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Dpreview.com Annoyance

January 5, 2010

Dpreview.comI’ve been a registered user of Dpreview.com for years. I believe it is the most detailed and consistent photography review site out there. They also have some well-informed discussion forums and photo challenges.

Today I went to use the site and it said I wasn’t logged in. I guess the cookie expired on December 31st. I went to login with what I thought was the correct email address and password but it refused me.

I clicked the link so it would send me a new password. That didn’t work. Maybe I forgot the email address I used to sign up.

So I tried to register as a new user with my yahoo.com email address. Then I got this error message:

There were the following problems with your registration:

  • Registration with web based email accounts (such as hotmail.com or yahoo.com) is not allowed, please use an ISP account.

It was in red. Not allowed indeed! The person who wrote that must work for the TSA.

Sorry Dpreview, I don’t have an ISP email account! I have Yahoo and Gmail addresses and that is all. If that’s not good enough for you then sorry, I won’t register with your site. I am certainly not being ordered around by you.

I don’t think I need to be registered to read their reviews.

Does anybody use non-portable ISP email addresses anymore? That is so 20th Century. I used to have a concentric.net address but I learned my lesson when I changed to another ISP and lost it.

Grrr.

Mister Fredrickson.

HD Video & Digital Cameras – Dpreview.com

December 11, 2009

Beginner's guide to HD video

http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Guides/hd_beginners_guide_01.htm

I have written before that I am not a video person. But this is a very useful and timely beginner’s guide to the video capabilities of the latest cameras. Shooting video is one of the reasons I may buy a Canon EOS-7D next year. I want to learn the technology. If the EOS-7D’s video is good enough for many professionals it is good enough for me.

My Nikon Coolpix P6000 has some very basic video capability. I have used it occasionally but it is not impressive.

With the inclusion of video on so many cameras now it is surely becoming an imperative for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to support it. At least for import and metadata purposes. It is infuriating that Lightroom 2 ignores it completely and refuses to even import a thumbnail.

Jeff Friedl attempted to address this with a Video Asset Management plugin but he was limited by Lightroom’s architecture and it is not a good solution. I tried it and deleted it.

I wonder how the Lightroom team view the video challenge? I don’t think there is anything about it in the Lightroom 3 Beta release.

If I was a Lightroom product manager I would want to keep the product’s focus on still photography but I would:

  1. Allow users to import video files to the Lightroom catalog. Indeed I think Lightroom should import all files and provide at least basic indexing for them. Leaving files un-imported is unforgivable.
  2. Provide thumbnails in Grid View at least.
  3. Allow users to add metadata in the same way as for still photos. If they cannot embed the metadata as XMP blocks in the video file then store it in sidecar files as they do for RAW pictures.
  4. Don’t address video editing in Lightroom 3. Instead allow users to edit the video by linking to the user’s selected video editor in the same way they link to Photoshop or another photo editor today. This would also make the Lightroom team friends with the Adobe Premiere team.
  5. It’s probably easy to display the video using a standard plugin.

That should not be a lot of work. Good for the tick sheet!

It will still be a while before you see anything from the Frugal Bangkok Photographer on You Tube.