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Posted 10/25/21
B&H is happy to announce Teradek’s new 5-in-1 Smart Streaming monitor, the Wave. This 7" IPS LCE monitor has a brightness of 1000 cd/m2, so you can use it indoors and outdoors to watch your program. However, more than just a monitor, the Wave is also a Smart Streaming device, which frees you from having to lug around a separate encoder. The Wave handles encoding, smart event creation, network bonding, and simultaneous multi-streaming to different locations. The Wave will also record your input program to either attached USB storage devices or SD/SDHC cards (class 6 and faster). Teradek Wave Smart Streaming Monitor/Encoder The HDMI input accepts video signals up to 1080p60, including 1080p24 and 23.98 as well as 1080i and 720p, so it is suitable for use in a variety of productions. The Wave allows you to monitor the input video signal and stream in AVC/H.264 to RTMP(S) to platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and Wowza, among others. It features FlowOS, which has been designed and developed just for the Wave, and FlowOS allows you to use the monitor not only to stream and encode, but also to use the Smart Event Creator, as well as live-monitor your video and stream settings with analytics all from the same device. In addition to the HDMI input for video, the Wave supports multiple Internet ports for Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x USB ports for Cellular LTE modems, as well as cellphone bonding with an optional Sharelink subscription for a redundant signal. The Wave also powers from optional L-series batteries, as well as a USB Type-C power connector for redundant power. Teradek Wave top and bottom view Mount it on your camera or a stand, or use the included stand so it can stand by itself. The Wave is your doorway to simplified streaming using a single monitor that displays, encodes, records, and handles connecting to your platforms. How many different devices can the Wave replace in your workflow? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 06/29/21
Are you ready for Zhiyun-Tech’s latest gimbal? Well, get ready, because it is the WEEBILL-2, ready to help you create stable, smooth moves with cameras weighing up to 7.3 pounds. Building on the popular WEEBILL LAB and WEEBILL-S designs, the WEEBILL-2 is an evolution in functionality with an integrated 2.88" flip-out touchscreen for monitoring and adjustments, so you no longer need to use your smartphone for monitoring and setup. Weebill-2 with Sling Grip Handle Weebill-2 with Tripod But the evolution doesn’t stop with just what you can see. The WEEBILL-2 features a new UI design and an Infineon sensor that improves the gimbal’s performance for smoother, more responsive movements as you follow the action or create cinematic shots. With approximately 9 hours of run time on each full charge, the WEEBILL-2 can help you create smooth cinematic shots without worrying about running out of power. Plus, it supports PD charging, which means you can charge the gimbal to up to 25% capacity in only 20 minutes, limiting downtime for recharging. Additionally, 50% charge takes only 40 minutes, and 75% takes an hour, with a full charge taking only 1.5 hours. Weebill-2 Combo Kit You can get the WEEBILL-2 by itself, or customize it to fit your shooting style and needs by choosing from one of the following kits: the Special Edition, with an additional tripod and carry case; the Combo Kit, with Sling Grip Handle and carry case; and the Pro Kit, which includes a wireless transmitter, a focus/zoom motor, and a Sling Grip, and while you are at it, don’t forget to check out these  additional accessories  for your WEEBILL-2 from Zhiyun-Tech. Anyway you slice it, the WEEBILL-2 is a big step forward in the WEEBILL lineup, and worth checking out. Are you a WEEBILL fan? Share your thoughts about the new WEEBILL-2 in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 03/17/21
Canon has never been one to sit out an opportunity to enter new markets, and during the past year, a need has manifested itself in the world for remotely controlled, networked cameras to create high-quality broadcast productions with minimal staff and crew over the Internet, from just about anywhere. To meet the requirements of the times, Canon has just announced a new line of 4K PTZ cameras, including the CR-N300 and CR-N500, as well as the new RC-IP100 PTZ camera joystick controller. Each camera fits the needs of specific production styles and features NDI|HX compatibility, high-resolution sensors, UHD 4K video capture, as well as a variety of remote control options for easy, remote pan/tilt/zoom operation. These