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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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iOS 7 expands digital USB audio use with iPhone/iPod Touch

iOS 7 expands digital USB audio use with iPhone/iPod Touch

The iPhone and iPod Touch now work with many more USB audio devices than ever before.

By Allan Tépper | January 07, 2014

Although Apple apparently didn’t announce it as an official new feature of iOS 7, the recent update fortunately expanded the use of many more USB audio devices (i.e. USB microphones and audio USB interfaces) with the iPhone and iPod Touch, which was a privilege previously reserved only for the iPad and desktop/laptop computers, for many devices. Fortunately, this now means that devices like the Audio Technica AT2005USB hybrid dynamic microphone can now be used digitally with updated iPhones/iPod Touches, thus bypassing their own (lower quality) preamp and A-to-D converter and improving audio quality exponentially. Ahead I’ll cover the details.

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Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 3: with GH3

Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 3: with GH3

Part 3: an audio/video recording to show performance with a Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera.

By Allan Tépper | January 06, 2014

For part 3 of the Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review, I visited Luna Studio in Miami Lakes, Florida, to test audio with his Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera. Ahead you’ll see (and hear) a brief audio/video clip done with his camera and the AT2005USB from Audio Technica, currently my favorite handheld hybrid dynamic microphone.

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Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 2: with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 2: with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Part 2: an audio/video recording to show performance with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

By Allan Tépper | December 31, 2013

For part 2 of the Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review, I got together with Ríchard Izarra in one of his extremely brief visits to Miami to test audio with his new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Ahead you’ll see (and hear) a brief audio/video clip.

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Final Cut Pro X 10.1 now speaks Castilian (aka “Spanish”)

Final Cut Pro X 10.1 now speaks Castilian (aka “Spanish”)

Version 10.1 of FCP X can finally display its menus in Castilian, the most widely used Spanish language.

By Allan Tépper | December 25, 2013

After upgrading Final Cut Pro X to version 10.1, I was delighted to see that it was addressing me —quite unexpectedly— in the language of Cervantes. With other updates of Final Cut Pro X, I have always read the release notes, but for some reason this time I didn’t.... Read More

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Telestream’s Switch aims to overtake & surpass QuickTime Pro

Telestream’s Switch aims to overtake & surpass QuickTime Pro

Aimed to overtake and surpass QuickTime Pro, let’s see how Switch compares with SimpleMovie X and Pro Player.

By Allan Tépper | December 18, 2013

I have already heard from many sources that QuickTime’s days are numbered. The QuickTime X app does not recognize many third-party códecs that have been added to the system, so many resort to QuickTime 7 (with —or without— a Pro registration and its extra features), which is still available and still works, although hasn’t been updated since 2010. Now Telestream has pre-announced its Switch app, which will soon join SimpleMovie X and Pro Player. Ahead is a brief comparison.

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BeachTek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 1: with Canon 7D

BeachTek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 1: with Canon 7D

In part 1, we review design, a unique feature, specs, and performance with a Canon 7D.

By Allan Tépper | December 05, 2013

I was happily surprised when BeachTek recently contacted me regarding their DXA-SLR PRO audio interface. Ahead you’ll see part 1 of my review, including design, a unique feature, specs, and preamp performance with a Canon 7D camera, thanks to Acquest Multimedia. Upcoming articles will cover its use with other types of cameras, including both the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and traditional video cameras.

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Why Manuela returned to FCP after loving Premiere Pro CS6?

Why Manuela returned to FCP after loving Premiere Pro CS6?

A year ago, Manuela Santana migrated to Premiere Pro CS6, but unusual circumstances made her return to FCP.

By Allan Tépper | November 12, 2013

A year ago, professional editor Manuela Santana abandoned FCP X and migrated to Premiere Pro CS6, but has just returned to FCP. This article will explain why an unusual discovery about footage shot with FiLMiC Pro made Manuela go back to FCP.

