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In an article for Streaming Media Producer, Shawn Lam takes a look at the pros and cons of the difference types of video cameras available for webcasting. It includes an analysis of ENG Video Cameras, camcorders, PTZ CCTV and POV cameras, and Large Sensor Video Cameras.
Feature - Posted 14 Jun 2012 By
For cinematographers ready to put their exceptionally sharp NIKKOR lenses into action, the D800's 36.3 effective megapixel data is efficiently processed for exquisite 1080p broadcast quality video at 30p
Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2012
Provides 7.2V power to the camera via DC connector, designed to be compatible with Anton/Bauer's mounting bracket for 15- or 19-mm rod systems
Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2012
From February 6th through March 7th, Panasonic is accepting video contest entries from users of the AF100--the industry's first professional micro 4/3-inch video camcorder optimized for high-definition video recording--for the opportunity to showcase their creative work and win valuable production equipment
Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2012
The Nikon D4 is the first FX-format DSLR to output an uncompressed, clean HD signal over HDMI
Breaking News - Posted 02 Feb 2012
Captures, records, and plays video images at four times the resolution of high definition television. Powered by JVC's Falconbrid large-scale integration (LSI) chip for high-speed signal processing and a 1/2-inch CMOS imager with 8.3 million active pixels, it delivers real-time 3840x2160 footage at 24p, 50p, or 60p.
Breaking News - Posted 12 Jan 2012
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Ryan Bodie's current passion, streaming live events, has established his company, Florida-based Studio 26 Productions, as the go-to live event webcast provider in his region and in some key entertainment areas, ranging from concert series in the spring to festivals in the summer and one-off arena gigs like a Chaka Khan show. Bodie estimates that his crew does roughly 80 live events per year, with maybe half of those involving music.
Feature - Posted 11 Jan 2012 By
Multi-area Mode Full HD D-movie movie recording function is capable of recording full-HD movies at 30 fps, and offers three movie recording formats for selection according to recording conditions or creative intent
Breaking News - Posted 10 Jan 2012
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?
Feature - Posted 22 Dec 2011 By
Philip Hinkle | The Bolt seems well-built, with an ABS plastic case and solid-feeling knobs and switches. It isn't a perfect light for all situations, but it's a useful tool if your typical wedding-day workflow includes using a stand-mounted light.
Feature - Posted 09 Dec 2011 By
Features a newly developed Super 35 mm-equivalent approximately 8.29-megapixel CMOS sensor
Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2011
New model will be equipped with a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor and enable the recording of 4K video (at a frame rate of 24P, with Motion-JPEG compression)
Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2011
Liz Merfeld | Just in time for Halloween, Dustin Blake of Atlanta-based indy Productions, a 2010 EventDV 25 honoree, has resurrected the Trash the Dress (TTD) movement—and this time, he's added an element of the macabre. The story that plays out is one part bridal elegance, one part slasher film, and one part skin flick. Click through to the article to read all about it--and to see the world premiere of Blake's new film.
Feature - Posted 31 Oct 2011 By
HD HERO2 iow available at GoPro.com, specialty retailers around the world, and at Best Buy for MSRP $299.99.
Breaking News - Posted 28 Oct 2011
Features an 18-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processors, 14-bit A/D data conversion, and support for 12 frames-per-second (fps) shooting; scheduled for March 2012 availability
Breaking News - Posted 18 Oct 2011
Kyle Oliver | Chris Duke's broadcast and web TV show Motorz combines the agility of a technology professional with the enthusiasm of a lifetime, self-taught car buff. The result is an automotive DIY show that can, in Duke's words, "keep how-to installations real for enthusiasts." But it does this without giving the impression that there's anything amateur about the decidedly DIY Motorz operation, and looking inside that operation provides a great lesson into what a multitalented and motivated independent producer can accomplish without a studio behind him.
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 2011 By
Niels Puttemans | At a certain point in your event filmmaking career, usually after watching a fellow filmmaker's online clip, you start dreaming of your own destination shoot. Although we at Ever After have filmed a few destination weddings before, our "dream client" turned out to be a young couple from Singapore. The couple was planning an engagement holiday through Europe and wanted an engagement film to show on their wedding day. It got better from there: We were asked to suggest the best city location in Europe for this December shoot. Although Paris gets more attention, if you're after a romantic European destination in December, there is really just one choice: Vienna, Austria.
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 2011 By
Stu Sweetow | For corporate videographers, the opportunity to develop a rapport with the head of a corporation can be an opportunity for a long-term relationship with a firm. Your confidence with supervising the filming crew will be an asset the CEO notices. Your excellent pre-production planning ensures that the process runs smoothly, the exec performs in a relaxed manner, and the video exceeds the company's expectations.
Feature - Posted 26 Sep 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | Andrew Waite runs Higher Definition Media (HDM) out of Bakersfield, and just this June launched its wedding-focused spin-off, Lovestruck Films. In addition, he is an indie filmmaker, with 3 self-produced features under his belt, and was among the first presenters announced for IN[FOCUS] 2012. Registered with the film commission, Waite often gets to crew on blockbuster films and even rent out his gear.
Feature - Posted 26 Sep 2011 By
Shawn Lam | Jensen opens his training DVD with points that reinforce my belief that I made a great decision in purchasing the FS100. He explains some of the great features that the FS100 boasts, along with the benefits for the end user. His DVD is filled with great visuals of the camera, its menu system, video shot on the FS100, and graphics to demonstrate key concepts such as a scale comparison of the Super 35 sensor to 4/3", 2/3", 1/2", and 1/3" sensors.
Feature - Posted 19 Sep 2011 By
ShootEditLearn.com co-founders Cristina Valdivieso and Jon Connor have announced a new workshop they are putting on in collaboration with Kessler Crane this fall in Austin, Texas, called Masters in Motion. The event takes place November 14-16 at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse; its 75-100 attendees will attend eight workshops in addition to shooting electives.
Feature - Posted 19 Sep 2011
Also helps organizing and preparing clips for editing
Breaking News - Posted 08 Sep 2011
Shawn Lam | The Atomos Ninja has allowed me to improve my acquisition and delivery video quality using the same video camera I've been using. The best part is that the cost to upgrade my recording is relatively low compared to the cost of a new video camera, and it exceeds the recording quality of AVCHD, the codec that has replaced HDV. I'm also not a big fan of having to media-wrangle-that is, to change and dump cards while on-site-and having a 500GB hard drive means I can record 11 hours in LT, 7.5 hours in 422, or 5 hours in HQ before I need to switch to a second hard drive.
Feature - Posted 26 Aug 2011 By
John Goolsby | If you've heard about the Sony NEX-FS100, you've probably heard it described as one of two things: a game changer or an expensive DSLR. Which is it? Neither. Sony calls this new model a "motion picture camcorder." I'll bet the company spent a lot of time trying to decide how to name this new piece of equipment, and I think it made a good call. The FS100 does not take stills, and it is not really designed for event filmmakers, but with a few minor modifications, it does a fabulous job.
Feature - Posted 26 Aug 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | The men will have to continue to wonder what really goes on at POSH: A Retreat for the Female Filmmaker, but women who didn't make the 2010 event—as well as 2010 attendees who've been wondering what Team POSH will do for an encore—will get a chance to find out what all the excitement is about on November 6 when POSH 2011 kicks off in Cancun, Mexico. Last week I spoke with POSH co-founders Reagan Zugelter and Jennifer Moon to get the scoop on POSH 2011. Here's what I found out.
Feature - Posted 18 Jul 2011 By
Randy Panado | Here we'll talk about two manufacturers, one that got out of the gate first with a product that's become the standard for LCD viewfinders for DSLRs, and another key provider of DSLR accessories and support products that introduced its entry to the LCD hood market a few short months ago. I'll also be talking about the lightweight rigs from these manufacturers that give you more versatility when you're shooting with these LCD viewfinders. The hoods/viewfinders in question are the Zacuto Z-Finder, the current leader in the DSLR hood market, and Cinevate, Inc.'s new contender, the Cyclops. The rigs are the Zacuto Striker and the Cinevate Proteus Simplis Pro.
Feature - Posted 11 Jul 2011 By
David McKnight | After months of speculation about what would be in the latest full-step upgrade to Sony Creative Software's popular pro NLE, the new version has brought users new features and increased performance—without sacrificing stability. In this overview we'll cover many of these new features in Vegas Pro 10 that will benefit event videographers and filmmakers. Also, bookmark this page: we'll be adding new Vegas Pro 10 video tutorials every month through the first half of 2011.
Feature - Posted 27 Jun 2011 By
EventDV-TV - Posted 22 Jun 2011 By
Full HD AG-AC7PJ records to SDHC/SDXC media, comes complete with a large grip and zoom lever, as well as a wide-diameter, manual focus ring for smooth, precise operation
Breaking News - Posted 20 Jun 2011
Records 1920x1080 HD footage in 1080p and 1080i at 25 Mbps or 35 Mbps. JVC's native file recording technology allows recording in ready-to-edit file formats for Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere (.MOV), as well as other major NLE systems (.MP4), to non-proprietary SDHC cards
Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2011
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | A look inside the Wedding Day Cinema success story and the two innovative filmmakers, Keith and Jennifer Anderson, who made it happen.
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Marc Franklin | The best products of NAB 2011 for event videographers/filmmakers in two categories: production and postproduction.
Features - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Amina Moreau | A photographer sampling the world of cinema is generally familiar with the concepts of lens choice, composition, light, and color. But these tools are still new to many videographers who are entering the DSLR world and are, for the first time, encountering the abundance of choice and exploring light in a whole new way. By grabbing hold of a few of the most powerful concepts in photography, event cinematographers can unleash the creative potential we have in all of us.
Feature - Posted 01 Jun 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.
Feature - Posted 31 May 2011 By
New rig brings together Switronix Powerbase-70 PRO V-Mount battery and Zacuto Zwiss Plate
Breaking News - Posted 31 May 2011
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Recently, I had the strange and wonderful privilege of watching a contemporary home birth film that is not explicitly about advocating home birth or dramatizing childbirth, although in its own way, it achieves both. Produced by two Central Florida studios, Kat Small's Cinema Chic Films and the Nielsens Photography & Design, Born at Home is an intimate and inspiring family film.
Feature - Posted 25 May 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | The Aussies have scrunched their event video industry's evolution into the blink of an eye, leaving videographers stateside blushing. Sure, event videos in the U.S. have advanced by leaps and bounds, going from totally cheap to totally chic, and morphing into films along the way. And there's no better evidence of the rise of event filmmaking in Australia than the Aussies' innovative educational event, Exposed Down Under. EDU 2011 kicks off on 4 July in Melbourne.
Feature - Posted 23 May 2011 By
Following closely on the heels of EventDV announcement, EventDVLive announces its own Winners' Circle, highlight the best of NAB for video producers focusing on live production and live delivery
Feature - Posted 16 May 2011
New add-on lenses minimize chromatic aberrations and unwanted distortion and produce images that are ultrasharp edge-to-edge
Breaking News - Posted 09 May 2011
Standalone solution for converting DSLR footage to edit-friendly formats includes new format support, frame rate options, proxy file codecs, and more
Breaking News - Posted 06 May 2011
EventDV, The Authority for Event Videographers, has done its sixth annual evaluation of the best and most relevant NAB releases for the event video market. Chosen each year by contributing editor and leading L.A.-area videographer and filmmaker Marc Franklin, the awards recognize products in two categories: production gear (including cameras, camera support, lighting, and so on), and postproduction solutions (including NLEs, plug-ins, and the like).
Breaking News - Posted 04 May 2011
Jason Magbanua | For a lot of people, producing a same-day edit at a wedding reception is a regular thing, and it's something that is second nature after years of repetition. But for others, who find just shooting a wedding to be stressful enough, producing a polished edit to show to a live audience that same evening seems like an impossible task. Here, international wedding filmmaking sensation Jason Magbanua breaks down the same-day edit production process that's helped to make him "the new national artist" of the Philippines.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2011 By
Niels Puttemans | Though you can occasionally fix issues with subpar audio in post, nothing beats getting it right the first time. Because the DSLR cameras that have transformed our work visually seem to have ignored the vital importance of audio in filmmaking, here are some ideas on how to make sure you capture sound that is as crisp as your imagery.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2011 By
New Firmware Enables 3D HD Video Capture Assist and a Host of New Features
Breaking News - Posted 07 Apr 2011
Innovative Modular Design Enables Consumers to Combine two 1080p HD HERO Cameras to Create Professional Quality 3D Camera System
Breaking News - Posted 04 Apr 2011
Randy Panado | collaboration becomes a bigger part of our industry and more of us are booking weddings outside of our own local markets, either because of the nature of our online marketing, our need to book weddings in a higher price range than our market will allow, or both, traveling to gigs becomes an ever-bigger part of our businesses—even for those of us who don't live on relatively small islands. Hawaiian filmmaker Randy Panado's own reliance on remote gigs has caused him to create a "kit" that is very efficient in terms of incorporating everything he needs to produce solid work and, at the same time, being light enough for travel.