cameras fall into a lower price range in comparison to other Canon and PTZ camera categories and specs, so they may be worth a side-by-side look. The CR-N500 will be the first to be released, with the more serious specs of the two cameras, to fit into applications that might have more cinematic requirements to match other Canon cinema cameras in your production, and you might need an additional remotely controlled camera to match your color and depth of field. The features include: Canon’s 1" CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus Canon’s DIGIC DV6 processor UHD 4K30 and 1080p60 video output via HDMI and 3G-SDI Built-in NDI|HX support Wide dynamic range Sensitivity to 1.5 lux Built-in ND filters Scene modes PoE+ for direct power Serial, IR, and IP (wired or Wi-Fi) control Professional gamma support, such as Canon Log3, to make post-production camera matching and color correction a breeze 15x zoom (25.5-382.5mm 35mm equivalent focal length) offers a highly adjustable field of view Genlock Dual XLR inputs and a mini mic input jack to fit right into a professional production The NDI|HX high-resolution/low-bandwidth compression is ideal to drop right into a professional NDI broadcast environment, with minimal configuration. The advantage of this is that many PTZ cameras on the market require a separate purchase for NDI functionality, but the license is included with these Canon PTZ cameras. If you are not using NDI, the camera can also stream over a LAN using RTP/RTMP/RTSP protocols. Another professional feature is the inclusion of built-in ND filters, mostly unheard of in today’s PTZ camera design, and the N500 includes 1/4, 1/16, and 1/64 filters. You can also power the camera via PoE+ so you can cut down on cabling on your existing PoE+ supported LAN. To remotely control the camera, you have several choices, including Canon’s IP/serial controller, IR, RS-422 serial, or via Wi-Fi using Canon’s freely downloadable camera control software. Up next is the  RC-IP100 camera joystick controller, which provides an easy way for a single operator to control multiple cameras. The controller’s bright 7" touchscreen, along with a precision joystick, provides the ability to control up to 100 PTZ cameras. It supports the Canon IP protocol, a proprietary IP protocol that allows you to create a fast, private network to control your cameras, or you can utilize RS-422 serial protocol to connect to the cameras. The controller features six customizable function buttons and stores up to 100 presets, and the joystick allows for fine control of pan, tilt, and zoom for smooth camera movements. The following table provides a spec comparison between the new PTZ cameras and Canon camcorders: CR-N300 PTZ XA40 Camcorder CR-N500 PTZ XF705 Camcorder Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS 1/2.3" CMOS 1" CMOS 1" CMOS Zoom 20x 20x 15x 15x Format UHD 4K30, 1080p60 UHD 4K30, 1080p60 UHD 4K30, 1080p60 UHD 4K60, 1080p60 Outputs USB, 3G-SDI, HDMI Mini-HDMI 3G-SDI, HDMI 12G-SDI, HDMI Control IP, IR, RS-422, UVC, Wi-Fi n/a IP, IR, R-422, Wi-Fi RS-422, Wi-Fi NDI|HX Yes, License Included n/a Yes, License Included n/a ND Filters n/a Optional on Lens Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 Gamma n/a n/a Wide DR, CLog3, HLG Wide DR, CLog3, HLG Inputs Audio Mini Jack Mini Jack + 2 x XLR Mini Jack + 2 x XLR Mini Jack + 2 x XLR Recording Output Only 2 x SD Slots Output Only 2 x SD Slots Power PoE+ Battery or DC PoE+ Battery or DC Genlock n/a n/a Yes Yes Last, and available in Q3 2021, is the CR-N300 PTZ camera that falls into a more accessible category, aimed at houses of worship, corporate conferencing, event spaces, broadcast, government, streaming, or documentary-style productions. It shares the same IR, RS-422, Wi-Fi, compatibility with Canon’s IP controller, DIGIC DV6 processor, wide dynamic range, NDI|HX support, PoE+, and scene modes as the CR-N500, but its features are focused on ease-of-use and affordability. The N300 features include: A 1/2.3" CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF Canon’s DIGIC DV6 processor Wide dynamic range 1.5 lux 20x optical zoom (29.3-601mm 35mm equivalent focal length) Support for UHD 4K30 and 1080p60 video capture NDI|HX support Scene modes PoE+ Serial, IR, and IP (wired or Wi-Fi) control In addition to IP, HDMI, and 3G-SDI outputs, it also features a USB Type-C output with UVC support so you can utilize it as a tethered webcam There are no XLR inputs, but it does feature microphone input using with a mini jack Both cameras will be available in Satin Black and Titanium White finishes, and they are compatible with the Canon camera control software that is free to download. It allows you to see a 9 x 9 live view grid of your cameras, control your camera, change settings on multiple cameras, view tally information, and load settings configurations from an external drive. It is compatible with Windows OS as well as USB joysticks. Be sure to check out the newest Canon PTZ offerings on the B&H Photo website to compare their specs and features side-by-side, and we’ll keep an eye out for their release dates. Are you excited by these new releases? Feel free to tell us why in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 01/25/21
