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Anthony Burokas | A physically similar follow-up to the more professional AG-HMC80 AVCCAM, the Panasonic AC7P uses the more consumer AVCHD format, loses a few ports, and drops $1,200 from the price tag, making the $1,300 (MSRP) AG-AC7 the least expensive actual on-shoulder camcorder you can buy. But what do you get?
Posted 22 Dec 2011 By
Anthony Burokas | The ioSafe SoloPRO and its smaller counterpart, the Solo, are drive enclosures that promise fire and water protection, including "full immersion," although I don't think anyone actually expects them to operate under water. What it means is that they'll survive a flood or the exposure to water used to put out a fire. Then, if generally intact, you should be able to reconnect the drive to your computer and access the data.
Posted 08 Sep 2011 By
Anthony Burokas | We all know about the value of backing up, and any external hard drive can do that just fine. But for mobile professionals, an external drive can offer more functionality, and capability than you might at first expect. The G-Technology G-DRIVE Slim is well-positioned for mobile production. Does it deliver?
Posted 05 Jul 2011 By
Anthony Burokas | Canon's second MXF camcorder, the XF100/105 shrinks the size but keeps most of the features of its big brother, the XF300/305. With the ability to customize the colorimetry of most any camcorder these days, what else does the XF100/105 bring to the production table? Well, 50 Mbps 4:2:2 recording, good audio control and plenty of ways to directly access the most used features while you are shooting. Does the XF100 strike a good balance between "big features" and a "small camcorder?" Let's find out.
Posted 31 May 2011 By
Anthony Burokas | In this age of "one device does everything," Roland-a name more associated with audio gear than video-has been producing some quite capable video mixers, recorders, and players. The company's latest mixer, the VR-5, features multiple video inputs, an internal media player, computer input and conversion, a built-in audio mixer, two integrated LCD monitors to see video inputs, output and various device settings, and the ability to internally record your program output while also sending your program to a laptop for streaming-all for an MSRP of $4,995. Sound too good to be true? Well, after working with the VR-5 I can tell you that they pull off nearly all of it with aplomb.
Posted 01 May 2011 By
Anthony Burokas | Maxell's iVDR on-camera, modular hard drive-based storage system gives you the long record time of hard drives but with removable media packs, so you can swap them out and keep the camera crews shooting. The media packs are ruggedized with internal isolation. Maxell touts operating shock tolerance of 350 Gs—something generally only possible with flash media. Plus, with the iVDR-X adapter, you get faster access to your footage than the FW 400-based FireStore or a USB 2.0 connection to anything.
Posted 29 Nov 2010 By
Anthony Burokas | Canon continues to twist and turn out new ideas in the ever-changing professional camcorder marketplace. The latest is their MXF-based XF-series camcorders. These innovative camcorders offer 4:2:2 colorspace, a generous 50 Mbps data rate, and the Material eXchange Fomat for direct interoperability with today's nonlinear systems. Are they a revolution, an evolution, or something else entirely? I test the XF300 to find out.
Posted 29 Sep 2010 By
Anthony Burokas | Thus far, the need for external devices to record HD footage has primarily been served by Focus Enhancements' FireStore line. However, there has been growth in the segment recently and Datavideo has entered the fray with a unique design and price point under $500. Does the Datavideo DN-60 Solid Stare CF Card Recorder give the more expensive recorders a run for their money? Let's find out.
Posted 10 Aug 2010 By
Anthony Burokas | Sonnet has crafted a beautiful solution for rapid footage offload that gives your laptop far more connectivity, power, and capability than ever before. The system is solid, and in pure professional parlance, it does what it says it can do. The Qio is, without a doubt in my mind, the most useful professional video production accessory for a laptop-enabled tapeless live production workflow that you can get.
Posted 06 Jul 2010 By
Anthony Burokas | The HM100U, introduced in mid-2009, is generally perceived as the small camera in JVC's ProHD line, which was established with the highly innovative and groundbreaking shouldermount GY-HD100U in 2005 and continues today with the HM250U and the HM700U.
Posted 29 Jan 2010 By
Anthony Burokas | I was recently tapped to work on an independent feature film, a Western set in 1880s Texas shot on the Panasonic AG-HPX300. In essence, it was a video shoot. But there were also some fundamental differences. Based on several days of experiences there, I have a few recommendations for those embarking on a similar path: 11 lessons learned about indie filmmaking from my sojourn into that world.
Posted 13 Nov 2009 By
Anthony Burokas | As great as the new CMOS HS cameras on the market may appear, the reality is that the infamous "rolling shutter" CMOS image distortion can be easily seen when you bounce the camera up and down lightly, or when you pan the camera side to side—things you probably do routinely when you are recording with the camera in your hands instead of on a tripod. Here we quantify and qualify these issues with CMOS imagers compared straight-up with their CCD counterparts.
Posted 01 Sep 2009 / September 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...
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Anthony Burokas | Can single-chip camcorder models priced less than $1,000 and bearing the bold "Full HD" logo do the job of prosumer and professional camcorders costing many times that price? In this article I'll take two high-end consumer HD camcorders into the field—specifically, the wilds of the Alaskan bush—to see what I can do with these little devices.
