Cameras:
Forget Using Smartphone Cams! By David Hague 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 »
The JVC GC-PX100 Camcorder By David Hague 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 »
The Panasonic HC-V520M Camcorder By David Hague 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 »
The Canon HF G25 Camcorder By David Hague And still they keep coming. Today we received a new Canon HF G25 for testing, and true to recent form for most of the latest camcorder releases, the features and functions are truly staggering. This camera is designed to be fully automatic or as manual as you like. Things such as Auto Gain can be adjusted as can focus preset and a manual focus assist. Zebra patterning is there as are white balance presets for daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten and by colour temperature. ...Read More »
The Sony PMW-200 Camcorder By David Hague The power of a motor vehicle is usually measured in kilowatts (although still more easily identified by most in the "old currency" of brake horse power). Sadly this is not always an accurate measure of grunt as other factors should also be brought into the equation such as power-to-weight ratios and so on. Similarly, most non-professionals (and advertising blurb and salespeople) tend to measure how good a camcorder is by its zoom factor, number of megapixels or even its internal storage capacity. While all of these are a small part in the total power factor they are by no means anywhere near the be-all and end-all. ...Read More »
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 for the Videographer By Jeremiah Hall I have never used the previous versions of Lightroom, since most of my time was taken up with Avid, After Effects and Final Cut Pro. When I needed to do something with stills, I used Photoshop. When I got the chance to try Lightroom 4, I jumped at the chance, but I was more interested in the video capabilities than I was in the photographic features and tools. Lightroom 4 will not be replacing Premiere or Photoshop, it's not designed for heavy photo or video editing. You can't cut your movie masterpiece with it. But if you're a DSLR shooter, I can see it becoming a very useful tool in your arsenal. ...Read More »
Importing from iPhoto or Aperture By Diana Weynand, James Alguire and RevUpTansmedia If you are an avid user of iPhoto or Aperture, Apple's consumer and professional photo management tools you probably have shoeboxes worth of photos, all carefully organized, cropped, color adjusted, keyword tagged, and now just crying to be seen. Somewhere. Anywhere? ...Read More »
Working with your HDSLR footage in Vegas Pro 10 By Gary Rebholz For the most part, you use the exact same techniques to work with files from your HDSLR as you do any other footage that you add to your Vegas Pro timeline. There are no specific "HDSLR-only" editing techniques that you need to learn, so if you already edit other types of footage with Vegas Pro software, use the same techniques for your HDSLR footage. ...Read More »
The New Face of HDTV When it comes to HDTVs, it`s easy to be seduced by just a pretty picture. But that`s not enough anymore. Check out these new must-have features you are going to want in a high-def TV. ...Read More »
Mac Panasonic MOD Video Converter Enables You To Edit Panasonic SDR Series To IMovie Or FCP Doremisoft Panasonic MOD Camcorder Video Converter for Mac users to convert or edit Panasonic SDR MOD video in Mac program like iMovie, FCE, FCP, etc. ...Read More »
CES 2011 Report By Simon Munk Our consumer-tech expert scours the worlds biggest technology trade show to find out what gadgets you need to start fantasizing about now. ...Read More »
The Consumer Video-editing Revolution By for Digital Innovation Gazette The advent of digital video technologies has brought the Hollywood professional??s editing tools down to the consumer level. Now, even a teen can try his hand at becoming the next George Lucas or James Cameron -- and there??s a ready audience w ...Read More »
How to import flip ultra/mino hd/slidehd MP4 to Adobe Premiere Pro/Elements? By WIKI Adobe Premiere is an incredible consumer editing software that brings numerous amazing features to its fans. There are multiple versions, like Adobe Premiere Pro CS 4, Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, Adobe Premiere Elements 6.0, etc. But just like some other software, it also has some format limitations. When people try to import Flip video to Adobe Premiere for editing, they will feel frustrated because Premiere cannot read Flip video directly. ...Read More »
Converting Flip Video To Other Video Formats By WIKI Flip video converter is seen as the best way to convert flip video files. All Flip family support: Flip Mino, Flip Ultra, Flip MinoHD, Flip UltraHD, and new Flip SlideHD. Transfer and convert Flip video with Flip video converter! ...Read More »
Acclaimed Pilipino filmmaker Auraeus Solito By John Virata At one point in Philippine cinema history, the country was the fourth largest consumer of film stocks. During the heyday of the 1980s and early 1990s, the Philippine film industry enjoyed respectable growth with new films coming out on an almost weekly basis. The films were mostly formulaic action movies, romance, or adapted from serialized "komiks." ...Read More »
Steve is back - and with new iPods! Steve Jobs stepped back into the spotlight for the first time in nearly a year on Wednesday, drawing a standing ovation before unveiling new and cheaper iPods for Apple Inc. ...Read More »
The Flip MinoHD By Lou Wallace The Flip MinoHD is a 720p HD camcorder that fits in a shirt pocket, records an hour of HD video at 1280x720 resolution and costs $229.99. It offers exceptional results for consumers and a modest price. Recommended! ...Read More »
Sony HDR-HC9 HDV camcorder By Douglas Spotted Eagle HD is taking over the video production world faster than many camera owners can keep up with. Now in its 5th generation, HDV cameras offer a broad range of choices from full-size broadcast cameras to small format palmcorders. The most recent addition to the lineup of HDV camcorders is the Sony HDR-HC9, available from Sony Electronics. ...Read More »
Sony stuffs top-notch HD video into small camcorder, but included software falls short By The Associated Press Consumers are racing to replace their aging televisions with high-definition TVs. Trouble is, many are still using devices and services that can't fill those HDTVs with enough visual information to make them look their best. ...Read More »
Sony HDR-SR1 By David Hague In Sonys new line up of AVCHD based Handycams, the HDR-SR1 is probably the model the serious video person would look at as against its sibling, the UX-1. The major difference between the two is media; the SR-1 uses hard disc technology for video storage as against the UX-1s DVD. ...Read More »
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