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Focus: Consumer Electronics 2014 RoundUp ZEROCHROMA
By Ko Maruyama As 2014 comes to an end, there are some products we?ve seen this year that continue to look good, moving forward into 2015. Although we?ll see lots of new tech at CES 2015, there are some great products that you can get without waiting. ZeroChroma continues to be an awesome choice for your iPad/iPhone cases, carriers, or holders. ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics 2014 RoundUp BEACON AUDIO BLAZAR
By Ko Maruyama As 2014 comes to an end, there are some products we've seen this year that continue to look good, moving forward into 2015. Although we'll see lots of new tech at CES 2015, there are some great products that you can get without waiting. Beacon Audio has a small bluetooth speaker that you can take with you wherever you want to enjoy audio. ...Read More »
Focus: Animators MAXON'S NEWEST CINEMA 4D R16
By Ko Maruyama Once you learn a piece of 3D software, it?s hard to switch into another piece of software. The language of good 3D design and animation doesn?t change, but the interface and toolset does change when you switch between software packages. However, switching between something your comfortable with and CINEMA4D is even easier now. So making the transition between what you?re using now and R16 doesn?t have to be an On/Off operation. ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics WORRY ABOUT LITTLE BROTHER New listening device will let him eavesdrop
By Ko Maruyama Don't worry about big brother eavesdropping on your call, they can do that easily. Now, you've got to consider what your LITTLE BROTHER can do with the new Sound Recorder from dinosaurlifestyle ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics Iron Man Car Charger Not an Arc Reactor
By Ko Maruyama File this under silly. It?s a USB car charger in the shape of Iron Man (or Iron Patriot/War Machine). I enjoy collecting little toy figurines of superheroes. I admit I have an Iron Man t-shirt that I wear, but I couldn?t think of a good reason for the Iron Man CAR CHARGER. Until, I thought of my friend Dave, and his son. ...Read More »
Focus: Consumer Electronics Grabbing motion with iPiSoft First steps toward mocap: Week 1
By Ko Maruyama This weekend, I jumped into putting together a motion capture PC. It?s nothing big, but the right amount of gear to get the motion capture portion of the workflow done. I?ll be using Microsoft Kinect cameras in conjunction with iPiSoft?s software to capture the data ? from there, anything is possible. ...Read More »
Focus: Business Media Back to School for iPad The GripBase Podium for teachers and students
By Ko Maruyama It's that time of year again. Time to head back to the classroom. This year, more than any other before, we're returning to school with iPads in tow. As a learning tool, book replacement, or prompt, the Apple iPad is part of the classroom. Newer Technology has made the iPad easier to integrate with the new GripBase Podium. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Canon's XA20 Professional Camcorder Is it better than the Canon XA10?
By David Hague Some time back we awarded the Canon XA10 Auscam's Camcorder of the Year. It was a truly ground breaking beast with its professional features such as twin XLRs, superb low light capability, brilliant lens and all crammed into a wonderfully ergonomic but small and light compact form factor. So what has changed in the XA20, and is it better? ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Camera Tripods In the age of smartphones and tablets a forgotten piece of video kit is the humble tripod - David Hague looks to rectify this
By David Hague We are often asked when a tripod should be used, and the generic answer is "whenever you have one with you". Unless you purposely want that jerky, jumpy video look that was a trademark of some TV shows for a period, there is nothing worse than a video that is not rock steady. There is a reason that TV camera operators routinely use them no matter the circumstances. Trust me, you wouldn't lug one of those dirty big TV camera tripods around everywhere with you by choice! But not all tripods are created equal. The one you can buy for $15 in Big W has nothing in common with any of the tripods you'll see in this story other than it has three legs and a screw to mount a camera! ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Forget Using Smartphone Cams! You Can Shoot Like A Pro With These Budget Camcorders
By David Hague Lately, users have shied away from using lower priced camcorders in favor of shooting video with their smartphones and this is a bit sad in my opinion. The quality of footage from a phone can never replicate that of even the least expensive of genuine camcorders due to a number of factors, not the least being the lens. The physical design is also a factor; camcorders are built the way they are for a reason, primarily the ergonomics with everything at your fingertips. And of course, the camcorder is always the right way up, shooting proper 16:9 high definition footage (PROPER high def) in landscape mode and not portrait as smartphones do. So which are the best low cost camcorders on the market? With a budget of $500, we wondered just what you could get... ...Read More »
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