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Vectoraster by LostMinds
Designing with Shapes
Vectoraster by LostMinds
Vectorizer for the Mac (and iOS) allows you to create fantastic shape based translations of raster artwork or photography with just a few clicks. The great part about this new software is that it is really easy to use. Like any good design software, it?s full of options that will allow you to create unique pieces, even when you?re starting from presets. Read More

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Camera Tripods
Camera Tripods
We are often asked when a tripod should be used, and the generic answer is "whenever you have one with you". Unless you purposely want that jerky, jumpy video look that was a trademark of some TV shows for a period, there is nothing worse than a video that is not rock steady. There is a reason that TV camera operators routinely use them no matter the circumstances. Trust me, you wouldn't lug one of those dirty big TV camera tripods around everywhere with you by choice! But not all tripods are created equal. The one you can buy for $15 in Big W has nothing in common with any of the tripods you'll see in this story other than it has three legs and a screw to mount a camera! Read More
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Forget Using Smartphone Cams!
Forget Using Smartphone Cams!
Lately, users have shied away from using lower priced camcorders in favor of shooting video with their smartphones and this is a bit sad in my opinion. The quality of footage from a phone can never replicate that of even the least expensive of genuine camcorders due to a number of factors, not the least being the lens. The physical design is also a factor; camcorders are built the way they are for a reason, primarily the ergonomics with everything at your fingertips. And of course, the camcorder is always the right way up, shooting proper 16:9 high definition footage (PROPER high def) in landscape mode and not portrait as smartphones do. So which are the best low cost camcorders on the market? With a budget of $500, we wondered just what you could get... Read More
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The JVC GC-PX100 Camcorder
The JVC GC-PX100 Camcorder
Every once in a while, a piece of equipment comes out from a vendor that grabs you by the throat and gives you a shake as it yells, "Look at me!". The new JVC GC-PX100 is such a beast. In terms of camcorders, the GC-PX100 is quite different; the shape is different, access to controls is different and even some functionality is different. Read More
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The Panasonic AG-HPX255 Camera and BT-LH1850 Monitor
The Panasonic AG-HPX255 Camera and BT-LH1850 Monitor
The AG-HPX255 is a hand-held 1/3 2.2 megapixel 3-MOS camera. It uses P2 cards. It records full 1920x1080, 10-bit 4:2:2. It is also capable of being used in a studio environment, thanks to a remote terminal compatible with Panasonic's AG-EC4 Paint Box remote control. Not bad for a camera that lists at $6,995.00. The BT-LH1850 is 18.5" monitor. It has a resolution of 1366 x 768. It's big enough for multiple people to look at, while being small enough to carry around to shoots. It has a built-in vectorscope, as well as a waveform monitor for RGB signals. Read More
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The Panasonic HC-V520M Camcorder
The Panasonic HC-V520M Camcorder
If you are into sports video, you know that it almost a given that you need a decent zoom to get the action (and it goes without saying, a tripod as well). In still photography terms, my experiences in motor sport suggest a 200mm is the minimum and probably a 400mm the optimal. Of course you need to allow factors such as low light and depth of field to get the best of them. Panasonic has obviously realized this in terms of the video world and released the HC-V520M, a single CMOS hi-def camcorder that will sit easily in the palm of your hand, but sports a genuine 50x optical zoom and an "intelligent" 80x Read More

Have Nuke? Try Nuke 9 and family coming...
I know it's IBC week, but you may have missed some important news from SIGGRAPH. Of course, if you have Nuke you're probably reading the n Read More
 
AJA`s new KONA 4 card at IBC
  At IBC 2014,  AJA Video Systems  announced that its KONA 4 professional desktop video and audio I/O card now supports the latest versions of Ad Read More
 
AJA`s new KONA 4 card at IBC
  At IBC 2014,  AJA Video Systems  announced that its KONA 4 professional desktop video and audio I/O card now supports the latest versions of Ad Read More
 
Imagineer Mocha 4.01 Free Update
Now available. New point release update: mocha 4.01 Imagineer Systems is pleased to announce a new update for all  mocha v4.x  owners. This free Read More
 
Adv. After Effects and CINEMA4D Lessons
SEPTEMBER 16: TUESDAY One night only in September.  It's 3 hours of Intermediate - Advanced lessons in After Effects and CINEMA 4D... and some Read More
 

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