Allan Tépper

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Born in Connecticut, United States, Allan Tépper is a bilingual consultant, multi-title author, tech journalist, translator, and language activist who has been working with professional video since the eighties. Since 1994, Tépper has been consulting both end-users and manufacturers through his Florida company. Via TecnoTur, Tépper has been giving video tech seminars in several South Florida’s universities and training centers, and in a half dozen Latin American countries, in their native language. Tépper has been a frequent radio/TV guest on several South Florida, Guatemalan, and Venezuelan radio and TV stations. As a certified ATA (American Translators Association) translator, Tépper has translated and localized dozens of advertisements, catalogs, software, and technical manuals for the Spanish and Latin American markets. He has also written many contracted white papers for tech manufacturers. Over the past 18 years, Tépper’s articles have been published or quoted in more than a dozen magazines, newspapers, and electronic media in Latin America. Since 2008, Allan Tépper’s articles have been published frequently –in English– in ProVideo Coalition magazine, and since 2014, he is is the director of CapicúaFM. His website is AllanTépper.com.

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Live TV versus prerecorded: how to take best advantage of each

The approach of producing live or prerecorded content varies, but sometimes you want your cake and to be able to eat it to…
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 21, 2016

Producing a TV show strictly for a live TV or Internet audience has both advantages and disadvantages. The same applies to doing a pre-recorded show for one-time later broadcast or on-demand consumption. In this article, you’ll learn the pros, cons and guidelines for each, plus the recommendations for hybrid production, where you can have your cake and eat it too: live and on-demand later. Finally, you’ll learn the best practices to follow if you also want to extract an audio-only on-demand version to be distributed as a podcast, or have it simulcast live on a traditional radio station.

 

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Movi, the 4K streamcorder that simulates nine 720p cams while switching live

The innovative Movi 4K streamcorder replaces up to nine 720p cameras for live switching, recording, and streaming.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 13, 2016

At CES, the well known CDN (content distribution network) Livestream introduced the innovative Movi 4K streamcorder which can replace up to nine 720p cameras for live switching, recording, and live streaming. All of the live switching between the virtual camera sources takes place in the matching iOS app. This revolutionary 4K streamcorder normally costs US$399 for the standard version or US$599 for the Movi Pro, although there is a US$200 discount for early bird purchasers. With the introduction of the Movi, Livestream has also introduced a new type of camera segregation, which I’ll cover in more detail ahead in this article.

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Review: Project Fi, son of Google Voice

Everything you should know about Project Fi to save time & money, improve reception while gaining flexibility.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 6, 2016

I became a heavy user of Google Voice many years ago. I even ported my mobile phone number there. My first book way back in 2011 was about Google Voice. Last year in 2015, Google announced what I call Google Voice’s “son”, Project Fi. As soon as I received my invitation to use Project Fi, I immediately ported my number from Google Voice to Project Fi, two different departments in Google. Ten of my clients followed shortly thereafter. We all love it, for many reasons: We save time; we save money; we get improved reception (home and abroad) and increased flexibility.

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FiLMiC Pro reaches Android after years on iOS

The renowned app for iOS has finally reached Android, allowing for manual camera control of framerate, bitrate, 48 kHz audio and much more.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 30, 2015

For those unfamiliar, FiLMiC Pro is a renowned under US$10 app for iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) and now certain Android models that allows setting the desired framerate (instantly turning the device into a worldcam), locking focus & exposure, recording bitrate, proper 48 kHz and more. During 2015, the FiLMiC Pro team completely redesigned the app for iOS 9. Details and video samples ahead.

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Why we should only use worldcams

With all of the affordable worldcam models, we should never settle for a segregated camera, camcorder or streamcorder ever again.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 29, 2015

In a recent article, I covered the differences between the words cameracamcorderstreamcorder and worldcam. Fortunately, there are now many excellent worldcam models to consider, from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. In this article, I’ll review the meaning of worldcam and explain why many of us content producers should never settle for a segregated camera, camcorder or streamcorder ever again, and list some worldcam models from several manufacturers.

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JVC clarifies key details in the GY-HM170 camera/camcorder

The GY-HM170 is a camera and camcorder, but is not shipped by JVC as a streamcorder... However, you can turn it into one later with a third-party streaming encoder.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 28, 2015

I recently published a detailed article comparing the JVC GY-HM200 with the Sony PXW-X70. Since then, I updated that article to include a wonderful third-party dual-band 802.11ac WiFi module with both 2.4 and 5 GHz which JVC has now certified. JVC has also clarified very important details about the worldcam capabilities of the nearly identical GY-HM170, which now includes the previously optional balanced audio XLR handle and currently costs US$700 less. Ahead we will explain the GY-HM170’s true worldcam capabilities, and the very few remaining differences between it and the GY-HM200 to help understand when it is worth paying the US$700 difference.

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JVC GY-HM200 versus Sony PXW-X70: Let's compare them carefully.

The GY-HM200 and PXW-X70 are both cameras, camcorders and streamcorders that deserve thorough comparison. This also includes varying approaches to manage a 50 Mb/s bit budget with HD 1080p.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 24, 2015

(UPDATED ARTICLE) As covered in several prior articles, the Sony PVW-X70 is a true worldcam that can shoot 50 megabits per second 4:2:2 1080p, and —after a paid upgrade license— can also shoot 4K UHD up to 60 megabits per second now, and sometime in 2016, will be able to shoot 4K UHD at 100 megabits per second. The JVC GY-HM200 has a lot in common, since it too can shoot 50 megabits per second 4:2:2 1080p, and —without any upgrade fee— can already shoot 4K UHD at 150 megabits per second. But there are many other surprising differences that should be considered, as we’ll see ahead.

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Camera, camcorder or streamcorder? What's the difference?

Whether they are built that way from the factory —or you create your own Frankenstein rig, these are terms we need to understand.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 20, 2015

A friend asked me yesterday why I had used the term camcorder in a recent article. Another asked about the term worldcam. That’s why I believe it’s a good time to review certain terms, variants, and definitions both in English and in Castilian. The use of compound words is wonderfully powerful in many languages in order to express complex concepts more efficiently. So ahead we’ll cover cameracamcorderstreamcorderworldcam in English: their origins and recurring use. Later, I’ll show the Castilian versions of these terms I use too.

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Sony to alleviate PXW-X70's constrained 4K via firmware upgrade

Relief for the constrained 4K bit rate is officially coming, but not as soon as many PXW-X70 users would like.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 17, 2015

Current and prospective users of the Sony PXW-X70 who are interested in shooting 4K UHD will rejoice sometime in 2016, since in Sony’s first fiscal quarter of 2016, the company will reportedly release a firmware update to allow recording up to 100 megabits per second. This represents a huge improvement of the current 60 megabit per second limitation. However, those who are desperately awaiting this improvement will be disappointed to know that Sony’s first fiscal quarter is unfortunately not January, February, March, but instead April, May, June. Ahead is the official Sony bulletin, from several Sony websites outside of the US, plus some more information.

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Can 4K 4:2:0 8-bit become 1080p 4:4:4 10-bit? Does it matter?

People are asking this question when considering camcorders like the GH4, PXW-X70 and AG-DVX200.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 15, 2015

Barry Green and David Newman have stated that 4K footage shot as 4:2:0 8-bit can become true 1080p 4:4:4 10-bit when properly downscaled on a 1080p timeline. Philip Johnston really hopes that they are both correct. In the meantime, Roland Schulz emphatically insists that both Barry Green and David Newman (both of whom are extremely well respected in our industry) are completely wrong about this theory. I would absolutely love it if Adam Wilt or Juan Martínez could act as judge about this theory, but this article is to explain why the result may not matter at all, depending upon your workflow and intention. Details ahead.

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CineDigitalTV demonstrates the PXW-X70 constrained 60 Mb/s 4K UHD

Even if you don't understand the narration, you'll appreciate CineDigitalTV's excellent tests of the PXW-X70 using its paid 60 Mb/s 4K internal recording.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 14, 2015

I have covered the Sony PXW-X70 in several other articles, including its 1" type sensor, spectacular 1080p 4:2:2 10-bit 50 megabit códec, editing compatibility, and even included it in a studio shootout. Many people wonder how well the paid upgrade to 4K UHD could perform with only 60 megabits per second (at least with Sony’s current offering), when so many other camcorders offer 100 megabits/second for 4K. The Mexican-based CineDigitalTV does a very fair demonstration of different 4K UHD material and how it behaves depending upon the amount of movement, via footage they shot in Colombia and México.

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Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C: How do they relate?

Just when you thought that Thunderbolt 2 was the latest and greatest, here comes Thunderbolt 3, happily married to the USB-C port!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 2, 2015

At NAB in April 2015 I was told —off the record— that the next generation of Thunderbolt (after Thunderbolt 2) would be yet one more signal that would become available over the new USB-C port in future devices. The new USB-C port was previously released in several devices earlier in 2015 from several manufacturers (without any mention of Thunderbolt 3), including the new 12" MacBook (without any suffix) from Apple, all 2015 Android Nexus phones from Google, and the 2015 version of the Chromebook Pixel from Google. At the beginning of November at the Hewlett Packard media event in New York, I actually got to see the first products to include this marriage, in the form of Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C, so I am delighted to share this information with you now. Ahead I’ll review what that means, together with backward compatibility with prior Thunderbolt versions, and what the has in common with the Lightning port.

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Hindenburg Journalist 1.51 adds new features

The already wonderful Hindenburg Journalist has just been improved with version 1.51.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 27, 2015

I have already covered Hindenburg Journalist and Hindenburg Journalist Pro family of audio production and post-production tools quite extensively (links ahead). Now the Danish team has improved them even further with version 1.51, and the number will please palindromic lovers despite it not being a true palindrome. Improvements include Snap Regions, Marquee selection, Insert Special, and Arm linked tracks Ahead are the details.

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Live streaming essentials from your multicam studio

Here are the details you need when planning to stream live from your your multicam studio.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 25, 2015

This article will cover details you need to know to plan for live streaming, whether from a standard TriCaster or one upgraded to include the TriCaster Advanced Edition. You’ll learn everything you need to know in terms of framerates, CDN (Content Distribution Networks), multi-tier fallback Internet connections, and how to reach more viewers and attract different audiences by live streaming to multiple platforms and services simultaneously, thanks to the optional TriCaster Advanced Edition.

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Will the new HP ZBook Studio be the next legal Hackintosh?

With its Thunderbolt 3 and matte 1080p or 4K UHD display, the ZBook Studio is a ripe candidate to receive Apple's blessing.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 20, 2015

Not all Mac users know (or remember) that there was a time in Apple’s past when the legendary company co-branded iPods with HP, and before that when Apple blessed several third-party personal computers to run the Mac Operating System legally. I owned one of those legal Hackintosh computers back then, and it was better than the available hardware from Apple at that time. The new HP ZBook Studio I mentioned in a recent article also beats any hardware currently available from Apple, a company whose principle income now comes from the sales of iPhones and iPads, not from Mac computer sales. This situation obviously affects the company’s financial focus. In fact, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook stated in an interview earlier this month about the new iPad Pro tablet: “Why would you buy a PC anymore?”. Well Tim, to use the late Steve Jobs’ terminology: Because some of us still need a truck. (“Truck” was Jobs’ analogy for a personal computer, as opposed to a tablet, which he called a “car”.) Ahead, we’ll look at this situation a little closer.

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HP adds Thunderbolt 3 and beats Apple Mac in other areas

At its HP press event in New York last week, the company announced many key advances in new models.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 18, 2015

At Hewlett Packard’s press event in New York last week, the company announced several new desktop and mobile workstation models which boast the third-generation of Intel’s Thunderbolt connectivity, together with other notable hardware advances not present in any current Apple Mac computer. Ahead I will clarify many of the advances, and preview pending articles and reviews.

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RØDE clarifies Amazon counterfeit microphone warning

RØDE has warned visitors on its website about potentially counterfeit microphones on Amazon.com, even though Amazon is listed as an authorized dealer. Here is the clarification.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 16, 2015

RØDE, the well known Australian microphone manufacturer of which I have reviewed several models here in ProVideo Coalition, recently posted a warning about potentially counterfeit models sold via Amazon.com. As a result, the company recommends purchasing them only from officially authorized dealers (link ahead). I asked for clarification, since Amazon.com is actually on the published list of authorized dealers. Ahead is the clarification I received from RØDE’s marketing manager.

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How to pick the best cameras for your live TV studio

You’re ready to build your live TV studio. This 12-step sponsored article will help you pick the cameras.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 16, 2015

Picking the best cameras for a live TV studio starts with a key question: Do you want/need a virtual set, or a traditional organic one? The answer to that question will set you on two very different paths, since the camera priorities change drastically depending upon whether or not you want to use virtual or traditional organic sets. Unlike other virtual sets from some other manufacturers, NewTek’s virtual sets allow for realistic zooming into your studio action while simultaneously zooming the simulated background at an equal pace and distance. This 12-step article plus a review will help you make the best decision.

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Podcasters: Learn from Univisión's successful branding history

Fortunately, Univisión has always known the virtues of focusing on its own brand, not its initial UHF-centric roots.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 8, 2015

Recently, I published the article Don’t use the term podcast in vain (link ahead). This new article is to help self-proclaimed podcasters to learn from the distribution and irrefutable branding success history of the United States’ top Castilian-language television network, Univisión. In fact, according to Nielsen Media Research, Univisión has the largest Castilian-speaking audience of any network in the entire world, and its ratings even beat many English-speaking shows in some markets. You’ll hear an on-point 1976 soundbite from Arnold Horshack of Welcome back, Kotter which underlines my point. Let’s see how this is all related, and realize that your show is much more than just a podcast.

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Review: Tascam DR-10X 48 kHz plug-on audio recorder

The Tascam DR-10X is a 48 kHz/24-bit plug-in audio recorder that looks like a wireless transmitter.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 29, 2015

If you saw my recent review of the RØDE Reporter dynamic handheld microphone (link ahead), you probably noticed a device connected to the end of it, and may have thought it was a wireless transmitter. It wasn’t. The DR–10X is just a tiny 52x94.4×28mm plug-in recorder that snaps onto handheld XLR dynamic microphones, or other mics that are self-powered. With battery installed, The DR–10X weighs only 68.3 grams. I first found out about the DR–10X from Chris Meyer when he bought one in January. Learn all about it ahead.

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Review: RØDE Reporter dynamic interview microphone

I tested the RØDE Reporter for ENG, and compared it to the popular Electro-Voice RE50N/DB.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 27, 2015

Omnidirectional dynamic microphones with balanced XLR connections remain the first choice for most ENG (electronic news gathering) organizations to connect to broadcast cameras or professional audio recorders. I decided to test the RØDE Reporter (which fits that description perfectly) with the extremely popular Electro-Voice RE50N/DB. Ahead I’ll describe the technical and physical differences, and I’ll let your ears analyze the acoustic ones, thanks to video recordings on an a Panasonic Lumix GH4 courtesy of Ríchard Izarra of PRODU.com who also lent me the RE50N/DB for comparison.

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4-camera shootout in-studio with greenscreen & TriCaster virtual set

We compared the Blackmagic Studio 4K, Datavideo PTC–150, Sony PXW-X70 & PXW-FS7
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 23, 2015

The goal was to compare several cameras that made me curious for studio use with a greenscreen using a NewTek TriCaster virtual set. Although robotic cameras are not generally appropriate for virtual sets, I was also very curious to test one for other uses. So we tested —and recorded— with Blackmagic Studio 4K, Datavideo PTC–150 PTZ, Sony PXW-X70 & PXW-FS7 cameras in Midtown Video’s studio in Miami, Florida. Ahead are the details, recordings, and the two other cameras I didn’t get to test in studio yet.