Posted 01 Nov 2008 / November 2008 Issue By
Anthony Burokas | While HDV and the move to HD have produced some truly amazing cameras—even in the consumer arena—compared to what was available for many tens of thousands of dollars just 10 years ago, those of us who regularly produce live shows are facing a new hurdle: expensive HD switchers.
Posted 01 Jul 2008 / July 2008 Issue By
Anthony Burokas | Even though professional and prosumer camcorder prices haven't substantially changed over the years, the quality of the footage, and the features you have at your fingertips, have increased dramatically since the era of plubicon tubes and 3/4" tape. One the most revolutionary changes is the most recent one: the arrival of compact flash storage in mainstream HD video acquisition.
Posted 01 May 2008 / May 2008 Issue By
Anthony Burokas | SD continues to be something we have to deal with today, even if tomorrow, all we'll want is the HD version. So if you can walk away from an event with all your footage in both SD and HD, you're covering all your bases.
Posted 29 Mar 2008 By
Anthony Burokas | As an emerging video acquisition format, AVCHD holds the promise of offering stunning full HD images at the same data rate as DV. But thus far, all manufacturers of AVCHD cameras are using reduced bitrate settings to offer more recording time on flash media recorders. Will 2008 finally change all this?
Posted 08 Mar 2008 By
Anthony Burokas | Sony recently unveiled its latest HDV camcorders, the HVR-S270 and HVR-Z7. This wasn't just any ordinary product announcement; with the release of these new models, HDV arrived as a true professional video acquisition technology.
Posted 09 Jan 2008 By
Anthony Burokas | At a recent event held at Sony Pictures in NYC, Sony treated the press to a hands-on experience with their XDCAM EX and HD1000U camcorders. Both can record HDV, but the similarities end there.
Posted 05 Oct 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | HD Today columnist Anthony Burokas recounts life on the set of the Speed Channel's Pinks: All Out, where he worked as an audio assist during taping earlier this year in Philadelphia.
Posted 04 Sep 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | Since I saw Sony’s prototype HDV version of the DSR-250 at NAB, I’ve been envisioning the features of my dream HDV camcorder. For me, it’s not a shoulder-mount but a handheld FX1/Z1U-sized model. Some available handhelds have one or two of these features, but I want all of them in a single unit. Is that so much to ask?
Posted 04 Sep 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | Premiere Pro CS3 brings the Adobe NLE back to the Mac as a polished-looking product capable of handling most editing needs with ease. Editors who demand deep capability and minute control may find a few features lacking in what is essentially a version 1.0 MacTel product, but shops that use other Adobe tools, such as Photoshop and After Effects, will enjoy the integration (if they spring for the full CS3 Production Premium suite) and will find Premiere Pro a nice addition to their dock.
Posted 31 Aug 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | To get a sense of what solutions are available and how well they'll work for event shooters today, we compare five relatively inexpensive wireless systems from Azden, Sony, and Sennheiser for their performance on run-and-gun live event shoots.
Posted 06 Aug 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | This winter, I attended a few local professional videographer meetings, and then the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual convention in Las Vegas. Having some time to reflect on what I've seen, I've noticed a dichotomy that warrants examination.
Posted 27 Jun 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | A magazine’s value is original content. The blogs compete against each other, trying to be the first to tell their readers about that original content—located someplace else. Or they try to find original content that other blogs haven’t found. Or they try to put their own unique spin on the original content through witty comments. Some go so far as to offer serious commentary, or contrast several different related items.
Posted 24 Apr 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | At a time when Apple is stratifying users between $80 consumer iLife apps—iMovie and iDVD—or the $1,300 Final Cut Studio package, Adobe basically invites Mac users to dig out their old copy of Premiere and sign up for the Premiere Pro CS3 Upgrade for just $299, with the Blu-ray capable Encore CS3 thrown into the mix as well.
Posted 28 Mar 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | Canon's new XH A1 and G1 camcorders have a chance to push the boundaries of what a compact HDV/DV camcorder can do. How does the new Canon A1 compare to the handheld HDV camcorders by Sony?
Posted 02 Mar 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | How likely are the new AVC-HD camcorders from Panasonic and Sony to find their way into event videographers' gear bags?
Posted 28 Feb 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | Many video mixers now offer some chromakey capability, and software has made green screen affordable. But if you need the "weatherman" effect and you need it to look good, you need more. Datavideo's latest blue box, the DVK-100, is an excellent live keyer that that can easily save your studio enough time and money to pay for itself over the long run.
Posted 30 Jan 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | As YouTube, MySpace, and other streaming sites take centerstage in electronic media, one must wonder about the value of HD in a highly compressed, shrinking-screen world.
Posted 03 Jan 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | More cameras, more features, more choices--here’s a recap of how we got from a one-camera HDV market to a wealth of choices, and a breakdown of how the models differ from one another and the features of each that serve the event videographer best.