Feature - Posted 03 Apr 2011 By
Frances | Qualified artisans are going to be called upon to provide both still and video work, because fusion equipment has changed public perception and buying habits. In general, wedding and event industry providers have traditionally been slower to change, as are all vendors in this arena. But I'll admit total surprise at a recent party planners awards presentation where not one single winning event was served by fusion imagers. What are they thinking? Without fusion capability, your potential client pool is shrinking and will continue to shrink over the next few years. No market analyst I've interviewed says otherwise.
Feature - Posted 31 Mar 2011 By
Patrick Moreau, Kevin Shaw, and Brian Lockhart | Over the past year, Patrick Moreau and his stillmotion crew have been working on the Emmy-nominated NFL Network program The NFL Season: A Biography, Presented by SAP. The producers of the show hired stillmotion entirely based on seeing their wedding films. In this three-part article (all in this issue), Moreau, NFL Network coordinating producer Brian Lockhart, and producer and director Kevin Shaw offer their own takes on the story behind The NFL Season and the lessons to be learned from how it all came about and how it all played out on and off the field.
Feature - Posted 31 Mar 2011 By
New Multiformat, Camera-Mountable DVR Streamlines Production Workflows and Eliminates Transcoding by Supporting High-Quality NLE Formats Such as ProRes
Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2011
New NXCAM Super 35mm Sensor Camcorder and "Rain and Dust Proof" Compact Camcorder Deliver Unprecedented Capabilities for Professionals
Breaking News - Posted 23 Mar 2011
Hands-on, comprehensive workshop from Pre-to-Post in the ongoing trend of DSLR filmmaking
Breaking News - Posted 21 Mar 2011
Appearing for the first time will be a new workshop series called "Deconstructing the Story: Light, Sound, Motion & EOS HD," aimed at professional videographers and transitioning still photographers, and led by instructors from the industry-leading stillmotion team
Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2011
World-renowned photo, video and pro audio reseller adds PluralEyes, DualEyes, and Singular Software Presto to its exclusive line of leading industry products
Breaking News - Posted 10 Mar 2011
QuickTime plug-in that eliminates the need to convert AVCHD files to ProRES422 files before editing in Final Cut Pro
Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2011
Jan Ozer | Whenever I shoot a live performance, I have an internal debate about which functions to perform manually and which to let the camera perform. Obviously, the panning and zooming is my job; the question is whether I also take on focus and/or exposure. I shot my fifth Nutcracker season just before Christmas, which adds up to about 20 shows total, and I actually reached some clarity on this debate.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
Philip Hinkle | In addition to speaking at national events such as WEVA and IN[FOCUS], Ray Roman has initiated a series of 3-day workshops designed to provide intensive training for other event filmmakers. Joining Ray at an event held Jan. 18-20 in a number of southern Florida venues, was Konrad Czystowski, fellow EventDV 25 All-Star, frequent Ray Roman Films collaborator/second shooter, and founder of the newly minted FreshSox studio. Here's a peek at what Ray and Konrad shared.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
Ron Dawson | Last month we began our two-part series about the short holiday film "For the Man Who Hated Christmas" that Ron Dawson produced for Giving101. The whole process, from booking the client through production, is an ideal case study on corporate film production (not to mention profitable production for nonprofits). Part 1 covered the business side of the deal. This month, we're covering the "fun stuff": making the film.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
All New Design is Thinner, Lighter & Faster with FaceTime, Smart Covers & 10 Hour Battery
Breaking News - Posted 02 Mar 2011
Welcome to the 2010 EventDV 25 Awards Show, presenting the 25 hottest and most influential event filmmaking studios in the world as elected by the readers of EventDV Magazine and EventDV.net. Your new all-star team will be presented here over the course of 5 days--February 28-March 4, 2011. Watch the shows in the video windows for the awards presentation, including samples of the all-stars' finest work. (Video players will fill in as the shows go live at 9am CST on successive days this week.)
Feature - Posted 28 Feb 2011 By
POSH 2011, a retreat for the female filmmaker, will take place November 6-9 in Cancun, Mexico
Breaking News - Posted 22 Feb 2011
Niels Puttemans | For Ever After Video Productions, the Panasonic Lumix GH2 has redefined the possibilities of DSLR shoots. The solved aliasing and moiré issues, audio monitoring, zebras, no recording limits, improved low-light shooting, 1:1 crop function ... these are all reasons why we bought a second GH2 after one shoot with our first.
Feature - Posted 14 Feb 2011 By
DSLR Encounter scheduled for March 2, limited to 10 attendees
Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2011
New HD/SD Compact Shoulder-Mount Model Offers Simultaneous Recording to Two SDHC Cards, Optional ASI Module for Live ENG Microwave Broadcasts
Breaking News - Posted 31 Jan 2011
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | How will the Panasonic AG-AF100, the first pro camcorder with a 4/3 imager, impact event filmmakers?
Feature - Posted 28 Jan 2011 By
Kevin Shahinian | Concept filmmaker extraordinaire Kevin Shahinian (City of Lakes, Snow, Dil Jaanta Hi, Tum Hi Ho) explores the classic underpinnings of film-based storytelling and the language of effective filmmaking in this four-part series on EventDV, co-produced by Pacific Pictures and Adobe Systems.
Feature - Posted 18 Jan 2011
Julie Hill | When you're filming a destination wedding, you're stepping into a world of unknowns—unless you take the time to find out as much information as possible in advance and prepare for the worst. The more you invest in getting information, the more rewarding the experience—and the more satisfying the film you produce—will be. Have fun and travel safely!
Feature - Posted 31 Dec 2010 By
Advanced, Custom-Designed 4/3" Sensor Delivers Depth of Field and Field of View Similar to a 35mm Movie Camera; Camcorder Uses Low-Cost Still Camera and Film-Style Lenses
Breaking News - Posted 28 Dec 2010
Now available in beta for Mac OS X and later, the award-winning standalone application offers quick and easy dual-system audio replacement
Breaking News - Posted 19 Dec 2010
Chrosziel has a prepared its 3DA1Kit (456-203DA1KIT) for the new S3D Camcorder Panasonic AG-3DA1 consisting of a LightWeight Support (401-415) with 15mm rods, the MatteBox 456 Academy Double and the Retaining Ring (410-65) shaped to tightly fit the camera's twin lens
Breaking News - Posted 19 Dec 2010
Liz Merfeld | There's a wave of raw, demolike one-take music videos with an unmistakable live feel sweeping the web, and some savvy event filmmakers have thrown their hats into thering. Here we look behind the scenes of Bill Grant's boneshow and Jet Kaiser's One Take Shows, and get their spin on this new, viral field-recording phenomenon.
Feature - Posted 13 Dec 2010 By
blueSLR Companion App Available Now on the App Store
Breaking News - Posted 09 Dec 2010
A perfect companion to DSC's world-renowned test-charts, the customizable setup of DSC's "best kept secret" dramatically improves the visual quality and consistency of any shoot
Breaking News - Posted 09 Dec 2010
Kara Stellner | Although Unique University marked Adam Forgione's first foray into back-to-back all-day marathon workshops, it was also something of a warmup gig for Pennylane Productions, who will be taking Forgione's show on the road in early 2011, with workshops in 12 cities planned. This article should give you a good idea of what you can expect to see, hear, and learn if the Pennylane EDU 2011 tour rolls into your town.
Feature - Posted 08 Dec 2010 By
Scott Strimple | New "crossover" educational event bringing filmmakers and photographers together April 10-12, 2011 in Norfolk, Va.
Feature - Posted 08 Dec 2010 By
EventDV 25 all-star and 2010 multi-WEVA CEA winner Adam Forgione announces first 6 dates and for 2011 workshops in Philadelphia and Boston
Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2010
Canon Filmmakers Live takes to the road in March 2011 with iconic DP/Director/Filmmaker Philip Bloom, hitting 12 cities in 30 days
Breaking News - Posted 01 Dec 2010
Joanna Banks-Morgan | On November 8, 2010, 42 female visual artists from around the world boarded a cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Florida for POSH 2010. POSH, an educational workshop and retreat for women, is the brainchild of Jennifer Moon of Northernlight Filmworks and Reagan Zugelter of Studio Z Films. Jen and Reagan had recognized a need in our industry for female filmmakers and photographers to come together to connect, educate, and inspire one another. As we found our way around the ship that Monday afternoon, and began to meet one another, Jen and Reagan's inspiration started to become a reality.
Feature - Posted 01 Dec 2010 By
Mark & Trisha Von Lanken | Working with DSLR footage creates new challenges in post, from ingest to format support issues to audio sync, and it takes a skilled editor and powerful, versatile editing system to create a masterpiece from even the most stellar DSLR footage. Here's a look at how the Von Lankens have adapted their short-form edit workflow to work DSLR imagery into the mix.
Feature - Posted 30 Nov 2010 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.
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2010 By
Shawn Lam | Here we test 2 on-camera LEDs from LCD4Video and 2 from Litepanels, including design, features, and throw-pattern comparisons.
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2010 By
NXCAM HD camcorder under development, featuring E-mount lens system
Breaking News - Posted 19 Nov 2010
EventDV 25 all-star Adam Forgione of Pennylane Productions in association with Unique Photo in New Jersey will be giving two amazing workshops. The first 20 attendees to sign up for each workshop will receive a free gift card to Unique Photo.
Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2010
Mark Von Lanken | There are literally dozens of DSLR support devices on the market,. The challenge for all of us is to decide which support device will best fit our needs. My goal is not to steer you toward one particular model or to tell you which one I prefer, but rather to explore three different models—covering both the good and the bad—and give you better insight into each model.
Feature - Posted 09 Nov 2010 By
Liz Merfeld | You may know Kristen and Jeff Turick of Artifact Documentaries for their handcrafted wedding documentaries and vintage Super 8 wedding films. But now, nearly 6 years into the business, the pair has admittedly lost their "wedding mojo" and found something they find more meaningful. Today, Artifact is shifting focus to what Kristen calls "documentary stories that will allow us to explore a broader variety of human emotions."
Feature - Posted 09 Nov 2010 By
Major new update for its Mini Converter UpDownCross and Mini Converter HDMI to SDI
Breaking News - Posted 08 Nov 2010
Sara Frances | I'm searching to define and delineate where fusion has come from, why it's useful, and where it's leading the industry—or if it's not leading at all and is just a bunch of hype. Maybe fusion only muddies the waters, lowering the quality of imagery by masking imperfections and diluting the impact. That would mean also lowering the prestige and financial earning power of pure videography and photography. Or maybe using a variety of different elements really does create a finished piece of art that is worth more than the sum of the parts.
Feature - Posted 08 Nov 2010 By
Popular Digital Juice Gear Line Now Includes Gear Protection and Transport
Breaking News - Posted 03 Nov 2010
Marc Franklin | An up-close look at the AG-AF100 at DV Expo 2010
Feature - Posted 02 Nov 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | If The Promise teaches us anything, it's that the one thing you can't sacrifice is authority over your own work, regardless of how circumstances—financial or otherwise—conspire against you.
Feature - Posted 01 Nov 2010 By
Greg Lam | We've all seen the dazzling work of our peers who have taken the DSLR plunge, and thus have a good idea of what migrating to DSLR can do for our films and our businesses. But we also know tat DSLR cameras are fundamentally different animals from their video-camera counterparts. What can we expect when we make the transition, and what do we need to know about the new skills we'll need to learn and other gear we'll need to acquire to make DSLRs work in our video workflow?
Feature - Posted 01 Nov 2010 By
On display in the Canon booth will be the company's full line of EOS DSLR cameras and lenses, VIXIA HD camcorders, imagePROGRAF large format printers, PIXMA inkjet printers, PowerShot digital compact cameras, and REALiS high-definition projectors
Breaking News - Posted 29 Oct 2010
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Does 3D have a place in wedding filmmaking's future, or is that notion just the stuff of science fiction? We spoke with one of 3D's earliest adopters in the wedding world, Abraham Joffe of Sydney, Australia. A few months back, Joffe produced and delivered a 3D wedding film—Australia's first, but already not its last—and lived to tell the tale.
Feature - Posted 29 Oct 2010 By
Exhibition showcases the newest HD technology in an informal setting that allows professionals to get hands-on experience with the latest groundbreaking gear while conversing with colleagues and industry decision-makers
Breaking News - Posted 27 Oct 2010
DSLR editing Quicktime plug-in for use with Final Cut Pro 6 or 7
Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2010
Designed to safeguard a video-enabled DSLR camera and important accessories while on the go and keep them well organized on location
Breaking News - Posted 11 Oct 2010
Q3HD records in stunning 1080p at 30 fps or 720p at 30 and 60 fps
Breaking News - Posted 04 Oct 2010
Liz Merfeld | As experts and studio principals, have you ever considered enlisting a studio-owning peer to assist you on a shoot, instead of a freelancer? Your peers offer a wealth of technical and business acumen—not to mention talent—that can translate into a worry-free workflow and a brilliantly polished product. What's more, if recruited to help on a colleague's project, you stand to gain perspective in the humbling role of second or third shooter on a colleague's gig. Isn't it about time you stopped flying solo every weekend and got into the collaboration game?