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iMovie adds 4K UHD & the often hazardous ±60 fps distribution

Apple just followed Adobe’s Premiere Elements 14 by adding support for 4K UHD and more to iMovie 10.1 (Mac), but with caveats.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 15, 2015

A few weeks after adding 4K UHD to iMovie for iOS 9 (and Adobe’s adding it to its Premiere Elements 14, link ahead), Apple has now added 4K Ultra HD project capabilities to the free and just updated iMovie 10.1 for Mac. Apple added a few other features to this version, including ±60 fps sharing. Although Apple included a caveat regarding 4K sharing, it neglected to include one about the ±60 fps distribution, which is much more hazardous than 4K. Details ahead, including how to start editing on iOS, and use iMovie (Mac) as a bridge to bring that same partially-edited project to Final Cut Pro X.

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Shure briefly responds to 4 pending questions

Shure has responded —quite briefly— the four questions I asked in May 2015 about its ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording app for iOS.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 8, 2015

Back in May 2015, I published the article Initial review: ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording app for iOS. Later, I applauded Shure in TS/TRS/TRRS/TRRRS: Combating the misconnection epidemic (Links to both articles ahead.) Today, I received some very brief answers that were pending from the May article. Ahead you’ll see Shure’s response while I await units to review.

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Choose a video monitor for editing & connect it the best way

Do you need to see your video full screen while you edit? Do you have a shoestring budget? Read ahead.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 5, 2015

People frequently ask about how to choose and connect a video monitor to their computerized editing system. Some people want to do serious grading and have budget for an HP DreamColor or other high-end device designed specifically for critical evaluation, while others have a shoestring budget and really just want to edit, not do serious grading. I have already dedicated several articles to the DreamColor and its ideal connection. This article is focused on how to pick an inexpensive 1080p monitor for video editing, and the ideal connection.

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Adobe Premiere Elements 14 offers initial 4K UHD support

For those who like Adobe's products but don't like the CC subscription model, the simpler Premiere Elements and Premiere Photoshop allow a flat one-time purchase price.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 25, 2015

Adobe’s consumer division just announced Premiere Elements 14 and Photoshop Elements 14, including many new features. One of the new features in Premiere Elements 14 is its initial support for 4K Ultra HD, among many other features. Those video producers who like Adobe’s products but don’t need the full feature set of the Creative Cloud (CC) may be interested in the new Premiere Elements 14, especially those who are interested in simple creation of DVD and Blu-ray disks, with a total flat one-time price of under US$100 by itself, or under US150 bundled with Photoshop Elements 14. Ahead are some details about Premiere Elements14’s DVD and Blu-Ray creation and supported framerates, the initial support for 4K UHD, and what’s currently missing, based upon the GM (Golden Master) and a brief conversation with the product manager.

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FiLMiC Pro 5.0 adds 4K and 7 other category improvements to iPhone shooting

The renowned FiLMiC Pro app for iOS devices like iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch adds 4K UHD and many other improvements.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 20, 2015

As I have covered in prior articles, the main reasons to use FiLMiC Pro when shooting video with an iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) is to achieve control of parameters not traditionally included in the stock video recording app, including bit rate for lower compression, framerate, and proper 48 kHz audio. FiLMiC Pro has also offered reticle and other tools. Although it is backwards compatible with iOS 8, version 5.0 of FiLMiC Pro is now optimized for the new iOS 9, and adds 4K Ultra HD for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. This version is also the the first one to be made with Apple’s new Swift 2.0 App Framework. Ahead is the full list of improvements.

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iPhone 6s: One more reason to distribute video under 30 fps

The new iPhone 6s from Apple is one more reason to distribute video at a framerate under 30 fps. It has nothing to do with its wonderful camera, which can of course shoot high framerate.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 17, 2015

Apple just announced the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and this is one more reason to distribute video that’s under 30 frames per second. meaning 23.976, 24, 25 or 29.97. It has nothing to do with the wonderfully improved camera in these new iPhone models. Don’t deliver any framerate that’s higher! If you have read my prior articles, you probably know that I have been recommending not distributing any video whose framerate surpasses 30, unless you work for a 720p sports channel. Then everything changes.

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First look: i-XLR from RØDE is much better than it first seemed

At first, I was quite concerned when I saw i-XLR’s initial specs. I’m glad I inquired before writing this.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 16, 2015

At IBC in Amsterdam, RØDE announced its new i-XLR plug-in preamp/A-to-D converter for iOS devices like the more recent iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, which all use the Lightning connector. Like many other devices I have reviewed, i-XLR takes a balanced (or unbalanced) microphone source, amplifies it, digitizes it, and sends it via the Lightning connector to the iOS device. That way, we completely bypass the iOS device’s inferior preamp and A-to-D. What is so different about the i-XLR is that it plugs-in and hangs off of the end of the microphone, as do many wireless transmitters, and even a tiny plug-in Tascam recorder I will review very soon. At first, I was quite concerned when I saw i-XLR’s initial specs. I’m glad I inquired before writing this. Ahead are the 6 questions and answers I received from RØDE in Australia.

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NewTek releases an SDI version of TriCaster Mini

NewTek released an SDI version of TriCaster Mini, but two other features I like about it have nothing to do with the connections.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 11, 2015

Back in October of 2014, I published a three-page article about NewTek’s TriCaster Mini (link ahead), the first TriCaster model to use HDMI inputs instead of SDI. Now, NewTek is showing the SDI version of the TriCaster Mini at IBC in Amsterdam, but there are two other features unique to this version of the new Mini that has nothing to do with the SDI connections, that I like even more. Details ahead.

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Adobe Premiere CC to add HDR & HEVC (H.265)

Adobe will add HDR (High Dynamic Range) and the HEVC (H.265) to the next version of Premiere CC, together with other important new features.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 8, 2015

At IBC in Amsterdam, Adobe has announced that they will soon be adding initial support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) and the HEVC (H.265) códec to the upcoming version of Premiere CC. Adobe also announced that the company will soon add other important features to the next version of Premiere CC, Media Encoder CC, After Effects and Adobe Anywhere, which I’ll summarize ahead.

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Adobe Premiere & Audition to add loudness standards

Adobe is following Hindenburg by adding loudness standards to the upcoming versions of Premiere CC and Audition CC, together with other important features.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 8, 2015

At IBC in Amsterdam, Adobe has announced that they will soon be adding support for the new perceived audio loudness standards. I first covered these new standards in the first of several Hindenburg review articles (links ahead). Adobe also announced that the company will soon add other important features to the next version of Audition CC, which I’ll summarize ahead.

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NewTek announces NDI, an open protocol for IP production workflow

NDI lets you connect your third-party video sources and destinations using this free inter-brand IP protocol via standard gigabit Ethernet.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 8, 2015

At IBC in Amsterdam, NewTek announced its Network Device Interface (NDI), a new open protocol for live production IP workflows over standard Ethernet networks. NDI allows multiple video systems to identify and communicate with one another over IP, and to encode, transmit and receive many streams of high quality, low latency, frame-accurate video and audio in real-time. Details ahead.

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FCP X 10.2.2/Pro XAVC Long GOP compatibility bulletin 2015.2

FCP X 10.2.2 finally brings pro XAVC L compatibility, but you need to update several other things too.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 6, 2015

Users of Sony’s PXW-X70 camcorder and Final Cut Pro X can now rejoice, since FCP X 10.2.2 finally brings direct support to the superior XAVC L format, which allows for up to 4:2:2 10-bit 1080p recording (and optionally 4K UHD) with this camera model. If you have been following this telenovela, you know that FCP X has been the tardiest of all popular pro editing software to support this format. However, you must update much more than just FCP X in order to achieve the desired compatibility. Ahead are all of the details you need to know.

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TS/TRS/TRRS/TRRRS: Combating the misconnection epidemic

Learn all you need to know about Tip/Sleeve, Tip/Ring/Sleeve, Tip/Ring/Ring/Sleeve, and even Tip/Ring/Ring/Ring/Sleeve to combat the misconnection epidemic.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 30, 2015

There are at least four different varieties of 3.5 mm plugs and jacks, each with its own purpose and application. In the last 60 days, several friends have had severe problems by not understanding the differences and innocently plugged the inappropriate plug into the jack on their recording device, which caused them severe problems. Shure is even including a special adapter with some of its latest MOTIV products to combat this misconnection epidemic. In this article, I explain and show them all, so you can get your desired result and avoid falling into the trap where my friends did.

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A return to multitrack USB audio on Mac

Thanks to Hindenburg Journalist Pro, we can now record simultaneous multitrack USB on Mac, although with some minor caveats.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 29, 2015

A few years ago, I had to abandon multitrack USB audio on Mac because it became complex and unreliable after a system upgrade. That just changed! Thanks to Hindenburg Journalist Pro, without any hardware audio mixer, we can now reliably record simultaneously from multiple USB microphones (or analog mics connected via a simple XLR-to-USB preamp/A-to-D box), make a telephone or Skype call without any difficult mix-minus setup, and have each source (Skype plus multiple local mics) on its own independent track, for absolute control in post. We can even play prerecorded clips which everyone hears perfectly. Learn all the details ahead.

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Are Blackmagic Studio Cameras now the obvious choice?

In the past month, Blackmagic both added the previously missing 720p option and lowered the prices of both its Studio Camera models.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 23, 2015

If you are building a multicamera video studio today, you may be asking whether one of the Blackmagic Studio cameras —either the HD-only or the 4K UltraHD model— is now the obvious choice. In the past month, Blackmagic both added the previously missing 720p option and lowered the prices by removing optical fiber from the base model. Now it’s time to ask how seriously you should consider them. As a preamble to an upcoming review of them, here are details to keep in mind.

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Kindle Textbook Creator facilitates embedding audio/video

Amazon’s KTC facilitates embedding audio/video in ebooks, boasts author once, and publish (almost) everywhere… but is subtly more limited than Apple’s iBooks Author.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 22, 2015

Whether or not you have ever been the author of print books or “first-generation” ebooks, like many audio/video content producers, you have likely been intrigued by the relatively new interactive multimedia ebooks, either to produce them for yourself or for your clients. These interactive multimedia ebooks have existed for a few years from Apple’s iBooks via its free creator tool, iBooks Author. On the other hand, although many independent authors have published both print an Kindle ebooks for sale on Amazon, the company has previously been more restrictive by allowing multimedia interactive Kindle ebooks only via specific publishing companies. Although still in public beta, Amazon thankfully now offers independent authors and audio/video producers its free Kindle Textbook Creator tool (KTC), which does allow embedding audio and video. This article covers the pros and cons of these options.

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Review: Logitech K400 wireless keyboard/trackpad (Spanish version)

The Logitech K400 Spanish ISO version is ideal for writers, editors, and TriCaster operators, even if they only type in English.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 17, 2015

The Logitech K400 is a combo wireless keyboard/trackpad with excellent build quality. The K400 competes well with Apple’s wireless keyboard, and does even more, at a fraction of the price. It’s well suited for editors, writers, and TriCaster operators. Compatibility of the K400 includes Boxee Box, ChromeOS, HTPC (Home Theater PC), Mac, Windows, and even NewTek TriCaster models. Ahead you’ll learn why I like the K400 more than the equivalent Apple pair of products, and why I had to go to the extreme of importing the superior Spanish ISO version from Europe —via a third party— since Logitech not only forbids its sale in the US currently, it even forbids Amazon.es (Spain) from shipping it to this country.

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Review: iRig Mic Studio omniplatform digital microphone

The new iRig Mic Studio works with Android/iOS/Mac/Windows, sounds good, and includes a headphone jack for monitoring, but it doesn’t monitor exactly as you might have expected.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 10, 2015

I have reviewed several microphones, preamps and other devices from IK Multimedia (and many other brands). The iRig Mic Studio is the first microphone from this innovative Italian company to include the word studio in its official model name. The iRig Mic Studio fortunately supports 48 kHz for video compliancy, and comes ready from the factory to be omniplatform, meaning that this digital microphone is compatible and includes the necessary cables to connect with many Android, iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, Mac, and Windows computers while bypassing those devices’ internal —and inferior— preamp/A-to-D converter. Ahead you’ll find details, clarifications about its headphone output, and simultaneous test recordings with other mics, including the Audio Technica BP40 and AT2005USB.

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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.
Written 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 distribution method like podcasting, the same principle applies: Words make worlds in the minds of people, and using the wrong words creates a twisted vision of those worlds in the minds of people. Ahead I’ll cover reasons why to avoid using the term podcast inappropriately, whether we are talking about video podcasts or audio podcasts.

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Embedding audio on the web, Facebook and sometimes even YouTube

Learn three great options to embed audio the web, and why I rejected four others.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 29, 2015

As a video workflow specialist/consultant who is a purist and also extremely into audio-only production and distribution, I am constantly re-evaluating the best ways to distribute high-quality audio and have viewers play it on the web. My preferred methods are in constant evolution. Ahead you’ll see —and hear— my three preferred methods in different cases, why I stopped embedding audio with the Stitcher player (although I still distribute my CapicúaFM show there).

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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.
Written 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 ones used in traditional terrestrial AM/FM radio and by podcasters, as well as being the most popular type for handheld television ENG (Electronic News Gathering) interviews. Ahead I’ll review the differences between dynamic and condenser mics, as well as between analog-only, hybrid, and digital-exclusive categories. Then I’ll cover the BP40, its optional AT8484 shockmount… and recordings.

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Review: Sennheiser PC-8 digital mic/headset with 48 kHz sampling

The Sennheiser PC–8 digital headset is quite practical, and sounds noticeably better to me when used with Hindenburg’s one-click Voice Profiler equalization, at least with my voice.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 15, 2015

This is a review of the Sennheiser PC–8 digital mic/headset with 48 kHz sampling. Ahead you will hear my test recordings, both flat and with Hindenburg’s one-click Voice Profiler equalization, against another microphone recorded simultaneously. You’ll also learn about how to set the Sennheiser PC–8’s built-in A-D (Analog-to-Digital converter) via software for 48 kHz, which is a feature that the manufacture apparently has not documented yet but indeed exists.

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Apple improves Mac and mobile OS, but misspells El Capitán

I like many of Apple’s improvements in Mac OS X and iOS, but request correction of El Capitán’s spelling.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 13, 2015

At the recent WWDC, Apple announced several improvements both in its upcoming Mac OS and the upcoming mobile iOS 9. At the same time, Apple unfortunately blundered when presenting the name for the new Mac OS, called El Capitán. (Apple neglected to include the accent mark.) Ahead I’ll cover my favorite improvements in both operating systems, and include a link to my online petition for Apple to fix the spelling of El Capitán.

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Blackmagic studio cameras finally support 720p!

Now ±41 720p networks in the US —plus countless others in other countries— may consider using Blackmagic studio cameras.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 8, 2015

I was happily amazed this morning when I received a private email from Blackmagic’s public relations department: The 720p option we requested in April of 2014 has finally arrived in Blackmagic Camera Setup version 2.5! Now the Blackmagic studio cameras can offer 720p50 (common in PAL and ex-PAL regions), 720p59.94 (common in the NTSC and ex-NTSC regions) and even 720p60 (which is non-standard). Now ±41 720p networks in the US (and all of those outside of the US) can consider using Blackmagic studio cameras. Ahead is the complete information.

