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Bluefish444 is an Australian-based manufacturer of video input/output solutions. Its focus is almost solely on advanced SDI and HDMI I/O cards and accompanying software, and the company offers options for video professionals and developers. Bluefish444 I/O cards are among the priciest, but Bluefish444, nonetheless, has a customer base of more than 21,000. Most of the customers are businesses....
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At its most basic, a Network Attached Storage device (NAS) is a single or multi-bay system that can share files among multiple systems, whether over a wired or wireless network connection. While most NAS devices are used largely for storage and sharing files, their capabilities stretch far beyond. A NAS may also be used as a multimedia server via UPnP and DLNA protocols to share and stream audio...
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For most people, traveling isn’t much fun. Tickets are expensive, planes are cramped, and taxi drivers prefer a spiral route over a direct one to your destination. If you’re traveling for business, knowing that you’ll spend your stay in meetings instead of on the beach or exploring a new city makes your trip that much more unpleasant. A good smartphone can help alleviate your pain, though, even...
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Save money. That’s the goal of everyone, whether you’re running a small business, working for a huge corporation, or simply setting up your own home office. And while the world becomes increasingly more digital, where business can be conducted via emails, there will be certain instances in which a hard copy is required. Now, when you think of printers, you probably think of all the costs, such as...
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With companies stretching across the world, sending emails or juggling conference calls isn’t always the most effective way for a large group of people, spread out at different locations, to work together toward a common goal. You could always send team members across the globe for face-to-face meetings; however, this level of communication can be expensive and time consuming. To optimize...
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Rack-mountable servers are the backbone of many corporations, data centers, and creative environments such as video-editing studios; so, taking care of them is vital and beneficial. With enterprise-class server systems costing thousands of dollars, it’s important to maximize your investment with accessories that provide ease of use during daily workflows. Thankfully, companies like StarTech offer...
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Thunderbolt™ 3 is a technology that was developed by Intel® and utilizes the reversible USB Type-C connector. It delivers bi-directional data transfer speeds up to 40 Gb/s and supports 10 Gb/s USB 3.1, eight lanes of DisplayPort 1.2, four lanes of PCIe Gen 3, and more—all using one connector. While it may not be entirely widespread yet, Thunderbolt 3 is gaining traction, and is being included in...
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When we take it upon ourselves to establish a career, our ultimate dream is to work from home. Many of us (myself included) who find it amenable to work from home know that it is a lot harder than it sounds. On paper, you think all you need is a good computer, a reliable printer, and Internet service. Those of us in the home-office trenches know that—although these are good places to start—there...
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Perhaps you started with a small, self-contained PA and need better quality with greater output. Or perhaps your audience has grown and you are looking to add to your setup, or you need better coverage and more control. Maybe you started with an inexpensive analog mixer and are looking to make the jump to a digital board. If you have made an initial investment into a sound system and are looking...
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Preparing for a meeting or presentation can be exhausting, and after going through your mental list of things to bring, you suddenly realize that you wish you had a better bag to store your belongings. Like most people, you’ve probably got one bag for clothes, one bag for your notebook and peripherals, and another bag for everything else. For people who like to keep things organized separately,...
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You sit on the precipice of starting your own business. You have your business model all set to go, you have all your work computers set up, but you have yet to develop the most important aspect of any modern-day business—the network. What many consider to be the most crucial aspect of any business, the network, is the backbone of your business, your gateway to the World Wide Web; without it you...
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Working in live sound is an exciting and rewarding business. It’s very fast paced and you must problem-solve on the fly. Having the tools to handle anything is essential for a smooth and professional event. Here are some useful tools I have found to be indispensable, as an audio engineer and system designer. Hearing Protection The art and science of audio engineering relies solely on your hearing...
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If you are a Nikon shooter who is considering wedding photography as a part of your repertoire, or currently shooting weddings and looking to add a new lens to your kit, there is no shortage of options, from the tried and true to the exotic. Let’s look at what’s available. Zoom Lenses The workhorse zoom lenses often found on the cameras of wedding pros—as well as photographers of all stripes—...
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If you’ve been tasked with documenting a friend or relative’s intimate wedding, due to the simple fact that you own a decent camera, chances are you haven’t given much thought to best practices for capturing the audio. While many of today’s DSLR and mirrorless cameras can capture top-notch video, most of them lack a high-quality built-in microphone; and beware—no matter how great a video is to...
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The Micro Four Thirds system is becoming popular among a passionate group of wedding photographers. The compact size of the cameras and lens system, as well as the sheer number of available lenses from Olympus, Panasonic, and other manufacturers, not to mention the nearly limitless option of adapted lenses, means that the wedding photographer has many options for capturing the action. Portrait...

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