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Configuring Your System for CS4, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

In the last installment, I described buying considerations and costs for system RAM and CPUs for Apple’s Mac Pro and HP’s xw8600 workstation. In this installment, I’ll present the results of a series of benchmark tests with the two systems...

Configuring Your System for CS4, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

This month, I’ll review how the number of processors and the amount of RAM impact encoding performance, and then find other, non-CS4-related fish to fry...

Test Drive: Nvidia Quadro CX and Adobe CS4, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

This month, we're looking at how Nvidia's Quadro CX technology (around $2,000 at B&H Photo Video) can accelerate performance in Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4)...

Test Drive: Nvidia Quadro CX and Adobe CS4, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

This month, in our quest to identify the optimal CS4 configuration, we look at graphic chip manufacturer Nvidia’s Quadro CX technology...

CS4 and 64-bit Systems, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

In this month’s first installment, I discussed the technical aspects of 64-bit computing as it related to Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) performance...

CS4 and 64-bit Systems, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

So there I was, testing Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4)’s AVCHD compatibility. I created a simple project, about 4 minutes long, two picture-in-picture overlays with simple rotation and color correction...

Test Drive: Cinevate Brevis35, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

I know, it’s been two weeks since I left you hanging with the receipt (but not the use) of the Cinevate Brevis35 imaging system. In this episode, I’ll take you through assembly, alignment, and configuration of the unit and reveal the first images shot with my now supercharged Canon XH A1 ...

Test Drive: Cinevate Brevis35, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

Like most shooters, I’ve encountered many situations where I wished the 3 1/3in. CCDs on my best Canon and Sony camcorders could produce sufficiently shallow depth of field to allow me to blur out irrelevant sections of the frame. Perhaps it’s the ability to blur out the background in an interview or training video, which hides lots of flaws in the back wall...

Adobe CS4: The Next Tier, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

In the last installment, I covered the top Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4) features you probably didn’t hear about for Adobe Encore, Soundbooth, and Media Encoder. Here, I’ll describe the same types of features for Premiere Pro. Just for the record, the most ink-worthy new features in Premiere Pro CS4 include AVCHD support and the extension of Dynamic Link...

Adobe CS4: The Next Tier, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

You’ve undoubtedly heard about Adobe Creative Suite 4 (CS4), and you probably are already familiar with many of the top new features. In this month’s Affordable HD, I wanted to introduce you to the next tier of features...

Test Drive: Affordable HD Formats, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

A funny thing happened on the way to the second installment of the first edition of the newly renamed Affordable HD column. I reconsidered and changed plans. That is, in the original edition, I explained that because I had a host of affordable HD cameras in my grimy little hands...

Test Drive: Affordable HD Formats, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

If you’re considering buying a new affordable HD camcorder, you should have at least three formats in mind: tried-and-true HDV, up-and-coming AVCHD, and the ever-more-affordable DVCPRO HD. By a stroke of good fortune, I have three such camcorders in hand right now, and I thought it would be a good time to discuss their relative merits...

Shooting for Streaming, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

In our last episode, we faced a paradox. Producing a streaming file of less-than-SD resolution using format-native presets in Adobe Premiere Pro showed much better results for HDV source files than for DV...

Shooting for Streaming, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

This month’s offering is a drama showing just how far a man will go to prove that he's right (or perhaps, not wrong). What’s in it for you besides the guilty pleasure of reading a desperate nail-biter? It’s called stealth learning...

Test Drive: Panasonic AG-HMC70, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

Back again with the $2,100 (street) shoulder-mount Panasonic AG-HMC70. In the previous installment, I evaluated features and usability. Here, I’ll look at quality and summarize the comparison of the HMC70 with the $1,900 Sony HVR-HD1000U HDV camcorder, the HMC70’s closest competitor...

Test Drive: Panasonic AG-HMC70, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

The basic value proposition for the Panasonic AG-HMC70 is this: You get shoulder-mount stability, up to 32GB of SD card storage for AVCHD video, and good but relatively inaccessible exposure and related controls for less than $2,100 street...

Encoding Best Practices, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

In the previous installment, you read about which streaming codecs major broadcasters and corporate producers were using. Now you’ll see the results of some quality comparisons that I presented at Streaming Media East in New York last month...

Encoding Best Practices, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

This month I take a break from our HD production chores to look at streaming-related issues. In this first installment, I’ll share the results of a survey I recently completed that details the best practices of high-profile broadcast and corporate streaming producers, examining options such as codec choice, video resolution, audio and video data rates, and frame rate...

Software Field Monitors, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

As I discussed last issue, one of the coolest product categories in the HDV@Work space is software programs that provide video scopes, a large preview monitor, direct-to-disc recording capabilities (DDR), and other features. In this issue, we'll take a closer look at two products in that category. Adobe OnLocation CS3 is the grandfather of software field monitors...

Software Field Monitors, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

One of the coolest product categories in the HDV@Work space is software programs that provide video scopes, a large preview monitor, direct-to-disc recording capabilities (DDR), and other features. In this issue, I'll introduce you to the category of products and illustrate and explain some of their benefits...

Know Your Formats, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

This month, we’re tackling high-definition video formats. In the first segment, I discussed what aspect ratio is and why you care about it. In this issue, I’ll discuss the remaining items of the features table...

Know Your Formats, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

Many digital shooters started with DV video, which hammered the nail in the analog-video coffin and democratized video production by dropping the price of capturing very good video from $25,000 (Betacam SP camera and deck)...

Have You Hugged Your Metadata Today? Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

In the last segment, I extolled the virtues of Panasonic’s P2 cards and the Material eXchange Format (MXF) used thereon. In this segment I review Adobe’s P2 and MXF workflow. Just to change things up, I’ll write this segment as a FAQ, rather than a narrative, which will identify the questions I feel are key to any implementation of P2/MXF support...

Have You Hugged Your Metadata Today? Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

It’s going to be an exciting NAB Show for Panasonic. Not only will P2 cards be available at 32GB capacity (with 64GB on the horizon), the company will show AVC-Intra technology with full-raster 1920x1080 capture at 100Mbps--a great upgrade from the native 1280x1080 resolution used in DVCPRO HD 1080. Adobe also has a new bauble for the DVX crowd, specifically native MXF (Media eXchange Format)...

Test Drive: External Drive Connections, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

This month’s segment is about external drives for DV and HDV editing. In the last segment, I identified the characteristics of the technologies you should be considering, and in this segment, I’ll discuss the results of my testing...

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