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Audio tests with Átomos Shogun and Sony A7s

Many HDSLR and mirrorless cameras have very poor audio preamps. We were surprised with the results of the A7s, and also with the Shogun recorder/monitor.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 5, 2015

My friend Jorge González and I got together to test the audio quality on his Sony A7s and with the Átomos Shogun 4K/UHD recorder/monitor I’m evaluating. The A7s is now famous for its exceptional low-light performance imaging in 1080p or 4K/UHD —yet dependence on an external recorder for 4K/UHD. The Shogun is equally famous as a 4:2:2/10-bit recorder which receives frequent updates to support more Raw video formats and other features every time we blink. Ahead are the test recordings and the surprising results.

 

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Establishing SCM: a standard Scale for Confidence Monitoring

We previously defined the concept of confidence in monitoring. Now lets define a standard scale for it.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 4, 2015

In a recent article called Confidence: What it means in audio/video production, I defined the concept of confidence in monitoring. Having done that, the purpose of this article is to establish a tough scale to apply to both audio/video devices and for systems. This new standard SCM (Standard for Confidence Monitoring) takes into account multiple factors including purposes and goals, noticeable latency, visual indicators, pre-monitoring, e-to-e monitoring, and the modern equivalent of a confidence head for today’s solid state recording.

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Confidence: What it means in audio/video production

The word confidence can be both a technical and non-technical term in audio/video production.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 30, 2015

In audio/video production, the term confidence is used with both technical and non-technical contexts. From the human to the ultra-geeky, ahead I’ll give several examples of each, both to help those who are new in these fields, and as a reference point for future use. Among other things, you’ll learn about things like confidence heads and confidence monitoring.

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Telestream upgrades Switch; adds US$49 middle tier

The Telestream Switch app I reviewed previously has reached version 1.6 with new features and a US$49 middle tier.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 27, 2015

In August of 2014, I published my first review about Switch called Telestream’s Switch aims to overtake & surpass QuickTime Pro. Since then, there have been several updates and now with version 1.6, new features including audio Loudness measurement, subtitles, and even a new US$49 middle tier. Ahead are the details.

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Why Hindenburg Journalist PRO is the best Skype audio production tool I’ve ever used

Hindenburg Journalist PRO has three killer features that make it the current King for Skype audio production.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 25, 2015

You may have read my recent article called Meet the Hindenburg family of audio production/editing tools, which is a three-page introduction. So far, I have used many diverse tools to produce audio interviews and co-hosts with Skype. In this article, you’ll learn of three killer Skype audio production features which —to my knowledge— are not available in any single currently available audio program for Mac OS X.

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How to do your audio setup for a live TV studio

In this three-part series, I cover many things you may have not considered previously for your live TV studio.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 20, 2015

Recently, I proposed the topic of how to do the audio setup for a live TV show to our friends at NewTek. It really doesn’t matter whether you are recording Live-to-drive (previously called Live-to-tape), live to over the air or cable, or live on the Internet. In part 1, I cover the acoustic environment, microphones, and IFBs. In part 2, I cover On Air lights, audio mixers, the power of automatic muting, audio monitors, and snake cables. In part 3, I cover several ways of taking live telephone calls, sidetone, and mix-minus.

Although these articles are focused on the use of the TriCaster Mini and other TriCaster models, most of the information is applicable to live TV shows even when you don’t use a TriCaster. Very specific examples of items encompassed include those from companies like AudioArts/Wheatstone Corporation, Audio Technica, Auralex, Broadcast Tools, Inc., Comrex, JK Audio, Mackie (LOUD Technologies Inc.), Primacoustic, QuietRock/PABCO Gypsum, RØDE, and SONEX.

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Meet the Hindenburg family of audio production/editing tools

The Hindenburg desktop tools I’ve tested are ideal for their intended targets.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 11, 2015

This is my first article about the Hindenburg family of audio production and editing tools… and even publishing tools. Although I have covered many audio software tools in the past, ahead you’ll learn why I find these Hindenburg desktop tools to be uniquely qualified for their intended targets: journalists, audio storytellers and audiobook producers. I’ll explain how these tools can help you get the job done faster and more efficiently, yet with complete control and optimum quality. Don’t worry: At least the two Hindenburg desktop tools I have tested so far indeed support 48 kHz audio sampling for 100% video compliance, in addition to 44.1 kHz too. With their 48 kHz capability, they will even be of great interest to video producers who create soundtracks, or audio podcasters who want a synchronized video recording while they produce.

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Initial review: ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording app for iOS

Despite lingering unanswered questions, ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording app for iOS beats others I have tested.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 5, 2015

I first saw the free ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording app for iOS at NAB 2015, together with new digital microphones from Shure that are not yet available. Before doing my own tests after returning to Miami, my friend Dmitri Michas made some while still in Las Vegas. Despite lingering unanswered questions from Shure, ahead you’ll see why (particularly for stereo recording) I consider the ShurePlus MOTIV Mobile Recording app to be greatly superior to other iOS recording apps I have tested.

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iKlip Grip allows self-standups and much more

The telescopic iKlip Grip package from IK Multimedia is actually five elements/functions in one.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 28, 2015

IK Multimedia, the same Italian company that creates devices like the iLoud powered speaker, three different digital microphones, and preamps/A-to-D (Analog-to-Digital) converters I have reviewed here in ProVideo Coalition magazine, just announced its iKlip Grip package. It is impossible to find a single word to encompass all of its —at least— five functions/elements. Ahead you’ll see details, including a video from the manufacturer.

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AirLinc, the iOS app that truly competes with wireless mic systems

iOS devices were already body recorders, but now you get wireless remote monitoring, level control, record/stop & file transfer over WiFi.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 25, 2015

For some time, there have been lavalier microphones that terminate with a TRRS to plug into smartphones, as well as compatible handheld digital mics that I have reviewed. There have also been audio apps to record at 48 kHz for video compliancy. But for walking on-camera talent, some producers have been too afraid of the lack of confidence when recording, and preferred a traditional wireless system, albeit much more costly. The new AirLinc app changes that forever, delivering remote monitoring of the 48 kHz recording made locally, remote level control, record & stop over WiFi, backup file transfer and more!

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Blu-ray Disc Association completes Ultra HD Blu-ray

I am in touch with the BDA’s press department, and they have promised to send me the advanced technical details we need to know, as soon as possible.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 20, 2015

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) recently announced completion of the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification and released the new logo that will delineate Ultra HD Blu-ray products. The Ultra HD Blu-ray specification, which represents the work of global leaders from the consumer electronics, IT and content creation industries, will enable delivery of Ultra HD content via Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc to the rapidly growing number of UHD TV households.

 

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Pro Tools First from Avid is very powerful yet free. Who should use it?

The free Pro Tools First from Avid is much more powerful than we might initially imagine.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 14, 2015

Back in February, I published an article called: 48 reasons why GarageBand is kryptonite for video production. At that point, I didn’t even know that Avid had announced Pro Tools First, a free yet extremely powerful version of their popular software. In fact, I didn’t find out about it until NAB in April. This article explores Pro Tools First’s capabilities, and who should use it (beyond Avid’s limited target) despite how confusing its name is when pronounced in a sentence in English.

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PXW-X70 users will want a Shogun or PIX-E5 even more after the 4K upgrade

Especially those who edit with FCP X will want an external recorder even more after the paid Sony 4K upgrade for the PXW-X70.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 13, 2015

I know several happy users of the Sony PXW-X70 1080p 4:2:2/10-bit camcorder, with its promising 4K Ultra HD future. Those who edit with Final Cut Pro X already had two lingering reasons to consider purchasing a recorder/monitor, be it a Shogun from Átomos, PIX-E5 from VideoDevices, or even an Odyssey7Q from Convergent Design. At NAB 2015, Sony unveiled the price and specs of the US$500 upgrade to 4K UltraHD for this camcorder scheduled for June 2015. After hearing the specs of the upgrade, many of those same PXW-X70 users now have a third reason to purchase one of the mentioned monitor/recorders: They will resolve the two existing issues, plus a deficiency in the 4K upgrade itself (as explained by Sony at NAB). That deficiency fortunately only affects internal recordings in the camera, not the live external output that would be used to record externally. Details ahead.

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Review: two stereo mics for iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch)

Compare different stereo clips, and how each microphone differs logistically.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 10, 2015

Several manufacturers currently make stereo microphones for the latest iOS devices with direct Lightning connection (recent models of iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch). Two of those honored me by sending review units: IK Multimedia sent the iRig Mic Field, and RØDE sent the i-XY-L. True stereo delivery of every recorded audio asset is not always appropriate, but when it is, it can be quite dramatic and can greatly enhance the viewer’s or listener’s experience. I made sample stereo 48 kHz/24-bit recordings of fast-moving trains and restaurant ambience. Read and listen ahead.

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Has Blackmagic added 720p to its studio cameras yet?

I had to ask that question twice in the past 45 days.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 3, 2015

A year has passed since I published my article called Have AJA/Blackmagic forgotten about ABC/Disney/ESPN/FOX?. I wrote that article because at that time, both AJA and Blackmagic had released new cameras, but neither included 720p, even though at least 39 US networks use it. While AJA responded that there were no plans to add 720p to its CION camera, an engineer from Blackmagic said they would look into adding it to the Blackmagic Studio camera. In March 2015, I had a client who wanted to consider using that model for a sports channel (where 720p is favored), so I asked Blackmagic again. There answer was “We still do not support 720p for Studio Cameras”. But then, last week, I noticed a reference to 720p in the Blackmagic Studio Camera manual, so I wrote back for confirmation.

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Blackmagic announces Video Assist recorder/monitor at NAB

Video Assist from Blackmagic is intriguing yet surprisingly limited for many, at least for now.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 3, 2015

At NAB in Las Vegas, Blackmagic announced its new Video Assist monitor/recorder. Blackmagic’s new device is clearly aimed to be a modern version of their own HyperDeck Shuttle 2, and to compete with Átomos’s Ninja/Samurai and SoundDevices‘/VideoDevices’ Pix recorders (which I have covered previously). Unfortunately, Blackmagic’s Video Assist team initially forgot a critical feature that solves a problem that Átomos, NewTek, and VideoDevices tackled years ago.

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AJA will lend you its 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD CION camera

You can request a loan of the CION camera for your project.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 30, 2015

At NAB in Las Vegas, AJA announced that it will lend its controversial 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD CION camera to qualifying applicants, initially in the US and Canada. At the AJA press conference where I was invited, AJA quoted many of the same tech journalists that Art Adams mentioned in his recent article in ProVideo Coalition magazine, and naturally neglected to quote Art’s statements. Ahead is more info on CION, and how to apply for AJA to loan it to you for a particular project.

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OnePlus One w/Lollipop: Why I chose Oxygen over Cyanomagen 12S

Lollipop is the name for Android version 5.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 20, 2015

I have already published three articles about Android-based audio/video production (links ahead). So far, I have done all of those review articles with my OnePlus One phone/phablet. Due to a commercial betrayal covered previously, OnePlus One users must now choose whether to upgrade to Lollipop (the name for Android version 5) either by upgrading to Cyanomagen 12S, or via the new OxygenOS from OnePlus. I was on the fence until I read a recent Forbes article about Cyanomagen’s future.

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The otherwise adorable 12-inch MacBook transfers uncorrectable glare to Apple’s consumer laptop line

I don’t panic about the 12-inch MacBook’s connectors, only about the ultra-glossy screen.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 17, 2015

For the same reason that many people prefer to read outdoors with a greyscale Kindle as opposed to doing so with an iPad or color Kindle Fire, I paid US$200 to have my MacBook Air screen transplanted to a high-quality color matte panel: We can’t stand the glare! The only company that currently offers this transplant (to my knowledge) can only do it with a non-Retina screen. The above photo illustrates the difference between the ultra glare on the new 12-inch MacBook versus with my 11" MacBook Air, with its superior matte screen I had transplanted last year.

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HP announces larger DreamColor model Z32x with native UHD panel

The DreamColor monitor line is now divided into two groups.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 13, 2015

At NAB 2015 in Las Vegas, HP just announced a larger model of DreamColor model Z32z. The new model has a native Ultra HD panel which measures 31.5 inches, and joins the other two smaller new models announced at NAB 2014, the Z27x and Z24x. Details ahead.At NAB 2015 in Las Vegas, HP just announced a larger model of DreamColor model Z32z. The new model has a native Ultra HD panel which measures 31.5 inches, and joins the other two smaller new models announced at NAB 2014, the Z27x and Z24x. Details ahead.

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NewTek releases TriCaster Advanced Edition software at NAB 2015

TriCaster Advanced Edition is a software add-on with over 60 new features
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 13, 2015

At NAB in Las Vegas, NewTek just introduced TriCaster Advanced Edition, an option available for TriCaster Mini through TriCaster 8000, with over 60 new features to enhance connectivity, creativity, and efficiency. Ahead are some of them.

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Why your character generator is your brand

Learn about LiveText CG, a powerful character generator from NewTek.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 7, 2015

The quality of your character generator is as important for your overall look as your cameras, set design, or lighting. Both figuratively and literally, your character generator is your brand. In this article, you’ll learn about LiveText CG, a character generator from NewTek which is actually available in two different versions.

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Review: USB Audio Recorder PRO app for Android

A powerful yet inexpensive Android app for 48 kHz/24-bit audio recording from a digital USB source.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 3, 2015

When I recently went to review the impressive iRig Mic HD-A digital microphone for Android, I searched for a third-party Android app to record 48 kHz/24-bit audio from a digital USB source. I found it with the US$6.71 USB Audio Recorder PRO. I purchased it, installed it on my OnePlus One phone/phablet, and it worked very well. Ahead you’ll find what I loved, and what I hope they add to it in the future.

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Review: iRig Mic HD-A for Android from IK Multimedia

iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital mic for Android or Windows.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 2, 2015

Like the original iRig Mic HD I reviewed back in August 2014, iRig Mic HD-A is a handheld digital-exclusive mic. The original one is still available for use with iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch), Mac or Windows, while the new iRig Mic HD-A is for Android or Windows. I have a lot to say about the iRig Mic HD-A, so let’s get started.

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Understanding 24-bit vs 16-bit audio production & distribution

Whether it’s for audio/video production or audio-only, you need to know about 24 versus 16-bit audio.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 30, 2015

In prior articles, I have clarified how vital it is to record and edit 48 kHz audio for today’s video productions. However, so far, I have barely touched the differences between 24-bit versus 16-bit audio production and distribution, for both audio/video and audio only programs. Whether or not you like Jack Bauer, you need to know about this 24.

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Why “Full HD” is disparaging, misleading, and quite empty

When used as a synonym for 1080p, “Full HD” is belittling and grossly inappropriate. Learn why.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 19, 2015

The term “Full HD” obviously means “complete HD”, which is confusing, inappropriate, and damaging for the video production community when used as a haughty nickname for 1920x1080p, since it attempts to insinuate that 1080p is always superior to 720p, and that any other HD (like 720p) is therefore “incomplete HD”. That is far from the truth, as I explain ahead, together with thin raster and why 1080/50p and 1080/59.94p are so limited for final distribution.

