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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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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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Why you must deactivate EDID on your HDLink (aka “Band-Aid”)

Why you must deactivate EDID on your HDLink (aka “Band-Aid”)

Be sure to deactivate EDID on your HDLink Pro 3D DisplayPort for proper operation of your DreamColor monitor.

By Allan Tépper | February 26, 2013

I have clarified in prior articles how essential it is for DreamColor monitor users who also use an i/o device from Blackmagic Design to purchase an HDLink Pro 3D DisplayPort as an accessory (“Band-Aid”) to satisfy the DreamColor Engine’s absolute requirement for... Read More

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Why does the Mac still deal with connected HDTV monitors haphazardly?

Why does the Mac still deal with connected HDTV monitors haphazardly?

Open Letter to Apple AT2013.b, for the OS X development team

By Allan Tépper | February 20, 2013

It is good that OS X can now offer proper spatial resolution for HDTV monitors at 720p and 1080p on the Mac’s native GPU outputs. It is also good that OS X’s Display Control Panel allows setting the output for different framerates (i.e. 24, 50, or 60), according to the... Read More

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Why does FCP X still deal with pro i/o interfaces haphazardly?

Why does FCP X still deal with pro i/o interfaces haphazardly?

Open Letter to Apple AT2013.a, for the FCP X development team

By Allan Tépper | February 20, 2013

Since Apple released Final Cut Pro X in June 2011, there have been seven updates and many valuable features have been added. Although FCP X fortunately achieved partial compatibility with professional audio/video interfaces as of version 10.0.4, we are now at version 10.0.7 and it... Read More

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Hands-on with the UltraStudio Mini Monitor

Hands-on with the UltraStudio Mini Monitor

Why you might need an UltraStudio Mini Monitor, what’s good, and what I’d improve.

By Allan Tépper | February 17, 2013

Although I have covered Blackmagic’s new US$145 UltraStudio Mini Monitor interface in prior articles (links ahead), I have now become even more familiar with it since the company sent me a sample unit, together with a Thunderbolt cable. Ahead I’ll cover why you might need one, everything I liked, and the few details I’d like improved.

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How Sony should hack a Bravia to create an awesome prosumer editing/grading monitor

How Sony should hack a Bravia to create an awesome prosumer editing/grading monitor

Here’s a recipe for Sony’s pro monitor division to create an awesome prosumer editing/grading monitor from a consumer Bravia.

By Allan Tépper | February 08, 2013

Recently, I published an article which described why Miami-based PRODU.com chose to purchase a “foreign” Sony consumer Bravia HDTV set for video editing. That model surpassed the limitations of many segregated U.S. consumer models by allowing for all standard worldwide framerates,... Read More

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