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Allan Tépper has been working with professional video since the early eighties, since he first learned to edit video using the open-reel 1/2” EIAJ-1 format with a Sony AV-3650 editing deck in his high school in Connecticut. Since 1994, Tépper has been consulting both end-users and manufacturers via his Florida company. Via TecnoTur, Tépper has been giving video technology seminars in several South Florida’s universities and training centers, and in a half dozen Latin American countries, in their native language. Tépper has been a freque...

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Tascam DR–60DmkII audio recorder: enticing for US$199

Tascam DR–60DmkII audio recorder: enticing for US$199

With the new DR–60DmkII, Tascam boosted the preamps to+64dB, and lowered the price to US$199.

By Allan Tépper | December 15, 2014

Many readers are familiar with the original Tascam DR–60D recorder, which was less capable with a higher price tag than the new DR–60DmkII. Woody Woodhall of ProVideo Coalition first announced the improved DR–60DmkII in October 2014, which fortunately offers up to 64dB of gain on its microphone preamps. I have already made several recordings with it, from both dynamic and condenser mics, and have plenty to report. Ahead you’ll see what I like, and what I would improve.

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An unfair yet justifiable mic comparison: AT2005USB versus Plantronics .Audio 326

An unfair yet justifiable mic comparison: AT2005USB versus Plantronics .Audio 326

Even though it may be unfair, I have logical justifications to make this mic comparison/shootout.

By Allan Tépper | December 09, 2014

I have covered the Audio Technica AT2005USB hybrid microphone (analog XLR + digital USB) in past articles and ebooks, and it has been my chosen studio microphone for my recent podcasts. On the other hand, I recently reviewed the Plantronics .Audio 326 headset microphone with outstanding results. Now, even though it might be considered unfair, I am doing a direct shootout. Ahead are my justifications and test results, including simultaneous recordings through each mic.

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How I tripled my podcast listenership after Apple iTunes censorship

How I tripled my podcast listenership after Apple iTunes censorship

Apple censored my CapicúaFM podcast in October 2014. Now I have more than 3x more listeners than before, and they still increase

By Allan Tépper | December 06, 2014

Apple censored my CapicúaFM podcast at the end of October 2014. There was no notification or explanation. They just removed CapcúaFM from iTunes, while leaving my older TecnoTur podcasts (two different language versions) untouched in iTunes. CapicúaFM was first published in June 2014. Between June and October, CapicúaFM had then earned over 4000 listeners. Now it has over 13,000 listeners according to Podtrac Inc., and continues to increase steadily each week. Ahead are the details.

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iMovie 10.0.6 gets official ProRes, audio only export, and more

iMovie 10.0.6 gets official ProRes, audio only export, and more

Now Apple’s free editing tool gets more flexibility, and there’s a way to set framerate to 23.976p, 25p, or 29.97p.

By Allan Tépper | November 29, 2014

With iMovie version 10.0.6, Apple’s free editing program now gets official support for ProRes, new custom H.264 export, and audio only export. Although previously there have been unofficial ways to use ProRes with iMovie, it is finally official. Also, learn how to set an iMovie 10.x project framerate to 23.976p, 25p, or 29.97p despite no official settings to do so in this version.

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The making of a music video in Spain, including crowdsourcing of B-roll

The making of a music video in Spain, including crowdsourcing of B-roll

For her latest music video, Sole Giménez crowdsourced the B-roll…

By Allan Tépper | November 28, 2014

For her latest music video, where the main shots were shot on a beach in Valencia, Spain, singer/songwriter Sole Giménez crowdsourced the B-roll shots via social media. Ahead are production details, including cameras, directors, editors, and graders.

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Dear Vimeo: Before supporting 4K, please prioritize this more urgent need

Dear Vimeo: Before supporting 4K, please prioritize this more urgent need

Many people are requesting 4K on Vimeo, but there’s something easier that is needed much more urgently.

By Allan Tépper | November 24, 2014

It is clear from the buzz in forums that many people are obsessed about having Vimeo offer 4K, whether it be the UHD (Ultra HD) version or the larger DCI version. However, there is something much more urgent for Vimeo to support, which is both easier and a higher priority than either of the 4K requests because it immediately affects many more video producers who already have multiple years of footage, and countless more viewers already own a proper screen for it.

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SmartView 4K monitor: like a DreamColor monitor with built-in Teranex?

SmartView 4K monitor: like a DreamColor monitor with built-in Teranex?

