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TriCaster Mini from NewTek: a first (but intense) look

TriCaster Mini from NewTek: a first (but intense) look

TriCaster Mini is likely to become the most revered “multicamera studio in a box” in its class.

By Allan Tépper | October 07, 2014

Today NewTek announced TriCaster Mini, the newest member of its TriCaster family of “multicamera studio in a box” products. Frequent readers will recall that I have covered TriCasters in the past, and —full disclosure— have also written several contracted white papers for NewTek, in two languages. Under a non-disclosure agreement, I had a rather intense advanced briefing/discussion about TriCaster Mini with the company, and ahead you’ll see everything I love, plus details I would really like polished in an upcoming software update.

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Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+

A New Experience for Flying/Shooting FPV with HUD on Clear Lenses

By Jeff Foster | October 06, 2014

Unlike typical FPV goggles that basically block out the world around you and force you to only see what the on-board camera sees, the Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses work directly with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ with the DJI VISION app and the WiFi extender.

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The Padcaster Mini is now available

The Padcaster Mini is now available

iPad Mini mediographers now have more frame/case/mount options.

By Allan Tépper | October 04, 2014

Joining the original (larger sized) Padcaster, the new Padcaster Mini is similar, but sized to match Apple’s iPad Mini and iPad Mini Retina. Padcaster Mini’s purpose is to mount the iPad Mini (Retina) on a tripod or other support device, and to mount accessories and lenses. In many prior iOS mediography articles, I have covered the original Padcaster and its closest competitor, the iOgrapher. Ahead you’ll find virtues of each and help you pick the option for your iPad Mini (Retina).

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Product Review: DSLRPros 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizers

Product Review: DSLRPros 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizers

Two Amazing New 3-Axis Powered Stabilizers for Smartphones and GoPros

By Jeff Foster | October 03, 2014

Never before have 3-axis brushless motor-driven handheld stabilizers been more needed than with release of the latest smartphones and GoPro cameras! I've had a chance to test both of these products from DSLRPros and give you a sample of how they work and what kind of results you can expect from them.

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Multi-screen Multicam in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 30, 2014

 

Putting the Angle Viewer into the Timeline?

That is essentially what Steve Martin from Ripple Training shows us how to do in this week's episode of MacBreak Studio. So why would you want to?

When editing a multi-camera shoot in Final Cut Pro X, you first... Read More

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Product Review: 3D Robotics RTF Y6 Multicopter

Product Review: 3D Robotics RTF Y6 Multicopter

Precision, Power and Autonomous Flight Control

By Jeff Foster | September 27, 2014

Beyond traditional smaller quadcopter designs on the market, the usual choice for an upgrade is a hex or octocopter... but the form factor of 6 motors and props on the three-armed "Y" formation of the 3D Robotics RTF Y6 airframe provides not only good stability in windy conditions, but a hotrod of a UAV capable of over 55mph and some truly impressive video footage. But hold on - this sucker can really FLY!

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Adobe at IBC 2014 - the show in review

Product previews, brilliant customer presentations, and thousands of visitors

By Eric Philpott | September 25, 2014

It felt like summer in Amsterdam, host city for the International Broadcasting Convention, Europe’s largest industry tradeshow. Inside the spacious RAI convention center thousands of visitors came to see the latest in film and broadcast technology – including previews of the next... Read More

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LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt Review

By Dan Carr | September 18, 2014

Having robust mobile storage solutions that you can rely on is important, as is the speed of them.  I recently purchased the latest LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt drive and ran it through some tests.

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Pinnacle Studio/iOS adds 48 kHz + non-integer framerates, but instructions are required

Pinnacle Studio/iOS adds 48 kHz + non-integer framerates, but instructions are required

Pay attention to some details, and we can now have audio/video that complies with our target format.

By Allan Tépper | September 16, 2014

As the developer previously committed, Pinnacle Studio for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch has now added both 48 kHz audio as default for all iOS devices except for the first iPhone 4, and non-integer framerates like 23.976, 29.97, and 59.94 fps, together with integer ones like 24, 25, and 50. The way to handle these framerates requires a bit of explanation, as I’ll cover ahead.

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Toggling Corrections in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 16, 2014

How do you turn off a color correction?

This is the question we tackle on this week's episode of MacBreak Studio, where I show Steve Martin from Ripple Training a simple way to make toggling corrections in Final Cut Pro X much faster and easier.

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iLoud: a multifaceted powered speaker that impresses

iLoud: a multifaceted powered speaker that impresses

Use iLoud for playback during music video production, to present live, or during editing.

By Allan Tépper | September 15, 2014

After i recently reviewed two other products from IK Multimedia, the iRig Pro preamp/A>D converter and the iRig Mic HD, they graciously sent me their iLoud, a rechargeable stereo powered speaker that impressed me quite a bit. Although IK Multimedia markets the iLoud for musicians, I immediately saw several other applications for our ProVideo Coalition readers, including playback for a music video production, to present live, or even to monitor when editing audio or video, with the usual disclaimer for the last one. Ahead are the details.