Feature - Posted 01 Oct 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.
Feature - Posted 29 Sep 2010 By
PMW-500 2/3-inch shoulder Camcorder Combines Benefits of XDCAM Optical Disc Performance with Solid-state Memory Workflow
Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2010
New Version of Award-Winning NLE Offers Flexible Tools and Updates Including New Features that Simplify 3D Content Creation and Delivery
Breaking News - Posted 10 Sep 2010
Philip Hinkle | Depending on how much you need an anti-shake filter—and particularly if you've experienced rolling shutter issues with your HDSLR or other CMOS camera—Mercalli 2.0 could be a great investment. The combination of improved shake reduction, reduced picture degradation from zooming in, and the much-needed rolling shutter correction make for a great update for a tool that was already my anti-shake plug-in of choice.
Feature - Posted 07 Sep 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | EventDV's official recap of WEVA's historic 20th annual Wedding & Event Video Expo
Feature - Posted 03 Sep 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Is it possible to use Gregg Toland's deep focus cinematography technique evocatively in wedding filmmaking in the heyday of DSLRs, an era defined by shallow depth of field, focus pulls, close-ups, cuts, and multi-angle coverage? Or does our era really have to be defined so sharply, or so narrowly? Here's hoping someone among us does try the Toland route sometime soon, and that the effort doesn't get blurred out in the shallow-focus collective memory that ultimately packages our time for future generations.
Feature - Posted 03 Sep 2010 By
Capable of capturing images in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a professional-model digital SLR camera
Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2010
Both Models Feature MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps Recording, Built-In 3-D and Infrared Shooting Options
Breaking News - Posted 31 Aug 2010
Canon Introduces the World's Widest Fisheye Zoom Lens, a New Telephoto Zoom Lens and Two New Super Telephoto Lenses with Optional New Extenders
Breaking News - Posted 27 Aug 2010
The Gold Mount and ElipZ Solutions Meet Growing Demands of DSLR Cinematography
Breaking News - Posted 25 Aug 2010
EventDV 25 all-star and WEVA CEA Gold winner Philip "Frogman" Hinkle reports directly from WEVA Expo 2010, the event filmmaking industry's largest convention and trade show, held August 23-26 in Orlando, Florida. Stay tuned for all three episodes of Hinkle's show, which will appear over the next week on EventDV-TV.
Feature - Posted 25 Aug 2010
New "Locking" Feature is Included in The EOS 7D Studio Version For Administrative Control Over Camera Functionality
Breaking News - Posted 16 Aug 2010
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.
Feature - Posted 10 Aug 2010 By
Incorporates infinitely adjustable, genuine Perfect Balance and LF drag technology—functionality previously only available with the Vision 3AS and above
Breaking News - Posted 19 Jul 2010
captures live video directly from the camera, encodes it using advanced video compression and streams it over ethernet or WiFi up to 1080p@23.98/24/25Hz, 1080i @ 50/59.94/60Hz, 720p@50/59.94/60Hz
Breaking News - Posted 19 Jul 2010
NEX-VG10 equipped with the same Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor used in the "NEX-5" and "NEX-3" digital cameras and compatible with the high grade "E-mount" series of smaller, lighter lenses optimized for video shooting with silent operation and AF
Breaking News - Posted 13 Jul 2010
Ben Balser | How I shot, edited, and exported a short film from my iPhone 4 and why I think this is a glimpse into the future of video production, consumer to videographer to broadcast.
Feature - Posted 12 Jul 2010 By
David Himot | If you're looking for an inexpensive way to create stunning time lapses, the Pclix LT is a great product. The fact that it can be programmed to trigger most cameras and can change intervals on-the-fly makes it a great tool. Lastly, the simplicity of using it right out of the box will make the world of time-lapse photography literally a few turns of the dials away for DSLR event filmmakers everywhere.
Feature - Posted 07 Jul 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.
Feature - Posted 06 Jul 2010 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | After introducing themselves to the crowd at Re:Frame Austin, Society Hill Studios' Cristina Valdivieso and Jon Connor, along with partner Amy Reese now seem to pop up everywhere with the industry's inner circle. But how did these Young Turks manage to crash this party, seemingly overnight, and set themselves on the road to becoming one of the go-to studios in Philadelphia for couples wanting a high-end, artistic wedding film? (Read on for more info about their upcoming event, CANON FILMMAKERS LIVE!)
Feature - Posted 01 Jul 2010 By
Chris Watson | If you're one of the thousands of videographers who are currently or have recently upgraded to a DSLR such as the Canon 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, or Rebel T2i for video, you've likely experienced the sticker shock of how much money you'll need to invest in lenses. The conventional wisdom is that there are two ways forward when it comes to lens purchasing: One way is to invest in the fastest glass you can find and write it off as the cost of doing business. The other way is to buy slower glass at a lower cost. We'll look at the pros and cons of each.
Feature - Posted 01 Jul 2010 By
Ben Balser | This month we'll look at the workflow for ingesting and editing Canon DSLR footage in Final Cut Studio, since Canon has a released an FCP plug-in for the Log & transfer window. But there's more than one way to go about ingesting this footage into FCP in a format that lends itself to fast, easy editing.
Feature - Posted 30 Jun 2010 By
Sara Frances | Close-up (CU) shooting is definitely where it's at if you want impact in your films. Here's a look at the lenses that will help maximize that impact.
Feature - Posted 29 Jun 2010 By
Philip Hinkle | All the news that's fit to post from the Illinois Videographers Association's Midwest Expo 2010, featuring industry luminaries Matt Davis, Adam Forgione, Keith Anderson, and Ray Roman
Feature - Posted 09 Jun 2010 By
Sara Frances | The darlings of my photo bag are my medium telephoto lenses, which can generally be considered the range from 75mm to about 135mm. I love them simply because they make everyone look good and in proportion.
Feature - Posted 02 Jun 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | A few scattered thoughts on the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters show
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 02 Jun 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.
Features - Posted 01 Jun 2010 By
5-time EventDV 25 all-stars Mark and Trisha Von Lanken to present 2 days of intensive wedding filmmaking training in Twin Cities
Breaking News - Posted 31 May 2010
Rolling shutter artifacts are the bane of videographers shooting on CMOS based cameras resulting in horizontal skew and vertical distortion in footage. CoreMelt's Lock & Load X, the worlds fastest stabilizer for Final Cut Pro, now includes a rolling shutter reduction feature, helping you stabilize CMOS footage.
Breaking News - Posted 17 May 2010
Standard Canon 7D permanently retrofitted with a one-piece lens/sensor/base mounting element made of rock-solid steel
Breaking News - Posted 10 May 2010
Mark and Trisha Von Lanken | In Episode 5of their popular EventDV-TV series, 5-time EventDV 25 honorees and WEVA Hall of Famers Mark and Trisha Von Lanken explore the advantages of sliders in general and the DP Slider in particular for event filmmakers. To watch this episode and the entire Von Real series (plus other clips by the Von Lankens), click through to this page.
Feature - Posted 10 May 2010 By ,
Versatile accessory management system designed to complement SLR, video-capable DSLR and compact HD video cameras
Amen Corner - Posted 07 May 2010
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Event filmmaking combines two conflicting tasks: documenting an event as it happens and creating a film that reflects the filmmaker's vision. Nowhere is that line more finely walked in the wedding world than in the filmmaker's interaction with the couple, and with the question of how much direction is too much and how much is too little (if that's possible) when it comes to drawing out performances and guiding couples toward moments that will make a good film. Here, we get five leading event filmmakers' takes on directing (or not directing) in our one-take world.
Feature - Posted 07 May 2010 By
Sara Frances | When we're shooting at traditional events, presentations, or even just shooting on the street, the lowly normal-angle lens tells the story like it is. It's just right for an astonishing percentage of situations. The normal-angle lens reproduces the same relationship, proportion, and size of the objects that the eye sees. I can't imagine ever going out without a 50MM in my kit.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2010 By
The awards recognize the top new products for event videographers and filmmakers introduced at NAB in four categories: cameras, production gear, and postproduction solutions
Feature - Posted 03 May 2010
Ben Balser | In Aperture 3, the new version of its pro photo management and adjustment application, Apple boasts 200-plus new features. This review will focus on the most meaningful new features—Import, Full Screen, Faces, Places, Adjustment Presets, and Brushes—and how they can serve video and fusion producers in their work.
Feature - Posted 03 May 2010
David McKnight | Synchronizing multiple camera tracks and audio sources continues to be a popular task with the proliferation of video DSLR devices, since most users are creating multiple files, recording audio off-camera, and syncing everything up in post. PluralEyes can be a useful tool for expediting this process.
Feature - Posted 30 Apr 2010 By
Philip Hinkle | The Steddiepod is designed to be used as a monopod, a tripod, and even a flying stabilizer. Can it be all those at the same time and do those functions effectively? Well, being a shooter who's always searching for the best and most cost-effective stabilizer to perform all these tasks without adding too much extra gear or breaking my budget, I thought it would be worth checking out; read on and watch the clip that accompanies the article to see how it performed.
Feature - Posted 28 Apr 2010 By
Roving reporter Shawn Lam reports from NAB in Las Vegas in this three-part EventDV-TV series
Feature - Posted 14 Apr 2010 By
At NAB 2010, proDAD announces opening of new stateside office in California and new version of Mercalli stabilization software with Mac support and rolling shutter feature
Breaking News - Posted 13 Apr 2010
Jan Ozer | Video technology and postproduction expert Jan Ozer examines Adobe's new CS5 integrated suite from a variety of angles, including new features and interfaces, a run-down of theadvantages of the new Mercury engine, performance comparisons between CS4 and CS5, and configuration suggestions for video pros working with the new suite.
Feature - Posted 12 Apr 2010 By
Both Models Utilize an MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps Codec for Exceptional High Definition Image Quality, Full NLE Compatibility and an Efficient, Robust Workflow
Breaking News - Posted 07 Apr 2010
Alan Naumann | One expression I grew up with was "big things often come in small packages." Cameras such as the Flip and the Kodak Zi8 also demonstrate that, because of today's technology, great video can be captured in very small (and inexpensive) cameras.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 07 Apr 2010 By
David McKnight | McKnight Video shot AVCHD footage with the Panasonic AG-HMC150 all over the Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise, ingested it and edited in in Vegas, and lived to tell the tale. Do the advantages of AVCHD production outweigh the postproduction challenges? The point is probably moot.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Philip Hinkle | As he's hit the speaking circuit in recent months, 2009 EventDV 25 honoree Ray Roman has maintained steadfastly that most of the stunning shots that elevate his wedding work are achieved through basic, solid shooting and composition along with a quiet command presence on site. But 2008 all-star Philip Hinkle wanted to see for himself, so he followed Ray and his wife and partner, Jessica, on a recent shoot to find out how Ray Roman Films gets the job done.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | So what is City of Lakes, and why all the hype and excitement surrounding a wedding film that no one had even seen when this article went live? To find out, read the article and check out the WORLD PREMIERE, Wednesday, April 14, Brenden Theater, Palms, Las Vegas. (Details in the article.)
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | After realizing that the recession-era summer of 2009 was the rare wedding season when business was slow enough to allow him the flexibility to do pro bono work—Fowler took the job as behind-the-scenes videographer for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when it came to his hometown. And he was glad he did because, for all its TV trappings, this was a great project—and a great community project at that.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Mark Von Lanken | At a street price of $1,850-$1,995, how does the Panasonic HMC40 match up with the HMC150--my primary camera--which has a street price of $3,250?
Feature - Posted 02 Apr 2010 By
New XP-DSLR-12C allows users to power the Canon 1D MkIV from an external battery source
Breaking News - Posted 28 Mar 2010
David McKnight | VASST's AVCHD Training DVD that carries the following tagline: "Learn the ins and outs of AVCHD and how it affects you." Your host is the well-known Douglas Spotted Eagle (aka Spot); imagine if you ran into Spot at a coffee shop, pulled up a chair, and said, "Tell me everything there is to know about AVCHD!" That's pretty close to what you get with this DVD.
Feature - Posted 20 Mar 2010 By
Firmware version 2.0.3 is now available for free download from Canon USA's web site on the Canon USA website; read the article for details on the update
Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2010
Third book in their popular series of field guides for Sony XDCAM camcorders
Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2010
Sara Frances | In this column, I'll focus on the easiest and most familiar lens to videographers: the wide angle. Event work lends itself to big drama-the beauty shot, the grand sweeping overview. If your standard kit contains just one extra lens, it's bound to be a wide or wide attachment.
Feature - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
Ron Dawson | Many event filmmakers follow a similar career arc: They get into the business for artistic reasons and eventually realize that their emphasis on artistry is hurting their bottom line, so they redirect their attention accordingly. But what happens when you devote so much attention to business and marketing that you lose touch with what first drew you to this profession? Here, marketing and social media industry icon Ron Dawson talks about how to get back to your original source of inspiration: filmmaking.
Features - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | A look inside Gebbs Wedding Films' all-SDE business model and all-DSLR shooting M.O.