Looking to stream your video content quickly and reliably from almost anywhere? Count on the VidiU X HD Video Streaming System, from Teradek, for your in-the-field coverage, remote instruction, work presentations, live events, and more. This compact hardware encoder is portable and powerful, letting you stream HD video at the touch of a button. The HDMI-input VidiU X broadcasts your content at resolutions up to 1080p60 using your choice of Ethernet, Wi-Fi, or an optional 4G/3G modem. This latest Teradek encoder is even Wi-Fi 6 and 5G ready, offering faster speeds and higher data rates where available. Compact design with OLED display. Versatile Streaming Options The VidiU X uses high-quality, low-latency AVC H.264 video compression and AAC-LC audio compression. Bit rates range from 250 kb/s to 15 Mb/s with preset bit rates including a mobile setting, making it easy to select a rate that's suitable and start streaming, wherever you are. Compatible with a wide array of HDMI-output cameras and video switchers, the VidiU X incorporates a scaler for converting video resolutions ranging from 720p50 to 60 and 1080p23.98 to 60 fps. The VidiU X supports 2-ch embedded audio, as well as a 2-ch line/mic input. Platform Integration With native integration for Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Vimeo Livestream, Airmix, and similar RTMP/S platforms, the VidiU X is easy to use. A boot-up time of less than 10 seconds gets your content up and out there quickly on your platform of choice. HDMI Input Field or Studio Use Network Capabilities A trio of dual-band Wi-Fi, a 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet port, and a USB Type-A modem port provide the VidiU X with versatile network options. Wi-Fi features include automatic or manual channel selection, and future-proofing functions include Wi-Fi 6 and 5G support where available. Cellular bonding capability using a mix of Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and/or USB cellular modem networks enables the VidiU X to offer you stable, high-bandwidth output. When paired with an optional Teradek Sharelink subscription, you can use the VidiU X to stream to multiple destinations simultaneously. Front panel OLED. App and Web UI Configuration You can configure your VidiU X using the iOS and Android-compatible VidiU app or the feature-rich web-based user interface. Design Features The compact VidiU X features a bright, daylight-viewable OLED panel that displays your platform name, video resolution, signal strength and status, and more. An SD/SDXC card slot can be used for recording and storage. Additional features include a joystick navigator, a USB Type-C power input port, internal antennas, and both ¼"-20 and M3 mounting threads. With mobile content being increasingly popular, the Teradek VidiU X is just the solution you need for secure, stable streaming. Share your thoughts on the new VidiU X in the Comments, below, and let us know if you have any questions.
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Posted 05/12/20
Maria teaches you how to make your own food video at home, with tips on filming, lighting, and editing and some fun tricks to make it your own! Also check out these other  At-Home videos  for more ways to help you stay creative at home.
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Posted 06/24/19
In Part 4 of our multi-part Audio for Video series, AB walks you through the pros and cons of recording audio to your camera versus using an external audio recorder. Learn about when direct-to-camera recording may be ideal, and when you’ll need to start thinking about additional devices, such as mixer adapters and external multi-track recorders. As usual, AB breaks down many important considerations and helpful tips that you need to know for high-quality audio capture in the field. If you would like to continue reading about the Audio for Video series, be sure to check out all of our related content here. If you have any additional questions, comments, or you would like to make a request, be sure to leave a message down below.
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