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EditReady 1.2 now overshadows ClipWrap


Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 5, 2015
Since 2011, I have appreciated how ClipWrap added proper support for malignant PsF within just days of my initial request, alleviating the woes of many Canon AVCHD camera owners who appreciated pure progressive without any unnecessary de-interlacing. More recently, I was surprised to see how ClipWrap’s creator —Divergent Media—...
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Pro XAVC Long GOP compatibility bulletin 2015.1

More XAVC Long GOP compatibility reports are now coming out of the woodwork.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 28, 2015
I recently published an article about the breakthrough pro XAVC Long GOP códec/format from Sony, which is the third group of XAVC born in 2012. In the first article, I covered the status of third party software that support professional XAVC Long GOP. Since then, more compatibility reports are coming out of the...
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Understanding & using the breakthrough XAVC Long GOP códec/file format

The third category of Sony’s XAVC is the most enticing for me.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 25, 2015

[UPDATED ARTICLE] Back in 2012, Sony deployed the first version of XAVC, one that can offer color depths of 8-bit, 10-bit, and 12-bit and chroma subsampling of 4:2:0, 4:2:2, or 4:4:4. That first version is i-frame and found on very high-end cameras. Then Sony released the consumer version, XAVS S, which is Long GOP up to 4:2:0 and 8-bit and is found in such cameras as the A7S. But the most enticing version (for me) is the professional XAVC Long GOP, which offers up to 4:2:2 10-bit in cameras like the PXW-X70 at up to 50 megabit/second. More ahead…

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48 reasons why GarageBand is kryptonite for video production

GarageBand’s lack of 48 kHz sampling rate even limits audio producers from making soundtracks for video
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 17, 2015
The market is full of capable digital audio editing applications. I am familiar with many of them and have covered several. Many are capable of recording —and all are capable of editing and delivering — a final product of 44.1 or 48 kHz (or more) with a single glaring exception: GarageBand from Apple. That makes GarageBand...
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Sports Solutions white paper for NewTek LatAm/EMEA

I wrote a new white paper for NewTek Latin America, and Europe/Middle East/Africa is now requesting an English translation.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 30, 2015
After the great popularity of the NewTek New Scopes white paper I published for NewTek US, the Latin American department then contracted me to translate/localize it for its own region. Later, the NewTek Latin American division requested a series of other white papers, starting with the NewTek Sports Solutions white...
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In Guatemala, Shogun reverses 29.97PsF pulldown for 8-camera live-switched show via Datavideo HS2800

Thanks to the reverse telecine feature in the Shogun and other Átomos recorders, Staff/HDTV got its wish.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 27, 2015
Staff/HDTV in Guatemala really wanted to record pure progressive 1080/29.97p for its multi-camera TV shoots. They strongly considered NewTek’s TriCaster lineup, but TriCaster didn’t offer any option with 8 HD-SDI inputs in their desired price range, so instead they chose Datavideo’s HS2800 mobile studio, which starts...
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Why Digital Sprockets edits video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X

Benjamín Fernández of Digital Sprockets has 6 reasons why he prefers to edit video with DaVinci Resolve instead of FCP X.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 24, 2015
Benjamín Fernández is the director of Digital Sprockets in México City, where since 1994 he has offered post-production, telecine (film-to-tape) and film restoration services. While I’m in México City doing seminars, I...
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Allan Tépper to give 4 tech seminars in México City

From January 26–29, Allan Tépper will give seminars in México City.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 15, 2015
From January 26–29, I’ll be giving four tech seminars in México City. Actually, three of the four will be tech (audio/video/podcast production/post/distribution), while the first presentation will be free, and will be about language issues. All four presentations will take place in México City, and will be...
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First look: Cinema FV–5 for Android, similar to FiLMiC Pro for iOS

With USB audio coming to Android, I began to explore Cinema FV–5 and initiated talks with the developer.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 15, 2015
I recently covered how proper digital USB audio is coming to Android (link ahead), which means that iOS devices like iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch will now face some healthy competition for audio/video production. That’s why I purchased and began conversing with the developer of an Android app called Cinema FV–5, which is...
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IK Multimedia: Android will finally receive proper USB audio support

Thanks to IK Multimedia, many Android devices should receive proper USB audio support soon.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 10, 2015
For the past few years, I have been covering many third-party USB audio devices for iOS phones and tablets in ProVideo Coalition magazine, including digital microphones and audio interfaces with built-in A>D conversion. Even though I am a Mac user who prefers Android for my mobile phone, I have so far emphasized iOS...
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First look: Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 4K UHD camcorder


Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 18, 2014
I first paid attention to the Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 4K UHD camcorder when my friend and director Luis Palomo told me he had one on the way for him. I looked up the specs and price, and was intrigued. Like the Sony PXW-X70 I’ll be reviewing soon (already purchased by two local friends), the DMC-FZ1000 has a 1" type sensor which is capable...
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Tascam DR–60DmkII audio recorder: enticing for US$199


Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 15, 2014
Many readers are familiar with the original Tascam DR–60D recorder, which was less capable with a higher price tag than the new DR–60DmkII. Woody Woodhall of ProVideo Coalition first announced the improved DR–60DmkII in October 2014, which fortunately offers up to 64dB of gain on its microphone preamps. I have already...
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An unfair yet justifiable mic comparison: AT2005USB versus Plantronics .Audio 326

Even though it may be unfair, I have logical justifications to make this mic comparison/shootout.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 9, 2014
I have covered the Audio Technica AT2005USB hybrid microphone (analog XLR + digital USB) in past articles and ebooks, and it has been my chosen studio microphone for my recent podcasts. On the other hand, I recently reviewed the Plantronics .Audio 326 headset microphone with outstanding results. Now, even though it might be...
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How I tripled my podcast listenership after Apple iTunes censorship

Apple censored my CapicúaFM podcast in October 2014. Now I have more than 3x more listeners than before, and they still increase
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 6, 2014
Apple censored my CapicúaFM podcast at the end of October 2014. There was no notification or explanation. They just removed CapcúaFM from iTunes, while leaving my older TecnoTur podcasts (two different language versions) untouched in iTunes. CapicúaFM was first published in...
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iMovie 10.0.6 gets official ProRes, audio only export, and more

Now Apple’s free editing tool gets more flexibility, and there’s a way to set framerate to 23.976p, 25p, or 29.97p.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 29, 2014
With iMovie version 10.0.6, Apple’s free editing program now gets official support for ProRes, new custom H.264 export, and audio only export. Although previously there have been unofficial ways to use ProRes with iMovie, it is finally official. Also, learn how to set an iMovie 10.x project framerate to...
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The making of a music video in Spain, including crowdsourcing of B-roll

For her latest music video, Sole Giménez crowdsourced the B-roll…
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 28, 2014
For her latest music video, where the main shots were shot on a beach in Valencia, Spain, singer/songwriter Sole Giménez crowdsourced the B-roll shots via social media. Ahead are production details, including cameras, directors, editors, and graders.
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Dear Vimeo: Before supporting 4K, please prioritize this more urgent need

Many people are requesting 4K on Vimeo, but there’s something easier that is needed much more urgently.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 24, 2014
It is clear from the buzz in forums that many people are obsessed about having Vimeo offer 4K, whether it be the UHD (Ultra HD) version or the larger DCI version. However, there is something much more urgent for Vimeo to support, which is both easier and a higher priority than either of the 4K requests because it immediately...
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SmartView 4K monitor: like a DreamColor monitor with built-in Teranex?

SmartView 4K monitor features built-in 3D LUTs, Teranex scaler, and more.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 22, 2014
At IBC in Amsterdam, Blackmagic showed its US$1995 SmartView 4K (Ultra HD) monitor, which features built-in 3D LUTs, Teranex scaler, adjustable on screen markers, H/V delay, blue only, 12G-SDI inputs, and more. Many readers may immediately imagine that the SmartView 4K might be a direct competitor to an HP DreamColor. I conducted a...
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Amadeus Pro, Audio Hijack, Sole Giménez and CapicúaFM

How I used several Mac audio apps to produce the latest episode of CapicúaFM
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 19, 2014
Previously, I described how to produce a podcast live-to-drive using BossJock Studio with an automatic mixer (article links ahead). However, that isn’t practical when you’re interviewing a Spaniard singer/songwriter like Sole Giménez (ex-Presuntos Implicados) about her latest album via an international...
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First look: Sony PXW-X70 10-bit/4:2:2 handheld camcorder


Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 30, 2014
I am quite intrigued with Sony’s new under US$2600 PXW-X70 camcorder. It has been a while since I used that term, but there is a good reason, since the “—corder” part of the X70 is at least as important as the “cam—” part in this compound word. The “cam—” part employs a...
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Review: Ninja Star tiny featherweight 4:2:2 10 bit recorder

“Is that a 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video recorder in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?”…
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 29, 2014
Over the past several years, I have reviewed several 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video recorders, but the Ninja Star that Átomos sent me to review is certainly the tiniest: It weighs only 230 grams (8.1 ounces) including battery and media, which qualifies for many low-capacity drones. As you’ll see ahead, Ninja Star...
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Review: Átomos Spyder monitor calibration system

Quickly and easily calibrated to Rec 709 from Mac or Windows.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 23, 2014
Last year I published a short article when Átomos announced its Spyder monitor calibration system. Now I am privileged to have received one to review. With it, we can quickly and easily calibrate any calibratable Átomos monitor/recorder (i.e. Shogun, Samurai Blade, or Ninja Blade) to Rec 709 color space with a D65 white point (6500...
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iPad Air 2 is semi-matte!/My MacBook Air is now matte too!


Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 19, 2014
Frequent ProVideo Coalition readers know that I strongly prefer matte screens, whether its for media production or general use. In fact, I recently even sent my MacBook Air to have its display transplanted for a matte display. Now, I am ecstatic to see that Apple is finally offering a non-reflective screen on its latest iPad Air 2. I...
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Review: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

Now we can do RAID5 via software and save substantially.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 19, 2014
Back in June, I published my first look article on the ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system with the palindromic price —in this configuration— of US$979, which has since been lowered to US$959. OWC offers other configurations too, with smaller or larger capacity, and now even some with Thunderbolt 2. Ahead I review the...
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TriCaster Mini from NewTek: a first (but intense) look

TriCaster Mini is likely to become the most revered “multicamera studio in a box” in its class.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 7, 2014
Today NewTek announced TriCaster Mini, the newest member of its TriCaster family of “multicamera studio in a box” products. Frequent readers will recall that I have covered TriCasters in the past, and —full disclosure— have also written several contracted white papers for NewTek, in two languages. Under a non-disclosure...
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The Padcaster Mini is now available

iPad Mini mediographers now have more frame/case/mount options.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 5, 2014
Joining the original (larger sized) Padcaster, the new Padcaster Mini is similar, but sized to match Apple’s iPad Mini and iPad Mini Retina. Padcaster Mini’s purpose is to mount the iPad Mini (Retina) on a tripod or other support device, and to mount accessories and lenses. In many prior iOS mediography articles, I have...
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Pinnacle Studio/iOS adds 48 kHz + non-integer framerates, but instructions are required

Pay attention to some details, and we can now have audio/video that complies with our target format.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 16, 2014
As the developer previously committed, Pinnacle Studio for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch has now added both 48 kHz audio as default for all iOS devices except for the first iPhone 4, and non-integer framerates like 23.976, 29.97, and 59.94 fps, together with integer ones like 24, 25, and 50. The way to handle these framerates requires a...
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iLoud: a multifaceted powered speaker that impresses

Use iLoud for playback during music video production, to present live, or during editing.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 15, 2014
After i recently reviewed two other products from IK Multimedia, the iRig Pro preamp/A>D converter and the iRig Mic HD, they...
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iPhone 6+ (5.5“): The new iPad for iOS mediographers?

As I hoped, Apple made this new 5.5” version even better for iOS mediographers
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 9, 2014
In hopeful anticipation of greater things in a (then only rumored) iPhone 6 (5.5 inch version) with improved mediography capabilities, I put my iPad Mini Retina 128GB up for sale last week. Today, Apple confirmed the rumor that there would indeed be a 5.5 version of the iPhone 6, which is officially called the iPhone 6 Plus. Ahead...
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Review: Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D enables dual-mic/2-channel opportunities for iOS mediography

A discontinued interface from Tascam is still ideal for certain recording and streaming events.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 5, 2014
Although the Tascam iXJ2 preamp/A>D is officially discontinued, fortunately it is still available (for now). Ahead you’ll discover why the iXJ2 is a unique enabler for high-quality dual-mic/2-channel, 48 kHz/24-bit iOS recordings, including several use-cases: interviews, sportscasting, and even voiceover auditions; when it’s...
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Blackmagic didn’t quite remove the Band-Aid after all…

As I sadly discovered in Guatemala, Blackmagic didn’t quite add RGB over HDMI after all…
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 2, 2014
In June 2014, I published an article stating that Blackmagic had finally removed the Band-Aid for original DreamColor monitor users, based upon information published in their own ReadMe and a direct statement from Blackmagic’s US president, which I quoted. In mid August, I went to Guatemala to configure a system, and...
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Review: Plantronics accidentally enters broadcast headset market

When combined with a portable A>D converter, the Plantronics .Audio 326 becomes a broadcast headset.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 2, 2014
Plantronics is a renowned headset manufacturer for office communication, general listening, mobile telephony, and gaming, but not for broadcast or multimedia production. However, due to an unusual set of circumstances, I discovered that their completely analog Plantronics .Audio 326 headset (when combined with a portable...
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Review: RØDE NT-USB studio-grade digital microphone

The NT-USB includes a pop-shield + table stand, and works with Mac, Windows, and iPad.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 28, 2014
The new NT-USB from RØDE is a studio-grade digital microphone that officially works with Mac, Windows, and iPad. Unofficially, it also works with iPhone and iPod Touch. Ahead is my review, including exclusive comparative audio recordings with Chilean singer Bárbara Intriago. In this...
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Review 1: Telestream’s Switch aims to overtake & surpass QuickTime Pro

In many ways, Switch has already surpassed QuickTime Pro…
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 20, 2014
Back in December 2013, I published my “first look” article about the then just-announced Switch application for Mac OS from Telestream, which in many ways has already gone way beyond what the QuickTime Pro app ever did. Now that Switch is shipping, I was able to get a review license from the company and ahead you will...
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Initial review: iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia

iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital mic from IK Multimedia
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 5, 2014
I am honored to be one of a few tech journalists who have received the iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia for initial review. The iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital-exclusive mic, made for use with iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch), Mac and Windows and produces rich and full bodied sound recordings (and this is not a shampoo...
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RT and DirecTV Sports go beyond conventional mic flags

Using a technique virtually unused in the US, networks like RT and DirecTV Sports are getting better branding on their mics.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 4, 2014
Most people who produce sports or news for TV know that branding is important, both on location (with signs and mic branding) and on screen (via electronic graphics). That is nothing new. However, I have recently seen how two TV networks from outside of the US are taking advantage of a device —and a technique— that...
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Handheld vocal microphones: a trend towards condenser electret?

Have an open mind to condenser electret when considering new handheld interview microphones, together with traditional dynamics.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 4, 2014
With new handheld vocal microphones I am currently testing for reviews, there is a new trend toward condenser electret, which challenges the long established thinking. In traditional ENG (Electronic News Gathering), for decades there has been a preference for dynamic handheld interview mics. One of the reasons for...
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The dawn of CFast video recording

A tiny CFast chip now rivals HDCAM SR tape, and a US$50 CFast reader now rivals an HDCAM SR deck which typically costs US$50k +
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 31, 2014
The first CFast devices were shown at CES in 2009, but NAB 2014 was the first time I saw professional video products using it. CFast is a derivative format of CompactFlash which offers the very high bit rates required by virtually lossless intraframe 10-bit 4:2:2 códecs like ProRes 422 and DNxHD for HD, and even for 4K. The...
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Review: iRig Pro preamp/A>D from IK Multimedia

Use the iRig Pro confidently as a mic preamp, an A>D converter, or both simultaneously.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 16, 2014
Although I have reviewed many audio preamps and A>D (analog-to-digital) converters, the iRig Pro I am covering here is truly unique for several reasons, two of which are why I purposefully excluded it from my recent roundup of five other preamp + A>D devices for iOS. Ahead you’ll learn everything I love about the iRig...
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Pinnacle Studio for iPad to add missing framerates & 48 kHz!

