• Macbook Pro 2016 15" Touchbar Hire London

    The New Macbook Pro Touchbar

    Introducing the new Macbook Pro 15″ Touchbar which is now available for dry & wet hire.

    Featuring a new 2.9GHz / Turbo Boost 3.8GHz Processor, quicker RAM & SSD, and most importantly a wide gamut P3 screen (25% more colours).

  • OSX 10bit, mac 10bit support, digitech london

    Introducing 10-bit Workflow

    After waiting several months for Apple & Phase One to fix several bugs on El Capitan, LSdigi now fully supports 10-bit worlflow on Mac Pro cylinder & Eizo Cg247 packages. The 10m cabling for satellite monitor has also been upgraded to support 10bit output.

    Capture one 9.0.3 has been installed on all systems to benefit from the new processing engine and tools.

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    El Capitan & 10bit Display Support

    Apple has recently launched a new OS – El Capitan (10.11.1). As expected, the initial release contained an enourmous amount of bugs and lacked support for PRO Photo & Video apps such as CaptureOne, which is why I always recommend to wait at least two months before updating on shoot computers.

    Usually, I never jump into testing new OS, however this time something caught my eye – a rumour on a German tech site, which suggested that El Capitan finally supports 10bit displays. This was quite a shock, as Apple has continuously refused to provide professional users 10bit support despite countless requests. My guess for this swift change in direction is the new 5k iMac which offers a P3 wide gamut display.

    So, what is the big deal about 10bit support over traditional 8bit? You have approx 1 billion colours displayed, compared to 16.7 million using 8bit, which gives a much higher accuracy in the change in tones, and a visibly smoother graduation (which you can test with a downloadable file here).

    10-bit display

    To have a true 10bit output you need to have all the components that support it, which are:

    Image File (e.g 16bit RAW / TIFF) -> OS -> Software (e.g. Photoshop) -> Video Card  -> Monitor LUTs -> Panel Depth

    If any one of these are missing, you will only be getting an 8bit output.

    I have done some testing on the new Mac Pro with Dual D500 Graphics cards, an Eizo CS230 Monitor, OSX 10.11.1 & Capture One 8.3.4 (which now officially supports El Capitan and appears stable), and I can confirm that we can now achieve a 10bit output!

    Here is a more in-depth article on 10bit output: http://www.imagescience.com.au/kb/questions/152/10+Bit+Output+Support

    As of yet (29th October 2015), I am sticking to 10.9.5 for shoot computers, with plans to upgrade to El Capitan as soon as 10.11.2 is released.

    OSX 10bit support, el capitan 10bit support

    iPhone photo showing smooth 10bit gradient on the left (preview) vs quick look on the right

    OSX 10bit monitor support, El Capitan 10bit support

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    Capture One 8.2 Released, New Exciting Features!

    Several days ago Phase One has announced the release of Capture One 8.2, the biggest and most exciting update yet. After a long wait the developers have introduced 3-way colour grading wheels, similar to that of grading systems in the film industry. It gives much more creative control over the look of the images, meaning Digital Operators can put together more advanced grades before the proofs are delivered to clients.

    Other features include…

    • Dynamic Locations (naming tokens in process recipes, absolute godsend for lookbooks & catalogue shoots)
    • High resolution previews for 4k and 5k monitors
    • Resizable Curve and Colour Balance tools
    • General under-the-hood improvements for tethering (much quicker and smoother rendering)
    • Improved graphics in Library tool
    • New 5-point Curve preset for ease-of-use
  • tethertools tetherboost, digital capture hire london, digital capture rental london, digital operators london

    TetherBoost Controller for Digital Backs Now Available

    The recent line of Phase One Digital Backs (IQ & IQ2 series) has provided us with super fast USB3 connection, however that came with a drawback of shorter cable length and various power issues when using USB3 extenders. TetherTools has just released a new product to help secure a solid and stable connection called TetherBoost Core Controller by adding 5V mains power.

