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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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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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Connect PCIe cards to slotless Macs via Thunderbolt? Yes!

Connect PCIe cards to slotless Macs via Thunderbolt? Yes!

Sonnet’s expansion chassis let you connect your PCIe cards to your slotless Mac.

By Allan Tépper | June 16, 2013

Many video professionals have unjustifiably disqualified slotless Macs because they incorrectly believed that there was no way to use their PCIe cards. They didn’t know that there is indeed a supported way to connect networking, pro video, and storage PCIe cards via Thunderbolt.... Read More

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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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