The developer has committed to adding non-integer framerates and standard audio sampling.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 16, 2014
Last month, I published an article covering improvements in Pinnacle Studio for iPad, which is a video editing app which was originally an Avid product. At the same time, I made some constructive criticisms to the lack of non-integer framerates and proper 48 kHz. I am now delighted to let you know that the developer has committed...
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Inexpensive balanced XLR lavalier microphone test

Can you really get a pair of balanced XLR lavalier mics for under US$100?
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 15, 2014
If you have ever priced lavalier microphones with balanced XLR connections, you know that they typically cost upwards of US$150 each, and sometimes can cost more than double that price. However, my friend María found a package deal where she was able to receive not one, but two balanced XLR lavalier...
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CapicúaFM: First podcast I recorded with Bossjock Studio

CapicúaFM was the first podcast I recorded “live-to-drive” with Bossjock Studio, the automatic mixer, and iRig Pro
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 25, 2014
ProVideo Coalition readers who are interested in audio production will recall my recent article about Bossjock Studio, and my review of the AT-MX351a automatic audio mixer which kills crosstalk (links ahead). Well now I recorded and published my first “live-to-drive” podcast, as opposed to post-producing...
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Blackmagic finally removes (part of) the Band-Aid!

After several years + 241 electronic signatures, some DreamColor Monitor users can rejoice and sell their Band-Aid, but not all
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 15, 2014
A few days ago, I received a cryptic message from an Australian reader (a countryman of Blackmagic, but apparently not a Blackmagic Design employee). It said: “Looks like Blackmagic have removed the Band-Aid. Latest software supports RGB 10bit on HDMI!”. I immediately downloaded the ReadMe for the latest update to...
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Video framerates and the Tower of Babel: a translation guide

Until manufacturers start speaking the same language, we need a cheat sheet.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 10, 2014
What does “24p” or “30p” mean when a manufacturer states it? How can we tell if —and when— they really mean 23.976p, 24.000p, 29.97p, or even the non-standard 30.000p? Unfortunately, each manufacturer has its own policy about this, which reminds me of the biblical story of the Tower of Babel: At...
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Pinnacle Studio for iPad adds 25p + more improvements

Fortunately, Pinnacle Studio for iPad added several improvements, but several simple ones remain desperately missing.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 10, 2014
Pinnacle Studio for iPad (previously known as Avid Studio for iPad) has thankfully added missing framerates including 24 + 25, plus other improvements. In my articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine, I have covered the application since its birth from Avid, when it changed its name and owner, and when it became the first...
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First look: ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt system

Over the upcoming weeks, I’ll be reviewing this quite flexible Thunderbolt storage device.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 6, 2014
Long time readers know that I have reviewed several different Thunderbolt storage (and other) devices from diverse manufacturers. One of those is OWC, aka Other World Computing. I am now honored to be invited to review their new ThunderBay IV 4-bay 12TB Thunderbolt, system, which can be configured in several different ways and...
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3 workarounds for iOS mediographers (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch)

If you produce audio or video with an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, you’ll likely have found some of these limitations.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 31, 2014
Whether you have been using one of the audio/video production apps I have been covering (including Bossjock Studio, FiLMiC Pro, and RØDE Rec) or some others I have yet to cover, you’ll likely have encountered software limitations. This article covers three workarounds to use in the meantime, while app developers add...
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Bentley Motors does high-end short, shot on iPhone 5s

It lasts 4:25 including the making-of.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 16, 2014
Thanks to Jeff Taylor of TeleverseStudios.com, I just became aware of Bentley Motors' high-end short, which they shot completely with an iPhone 5s and FiLMiC Pro. The duration is 4 minutes, 25 seconds, including the making-of. Ahead is the video and my comments.
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Cure audio spill in multi-mic situations with an AT-MX351a automatic mixer

With the AT-MX351a from Audio Technica, you can sound as good with multi-mics as with a single one.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 11, 2014
If you have ever been disappointed when your audio quality drops exponentially as you add more microphones with a talk show, interview or reality, due to a phenomenon called spill, bleed or “crosstalk”, and you can’t afford the time to mulitrack and fix it in post, you’ll be happy to know that there is a hardware...
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RØDE’s PinMic takes lavalier microphones to a new esthetic level

The RØDE PinMic is the least obtrusive body mic short of hiding a conventional lav inside clothing.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 7, 2014
In addition to offering the wonderful RØDE REC application for iOS which I recently reviewed (link ahead), RØDE is primarily known as a renowned microphone manufacturer from Australia. One of its unique designs is the PinMic, the least obtrusive body mic I’ve ever seen, short of hiding a conventional lav inside...
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Have AJA/Blackmagic forgotten about ABC/Disney/ESPN/FOX?

It is understandable not to record 720p internally, but what about 720p over the live SDI output?
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 2, 2014
Both AJA and Blackmagic showed cameras at NAB 2014, as I covered in other articles. All of these new cameras offer some type of SDI connector for studio use, and all can shoot the matching framerates for 720p (50p & 59.94p), but none of these cameras (even those specifically marketed for studio use) includes 720p in any of...
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AJA converts PsF-to-progressive with new Hi5-Plus converter

Despite popular confusion, 23.976PsF is not the same as 23.976p-over–59.94i.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 25, 2014
At its press conference at NAB, AJA launched its new US$395 Hi5-Plus converter which —in addition to converting from SDI to HDMI— can also convert PsF to true progressive, which I love. Frequent readers know that I am extremely intrigued by this topic. I am the same guy who —so far— has published 10 chapters...
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Bossjock Studio creates a “live” radio studio in your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch

Bossjock Studio replaces a recorder, carts, and in many cases, an audio mixer for podcasting and more.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 20, 2014
With its inboard virtual carts (to play intros, bumpers, commercial spots, PSAs, sound effects, and stingers), ducking and easy sharing, the under US$10 Bossjock Studio app in your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch lets you produce your podcast or radio show in real time “live to flash memory”, encode it, and publish it online....
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Átomos announces Shogun 4K 4:2:2 recorder/monitor w/ balanced audio

For the first time, Átomos has embraced balanced audio inputs and 4K 4:2:2 recording.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 19, 2014
At NAB 2014, Átomos announced its under-US$2k Shogun 4K 4:2:2 recorder/calibratable 7" 1920x1080 monitor with scopes, HDMI and 12G-SDI, and XLR<>Lemo balanced audio breakout cable. (More about that cable ahead in this article.) Átomos also made a joint announcement with Sony regarding the A7s 4K camera, which is...
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HP revitalizes DreamColor universe with 2 new models

The new pro DreamColor monitor is larger, can accept 4K, and has many other improvements.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 14, 2014
At NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, HP showed two new DreamColor monitors with plenty to write home about! The new “pro” Z27X model has a larger 27“ diagonal panel, accepts up to a 4K signal, and costs substantially less than the original DreamColor monitor. Ahead I’ll explain many of its other improvements,...
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AJA & Blackmagic announce shoulder-mounted 4K cameras

Both offer RAW recordings + ProRes; Blackmagic emphasizes modular sensors: AJA emphasizes suede shoulder pad.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 8, 2014
At NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, both AJA and Blackmagic announced shoulder-mounted 4K cameras for attractive prices. AJA’s Cion camera uses an APS-C 4K/UHD sensor, while Blackmagic’s URSA offers 4 different sensor options which are user upgradable. The 4K/UHD sensor is Super 35mm. Some details are ahead, in alphabetical...
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JuiceLink pre-announces wearable pro audio recorder

JuicedLink will show a wearable pro audio recorder at NAB. How will it compare with wearable proposals from other companies?
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 2, 2014
JuicedLink, a leading manufacturer of external audio interfaces for cameras, just surprised me by pre-announcing its first portable audio recorder, and it joins several other wearable recording proposals. In this first look, let’s see how the new Little DARling Distributed Audio Recorder will compare with other proposals...
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Radio spot production: 30-second spots for CASTILIAN CONSPIRACY books

Read about the production details, and listen to the two high-end, 30-second spots.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 26, 2014
I just produced two 30-second audio spots for playback on over-the-air radio, as well as podcasts. Although I wrote and produced them, my voice and studio were not used at all in this production. Instead, one female and three male local voice talent were used, as well as the highest grade audio production equipment I’ve ever seen....
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VoiceOverMart upgrades to Pro Tools 11 HD & more

Miami-based voiceover studio has just upgraded to Pro Tools 11 HD, with video upgrades from Blackmagic and Sony.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 25, 2014
VoiceOverMart is a Miami (Coral Gables), Florida based professional voiceover studio, equipped with ISDN & standard phone patch, and is owned and directed by Víctor Martorella, a renowned voice talent for the Hispanic market. VoiceOverMart recently upgraded to Pro Tools 11 HD, together with video upgrades. These upgrades...
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GH4 4K camera gets a price & delivery date: Let’s analyze…

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 and “broadcast” interface finally has a price & delivery. Let’s analyze it.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 12, 2014
In February, I published my first look at the 4K Panasonic Lumix GH4, where I included most of the known specs, together with its “broadcast” adapter, the YAGH. At that time, we were missing the price and availability. Now that we have them, let’s analyze them with possible system accessories (XLR audio, external...
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Blackmagic: Over 200 people have asked you to remove the Band-Aid!

Over 200 DreamColor users have signed the online petition for Blackmagic to remove the Band-Aid!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 26, 2014
Back in May 2012, I created an online petition directed at Blackmagic. Why did I do that? Because despite years of diplomatic prodding on my part, both via articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine and private emails, Blackmagic had (and has still) avoided and postponed offering RGB on its HDMI outputs. [If you’ve read my...
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It’s a calibrated 709 field monitor! No, a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder! It's Ninja Blade or Samurai Blade!

It’s a bird!? It’s a plane!? No, it’s a calibrated 709 monitor + a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 25, 2014
It isn’t easy to decide whether to call Átomos’s Samurai Blade or new Ninja Blade (just released this morning at BVE in London, England, UK) a calibrated 709 monitor which happens to have a built-in 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder, or to call it a 10-bit 4:2:2 recorder which happens to have a built-in calibrated 709...
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First look: Canon’s VIXIA/LEGRIA mini X 1080p cameras

The mini X 1080p camera can seamlessly intercut with a C300; partially complies with Beyond AVCHD Manifesto.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 19, 2014
Canon’s latest tiny yet ferocious 1080p cameras, the VIXIA mini (US$299) and VIXIA mini X (US$399) —together with their 25p cousins, the LEGRIA mini and LEGRIA mini X, boast irresistible features while taking positive steps towards the Beyond AVCHD Manifesto. This first look article will focus on the more capable (and...
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iPad video editing finally supports translucent logo overlays!

Now you can edit video on your iPad and include translucent logo overlays via alpha channel.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 14, 2014
Back in 2012, I wrote about many editors’ frustration about iPad video editing apps that (back then) unfortunately did not respect alpha channel in logos they imported, to allow for translucency. Most producer/editors I know who edit 1080p video capsules for the web demand this capability, especially for their lower thirds. For many,...
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First look: Panasonic Lumix GH4 4K camera with YAGH

The GH4 does 4K, has a full 4:2:2/10-bit HDMI output
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 9, 2014
Thanks to reader René Borroto, I became aware of Panasonic’s announcement of the new GH4 camera and its optional YAGH “broadcast” adapter. The GH4 camera adds 4K video recording, additional framerates, and lower compression rates. The YAGH adds XLR audio inputs, timecode inputs, HDMI & 3G-SDI output. Details...
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Vimeo upgrades its player with multiple benefits

Vimeo’s new player adds several new features and benefits.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 25, 2014
According to Vimeo, its brand-new audio/video player is the product of 14 months of development, and has been redesigned from scratch. It is faster, more accessible, and has a few more features that make me like Vimeo (and Vimeo Pro) even more than before (and this is not a sponsored article). Details...
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Apple promotes iPad videojournalism in new promo

In a recent promotional video spot and photo, Apple features Josh Apter and his Padcaster in Iguazú Falls, Argentina.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 20, 2014
Even though I know Josh Apter, the inventor of the Padcaster, I didn’t find out about this from him. I just happened to be on the Apple website for other reasons and saw their new promotion called Your Verse, which includes both still photos and a video spot. I noticed there was someone using a Padcaster in Iguazú Falls,...
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Sony new NX3 camcorder compared with the Canon XA20

Sony just announced the NX3 camcorder. Let’s do a 22-point comparison with the Canon XA20, and see some footage too.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 19, 2014
Last week, I attended Sony’s webinar about their new products, and saw the new HXR-NX3 1080p camera, which reminded me a lot of the Canon XA20, although the prices don’t seem to be in the same range. Both cameras a very intriguing to me. Let’s compare the specs, footage quality, price, and determine which comes closer to...
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From Padcaster to iOgrapher: María’s migration story

iPad videojournalism flourishes, and its technology evolves.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 17, 2014
Padcaster was the first truly complete device to attach an iPad to a tripod, with cold-shoes for accessories and a lens mount. I first covered Padcaster at NAB 2012, and in 2013, I mentioned it within several articles. In December 2013, Jeff Foster published a review on a competing device called iOgrapher. This article will cover the unusual...
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HP Z1 G2 offers Thunderbolt2 and matte display! (First look article)

HP has fortunately addressed what I considered to be the two key weaknesses of the first generation Z1 all-in-one Workstation.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 12, 2014
I am so glad that HP has addressed what I considered to be the two biggest weaknesses of the first generation of the Z1, the company's first all-in-one workstation, which forced the user to use a very glossy display and had absolutely no connection for an external disk array (RAID). HP just announced the second generation of...
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Five iOS-capable, dual-input balanced>USB audio interfaces compared

Mission: Connect two balanced XLR mics to your iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, bypassing the iDevice’s inferior preamp and A>D converter
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 12, 2014
In prior articles, we have established that the best audio quality on iOS devices is achieved when connecting digitally, thus bypassing their inferior preamp and internal A>D converters. We have also discovered that starting with iOS 7, iPhones and iPod Touches can now join the digital party, together with iPads. It’s easy...
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RØDE Rec audio app for iOS has come a long way

Many improvements have been added to the RØDE Rec audio app since the last time we saw it with a different name.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 8, 2014
RØDE Rec is the new name of an extremely powerful —yet inexpensive— audio app for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch I have covered previously, in several articles and ebooks back in 2012, by its original name. The renowned Australian microphone manufacturer (RØDE) actually took the core of the original app and...
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iOS 7 expands digital USB audio use with iPhone/iPod Touch

The iPhone and iPod Touch now work with many more USB audio devices than ever before.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 7, 2014
Although Apple apparently didn’t announce it as an official new feature of iOS 7, the recent update fortunately expanded the use of many more USB audio devices (i.e. USB microphones and audio USB interfaces) with the iPhone and iPod Touch, which was a privilege previously reserved only for the iPad and desktop/laptop computers, for many...
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Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 3: with GH3

Part 3: an audio/video recording to show performance with a Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 6, 2014
For part 3 of the Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review, I visited Luna Studio in Miami Lakes, Florida, to test audio with his Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera. Ahead you’ll see (and hear) a brief audio/video clip done with his camera and the AT2005USB from Audio Technica, currently my favorite handheld hybrid dynamic...
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Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 2: with Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

Part 2: an audio/video recording to show performance with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 31, 2013
For part 2 of the Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review, I got together with Ríchard Izarra in one of his extremely brief visits to Miami to test audio with his new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Ahead you’ll see (and hear) a brief audio/video clip. What you may have missed from part 1 of this...
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Final Cut Pro X 10.1 now speaks Castilian (aka “Spanish”)

Version 10.1 of FCP X can finally display its menus in Castilian, the most widely used Spanish language.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 25, 2013
After upgrading Final Cut Pro X to version 10.1, I was delighted to see that it was addressing me —quite unexpectedly— in the language of Cervantes. With other updates of Final Cut Pro X, I have always read the release notes, but for some reason this time I didn’t. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when...
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Telestream’s Switch aims to overtake & surpass QuickTime Pro

Aimed to overtake and surpass QuickTime Pro, let’s see how Switch compares with SimpleMovie X and Pro Player.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 18, 2013
I have already heard from many sources that QuickTime’s days are numbered. The QuickTime X app does not recognize many third-party códecs that have been added to the system, so many resort to QuickTime 7 (with —or without— a Pro registration and its extra features), which is still available and still works,...
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BeachTek DXA-SLR PRO audio interface review part 1: with Canon 7D

In part 1, we review design, a unique feature, specs, and performance with a Canon 7D.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 5, 2013
I was happily surprised when BeachTek recently contacted me regarding their DXA-SLR PRO audio interface. Ahead you’ll see part 1 of my review, including design, a unique feature, specs, and preamp performance with a Canon 7D camera, thanks to Acquest Multimedia. Upcoming articles will cover its use with other types of...
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Why Manuela returned to FCP after loving Premiere Pro CS6?

