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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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Is Apple paying Vimeo to stifle the Android video experience?

Is Apple paying Vimeo to stifle the Android video experience?

Embedded Vimeo videos have ceased to work with Android, while similar services still work fine on all platforms.

By Allan Tépper | June 15, 2013

Many ProVideo Coalition readers have noted that before today, I have published at least five articles about Vimeo, Vimeo Plus, and Vimeo Pro. Most of those articles have been very positive, with few constructive criticisms and recommended workarounds. However, starting in March 2013,... Read More

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MacBook Air (2013): what Apple improved, and what Apple neglected to include

MacBook Air (2013): what Apple improved, and what Apple neglected to include

Several improvements in the MacBook Air (2013) are welcome, while others are still missing.

By Allan Tépper | June 13, 2013

This week, Apple announced the revised MacBook Air (2013) models. Like before, the new MacBook Air models are available in both 11“ and 13” models. Ahead is my executive summary of the improvements that Apple added, what Apple neglected to include (but should have),... Read More

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Canon XA20 and XA25 take key steps towards Beyond AVCHD

Canon XA20 and XA25 take key steps towards Beyond AVCHD

I am ecstatic that Canon has taken the first steps towards Beyond AVCHD, and I hope the other cam manufacturers do the same soon

By Allan Tépper | May 24, 2013

Earlier this week I published the Beyond AVCHD Manifesto. Simultaneously, I mentioned that the Canon XA20 and XA25 are the first professional AVCHD video cameras to take serious steps to comply with Beyond AVCHD. In this article, I’ll cover exactly what these two models have... Read More

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Canon answers most of Tépper’s questions about XA20/XA25

Canon answers most of Tépper’s questions about XA20/XA25

Canon answered most of my questions about their new cameras.

By Allan Tépper | May 24, 2013

Recently, I sent a list of questions to Canon’s public relations department about the new XA20 and XA25 cameras. A couple of weeks later, I got answers. Most were excellent news; some were unclear; while some were bad news for the short term, although could possibly improve via... Read More

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Sony NX30: currently best in its class, yet improvable

Sony NX30: currently best in its class, yet improvable

The NX30 beats its bigger sister the NX70 in a few areas, but is yet to be upgraded to Beyond AVCHD.

By Allan Tépper | May 20, 2013

Thanks to Miami dealer and rental house Midtown Video and later to PRODU.com, I had a brief opportunity to test the Sony NX30, the NXCAM camcorder I’ve come to call the “little sister” of the NX70, which I covered in detail last year. Officially called the HXR-NX30... Read More

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Beyond AVCHD: a proposed new standard for AVCHD cam manufacturers

Beyond AVCHD: a proposed new standard for AVCHD cam manufacturers

Herein you’ll find the Beyond AVCHD Manifesto.

By Allan Tépper | May 20, 2013

Back in November 2011, I published an Open Letter to professional AVCHD camera manufacturers. In that Open Letter, I clarified what I liked about the then current offering of pro AVCHD cameras;pointed out details I found inappropriate especially for pro users; and made requests. Now I am going... Read More

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MSNBC mainstreams the radio/TV term “rundown”

MSNBC mainstreams the radio/TV term “rundown”

Beyond its baseball and common use, “rundown” has a very specific use in media production, especially in live news.

By Allan Tépper | May 03, 2013

Although the word “rundown” is used in baseball and in common US English as a “quick summary of main points of information”, its very unique meaning in radio and TV production has been (up until very recently) unknown beyond media professionals. In fact, many media... Read More

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JVC commits to adding SFTP (Secure FTP) to GY-HM650 camera

JVC commits to adding SFTP (Secure FTP) to GY-HM650 camera

In addition to live streaming, JVC is adding SFTP to the GY-HM650 camera.

By Allan Tépper | May 01, 2013

After an Open Letter in 2009 about the importance of using SFTP (Secure FTP) in order to have our passwords travel through the Internet encrypted, followed by two short articles about JVC’s GY-HM650 news camera, I am glad to report that JVC has now committed to adding SFTP to the GY-HM650... Read More

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Canon’s new XA20 and XA25 cameras fulfill wishes from my Open Letter to pro AVCHD cam manufacturers

Canon’s new XA20 and XA25 cameras fulfill wishes from my Open Letter to pro AVCHD cam manufacturers

In addition to adding many other general improvements, Canon is first to fulfill wishes from my Open Letter.

By Allan Tépper | April 26, 2013

Back in November 2011 (17 months ago) I published an Open Letter to pro AVCHD camera manufacturers. With their introduction of their new XA20 and XA25 cameras at NAB 2013, Canon has fulfilled some of the key wishes I had expressed in that Open Letter, in addition to making other improvements... Read More

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Rubén Abruña tests his Blackmagic Cinema Camera with waterwheel short

Rubén Abruña tests his Blackmagic Cinema Camera with waterwheel short

See Rubén’s grading workflow from uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit to DaVinci Resolve & FCP X.

By Allan Tépper | April 22, 2013

Rubén Abruña (who now lives in Zurich, Switzerland) recently received his new Blackmagic Cinema Camera which he had ordered in July of 2012. Rubén decided to take a one-day break from the grading of his La Casa Ausente documentary to test his new camera and its... Read More

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NewTek commits to adding internal waveform monitor to TriCaster 40

NewTek commits to adding internal waveform monitor to TriCaster 40

Sometime in 2013, even the entry model TriCaster 40 will have an inboard waveform monitor to facilitate camera matching.

