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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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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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Blackmagic slashes camera prices, updates firmware

Blackmagic slashes camera prices, updates firmware

Blackmagic has added new features and lowered the prices of two camera models.

By Allan Tépper | August 02, 2013

This morning Blackmagic announced important firmware updates for its cameras and slashed the prices of two models. The firmware update adds new features. Ahead you’ll see the new features and learn which two models were lowered in price, and by how much.

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Why video producers/distributors should embrace Chromecast

Why video producers/distributors should embrace Chromecast

Chromecast is a no-brainer to embed in your website or app.

By Allan Tépper | July 31, 2013

Chromecast is the name of a US$35 digital media streaming adapter developed by Google and released last week, in addition to being a free API/SDK and Chrome browser extension. The Chromecast device, a 51 mm (2-inch) dongle that plugs into the HDMI port of an HDTV or monitor, plays audio/video media from supporting content providers by connecting over WiFi and streaming it from the web. The user selects content to play on her/his TV from either a supported app on a mobile device, or a tab from the Chrome web browser on a computer. The device was announced on July 24, 2013 and made available for purchase the same day.

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Vimeo fixes Android playback compatibility beyond Vimeo.com

Vimeo fixes Android playback compatibility beyond Vimeo.com

Was it the “power of the press” or would it have happened anyway? We may never know the truth.

By Allan Tépper | July 31, 2013

In case you hadn’t read any of my prior related articles, from March 2013 until sometime last Friday, July 26, 2013, Vimeo videos embedded beyond the Vimeo.com site were dead on Android devices. Sometime late last Friday, Android playback of Vimeo videos embedded in sites beyond the public Vimeo.com website came back to life. Was it the “power of the press” from my articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine… or would it have happened anyway? We may never know the truth.

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Blackmagic ships first 6G-SDI products to simplify 4K cabling

Blackmagic ships first 6G-SDI products to simplify 4K cabling

To avoid the need to connect four SDI connections per source, 6G-SDI handles 4K in a single cable, but is it a SMPTE standard?

By Allan Tépper | July 30, 2013

Up until recently, if you wanted to connect a 4K video signal from one device to another, you required four SDI cables per source. At NAB 2013, Blackmagic showed and began to ship its first 6G-SDI products, which include ATEM Production Studio 4K live production studio, ATEM Studio Converter 2, Blackmagic’s 4K Production Camera, the HyperDeck Studio Pro recorder, and the company’s new Audio Monitor. But is 6G-SDI a SMPTE standard, and should you be concerned?

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Why I (sadly and reluctantly) opted-out of my Vimeo Pro renewal

Why I (sadly and reluctantly) opted-out of my Vimeo Pro renewal

Yes, I am the same guy who has published six articles about Vimeo since 2010, including one called 11 things I love about Vimeo

By Allan Tépper | July 22, 2013

Today I did it, although sadly and reluctantly: I opted out of my Vimeo Pro auto-renewal. Like many Vimeo Pro and Vimeo Plus users, I have been patiently waiting since March 2013 for them to fix the Android playback of embedded Vimeo videos on sites other than Vimeo.com. As reported previously, that was working fine before March… and continued to work fine on all competitive online services other than Vimeo that I have tested.

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Panasonic AW-HE2 1080p ePTZ camera: a first look

Panasonic AW-HE2 1080p ePTZ camera: a first look

Is the AW-HE2 a good candidate for cost-effective multicam progressive studios? Let’s find out….

By Allan Tépper | July 22, 2013

The US$995 AW-HE2 is not a camcorder (since it contains no recorder), but an intriguing camera with a live 1080p (or 720p) output at selectable framerates, together with extensive remote control capabilities via IP or infrared. Although in a completely different price and sensor size... Read More

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Blackmagic adds 1080p to new ATEM 4K US$1995 a/v mixer

Blackmagic adds 1080p to new ATEM 4K US$1995 a/v mixer

New firmware update adds 1080p in ATEM 4K model; indirectly invites Átomos H2S sales.

By Allan Tépper | July 05, 2013

 

At NAB 2013, Blackmagic announced its new US$1995 ATEM Production Studio 4K audio/video mixer (“switcher”), which joins other ATEM models. When set for 4K, the new model offers progressive-only (Yes!), so I immediately asked Blackmagic about 1080p modes,... Read More

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DeckLink Quad: the little PCIe card that could?

DeckLink Quad: the little PCIe card that could?

Why so few apps to make the Decklink Quad card reach its potential?

By Allan Tépper | June 20, 2013

The DeckLink Quad card from Blackmagic reminds me of two pop culture titles: The Little Engine that could and Rebel without a cause. In this case, the adjusted titles would be The little DeckLink PCIe that could and Rebel PCIe card without an app. Of course, it is not that the... Read More

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