Test charts are very similar to test patterns. Test patterns are complex images used to stress displays and reveal their weaknesses, and also to help calibrate them. Test charts are printed patterns used to reveal weaknesses in cameras, and also to help calibrate them. Here, we'll examine test charts used to test RED cameras and 3D cameras.
The shift from closed-circuit television (CCTV) security systems to network video solutions is nearly complete. Network video surveillance systems offer many benefits over traditional closed-circuit systems, and Axis Communications has been there since the beginning. Axis offers every type of network surveillance equipment imaginable, and B&H carries the full line, with prices much lower than the competition.
It’s gratifying to know that manufacturers continue to improve the quality of handheld camcorders. We’ll probably see 4K handheld camcorders on the market in just a few years. The Sony HXR-MC50U Ultra Compact Pro AVCHD Camcorder is a stepping stone toward that goal.
You don't expect motion detection in a battery, but the new Dionic HCX from Anton/Bauer is smart enough to know when to go into a deep sleep, and when moved, to wake up. After a two-week period without a load, the battery automatically goes to sleep, which enables extended storage with almost zero capacity loss. To awaken the battery for normal use, you need simply to move the battery, thus activating the motion-detection feature.
The television-broadcast world is nearing the end of its HDTV revolution. Almost every show on TV is now broadcast in HD. It’s time for consumer video gear to catch up. While most consumer-grade camcorders record in HD, many of the niche-type video recorders, such as those you can wear, are not yet capturing HD. But the Drift HD170 is.
It’s difficult to keep up with technology, and it’s also expensive if you insist on buying the latest gear. While it’s dizzying to keep up with advancements in technology, those same advancements keep making new gadgets more and more affordable. A case in point is this HD camcorder, which costs less than $300.
When I buy a brand-new camera, I tend to treat it like my baby. I’ll coddle it, wipe it down when a fleck of dust lands on it, and I’ll handle it as gently as I would a vial of nitroglycerin. After a few weeks, though, I’ll ease up a bit, but I’ll never feel completely comfortable diving into the dirt with my expensive gear while chasing the perfect shot.
James Cameron’s film, Avatar, has helped propel 3D technology into the mainstream. People flocked to theaters to see the 3D attraction and now they’re buying the Blu-ray edition in droves. I read today that US consumers have spent more than $55 million on 3D TVs and Blu-ray players in just a few months, but I'd bet the equipment that James Cameron used to produce Avatar cost even more. The average 3D enthusiast could never afford to use Cameron’s highly refined 3D camera equipment, but fortunately there’s a much more affordable alternative.
Today, for under $10,000, several excellent video camera kits exist which would have had me laughed from the room had I suggested them ten years ago. JVC is making a very compelling case for its brand newGY-HM790U media camcorder. This camera has every feature you need to capture high-quality footage, both in the studio or in the field.
Biking a tough trail can be exhilarating—the wind rushing through your hair (through your helmet vents, of course) as you swerve to avoid obstacles, bombing down hills at speeds that you’ll brag about for months. Thanks to a new line of rugged sportscams and helmet cameras, you can have high-quality HD video to relive every jump and swerve in high definition. Or you can post the videos online so that your friends can live vicariously through your extreme sports exploits.
In this era of powered appliances and gadgets, it seems like everything needs to be charged. Phones, cameras, camcorders, notebook computers, portable players, GPS receivers, flashlights—you name it, and it needs to be charged. Charging these gadgets is not much of a problem when you can plug in, but what do you do when you’re off the grid?
HDSLRs shoot great video, but as video cameras, their body shape is not optimal for shooting smooth, steady footage. When shooting video, you often want to press your eye to the viewfinder to see that your shot is in focus and to have better control over the camera's movement, but with HDSLRs, smooshing your face up to the tiny viewfinder can be uncomfortable and can make getting smooth, fluid video difficult.
Fifteen years ago, Avid was the only serious NLE option running for film and video editors. NLEs today are less expensive and more powerful than they've ever been—there are currently several affordable professional editing suites on the market. By releasing the brand-new Media Composer 5 Production Suite, Avid is hoping to blast around the inside turn and take its place at the head of the pack, for NLE projects of all sizes and budgets.
Want to remain hands-free while you record video footage? A few weeks ago I wrote about camcorders that you can wear. One was a helmet cam, another was a pen that records video and the third was a pair of sunglasses that capture video. Those posts generated quite a bit of reader interest in other forms of wearable camcorders, so I decided to write about some more of these increasingly popular items.
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