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Lee Rickwood | Among the many new hardware and software tools available for professional videographers to improve and enhance their work, perhaps the most crucial is the clever ability and creative ways manufacturers can find new uses for the tools at hand. In this month's grab bag of product announcements, repurposing plays an important role.
Posted 13 Nov 2009 By
Lee Rickwood | Here's a look at some developments in cables and connectors used in video production.
Posted 10 Sep 2009 / September 2009 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | New camera add-ons from Panasonic, Petrol Bags, Zaxcom, Beachtek, Gekko Technology, and Camera Corps
Posted 05 Jun 2009 By
Lee Rickwood | New solutions for recording, storing, and archiving digital and high-definition video content bring the realities of a tapeless workflow closer and closer to an effective and economic working reality.
Posted 09 Apr 2009 / April 2009 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | The creative options for in-studio or fixed-location lighting for professional videographers will expand tremendously this year; we'll see new and enhanced LED and fluorescent products that offer extra control mechanisms and advanced color matching and correction tools, as well as more economical operation overall based on lower-energy requirements and longer-expected lamp life.
Posted 05 Mar 2009 / March 2009 Issue By
Steve Yankee | Marketing your business can be hard work. Not marketing your business, however, can mean no work. One of the best ways I've found to make marketing easier is to key events and sales to major holidays.
Posted 01 Jan 2009 / January 2009 Issue By
We consulted our crack team of contributing editors and columnists on what they saw as the game-changing products and trends in the event video industry in 2008. The envelope please...
December 2008 EventDV Table of Contents
Lee Rickwood | As high definition and high-end cameras such as those from RED Digital Cinema, Arri, and Sony become more popular among feature filmmakers and wedding videographers alike, we need more power for location shooting of almost any kind, but particularly for long-form HD production—and the manufacturers are responding.
Posted 24 Nov 2008 / December 2008 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | New wireless audio products are being released and are now shipping worldwide. The manufacturers of these products insist that their offerings do not conflict with current or proposed legislation, so new features and functions are being introduced into a number of products.
Posted 01 Nov 2008 / November 2008 Issue By
November 2008 EventDV Table of Contents
New tripod and other camera support models designed for specific HD cameras
Posted 01 Oct 2008 / October 2008 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | When you have a clientele that expects the best, and when tey are willing to pay for it, new microphones and digital recording solutions are available to let you capture and create a soundtrack for your masterpiece that will blow them away. Here's what we've heard about some new high-end audio contenders.
Posted 01 Sep 2008 / September 2008 Issue By
August 2008 EventDV
Lee Rickwood | LED lights are capable of generating much greater brightness and at a much lower power consumption rating than standard tungsten lights. There are now LED units rated with a 2,000 lumen output, so they have the punch that videographers often require. Here's a look at the latest and greatest in LED lighting.
Posted 01 Jul 2008 / July 2008 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | Finding the best vantage point for camera positions at live video events is often a serious challenge. A good line-of-sight is crucial for the best shot and most telling composition, but often physical hurdles must be overcome. Sometimes, all that's needed is a little creative ingenuity. At times, a dedicated device is required. Here are some of the latest and greatest entries in the camera support market.
Posted 01 May 2008 / May 2008 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | With change being the common denominator these days in both location video and electoral platforms, many event and wedding videographers will be impacted by new rules and regulations affecting the way we work, and the way we get to work.
Posted 29 Mar 2008 By
Lee Rickwood | Portability is crucial to event videography. We shoot, edit, and deliver quality programming on-site almost as much or more than we do from a home or studio setup. This month we'll revisit the portable production theme with a look at solutions for storing and transporting digital media.
Posted 07 Mar 2008 By
Lee Rickwood | While pro wedding and event videographers often regard a reception hall, house of worship, or school sports complex as the most common place to work, we spend a lot of time in the edit suite—many of us spend more time there than behind the camera. This month we'll look at new products and supports for productive editing, starting with the keyboard.
Posted 04 Feb 2008 By
Lee Rickwood | New gear—including cameras, microphones, lights, decks, presentation devices, and even office accessories—is now available for all aspects of wedding and event video production. And several recently announced products will be appearing soon. Here are just a few of the highlights.
Posted 08 Jan 2008 By
Lee Rickwood | New HD field recorder, portable media converter, ultra wideband audio technology, LED lighting, pan-and-tilt heads, and more
Posted 08 Nov 2007 By
Lee Rickwood | New solutions for professional videographers can bring smoother shooting and solid support with the latest Mini DV, DV, or HDV camcorders. Following last issue's look at new steadying devices, here's some updated information about fixed stick supports and new fluid heads.
Posted 04 Oct 2007 By
Lee Rickwood | New support devices for steady handheld camera operation come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and prices.
Posted 31 Aug 2007 By
Lee Rickwood | Light-emitting diode (LED) technology is opening up creative options for professional video lighting, offering greater punch, cooler operation, enhanced control, and adjustable color temperature output. Here are some of the latest and greatest LED lights designed for the cameras we use.
Posted 29 Jun 2007 By
Lee Rickwood | New Lithium-ion battery systems for DV and HDV camcorders are promising more power output, greater charging options, and new form factors for professional video use. Along with new lights, camera supports, and handy "gadget bag" filler items, the accessory market for wedding and event videographers is booming—and turning a shade of green!
Posted 01 Jun 2007 By
Lee Rickwood | Numerous new lenses, filters, lens add-ons, and related equipment are now available for popular HDV camcorders, both from third-party solutions providers and from the manufacturers themselves.
