USB3 has been talked about here before, but I think that most folk see it as a way of getting quicker backups to external drives. Actually it offers a whole lot more.
Here's an interesting development. Sony prototypes a USB3 camera that records HD 1080P60 direct to hard drive: http://bit.ly/USB3Camera
Now imagine a RED on the end of that cable, and a Mac on the other. That's goodbye to CF cards and the Red-Drive... (well, on a lot of shoots anyway)
From their site:
"We have no plans to release this particular prototype camera as a product. We built it solely as a technology demonstration to showcase the benefits of SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0).
"USB 3.0 will be a key digital interface in the imaging and vision industries in the years to come. By introducing the world's first USB 3.0 camera, we are demonstrating that Point Grey is at the forefront of innovation in imaging (which just happens to be our corporate tag line) and that we are committed to the advancement of USB 3.0 technology. We also hope to raise awareness within the computer and machine vision industries of the performance benefits of SuperSpeed USB."
But a USB connection doesn't just transfer data one way. The first thing I thought when I first encountered the RED's menus was "Isn't there some way to access all this from a remote workstation?" and adding a USB3 connection to allow a live feed allows for exactly that. All those menus in an easy to use interface? And without having to physically go anywhere near the camera? Brilliant!
It would also be a boon for multi-camera shoots too - those with fixed cameras, or tied to a tripod or dolly. You could fed all those USB3 connections back to one central point where the recording itself takes place.
And there's more! What about being able to adjust camera speed in shot from the Mac? Or any other such parameters? Even the focus...
Some way off, but bound to happen I'm certain.
Anyone here able to say what the limit on image size is if it's fed live down a USB 3.0 connection? (I can't be bothered to look the data up)
Interesting to see too how quickly other manufacturers get in on this too. It certainly heralds the death of the DSLR for video.
And it's also great news for indies looking to get into 3D on the cheap! You can put two of those cameras together with the proper i/o of 2.5" (something you can't do with DSLR). In fact it looks like you can get them even closer. In fact, you can put them at any distance you want! And goodbye to those cumbersome mirror rigs! (which means you gain a stop)