Eric Schumacher Rasmussen is associate editor of EMedia.
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Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen | Though Roxio's Easy Media Creator might be the overall best in show when it comes to letting novices create impressive video and slideshow DVDs, MovieFactory comes $50 cheaper at $49.99, and scores high for its Multitrim editing, a redesigned GUI featuring an uncluttered new launcher, and an ingenious new Smart Scene Menu.
DVD has become the delivery method of choice for most videographers, and more and more are authoring their own discs. Which authoring tools serve videographers best, and how does DVD affect the post-production process?
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen | Flash Professional 8 offers higher video quality, more encoding options
The time to ask yourself whether or not you should add online video to your toolkit has long passed. Streaming lets you reach potential clients quickly and easily, and can prove to be a boon to your bottom line.
In April, Al and Kathy Ritondos launched WedVidTalk.com, the first podcast site devoted to wedding and event video.
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen | Bundled with Soundtrack and LiveType, Final Cut Express HD ($299) is a significantly better value now than its predecessors, and not just for the HD capability. But if it’s HD you want, at an attractive price point, you won’t be disappointed.
Apple’s flagship should appeal to videographers more than ever
...But 99 and a Half Won’t Do
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen | Same-day edit productions make for unexpected treats at wedding receptions and can add to your bottom line. Here, three SDE pioneers talk about how it’s done.
Using laptop-sized recordable drives, ILY's SlimDVDup ($699) sets a new standard for DVD duplication portability. It's not the fastest 1:1 duplicator out there, but it's the one to have along if you need to dupe discs on the road.
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen|If you’re doing your own DVD authoring and duplication, as most videographers are, you thankfully don’t have to worry much about whether your discs will play on your client’s (or their family members’) players. If you’re delivering video from your Web site, however, it’s a different story.
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen|The Apple CEO announces new HD-compatible versions of Final Cut Express and iMovie at a Macworld that is otherwise light on video-related product announcements.
DV Expo West 2004, held in Los Angeles December 8-10, had its share of new product announcements, though it wasn’t quite the bounty we’ve seen in years past.
From tower-style copiers to disc publishing systems, doing your own DVD duplication and printing is easier and more affordable than ever, yet one more step in the post-production process that can be completed in-house.
At this year’s NAB, there was a lot of talk about HDV, but not much action. But with plenty of new editing options and a 3-CCD camera from Sony,
now’s the time to give HDV a serious look.
Acacia Research doesn't create technology; it purchases the rights to patents that are the result from other people's work, then proceeds to collect licenses from anyone who's using the technology.
With easy access to encoders and players, you'd be hard-pressed to find a digital studio pro or videographer who isn't at least thinking about how to harness the tremendous power of straight-to-desktop video. So we bring you this, the first installment of a new column.
With a brand-new interface, batch processing, output to all major formats, and both high-definition and H.264 capability, the new Squeeze 4 Compression Suite marks Sorenson’s latest attempt to go after users who want a compression tool that doesn’t bind them to a single codec.
With a few tweaks on the shoot and in the edit bay, plus a basic knowledge of streaming codecs, video pros can take the next logical step in reaching new clients—getting their work on the Web.
GarageBand is probably the most compelling new feature in iLife '04, a full-fledged music-creation package
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen | Apple's iLife '04 boasts enough power and features that more and more post-production and videography professionals are using it in their studios. What does this consumer app have going for it that makes it a hit with the pros?
It’s hard to beat Sonicfire Pro for all-around soundtrack creation flexibility and functionality. The interface is clean and intuitive, and it’s flat-out a breeze to learn. If you’re only going to buy one soundtrack creation tool, and you’re not a composer yourself, Sonicfire Pro’s the way to go.
Noise reduction and surround sound pioneer has announced Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator, which is designed to let software developers integrate 5.1 surround capability into consumer-level authoring tools.
Apple didn't waste any time at NAB, dropping five major announcements the day before the show even began, including updates to Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, and Shake.
Visual Communicator Pro brings broadcast-quality effects and compositing to the masses. With real-time video effects and transitions, attractive templates and graphics, music loops from SmartSound, and a version of Sonic’s MyDVD, Visual Communicator Pro delivers both a video studio and a post-production facility in a single box.
From its ease of use to the sheer volume of clips and effects, Soundtrack is yet another example of the philosophy that’s made Apple so successful on the content creation scene. Cuts, in and out points, and crossfades work the same way in audio as they do in video, and Soundtrack’s very NLE-like GUI will make video pros feel right at home.
Will integrate Web-enabled capability with CinePlayer, DVD Producer, and Scenarist
Final Cut Express 2, new Xserve G5 highlight announcements at show's 20th anniversary
Macromedia looks for deeper penetration in the DVD authoring market with the new product, which hits the shelves in February.
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen | With all of Apple's 2003 offerings, digital video pros had the chance to rebuild their studios from the ground up or pick and choose from new versions of old standbys.
The tool is as robust and feature-rich as ever, and with a membership to Sony's Screenblast Web site, it's also more in tune than ever with the needs of digital video pros.