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Articles By Marc Franklin
Marc Franklin | The best products of NAB 2011 for event videographers/filmmakers in two categories: production and postproduction.
Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Marc Franklin | The Petrol Cambio is a small to mid-size camera bag that also, quite ingeniously, functions as a tripod. The wheels on the side of the bag are on shafts that pull out from the main structure, by about a foot on either side, and the wheels' fenders roll down to become wheel chucks. A more traditional two-stage tripod leg unlatches and folds out of the back of the bag to become the third leg.
Posted 01 Apr 2011 By
Marc Franklin | Despite all of its features, the Manfrotto 546 tripod is lightweight and easy to carry in the included padded tripod bag. This system is very robust. I expect it to survive many years of abuse in the field, with nothing more than the occasional scrape. I highly recommend the 546 system, and with a street price of only $730, you can't beat the value.
Posted 28 Jan 2011 By
Marc Franklin | An up-close look at the AG-AF100 at DV Expo 2010
Posted 02 Nov 2010 By
Marc Franklin | The latest edition of Avid's flagship desktop system, Media Composer 5 (MC5) is said to be the company's answer for people who said they went to FCP or Adobe Premiere Pro because "Avid didn't listen." Let's take a look.
Posted 01 Nov 2010 By
Marc Franklin | The Tascam DR-100 is a really solid-performing audio recorder. The quality of the recordings from my tests was great. If you need something more compact, you can look at TASCAM's DR2D Audio Recorder that made our Winner's Circle at NAB.
Posted 25 Jul 2010 By
Marc Franklin | Every year the NAB show teems with new product announcements and trends, and it often marks the real-world debut of tantalizing new gear that was under glass a year ago. Some of what you see is too premature for primetime, some new developments look a little misguided, and others are simply mismatched with the event filmmaking world. Here's a look at what's ready, what's real, and what's most relevant to us among the most exciting products that are making their way to market following this year's show.
Posted 01 Jun 2010 By
Marc Franklin | The Matrox MXO2 LE is a good choice if you need every possible input and output from your Windows or OS X machine and the flexibility to use it on a workstation or a laptop. If you're mainly editing HDV on a Windows workstation and don't need all of the I/Os and you want the real-time effects for editing, the RT.X2 may be a better choice. If you need all of the I/Os as well as a few more codecs, you can move up to Matrox's top-of-the-line Axio LE, which handles what the RT.X2 doesn't.
Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Marc Franklin | Why can the HP z800 accomplish feats beyond the ken of the most powerful systems previously available? And what's so drastically different about it that, after 8 years, HP had to come up with a whole new numbering series to signal a break from the past? The z800 is part of the new "z" workstation line, which is the first workstation line on the market powered by Intel's long-anticipated Xeon Nehalem processor.
Posted 01 Oct 2009 / October 2009 Issue By
Marc Franklin | The hottest new announcements and releases of NAB 2009 for the videography world
Posted 05 Jun 2009 / June 2009 Issue By
Marc Franklin | In November 2007 we looked at some practical options for video editors making the switch from the DV to HDV workflow on the Windows XP/PC platform. This time around we'll address some of the same issues on the Mac side.
Posted 01 Dec 2008 / December 2008 Issue By
December 2008 EventDV Table of Contents
Marc Franklin | Here's a look at how Western Digital's new My Passport II 320GB portable hard drive stacks up against my trusty G-Tech as an external editing drive to take on the road.
Posted 15 Sep 2008 / October 2008 Issue By
Marc Franklin | NAB, the annual national broadcast convention, always features a few great new products in the event videographer's wheelhouse. Here's a quick guide to the best products for our market from this year's show, divided into three parts: cameras, production support, and postproduction.
Posted 01 Jul 2008 / July 2008 Issue By
Marc Franklin | Given the unprecedented demans that HDV's native interframe compression places on systems that can usually handle DV in their sleep, how powerful a system do you need to make HDV postproduction as smooth as DV editing is today? We tested three strategies using Premiere Pro CS3: editing native on a new DuoCore PC; editing native with the help of Matrox' RT.X2; and working with a Cineform intermediate codec.
Posted 08 Nov 2007 By
Marc Franklin | 16x9's 0.7X Wide Angle Converter lens will work for most handheld HDV camcorders. The EX 0.75X gives you broader compatibility (like the HVX200) and better quality for another $200. If you shoot with any of the compatible handheld pro HDV/HD camcorders, I highly recommend getting at least one of these wide-angle lenses to widen your shooting horizons.
Posted 05 Oct 2007 By
Marc Franklin| While this year's NAB show didn't have as many wows as last year's, there were a number of new products and technologies unveiled that will have an impact on the event videography market in the coming year and beyond. From standard-setting HD cameras to innovative animation tools to major new entries from Apple and Adobe and a stunning studio-in-abox, here are 12 products to watch from NAB 2007.
Posted 01 Jun 2007 By
Marc Franklin | If you need an affordable HDV camcorder with professional-level controls and a pro lens, and want to take advantage of the superior 720p60 recording format, the GY-HD200 is the best choice on the market today, and well worth the extra $2,450 you'll spend in stepping up from JVC's HD110.
Posted 01 Jun 2007 By
Marc Franklin | Petrol's new camera backpack is well-built an can comfortably carry everything you could possibly need to shoot and edit on the go. Once you've got it configured for your particular camera, the Petrol PCBP-3N ($249.95) is an excellent solution for confidently carrying your laptop and camera where you need to go, whether it's locations across the street or across the world.
Posted 24 Apr 2007 By
Marc Franklin | I found proDAD's Heroglyph Rapid 2.6 to be a very capable tool for animated text effects. With minimal effort, I was able to create a number of complicated animated graphics that would have been difficult to produce in other tools. With the time it saves you, you'll recoup your $99 investment after a single job.
Posted 01 Dec 2006 By
Marc Franklin | In testing, both the G-RAID and G-DRIVE-mini proved real troopers. The 500GB G-RAID enclosure performed flawlessly using both FireWire 400 and 800 connections, and I highly recommend it. The G-DRIVE-mini worked perfectly on direct FireWire 800 connections from G-Tech’s optional FireWire 800 card in my HP Xeon Workstation. All in all, based on its size, stamina, and overall value, I highly recommend the G-DRIVE-mini—especially if you travel.
Posted 26 Sep 2006 By
Marc Franklin | Here's a list of 12 products that debuted at NAB 2006 and are poised to make a major impact in our industry over the next year, and a brief explanation of why they made the list.
Posted 05 May 2006 By
Posted 25 Apr 2006 By
Marc Franklin | The Matrox Parhelia APVe a great graphics card for any video or graphic application. Even though Vegas or Avid may not have WYSIWYG out, it will still give you plenty of monitor space. Being able to spread your applications over up to three computer monitors or two computer monitor and one video screen is bound to make you work quicker no matter what your application.
Posted 24 Apr 2006 By