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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.

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2 years ago
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The Flip video camera, although released a few years ago, has since proven to be THE shoot-and-share camera for the masses, with its simple design and no-frills user experience. That tradition has carried through all of its models and now with its latest iteration, the Flip Video SlideHD.

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2 years ago
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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.

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2 years ago
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An overview of Avid's recently released Media Composer V 6.0 led by certified Avid Trainer Tibor Spiegel of Manhattan Edit Workshop.

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2 years ago
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This video shows you how to upgrade your consumer camcorder sound capabilities using a simple device that mounts to the bottom of your camera.

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2 years ago
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If you’re actively honing your skills as a videographer, either with camcorders or HDSLRs, try working with matte boxes to enhance your video production and kick it up a notch in quality.

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2 years ago
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For the casual camcorder user, shooting great video is a cinch; there’s nothing to it. You just turn on the camera, make sure everything’s set to Auto, and point and shoot. Even working the zoom is a piece of cake. But professional video production is a lot different.

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3 years ago
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Having completed production of Cooking Healthy for a Dachshund using a basic high-def camcorder and simple editing software, I’m ready to ’fess up about what worked and what didn’t—advice freely handed to every aspiring Cameron.

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3 years ago
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Okay, you've done some research and determined that many people are using portable digital recorders like the Zoom H4n and Tascam DR100 to record the audio during DSLR video shoots. Now you need some real-world advice about using this equipment properly with external microphones, field mixers and clapper slates.

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3 years ago
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The first thing to accept is that you won't have enough time, the location won't be easy, and your subject will either turn into a wallflower or a Prima Donna the moment you train a lens on them. But, if your interview is well scripted and your lighting is complimentary, you'll witness an almost magical transformation that can be quite revelatory.

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3 years ago
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Every image tells a story. The subjects, colors, and composition of an image contain a wealth of information. Even if we removed these attributes, a digital image still retains vital information necessary for any video editor.

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3 years ago
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Surround Sound

At the heart of the receiver is the surround-sound processor. The most basic surround processors use a Dolby Pro Logic II decoder. Pro Logic II is a "matrix" system that takes an encoded two-channel stereo signal and converts it to a five-channel full bandwidth (range) playback (Left/Center/Right/Left Surround/Right Surround),resulting in a surround experience. Most TV shows are encoded in Dolby Pro Logic II, as are the majority of VHS videos. You can also play DVDs through a Pro Logic II only-receiver because DVD players can synthesize a Pro Logic II signal that mimics a surround soundtrack. The newer Dolby Pro Logic IIx adds the ability of converting stereo or 5.1-channel surround sound for seamless 6.1 or 7.1 playback.

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3 years ago
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Traveling with precision tools and instruments has long been a game of seeing how far one can press the limits of government/corporate rules without pushing one-button-too-many of the person behind the ticket counter. Ever tighter carry-on allowances and checked baggage fees of $25, $50, $75, and higher have only made things worse. And do you really want to wave bye-bye to your precious camera gear as it's carried off to a Samsonite version of hell?

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3 years ago
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Teleprompters have always been a must have tool for speeches, news broadcasts, and industrial videos. By organizing ideas and proscribing specific language, talent is less dependent on memorization and better focused on delivering content. The ability to stay on script and on point saves time, and provides greater efficiency during production. Teleprompters are not without their flaws, however. Broadcast units can be cumbersome, costly, and difficult to use. In the era of new media, however, this might be changing.

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4 years ago
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Though inexpensive flash memory camcorders have been snapped up by consumers in droves in recent years, even casual users recognize their severe limitations. Typically, these devices offer a lackluster lens, provide only digital zoom, and perform poorly in dim light or an unsteady hand. Manual controls, touch screens, and GPS simply aren't included in the equipment. All this helps explain why cameras that record to tape or hard disks continue to be preferred by home video enthusiasts.

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4 years ago

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