A year ago, Manuela Santana migrated to Premiere Pro CS6, but unusual circumstances made her return to FCP.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 12, 2013
A year ago, professional editor Manuela Santana abandoned FCP X and migrated to Premiere Pro CS6, but has just returned to FCP. This article will explain why an unusual discovery about footage shot with FiLMiC Pro made Manuela go back to FCP. What is FiLMiC Pro? For those who don’t know,...
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The AW-HE2 could be a gem with a simple firmware update, if Panasonic “got it”

Panasonic AW-HE2 1080p ePTZ camera wows while it disappoints, at least for now.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 1, 2013
As I wrote in my “first look” back in July, the US$995 AW-HE2 is not a camcorder, but an intriguing camera with a live 1080p (or 720p) output at selectable framerates, together with extensive remote control capabilities via IP or infrared. I am extremely impressed and equally baffled as to why it is missing the most...
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How to adjust audio levels with Blackmagic cameras

The third method may be the charm for the Pocket Cinema camera.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 31, 2013
  As several people begin receiving Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema cameras, many begin to ask me how to deal with their audio with them. They want to know how to connect their mics, how to monitor, and how to adjust levels. This has been further complicated by the fact that surprisingly, Blackmagic has still not added...
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Ríchard Izarra covers my book launch with his Canon XA20

Video journalism by PRODU with the Canon XA20 and edited with FCP X.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 23, 2013
Last night, Ríchard Izarra of PRODU quite unexpectedly materialized in Miami to cover my dual book launch (The Castilian Conspiracy and La conspiración del castellano) with his Canon XA20 camera, which he received recently. Ahead you’ll see a 1:53 (under 2-minute) video package which he edited and...
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Free webinars/hangouts after upcoming book launch

After the launch of The Castilian Conspiracy and La conspiración del castellano, a free webinar/hangout with Allan Tépper.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 9, 2013
The official launch of my new books, The Castilian Conspiracy and its “fraternal twin”, La conspiración del castellano will take place on Tuesday, October 22 in a Florida bookstore. The following Monday, October 28th I’ll be doing two free webinars/hangouts where I’ll talk about print...
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Ríchard Izarra of PRODU.com debuts his Canon XA20 camcorder

The XA20 and the XA25 are the closest cameras yet to fulfilling Beyond AVCHD Manifesto specs.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 30, 2013
In one of his extremely brief visits to Miami, I met with Ríchard Izarra of PRODU.com, who was debuting his Canon XA20 1080p HD camera. Frequent readers will recall that I previously published how the XA20 (and XA25) are the closest cameras yet to fulfilling my Beyond AVCHD Manifesto specs. Although I haven’t yet...
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NewTek scopes white paper now available in both PDF and Kindle formats

The white paper I wrote for NewTek is now available both as a PDF and Kindle book.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 28, 2013
The recent white paper I created for NewTek regarding its scopes is now available in PDF format, in addition to the Kindle book that was previously available, and still is. To remind readers, NewTek has made a fundamental change in the way it labels the waveform monitor’s graticule, which solves a half-century problem...
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Átomos announces Spyder for Samurai Blade monitor/recorder

Now you can calibrate your field monitor with one click while you record 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 13, 2013
At IBC in Amsterdam, Átomos announced its new Spyder calibration system for its Samurai Blade monitor/10-bit 4:2:2 HD recorder. According to Átomos, this new device allows one-click accurate calibration of the Samurai Blade’s display to Rec 709 color space with a D65 (6500 degrees Kelvin) white point with 100%...
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HP does Thunderbolt! Yes!

Thunderbolt support from HP is wonderful for pro video producers, whether they are Mac or Windows centric.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 10, 2013
Now that the non-disclosure agreement is finally over, I can happily announce that HP is adding Intel’s Thunderbolt to many of its desktop and mobile workstation computers. Some HP desktop workstations will receive Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, while some HP mobile workstations will receive the original Thunderbolt...
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NewTek’s new waveform monitor graticule… and more

NewTek has solved a half-century video problem, and has made it easier to match camera sources properly with your TriCaster.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 26, 2013
In April 2013, you probably read how delighted I was to announce that NewTek had committed to adding scopes (both waveform monitor and vectorscope) to the entry-level TriCaster 40. Now I am just as happy to announce that NewTek is also making a fundamental change in the way it labels the waveform monitor’s graticule. NewTek’s new...
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Make Dual Mono work between FiLMiC Pro and FCP X 10.0.8 & 10.0.9

Now that we can record “stereo” 48 kHz audio with FiLMiC Pro, learn how to make FCP X treat it as Dual Mono.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 15, 2013
As I have covered in several recent articles and videos, it is now possible to record “stereo” 48 kHz audio using FiLMiC Pro on an iPad. However, most often pro video producers need to use that “stereo” recording as Dual Mono. Among those cases, sometimes we need to deactivate one of the two channels...
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ENG mic comparison: Audio Technica BP4002 versus Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B

A real life, in field comparison between the popular Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B and the Audio Technica BP4002 microphone.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 13, 2013
In this short video, we compare the sound quality of the popular Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B and the Audio Technica BP4002 microphone. Both are dynamic omnidirectional handheld mics. Ahead you’ll see and hear the difference, plus see a review of why omnidirectional mics generally are most prominent for field handheld...
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FiLMiC Pro 3.3 adds external audio monitoring + remote

Now users of FiLMiC Pro on iOS devices will get true audio confidence in their ears, instead of just on screen.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 11, 2013
I am delighted to see that FiLMiC Pro’s palindromic upgrade to version 3.3 finally includes external live audio monitoring via headphones, especially for cases when the renowned sub-US$5 app is used with an iPod Touch or iPhone (which can’t currently work with the DUO-CAPTURE EX field mixer from Roland I recently covered,...
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Roland DUO-CAPTURE EX US$199 field audio mixer for iPad

The DUO-CAPTURE EX audio mixer connects digitally to the iPad, at 48 or 44.1 kHz.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 3, 2013
The US$199 DUO-CAPTURE EX from Roland (like the excellent hybrid microphone I’ve applauded in several articles and ebooks) connects digitally to the iPad, selectively at 48 kHz (for video and very specialized audio applications) or 44.1 kHz (for general audio applications). This practice fortunately bypasses the iPad’s...
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Which Blackmagic camera models output live native progressive, and when?

The answer depends on the camera model, framerate, and whether or not overlays are active.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 3, 2013
Which Blackmagic camera models output live native progressive 1080p, and when? This situation is a bit confusing, and hasn’t been completely revealed publicly so far. It varies among specific Blackmagic camera models, which framerate is selected, and whether or not you have the overlays turned on or off. It took several days...
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Blackmagic slashes camera prices, updates firmware

Blackmagic has added new features and lowered the prices of two camera models.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 2, 2013
This morning Blackmagic announced important firmware updates for its cameras and slashed the prices of two models. The firmware update adds new features. Ahead you’ll see the new features and learn which two models were lowered in price, and by how much. New features added via firmware New firmware...
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Vimeo fixes Android playback compatibility beyond Vimeo.com

Was it the “power of the press” or would it have happened anyway? We may never know the truth.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 31, 2013
In case you hadn’t read any of my prior related articles, from March 2013 until sometime last Friday, July 26, 2013, Vimeo videos embedded beyond the Vimeo.com site were dead on Android devices. Sometime late last Friday, Android playback of Vimeo videos embedded in sites beyond the public Vimeo.com website came back to life....
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Why video producers/distributors should embrace Chromecast

Chromecast is a no-brainer to embed in your website or app.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 31, 2013
Chromecast is the name of a US$35 digital media streaming adapter developed by Google and released last week, in addition to being a free API/SDK and Chrome browser extension. The Chromecast device, a 51 mm (2-inch) dongle that plugs into the HDMI port of an HDTV or monitor, plays audio/video media from supporting content providers...
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Blackmagic ships first 6G-SDI products to simplify 4K cabling

To avoid the need to connect four SDI connections per source, 6G-SDI handles 4K in a single cable, but is it a SMPTE standard?
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 30, 2013
Up until recently, if you wanted to connect a 4K video signal from one device to another, you required four SDI cables per source. At NAB 2013, Blackmagic showed and began to ship its first 6G-SDI products, which include ATEM Production Studio 4K live production studio, ATEM Studio Converter 2, Blackmagic’s 4K Production...
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Why I (sadly and reluctantly) opted-out of my Vimeo Pro renewal

Yes, I am the same guy who has published six articles about Vimeo since 2010, including one called 11 things I love about Vimeo
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 22, 2013
Today I did it, although sadly and reluctantly: I opted out of my Vimeo Pro auto-renewal. Like many Vimeo Pro and Vimeo Plus users, I have been patiently waiting since March 2013 for them to fix the Android playback of embedded Vimeo videos on sites other than Vimeo.com. As reported previously, that was working fine before March… and...
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Panasonic AW-HE2 1080p ePTZ camera: a first look

Is the AW-HE2 a good candidate for cost-effective multicam progressive studios? Let’s find out….
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 22, 2013
The US$995 AW-HE2 is not a camcorder (since it contains no recorder), but an intriguing camera with a live 1080p (or 720p) output at selectable framerates, together with extensive remote control capabilities via IP or infrared. Although in a completely different price and sensor size range, the AW-HE2 shares a similar feature with...
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Blackmagic adds 1080p to new ATEM 4K US$1995 a/v mixer

New firmware update adds 1080p in ATEM 4K model; indirectly invites Átomos H2S sales.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 5, 2013
  At NAB 2013, Blackmagic announced its new US$1995 ATEM Production Studio 4K audio/video mixer (“switcher”), which joins other ATEM models. When set for 4K, the new model offers progressive-only (Yes!), so I immediately asked Blackmagic about 1080p modes, since I knew that previous ATEM models have lacked...
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DeckLink Quad: the little PCIe card that could?

Why so few apps to make the Decklink Quad card reach its potential?
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 20, 2013
The DeckLink Quad card from Blackmagic reminds me of two pop culture titles: The Little Engine that could and Rebel without a cause. In this case, the adjusted titles would be The little DeckLink PCIe that could and Rebel PCIe card without an app. Of course, it is not that the DeckLink Quad card...
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Connect PCIe cards to slotless Macs via Thunderbolt? Yes!

Sonnet’s expansion chassis let you connect your PCIe cards to your slotless Mac.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 16, 2013
Many video professionals have unjustifiably disqualified slotless Macs because they incorrectly believed that there was no way to use their PCIe cards. They didn’t know that there is indeed a supported way to connect networking, pro video, and storage PCIe cards via Thunderbolt. In many cases, the developers of such PCIe...
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Is Apple paying Vimeo to stifle the Android video experience?

Embedded Vimeo videos have ceased to work with Android, while similar services still work fine on all platforms.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 15, 2013
Many ProVideo Coalition readers have noted that before today, I have published at least five articles about Vimeo, Vimeo Plus, and Vimeo Pro. Most of those articles have been very positive, with few constructive criticisms and recommended workarounds. However, starting in March 2013, embedded Vimeo videos stopped playing...
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MacBook Air (2013): what Apple improved, and what Apple neglected to include

Several improvements in the MacBook Air (2013) are welcome, while others are still missing.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 13, 2013
This week, Apple announced the revised MacBook Air (2013) models. Like before, the new MacBook Air models are available in both 11“ and 13” models. Ahead is my executive summary of the improvements that Apple added, what Apple neglected to include (but should have), together with my purchasing...
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Canon XA20 and XA25 take key steps towards Beyond AVCHD

I am ecstatic that Canon has taken the first steps towards Beyond AVCHD, and I hope the other cam manufacturers do the same soon
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 24, 2013
Earlier this week I published the Beyond AVCHD Manifesto. Simultaneously, I mentioned that the Canon XA20 and XA25 are the first professional AVCHD video cameras to take serious steps to comply with Beyond AVCHD. In this article, I’ll cover exactly what these two models have definitely done, what’s still unclear, and...
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Canon answers most of Tépper’s questions about XA20/XA25

Canon answered most of my questions about their new cameras.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 24, 2013
Recently, I sent a list of questions to Canon’s public relations department about the new XA20 and XA25 cameras. A couple of weeks later, I got answers. Most were excellent news; some were unclear; while some were bad news for the short term, although could possibly improve via a firmware...
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Sony NX30: currently best in its class, yet improvable

The NX30 beats its bigger sister the NX70 in a few areas, but is yet to be upgraded to Beyond AVCHD.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 20, 2013
Thanks to Miami dealer and rental house Midtown Video and later to PRODU.com, I had a brief opportunity to test the Sony NX30, the NXCAM camcorder I’ve come to call the “little sister” of the NX70, which I covered in detail last year. Officially called the HXR-NX30 followed by a regional suffix, this camera shares...
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Beyond AVCHD: a proposed new standard for AVCHD cam manufacturers

Herein you’ll find the Beyond AVCHD Manifesto.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 20, 2013
Back in November 2011, I published an Open Letter to professional AVCHD camera manufacturers. In that Open Letter, I clarified what I liked about the then current offering of pro AVCHD cameras;pointed out details I found inappropriate especially for pro users; and made requests. Now I am going to get more specific in the form of the...
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Pro video seminars in Bogotá, Colombia on May 20, 2013

On May 20, 2013, Allan Tépper will present on 3 hot pro video topics in Bogotá, Colombia.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 9, 2013
On May 20, 2013, attendees of Allan Tépper’s Bogotá, Colombia seminars will learn about: Cameras, Internet TV & progressive multicam studios, and Responsive (self-adaptive) websites. The camera seminar will not only cover how to choose the best cost-effective camera for digital cinema, TV spots,...
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MSNBC mainstreams the radio/TV term “rundown”

Beyond its baseball and common use, “rundown” has a very specific use in media production, especially in live news.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 3, 2013
Although the word “rundown” is used in baseball and in common US English as a “quick summary of main points of information”, its very unique meaning in radio and TV production has been (up until very recently) unknown beyond media professionals. In fact, many media professional who haven’t worked in live...
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JVC commits to adding SFTP (Secure FTP) to GY-HM650 camera

In addition to live streaming, JVC is adding SFTP to the GY-HM650 camera.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 1, 2013
After an Open Letter in 2009 about the importance of using SFTP (Secure FTP) in order to have our passwords travel through the Internet encrypted, followed by two short articles about JVC’s GY-HM650 news camera, I am glad to report that JVC has now committed to adding SFTP to the GY-HM650 in an update in May 2013, in addition to other...
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Canon’s new XA20 and XA25 cameras fulfill wishes from my Open Letter to pro AVCHD cam manufacturers

