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Test Drive: External Drive Connections, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

While most Core 2 Duo-based notebooks have enough horsepower for serious video editing, few have the disk space for even moderately long projects. If you’re editing on the road, this means getting an external hard drive that’s fast enough to keep up with your editing, but won’t weigh you down. Fortunately, there’s lots of good things happening in this market in terms of speed, size, and costs...

Test Drive: Sony HVR-HD1000U, Part 2 

Back again with the new $1,900 shoulder-mount Sony HVR-HD1000U. In this segment, I analyze image quality and low-light performance...

Test Drive: Sony HVR-HD1000U, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

I recently had a look at Sony’s new $1,900 HVR-HD1000U single-chip, shoulder-mount camcorder, which I reviewed for Digital Content Producer in the January 2008 issue. That review mostly focused on technical specs and usability. In the first of this two-part series, I’ll lay out some brief background information and describe the operation and quality of the camcorder’s Smooth Slow Motion feature...

Integrating DV Source Footage into HDV Projects, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

This month, I take on the daunting task of scaling DV footage to HDV for inclusion in high definition projects. In our last installment, I described what you need to know to produce high-quality results; in this edition, I share the results obtained with Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro...

Integrating DV Source Footage into HDV Projects, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

Sooner or later, if you're an HDV shooter, you'll need to use DV source footage in one of your high-def productions. It could be a multicamera shoot with mixed DV/HDV equipment, or inserting SD B-roll into your HDV project. But sooner or later, it'll happen, and then you'll be facing two basic questions...

Test Drive: HP Compaq 8710p, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

In our last segment, I reviewed the features and usability of HP's Compaq 8710p notebook computer. In this segment, I’ll review performance...

Test Drive: HP Compaq 8710p, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

My love affair with portable computers began in about 1983, when I taught myself Lotus 1-2-3 on a luggable Compaq, right there on my kitchen table one Friday night (and early Saturday morning). Other milestones include the my first Toshiba clamshell, which I used to demo fax boards on press tours back in the early 1990s...

Format Wars: HDV Output, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

This article describes the hardware and software options for authoring and producing Blu-ray Discs to recordable media. In our last installment, I discussed these options for HD DVD videos, and compared Blu-ray to HD DVD from the perspective of the HDV producer...

Format Wars: HDV Output, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

I’ve been shooting in HDV for about two years, and it used to break my heart to scale my gorgeous 1920x1080i footage down to 720x480 to produce an SD DVD. Then, in late 2006, the first high-definition recordable DVD options became available. I’ve been producing in high definition ever since...

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

By Jan Ozer

Just to get you up to speed, let’s review. This article attempts to contrast and compare the video editing experience on an Apple MacBook Pro notebook computer and dual-processor, dual-core Mac Pro desktop. In the last installment, I detailed each computer’s specs, discussed the difference in screen size and disk capacity and the like...

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

By Jan Ozer

Although I’m more technology geek than journalist, I love a good scoop just as much as they do at The Washington Post or The New York Times. Sometimes, however, you pick a subject, do your research, and dog does, in fact, bite man and Goliath beats David in an early first-round knockout...

Matrox RT.X2 in the Real World: Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

The strongest first impression of the Matrox RT.X2 is the realtime HD preview to flat panel LCD monitor via the RT.X2’s DVI output. ...

Matrox RT.X2 in the Real World: Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

Nowhere is the phrase “time is money” more true than in digital video production. Our jobs typically require a demanding combination of creativity, superior output quality, and sheer computer throughput...

Beyond HDV: Using AVCHD with Panasonic's AG-HSC1U 

By Jan Ozer

Beyond the implications of the AVCHD format, I was intrigued by the opportunity to test Panasonic's AG-HSC1U, because it stores all video and still images on SDHC cards....

Beyond HDV: AVCHD High-definition Compression 

By Jan Ozer

Although AVCHD first appeared in consumer camcorders, a variation—AVC-Intra—will soon show up in broadcast cameras from Panasonic. Given that the MPEG-4 technology that fuels AVCHD is roughly twice as efficient as the MPEG-2 technology used in HDV, the new Sony-Panasonic standard will likely supplant HDV...

Roll and Judder:
Keeping Widescreen on the Level
 

By Steve Mullen

Shooting widescreen video with a handheld camcorder is made more difficult by their side-of-the-camera grips. In the old days, all but the cheapest film cameras had some type of “pistol grip.”...

Scripps Speeds Conversion to HD News with Adoption of JVC ProHD 

JVC Professional Products Company has announced an agreement with Scripps Television Station Group to provide ProHD cameras and accessories as part of Scripps’ plan to upgrade all of its television stations to HD. ?...

For-A HVS-500HS Switcher Records Live Events in HD for High End TV 

High End TV, an HD equipment rental house located in Nashville, Tenn., that specializes in concert and sports production, recently selected For-A’s HVS-500HS production switcher. ...

HDV Camcorders and Film Lens Adapters 

By Steve Mullen

Digital Content producer looks at the new film lens adapter option for JVC ProHD camcorders: the JVC HZ-CA13U. ...

Axis Films Reaches New Heights 

Supplying hardware for filming in the air above Mount Everest might be the ultimate test of any production and broadcast company’s resources. ...

Editing the V1's 24p in Final Cut Pro: A Workaround 

By Steve Mullen

This installment of HDV@Work details a workaround for Final Cut Pro users. Steve Mullen also provides an alternate workaround ......

Post NAB 2007: After All the Gifts Have Been Opened 

In the days following NAB, I wind up with the same mixed feelings I had as a child on Christmas night. This year was no different....

Vegas v7.0d Support for Sony’s 24p HVR-V1 

By Steve Mullen

With NAB having come and gone, this seems like a perfect time to look at how Sony Vegas supports 24p. To make things more interesting, Steve Mullen also ran a few simple performance checks....

Corel Announces Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 Plus 

This latest release of the award-winning consumer DVD authoring package is the first consumer entry-level product to offer HD DVD burning capability....

Roland Systems Group Announces Enhanced Feature Set for Edirol VC-200HD and VC-300HD Multiformat Converters 

The new VC series of media converters, due to ship in April, have the added ability to scale any input to multiple standard and high definition resolutions including 1080p...

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