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MediaShout Version 4

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Many churches today are creating exciting worship programs by utilizing technology as part of their ministry efforts. Video monitors and projection screens are being used to get the congregation more involved in the service, displaying everything from weekly bulletin notes before the service, to Bible verses and song lyrics during the service so everyone can follow along and participate. One piece of software for the PC that can really help to create dynamic worship services is MediaShout version 4. I was recently able to try out this latest...

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Sony Cinescore Review

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Try watching a movie with the volume muted, and you’ll quickly realize the importance of the soundtrack – the visuals can really lose their impact without the appropriate music. For most video producers, finding just the right music can be a challenge. There are plenty of royalty-free music collections available, but the songs are never quite the right length, the tempo doesn’t match the action, or the mood is just not right. Sony Creative Software has filled this need for quality custom soundtrack creation with their Cinescore...

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Instant Video Presenter

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So you’ve always thought you could do better than the local TV weatherman, if only you had the chance? Well, here’s your chance! Instant Video Presenter from ej4 allows anyone with a PC and a camcorder or webcam to superimpose themselves over any still image background, or whatever is on their PC screen, such as a PowerPoint presentation or photo slideshow. There are a handful of backgrounds included, or you can choose your own images. All you need to do is sit or stand in front of a green screen (5’ x 7’ green cloth included), point...

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Matrox MXO2 Mini with MAX Essential to Video Journalist’s Kit at UNICEF

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Bob Coen is a video producer and global correspondent at UNICEF, the United Nations agency dedicated to upholding the rights of children around the globe. He’s responsible for shooting video and producing stories for UNICEF’s global website about the organization’s work supporting education, health, and sanitation initiatives in developing countries and providing emergency relief in natural and man-made disasters. “I work as a ‘one-man-band’ – shooting, writing, editing, and transmitting my stories on...

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Capture Cards for Premiere Pro

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When editing with Adobe Premiere Pro on the PC, the only means of getting video in and out of the system is typically via 1394 Firewire. This may be fine if you only edit DV or HDV footage, but invariably, you or a client will need to work with some legacy analog footage from VHS, 8mm, 3/4″ or other tape format. If working with broadcast gear having SDI or HD-SDI connectors, you’ll need a capture solution for those connections. Capture cards might also provide analog outputs that allow you to record to a VCR or DVD recorder, or view...

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The Quadro FX 3800 with Elemental Accelerator for CS4

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As long as digital video compression has been around, video producers have sought to get the best video quality while also keeping file sizes small. The current solution is the H.264 format, which excels at producing small files with excellent quality. It’s the format of choice today for solid-state camcorders, iPods, and cell phones and is also used for Blu-ray disc, YouTube and most other web videos. H.264 comes with a cost though – its quality and economy of size are the result of a very complex codec, meaning it takes a lot of...

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Hands-on with Atomos Ninja: First Impressions

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An out of box experience Safe Harbor recently received our much-anticipated first shipment of Atomos Ninja 10-bit ProRes Field Recorders. Our shipment included a demo unit for evaluation, which I quickly grabbed and opened up. I’m a videographer myself, so I tend to get more excited about these things than the typical sales guy. In case you’ve been off the planet the last few months and had not heard any of the pre-release buzz about the Ninja, it’s a portable, battery-powered unit that takes the live uncompressed HDMI feed from your...

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What is the difference between the RT.X2 and RT.X2 LE models?

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The Matrox RT.X2 took the Premiere Pro editing world by storm when it was released in 2007. A year later, Matrox introduced the RT.X2 LE, with a lower price point and impressive list of features. What, exactly, is the difference between these two popular cards? The RT.X2 has a DVI output that lets you preview HD video “pixel for pixel” on a compatible computer LCD display. The RT.X2 LE does not have the DVI output, but you can still monitor your HD video using the analog component output of the Matrox breakout box that comes with...

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Improve and secure your workflow with PCoIP remote computing

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Remote computing with the revolutionary PCoIP protocol offers media professionals many proven benefits including improved security, enhanced collaboration, remote access, increased productivity and a better working environment: Improve Security: PCoIP technology transmits only encrypted pixels so data and files never leave your office or datacenter. So even with remote employees or contractors, your content will remain yours Enhanced Collaboration: Now artists, studios and production houses anywhere in the world can work together, viewing and...

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ikan See Clearly Now, the Pain is Gone!

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

The new ikan VL7 portable 7″ LCD display has given my video productions – and my career – a new lease on life! More on that in a moment — but first a bit of history about “portable” monitors. I began filming weddings and events in 1992 with a Hi8 camcorder that had only a small black and white viewfinder, as color LCDs were not invented yet. Not only was it hard to frame and focus using the small b/w viewfinder, but it was also difficult/impossible to know if the white balance was accurate. One could very easily...

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