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If you’re in the field of video broadcasting but are using equipment that’s a bit long in the tooth, or if you’re thinking of getting into the field, now’s a good time to invest in some new equipment. 

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3 years ago
Hands-on Review

Panasonic has introduced a slew of new pocket-size camcorders. The format seems to have taken hold and is getting to be more popular, not less. One has to wonder why the Flip was discontinued, but at least vendors such as Panasonic can continue to fill this niche market with these small, fun camcorders.

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3 years ago
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Some professional camcorders can cost an arm and a leg. Sony’s PMW-F3 falls into that category. Fortunately, manufacturers realize that not everyone can afford to part with an arm and a leg, so they find ways to offer products with similar feature sets to the pro cameras, but which can be had for just an arm.

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3 years ago
Hands-on Review

Until the advent of diving gear, people knew very little about what went on underwater. And even though the gear has advanced by leaps and bounds over the past few hundred years, diving is still risky business. And the deeper you go, the riskier it gets.

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3 years ago
Hands-on Review

When it comes to ENG video capture, form factor and performance are paramount, and with a total weight of 8.2 lb (including the lens, 4.3" LCD screen, microphone and battery) and phenomenal image quality, the JVC GY-HM750U ProHD solid state compact shoulder camcorder  makes for an attractive video recording package. 

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3 years ago
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The northern hemisphere is currently deep in the heart of winter, but that isn't stopping new camcorder models from blooming like fresh spring flowers. JVC has announced the new 2011 lineup of HD Everio camcorders, which offer excellent performance and some handy new features. In this post I'll clearly explain what separates these camcorders from the competition.

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3 years ago
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When it comes to protecting sensitive photographic, video and audio gear from the trauma of bouncing around trains, planes and automobiles, it's hard to beat the protective qualities of nylon/polymer cases. HPRC, one of the better-known manufacturers of rugged nylon/polymer cases has just introduced a pair of impact-resistant shoulder cases small enough to qualify as carry-on baggage.

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3 years ago
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If you've ever investigated the unusual world of support systems for video cameras and DSLRs, it doesn't take long to realize that there's a great divide in price between the entry-level offerings and the top-of-the-line stuff. But which manufacturer gives you the best bang for your hard-earned buck? Check out SHAPE, a line from Canada that is tough, versatile and dependable.

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4 years ago
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The new HD170 Stealth shares many features and similarities with the original HD170 model, but there's a lot more to it besides its new, black "stealthy" color. The Stealth comes with a new chip that enables you to shoot 60 fps video (which is ideal for slow motion), as well as 25 and 50 fps for European thrill seekers. It's a sweet, low-profile HD camera that you can strap on to capture the ride of your life.

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4 years ago
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Professional videographers expect a certain level of quality and an advanced feature set in the equipment they use. In other words, professional videographers rely on professional equipment to produce professional-quality work. Unfortunately, such equipment is usually larger and heavier than they would like. Canon has addressed this problem with its new and compact XA10 professional camcorder.

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4 years ago
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How much could you reasonably ask for in a camcorder that fits in the palm of your hand? Would it be too much to ask for 32 gigs of internal flash memory, in addition to dual SDXC card slots? How about a color viewfinder and a touch-screen LCD?

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4 years ago
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Why pay more for quality FireWire cables now that Pearstone has rolled out a full selection of 4-, 6- and 9-pin cables in various lengths? The IEEE 1394 interface has long been favored by video and audio pros for connecting portable equipment like camcorders to computers. But misplacing a cable or not having the right cable with a 4- to 6-pin connection, for instance, can trip up anyone.

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4 years ago
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Sony has been delighting video professionals with their XDCAMs since 2004.They introduced their first high-speed memory XDCAM EX in 2007, and went on to set high standards in broadcast quality with their PDW-700 and PMW-320 models.

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4 years ago
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It’s impressive how news crews can descend upon a scene and broadcast live video within minutes of their arrival. This is made possible in part by the use of wireless broadcasting equipment that can put you on the air in no time. 

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4 years ago
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One of the greatest inconveniences any professional videographer ever has to deal with is getting all their gear to the location in fine working order. There’s a lot to carry, and it all must be properly protected during transit, especially if air travel is involved.

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4 years ago

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