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Combining signature Canon image quality, professional audio features, and a wide selection of manual controls (frame rates, zooming speed, focus, white balance and gain), the ultra compact XA10 is ideal for independent operators who shoot on location— online news, reality TV, celebrity reporting, extreme sports, etc., or for owners of large professional models looking for a compact addition to their existing set-up.

 
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When I first learned how to use a computer, I used Windows 3.1 and DOS. At the time, Windows was a little unwieldy, especially for someone just learning the basics of a computer, but it did provide a visual interface with which to navigate the folders, files, and applications scattered around your C:\ drive.

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Traveling with precision camera tools has long been a game of seeing how far one can press airport limits without pushing one button too many of the person behind the ticket counter. Ever tighter carry-on allowances and skyrocketing checked baggage fees have made matters worse.

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It's been more than 10 years since Apple brought its first version of Final Cut Pro to market. In that time, the professional, nonlinear video application has seen many improvements and features added. With each subsequent release, the software has offered greater stability, reliability, and productivity in the ever changing moving-image space. 

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For the longest time, the words “new from Leica” sounded like an oxymoron, but on 9/9/09, Leica's Chief Executive Officer, Rudi Spiller, along with Director of Product Management, Stefan Daniel, and the musician/photographer, Seal, announced the introduction of two new Leica rangefinder cameras—the Leica M9 and Leica X1—as well as the official debut of the medium-format Leica S2.

 
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Few dimensions of retail-audio have, over the past few years, exploded like (affordable) portable field recording. As prices in memory fell, so did prices in recorders. As a result, consumers routinely began recording everything from interviews to band practice to line-level concert signals. Simultaneously, the recent significance of "multimedia" has also given rise to multitudes of new audio practitioners.

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If you shoot stills or video with optics 500mm and longer you already know the pluses and minuses of taking pictures with narrow angle-of-view (AOV) optics. They range from the 'wow' factor to the 'this thing is far too heavy to schlep around all day' factor.

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Easy to operate ultra-compact camcorders are really stealing the show these days, and Sony's new higher end HDR-TG5V high definition Handycam is an impressive little performer for those interested in the concentrated form factor but wanting a little more oomph. Marketed for the chic traveler, its lightweight design and clean look combined with enhanced features such as Geotagging and 16GB embedded flash memory make it a great option. 

11 years ago
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But let's review the similarities. In our hands-on look at the HDR-FX1000, we noted all the great new features and improvements Sony brought to its replacement of the prosumer HDR-FX1. Those same upgrades apply to the HVR-Z5U, which we were also lucky enough to spend some face-time with prior to its official December release.

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Road-testing a new DSLR is always a blast, especially when the improvements go beyond a new paint job and racing stripes. Canon's new EOS 5D Mark II, a 2nd generation 5D-series digital camera, delivers a host of improvements along with the ability to shoot Hi-Def video with sound, which made the road-test experience a total blast-and-a-half.

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Reaffirming its commitment to the HDV format, Sony has announced its newest top-of-the-line prosumer camcorder, the HDR-FX1000. This model replaces the HDR-FX1 and adds a substantial number of improvements, including three Exmor-enhanced 1/3" CMOS sensors, a wide-angle 20x G-Series lens, and—in a welcome first from Sony's consumer division—24p/30p progressive scan recording.

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Back in April at the NAB convention in Las Vegas, Matrox announced the new MXO2, a complete Mac-based I/O device designed to expand Final Cut Studio and Adobe Production Premium CS3.

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Peripheral to the art of video capture is a wealth of accessories, available to assist us as we shape and craft our visions into story form. Your main tool is a "proper" video camcorder. Each camcorder manufacturer implements manual controls in various configurations and for various functions to allow the filmmaker options to fine-tune image tonal qualities.

 
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One of the most daunting technical challenges facing small businesses as they start up is choosing a data-storage system. The concepts underlying storage arrays go over most people's heads. Even when understood, the rigid structure demanded by RAID arrays means figuring out exactly how much storage you'll need for the foreseeable future.

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