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The AW-HE2 could be a gem with a simple firmware update, if Panasonic “got it”

The AW-HE2 could be a gem with a simple firmware update, if Panasonic “got it”

Panasonic AW-HE2 1080p ePTZ camera wows while it disappoints, at least for now.

By Allan Tépper | November 01, 2013

As I wrote in my “first look” back in July, the US$995 AW-HE2 is not a camcorder, but an intriguing camera with a live 1080p (or 720p) output at selectable framerates, together with extensive remote control capabilities via IP or infrared. I am extremely impressed and equally baffled as to why it is missing the most desired possible framerates, while including more obscure, virtually non-distributable ones.

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How to adjust audio levels with Blackmagic cameras

How to adjust audio levels with Blackmagic cameras

The third method may be the charm for the Pocket Cinema camera.

By Allan Tépper | October 31, 2013

 

As several people begin receiving Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema cameras, many begin to ask me how to deal with their audio with them. They want to know how to connect their mics, how to monitor, and how to adjust levels. This has been further complicated by the fact that surprisingly, Blackmagic has still not added any audio metering to their cameras via a firmware update.

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Ríchard Izarra covers my book launch with his Canon XA20

Ríchard Izarra covers my book launch with his Canon XA20

Video journalism by PRODU with the Canon XA20 and edited with FCP X.

By Allan Tépper | October 23, 2013

Last night, Ríchard Izarra of PRODU quite unexpectedly materialized in Miami to cover my dual book launch (The Castilian Conspiracy and La conspiración del castellano) with his Canon XA20 camera, which he received recently. Ahead you’ll see a 1:53 (under 2-minute) video package which he edited and published with FCP X early this morning, before leaving for México, together with his continuing commentary about the camera.

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Ríchard Izarra of PRODU.com debuts his Canon XA20 camcorder

Ríchard Izarra of PRODU.com debuts his Canon XA20 camcorder

The XA20 and the XA25 are the closest cameras yet to fulfilling Beyond AVCHD Manifesto specs.

By Allan Tépper | September 30, 2013

In one of his extremely brief visits to Miami, I met with Ríchard Izarra of PRODU.com, who was debuting his Canon XA20 1080p HD camera. Frequent readers will recall that I previously published how the XA20 (and XA25) are the closest cameras yet to fulfilling my Beyond AVCHD Manifesto specs. Although I haven’t yet received a review unit from Canon, Ríchard gave me initial impressions while I snapped a couple of photos with my Nexus 4.

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NewTek scopes white paper now available in both PDF and Kindle formats

NewTek scopes white paper now available in both PDF and Kindle formats

The white paper I wrote for NewTek is now available both as a PDF and Kindle book.

By Allan Tépper | September 28, 2013

The recent white paper I created for NewTek regarding its scopes is now available in PDF format, in addition to the Kindle book that was previously available, and still is. To remind readers, NewTek has made a fundamental change in the way it labels the waveform monitor’s graticule, which solves a half-century problem regarding black level measurment. Ahead you’ll get links to the prior articles and all versions of the white paper.

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Átomos announces Spyder for Samurai Blade monitor/recorder

Átomos announces Spyder for Samurai Blade monitor/recorder

Now you can calibrate your field monitor with one click while you record 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video.

By Allan Tépper | September 13, 2013

At IBC in Amsterdam, Átomos announced its new Spyder calibration system for its Samurai Blade monitor/10-bit 4:2:2 HD recorder. According to Átomos, this new device allows one-click accurate calibration of the Samurai Blade’s display to Rec 709 color space with a D65 (6500 degrees Kelvin) white point with 100% gamut. Now you can calibrate your field monitor with one click while you record 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video.

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HP does Thunderbolt! Yes!

HP does Thunderbolt! Yes!

Thunderbolt support from HP is wonderful for pro video producers, whether they are Mac or Windows centric.

