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About NewTek TriCaster

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

TriCaster can bring your message to anyone – easily and affordably! Seamlessly mix and record audio, video, still images, titles and computer presentations into one compelling message, without being a video pro! TriCaster can: Project the speaker, sporting event, dance recital, even the audience – anything you aim your cameras at – LIVE and on screen for all to see! Mix in lecture notes, PowerPoint presentations, prerecorded video and still images. Overlay sports scores, performer’s names, credits… with instant, live...

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Videomaker Reviews Safe Harbor’s TSUNAMI Workstations

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

Joe said, “Besides liking the machine, we were impressed with Safe Harbor as a knowledgeable system integrator that cares about quality.”Read the rest here!

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Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM solid-state camcorder

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

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!

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

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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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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