By Allan Tépper | April 19, 2013

After expressing my profound constructive criticism about the lack of an internal waveform monitor in the TriCaster 40 (both publicly (in ProVideo Coalition magazine and privately) in 2012, I am now delighted to report that I have just received written confirmation of NewTek’s... Read More

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How to make the Lumix GH3 camera deliver proper, recordable 1080p over HDMI

How to make the Lumix GH3 camera deliver proper, recordable 1080p over HDMI

With the firmware update + menu settings, you should be able to get the native 1080p framerate over HDMI.

By Allan Tépper | April 17, 2013

Many initial users of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera who tried to record its 1080p signal externally have been disappointed to see that it wouldn’t work. That’s because as shipped from the factory, the GH3 does not output its native framerate over HDMI. For example, in 1080/25p... Read More

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NAB 2013: Átomos expands Connect converter line with CONNECT-AC; lowers prices

NAB 2013: Átomos expands Connect converter line with CONNECT-AC; lowers prices

Lower prices on the original H2S and S2H converters + new AC-only models.

By Allan Tépper | April 17, 2013

Back in October 2012, I published a review of the Connect H2S (HDMI>SDI converter) from Átomos (link ahead), which includes onboard pulldown removal and a test pattern generator. The original H2S and S2H include a battery, charger, and external AC power supply. Now at NAB... Read More

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Telestream amends key response for recent WireCast article

Telestream amends key response for recent WireCast article

Telestream’s amended response means that currently, the software waveform monitor is unavailable with any WireCast HD-SDI input.

By Allan Tépper | April 16, 2013

On April 1st, 2013, I published an article called How to pick your ideal HDMI or HD-SDI interface for WireCast (Pro). The article was based upon facts received after several sessions of detailed emails exchanged with the covered manufacturers (Blackmagic, Matrox, and Telestream).... Read More

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NAB 2013: Matrox shows standalone streamer/recorder appliance

NAB 2013: Matrox shows standalone streamer/recorder appliance

Monarch HD is Matrox’s first standalone streamer/recorder appliance.

By Allan Tépper | April 13, 2013

Aimed to connect to existing video mixers (“switchers”) which don’t already have streaming capabilities (or to connect to a single camera), at NAB 2013 Matrox announced and showed a standalone streamer/recorder appliance. When I say standalone, I mean that in normal... Read More

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NAB 2013: Version 11 of Pro Tools finally cures its Achilles’ heel

NAB 2013: Version 11 of Pro Tools finally cures its Achilles’ heel

Finally Pro Tools will be able to “bounce” and export quickly, instead of in real time.

By Allan Tépper | April 11, 2013

Forget about its brand-new engine, 64-bit architecture, and expanded metering. The most important improvement I see in the palindromic version 11 of Pro Tools is that with this update, the renowned audio editing tool from Avid will finally cure its Achilles’ heel. I am talking... Read More

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Blackmagic shows pocket RAW camera for US$1K plus 4K camera for US$4k

Blackmagic shows pocket RAW camera for US$1K plus 4K camera for US$4k

Now Blackmagic offers three cameras, for US$995, US$2995, or US$3995 respectively.

By Allan Tépper | April 08, 2013

At NAB 2013, Blackmagic showed two new cameras to join its initial US$2995 Cinematography Camera. The new ones include the US$3995 4K camera, a big sister to the original Cine model, and a US$995 pocket 1080p RAW motion picture, which can record either Apple ProRes or CinemaDNG RAW... Read More

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How to pick your ideal HDMI or HD-SDI interface for WireCast (Pro)

How to pick your ideal HDMI or HD-SDI interface for WireCast (Pro)

Depending upon how you prioritize features, ease of camera matching, and ISO recording will help you choose the hardware.

By Allan Tépper | April 01, 2013

UPDATED: This article now updated info. Many people have heard of Telestream’s renowned WireCast (Pro) software, which can convert a qualifying Mac or Windows computer into a multiple-input audio/video mixer (“switcher”). Among its features are a character generator,... Read More

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OLED field monitor upgradable to become a recorder? Enter the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q

OLED field monitor upgradable to become a recorder? Enter the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q

A first look at Convergent Design’s new OLED field monitors that can transform themselves into recorders.

By Allan Tépper | April 01, 2013

Long time ProVideo Coalition readers know that I have been covering external progressive 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 recorders from different manufacturers for years. Several more recent recorder models I have covered have included a built-in LCD screen to double as a field monitor. Now, thanks... Read More

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Why did Apple drop Castilian video subtitles and soundtracks in iTunes 11.02?

Why did Apple drop Castilian video subtitles and soundtracks in iTunes 11.02?

Open Letter to Apple AT2013.c, for the iTunes development team

By Allan Tépper | March 01, 2013

When I published two separate Open Letters to Apple less than two weeks ago (links ahead), I didn’t expect to be publishing a third to the same company so soon. With the “update” to iTunes 11.02, Apple has just downgraded a function in the iTunes which I have... Read More

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