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Sorenson Squeeze 9
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Sorenson Squeeze 9
For as long as I have been shooting and editing video, there has been a version of Sorenson Squeeze available. Quite simply, Squeeze has always been the premiere transcoding utility used by professionals. It is simple to use, effective, fast and covers almost every known codec and format type available. Squeeze 9 is the latest version of this venerable product, and while certainly not an inexpensive package, with pricing ranging from USD$799 to an eye watering $1999 for the server version, if you are a professional in the video game, it is an almost indispensable item to have in your toolbox. 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 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
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Artbeats Starfields 2 HD
Artbeats Starfields 2 HD
If you are going to do any kind of sci-fi related project, chances are you are going to have at least one shot that shows off the vastness of space. For those on a budget, spending the time rendering a high resolution space scene may be out of reach. Fortunately, Artbeats returns to outer space with a whole new collection of clips that you can use. Read More

Autodesk acquires Shotgun Software
In a blog post today , Don Parker first reminds us that SHOTGUN SOFTWARE IS NOT GOING AWAY. It's just going to get better.  If you're considRead More
 
NABShow 2014: International
One of the things that makes NABShow so great is the ability to come together with 1,000s of friends at a time in a single spot! Sure, it'd beRead More
 
NAB 2014 NABShow is PEOPLE
People have argued about the necessity of big trade shows.  Why travel from halfway around the world to see a presentation that might be availablRead More
 
NAB 2014: Plugin Pavilion
At NABShow, there are many exhibitors who return year after year, providing broadcasters with the latest news from their company.  And, year after Read More
 
MODBOOK. macbook+wacom
Modbook is back. But is it more than it's previous incarnation? I reviewed the original modbook a few years ago.  It was a new concept then, and Read More
 

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