    LSdigi has recently tested it using PhaseOne IQ260 & IQ250 Digital Backs with outstanding results. Tetherboost Controller is now available on all Digital Packages free of charge.
    tethertools tetherboost core controller, digital operators london, digital capture hire london

  • LSdigi Promo Stopmotion Featuring Inovativ Scout 37″ Equipment Cart

    We are proud to introduce the first PROMO Stop Motion featuring the new Inovativ Scout 37″ Equipment Cart & Digital Capture Equipment setup by LSdigi. Dual Screen Cart set-up & remote monitor is also available, which will be featured in the next shoot!

    For more information and shoot packages, please get in touch with Laimonas on [email protected] / +447795065694.

  • Mac Pro PCIE SSD Benchmark, Digital Capture Hire London

    The New Mac Pro PCIE SSD Benchmark

    Mac Pro PCIE SSD Benchmark, Digital Capture Hire London

    6-Core Mac Pro 2013/2014 PCIE SSD Benchmark

    A while ago I made a quick comparison between a standard internal HDD VS SSD inside a Macbook Pro. Using SATA III the SSD’s can only perform up to 550mb/s however the new Mac Pro PCIE connection provides speed between 950mb/s – 1200mb mb/s which helps the running speed of OS, Software and backing up, amongst the countless benefits of 6-Core processors, super fast Graphics Cards and 32GB of server grade RAM.

    The new Mac Pro can capture, process and and check focus without any slow down in performance!

  • Inovativ Scout 37 Hire London

    Inovativ Scout 37″ Now available to hire in London!

    We are pleased to announce the new Inovativ Scout 37″ Equipment Cart, which is now available to hire from LSdigi! We have managed to snap up the first cart in the UK from the London Distributor with additional attachment which allows an Eizo monitor attached to the cart or any other 5/8 Baby Pin system such as the Digi Plate. This is a dream machine to any Photographer, Digital Operator or D.I.T! Here are a few of our favourite features:

    • Portable size – 31.5″L x 17.5″W x 7″H, 29kg with wheels, 20kg without (perfect for flying without excess luggage fees)
    • Tool-Free Design which snaps together in 30 seconds
    • Height adjustment of 10″, so no more back-ache however tall you are!

    There is a huge range of attachments aimed at film productions such as Steadicam, 100mm Ball Mount, Mitchell/Ronford Baker/Schulz Camera systems, get in touch for more info. The Scout 37″ is also perfect for D.I.T server / rack set ups

    Inovativ Scout 37 Hire London

    Tool-Free design, can be put together in 30 seconds. Wheels easily come off and stored inside during transport / flight

    Inovatic Scout 37" Hire London

    5/8 Baby Pin System allows wide variety of attachments e.g digi plate, external monitor.

    Inovatic Scout 37" Hire London

    The Inovativ Scout 37″ Collapses down into Flight-Friendly size and weight (20kg without wheels, 29kg with).

    Inovativ Scout Steadicam System Attachment

    Additional camera system accessories are available (pic: Steadicam)

  • Mac Pro Tower Hire, 6 Core Mac Pro Hire, Digital Capture Hire London

    The New Mac Pro with Airplane Carry-On Case

    Mac Pro Tower Hire, 6 Core Mac Pro Hire, Digital Capture Hire London

    The New Mac Pro is now available to hire from LSdigi. 3.5 GHz 6 Core Xeon Processor, 32GB RAM, 512GB PCIE SSD, Dual D500 Video Cards complete with an Airplane Carry-on Peli Case. The kit includes:

    Mac Pro
    APC Backup Battery
    Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
    Lacie Rugged 256GB SSD Shoot Drive
    Lacie Rugged 1TB HDD
    USB3 Card Reader
    Thunderbolt Cable + Thunderbolt to FW800

    More details can be found here.

  • SSD vs HDD

    SDD vs HDD test, digitech

    A quick test to show the huge difference in performance in running SSD in comparison to HDD.