Posted 01 Dec 2006 By
Anthony Burokas | A full-fledged PC designed to make DVD recording as simple and straightforward as set-top DVD decks, but with greater flexibility, DVD Shop is a very powerful tool if you intend to use it to its full ability. However, if you don't need the advanced features DVD Shop provides, there are software-only packages that can handle each aspect of what DVD Shop does and are not tied to a piece of hardware.
Posted 27 Oct 2006 By
Anthony Burokas | As we move to HD production and delivery, editing will continue to happen in the edit suite, of course. But in the showroom, the home theater personal computer (HPTC)--with everything in one, component-shaped box--is the way to go, and at present, Apple seems to be moving--and pushing its users--in the wrong direction.
Posted 25 Oct 2006 By
Anthony Burokas | In addition to shooting HD for HD delivery, there are a few other compelling reasons to shoot HD now, even with SD delivery. We'll take a look at what HD videographers need to keep in mind when shooting HD in an SD world.
Posted 05 Sep 2006 By
Anthony Burokas | The final Intel Mac is released, completing the company's transition to Intel-based computers. Is it a bold step in a new direction or is it something pro users could move to without too much trouble? We'll take a quick early look at the Mac Pro and how it stacks up to the G5 tower it replaces.
Posted 11 Aug 2006 By
Anthony Burokas | Wireless mics make sure you can hear the talent, but how does the talent hear you? Recent advancements in other UHF systems have created some niche products that can be used in the production industry. The Conference Systems, Inc., (CSI) PT/PR400 Portable Sound Feed System is an 800MHz, frequency-agile system with 16 user-selectable channels that is very simple to use and proved to be very capable in the field.
Posted 10 Aug 2006 By
Anthony Burokas | Will the so-called "tapeless workflow" banish tape from video acquisition and editing? Don't count on it.
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Posted 24 Apr 2006 By
Anthony Burokas | The Panasonic AG-HVX200 camcorder tries to be all things to all people with capabilities that range from DV to HD, solid state recording, and true variable frame rates. But before you plunk down your money--is it as good as it seems, and what are the drawbacks?
Posted 20 Apr 2006 By
Anthony Burokas | With the arrival of HDV camcorders, it's time to step up our game with better audio recording. Here we compare three low-cost, solid-state audio recorders that may get us there: the Marantz PMD660, the Edirol R1, and the M-Audio Microtrack 24/96.
Posted 27 Mar 2006 By
Anthony Burokas | What is the final hurdle for HD production of special events? Is it the cameras? Editing tools? authoring tools? Or delivery medium? We'll go through each of these and find out the real hurdle that event video producers must overcome to move to HD this year.
Posted 27 Jan 2006 By
Anthony Burokas | MacWorld Expo 2005 brings the first Intel-based computers from Apple, plus new applications and promises of doubled processing speeds. Anthony Burokas takes a closer look at the Macworld announcements and what they mean to event videographers.
Posted 14 Jan 2006 By
Anthony Burokas | After a fast and powerful CPU, the next thing any video editor needs is storage. So we brought in a few of the hard drives designed to match the Mac mini to see how they, um, stacked up: the Maxelerate from WiebeTech, the MiniMate from Micronet, the Mini from LaCie, and the MiniStack from NewerTechnology.
Posted 04 Jan 2006 By
Anthony Burokas | With all the small HD camcorders introduced over the last few months, Government Video Expo in Washington, D.C., provided an opportunity to get my hands on several of them.
Posted 22 Dec 2005 By
Anthony Burokas | There are some who have jumped from DV to HDV for event video. Having made the transition to HDV myself, I'll tell you about the view from over here.
Posted 14 Nov 2005 By
Anthony Burokas | Now that we have a genuinely reshaped HDV landscape, with most of the major manufacturers accounted for, here’s an updated look at the various HDV—and accessibly priced “true” HD--camcorder options that are currently available.
Posted 03 Oct 2005 By
Anthony Burokas | Before you buy into HD--and HDV--do the math, and consider the resolution that "hi-def" image is really delivering.
Posted 23 Sep 2005 By
Anthony Burokas | How do the latest "pro" DVD decks stack up to one another? More importantly, how well do they measure up to the task of live DVD production for professional event work? Here we sample three new contenders from Panasonic, Pioneer, and Sony for live production in the field.
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Content is still King. Many say they like the excitement of car racing; however, I suspect that if the cars just drove around the track, and there were no accidents, it’d be far less popular. The drama comes with cars rubbing against each other, jockeying for position, and spinning off the track. People watch for crashes, flames, and the driver getting out and waving to the crowd like a gladiator who survived the fight with the lion. Drama makes good TV. HDTV just makes it prettier to look at.
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Posted 01 Apr 2005 By
Anthony Burokas|You can shoot and edit HD today. But how can you deliver it?
Posted 20 Jan 2005 / July 1999 [Volume 8, Issue 7] Issue By
Anthony Burokas | Does the NextoDI NVS2500 offer something special that makes it a good choice for pros? I think it does. Key advantages of the NVS2500 include an internal battery for use without external power, an integrated ExpressCard slot for SxS and P2 ingest, an integrated eSATA port for speedy transfer to a computer, internal playback of pro formats such as XDCAM and DVCPRO HD, and a handy integrated USB backup synchronize feature.