When I was a younger lad I shot a movie for which I elected to pursue using a Steadicam instead of tracks and dollies. In an effort to reduce setup times from location to location, the production team felt it was the right way to go. Upon doing some research I soon discovered that Steadicams were slightly out of my price range. So, I turned my attention to the Glide cam V-16 and eventually was able to get my hands on one.
The V-16 was a hefty brute designed primarily for ENG and 16mm cameras; it was a real workhorse and a great stabilizer in
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.
Like the FX1000, the
Abaltat Muse is a remarkable new way to generate 100% royalty free music. It's time to stop looking for your royalty free cds, over paying for copy righted music and dealing with music that doesn't match your movie. Just drag and drop a quicktime file on the Muse icon and let it become your orchestra. The multitrack composition will be perfectly timed and aligned to your video. It will review your movie based on color and
This week may mark the turning point of which suite of products that editors and their counterparts may seriously consider to be the centerpiece of a post production studio. After almost eighteen months since the last release, Adobe is now shipping CS4. Every facet of the Adobe's suite of software products is getting an upgrade.
New Video Formats
The new Premiere Pro CS4 can handle batch encoding and metadata management from tapeless cameras
Let's say you've just landed a gig that requires a three-week long trip to Guatemala, documenting some magnificent Mayan ruins. How about we up the ante just a bit? Your deadline is 6 weeks away! Uh-oh. Time appears to be tight and you've got to gear up and make a plan, pronto. In fact, it looks like you'll have to start editing on location. Fortunately, you have a few options:
1. You could attempt to drag your studio with you in the back of an all-terrain U-Haul.
2. Befriend the "locals" and hope they have electricity for all your gear (
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-
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. And do you really want to wave bye-bye to your precious gear as it's carted off to a version of Samsonite hell?
Professional video recorders, small as they've become over the years, still push the limits of qualifying as carry-on items. And that's without a padded
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. These updates have always been informed by the latest innovations in both Apple hardware and OS software deployment.
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
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
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. Other new features include increased low-light sensitivity (
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. After months of eagerly awaiting this lightweight, portable breakout box, the MXO2 has finally started to ship. Unfortunately, we were unable to acquire a test unit at press time, but check back with B&H's Pro Video News Archive page for a detailed review
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. When speaking to the scores of videographers in the industry, you'll learn about their techniques—how they manipulated, tweaked and adjusted the settings on their camcorders in order to