SmartView 4K monitor features built-in 3D LUTs, Teranex scaler, and more.

By Allan Tépper | November 22, 2014

At IBC in Amsterdam, Blackmagic showed its US$1995 SmartView 4K (Ultra HD) monitor, which features built-in 3D LUTs, Teranex scaler, adjustable on screen markers, H/V delay, blue only, 12G-SDI inputs, and more. Many readers may immediately imagine that the SmartView 4K might be a direct competitor to an HP DreamColor. I conducted a short interview about some of its yet unpublished specs. Let’s see in which respects it’s like a DreamColor, and in which it isn’t.

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Amadeus Pro, Audio Hijack, Sole Giménez and CapicúaFM

Amadeus Pro, Audio Hijack, Sole Giménez and CapicúaFM

How I used several Mac audio apps to produce the latest episode of CapicúaFM

By Allan Tépper | November 19, 2014

Previously, I described how to produce a podcast live-to-drive using BossJock Studio with an automatic mixer (article links ahead). However, that isn’t practical when you’re interviewing a Spaniard singer/songwriter like Sole Giménez (ex-Presuntos Implicados) about her latest album via an international phone call, and also want to intertwine pieces of her own music based upon her sometimes unexpected responses. Ahead is the workflow and the final recording I used with CapicúaFM’s latest episode, including many of the audio apps used.

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First look: Sony PXW-X70 10-bit/4:2:2 handheld camcorder

First look: Sony PXW-X70 10-bit/4:2:2 handheld camcorder

Its 1" sensor, 4:2:2/10-bit internal recording, and 4K UHD upgradability make the PXW-X70 unique in its price class.

By Allan Tépper | October 30, 2014

I am quite intrigued with Sony’s new under US$2600 PXW-X70 camcorder. It has been a while since I used that term, but there is a good reason, since the “—corder” part of the X70 is at least as important as the “cam—” part in this compound word. The “cam—” part employs a 1-inch 4K UHD sensor, while the “—corder” part features up to 50 megabit/second 4:2:2 10-bit recording. So I decided to publish a first look before doing a full review later.

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Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

“Is that a 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video recorder in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?”…

By Allan Tépper | October 29, 2014

Over the past several years, I have reviewed several 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video recorders, but the Ninja Star that Átomos sent me to review is certainly the tiniest: It weighs only 230 grams (8.1 ounces) including battery and media, which qualifies for many low-capacity drones. As you’ll see ahead, Ninja Star fortunately does not sacrifice any audio/video quality for its size. Its two secrets? It has no built-in video monitor, and it records onto the breakthrough new CFast format I recently covered, which is also used by other pioneers like Arri and Blackmagic.

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Review: Átomos Spyder monitor calibration system

Review: Átomos Spyder monitor calibration system

Quickly and easily calibrated to Rec 709 from Mac or Windows.

By Allan Tépper | October 23, 2014

Last year I published a short article when Átomos announced its Spyder monitor calibration system. Now I am privileged to have received one to review. With it, we can quickly and easily calibrate any calibratable Átomos monitor/recorder (i.e. Shogun, Samurai Blade, or Ninja Blade) to Rec 709 color space with a D65 white point (6500 degrees Kelvin). This is a special offering of Datacolor’s Spyder, with special software and a LANC cable. Details ahead.

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iPad Air 2 is semi-matte!/My MacBook Air is now matte too!

iPad Air 2 is semi-matte!/My MacBook Air is now matte too!

The new iPad Air 2 is non-reflective and reduces glare by 56%! The "least reflective tablet on the market"...

By Allan Tépper | October 19, 2014

Frequent ProVideo Coalition readers know that I strongly prefer matte screens, whether its for media production or general use. In fact, I recently even sent my MacBook Air to have its display transplanted for a matte display. Now, I am ecstatic to see that Apple is finally offering a non-reflective screen on its latest iPad Air 2. I am only disappointed not to see it offered on the iPad Mini 3 or an any current iPhone. Details ahead.

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Review: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

Review: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

Now we can do RAID5 via software and save substantially.

By Allan Tépper | October 19, 2014

Back in June, I published my first look article on the ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system with the palindromic price —in this configuration— of US$979, which has since been lowered to US$959. OWC offers other configurations too, with smaller or larger capacity, and now even some with Thunderbolt 2. Ahead I review the various available configuration options (JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 0+1, RAID 4, RAID 5) and compare their performance versus redundancy, logistical benefits of each one, and more.