Feature - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
Jan Ozer | If you're starting to focus more on the art of the production and want to experiment with multiple lenses, variable-speed recording, and more storyboard-based productions, the JVC GY-HM700U should be on your short list.
Feature - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
Matrox Convert DVI lets broadcasters easily and economically get Skype, YouTube, and mobile phone videos to air
Breaking News - Posted 02 Mar 2010
At PMA this year, Sony confirms plans to further expand the appeal of its digital imaging range. Additions to the a ("alpha") range of DSLR cameras will be joined by a new product concept that makes high-quality imaging accessible to an even wider audience of photographers.
Breaking News - Posted 21 Feb 2010
Full 1080 Support in Live View and Playback Modes
Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2010
Compact, box-style camera does full HD with a 2/3" CCD sensor, B4 mount and variable frame rates, including 24p
Breaking News - Posted 08 Feb 2010
Allows simple and easy transfer of video content from Canon's EOS DSLR cameras directly into Final Cut Pro
Breaking News - Posted 05 Feb 2010
New Canon MPEG-2 Codec Promises Improved Color Resolution and Compatibility With Industry-Standard Editing & Processing Software
Breaking News - Posted 02 Feb 2010
Shawn Lam | Sennheiser's latest offering is the G3, and aside from a pair of external charging contacts to charge the optional BA 2015 accupack rechargeable battery, it looks almost identical to the G2 that it's replacing. So the question I set out to answer for myself is this: Did Sennheiser make enough improvements to the G3 to entice me to upgrade my current G2s?
In the Field - Posted 01 Feb 2010 By
Shawn Lam | Sennheiser's latest offering is the G3, and aside from a pair of external charging contacts to charge the optional BA 2015 accupack rechargeable battery, it looks almost identical to the G2 that it's replacing. So the question I set out to answer for myself is this: Did Sennheiser make enough improvements to the G3 to entice me to upgrade my current G2s?
Feature - Posted 01 Feb 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.
In the Field - Posted 29 Jan 2010 By
Mili & Sid Ghosh | South Asian royal weddings require planning, preparation, and conceptualization of an entirely different order than the typical wedding film—especially when you have to bring your crew and equipment to India to complete the project. But it can be done, even by U.S.-based wife-and-husband wedding film teams. Here Mili and Sid Ghosh present a creative director's guide to grand-scale epic wedding film production that will make even your royal clients proud to have hired you.
Features - Posted 28 Jan 2010 By
Sara Frances | Attention Fusion still/video shooters: The honeymoon with so-called "bokeh art" is over. The harsh facts have been revealed. This is the first column in a series aimed squarely at alleviating user panic and at getting the Fusion equipment babies trained and ready to work for you.
Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2010 By
Patent-pending, handle mounted DSLR remote unit that triggers HD video start and stop recording for Canon 5D/7D
Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2010
JVC will demonstrate a GY-HM700 camcorder outfitted with Zacuto accessories and a JVC HZ-CA13U PL Mount Film Lens Adapter, plus its popular GY-HM100 handheld camcorder. JVC will also showcase a number of monitors, including the GD-463D10U 3D display, as well as the SR-HD1500US Blu-Ray Disc and HDD Recorder combo deck
Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2010
Sony's first professional camcorder that implements the AVCHD format, the HXR-NX5U
Breaking News - Posted 12 Jan 2010
The EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D Cameras Utilize New Canon WFT Units To Help Professionals Deliver "The Shot"
Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2010
Available In Fall 2010 - Solid-State Recording System Will Offer Highly-Efficient Full HD 3D Video Production
Breaking News - Posted 07 Jan 2010
The New VIXIA Line Offers Advanced Touch Screen and Tracking Technologies Putting Ease-of-Use at Your Fingertips
Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2010
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Putting a year of "game-changers" in perspective
Feature - Posted 20 Dec 2009 By
Increased Production Value at a Top New Mexico Track is Made Possible by Exceptional Picture Quality and Smooth Remote-Control Pan-Tilt Operation of the Canon BU-45H
The Main Event - Posted 16 Dec 2009
1RU Solution Offers Cost-Effective Alternative Without Compromising on FFV's Renowned Video Quality
The Main Event - Posted 15 Dec 2009
Jerry Cleveland | Since I knew I wanted to incorporate the 5D into my wedding and event video equipment arsenal, I started doing some research into how to make the camera steadier and how to ensure that I was shooting in focus, especially when working outside. It had to be easy to unfold, easy to adjust, fast to set up, and lightweight. I settled on one line of products: the DSLR Gunstock Shooter Gorilla Kits by Zacuto.
In the Field - Posted 09 Dec 2009 - December 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | How wedding and sports event videographer Danny Sayson developed, shot, and produced a full season of West Coast Adventures entirely on spec, pitched and sold it to PBS-TV, and became a full-time TV producer with one season under his belt and a second in production.
Feature - Posted 09 Dec 2009 By
First 500 to Register Get Entered To Win Free Bonus Prize
Breaking News - Posted 09 Dec 2009
Shawn Lam | Can a lite product ever be as good as the full version? The name itself implies that something is missing. Does that presumption hold true for Kessler's new lite version of its flagship KC-8 Basic crane, the KC-Lite 8.0? Read on. I think you might be surprised with the results—I know I was.
Feature - Posted 09 Dec 2009 By
NXCAM family of File-based technologies Designed for Flexibility and Ease-of-Use in Professional Video Applications
Breaking News - Posted 18 Nov 2009
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.
Features - Posted 13 Nov 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Wedding-day interviews are the sort of thing that used to give videography a bad name, but done right, and in the right setting, interviews can help elevate wedding and event filmmaking into the realm of powerful, character-driven storytelling. Here we learn from four leading wedding and event filmmakers renowned for the compelling, revealing, funny, and moving stories they collect in their interviews with the key players in their events, and the seamless and powerful ways they incorporate these interviews into the films they produce.
Feature - Posted 13 Nov 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | In just 3 years, Ray Roman has parlayed his passion into becoming one of the most sought-after wedding videographers in the country. WEVA and In[Focus] have tapped him to speak at conferences and bestowed accolades upon him. He's sponsored by Cinevate. His high-profile client roster boasts names such as the Cole family (as in Nat King and Natalie) and enough professional athletes to field a fantasy sports team.
Studio Time - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - November 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | In just 3 years, Ray Roman has parlayed his passion into becoming one of the most sought-after wedding videographers in the country. WEVA and In[Focus] have tapped him to speak at conferences and bestowed accolades upon him. He's sponsored by Cinevate. His high-profile client roster boasts names such as the Cole family (as in Nat King and Natalie) and enough professional athletes to field a fantasy sports team.
Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2009 By
The EOS-1D Mark IV Features a Completely Redesigned 45-Point Autofocus System, Fast 10 fps Continuous Shooting, 16-Megapixel Resolution, Outstanding ISO Sensitivity, and Full HD Video Recording at Selectable Frame Rates
Breaking News - Posted 20 Oct 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Last fall, Canon shook our world when it released the transformative EOS 5D Mark II, a DSLR featuring full-frame HD video and dynamic depth-of-field control. Along with others of its ilk, the 5D is revving up videographers' creativity, smearing the line between the photography and videography industries, and ushering in (some say) a new era of photo-video fusion. With several months of use under their belts, we asked a handful of early adopters for their take on how the 5D has impacted their businesses and where (if anywhere) their first forays into fusion have taken them.
Amen Corner - Posted 06 Oct 2009 - October 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Last fall, Canon shook our world when it released the transformative EOS 5D Mark II, a DSLR featuring full-frame HD video and dynamic depth-of-field control. Along with others of its ilk, the 5D is revving up videographers' creativity, smearing the line between the photography and videography industries, and ushering in (some say) a new era of photo-video fusion. With several months of use under their belts, we asked a handful of early adopters for their take on how the 5D has impacted their businesses and where (if anywhere) their first forays into fusion have taken them.
Feature - Posted 06 Oct 2009 By
Speakers include Larry Jordan, Ben Balser, Bruce Nazarian, Alexis Van Hurkman
Breaking News - Posted 05 Oct 2009
Philip Hinkle | Back in July my wife and our summer intern had the opportunity to attend a hands-on training Class with Jeff Wright from Blue Skies Cinema. The class was presented in suburban Chicago in conjunction with the Illinois Videographers Association (IVA). Jeff and his wife, Andee, present several intensive workshops each year at their Southern California studio (as well as some stunning nearby locations), and Jeff frequently goes on the road to offer training with local and regional associations as well. I went along to check it all out and document the effectiveness of the training for this article.
Continuing Education - Posted 03 Oct 2009 By
Philip Hinkle | Back in July my wife and our summer intern had the opportunity to attend a hands-on training Class with Jeff Wright from Blue Skies Cinema. The class was presented in suburban Chicago in conjunction with the Illinois Videographers Association (IVA). Jeff and his wife, Andee, present several intensive workshops each year at their Southern California studio (as well as some stunning nearby locations), and Jeff frequently goes on the road to offer training with local and regional associations as well. I went along to check it all out and document the effectiveness of the training for this article.
Feature - Posted 03 Oct 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | WEVA Expo 2009 delivered a bold mix of new speakers, live streaming experiments, discussions of fusion trends present and future, and a rollicking networking experience in a crackerjack new venue that seemed almost tailor-made for the wedding and event video industry's largest convention and tradeshow.
Feature - Posted 28 Sep 2009 By
Exhibit booths on the show floor will feature the latest digital video and HD DSLR technology, plus free system-training, and the WEVA EXPO 2009 Virtual Trade Show will also include cutting-edge sessions, WEVA 2009 Creative Excellence Award Winners, new wedding film techniques, industry networking via LIVE CHAT
Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2009
The AG-HMR10 handheld recorder and the AG-HCK10 compact camera head, which can be connected via optional cables (in 3-meter and 20-meter lengths), will be available next month at suggested list prices of $2,600 and $1,800, respectively
Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2009
Allows DSLR cameras to have the correct form factor for video
Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | In the 4 years since Mili Ghosh began Memories in Motion in Chicago with the goal of offering high-end Bollywood-style videos to a niche South Asian wedding market, her hands-on approach—consulting in details right down to makeup—has taken her all over the globe. From opulent weddings with hundreds of guests in her hometown of Chicago to royal weddings in India, Ghosh combines her own personal artistic vision with a devotion to her couples to create cinematic wedding videos with a flair not found anywhere else.
Feature - Posted 24 Sep 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Have you ever dreamed of doing a wedding shoot in which the guests and wedding party already knew and loved your work, and so they showered you with compliments throughout the day? Or one in which youy got the most candid, natural shots of even a camera-shy couple? Enter the Save the Date video: a short film produced far in advance of the wedding and distributed via your blog, Facebook fan page, Vimeo, or—less commonly—on DVD, in lieu of traditional Save the Date cards.
Feature - Posted 08 Sep 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Snö, the latest mini-epic concept film from Kevin Shahinian's Pacific Pictures, is a watershed moment for our industry.
Feature - Posted 04 Sep 2009 By
Multi-Vehicle, Nationwide Tour Will Give Public a First Look at 3D for the Home; The Next Frontier in Home Entertainment
Breaking News - Posted 03 Sep 2009
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.
Features - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - September 2009 Issue By
The EOS 7D Features Fast Eight fps Continuous Shooting, Class-Leading 18-Megapixel Resolution and Full HD Video Recording with Variable Frame Rates and Manual Exposure Control
Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Steve Zugelter of Cincinnati-based Studio+Z Films pushes the limits of surprise wedding concept films, and ratches up the theatricality of the couple's entire event.
Feature - Posted 30 Aug 2009 By
Hercules Unveils New Era of Mini Webcams Featuring Ultra-Mobility and High Definition
Breaking News - Posted 27 Aug 2009
New, Affordable Studio Control System for Range of P2 HD and DVCPRO HD Camcorders Offers Professional Features and Flexible Operation
Breaking News - Posted 21 Aug 2009
Loyd Calomay | Hollywood Spoofmaster Loyd Calomay takes EventDV-TV viewers behind the scenes of his HEROES spoof in this 2-part series.
Feature - Posted 16 Aug 2009 By
New cast features producer Ron Dawson, cinematographer Patrick Moreau, and filmmaker Kevin Shahinian
Breaking News - Posted 13 Aug 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | A conversation with Zacuto's Steve Weiss about his groundbreaking webisodic TV series, FilmFellas, which, beginning this week, will air a series of programs starring five legends of the wedding and event filmmaking world: John Goolsby, Kristen*, Joe Simon, Patrick Moreau, Kevin Shahinian, and Ron Dawson
Feature - Posted 03 Aug 2009 By
Conference to be held at the Pasadena Convention Center on September 22-24, 2009
Breaking News - Posted 02 Aug 2009
Hal Slifer's 3 Questions goes on location in Plymouth, Newton, and Massachusetts' North Shore; bids farewell to the photomontage; sings the praises of the same-day edit; and looks ahead to the upcoming WEVA Expo.
