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The Great Debate – NTSC HD vs. PAL HD

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 1 comment

Technically, the title of this article is incorrect, since NTSC and PAL refer to standard-definition video formats. Nevertheless, you may see these terms come up in the various places, so please read on and it will soon make sense. As HD video was first gaining momentum a few years back, many videographers were excited that we might finally be able to have a worldwide video standard that would eliminate the incompatibility issues between the NTSC and PAL video formats used in different countries. In case you’re not familiar with the...

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Do I Need Uncompressed Editing?

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If you are doing work for broadcast delivery, you may want to consider capturing and editing in an uncompressed format. Digital video cameras all use some sort of compression on the video file before saving, or the data files would be enormous. Even though the source video may have been compressed, in an uncompressed workflow, further image degradation is kept to a minimum and graphics and compositing will remain cleaner. AJA and Black Magic Design offer capture and playback cards for uncompressed workflows. For Mac users, the ProRes 422 codec...

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Making Money with Dance Recitals

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

I’ve been videotaping dance recitals for 15 years now, and it’s proven to be a lucrative segment of the event video market for me as owner of Digital Vision Productions. Parents spend a lot of time and money sending their kids to dance lessons, and it all comes together once a year at the big recital held at the end of the season, usually in May or June as school lets out for summer break. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all come to the theater to view the performances, and it’s a big deal. Younger performers might only be in one...

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Updates to DVD Export Settings for MXO2 CS5.5 Users

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

If you’re using Premiere Pro CS5 or CS5.5 on the PC with Matrox MXO2 hardware, there’s some important information we’d like you to be aware of to get the best DVD export quality. This info only pertains to exporting “MPEG-2 for DVD” from a Matrox NTSC sequence – if you’re using a Matrox HD or Matrox PAL sequence, the cropping does not apply and you may disregard these instructions. With the CS4 drivers for MXO2, a Matrox NTSC project was 720×480, but starting with CS5, Matrox changed this to 720×486. Since DVD...

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NewTek TriCaster Live Web Streaming – Push or Pull?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in NewTek, Tutorials | 1 comment

The NewTek TriCaster, available in several models, offers live web streaming of the video content you are producing with the unit. Live streaming allows viewers to see your production across the local in-house network, or around the world via the internet. There are two available streaming options with TriCaster, known as Push and Pull. Pull is the simplest option for small audiences – users on the local network or the internet can “Pull” the stream right from the TriCaster itself. This works ok for just a few viewers, since your...

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HD to DVD Workflow for Matrox RT.X2

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HD video has been around for more than a few years now, and HD editing has been supported for a couple of generations with Premiere Pro. One would assume then that all the kinks have been worked out regarding the HD editing workflow, especially with the latest release of Premiere Pro CS4. Yet for all its power and rich feature set, CS4 is still lacking in one fundamental area – it can’t do a decent export of HD material to DVD! Whether moving to HD shooting by choice, or by necessity of replacing aging SD gear, more and more videographers...

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Matrox support for Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.2

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

Adobe has recently released their Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.2 and Adobe Media Encoder CS4 4.2 updates. Matrox is working on drivers to support this new release and expect compatible drivers for the Matrox MXO2 Mini and Matrox CompressHD to be available next week. Drivers for Matrox Axio and Matrox RT.X2 are expected in December. Until the appropriate Matrox drivers become available, we recommend that users do not upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.2 and Adobe Media Encoder CS4 4.2. You should turn off automatic updates to prevent auto-installs...

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How Should I Encode Audio for My DVD?

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There are 3 kinds of audio that can be used when authoring DVDs. Dolby Digital (AC-3) – compressed audio with a very high quality, taking up very little space on the DVD. This allows you to encode the video at a higher data rate for better quality since you have more space available for video content. Dolby is the preferred choice for DVD audio. PCM – uncompressed audio, no different than a “.wav” file in your editing software. Two hours of PCM audio can take up over 1GB, which is a good portion of your DVD, leaving less room...

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Live Capture using Matrox MXO2 Mini

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

Today’s handheld HD camcorders offer amazing quality for their cost and size, but there is a price to be paid for the portability – the video is captured using compression. Without compression, the video files would be so large that the camera’s recording capacity would be used up in a matter of minutes! There are several types of compression that can be applied to reduce the overall size of the video file. The first thing to go is color resolution. When all the color information is kept in a digital video file, it is referred to as...

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Realtime AVCHD editing with Panasonic and Edius NEO2

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

Grass Valley has announced that their EDIUS NEO2 software is being updated with the “Booster” package to provide realtime native editing of AVCHD, eliminating the need to transcode footage prior to editing. No other NLE software provides realtime AVCHD editing, so this is exciting news for users. The EDIUS NEO2 software has been bundled with the Panasonic AG-HCM150 and AG-HCM70 camcorders for some time now, and is also being included with the new AG-HCM40 units. Users that purchased their Panasonic camera on or after October 9,...

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