Staff Picks From ProVideo Coalition

  • Connect a XLR microphone to your smartphone
    If you want to use a smartphone to record sound through a professional microphone, a quick solution is the SmartRig, offering headphone monitoring and 48V phantom power in a small package.
    by Jose Antunes  |  August 2, 2015
    Smartphones do everything these days, even 4K video or 4K UHD, but how good are they when it comes to sound? Well, they’re good enough, and better with an external microphone. That’s where the SmartRig comes in. Smartphones are quite good as sound...
  • Don't use the term podcast in vain
    Whether you produce video or audio-only, avoid using the term podcast inappropriately, or you’ll cause confusion and create false expectations.
    by Allan Tépper  |  August 1, 2015
    Whether we are talking about the appropriate name for a particular language like Castilian, the demonym to describe the residents of a country like the United States, or the appropriate term for a very particular...
  • by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  July 31, 2015
    IBC 2015 is upon us, which means it’s time to start talking about the next SuperMeet, and this year is going to be special. The Eighth Annual Amsterdam SuperMeet is going to take place on September 13, 2015 and three time Oscar...
  • by Bronwyn Lewis  |  July 30, 2015
    In Part 1, we interviewed Lars Borg, Principal Color Scientist at Adobe, about the intriguing field of color science. In this post, Lars shares a few things that everyone working in video ought to know about color...
  • by Bronwyn Lewis  |  July 20, 2015
    The theme of the 2015 release of Creative Cloud pro video tools is “Creativity just got a lot more colorful.” With color being such a hot topic at Adobe and beyond, we interviewed Lars Borg,...
  • by Kevin P. McAuliffe  |  July 30, 2015
    Originally when I sat down to do the specific Consolidating and Transcoding lessons, they were going to be just two lessons.  Then, I realized that Transcoding is more then just simply clicking a button to convert your clips to Avid media.  Any time you link to (not called AMA Link to anymore, as that was removed in version 8.4) media...
  • by Mark Spencer  |  July 29, 2015
    This week on MacBreak Studio, we have a special guest visiting from the U.K.: Alex Gollner, AKA "Alex4D". Alex has been a generous contributor to the Final Cut Pro X community since the...
  • Canon ME20F-SH: a 4 million ISO video camera
    Can surveillance cameras enter cinematic production? Canon believes so, as they present their first multi-purpose camera, the new ME20F-SH, with a sensitivity over 4 million ISO.
    by Jose Antunes  |  July 30, 2015
    If 4 million ISO of sensitivity grabbed your attention, then let’s add what this means: the new camera can capture Full HD video with a minimum subject illumination of less than 0.0005 lux. For reference, remember that with as little as 0.03 lux of...
  • by Eric Escobar  |  July 28, 2015
    I know this post has a clickbait sounding title, and for that I apologize, but I’m not writing this for click throughs or ad impressions. This is about the things that software can do now and guessing at what it will do in the very, very near future. Right now, software “reads” articles and emails, and this is how Google analyzes...
  • by Art Adams  |  July 28, 2015
    Several years ago, at an NAB focus group, I showed Sony the difference in how Alexa saturates color with overexposure vs. an F55. Or, maybe I should say I showed them how Alexa desaturates color with overexposure: once a hue passes a point at or near middle gray in brightness, its saturation locks and it only gets brighter. Traditional video...
  • by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  July 27, 2015
    Resolve upgrade news was announced earlier this year, but Blackmagic has just released info about the public beta of Resolve 12, along with download details. Scott Simmons took a peek at these features at NAB, but now you can see those features for yourself....
  • Review: Audio-Technica BP40 high-end dynamic studio microphone
    With the new BP40, Audio-Technica hopes to seduce users who previously have considered a PR40, RE20 or SM7.
    by Allan Tépper  |  July 27, 2015
    I am privileged to be among the first tech journalists/consultants to review the just released Audio Technica BP40 high-end dynamic analog studio microphone. As I have covered in the past, dynamic microphones are among the most popular...
  • When does 4K matter? What do you need to know about 8K?
    A free infographic and download with some essential info about resolutions, screen size, viewing distance and more
    by Jeremiah Karpowicz  |  July 24, 2015
    The debate over the necessity and utility of 4K is mostly an academic one these days. Many professionals have embraced the technology while others find it completely unnecessary, but 4K TVs are are now readily available, and content providers like Netflix and Amazon Prime have started to provide more 4K video. The push to embrace these higher...
  • Sony enters the drone market
    Sony Mobile reached an agreement with robotics team ZMP to produce camera drones incorporating Sony’s camera, sensing, robot and telecommunications technologies.
    by Jose Antunes  |  July 25, 2015
    The announcement that Sony Mobile and ZMP will jointly create, in August 2015, a company named Aerosense, Inc, to develop and launch unmanned aerial vehicles, created some excitement in the market, but consumers should not expect to have their Sony drone and...
  • by Eric Philpott  |  July 23, 2015
    Driven by a love of storytelling and a fearless nature, filmmaker Dave Basulto’s packed career has taken him from Wall Street to Hollywood and beyond. A California boy, he started out working as a stockbroker back in the 80’s with an office on the 65th floor of the World Trade Center. Living and...
  • 4K bridge camera for $599.99
    Panasonic just added a new model to the “best bridge cameras of 2015” guide we published: the new Lumix DMC-FZ300, with 4K Video and 4K Photography.
    by Jose Antunes  |  July 23, 2015
    Bridge cameras are still a popular choice, as our recent guide for the best models shows, and as soon as it was published, Panasonic presented a new model, the Lumix DMC-FZ300,...
  • More free tools for video editors
    Blender, Shotcut or Piviti are not names all video editors know, but they are part of a list of NLEs and other tools, for different platforms, that can be had for free. Check them here, now!
    by Jose Antunes  |  July 27, 2015
    The guide for "The BEST and FREE video editing software" we published recently never aimed to be a complete list, as the number of video editors and other tools used by the...
  • The BEST and FREE Video Editing Software
    When it comes to editing and post-processing, some products are a reference in the market, but with so many new programs available, some FREE, the future may be different. We handpicked a few choices.
    by Jose Antunes  |  July 22, 2015
    Many professionals in the video editing industry have grown with a list of programs as their reference for quite some time, but a new generation of users is not bound to the same names. They explore the market for alternative solutions,...

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