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Shoot Review: Hitachi Z-DR1  

Reviewer: Tom Patrick McAuliffe

These days there's lots of excitement over HD, as in high-definition video gear. But there's a different kind of revolution going on as well...

Mark In 

Who would have thought that it's now speed-hungry gamers who are pushing the development of today's best graphics technology? Doubt that? Consider these...

Super Wireless HD 

Michael Goldman

This year’s Super Bowl XL in Detroit was not the first Super Bowl to be shot using an all-HD acquisition methodology, but it was the biggest and most sophisticated HD attempt so far. Mobile production company NEP Broadcasting of Pittsburgh handled the game’s on-site broadcast needs once again this year for ABC.......

Mark In 

While some might think CPU development hit a new plateau with the recent introduction of dual-core processors, don't tell that to AMD and Intel. Both...

NAB 06 

By Trevor Boyer, Barry Braverman, Dan Ochiva, Jan Ozer, Jem Schofield, and Jeff Sauer

Who knew the future of digital media involved so much window, er, booth shopping? Of course, educated tire kicking is the main reason everyone shows up at NAB...

Shoot Review — Sony HVR-A1U 

Reviewer: Barry Braverman

It's a robust high-definition camcorder with enough horsepower to do the job, yet compact enough to fit in your coat pocket. It's under 3lbs. with battery,...

Shooting for DVD: Reviewing the Fundamentals 

Barry Braverman

DVD is big business. In 2004, retail sales of DVD product exceeded $25 billion, which begs the question as a pro-level shooter of film and video if you’re doing enough to wrest the best possible quality images out of the five-inch discs. Because DVD-Video entails significant compromises with respect to compression... ...

SHOOTING FOR DVD: Reviewing the Fundamentals, Part 2 

Barry Braverman

Your camera’s detail setting can also significantly impact the look of your DVD images as most cameras’ elevated default values will place a hard, high-contrast edge around objects. Raising or lowering the camera’s detail level can directly affect the thickness and appearance of this edge. When compressing to MPEG-2 for DVD, this edge may contribute to serious artifacts......

Hands-on HVX 

By Barry Braverman

At NAB 2005, Panasonic security dutifully watched over a glass case that held The Camera. Such was the level of excitement and anticipation for clearly catered to dreamers and promised do it all, a true-high-definition modestly priced camcorder capable of shooting variable frame rates at 720p and 1080i resolutions — at 4:2:2, no less. The camera offered the tantalizing prospect of a $150,000 shooting package for a mere $6,000. ...

One-man Pipeline 

By Michael Goldman

While most of the attention paid to James Longley's documentary film Iraq in Fragments understandably revolves around the project's political nature and critical acclaim (the film won three Sundance Film Festival awards in the Independent Film and Documentary competitions), the technical hurdles the project grappled with are also significant. Longley directed, co-edited, co-produced, scored, shot, and recorded all audio for the documentary....

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