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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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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

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

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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Portable Video Recorders – Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle versus Atomos Ninja and Samurai

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

Safe Harbor Computers offers 3 great portable video field recording devices, but which is right for you? The Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle records uncompressed video, while the Atomos Ninja and Samuraiunits record to the Apple ProRes codec. This is not meant to be a review of any of these units — rather, I wish to explain the compression and storage methods used by each, along with the associated storage costs, to help you decide which might best suit your particular workflow and budget. To learn more about the ProRes codec and...

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

Posted by on Sep 13, 2011 in Matrox, Product Spotlight | 0 comments

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

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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ikan See Clearly Now, the Pain is Gone!

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in IKan, Product Spotlight | 0 comments

ikan See Clearly Now, the Pain is Gone!

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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Hands-on with Atomos Ninja: First Impressions

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Atomos, Product Spotlight | 0 comments

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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