Feature - Posted 27 Jul 2009
The technology will be featured in interchangeable single lens reflex (SLR) camera lens planned for commercial release before the end of 2009
Breaking News - Posted 24 Jul 2009
Newly announced speakers include Ron & Tasra Dawson, David Robin & Kevin Shahinian, Mark Von Lanken & Robert Neal, Lance Gray, Ray Roman, Norman Hollyn, Adam Forgione, Keith Kelly, Dominic Velasco, Maureen Taylor, Laura Moses, Brooke Rudnick, and Jorge Jaramillo
Breaking News - Posted 22 Jul 2009
Compact, 3-Megapixel AVCCAM Handheld Ships in August for $2,295
Breaking News - Posted 20 Jul 2009
Reporters from HDCameraGuide.com Get the Facts on Consumer Camcorder and Camera Buying Habits By Visiting Leading Retailers
Breaking News - Posted 20 Jul 2009
Free Downloadable Update Offers Improvements in CMOS Performance, Picture Quality, Flash Band Effect and More
Breaking News - Posted 13 Jul 2009
Thursday July 9th, 2009 - 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET
Breaking News - Posted 08 Jul 2009
It costs nothing to enter. And all the content and advice on www.HDCameraGuide.com, including buying tips and learning videos, are free
Breaking News - Posted 08 Jul 2009
Philadelphia-Based Event Specialist Robert Neal Gears Up with Handheld AVCCAM to Shoot Weddings, Documentaries, Commercial Spots and More
Breaking News - Posted 03 Jul 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Real Weddings is exactly what it sounds like: an hour-plus DVD that encompasses all the content the Von Lankens deliver to a bride and groom. But what makes this DVD most valuable is the two commentary tracks--one for shooting, one for editing--that run through the entire disc, breaking down virtually everything they do. Also featured: 2 video clips from the DVD!
Continuing Education - Posted 12 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Real Weddings is exactly what it sounds like: an hour-plus DVD that encompasses all the content the Von Lankens deliver to a bride and groom. But what makes this DVD most valuable is the two commentary tracks--one for shooting, one for editing--that run through the entire disc, breaking down virtually everything they do. Also featured: 2 video clips from the DVD!
Feature - Posted 12 Jun 2009
Marc Franklin | The hottest new announcements and releases of NAB 2009 for the videography world
Features - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | New camera add-ons from Panasonic, Petrol Bags, Zaxcom, Beachtek, Gekko Technology, and Camera Corps
Gear & Now - Posted 05 Jun 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Steve and Laura Moses have been called the "prom king and queen" and "model husband-wife team" of wedding video. But forget the awards and accolades for a moment, since they're not what define this couple, nor do they tell the whole story of their lives in this business, or this business in their lives. Here's a brief review of their road to success and what they saw and learned along the way.
Studio Time - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Steve and Laura Moses have been called the "prom king and queen" and "model husband-wife team" of wedding video. But forget the awards and accolades for a moment, since they're not what define this couple, nor do they tell the whole story of their lives in this business, or this business in their lives. Here's a brief review of their road to success and what they saw and learned along the way.
Feature - Posted 05 Jun 2009 By
16GB and 32GB E Series Models Available Now, High Capacity 64GB Model Ships This August
Breaking News - Posted 01 Jun 2009
The downloadable scene files provide users with an array of new "looks" to increase their creativity
Breaking News - Posted 27 May 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Illinois Videographers Association event draws internationally recognized presenters Patrick Moreau and Michael Wong of StillMotion and marks the speaking debut of concept film phenom Kevin Shahinian of Pacific Pictures
Feature - Posted 27 May 2009 By
Canon announced today it will release a firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II allowing users to manually control exposure when shooting video. The new firmware will be available for download June 2 on Canon's support website
Breaking News - Posted 26 May 2009
Feature - Posted 16 May 2009 By
Calamari Productions has obtained state Supreme Court access in several states to film inside America's child welfare and juvenile courts, juvenile detention centers and juvenile prisons
Breaking News - Posted 13 May 2009
Fourth annual "Best of NAB" list selected by contributing editor Marc Franklin recognizes new cameras, production gear, and postproduction solutions
Breaking News - Posted 04 May 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | A look behind the garage door into the world where "A Sin City Love Story" was created
Continuing Education - Posted 04 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | A look behind the garage door into the world where "A Sin City Love Story" was created
Feature - Posted 04 May 2009 By
EventDV-TV - Posted 04 May 2009
Re:Frame 09 Austin rolls on into Day Two with internationally renowned DoP Philip Bloom, Fusion tips from Bruce Patterson, 30-second film clips, shooting in the streets of Austin, and more
Feature - Posted 04 May 2009
Lee Rickwood | Partly as a way to support today's multipurpose HD and DV cameras, for example, companies are incorporating a new appreciation of event videography shooting styles and situational requirements, in particular the "grab-and-go" approach that following a live event necessitates, as well as the realization that many pro video people use many different products for different jobs-from pure-play consumer to top-of-the-line professional
Feature - Posted 03 May 2009
Lee Rickwood | Partly as a way to support today's multipurpose HD and DV cameras, for example, companies are incorporating a new appreciation of event videography shooting styles and situational requirements, in particular the "grab-and-go" approach that following a live event necessitates, as well as the realization that many pro video people use many different products for different jobs-from pure-play consumer to top-of-the-line professional
Gear & Now - Posted 03 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue
TV Worldwide to Produce Live "On Air. On Time. On Budget." Webcast from JVC Booth
Breaking News - Posted 17 Apr 2009
27 new products will be displayed at this year's NAB show in Las Vegas
Breaking News - Posted 15 Apr 2009
EventDV-TV - Posted 15 Apr 2009
Shawn Lam | Ultimately, your choice of camera is going to be determined by your preferences, your requirements, and the fit with your video business. For my business, the pairing of the HVR-Z7U and HVR-Z5U is the clear winner in this latest face-off of high-definition video cameras.
In the Field - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue 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.
Gear & Now - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Like a rescued and refurb'd Super8, a 5D Mark II is an amazing tool for capturing what you see. But the cameras and the vision have to work hand in hand, much like style and story.
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
EventDV-TV - Posted 08 Apr 2009 By
Marla Misek Clark | For Sylvia Broeckx and Niels Puttemans of UK-based Ever After Video Productions, 2008 was a transformative year
Studio Time - Posted 06 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue
EventDV-TV - Posted 06 Apr 2009 By
Smallest 100mm bowl-mount head in the Sachtler DV line
Breaking News - Posted 02 Apr 2009
StillMotion cinematographers road-test Canon's game-changing HD camera on a series of destination wedding and music video shoots, and they reveal some of the camera's remarkable strengths and limitations for event filmmakers.
Feature - Posted 01 Apr 2009 By
StillMotion cinematographers road-test Canon's game-changing HD camera on a series of destination wedding and music video shoots, and they reveal some of the camera's remarkable strengths and limitations for event filmmakers.
Features - Posted 01 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
Ingenious one-piece design makes the raincover extremely easy to install while shooting
Breaking News - Posted 31 Mar 2009
May 20 event to feature all-star speaking lineup with Patrick Moreau and Michael Wong, Lance Gray, Chris Chibucos, Kevin Shahinian, and Keith Kelly
Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2009
Including the XDCAM EX PMW-EX1 and PMW-EX3 camcorders, as well as the HVR-Z7U, HVR-S270U and other HDV camcorders
Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2009
Features - Posted 16 Mar 2009
EventDV-TV - Posted 13 Mar 2009
Specifically built to fit the Sony EX3 with any of our DOF (Depth-Of-Field) kits fully assembled
Breaking News - Posted 10 Mar 2009
Customers benefit from simplified ingest process and full offline to online Advanced RED Conform Workflow
Breaking News - Posted 05 Mar 2009
Professional head offers Sachtler's renowned features such as aluminum housing, three-step damping, and five-step counterbalance
Breaking News - Posted 05 Mar 2009
New Service Provides Unique Finance and Lease Options to Production and Broadcast Companies Needing Cine and Broadcast Equipment, Accessories, and Other Professional Products and Services
Breaking News - Posted 05 Mar 2009
New issue features Mark Von Lanken's definitive review of the Panasonic AG-HMC150, 5 expert opinions on how to construct an effective wedding demo, Ben Balser's tutorial on working with sound in Final Cut Pro, and new columnist Mark Foley's tips on how to get great on-site audio at live events
Features - Posted 05 Mar 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | His maxim--Adapt or die!--is what turned BMX legend Joe Simon into a four-time Telly Award-winning artist and owner of Joe Simon Productions, an Austin, Texas-based studio specializing in cinematic high-definition and vintage wedding films.
Studio Time - Posted 05 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
3-time EventDV 25 honoree Mark Von Lanken Praises the Handheld AVCCAM's Filmic Look, Low-Light Performance, Focus Assist, Dynamic Range Stretch, Chip Set and More
Breaking News - Posted 04 Mar 2009
EventDV-TV - Posted 04 Mar 2009 By
Gives potential buyers and filmmakers the opportunity to see a side by side comparison of the Sony EX3 and Panasonic HPX300 in action
Breaking News - Posted 25 Feb 2009
EventDV-TV - Posted 22 Feb 2009 By
New QR-RH RED One Handle features Anton/Bauer's signature Gold Mount, which gives the ability for multiple mounting and the ability to mount the red drive in various locations
Breaking News - Posted 18 Feb 2009
Whether filming sharks off the Great Barrier Reef, snorkeling in the warm waters of the Caribbean or simply wading in the water at your local beach, the Canon WP-VI Waterproof Case and corresponding VIXIA camcorders are ideal devices for capturing both video and photos
Breaking News - Posted 18 Feb 2009
Mark Von Lanken takes Panasonic's new professional AVCHD camera, the AG-HMC150, out in the field for a series of wedding shoots and examines its usability and features, tests its low-light performance, and offers comparisons to Sony's popular Z1U. NOW AVAILABLE: ALL 5 VIDEO CLIPS THAT ACCOMPANY THIS ARTICLE!
In the Field - Posted 17 Feb 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
Mark Von Lanken field-tests the HMC150 on a series of weddings with attention to key features and image, feature, and usability comparisons to the Sony Z1
EventDV-TV - Posted 16 Feb 2009 By
With the introduction of the Letus35 2/3" B4 Compact Relay lens, Zacuto is now the premier dealer giving independent filmmakers all of the components for an affordable depth of field (DOF) shooting system on a 2/3" camera
Breaking News - Posted 12 Feb 2009
"World's first affordable 10-bit, 4:2:2 camera"
Breaking News - Posted 11 Feb 2009
Available at www.panasonic.com/avccam
Breaking News - Posted 11 Feb 2009
New AVCCAM recorder and camera utilize advanced compression (MPEG-4/AVC High-Profile) and are ideal for applications in video production, sports coaching, healthcare, law enforcement, remote operation/ surveillance, and much more
Breaking News - Posted 11 Feb 2009
GY-HM100 is the first hand-held camcorder to record in editing system's native format directly to SDHC media
Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2009
First Compact Shoulder camcorder to offer Native File Recording onto inexpensive solid state media
Breaking News - Posted 10 Feb 2009
Next Generation ProHD Camcorders Natively Record Quicktime for Apple's Final Cut Pro Directly to SDHC Memory Cards
Breaking News - Posted 08 Jan 2009
January 2009 EventDV Table of Contents
Features - Posted 01 Jan 2009 By
JVC Sponsors Its Fifth FCPUG SuperMeet
Breaking News - Posted 28 Dec 2008
Enhanced PH recording mode is exclusive to the AVCCAM HMC150 and provides exceptional quality 1080 and 720 recording in an AVCHD format at bit rates up to 24Mbps
Amen Corner - Posted 28 Dec 2008
Ben Balser | Several new features make the FS-5 a significant step forward from the popular FS-4: Smaller size, lighter weight, higher-definition color screen display, navigation wheel, simplified menu system, metadata input, wireless connectivity, and metadata templates. First, I'll go over the physical improvements; then, I'll spend some time discussing the metadata functions and the reasons they're important in today's broadcast and video industry.
In the Field - Posted 26 Dec 2008 - January 2009 Issue By
New Web Site Allows Easy Downloading of These Creative Tools
Breaking News - Posted 16 Dec 2008
Popular website for high-quality HD camera, lens, and accessories lets production professionals rate cameras and more
Breaking News - Posted 10 Dec 2008
Grupo Microfusa will sell and support the AVCCAM product range, bringing for the first time the advantages of solid-state storage and IT-based workflows to a broad new base of Spanish users seeking professional features in a cost-sensitive package
Breaking News - Posted 01 Dec 2008
December 2008 EventDV Table of Contents
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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New 64GB Card Boosts P2 Storage Capacity, Offers Higher Transfer Rate
Breaking News - Posted 26 Nov 2008
Introduces Final Cut Pro project import, RED camera compatibility, OMF export, and other enhancements
Breaking News - Posted 20 Nov 2008
Native support of RED R3D files in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, Encore CS4 and After Effects CS4 - beta now available
Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2008
Professional User HD Camera Site Offers Incentive for Readers to Share Buying Preferences
Breaking News - Posted 13 Nov 2008
Transform Your HD Camera for Filmmaking
Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2008
November 2008 EventDV Table of Contents
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.
