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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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LaCie LaCinema: Portable HD Media Playback Solutions

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A common question on video forums these days is, “How can I play HD videos at a trade show” or “How can I provide video playback at a kiosk for my client”, without having to burn to Blu-ray and use a Blu-ray player? Others may want to take audio, photo and movie collections on the go, for vacations or sharing with relatives. LaCie, a popular supplier of portable hard drives, has a solution in their LaCinema line of hard drives. There are two lines – LaCinema Classic, and LaCinema Rugged, the latter having a...

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CalDigit HDOne Testimonial

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EMP|SFM Editor: David WulzenLocation: Seattle, WAWebsite: www.empsfm.org ToolKit: * CalDigit HDOne * Final Cut Pro * AJA Kona 3 Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) is a museum dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music and the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of science fiction. Everything that I have experienced with the HDOne can be summed up in one word – simple. From opening the box, to being up and running, to monitoring drive health and speeds, it is all incredibly simple....

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Matrox MXO2 – To MAX or not to MAX, that is the question

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

We’ve had a lot of inquiries lately from customers interested in Matrox MXO2 hardware who are unsure if they need to get the “MAX” option or not. I’d like to share some information here to help you make an informed decision on this for yourself. Quite simply, MAX is for H.264 export and capture. It provides hardware-accelerated H.264 output of your finished edit sequences to formats for Blu-ray, web, and mobile devices using a dedicated compression chip in the MXO2 box. Using the new Matrox MAX H.264 Capture application with...

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