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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.
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.
You've captured the moment on video, now what? You connect the camcorder into a TV and playback the unedited footage. Your family and friends eyes start to glaze over as every shaky frame, every obscure angle and every poorly lit scene comes out in its true, unaltered, raw form. You begin to witness scenes when the record button was unknowingly turned on; the harsh shadows because you shot directly into a light source; and the bad audio. The problems are endless and your captured audience wants to politely head for the door, feigning sickness or the need to feed the dog. Anything, just don't let me watch the cacophony on the screen.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Intel has been in the mobile CPU market for over 13 years, and in that time they have released over 300 variations. This year marks the release of 11 new mobile processors based around Intel's "Core-i" family of CPU's, which have been available on desktops since last year. Eventually these new models will replace most of the Core 2 Duo and Core Quad processors, but not the Mobile Pentium and Celeron families. The numerous advantages of this new line of mobile CPU's is what we will discuss here.
Manufacturers have been in the business of perfecting tablet computers for almost 10 years, and in that time we have seen some highs, but plenty of lows. Mastering the touch sensitive technology of a stylus and most recently, a touchscreen has been a long arduous process. But now we are witnessing a renaissance of sorts with a new wave of tablet PCs that are sure to become ubiquitous as mobile technology continues to evolve. Designed around the convertible design of tablet PCs, the Asus Eee PC T101MT-EU17 is the latest entry in touchscreen PCs. Looking like a typical netbook, the 10.1" LED display is attached at a single hinge that can rotate 180º, fold down on top of the keyboard, and transform into a tablet, providing a flat writing surface.
This week may mark the turning point of which suite of products that editors and their counterparts may seriously consider to be the centerpiece of a post production studio. After almost eighteen months since the last release, Adobe is now shipping CS4. Every facet of the Adobe's suite of software products is getting an upgrade.