In the Field - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - November 2008 Issue By
Available This Month, the VariCam 2700 P2 HD Camcorder Offers Filmic Imagery and Functionality with Full Resolution 10-Bit AVC-Intra Recording
Breaking News - Posted 23 Oct 2008
Jan Ozer | While the Panny HPX170's P2 storage makes it an expensive choice for most event shooters, it boasts several new features that I hope will become standard in future camcorders
The Moving Picture - Posted 21 Oct 2008 - December 2008 Issue By
AVCHD, the industry's new H.264/AVC High Profile compression format, provides a near doubling of bandwidth efficiency with improved video performance over the older MPEG-2 compression used in HDV formats
Breaking News - Posted 16 Oct 2008
Aimed at videographers who own MPEG-2 or AVCHD camcorders and who struggle with these video formats on their Mac
Breaking News - Posted 10 Oct 2008
Top-quality optical solution for getting wider angle images from Sony's popular new PMW-EX1 and EX3 camcorders, the EX 0.75X provides a 25% greater angle of view while maintaining full zoom capability
Breaking News - Posted 10 Oct 2008
Operators can increase the field of view with no loss of ability to zoom, instantly shift the focal range to telephoto when needed, or enjoy the ultra wide angle of view and remarkable barrel distortion of the widest fisheye
Breaking News - Posted 08 Oct 2008
October 2008 EventDV
Features - Posted 01 Oct 2008
New tripod and other camera support models designed for specific HD cameras
Gear & Now - Posted 01 Oct 2008 - October 2008 Issue By
Tim Siglin | Sometimes things just don't go as planned. As we get ready for the holidays, including church pageants and celebrations that have to be recorded, broadcast, or streamed, it's worth taking a moment to think about contingency plans. Should you roll tapes in the cameras as well as at the master recorder? Is it time to buy a disk-based recording device to act as a backup to the master recorder? These issues were brought home a few weeks ago when a client emailed in a panic.
Amen Corner - Posted 01 Oct 2008 - October 2008 Issue By
Marshall Levy | I always film a wedding ceremony with at least three cameras--usually four or five and even more if I have an assiatnt. This article will discuss how I position those cameras at typical Jewish and Christian ceremonies, along with strategies for getting the best coverage possible.
Features - Posted 01 Oct 2008 - October 2008 Issue By
Shawn Lam | Doug Jensen's Mastering the Sony HVR-Z7U and the HVR-S270 training DVD set gave me a further understanding of the video camera I had already been using for 6 months. It has positively changed the way I film, which is very high praise.
Continuing Education - Posted 22 Sep 2008 - November 2008 Issue
Ultra-portable Media Recorder adds native file recording and ground-breaking ability to wirelessly tag media on the fly to JVC GY-HD200/201 and GY-HD251 Camcorders
Breaking News - Posted 15 Sep 2008
New ultra-portable FS-CV Media Recorder streamlines video production workflow by adding Direct To Edit Technology and breakthrough ability to tag media on the fly to Canon's XL and XH camcorders
Breaking News - Posted 15 Sep 2008
3-hour, 2-disc (DVD-Video) workshop includes tutorials, step-by-step examples, and detailed instructions covering the most important aspects of camera setup, menus, shooting techniques, clip naming, file management, clip importing, picture profile settings, basic editing, and even archiving
Breaking News - Posted 13 Sep 2008
Unit Combines Native File Recording with Real-Time Wireless Metadata Input
Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2008
KA-MR100G Media Recorder to be First JVC Native XDCAM EX File Based Device
Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2008
Both HDV-based; HDR-FX1000 targets prosumers, HVR-Z5H targets professionals
Breaking News - Posted 04 Sep 2008
A FREE P2HD Workshop to be held by Specialized Communications Corp. of Maryland in DC featuring Barry Green as guest speaker. The seminar is amust-attend for videographers and a chance for hands-on "playtime" with Panasonic's latest P2 cameras and more
Breaking News - Posted 04 Sep 2008
Accepted by Airlines as Checked Baggage
Breaking News - Posted 01 Sep 2008
September 2008 EventDV
Features - Posted 01 Sep 2008
Shawn Lam | For those who want the look and feel of a shoulder-mount HDV camera, Sony has a real contender on its hands with the S270.
In the Field - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - September 2008 Issue By
Avid products supporting AVC-Intra include Avid Media Composer software 3.0, Avid Media Composer Mojo DX 3.0, Avid Media Composer Nitris DX 3.0, Symphony Nitris DX 3.0, Avid NewsCutter 7.0, NewsCutter Mojo DX 7.0, and NewsCutter Nitris DX 7.0
Breaking News - Posted 27 Aug 2008
Shawn Lam | Now with talk of the U.S. economy revolving around sub-prime mortgage problems, record crude oil prices, and hints of a recession, I was interested to see what message Roy Chapman and his lineup of speakers would give at this year's 18th annual WEVA Expo, and they didn't disappoint, with many of the speakers sharing valuable business strategy insight, interspersed with the usual breathtaking video
Conference Wrap-Up - Posted 22 Aug 2008 - October 2008 Issue By
Hitachi proudly presents the next generation HD camcorder able to record onto the next generation HD format, Blu-ray
Breaking News - Posted 11 Aug 2008
New Lightweight P2 HD Handheld Offers 20 HD/SD Record Formats, 20-Step Variable Frame Rates, Widest Zoom Lens, HD-SDI Output and 5-year Warranty
Breaking News - Posted 06 Aug 2008
3-hour, 2-DVD workshop includes tutorials, step-by-step examples, and detailed instructions covering the most important aspects of camera setup, menus, shooting techniques, exposure, and more
Breaking News - Posted 04 Aug 2008
August 2008 EventDV: Features, Tutorials, Columns, and Departments.
Features - Posted 01 Aug 2008
August 2008 EventDV
Patrick Moreau | The challenge for us as videographers, is how to achieve a very shallow DoF with sensors that are much smaller than those our photographer counterparts use to create a similar effect. The solution comes in the form of a sexy, black carbon fiber tube that attaches to the front of your camera, the Brevis 35 adapter.
In the Field - Posted 01 Aug 2008 - August 2008 Issue By
Highly Anticipated Pro AVCHD Handheld Available for Delivery Early October
Breaking News - Posted 31 Jul 2008
Incorporates the design concept of the highly regarded DVX100 and features a newly developed Leica Dicomar zoom lens, providing the widest angle of any 1/3-inch camcorder
Breaking News - Posted 23 Jul 2008
Infinity camcorder uses a full 1920x1080, 2/3-inch X
Breaking News - Posted 14 Jul 2008
Designed for video production studios and rental facilities, the unit is designed to provide fast, reliable charging of multiple BP-UXX camera batteries for both in-house and field use
Breaking News - Posted 11 Jul 2008
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | The latest installments in Mark & Trisha Von Lanken's definitive series on motion techniques for wedding and event video shooters picks up right where MCT I left off and adds tips for handheld cameras, and provides fascinating behind-the-scenes looks at first-dance shooting and how the Von Lankens cover bride and groom prep. Essential stuff.
Continuing Education - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - July 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.
Features - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - July 2008 Issue By
Michael Y. Wong | The Steadicam Merlin is the company's latest attempt at providing the professional videographer with a fully functional yet affordable Steadicam, complete with all the bells and whistles, as well as the ease of use these support devices provide.
In the Field - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - July 2008 Issue By
P2 Training Program Offers Education on Vast Benefits of Tapeless Production
Breaking News - Posted 30 Jun 2008
Features - Posted 01 Jun 2008
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Where does the skilled and diligent professional shooter and editor fit in the emergent "publish, then filter" world of the Web 2.0 era?
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 01 Jun 2008 - June 2008 Issue By
Ben Balser | For those that produce multicamera live-switched events, the MCSDI-1 can boost you to uncompressed signals from lower-priced cameras, increasing your final product's quality, and decreasing your overhead. A clear winner for those that do this kind of work!
In the Studio - Posted 01 Jun 2008 - June 2008 Issue By
Daniel Boswell | For years I've been waiting for a camera that would deliver high-quality HD images, shoot great in low light, include progressive capabilities, and be able to get very clean slow motion via overcranking for specialty shots. I also was looking for a tapeless workflow for Same-Day Edits--all for under $10K. On paper, Sony's new PMW-EX1 offers everything I'm looking for--but does it deliver?
In the Field - Posted 01 Jun 2008 - June 2008 Issue By
Features - Posted 28 May 2008
P2 Training Program Offers Education on Vast Benefits of Tapeless Production
Breaking News - Posted 22 May 2008
Two high-performance HDTV cameras—from Hitachi's broad portfolio of products—that serve a wide range of professional A/V applications
Breaking News - Posted 21 May 2008
New HA23x7.6BE Offers Advanced Optical Technology for Demanding HDTV Studio and Field Applications
Breaking News - Posted 21 May 2008
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.
HD Today - Posted 01 May 2008 - May 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.
Gear & Now - Posted 01 May 2008 - May 2008 Issue By
Automates Secure Offloading and Backup of SxS Cards
Breaking News - Posted 27 Apr 2008
Next Generation, Affordable HD Handheld Offers SD Card Recording, Three 1/3"CCDs, Enhanced Quality Recording Mode, 1080 and 720 with 24p
Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2008
Provides Dual Live 720p and 1080i IEEE 1394 Streamd
Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2008
Adventures in HD Delivery, Color Isolation in After Effects, Shaping Text in Photoshop, LED Lights Shootout, Using Apple TV As a Sales Tool, and More
Breaking News - Posted 13 Apr 2008
Marshall Levy, who wrote our compact flash test results article, is finding issues with the lenses that adorn the latest HDV camcorders from Sony--the HVR-Z7U and the HVR-S270.
Breaking News - Posted 02 Apr 2008
Mark Von Lanken | The Multi Rig Pro is my answer to attaining the stability of a shoulder camera from a handheld camera. I use it for a wide variety of events, from capturing the toasts at rehearsal dinners to shooting football games. With the Multi Rig Pro, I can shoot anything with my Z1 without missing the stability of my DSR-250.
Feature - Posted 30 Mar 2008 By
Shawn Lam | Sony'z Z7U is the best camera for the event video market today. It has the picture quality of the Canon XH A1, the low-light sensitivity of the Sony DSR-PD170, the interchangeable lenses of the JVC GY-HD110, the flash recording capabilities of the Sony XDCAM EX1, and none of the CMOS problems of the Sony HVR-V1U.
Feature - Posted 30 Mar 2008 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.
Feature - Posted 29 Mar 2008 By
Tony Cucci | Anton/Bauer's ElipZ system, designed specifically for the smaller DV and HD camera user, provides a dependable way of powering a camera for a full day of shooting in the field, as well and a lighting system that can stand up to the demands of a live shoot.
Feature - Posted 29 Mar 2008 By
J2K Compression Records High-Definition Video at Quality Comparable to Camera Signal
Breaking News - Posted 26 Mar 2008
Daniel Boswell | If you're like me, you're always looking for ways to make your videos look more like film. In my opinion, there is something about the aesthetic of film that makes it preferable to the look of video. One key element of the "film look" is shallow depth of field. Here's how I achieve it using the Letus 35mm Adapter.
Feature - Posted 09 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?
Feature - Posted 08 Mar 2008 By
Jan Ozer | Before each shoot, I print a checklist of configuration items for each camcorder and each shot location. This forces me to consider how I want to set each option beforehand, and helps me verify that I've done so, especially when working with multiple shooters. Here are the items on my checklist and some thoughts to consider for each.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2008 By
Designed to provide enhanced HD production capabilities for video enthusiasts who desire professional features, extended recording capability and the fast, simple and highly reliable workflow offered by tapeless, solid-state recording
Breaking News - Posted 13 Feb 2008
Alan Naumann | It is important to have the right equipment in order to do a professional job, but that doesn't mean you have to purchase the equipment. Welcome to the world of renting.
Feature - Posted 08 Feb 2008 By
Top-of-the-line optical attachments provide unprecedented image clarity, while enabling the camera to go wider, reach further, and move in closer than the lens alone will allow
Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2008
Redesigned for optimal control over heavy professional camcorders like the Panasonic HVX200, Canon XH G1, Sony HVR-Z7U and the new Sony PMW-EX1
Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2008
Designed for direct-to-air broadcasting applications, the high-performance HC3500 camera delivers the purest native image in its class
Breaking News - Posted 07 Feb 2008
Tim Siglin | Recently I've been hard at work on a white paper about Flash Video that relates to the insurgence of high-definition streaming, I'd like to review three HD formats that are vying for low-cost professional attention: HDV, AVCHD, and H.264.
Feature - Posted 04 Feb 2008 By
Shawn Lam | If all of my markets had a similar sales-to-production time ratio to the dance recital market, I could increase my sales by 50% without working any harder. And the dance video season ends just as the wedding video season is beginning, creating a very simple one-two market punch.