In addition to adding many other general improvements, Canon is first to fulfill wishes from my Open Letter.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 26, 2013
Back in November 2011 (17 months ago) I published an Open Letter to pro AVCHD camera manufacturers. With their introduction of their new XA20 and XA25 cameras at NAB 2013, Canon has fulfilled some of the key wishes I had expressed in that Open Letter, in addition to making other improvements over the XA10, which is being replaced by these two...
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Rubén Abruña tests his Blackmagic Cinema Camera with waterwheel short

See Rubén’s grading workflow from uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit to DaVinci Resolve & FCP X.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 22, 2013
Rubén Abruña (who now lives in Zurich, Switzerland) recently received his new Blackmagic Cinema Camera which he had ordered in July of 2012. Rubén decided to take a one-day break from the grading of his La Casa Ausente documentary to test his new camera and its workflow with DaVinci Resolve 9 and FCP...
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NewTek commits to adding internal waveform monitor to TriCaster 40

Sometime in 2013, even the entry model TriCaster 40 will have an inboard waveform monitor to facilitate camera matching.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 19, 2013
After expressing my profound constructive criticism about the lack of an internal waveform monitor in the TriCaster 40 (both publicly (in ProVideo Coalition magazine and privately) in 2012, I am now delighted to report that I have just received written confirmation of NewTek’s commitment to add this feature to the...
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How to make the Lumix GH3 camera deliver proper, recordable 1080p over HDMI

With the firmware update + menu settings, you should be able to get the native 1080p framerate over HDMI.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 17, 2013
Many initial users of the Panasonic Lumix GH3 camera who tried to record its 1080p signal externally have been disappointed to see that it wouldn’t work. That’s because as shipped from the factory, the GH3 does not output its native framerate over HDMI. For example, in 1080/25p mode, it duplicates each frame and outputs 1080/50p over HDMI,...
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NAB 2013: Átomos expands Connect converter line with CONNECT-AC; lowers prices

Lower prices on the original H2S and S2H converters + new AC-only models.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 17, 2013
Back in October 2012, I published a review of the Connect H2S (HDMI>SDI converter) from Átomos (link ahead), which includes onboard pulldown removal and a test pattern generator. The original H2S and S2H include a battery, charger, and external AC power supply. Now at NAB 2013, Átomos lowered the prices of...
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Telestream amends key response for recent WireCast article

Telestream’s amended response means that currently, the software waveform monitor is unavailable with any WireCast HD-SDI input.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 16, 2013
On April 1st, 2013, I published an article called How to pick your ideal HDMI or HD-SDI interface for WireCast (Pro). The article was based upon facts received after several sessions of detailed emails exchanged with the covered manufacturers (Blackmagic, Matrox, and Telestream). Yesterday (April 15th, 2013) I...
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NAB 2013: Matrox shows standalone streamer/recorder appliance

Monarch HD is Matrox’s first standalone streamer/recorder appliance.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 13, 2013
Aimed to connect to existing video mixers (“switchers”) which don’t already have streaming capabilities (or to connect to a single camera), at NAB 2013 Matrox announced and showed a standalone streamer/recorder appliance. When I say standalone, I mean that in normal operation, no computer is required. The first...
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NAB 2013: Version 11 of Pro Tools finally cures its Achilles’ heel

Finally Pro Tools will be able to “bounce” and export quickly, instead of in real time.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 11, 2013
Forget about its brand-new engine, 64-bit architecture, and expanded metering. The most important improvement I see in the palindromic version 11 of Pro Tools is that with this update, the renowned audio editing tool from Avid will finally cure its Achilles’ heel. I am talking about its (up until version 10) prolonged...
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Blackmagic shows pocket RAW camera for US$1K plus 4K camera for US$4k

Now Blackmagic offers three cameras, for US$995, US$2995, or US$3995 respectively.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 8, 2013
At NAB 2013, Blackmagic showed two new cameras to join its initial US$2995 Cinematography Camera. The new ones include the US$3995 4K camera, a big sister to the original Cine model, and a US$995 pocket 1080p RAW motion picture, which can record either Apple ProRes or CinemaDNG RAW with 13 stops of dynamic range which has a Super...
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How to pick your ideal HDMI or HD-SDI interface for WireCast (Pro)

Depending upon how you prioritize features, ease of camera matching, and ISO recording will help you choose the hardware.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 2, 2013
UPDATED: This article now updated info. Many people have heard of Telestream’s renowned WireCast (Pro) software, which can convert a qualifying Mac or Windows computer into a multiple-input audio/video mixer (“switcher”). Among its features are a character generator, virtual sets, internal...
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OLED field monitor upgradable to become a recorder? Enter the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q

A first look at Convergent Design’s new OLED field monitors that can transform themselves into recorders.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 1, 2013
Long time ProVideo Coalition readers know that I have been covering external progressive 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 recorders from different manufacturers for years. Several more recent recorder models I have covered have included a built-in LCD screen to double as a field monitor. Now, thanks to Convergent Design, we have the option...
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Why did Apple drop Castilian video subtitles and soundtracks in iTunes 11.02?

Open Letter to Apple AT2013.c, for the iTunes development team
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 1, 2013
When I published two separate Open Letters to Apple less than two weeks ago (links ahead), I didn’t expect to be publishing a third to the same company so soon. With the “update” to iTunes 11.02, Apple has just downgraded a function in the iTunes which I have previously applauded here in ProVideo...
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Why you must deactivate EDID on your HDLink (aka “Band-Aid”)

Be sure to deactivate EDID on your HDLink Pro 3D DisplayPort for proper operation of your DreamColor monitor.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 26, 2013
I have clarified in prior articles how essential it is for DreamColor monitor users who also use an i/o device from Blackmagic Design to purchase an HDLink Pro 3D DisplayPort as an accessory (“Band-Aid”) to satisfy the DreamColor Engine’s absolute requirement for RGB/4:4:4, at least until such time as Blackmagic...
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Why does the Mac still deal with connected HDTV monitors haphazardly?

Open Letter to Apple AT2013.b, for the OS X development team
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 20, 2013
It is good that OS X can now offer proper spatial resolution for HDTV monitors at 720p and 1080p on the Mac’s native GPU outputs. It is also good that OS X’s Display Control Panel allows setting the output for different framerates (i.e. 24, 50, or 60), according to the capabilities of the connected monitor....
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Why does FCP X still deal with pro i/o interfaces haphazardly?

Open Letter to Apple AT2013.a, for the FCP X development team
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 20, 2013
Since Apple released Final Cut Pro X in June 2011, there have been seven updates and many valuable features have been added. Although FCP X fortunately achieved partial compatibility with professional audio/video interfaces as of version 10.0.4, we are now at version 10.0.7 and it still handles those devices haphazardly. I am not...
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Hands-on with the UltraStudio Mini Monitor

Why you might need an UltraStudio Mini Monitor, what’s good, and what I’d improve.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 17, 2013
Although I have covered Blackmagic’s new US$145 UltraStudio Mini Monitor interface in prior articles (links ahead), I have now become even more familiar with it since the company sent me a sample unit, together with a Thunderbolt cable. Ahead I’ll cover why you might need one, everything I liked, and the few details...
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How Sony should hack a Bravia to create an awesome prosumer editing/grading monitor

Here’s a recipe for Sony’s pro monitor division to create an awesome prosumer editing/grading monitor from a consumer Bravia.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 8, 2013
Recently, I published an article which described why Miami-based PRODU.com chose to purchase a “foreign” Sony consumer Bravia HDTV set for video editing. That model surpassed the limitations of many segregated U.S. consumer models by allowing for all standard worldwide framerates, but it still isn’t as good as it could be...
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Will Blackmagic announce DaVinci Display at NAB 2013?

A grading monitor called DaVinci Display would make sense for Blackmagic for many reasons.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 4, 2013
Although Blackmagic Design has traditionally been known for its audio/video i/o cards, external interfaces and converters, through its acquisitions and other developments, the Australian company is now also known as a manufacturer of video mixers, associated rack-mounted monitors, affordable raw video cameras, and the new owner of DaVinci...
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JVC answers questions about GY-HM650 news camera with WiFi + FTP

JVC answers my questions about the GY-HM650, i.e. WiFi bands and FTP protocols.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 31, 2013
Back in April 2012, I published the article For broadcast news, “Starbucks is the new microwave!” which was a recurring theme at NAB 2012. In that article, I covered proposed uses of several mobile Internet services as substitutes for microwave, and included information from Avid (Interplay Sphere) and JVC’s...
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Sony KDL–40BX420E: a low cost monitor for 1080p video editing at worldwide framerates

Why the Sony KDL–40BX420E monitor makes sense for pro video editors who can’t afford a “pro” monitor
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 30, 2013
When Miami-based PRODU.com set out to choose the key components for a new video editing system, they already knew that they’d be purchasing a 2012 iMac and a Thunderbolt drive. However, since most HDTV sets sold in the U.S. are unfortunately segregated, what was more challenging was to achieve a good 1080p video monitoring...
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Vimeo quietly embraces 48 kHz audio; documents non-integer framerates

Unexpectedly and without any press release, Vimeo has resolved two of my few criticisms.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 11, 2013
Since I published the article 11 things I love about Vimeo Pro (Pro Video Coalition, November 2012), I have had at least two pending articles about Vimeo’s general service and their upcoming Pay-Per-Vew service, about which I wrote briefly in December. It has taken a while, but Vimeo has finally...
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Livestream shows its Broadcaster LTE for Verizon

The new Broadcaster LTE for Verizon from Livestream eliminates the need for a separate gateway.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 10, 2013
At CES 2013, Livestream has shown its new Broadcaster LTE for Verizon, to facilitate sending the live audio/video output of a camera’s or video mixer. Unlike the prior model, which requires external Internet access, the new model has it built in. Ahead I’ll go into more detail about that difference, and make some...
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Sound Devices adds 4:4:4/RGB recording to PIX recorders via firmware update

With ProRes4444 recording, PIX recorders instantly become the most affordable 4:4:4/RGB recorders on the market.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 4, 2013
Sound Devices just announced firmware update 3.0 for its PIX recorders, which (among other things) adds the option of ProRes4444 recording. The capability of recording 4:4:4/RGB is quite desirable when footage is to be graded, especially if your camera can output this color space. Although the press release indicated that after the...
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Documentary La Casa Ausente produced with 5 camera formats

The story of shooting the documentary La Casa Ausente with five camera formats
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 3, 2013
What do an iPhone 4s, a Sony Cyber-shot point-and-shoot camera, a JVC GY-HD250, the Canon HV20, a Convergent Design nanoFlash HD recorder, and a Panasonic AG-AF100 camera have in common? These five different video recording devices have been used to produce footage for the green documentary La Casa Ausente (The Absent...
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How to fix embedded Vimeo videos on your Kindle Fire HD

I consider the Kindle Fire HD to be the best tablet to consume content. Now, fix the way embedded Vimeo videos appear.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 25, 2012
Whether or not you read my recent comparative article about the popular smaller tablets (iPad mini, Kindle Fire HD, and Nexus 7), if you or your clients own or have access to a Kindle Fire HD, you may have noticed that embedded Vimeo videos in the Silk browser unfortunately don’t access the HD version. Instead, the Silk...
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Review: iRig Pre XLR mic preamp for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch

Now there is a better way to connect your pro XLR mic to your iPhone.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 18, 2012
Back in 2009, I published an article called How to connect your pro XLR microphone to your iPhone. At that time, it required a special cable adapter that I had to order from the Netherlands and shipped to the USA, and that was a passive device which depended entirely upon the iPhone’s own internal preamp. At that time,...
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Vimeo to offer pay-per-view service in 2013

I welcome this pay-per-view service from Vimeo Pro, as an alternative to CreateSpace and MOD Machine.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 10, 2012
In early 2013, Vimeo will open its new pay-per-view service to all Vimeo Pro members. The company recently launched a public preview of the pay-per-view service, including six movies. This add-on service to Vimeo Pro will offer content creators like us a channel to sell our “movies” directly to audiences worldwide,...
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Why you should use Japanese NTSC with a TriCaster 40 if you use SD cameras

Get proper black levels and improve your overall quality from an analog SD NTSC camera connected to your TriCaster 40
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 5, 2012
Whether or not you enjoy Sushi or other Japanese food (as I do), you are best served by using Japanese NTSC if you use a TriCaster 40 with SD NTSC cameras, even if you live in the Americas. The reasons for this go back to a topic I first covered a decade ago in the palindromic year of 2002, when I published a 3-page print article...
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The iMac 2012 is finally for sale: a first look for video professionals

The iMac 2012 will likely become the preferred editing platform (even for grading) for all but the most demanding.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 30, 2012
Apple’s 2012 iMacs took a long time to be announced, then the 21.5" version was promised for November, and today (the last day of November) it is finally available, while the larger 27-inch version is at least capable of being ordered now. Most pro video users who consider it will likely prefer a BTO (built-to-order) version,...
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Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam: a first look

Logitech offers its first HD video camera marketed for video professionals.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 28, 2012
Logitech has just announced its Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam, the first Logitech product marketed specifically for video professionals. Although not specifically marketed towards professional producers, for quite some time the Logitech C910 with 720p HD has been used as a recommended remote host/guest camera for Mac-based remote...
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11 things I love about Vimeo Pro

I am surprised how many video professionals I meet who aren’t aware of Vimeo Pro, the US$199/year service.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 27, 2012
#In case it wasn’t completely clear in the title, I really love the US$199/year Vimeo Pro to distribute video for the web, mobile devices, and even for Internet connected HDTV sets. I am quite surprised to find so many video professionals in multiple countries who are completely unaware of the Pro version of the Vimeo...
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Webinars in December: Allan T&copy;pper will present 3 different topics live

Register and tune in for any or all of 3 sessions: Cameras, Internet Studios, and Responsive Websites.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 26, 2012
The first week of December 2012, Allan T©pper will be presenting 3 different topics live on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The presentations will be on December 3rd, 5th, and 7th, and will be available at 11 am in English and at 1 pm in Castilian (aka “Spanish”) (both USA Eastern Time). On December 3rd, the topic...
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FiLMiC Pro 2 can finally record correct 48 kHz audio!

After a very long wait, FiLMIC Pro 2 for certain iOS devices can finally record correct 48 kHz audio!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 23, 2012
After a very long wait and multiple requests of the developer, version 1.2 of FiLMiC Pro 2 for certain iOS devices can finally record correct 48 kHz audio! For those unfamiliar, FiLMiC Pro 2 is the relatively new incarnation of the original iOS app called FiLMiC Pro, and is offered separately for US$4.99 (or a similar...
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Audio Technica BPHS1 broadcast headset with dynamic mic: review + comparison

In this article I review the BPHS1’s construction, specs, and applications, and include comparative recordings with another microphone.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 18, 2012
Head mounted microphones have specific virtues, including isolation, consistent distance between mouth and element, elimination of the cost & complexity of mounting gear, and -in some cases- built-in listening devices. I have been anxious to compare the BPHS1 broadcast headset with the AT2005USB hybrid mic, which I’ve...
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Streamstar announces Webcast Case and Webcast System

Streamstar’s touch screen interface to a video mixer will please iPad and other tablet lovers, since they will press actual images instead of buttons.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 13, 2012
Straight from Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia in Europe, Streamstar has announced two new products for live web streaming that I find quite intriguing, and I am sure that many ProVideo Coalition readers will too. Webcast Case is a portable device to switch/mix, record, and stream live from multiple local cameras with a...
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Small tablets (Kindle Fire HD, iPad mini, Nexus 7) for content producers and consumers

Learn all the ins and outs about the new smaller tablets, both for digital content consumers and producers.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 6, 2012
Back in June 2012, I published Google's new Nexus 7: a general first look for content creators and consumers. At that time, I thought I’d write a sequel with more details for audio/video and ebook distribution. However, I decided to hold off until I could properly compare it with what seemed to be coming soon...
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Pro video seminars in Bogotá, Colombia on November 13, 2012

On November 13, 2012, Allan T©pper will present on 3 hot pro video topics in Bogotá, Colombia, South America.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 4, 2012
Allan T©pper will present on three hot video pro topics on November 13, 2012 in Bogotá, Colombia, South America. The three topics are cost-effective cameras in several categories, modern progressive TV studios with Internet streaming, and responsive web sites with videos. In the camera section, T©pper will cover digital cine,...
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UltraStudio Mini Monitor works with DaVinci Resolve, but should you use it for serious grading?