Posted 24 Apr 2007 By
Lee Rickwood | Despite continued market uncertainty about the viability of competing hi-def DVD formats, capacities, and physical properties, we move forward—all the while hoping to get definitive answers about the future of authoring, burning, duplicating, and replicating DVDs with standard or high-definition video content.
Posted 01 Feb 2007 By
Lee Rickwood | Odds and ends, odds and ends; lost time is not found again.
Posted 03 Jan 2007 By
Lee Rickwood | Most new remote control systems are aimed at the camera itself, providing zoom and focus control, pan and tilt, or a combination of both. Here's a survey of the systems on the market today best suited to event video work.
Posted 13 Dec 2006 By
Lee Rickwood | You've heard it before: there is no perfect battery, and every type has some sort of trade-off. The one underlying consideration is the increased need for power. Here's a sampling of the battery types and brands available today for powering all your live event gear.
Posted 27 Oct 2006 By
Lee Rickwood | A recognized reference monitor is one way to determine how the video you produce will look when your clients play it back. It’s not what everyone will watch, but it is the best square-one starting point you can have. Here are some of the leading reference monitor options available today.
Posted 26 Sep 2006 By
Lee Rickwood | Innovative equipment designers and technology manufacturers have come up with monsters and gorillas, beanbags and stickies, in order to meet videographers’ need to create more unique, more engaging compositions, shots, and angles.
Posted 28 Jul 2006 By
Lee Rickwood | Innovative equipment designers and technology manufacturers have come up with monsters and gorillas, beanbags and stickies, in order to meet videographers’ need to create more unique, more engaging compositions, shots, and angles.
Posted 28 Jul 2006 By
Lee Rickwood | Several real-world mics, mic systems, and audio accessories that are well-suited for event videography are available now, and are described in this second of our two-part look at new tools for audio-for-video production.
Posted 27 Jun 2006 By
Lee Rickwood | Let's explore some new microphone products that are practical, affordable, and now or soon-to-be available to the videography market.
Posted 30 May 2006 By
Lee Rickwood | If you are interested in the technology, legal issues, and hardware for wireless video, look no further.
Posted 25 Apr 2006 By
Lee Rickwood | If you are looking for something different, the cool, widely dispersed, and easily matched illumination that comes from either LEDs or fluorescents means that soft lighting should not be hard to create.
Posted 30 Mar 2006 By
Lee Rickwood | Large-screen, high-impact video presentations are not just for use in weddings and receptions, but in churches and houses of worship, at schools and graduation events, for corporate clients, and in many other settings and applications.
Posted 28 Feb 2006 By
Lee Rickwood | In this two-part examination of projection technology for event video space, we'll look at new video projectors, portable screens (even in HD), cabling options, and relation accessories.
Posted 23 Jan 2006 By
As the newest camcorders make their way onto the popular HDV stage, they are supported by a growing cast of accessories--among them, cool new super-telephoto lenses, night vision image enhancers, and 35mm film lens adaptors for HDV camcorders.
Posted 01 Jan 2006 By
Lee Rickwood | In this first installment of a two-part report, we'll reach into a mixed bag of DV gadgets and accessories that have been updated for the latest HDV models as well. In Part Two, we'll look through the new lenses and filters available specifically for HDV camcorders.
Posted 01 Dec 2005 By
Lee Rickwood | Think about using a router, distribution amplifier, or other switching device when you need to move audio and video around in today's multi-format production environment.
Posted 14 Nov 2005 By
Posted 14 Oct 2005 By
Lee Rickwood | Because analog-to-digital converters have an important role to play in the edit suite, at the dubbing station, and even on location, we'll take a look at some poplar and functional outboard hardware devices for converting analog video into digital data.
Posted 16 Sep 2005 By
Lee Rickwood |The Editor's Choice-winning ULTRA 2 is one of the easiest, most efficient, and effective chromakey tools we've seen. Having the ability to see real-time previews while tweaking a chromakey shoot is terrific, and the fast rendering times (with appropriate equipment) really speed up the entire process. You can get a decent key in and out of the system in minutes, but the ability to polish up the look and feel of a keyed effect is amazing, and shadows and reflections alone are worth the price of admission.
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Posted 01 Aug 2005 By
More than ever, good camera support equipment—be it tripod, monopod, steadicam device, or jib arm set-up—is the foundation for good video. We’ll look at all these categories in the next few editions of Gear & Now. This month, we’ll start with tripods.
Posted 21 Jul 2005 / October 1999 [Volume 8, Issue 10] Issue By
Lee Rickwood | A recent performance art event at the Art Gallery of Ontario, captured by eight video cameras, has given the phrase "video shoot" a whole new meaning.
Posted 13 Jul 2005 By
Posted 01 May 2005 / Microsoft Partners Directory [June 1999] Issue By
Lee Rickwood|As the top-end product in Macrosystem's various lines of standalone video editing systems, Solitaire is an easy-to-learn, simple-to-operate non-linear editor, one without the complexity or hassle of PC-based systems. Among its more interesting features is the ingenious QuadCam, which automatically syncs footage from multicamera shoots for real-time cutting.
Posted 21 Feb 2005 / KMWorld Buyer's Guide [September 1999] Issue By
Lee Rickwood|Live event video production can be very popular, very effective, and very rewarding—often because there is little or no editing involved. Live audio mixers are essential equipment for successful live events.
Posted 18 Feb 2005 / KMWorld Buyer's Guide [September 1999] Issue By
Posted 24 Jan 2005 / July 1999 [Volume 8, Issue 7] Issue By
Examining lavs which can be matched to almost any sound recording system and shotgun mics which use a long slender isolation tube with a highly directional pattern optimized for distant pickup
Posted 01 Dec 2004 / May 1998 [Volume 7, Issue 6] Issue By
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