Feature - Posted 09 Jan 2008 By
Elizabeth Welsh | As they modestly described their respective crafts—Amina's photography represents the "Still" of Still-Motion, and Patrick's videography provides the "Motion"—it became clear that the pair more than just balance or complement one another. Their synergy defines Still-Motion—that, and the way they approach their work: as an ever-evolving process.
Feature - Posted 09 Jan 2008 By
Ben Balser | If you do corporate work, serious sports shooting, indie filmmaking, and the like, Panasonic's HPX500 is an awesome camera to use. Great color depth, detail, improved depth-of-field, and ease/flexibility of control, along with the wide flexibility of recording formats, make it very worth its price.
Feature - Posted 09 Jan 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.
Feature - Posted 09 Jan 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.
Feature - Posted 08 Jan 2008 By
Customers who buy a new HVX200 from an authorized U.S. Panasonic reseller will receive one 16GB P2 card (a $900 value) and a copy of The HVX Book by Barry Green included inside the box at the time of purchase
Breaking News - Posted 12 Dec 2007
Provide ProHD Users Quickest and Easiest Workflow on the Market
Breaking News - Posted 05 Dec 2007
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | One of the few constants in the video industry is the endless barrage of new products and technologies that—if you let them dictate your equipment choices—will put you out of business faster than yelling "Free Bird" all through the first dance.
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2007 By
What products ruled the roost in event videography in 2007? And what were the biggest trends in the industry? The envelope, please...
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2007 By
Anthony Burokas | Since my September column (My Dream HD Camcorder), I've received great feedback about additional features we need. This month, let's explore them in a dream shoulder-mount HD cam.
Feature - Posted 28 Nov 2007
New EX 0.7 Wide Converter attaches to the 62mm threads on the front of the camcorder's 3.9-78mm lens for 30% more wide-angle coverage than the lens alone affords
Breaking News - Posted 20 Nov 2007
New HDV Camcorders Offer Interchangeable Lenses, Native Progressive Recording and "Hybrid" Media Flexibility
Breaking News - Posted 14 Nov 2007
Lee Rickwood | New HD field recorder, portable media converter, ultra wideband audio technology, LED lighting, pan-and-tilt heads, and more
Feature - Posted 08 Nov 2007 By
Comprehensive field guide to the many features and functionality of its AJ-HDX900 2/3" multi-format DVCPRO HD camcorder
Breaking News - Posted 07 Nov 2007
Affordable, Point-and-Shoot HD Camcorder Offers Benefits of SD Card--Solid-State Recording with Professional Audio Flexibility
Breaking News - Posted 31 Oct 2007
Full-Size Two-Hour VTR Offers Expanded Recording and Conversion Capabilities
Breaking News - Posted 10 Oct 2007
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.
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 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.
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 2007 By
New Model Offers Workflow Flexibility, Broad Editing Capabilities and Full HD Image Quality
Breaking News - Posted 18 Sep 2007
Jan Ozer | I spent the summer with the Panasonic AG-HSC1U 3CCD AVCHD camcorder, a fun experience that imparted some serious lessons about tape vs. Flash-based storage, MPEG-2 vs. AVCHD, and what viewers really like about high-definition formats (as compared to what we camera evaluators like to measure).
Feature - Posted 13 Sep 2007 By
New 1080p Solid-State Camera Offers Full Raster 1920 x 1080 Recordings with Faster-than-Ever On-set Workflow
Breaking News - Posted 12 Sep 2007
Deliveries to begin in November
Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2007
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?
HD Today - Posted 04 Sep 2007 By
Offers Field P2 HD Viewing/Playback/Recording and Extensive System I/O
Breaking News - Posted 31 Aug 2007
New Model Delivers HD Performance and Flexibility to a Wider Range of Shooters
Breaking News - Posted 23 Aug 2007
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.
Feature - Posted 06 Aug 2007 By
Two New Camcorders Can Record 1920x1080 Full High Definition Video on a Blu-ray Disc
Breaking News - Posted 02 Aug 2007
3-inch Recordable and Rewriteable Discs Provide One Hour of Continuous Video Recording in High-Definition (1920×1080i) for BD Camcorders
Breaking News - Posted 02 Aug 2007
Discs enable long-duration filming of approximately 60 minutes with full high-definition picture quality which has 1920 x 1080 pixels
Breaking News - Posted 02 Aug 2007
New VRD-MC5 model can now transfer AVCHD(TM) quality videos to DVD discs in their native 1080i HD resolution when connected directly to a Sony hard drive or Memory Stick Handycam camcorder
Breaking News - Posted 18 Jul 2007
Designed to accommodate medium-size DV, HDV, and HD cameras such as the Panasonic HVX200, DVX-100, HVR-Z1U and similar-sized cameras as well as a laptop computer
Breaking News - Posted 17 Jul 2007
New Website Matching Up Digital Video Camera Owners with Those Who Want to Rent Them
Breaking News - Posted 10 Jul 2007
High-Definition AG-HPX500 Ships with High End Features Never Before Offered In This Price Range
Breaking News - Posted 13 Jun 2007
New card features higher capacity and lower cost
Breaking News - Posted 13 Jun 2007
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.
Feature - Posted 01 Jun 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.
Feature - Posted 01 Jun 2007 By
Stephen F. Nathans | Event video steals the crumbs at NAB 2007.
Feature - Posted 31 May 2007
F23 provides creative custom gamma control with a choice of linear or log style workflows, in a versatile ergonomic film-style package
Breaking News - Posted 24 May 2007
Two-day P2 Workflow Workshops Showcase Vast Benefits of Tapeless Workflow
Breaking News - Posted 09 May 2007
Canon Enters AVCHD DVD Camcorder Arena with the World’s Smallest Contender, Packing a Potent Mix of Advanced Features to Help Users Easily and Comfortably Shoot HD Movies Direct to DVD
Breaking News - Posted 07 May 2007
Event will feature product demonstrations from some of the most respected presenters in the industry. GraVT Expo is for everyone, weather you are producing home movies, wedding videos, corporate, or broadcast video, SD or HD you will see a product that works for you.
Breaking News - Posted 04 May 2007
Doug Graham | VASST's Inside the Sony HVR-V1U and HDR-FX7 features noted industry expert, musician, video producer, and HDV advocate Douglas Spotted Eagle as he gives us a run-down of the features of these latest-generation Sony HDV camcorders. The camera used in the video is the HVR-V1U, from Sony’s Professional HDV lineup, but Spot also points out the areas where the less-expensive FX7 differs from its cousin.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2007 By
Shawn Lam | If exposure is like the three bears’ porridge, then Goldilocks was on to something—“just right” is the only way to go. Digital video cameras are very unforgiving when it comes to proper exposure, and this month we’ll examine the technically challenging issue of stage lighting and learn three techniques to ensure proper exposure.
Feature - Posted 24 Apr 2007 By
New Additions to XDCAM Family Include High-performance HD 4:2:2 Capable Models and Flash Memory Recording in a "Handy" Camcorder
Breaking News - Posted 16 Apr 2007
Industry Leaders Debut Complementary Technology at NAB2007 That Helps Eliminate Any Trace of Lag After Fast Pan or Tilt Moves
Breaking News - Posted 10 Apr 2007
Unfamiliar equipment, rusty skills, and endless demands on my time and attention right up to the day of the shoot: all the ingredients for High-Stress Videographer Stew.
The Main Event - Posted 30 Mar 2007 By
Jan Ozer | A Canon-specific version of Focus' popular FS-4 Pro HD direct disk recorder, the FS-C is a feature-rich, high-capacity, high-performance unit that offers excellent control of Canon's new XH A1, extremely reliable HDV support, and seamless direct-to-edit operation with Windows and Mac NLEs.
Feature - 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?
Feature - 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?
Feature - Posted 28 Feb 2007 By
Utilizes Advanced AVCHD (H.264) Compression and Records on an SDHC Memory Card
Breaking News - Posted 05 Feb 2007
Tim Siglin | While none of the consumer products I saw at CES and Macworld this year has all the features of its professional siblings, let’s take a few minutes to explore four areas of consumer equipment that might be of interest to your house of worship: cameras, displays, digital signage, and streaming media.
Feature - Posted 02 Feb 2007
Version 3.0 firmware upgrade streamlines workflow for Final Cut Pro Users with native QuickTime support and more than doubles record time with native 720p support
Breaking News - Posted 31 Jan 2007
Lauri S. Batwin | The Sachtler 75CF is a very well designed, sturdy, lightweight, easy to set up tripod. The DV-6 SB Fluid Head boasts a 10-step counterbalance which saves a lot of time during setup, and especially when switching between different cameras. Using this tripod makes me glad I finally decided to take the plunge and invest in a quality product that I will use for many years to come.
Feature - Posted 30 Jan 2007 By
Designed to enhance the performance of popular compact HD camcorders
Breaking News - Posted 16 Jan 2007
2006 was an action-packed year for new product releases in the event video space, from the pre-NAB launches of Adobe's Dynamic Linked Production Studio and SmartSound's Mood Mapped Sonicfire Pro 4, to the CMOS-charged HDV cameras that electrified IBC. And if the much-hyped debuts of HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc didn't make much of an impact in our business this year, there were plenty of new entries that did. We polled our contributing editors and columnists for their Best of 2006 list, and here we present the winners.
Feature - Posted 14 Dec 2006 By
Features HDV 720/60P true progressive image acquisition, new 14-bit A/D converter and standard 14.4v power system
Breaking News - Posted 13 Dec 2006
Vegas 7.0c Software Update Provides Progressive Scan Mode Support For Sony HVR-V1 series HDV Camcorder And HVR-DR60 Hard Disk Recording Unit
Breaking News - Posted 11 Dec 2006
Two New HD Video Camcorders For SDHC or DVD Recording
Breaking News - Posted 07 Dec 2006
Feature - Posted 01 Dec 2006
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.
Feature - Posted 01 Dec 2006 By
2/3" Full Production-Quality P2 HD Camcorder to be Available in January
Breaking News - Posted 30 Nov 2006
Recorders connect via FireWire with the HDX900 for simultaneous camera-controlled recording of both DVCPRO100 HD video as well as DVCPRO50 and DV25 SD video
Breaking News - Posted 20 Nov 2006
Covered the design philosophy of the PDW-330/350, including the use of its extensive menu system to customize the look of the camera
Breaking News - Posted 09 Nov 2006
Stephen F. Nathans | Douglas Spotted Eagle's Complete Guide to HDV meets a maturing market with a book that is in fact three books in one: targeted technology overview, buyer's guide, and—most importantly—focused field guide for DV producers making the jump to HDV.
Feature - Posted 08 Nov 2006 By
QZEO to serve as a southern California distributor for JVC Professional Products Company
Breaking News - Posted 07 Nov 2006
Douglas Spotted Eagle | My experience with the UX1 was not only pleasant, but fun. The first Sony camcorder to support the new H.264-based AVC-HD acquisition format, it fits the hand, feels solid, and has several features I was surprised to find on a low-cost camcorder. The controls are well placed, and the menu contexts are intelligent and user-friendly. While the camcorder is marginally heavier than other palmcorders, it has a balanced, comfortable heft that most users will appreciate.
Feature - Posted 27 Oct 2006 By
Douglas Spotted Eagle | The Sony HVR-V1U isn't going to replace anyone's CineAlta camcorder any time soon, but regardless of the level of video production, this camcorder fits into the kit nicely. It's the first HDV camcorder to deliver 1920x1080 video in a true progressive mode, and will benefit any budget professional or high-end shooter looking for a second camcorder for those tight shots or shots that are simply not practical for a higher-end camcorder.
Feature - Posted 27 Oct 2006 By
State-of-the-Art Features Suit Multiple Applications
Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2006
New Handycam Camcorder is the World’s First 1080i HDV High-Def Camcorder With Three-Chip ClearVID CMOS Sensor Technology
Breaking News - Posted 07 Sep 2006
Offers entry-level shooters 3-CCD quality, shooting stability, and easy-to-use controls
Breaking News - Posted 03 Aug 2006
HV10 consumer HDV camera carries an estimated selling price of $1,299
Breaking News - Posted 03 Aug 2006
Available in November, the lens will carry an estimated selling price of $2,999
Breaking News - Posted 28 Jul 2006
Versatile, global camera records in 11 HD formats with IEEE 1394 output
Breaking News - Posted 26 Jul 2006
New XH A1 camcorder offers 24 Frame HD recording for $3,999; XH G1 adds HD-SDI output with embedded audio and timecode; Genlock synchronization, and Timecode In/Out, lists for $6,999
Breaking News - Posted 26 Jul 2006
Latest version of their HD100 series of ProHD camcorders
Breaking News - Posted 18 Jul 2006
Apple's Final Cut Pro to support native XDCAM HD editing; Sony & Apple to embark on 12-city tour
Breaking News - Posted 05 Jul 2006
Ben Balser | The VX2000 and PD170 may be the kings of wedding videography, But for industrial and commercial work, they don’t hold a candle to the Panasonic HVX200, a “digital film” camera at a price that independent producers can afford. Adding a compatible, high-capacity DDR like the FS-100 offers even more versatility.