By Allan Tépper | September 10, 2013

Now that the non-disclosure agreement is finally over, I can happily announce that HP is adding Intel’s Thunderbolt to many of its desktop and mobile workstation computers. Some HP desktop workstations will receive Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, while some HP mobile workstations will receive... Read More

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NewTek’s new waveform monitor graticule… and more

NewTek’s new waveform monitor graticule… and more

NewTek has solved a half-century video problem, and has made it easier to match camera sources properly with your TriCaster.

By Allan Tépper | August 26, 2013

In April 2013, you probably read how delighted I was to announce that NewTek had committed to adding scopes (both waveform monitor and vectorscope) to the entry-level TriCaster 40. Now I am just as happy to announce that NewTek is also making a fundamental change in the way it labels the... Read More

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Make Dual Mono work between FiLMiC Pro and FCP X 10.0.8 & 10.0.9

Make Dual Mono work between FiLMiC Pro and FCP X 10.0.8 & 10.0.9

Now that we can record “stereo” 48 kHz audio with FiLMiC Pro, learn how to make FCP X treat it as Dual Mono.

By Allan Tépper | August 15, 2013

As I have covered in several recent articles and videos, it is now possible to record “stereo” 48 kHz audio using FiLMiC Pro on an iPad. However, most often pro video producers need to use that “stereo” recording as Dual Mono. Among those cases, sometimes we need to deactivate one of the two channels completely, while other times we need to have access to each one as independent monophonic sources, and be able to manipulate them separately. Ahead you’ll see how to do this using FCP X 10.0.8 and 10.0.9.

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ENG mic comparison: Audio Technica BP4002 versus Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B

ENG mic comparison: Audio Technica BP4002 versus Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B

A real life, in field comparison between the popular Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B and the Audio Technica BP4002 microphone.

By Allan Tépper | August 13, 2013

In this short video, we compare the sound quality of the popular Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B and the Audio Technica BP4002 microphone. Both are dynamic omnidirectional handheld mics. Ahead you’ll see and hear the difference, plus see a review of why omnidirectional mics generally are most... Read More

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FiLMiC Pro 3.3 adds external audio monitoring + remote

FiLMiC Pro 3.3 adds external audio monitoring + remote

Now users of FiLMiC Pro on iOS devices will get true audio confidence in their ears, instead of just on screen.

By Allan Tépper | August 11, 2013

I am delighted to see that FiLMiC Pro’s palindromic upgrade to version 3.3 finally includes external live audio monitoring via headphones, especially for cases when the renowned sub-US$5 app is used with an iPod Touch or iPhone (which can’t currently work with the DUO-CAPTURE EX field mixer from Roland I recently covered, the way an iPad can). Even when you use an input device with a built-in monitoring output like the DUO-CAPTURE EX with an iPad, direct audio monitoring from the recorder always gives the operator the maximum confidence. FiLMiC Pro version 3.3 also adds wireless monitoring and remote control from another iOS device via a companion app called FiLMiC Remote.

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Roland DUO-CAPTURE EX US$199 field audio mixer for iPad

Roland DUO-CAPTURE EX US$199 field audio mixer for iPad

The DUO-CAPTURE EX audio mixer connects digitally to the iPad, at 48 or 44.1 kHz.

By Allan Tépper | August 03, 2013

The US$199 DUO-CAPTURE EX from Roland (like the excellent hybrid microphone I’ve applauded in several articles and ebooks) connects digitally to the iPad, selectively at 48 kHz (for video and very specialized audio applications) or 44.1 kHz (for general audio applications). This... Read More

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Which Blackmagic camera models output live native progressive, and when?

Which Blackmagic camera models output live native progressive, and when?

The answer depends on the camera model, framerate, and whether or not overlays are active.

By Allan Tépper | August 03, 2013

Which Blackmagic camera models output live native progressive 1080p, and when? This situation is a bit confusing, and hasn’t been completely revealed publicly so far. It varies among specific Blackmagic camera models, which framerate is selected, and whether or not you have the overlays turned on or off. It took several days for me to get even the partial answers from Blackmagic, and I expect one of the answers to change again in the near future. Ahead you’ll see how it stands as of publication time of this article.

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