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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?

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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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Expand Your Ministry with Dynamic Services and an Engaging Outreach

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

The goal of ministry is to engage souls and uplift spirits; a moving, meaningful worship experience is an awe-inspiring way to succeed. Some churches achieve results through video presentation. Instead of simply recording the service, which in itself has many benefits, they are investing in professional cameras, projectors, switchers, audio mixers, computers and other editing equipment, as well as involving a trained staff to operate it all! The reward is a beautiful, live service that may very well breathe new life into the message. But what...

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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