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HP 12-core Z800 Test Drive, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

I've had the pleasure of working with HP's quad-core, dual-processor Z800 for much of the last 12 months...

Sony XDCAM EX PMW-350 Review 

By D.W. Leitner

Sometimes it seems as if little has changed in ENG-style camcorders since Sony introduced the first one-piece Betacam, the BVW-200, at NAB 1989...

Copy Protection for Your DVDs, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

In the last issue, I detailed how to add VideoWrite copy protection to a recordable DVD using Microboards MX-2 Disc Publisher. As a refresher, VideoWrite is Microboards' brand for the Patronus copy protection from Fortium Technologies...

Copy Protection for Your DVDs, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

This past year, I produced about 12 separate DVD projects ranging in quantity from five to about 200 DVDs. Simplifying the printing and replication of these projects was the Microboards MX-2 Disc Publisher...

Editing for Slow Motion 

By Jan Ozer

To illustrate the process of editing for slow motion, I'll work through two test cases using two editors--Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro--and using footage shot with a JVC GY-HM700U and a Canon EOS 7D...

Shooting for Slow Motion 

By Jan Ozer

If you want fast or slow motion in your video, you have two choices: you can adjust the speed in your editor, which can produce interpolation artifacts, or you can adjust the frames per second captured by your camcorder, which should deliver higher quality...

Microsoft Windows 7 Test Drive, Part 3 

By Jan Ozer

Back again with Microsoft Windows 7 tests. I received the 64-bit Windows XP system hard drive from Puget Systems I mentioned earlier this week and ran my comparative tests. I'll include the test descriptions (again) for those who jumped directly to these results...

Microsoft Windows 7 Test Drive, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

Last issue, I wrote about my experience installing Microsoft Windows 7 on a Windows XP 64-bit system. In this issue, I’ll compare the rendering performance of Windows 7 with that of Windows Vista...

Microsoft Windows 7 Test Drive, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

It's time to look at Microsoft Windows 7, which I'm doing in two phases. First, I'll upgrade an existing Windows XP installation and detail the experience and my first impression of Windows 7...

Sorenson Media Squeeze 6 Test Drive 

By Jan Ozer

My video review from last issue provides a high-level workflow overview and details the new features. In this review, I'll focus primarily on quality and performance...

Matrox CompressHD Test Drive: PC 

By Jan Ozer

In this issue, I'll review Matrox's CompressHD H.264 encoding accelerator card for Windows...

Improvising with Video Production 

By Jan Ozer

So there I was in the new coffee shop in Galax, Va., the opening of which was a huge event out in the country (wi-fi! Chai! Bagels!). The client was concerned that the opening act of the concert I was producing, fire-wielding belly dancers, had performed longer than expected--five songs instead of three...

Apple Mac Pro vs. MacBook Pro Test Drive, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

Back again, comparing the performance of an Apple MacBook Pro (3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 8GB of 1067MHz DDR3 RAM) with a Mac Pro (2.93GHz quad-core Nehalem Xeon CPUs with 18GB of 1067MHz DDR3 RAM) in a range of editing and encoding chores...

Apple Mac Pro vs. MacBook Pro Test Drive, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

Month after month, one of the most widely researched topics on the millimeter site is the performance difference between an Apple Mac Pro and a MacBook Pro. Given that I have brand-new models of both computers in my office, it felt like it was time to revisit the issue...

Matrox CompressHD Test Drive: Mac 

By Jan Ozer

Psyched by the arrival of the outstanding liquid-cooled HP Z800 (Read about the Z800's liquid-cooling system), I has scheduled a review of Matrox’s hot, new H.264 co-processor board, CompressHD...

Liquid-cooled HP Z800 Workstation Test Drive 

By Jan Ozer

I produce a lot of screencams and other narration-type recordings, and workstation noise is a constant concern. I also have multiple computers around my office, most off testing some software program or rendering some project. While "cacophony" is definitely too big a word to apply, less noise is always good...

Test Drive: Apple Mac Pro Memory 

By Jan Ozer

In the first edition of this month’s Affordable HD enewsletter, we keep the focus on the Apple Mac Pro, specifically analyzing the optimal memory configurations for editing and encoding with Apple Final Cut Studio, Adobe Creative Suite 4, and Telestream Episode Engine...

Test Drive: Apple Mac Pro, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

Back at you with the Apple Mac Pro. In our last segment, I looked at performance. Here, I’ll look at serviceability and the performance of Apple’s RAID option...

Test Drive: Apple Mac Pro, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

I have in my hands an Intel Nehalem-based Apple Mac Pro, specifically a 2.93GHz dual-processor, quad-core unit running Mac OS 10.5.7 with 12GB of RAM and an ATI Radeon HD 4870 driving a beautiful Apple LED Cinema Display...

NAB Show 2009 Through My Ears, Eyes and Sore Feet, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

I’m back with some thoughts on the streaming side of the house, where some interesting trends are coming together. ...

NAB Show 2009 Through My Ears, Eyes, and Sore Feet, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

I spent four days at NAB last month, and this month I’ll describe what I learned in the key areas that I follow...

Test Drive: Intel Nehalem, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

Welcome back to our presentation of how HP’s new Intel Nehalem-based workstations compare to older workstations when rendering from Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4)...

Test Drive: Intel Nehalem, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

A few months ago, I ran some Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) benchmarks on different computers that isolated how CS4 performed with formats ranging from DV to Red. Now that Intel’s Nehalem processor is upon us, those numbers are obsolete...

Test Drive: Telestream Episode Pro, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

In the first installment for this month, I looked at Telestream’s new Episode Pro for Windows, detailing the interface, I/O, and preview function. This time out, we’ll look at encoding quality, performance, and compatibility. Let’s jump right in with Blu-ray and DVD...

Test Drive: Telestream Episode Pro, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

Telestream Episode Pro has emerged as a top performer on the Mac, and last December, Telestream released a Windows version. It’s an affordable tool that all HD producers on both platforms need to be aware of...

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