Today’s moms are beyond cool. They rock DSLRs, iPads, and are fast becoming the largest growth segment in social networking. It’s not just kids listening to mom -- hundreds (and in some cases, thousands) of folks follow her tweets, Facebook updates, and blog entries. She’s got her own point of view backed up with boatloads of digital photos -- Isn’t it time she started posting video?
Every April, those involved in professional audio/video recording from broadcasters to event videographers converge onto Las Vegas to check out what hot new product will best improve their productions. A candy store for film and video professionals, NAB is the first place for the industry to decide what to purchase and what new technology is on the cutting edge. This year NAB seemed to focus on 3D television and improved support for DSLR camera's with HD video capabilities.
Summer break is almost here. You’ve fueled the car, packed the cooler, and programmed the GPS. It’s time for a well deserved vacation! Whether you’re headed to visit Grandma upstate or Mickey’s house down in Orlando, you don’t want to forget the sunscreen or a new HD camcorder. HD video is the gold standard for capturing all kinds of family fun. B&H’s exclusive on the new HF21 makes fun affordable.
We always hear about loyal customers who travel great distances and visit New York City's many incredible sites and always find the time to stop by B&H's Superstore on 34th Street and 9th Avenue. These customers are usually flabbergasted at the sheer size, overwhelmed by the amount of products on display, marvel at the conveyor belt system and equally impressed with the knowledge of our Sales Associates. But most of our out-of-town customers only know B&H as the home for photography and nothing else. Well, B&H is a lot more.
Summer is almost here! Whether you’re interested in shooting first person video from the front of your surfboard, or maybe a friend’s wedding, or even a feature film, here’s the rundown of the latest and greatest camcorders for summer 2010. From shoot and shares to the latest ENG alternatives, there’s something here for everyone.
If you had been reading the online forums and blogs for the last few months, you probably have been eagerly anticipating what Adobe had up its sleeve for their NAB 2010 announcements. Adobe has been craftily leaking technological developments, carefully not revealing when these innovations would become available. For all the readers keeping up with this geeky news, these advancements could be years off and CS5 could be an uninspiring upgrade. Adobe has kept to its ritualistic upgrade timeline of one every 18 months, so how much improvement will Premiere Pro CS5 be and more importantly, will it finally become a serious contender to the Avid and Apple crowd? I can say with confidence, Yes!
Garrett Brown is the inventor the Steadicam. He holds more than 50 patents, worldwide, for motion-picture and film camera stabilizing technology. His creative and successful inventing career has also included the Skycam, a robot camera that slides on wires during sporting events; Mobycam, a submarine tracking camera system; Divecam, a vertical tracking camera system that follows Olympic divers through a gravity-driven system; and the Flycam, a low-tension rigging system that follows athletes via a wired system.
While technology has become more energy efficient over the years, there’s still a lot to be done to improve the environmental impact of imaging products and practices. Whether you’re a pro, gear head, or hobbyist here are some simple things you can do to make the carbon footprint of your photo / video / audio work a little smaller.
Ever since the motion picture camera was invented in the late 19th Century, filmmakers have been trying to perfect their shooting techniques. For decades, camera operators were limited to stationary tripods to establish their shots. When silent movies became popular and film directors wanted to push the envelope and create more ways to tell the story without being limited to the single-shot setup, more mobile shooting techniques were required to enhance visual storytelling.
Video-enabled DSLR cameras have become the Tickle Me Elmo's of the creative production world, but one thing Elmo isn't laughing at is the audio quality of the built-in microphones. Whether your camera has a microphone input or not, you should consider using an external digital audio recorder to handle the sound recording for your next video production. Using an external audio recorder in video production and filmmaking is often referred to as "double system." This practice requires a bit more work on your part; but if the ultimate goal is to create an excellent finished product, then capturing good sound should be a top priority.
My background in filmmaking and animating keeps my focus on any editing and animation tools that become available. I've used Photoshop over the years to design textures for 3D objects or basic photo touchups required for the final video project. And although I have a collection of decent SLR cameras, still photography is more of a hobby for me, so I've limited my use with Photoshop to the video/animating worlds. Thus when Photoshop CS4 Extended came out a couple of years ago, I was already familiar with the basic animating tools included that may have eluded the amateur or pro photographer.
Whether you’re a first-time feature filmmaker or a serious documentarian, you want your next camcorder to be HD. You’ve looked at what’s out there. The pro stuff has way more than you need at a price that rivals Ivy League student loans. Shoot-and-shares are affordable, but don’t have the manual controls and inputs you want. Time to sneak a deal with the JVC Everio GZ-HM400.
Just about everyone on the planet is familiar with clapper slates, but few people understand why they're used on set. Now that video-enabled DSLR cameras are at the top of many people's wish lists, the need for clapper slates has never been greater. In this post I'll test out the Pearstone SADC-711 clapboard slate, and let you know why it's an essential item for any serious video shoot. Lights, camera, blog post!
Yup. Someone finally did it. With the announcement of the AG-AF100, Panasonic is putting a DSLR-sized sensor into a dedicated, professional video camera. Micro Four Thirds is going primetime. What does this mean for you? If you’re a filmmaker or video artist wanting shallow depth of field characteristics, multiple lens choices, and pro-grade audio and video I/O, this just might be the camera you’ve been waiting for.
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