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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: Game Development 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: IT/Enterprise 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: USNews 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: Consumer Electronics 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 »
Focus: Broadcast The JVC GC-PX100 Camcorder I love this camcorder - it is truly a step forward in design and has been carefully thought out towards its intended market
By David Hague Every once in a while, a piece of equipment comes out from a vendor that grabs you by the throat and gives you a shake as it yells, "Look at me!". The new JVC GC-PX100 is such a beast. In terms of camcorders, the GC-PX100 is quite different; the shape is different, access to controls is different and even some functionality is different. ...Read More »
Focus: Broadcast The Panasonic AG-HPX255 Camera and BT-LH1850 Monitor I could see shooting a variety of projects with this camera
By Jeremiah Hall The AG-HPX255 is a hand-held 1/3 2.2 megapixel 3-MOS camera. It uses P2 cards. It records full 1920x1080, 10-bit 4:2:2. It is also capable of being used in a studio environment, thanks to a remote terminal compatible with Panasonic's AG-EC4 Paint Box remote control. Not bad for a camera that lists at $6,995.00. The BT-LH1850 is 18.5" monitor. It has a resolution of 1366 x 768. It's big enough for multiple people to look at, while being small enough to carry around to shoots. It has a built-in vectorscope, as well as a waveform monitor for RGB signals. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Replay XD: "A POV Camera Designed for Professionals?" This is an old-school bullet cam
By Douglas Spotted Eagle In the earliest days of sport POV production, photographers were excited about the advent of the "lipstick camera" for its small form factor and ease of use. The camera(s) could be mounted on a wing, helmet, or other foundation, cabled to a recorder, and used for new angles in production. These bullet wonders helped create the sense of "being there." They were also horribly expensive and fragile. In modern times, we've seen the camera shrink in size, and dramatically improve in image quality. In many cases, this size-shrink inspires kludgy form factors, and this is where the Replay XD camera shines. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production The Panasonic HC-V520M Camcorder Built in wi-fi support with "Real Time Broadcasting"
By David Hague If you are into sports video, you know that it almost a given that you need a decent zoom to get the action (and it goes without saying, a tripod as well). In still photography terms, my experiences in motor sport suggest a 200mm is the minimum and probably a 400mm the optimal. Of course you need to allow factors such as low light and depth of field to get the best of them. Panasonic has obviously realized this in terms of the video world and released the HC-V520M, a single CMOS hi-def camcorder that will sit easily in the palm of your hand, but sports a genuine 50x optical zoom and an "intelligent" 80x ...Read More »
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