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Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM solid-state camcorder

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Panasonic’s latest entry in its AVCCAM camcorder lineup is the AG-HMC40, which might be described as the “little brother” of the popular AG-HMC150 model. This tapeless camcorder uses an SDHC memory card to record any of 9 different HD formats using AVCHD (MPEG-4) compression and also takes still photos at up to 10.6 – megapixel quality in the .jpg format. The highest video quality setting of “PH” records the full 1920×1080 or 1280×720 HD resolution at 21Mbps, with settings of 1080i60, 1080p30, 1080p24,...

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Safe Harbor TOP 10 products for 2010

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Product Spotlight | 0 comments

2010 really flew by, but not without some major happenings in the video and animation products world, so the Safe Harbor staff has put together a short list of products that we felt worthy of a Top 10 listing. Inclusion in the list is based on a variety of criteria and does not necessarily reflect sales numbers. So let’s take a look at the Safe Harbor “Top 10 for ’10,” in no particular order. Mac Pro – Mac users had Christmas in July with the highly anticipated release of the new Mac Pro workstations with up to 12...

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Work REDCODE Native in Final Cut Pro!

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KONA 3 from AJA now allows you to work REDCODE native! The newly released version 6 software for KONA 3 adds support for realtime playback of the popular RED ONE camera’s unique 2K and HD file types. “There is no question,” says Ted Schilowitz of RED Digital Cinema, “that AJA tools are the best choice for Final Cut Pro editors looking to play out RED Native files to professional monitors via QuickTime reference movies for both offline editorial and online editing/finishing.” Using the free RED Log and Transfer...

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Everything You Need to Know About the Atomos Samurai (video)

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Atomos, Product Spotlight | 0 comments

The highly anticipated Atomos Samurai has finally made its way into a number of production workflows. This portable touchscreen 10bit HD recorder, monitor, and playback/playout device captures pristine video and audio direct from any camera with HD/SD-SDI. It encodes in real-time onto low-cost, removable 2.5″ hard disks, directly to ProRes LT, 422, or HQ, at data rates of 100, 145, or 220Mbps respectively. You can then review your footage in real-time onto the pristine 5″ display or out onto any HD-SDI capable device, including...

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Sorenson Squeeze 5 – Above and Beyond!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Product Spotlight | 0 comments

Reviewed by Jeff Pulera You’ve completed the editing of your masterpiece, but how will you distribute it to your audience? Today, there are many options including DVD, Blu-ray, Flash, Windows Media, and H.264 to name a few. Many software editing packages include the ability to output to some, or possibly even all, of the above formats. The drawback to using your NLE software to encode your video is that the editing software is not optimized for creating high quality results in all the formats you may need, while keeping the file size at its...

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Maximize Benefits of Avid Open I/O with Bluefish444 12 Bit Video I/O Cards

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Bluefish444, Product Spotlight | 0 comments

Bluefish444 has worked closely with Avid engineering and product management to tightly integrate Avid Media Composer 6, Symphony 6, and NewsCutter 10 with the entire range of Epoch and Create video cards. Full support for Avid’s DNxHD codec combined with Bluefish444’s bundled Symmetry capture, review, and playback software provides an end-to-end, extremely flexible post-production workflow solution with ultra high quality 12 bit processing. We recommend the Create line as the ultimate video I/O solution for Avid editing...

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particleIllusion – Smokin’ Hot!

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Product Spotlight | 0 comments

I’ve had my own video production company for 16 years, and while I love new gadgets and software that I can use to enhance my productions, I’ve never gotten into specialized effects software. I have to admit I’ve just been intimidated by the complexity and learning curves involved, not to mention the long render times which kill my creativity. Particle Illusion 3.0 has changed all that for me. I recently viewed some sample videos at the Wondertouch website and was amazed at what this package has to offer, so I downloaded the...

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Adobe Photoshop CS6: Video Previews and Sneak Peeks

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Adobe (Licenses), Product Spotlight | 0 comments

With the latest edition of Adobe Creative Suite well on its way, weve rounded up a few sneak peeks at the highly anticipated Photoshop CS6. While theres no clear answer as to when we can expect an official release, it’s also no secret that Adobe has historically planned major announcements around large industry events such as NAB. Rumored for an April 2012 launch, CS6 will likely be no exception. On June 21, 2011, CEO Shantanu Narayen said during an Adobe conference call that the CS5.5 launch in April, 2011 was the first release in our...

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What is the TriCaster “Live Control” used for?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Product Spotlight | 0 comments

The LC-11 Live Control option provides a physical control interface for many of the TriCaster’s functions. Everything the TriCaster does can be controlled via TriCaster’s onscreen interface using the mouse and keyboard, but many users prefer the look, feel and tactile feedback that only switcher buttons and a T-bar can provide, especially if they are experienced with this sort of equipment. While many events are easily handled by a single TriCaster operator, more complex events may go smoother using a team approach. One person can run the...

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Matrox MXO2 Mini

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Product Spotlight | 0 comments

I’ve been a fan and user of Matrox capture cards for several years now, beginning with the RT.X100, and more recently the RT.X2, which added HD editing capabilities. These cards offer analog video capture and playback, in addition to the standard 1394 Firewire i/o offered with most computers. If there’s a downside to the RT.X2, it’s that the desktop host PC hardware must meet specific requirements, and it doesn’t work with laptops or Mac computers. These concerns are addressed with the new MXO2 Mini. The MXO2 Mini is a small, external...

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