman

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 11:35 AM

I'd prefer it with a walnut finish to match a classic jaguar... and a bit of modernity thrown in with cappacino (blimped of course) maker to keep the seat warmers happy on set... and what about a revolving turret with a full set of digi-primes to boot?

Rupe Whiteman.....................
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#16 Luke Prendergast

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 04:23 PM

Sensor: "Silent Gate" full-height 35mm-sized CMOS 144 Megapixel (3 x 48Megapixel)
RGB-masked.
Signal output: 8K x 6K 4:4:4 "true-RGB"
Dynamic range: 20-bit black to peak white
Colour depth: 48 bit linear (3 x 16 bit)
Signal to Noise ratio: 96bB
Price: <US$15,000
Power requirements: single 12V 800mA power source
Lens: any 35mm PL-mount
Recording time: 60 minutes on a $98 flash memory module




I have some info on this other camera which is being touted as the VW8000 killer. Higher specs and LOWER PRICE.

Sensor: "Even More Silent Gate" fuller-height 35.1mm-sized CMOS 145 Megapixel (3.1 x 48.1Megapixel)
RGB-unmasked.
Signal output: 8.1K x 6.1K 4.1:4.1:4.1 "truer-RGB"
Dynamic range: 21-bit black to peak white
Colour depth: 49 bit linear (3.1 x 16.1 bit)
Signal to Noise ratio: 97bB
Price: <US$14,999.99
Power requirements: single 12.1V 801mA power source
Lens: any 35.1mm PL-mount
Recording time: 61 minutes on a $97.99 flash memory module

NDA prevents me disclosing more. Any negotiable currency accepted, not just used bills like some 'manufacturers'. I am only an agent, not the designer of the camera, so I can only answer simple media-friendly questions.
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#17 Jim Murdoch

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 07:07 PM

I have some info on this other camera which is being touted as the VW8000 killer. Higher specs and LOWER PRICE.

Sensor: "Even More Silent Gate" fuller-height 35.1mm-sized CMOS 145 Megapixel (3.1 x 48.1Megapixel)
RGB-unmasked.
Signal output: 8.1K x 6.1K 4.1:4.1:4.1 "truer-RGB"
Dynamic range: 21-bit black to peak white
Colour depth: 49 bit linear (3.1 x 16.1 bit)
Signal to Noise ratio: 97bB
Price: <US$14,999.99
Power requirements: single 12.1V 801mA power source
Lens: any 35.1mm PL-mount
Recording time: 61 minutes on a $97.99 flash memory module

NDA prevents me disclosing more. Any negotiable currency accepted, not just used bills like some 'manufacturers'. I am only an agent, not the designer of the camera, so I can only answer simple media-friendly questions.


Ha! You slipped up!
Didn't think we'd notice huh?!
12.1V at 801mA means your piece of crap draws 9.621 Watts
Ours only consumes 9.6 Watts!
You have to get up pretty early in the morning to watch us come down with the last shower!
As for the rest of your specs, we will soon have Algorithms that can produce any spec the customer wants!
Our Programmer Mr Singh is already up to page 33 of "GGI for Dummies" thanks to the different time zones in India.






I'd prefer it with a walnut finish to match a classic jaguar... and a bit of modernity thrown in with cappacino (blimped of course) maker to keep the seat warmers happy on set... and what about a revolving turret with a full set of digi-primes to boot?

Rupe Whiteman.....................

Er, you don't use Digi-Primes with one of these cameras, that's the whole point: It takes standard film lenses.
However, the revolving turret sounds like a good idea. I wonder why nobody else has thought of that...
The only problem with the cappucino maker is that it tends to increase the current consumption somewhat, and there is sometimes a problem with fogging of the lenses.
We are looking at a walnut version, also maple and larch for handheld operation.
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#18 Mike Welle

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 09:20 PM

Jim,
It seems your own "fake of a fake" is drawing more attention than the real fake--if that makes any sense. Look what I'm talking about to see how history is repeating itself:

http://www.museumofh...om/cardiff.html

Mike Welle
Charleston, SC
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#19 Jim Murdoch

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 11:30 PM

Jim,
It seems your own "fake of a fake" is drawing more attention than the real fake--if that makes any sense. Look what I'm talking about to see how history is repeating itself:

http://www.museumofh...om/cardiff.html

Mike Welle
Charleston, SC

It's interesting that this whole "proposed new camera" scenario is the sort of thing that was the original basis for "Science Fiction" stories in the 1920s! That is, the author would assume that some new technology had been invented, and then write a story about how it would affect the people around it, assuming that none of the other laws of physics had changed in any way.
One of the more interesting things about the SF genre is its absolutely miserable track record in actually predicting the future!
The trouble here is
A: That the proposed cameras don't actually exist and
B: Their likely effect on the industry has been grossly overestimated
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#20 Jim Murdoch

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Posted 28 April 2006 - 03:57 AM

Engineering update for the VW8000


We are delighted to report that our second developmental hurdle has been passed.
Our fabrication engineering team has announced that the clay from my backyard is of suitable quality for shaping into the first "concept" prototypes.
Also Mrs Murdoch is now at Curtains-R-Us researching suitable purple fabric for our stand at NAB '97
As you can all appreciate we are thrilled with these positive outcomes and will keep you up to date with any further developments.
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