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TriCaster Mini from NewTek: a first (but intense) look

TriCaster Mini from NewTek: a first (but intense) look

TriCaster Mini is likely to become the most revered “multicamera studio in a box” in its class.

By Allan Tépper | October 07, 2014

Today NewTek announced TriCaster Mini, the newest member of its TriCaster family of “multicamera studio in a box” products. Frequent readers will recall that I have covered TriCasters in the past, and —full disclosure— have also written several contracted white papers for NewTek, in two languages. Under a non-disclosure agreement, I had a rather intense advanced briefing/discussion about TriCaster Mini with the company, and ahead you’ll see everything I love, plus details I would really like polished in an upcoming software update.

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The Padcaster Mini is now available

The Padcaster Mini is now available

iPad Mini mediographers now have more frame/case/mount options.

By Allan Tépper | October 04, 2014

Joining the original (larger sized) Padcaster, the new Padcaster Mini is similar, but sized to match Apple’s iPad Mini and iPad Mini Retina. Padcaster Mini’s purpose is to mount the iPad Mini (Retina) on a tripod or other support device, and to mount accessories and lenses. In many prior iOS mediography articles, I have covered the original Padcaster and its closest competitor, the iOgrapher. Ahead you’ll find virtues of each and help you pick the option for your iPad Mini (Retina).

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Pinnacle Studio/iOS adds 48 kHz + non-integer framerates, but instructions are required

Pinnacle Studio/iOS adds 48 kHz + non-integer framerates, but instructions are required

Pay attention to some details, and we can now have audio/video that complies with our target format.

By Allan Tépper | September 16, 2014

As the developer previously committed, Pinnacle Studio for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch has now added both 48 kHz audio as default for all iOS devices except for the first iPhone 4, and non-integer framerates like 23.976, 29.97, and 59.94 fps, together with integer ones like 24, 25, and 50. The way to handle these framerates requires a bit of explanation, as I’ll cover ahead.

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iLoud: a multifaceted powered speaker that impresses

iLoud: a multifaceted powered speaker that impresses

Use iLoud for playback during music video production, to present live, or during editing.

By Allan Tépper | September 15, 2014

After i recently reviewed two other products from IK Multimedia, the iRig Pro preamp/A>D converter and the iRig Mic HD, they graciously sent me their iLoud, a rechargeable stereo powered speaker that impressed me quite a bit. Although IK Multimedia markets the iLoud for musicians, I immediately saw several other applications for our ProVideo Coalition readers, including playback for a music video production, to present live, or even to monitor when editing audio or video, with the usual disclaimer for the last one. Ahead are the details.

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iPhone 6+ (5.5“): The new iPad for iOS mediographers?

iPhone 6+ (5.5“): The new iPad for iOS mediographers?

As I hoped, Apple made this new 5.5” version even better for iOS mediographers

By Allan Tépper | September 09, 2014

In hopeful anticipation of greater things in a (then only rumored) iPhone 6 (5.5 inch version) with improved mediography capabilities, I put my iPad Mini Retina 128GB up for sale last week. Today, Apple confirmed the rumor that there would indeed be a 5.5 version of the iPhone 6, which is officially called the iPhone 6 Plus. Ahead are its new video features and specs.

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Review: Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D enables dual-mic/2-channel opportunities for iOS mediography

Review: Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D enables dual-mic/2-channel opportunities for iOS mediography

A discontinued interface from Tascam is still ideal for certain recording and streaming events.

By Allan Tépper | September 05, 2014

Although the Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D is officially discontinued, fortunately it is still available (for now). Ahead you’ll discover why the iXJ2 is a unique enabler for high-quality dual-mic/2-channel, 48 kHz/24-bit iOS recordings, including several use-cases: interviews, sportscasting, and even voiceover auditions; when it’s appropriate, and when it isn’t.

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Blackmagic didn’t quite remove the Band-Aid after all…

Blackmagic didn’t quite remove the Band-Aid after all…

As I sadly discovered in Guatemala, Blackmagic didn’t quite add RGB over HDMI after all…

By Allan Tépper | September 02, 2014

In June 2014, I published an article stating that Blackmagic had finally removed the Band-Aid for original DreamColor monitor users, based upon information published in their own ReadMe and a direct statement from Blackmagic’s US president, which I quoted. In mid August, I went to Guatemala to configure a system, and discovered that RGB over HDMI wasn’t really available. After a few weeks of email exchanges, Blackmagic has finally clarified their position via the public relations department.

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