Feature - Posted 28 Jun 2006 By
Panasonic now offers two Red Giant Software products
Breaking News - Posted 19 Jun 2006
FireStore FS-C HD60 and FS-C HD100 will mount directly to Canon’s XL H1 HD camcorder to provide tapeless acquisition and DTE capabilities for video professionals
Breaking News - Posted 13 Jun 2006
Jan Ozer | Last month we reviewed the features and usability of the Canon XL H1, JVC GY-HD100, and Sony HDR-FX1/HVR-Z1U; this month our focus is on quality. In addition to testing JVC's 30P HDV footage against the 1080i produced by the Canon and Sony, I also took a preliminary look the latter two cameras' faux-progressive modes, Canon's 24F and Sony's Cineframe.
Feature - Posted 31 May 2006 By
Specs for AVCHD format now available
Breaking News - Posted 12 May 2006
30GB internal HDD enables 7-10 hours of recording
Breaking News - Posted 12 May 2006
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.
Feature - Posted 05 May 2006 By
New ProHD camcorder for 24P and 60P acquisition
Breaking News - Posted 27 Apr 2006
Jan Ozer | This first installment of a two-part series on HDV camcorders analyzes the features and usability of the three leading 3CCD models: the Sony FX1/Z1U, the JVC HD100, and the Canon XL H1. Next month we'll do quality comparisons based on three live event shoots and lab testing.
Feature - Posted 24 Apr 2006 By
Julia Camenisch | We all know HD is the future of video production, but the cost of entry can be prohibitive. If you’re not rolling in dough, don’t despair. There are other options––namely, the budget HD workflow. In this article, we’ll help you understand HD basics, as well as examine some workflow options that won’t break your bank, starting with the camera and ending with the finished product.
Feature - Posted 21 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?
Feature - Posted 20 Apr 2006 By
Marc Smiler | If you want a true HD camera with 24p capability, put down the magazine and write your friendly JVC dealer a check. This camera rocks! It has image quality, features, and flexibility, as well as true 24p support.
Feature - Posted 28 Mar 2006 By
Canopus provides native support for Canon's 1080i 24F, 30F and 60i formats for the highest picture quality
Breaking News - Posted 22 Feb 2006
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.
Feature - Posted 27 Jan 2006 By
Features - Posted 23 Jan 2006 By
Fits popular DV/HDV cameras such as the Sony HDR-FX1 HDV/HVR-Z1U, Panasonic AG DVX100A/B, Canon XL2
Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2006
Ed Wardyga | The Gadget Man is back—in a new magazine with a whole new bag of tricks, and quick-hit tips that will help you shoot and produce video and run your business better.
Feature - 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.
Feature - Posted 22 Dec 2005 By
Offers HD And SD recording, From DVCPRO HD To DV, and variable frame rates for creating slow- and fast-motion effects
Breaking News - Posted 10 Dec 2005
Doug Graham | Why on earth would an event videographer spend three days at a convention aimed at video production and distribution for government agencies? Read on...
Feature - Posted 06 Dec 2005 By
For many of us—early adopters or not—2005 was the Year of HDV. But there was much more to 2005 than HDV. We saw scads of significant products released that had nothing to do with HDV and of course, event and corporate videographers the world over continuing to do dazzling, innovative, and effective everyday work with or without HDV. To provide readers with a highly subjective "Year in Review" report, we asked EventDV's many esteemed and opinionated columnists and contributing editors to reflect on the new products they saw in 2005 and tell us what struck them as the most exciting, and the biggest boon to their own work.
Feature - Posted 01 Dec 2005
12 Columnists and Contributing Editors choose 17 essential products for videographers released in 2005
Breaking News - Posted 30 Nov 2005
Works like a large P2 card while writing to a shock-mounted on-board hard drive
Breaking News - Posted 25 Nov 2005
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.
Feature - Posted 14 Nov 2005 By
Magic Bullet software does 24p extraction on 60i material
Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2005
New Coco-DVL and Lux-DV team for Sony cameras including the HVR-Z1U, HDR-FX1, VX-1000/2000 series, and DSR PD150/170
Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2005
New environmentally conscious model includes an array of enhancements
Breaking News - Posted 28 Oct 2005
Reseller to distribute JVC products, including HD100 ProHD cameras
Breaking News - Posted 21 Oct 2005
New FireStore FS-4 HD and FS-4Pro HD DTE recorders optimize HD and DV video production for field videographers
Breaking News - Posted 17 Oct 2005
DVD software bundled with Canon DC20 and DC10 DVD camcorders
Breaking News - Posted 06 Oct 2005
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.
Feature - Posted 03 Oct 2005 By
New CCD drive system provides "industry first" conversion fnction; next-generation technology offers increased sensitivity
Breaking News - Posted 30 Sep 2005
Optional software provides extensive remote control of camera features, settings, and recording functions to tape or hard drive
Breaking News - Posted 30 Sep 2005
Latest version of features support for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, DVD camcorders, and XDCAM camcorder
Breaking News - Posted 23 Sep 2005
Anthony Burokas | Before you buy into HD--and HDV--do the math, and consider the resolution that "hi-def" image is really delivering.
Feature - Posted 23 Sep 2005 By
New 3CCD camcorder features native 16:9 HD 1080i, adjustable frame Rates of 60i, 30F, and 24F
Breaking News - Posted 16 Sep 2005
FOCUS to develop a portable video acquisition solution designed for the Panasonic AG-HVX200 DVCPRO HD P2 handheld HD camera
Breaking News - Posted 13 Sep 2005
We’ve already reviewed the FX1 and found it to be a darling of a camcorder, as has the most of the rest of the world. Since you can expect the same audio/video quality from the Z1U, the $1,400 price disparity raises the inevitable question: when should you spend the extra dough and buy the professional version? In addition to producing outstanding quality in both DV and HDV modes, key advantages of the Z1U include DVCAM support, professional audio support, and new image adjustment capabilities like skin detail, black stretch, hypergain, and enhanced color correction.
Feature - Posted 04 Aug 2005 - Chrystal Corporate Profile [January 1999] Issue By
Should you run out and buy a load of HDV equipment, or sit tight and wait a while? The decision you make will depend on several factors, many of them specific to your business, its clients, and its competitors. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons.
Feature - Posted 08 Jul 2005 By
New Everio G Series ships with 20GB and 30GB hard drives
Breaking News - Posted 15 Jun 2005
Most of the exciting news at NAB concerns products and technologies that won’t be generally available for quite some time.
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2005 - Eastman Software Positioning Paper [Sep 1999] Issue By
1.5lb. HDR-HC1 features 1080i HDV
Breaking News - Posted 19 May 2005
New model features first professional HD application of Sony's CMOS-based Enhanced Imaging Processor Technology
Breaking News - Posted 17 May 2005
The Main Event - Posted 01 May 2005 - Microsoft Partners Directory [June 1999] Issue By
New HD world yields Final Cut Studio, Xpress Studio HD, new Panasonic camcorder with eye-popping price
Feature - Posted 18 Apr 2005 By
DZMV730A features improved noise reductions and longer battery life
Breaking News - Posted 08 Apr 2005
FOCUS software adds MXF P2 support for Panasonic's broadcast DVCPRO P2 products
Breaking News - Posted 02 Apr 2005
New 3-chip model with 4-channel audio and "true" 24p
Feature - Posted 01 Apr 2005 By
Introduces new 16:9, 2/3” 3-CCD AW-E860 and accessories
Breaking News - Posted 18 Feb 2005
Jan Ozer|After testing Sony's HDR-FX1, I'm an HDV believer. It's not the second coming of DV, but it can be extremely useful in a number of circumstances, including when you need to down-sample the results to SD formats.
Feature - Posted 15 Feb 2005 By
Focus Enhancements' latest Firestore FS model now available through Canon for Canon prosumer camcorders
Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2005
Anthony Burokas|You can shoot and edit HD today. But how can you deliver it?
Feature - Posted 20 Jan 2005 - July 1999 [Volume 8, Issue 7] Issue By
Jan Ozer|Planning a new 3-CCD DV camcorder purchase? Wondering which one best suits your videography needs? You’re in luck—EventDV’s first camcorder shootout compares three new 3-CCD models built with videographers in mind. They’re all leading contenders for the current pro/prosumer crown: Canon’s XL2, Panasonic’s AG-DVC60, and Sony’s HDV-capable HDR-FX1. Read on for the tale of the tape.
Feature - Posted 20 Jan 2005 - July 1999 [Volume 8, Issue 7] Issue By
Vote for your favorite production & post-production tools in 15 categories
Feature - Posted 17 Jan 2005 - July 1999 [Volume 8, Issue 7] Issue
New 1080i DVCPRO HD camcorder
Breaking News - Posted 14 Jan 2005
First implementation of 5.1 Creator in consumer DVD camcorders
Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2005
“Widespread adoption of recordable DVD highlights maturation of the industry,” according to RDVDC
Breaking News - Posted 11 Jan 2005
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.
Feature - Posted 01 Jan 2005 - July 1999 [Volume 8, Issue 7] Issue By
Product designed for videographers and DV filmmakers
Breaking News - Posted 10 Dec 2004
New successor to DV-5000
Breaking News - Posted 10 Dec 2004
Provides new features including switchable recording and playback of HDV, DV, and DVCAM formats
Breaking News - Posted 30 Nov 2004
CameraCorder now only $600
Breaking News - Posted 23 Nov 2004
Pro 1080i Camcorder and VTR, advanced professional media combine with broad NLE software compatibility to create entry-level HD production workflow
Breaking News - Posted 16 Nov 2004
New features include Digital Super Gain function and 63dB signal-to-noise ratio
Breaking News - Posted 26 Oct 2004
New wheelchair video camera mount delivers creative accessibility
Breaking News - Posted 19 Oct 2004
Ulead’s StudioQuartet included in DV411's HDV editing studio
Breaking News - Posted 08 Oct 2004
Brings high-definition quality to event videographers and hobbyists
Breaking News - Posted 08 Sep 2004
Focus Enhancements announces two new digital mixers, the MX-4 and MX-4 DV, and the FireStore 4 digital video recorder, due to ship in December
Breaking News - Posted 10 Aug 2004
Jan Ozer|To produce professional video on a budget, you need to master various visual and technical arts. But you also need to become a master of illusion, especially if you’re working as a crew of one. Here we explore the art of the single-camera shoot, and insert-editing techniques that will ensure that you have all the angles covered.
Features - Posted 21 Jul 2004 - January 1998 [Volume 7, Issue 1] Issue By
Ron Miller|Videographers sound off on the pros and cons of shooting in 24p.
Features - Posted 21 Jul 2004 - January 1998 [Volume 7, Issue 1] Issue By
MiniDV brought digital video recording to the masses, but dropouts, head clogs, and the post-production lag of real-time capture make it a less-than-perfect medium for pros. More and more videographers are turning to hard disk digital video recorders to back up or even replace tape. Here’s a look at the latest in tapeless DV storage.
Feature - Posted 16 Jul 2004 - January 1998 [Volume 7, Issue 1] Issue By
Many of the questions I get from readers and see on Web forums relate to confusion about the formats and file types used in the video production process.
Feature - Posted 13 Jul 2004 - January 1998 [Volume 7, Issue 1] Issue By
Optional manual controls include 12X optical and 150X digital zooms, as well as spotlight compensation and spot focus
Breaking News - Posted 09 Jul 2004
Capturing and editing the most precious and sacred moments in a person’s life will—more often than not—look, sound, and memorialize the event better if left in the hands of a professional.
Studio Time - Posted 08 Jul 2004 - January 1998 [Volume 7, Issue 1] Issue By
Pre-pro” is about being a prepared professional. If you have all of the information you need before the shoot begins, it will be that much easier.
Executive Decision - Posted 01 Jul 2004 - January 1998 [Volume 7, Issue 1] Issue By
Looking back over nineteen years in the business known to the world as Event Videography, it amazes me how much has changed. It’s not just the technology, the clientele, client expectations, the competition, or my vantage point. More than that, it’s the dynamics of the business, and the way those of us in it are perceived.
The Main Event - Posted 01 Jul 2004 - January 1998 [Volume 7, Issue 1] Issue By
Philip De Lancie | Major manufacturers have agreed on an HDV standard, and camcorders are shipping from JVC. But what do early adopters have to say about their initial real-world exposure to hi-def’s new prosumer option?
Features - Posted 03 Mar 2004 - November 2005 Issue By
Sony’s new DCR-VX2100 is a modest but likeable upgrade to the venerable VX2000 that’s positioned squarely in the sweet spot of mainstream prosumer camera usage.
Reviews - Posted 19 Feb 2004 - October 2005 Issue By
Making sense of the latest digital video camera offerings
Features - Posted 19 Feb 2004 - October 2005 Issue By
The professional videography scene got a major shot in the arm in early October when Sony announced its new 3-CCD camcorder, the DCR-VX2100 MiniDV HandyCam.
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Feature - Posted 01 Sep 1999 - September 1999 [Volume 8, Issue 9] Issue By
Echoes - Posted 01 Jul 1999 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.
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