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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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First look: Canon’s VIXIA/LEGRIA mini X 1080p cameras

First look: Canon’s VIXIA/LEGRIA mini X 1080p cameras

The mini X 1080p camera can seamlessly intercut with a C300; partially complies with Beyond AVCHD Manifesto.

By Allan Tépper | February 19, 2014

Canon’s latest tiny yet ferocious 1080p cameras, the VIXIA mini (US$299) and VIXIA mini X (US$399) —together with their 25p cousins, the LEGRIA mini and LEGRIA mini X, boast irresistible features while taking positive steps towards the Beyond AVCHD Manifesto. This first look article will focus on the more capable (and quite intriguing) mini X, including videos, specs, potential applications, and my few criticisms.

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iPad video editing finally supports translucent logo overlays!

iPad video editing finally supports translucent logo overlays!

Now you can edit video on your iPad and include translucent logo overlays via alpha channel.

By Allan Tépper | February 14, 2014

Back in 2012, I wrote about many editors’ frustration about iPad video editing apps that (back then) unfortunately did not respect alpha channel in logos they imported, to allow for translucency. Most producer/editors I know who edit 1080p video capsules for the web demand this capability, especially for their lower thirds. For many, this issue has been the only reason they have continued to use a laptop to edit video. This has now changed. For those editors and organizations, this change represents a quantum leap! Details ahead!

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First look: Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K camera with YAGH

First look: Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K camera with YAGH

The GH4 does 4K, has a full 4:2:2/10-bit HDMI output

By Allan Tépper | February 09, 2014

Thanks to reader René Borroto, I became aware of Panasonic’s announcement of the new GH4 camera and its optional YAGH “broadcast” adapter. The GH4 camera adds 4K video recording, additional framerates, and lower compression rates. The YAGH adds XLR audio inputs, timecode inputs, HDMI & 3G-SDI output. Details ahead, plus UPDATED with test footage.

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Vimeo upgrades its player with multiple benefits

Vimeo upgrades its player with multiple benefits

Vimeo’s new player adds several new features and benefits.

By Allan Tépper | January 26, 2014

According to Vimeo, its brand-new audio/video player is the product of 14 months of development, and has been redesigned from scratch. It is faster, more accessible, and has a few more features that make me like Vimeo (and Vimeo Pro) even more than before (and this is not a sponsored article). Details ahead.

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Apple promotes iPad videojournalism in new promo

Apple promotes iPad videojournalism in new promo

In a recent promotional video spot and photo, Apple features Josh Apter and his Padcaster in Iguazú Falls, Argentina.

By Allan Tépper | January 19, 2014

Even though I know Josh Apter, the inventor of the Padcaster, I didn’t find out about this from him. I just happened to be on the Apple website for other reasons and saw their new promotion called Your Verse, which includes both still photos and a video spot. I noticed there was someone using a Padcaster in Iguazú Falls, Argentina, and then I looked closer and recognized that the man in the picture was Josh Apter. Ahead you'll see a still photo and a video.

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Sony new NX3 camcorder compared with the Canon XA20

Sony new NX3 camcorder compared with the Canon XA20

Sony just announced the NX3 camcorder. Let’s do a 22-point comparison with the Canon XA20, and see some footage too.

By Allan Tépper | January 19, 2014

Last week, I attended Sony’s webinar about their new products, and saw the new HXR-NX3 1080p camera, which reminded me a lot of the Canon XA20, although the prices don’t seem to be in the same range. Both cameras a very intriguing to me. Let’s compare the specs, footage quality, price, and determine which comes closer to fulfilling my Beyond AVCHD Manifesto.

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From Padcaster to iOgrapher: María’s migration story

From Padcaster to iOgrapher: María’s migration story

iPad videojournalism flourishes, and its technology evolves.

By Allan Tépper | January 17, 2014

Padcaster was the first truly complete device to attach an iPad to a tripod, with cold-shoes for accessories and a lens mount. I first covered Padcaster at NAB 2012, and in 2013, I mentioned it within several articles. In December 2013, Jeff Foster published a review on a competing device called iOgrapher. This article will cover the unusual set of circumstances that followed Jeff’s review, and led to an unexpected migration.

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HP Z1 G2 offers Thunderbolt2 and matte display! (First look article)

HP Z1 G2 offers Thunderbolt2 and matte display! (First look article)

HP has fortunately addressed what I considered to be the two key weaknesses of the first generation Z1 all-in-one Workstation.

By Allan Tépper | January 12, 2014

I am so glad that HP has addressed what I considered to be the two biggest weaknesses of the first generation of the Z1, the company's first all-in-one workstation, which forced the user to use a very glossy display and had absolutely no connection for an external disk array (RAID). HP just announced the second generation of the Z1, and both issues have been addressed, together with performance improvements and other user choices. Let’s take a first look in this very short article and video.

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Five iOS-capable, dual-input balanced>USB audio interfaces compared

Five iOS-capable, dual-input balanced>USB audio interfaces compared

Mission: Connect two balanced XLR mics to your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, bypassing the iDevice’s inferior preamp and A>D converter

By Allan Tépper | January 11, 2014

In prior articles, we have established that the best audio quality on iOS devices is achieved when connecting digitally, thus bypassing their inferior preamp and internal A>D converters. We have also discovered that starting with iOS 7, iPhones and iPod Touches can now join the digital party, together with iPads. It’s easy to connect a single (compatible) USB mic to your iDevice, but what about connecting two mics digitally? In this article, I’ll compare devices from ART, Avid, Roland, SoundDevices, and Tascam, between US$79 and US$899, from specs/features to actual recording samples.

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RØDE Rec audio app for iOS has come a long way

RØDE Rec audio app for iOS has come a long way

Many improvements have been added to the RØDE Rec audio app since the last time we saw it with a different name.

By Allan Tépper | January 08, 2014

RØDE Rec is the new name of an extremely powerful —yet inexpensive— audio app for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch I have covered previously, in several articles and ebooks back in 2012, by its original name. The renowned Australian microphone manufacturer (RØDE) actually took the core of the original app and invested a year of custom development to improve it. Ahead we’ll cover the improvements, and point out the only missing details that I’d really like them to add.

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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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