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Anamorphic Widescreen – Understanding Pixel Aspect Ratios

Posted by on Jul 2, 2010 in Tutorials | 0 comments

The old 4:3 video standard is quickly becoming a thing of the past; all new LCD displays are 16:9 widescreen models, all HD camcorders record a 16:9 widescreen image, and even most older DV camcorders offer the option to record in 16:9 mode. After editing widescreen content with your favorite NLE software, you may want to export the video to a format that viewers can watch on a website or portable device, and that can lead to unforeseen issues due to variations in how the image is recorded. For instance, when shooting NTSC DV video, the...

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Saving Compromised MiniDV Footage

Posted by on Jan 7, 2010 in Tutorials | 0 comments

Sooner or later, it happens to everyone ? you shoot that once-in-a-lifetime footage with your miniDV camcorder, only to find later that the playback is garbled. There are many reasons for bad recordings, including clogged heads and misaligned tape transports, so of course keep a miniDV head cleaning tape in your camera bag and run it at the first sign of trouble. My Sony cameras display a head clog warning on the view screen, and just playing the head cleaner for 10 seconds has always resolved head clogs in the field before they became a real...

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Sonic BD PowerStation

Posted by on Nov 13, 2009 in Tutorials | 0 comments

The Sonic BD PowerStation is the ultimate professional encoding solution for authoring Blu-ray or DVD discs, based on the same core technology as Scenarist, the encoder of choice for Hollywood movie releases on DVD and Blu-ray. This suite is used to encode video, create DVD or Blu-ray menus, and run simulations on the result. Completed projects may be burned direct to DVD and Blu-ray, or compliant master files may be output for replication. BD PowerStation uses a USB dongle for security, but is very easy to install quickly using the online...

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Realtime AVCHD editing with Panasonic and Edius NEO2

Posted by on Nov 12, 2009 in NLE Software, 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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Patching a Video Background Using Photoshop

Posted by on Oct 30, 2009 in Adobe, Adobe (Licenses), AdobeTutorials, Tutorials | 0 comments

You just shot a really exciting seminar and can?t wait to get back to the studio to review the footage. The guest speaker looks great ? the lighting, framing and focus are right on! Then to your dismay, you see it ? the unwelcome item in the background. It could be a glaring red “Exit” sign, a restroom sign, or anything else that you find distracting or annoying, including a wayward bystander. Well, there is hope. The technique discussed here works for video shots that are “locked down,” meaning the camera is on a...

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To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade – A Brief Guide for RTX2 Users

Posted by on Oct 27, 2009 in Matrox, Tutorials | 0 comments

I often get questions from customers seeking advice about upgrading their RTX2 systems. If you are one of the many RTX2 users out there with an older system and Adobe CS3, there is one important consideration before upgrading your software. If you are running the RTX2 with Adobe CS3 on an older machine and you would like to upgrade to CS4, please make sure that your motherboard or system is on the approved list from Matrox. You can find the list by following this link – ...

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Live Capture using Matrox MXO2 Mini

Posted by on Sep 11, 2009 in Matrox, 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...

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HD to DVD Workflow for Matrox RT.X2

Posted by on Aug 18, 2009 in Matrox, Tutorials | 0 comments

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 are...

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Making Money with Dance Recitals

Posted by on Jul 20, 2009 in Tutorials | 1 comment

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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The Great Debate – NTSC HD vs. PAL HD

Posted by on May 14, 2009 in Tutorials | 0 comments

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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