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9 New Features That Make The EOS 7D Mark II Canon’s Best DSLR For Video

An old workhorse finally gets an update

By Dan Carr | September 15, 2014

The original EOS 7D was launched in September 2009, a lifetime ago with the pace of change in this industry.  That camera’s lifespan was considerably lengthened by a major 2.0 firmware update in August 2012, so it’s only now that we are finally seeing the 7D Mark II, just announced at Photokina 2014. 

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Avid announces Resolution Independence for Avid Media Composer

That's 4K and beyond ... plus some background rendering and other stuff

By Scott Simmons | September 11, 2014

Over in Amsterdam Avid held their most recent Avid Connect event and we finally got the Avid Media Composer news that many have been waiting for - resolution independence is coming to Media Composer. This wasn’t totally unexpected as it has been hinted at for some time but this was the official announcement with this new version hitting in Q4 2014. And we’ll get Avid DNxHR - “4K beauty without the bandwidth.”

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iPhone 6+ (5.5“): The new iPad for iOS mediographers?

iPhone 6+ (5.5“): The new iPad for iOS mediographers?

As I hoped, Apple made this new 5.5” version even better for iOS mediographers

By Allan Tépper | September 09, 2014

In hopeful anticipation of greater things in a (then only rumored) iPhone 6 (5.5 inch version) with improved mediography capabilities, I put my iPad Mini Retina 128GB up for sale last week. Today, Apple confirmed the rumor that there would indeed be a 5.5 version of the iPhone 6, which is officially called the iPhone 6 Plus. Ahead are its new video features and specs.

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Batch Encoding in Final Cut Pro X

This Week on MacBreak Studio

By Mark Spencer | September 09, 2014

Batch exporting directly from Final Cut Pro X?

That's what Steve Martin from Ripple Training explores in today's episode of MacBreak Studio.

While there are many sharing options built into Final Cut Pro X, some folks turn to Compressor, Apple's... Read More

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ARRI Alexa Firmware To Enable 3.2K ProRes For Up-Scaling To 4K

By Dan Carr | September 05, 2014

Not wanting to leave Alexa owners out in the cold after last week’s 4k Amira announcement, Arri have unveiled plans for an Alexa firmware update in early 2015 that will enable 3.2k ProRes recording.

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Review: Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D enables dual-mic/2-channel opportunities for iOS mediography

Review: Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D enables dual-mic/2-channel opportunities for iOS mediography

A discontinued interface from Tascam is still ideal for certain recording and streaming events.

By Allan Tépper | September 05, 2014

Although the Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D is officially discontinued, fortunately it is still available (for now). Ahead you’ll discover why the iXJ2 is a unique enabler for high-quality dual-mic/2-channel, 48 kHz/24-bit iOS recordings, including several use-cases: interviews, sportscasting, and even voiceover auditions; when it’s appropriate, and when it isn’t.

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Review: Plantronics accidentally enters broadcast headset market

Review: Plantronics accidentally enters broadcast headset market

When combined with a portable A>D converter, the Plantronics .Audio 326 becomes a broadcast headset.

By Allan Tépper | September 02, 2014

Plantronics is a renowned headset manufacturer for office communication, general listening, mobile telephony, and gaming, but not for broadcast or multimedia production. However, due to an unusual set of circumstances, I discovered that their completely analog Plantronics .Audio 326 headset (when combined with a portable preamp/A>D converter) transforms itself into an ultra-affordable broadcast headset for production and live streaming. Here’s my review with test recording.

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Review: RØDE NT-USB studio-grade digital microphone

Review: RØDE NT-USB studio-grade digital microphone

The NT-USB includes a pop-shield + table stand, and works with Mac, Windows, and iPad.

By Allan Tépper | August 28, 2014

The new NT-USB from RØDE is a studio-grade digital microphone that officially works with Mac, Windows, and iPad. Unofficially, it also works with iPhone and iPod Touch. Ahead is my review, including exclusive comparative audio recordings with Chilean singer Bárbara Intriago.

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A Bunch of Random Hard Drive Speed Tests

As drives come into the edit suite I've been noting their read/write speeds for no other reason than because I can

By Scott Simmons | August 28, 2014

As a freelance editor I get a lot of hard drives sent to me with footage to edit. Usually all of that media is transferred off of those hard drives and onto a RAID for editing. Occasionally I might have a quick turnaround or just fixes on a project and I’ll cut right off the hard drive sent to me. The faster the drive the better for both of these tasks. I’ve been keeping a running log of hard drive speeds for the last few months and with the help of Blackmagic’s Disk Speed test I offer up this cornucopia of various drive speed tests and their connections. Little commentary is provided here but if you have a production asking why you’re questioning their use of a cheap little black Seagate drive from Target then send them to this blog post to see exactly what slow speeds that cheap drive will mean and how that will add time to editorial because of file transfers alone.

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