Picking the right monitoring interface for your editing/grading system is a very critical decision. Learn the important factors to help you make that decision in this article.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 1, 2012
Earlier this week, I published UltraStudio Mini Monitor: competition to T-TAP? together with a detailed comparison chart. Among many other things, that chart clarified that T-TAP does not work with the industry’s most revered grading program (DaVinci Resolve), and that UltraStudio Mini Monitor does. At...
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The H2S makes self-sabotaged HDMI cameras work as they should in a progressive multicam environment

Native progressive video from HDMI cameras for live studio production? Átomos now makes it possible!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 30, 2012
If you previously read my first look at the Connect H2S from Átomos, consider this article to be a sequel. Last week I received my loaned H2S via DHL directly from Australia, and was able to test it as a bridge with a Sony HDMI camera (the NEX-FS100 NXCAM) to a TriCaster using a pure progressive session at Midtown Video in Miami!...
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UltraStudio Mini Monitor: competition to AJA's T-TAP?

Let's compare the T-TAP and the UltraStudio Mini Monitor. Both offer inexpensive monitoring with proper rasters and framerates from your Thunderbolt Mac.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 30, 2012
Wait a minute! AJA just recently started shipping its US$295 T-TAP (I published my review yesterday) and already Blackmagic is about to deliver its new UltraStudio Mini Monitor for only US$145? C’mon! That’s less than half of the price of the T-TAP! You probably know that they are both out-only Thunderbolt...
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T-TAP Thunderbolt out-only interface: the details in general + with a DreamColor monitor

We've been patiently waiting since April 2012 to find out exactly how compatible the T-TAP is. Now you can know...
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 29, 2012
Back in April 2012 at NAB in Las Vegas , the USA-based AJA first announced and showed their US$295 T-TAP out-only audio/video Thunderbolt interface, which makes a lot of sense in the age of file-based video production. Since April, I have covered the product in a few articles, and kept pressing AJA for more details,...
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Matrox announces more Thunderbolt docks&#8230; Let&#8217;s try to understand them all!

Matrox Thunderbolt docks offer convenience in connectivity, but we have to understand the pros and cons of each version.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 18, 2012
At IBC, Matrox announced its MXO2 Dock, a Thunderbolt-based accessory that allows users of any MXO2 i/o interface and a Thunderbolt Mac to create what the Canadian company calls “an ideal ergonomic workspace for video editing and content creation”. From a single Thunderbolt connection, users can add multiple peripherals...
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Native progressive video from HDMI cameras for live studio production? Átomos now makes it possible

The new Connect H2S adapter goes beyond simple HDMI>HD-SDI conversion, adding built-in pulldown removal, test patterns and even a flashlight (torch)!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 16, 2012
In prior articles, I have covered both the challenges and solutions for getting true native progressive video from HDMI cameras that have been sabotaged by their own manufacturers via 2:2 or 2:3 pulldown on their outputs for recording to an external 4:2:2 recorder with ProRes422 or DNxHD códecs. That left pending the impossible dream...
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LaCie Little Big Disk-Thunderbolt RAID: 4 quick tests before Argentina trip

Thanks to Plurimedios.com of Buenos Aires, Argentina, I was able to do 4 performance tests on a Little Disk-Thunderbolt RAID.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 9, 2012
Many ProVideo Coalition magazine readers will recall my review of the excellent PROMISE Pegasus Thunderbolt RAID from January 2012 and its related articles. At NAB I spoke with a few manufacturers who were showing smaller, lower priced Thunderbolt RAIDs but to date, none have sent me any review units so far. However, I had a...
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Record progressive 4:2:2 or beyond from your HDMI camera with an external recorder

Pick the right HDMI recorder for better quality than possible with the camera’s inboard recorder.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 7, 2012
Many owners of HDMI cameras would like to record their progressive HD video externally at better quality than what’s possible internally in the camera. Frequently, they want to record their progressive HD with full raster and 4:2:2 sampling, rather than 4:2:0 which is the case with most HDMI cameras’ internal recording, and...
I first covered the term “anachronism” back in 2009 when I published Beware the attack of the anachronisms!. Now that I just published Panasonic GH3: Behind the scenes of Genesis, with Philip Bloom, I am asking myself whether we should consider the term “short film” as...
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Panasonic GH3: Behind the scenes of Genesis, with Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom is the D.P. of the short film Genesis, which is being shot with the new Panasonic GH3 camera.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 27, 2012
Philip Bloom is the director of photography of the short film Genesis, which is being shot with the new Panasonic GH3 camera. Genesis is being directed, filmed and edited by Mick Jones. Philip Bloom created the behind the scenes video which you’ll see ahead. The behind the scenes video was actually shot with the...
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Marco Solorio compares Blackmagic Cinema Camera with Canon 5D MKIII


Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 24, 2012
Blackmagic has said that they plan to send me an evaluation unit of their Cinema Camera for review. While I await it, Marco Solorio of One River Media has already received his unit and has a comparison video with the Canon 5D MKIII. Ahead is his video…
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Panasonic Lumix GH3 gets more serious about audio &amp; video than its predecessors

With each generation after the original Lumix GH1, the camera gets more serious about audio/video performance and features, including wireless WiFi monitoring and control from your Android/iPad/iPhone.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 23, 2012
After a much extended product cycle than first expected, Panasonic has just announced the Lumix GH3 camera, which will replace the GH2, which is even called the “predecessor” in the official GH3 press release dated September 17, 2012. The GH3 is somewhat larger and tougher, which I know many will applaud, and is full of...
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Sony's NEX-EA50 lets you zoom through prime lenses, losslessly

Sony has potentially fulfilled the impossible dream for video people who long for a huge sensor and interchangeable lenses, but also demand their electric zoom.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 20, 2012
I know some videographers (especially those with a “video” background, as opposed to a “cinema” background) who have longed for a camera with a very large sensor and interchangeable lens capability, but up until now have rejected current models because they demand electric zoom capability, which hasn’t been available with...
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UltraStudio 4K announced by Blackmagic at IBC 2012

The UltraStudio 4K audio i/o interface now represents the top end Thunderbolt device from Blackmagic. I asked about RGB-over-HDMI for the DreamColor monitor…
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 19, 2012
At IBC 2012, Blackmagic announced the US$1295 UltraStudio 4k audio/video i/o, which now represents the top end Thunderbolt device from the Australian company, which is now known not only for its interfaces, but also for its DaVinci Resolve software, cameras, and other products. Unlike prior UltraStudio Thunderbolt interfaces from...
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You can hear T&copy;pper on NosillaCast episode 384

Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast asked Allan T©pper to help with a listener's question about microphones and how to isolate background sound from a waterfall.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 17, 2012
Last week I was happily surprised when Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast invited me to participate in her episode 384. The tagline of the NosillaCast describes the program as being: “a tech geek podcast with an ever so slight Macintosh bias”. Allison asked me to help her answer a question from one of her...
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NewTek answers Tépper's 7 questions about the TriCaster 40


Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 14, 2012
Those ProVideo Coalition readers who saw my First look at the TriCaster 40 will recall that I asked NewTek seven questions about topics not documented in the brochure or website. In this article, you’ll see the seven questions with their respective answers, of which some of them have induced me to...
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JuicedLink takes our dynamic mic challenge even further, to a full range of audio tests

JuicedLink now does dynamic mic test comparisons with equipment from Beachtek, Edirol, Sound Devices, Tascam, and Zoom.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 8, 2012
Back in July, I published JuicedLink video illustrates audio quality with DSLRs via RiggyAssist versus an H4n recorder. After that, I asked Robert Rozak from JuicedLink to repeat his test using a dynamic microphone, since that way both preamps (the one in the H4n and the one in the Riggy-Assist from JuicedLink...
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Avid Studio for iPad is now Pinnacle Studio and is free, temporarily

Download it today free, even if you don’t (yet) own an iPad.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 3, 2012
Back in February 2012, I first wrote about Avid Studio for iPad, including its initial features and limitations. Then in April, I published iPad video journalism comes of age at NAB 2012 and in June, Flaw in Avid Studio & iMovie for iPad makes them more appropriate for broadcast news than for new...
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First look at NewTek&#8217;s sub-US$5k TriCaster 40


Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 30, 2012
I had heard a rumor that at the end of August, there’d be news about a much lower-priced HD portable studio from NewTek. The details arrived this morning in the form of a NewTek press release, whose headline mentioned that it would be under US$5000 (at least for the segregated 59.94 Hz version). After visiting the website, I was...
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HP DreamColor versus its closest alternative

Frustrated by the DreamColor monitor’s complex integration and frequent need for a “Band-Aid”, people often ask me about alternatives for pro video applications.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 22, 2012
Many people appreciate the HP DreamColor monitor’s multiple virtues enough to tolerate its complex integration issues for pro video systems, which are so severe that they have merited over ten articles in the past few years. However, some readers (and some of my consulting clients) sometimes become so frustrated with the...
Back in July, I published JuicedLink video illustrates audio quality with DSLRs via RiggyAssist versus an H4n recorder. Since the original test was done with a condenser microphone (which already has a relatively high output), I asked Robert Rozak from JuicedLink to repeat his test using a dynamic...
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HP DreamColor Mac connectivity &amp; functionality: update 2012.2

MacBook Pro Retinas’ hardware is kosher for DreamColor, but Apple software currently disqualifies them without a change of religion.

Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 15, 2012
When I published HP DreamColor Mac connectivity & functionality: update 2012.1 on July 3, I had a feeling that there would likely be plenty of more news this year. That turned out to be so, and that’s why i am now publishing HP DreamColor Mac connectivity & functionality: update 2012.2....
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ClipWrap version 2.5.2 adds conforming and other new features

The new conforming function in ClipWrap is very welcome, especially since some software editors don't recognize 1080/50p and 1080/59.94p properly yet.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 24, 2012
USA-based developer divergent media (which prefers that we write their name in all lower case) just released a update to their ClipWrap application, about which I published a complete review back in November 2011. The new palindromic version is 2.5.2 and includes conforming (i.e. to create natural 2.5x slow motion by...
Many ProVideo Coalition readers may have noticed that I pardon the camera manufacturers (and even thank them) when they round shutter speeds (i.e. 1/60), but I protest when they round framerates to the closest integer (i.e. when they round 23.976 to 24, 29.97 to 30, and 59.94 to 60). In this article, you’ll find out why...
The NX70 camera from Sony (officially the HXR-NX70, followed by a regional suffix) is the waterproof NXCAM camera that may leave you with drops in your eyes, for many reasons. Of course, drops in human beings’ eyes can be cause by several factors, including allergies, deception, ecstasy, extreme happiness, sadness… or even...
JuicedLink just released a new video to illustrate the quality of an audio recording to a DSLR camera (the Canon 60D) via JuicedLink’s own Riggy-Assist low-noise preamp versus the same signal recorded on the popular H4n audio recorder. The same microphone was used in both cases. Ahead you’ll see the video, hear the audio,...
After a period of non-disclosure from HP, I finally have lots of information to report about news regarding DreamColor connectivity and functionality with Mac. In this article, you’ll find out about new DreamColor software for Mac (you no longer need temporary access to Microsoft Windows to calibrate the DreamColor in a pro video...
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Google&#8217;s new Nexus 7: a general first look for content creators and consumers

Part 1: a general first look
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 28, 2012
Yesterday, Google announced its first branded tablet, the Nexus 7, with a 7-inch diagonal, 1280x800 screen, and the latest 4.1 Android OS operating system. With a base price of US$199 for the 8GB model (or US$249 for the 16GB model), it is perfectly positioned to be a “Kindle Fire killer”… or at least for a...
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Flaw in Avid Studio &amp; iMovie for iPad makes them more appropriate for broadcast news...

than for new media. How ironic!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 26, 2012
Frequent readers of ProVideo Coalition magazine know that I have already published a few articles about the use of the iPad for journalism, thanks in part to the HD camera and higher performance in the 2012 model. Previously, I have complained about how much it “Hertz” me that currently the three leading iPad...
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Hybrid USB/XLR microphones: the missing workflow for independent voice talent and podcasters

An ebook inspired by a need among voice talent, and a vision of a workflow using little known tools and techniques
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 21, 2012
Several times a month, I am inspired to write and publish an article about one of my varied interests. This happens less frequently with books that I write and publish, but it does happen. In this case, it has to do with a need I’ve seen for quite a while among independent voice talent and podcasters who generally work from home...
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Record audio at 48 kHz on an iPad from a digital source? Yes!

FiRe 2 - Field Recorder is an almost perfect app for iOS
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 15, 2012
As of the publication date of this article, unfortunately none of the video apps I’ve tested on an iPad records at the proper audio-for-video standard of 48 kHz (kiloHertz). Apple still needs to get its act in gear with iMovie for iPad. Avid Studio for iPad and FiLMIC PRO, you too! It really “Hertz” me...
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Part 2: Hybrid XLR/USB/iPad mics that rival expensive studio mics

These new mics from Audio Technica change the rules and open new opportunities
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 15, 2012
In part 1 (1st handheld dynamic microphones with hybrid XLR/USB/iPad connectivity from Audio Technica) I covered background information, including the benefits & limitations of previous USB mics, and the need for hybrid models. I also defined “zero latency monitoring” and made some initial...
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Blackmagic: We&#8217;re ready to remove the Band-Aid!

If you agree, please sign the online petition requesting the required updates.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 11, 2012
Despite years of diplomatic prodding on my part, both via articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine and private emails, Blackmagic has still avoided and postponed offering RGB on its HDMI outputs. [If you’ve read my articles regarding HP DreamColor connectivity, you already know that the DreamColor engine...
What are you talking about Allan? AJA, Matrox, and MOTU don’t manufacturer or sell cameras! How will the Blackmagic Cinema Camera take sales from AJA, Matrox, and MOTU? The reason is related to the DaVinci Resolve grading software that Blackmagic is including with the camera at no extra cost. Even though Apple bundled Color (which...
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AbelCine updates its free Field Of View Comparator for Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Now you can compare the field of view of just about any camera and lens, free of charge!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 9, 2012
We applaud AbelCine for updating its unique interactive Field of View Comparator to include the recently announced Blackmagic Cinema Camera. This camera’s sensor size joins many other sizes and even some specific camera models from manufacturers and brands like Arri, Canon, Panasonic, Panavision, Phantom, RED, and Sony. Of course,...
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Sony quietly announces the NX30 camcorder, a little sister to the NX70

With an 1/2.88" sensor and 26mm wide angle (35mm eqv), the NX30 should ship in June for well under US$2500.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 8, 2012
Although during the past year I’ve written quite a bit about the Sony NX70 (officially, the HXR-NX70) here in ProVideo Coalition magazine, I haven’t yet published my review on it because I only received the NX70 loaner unit yesterday. While I prepare the review of the NX70 in the next couple of weeks, I feel...
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Make your iMac matte without spending money or applying any screen protector

Video editors who use an iMac and can’t stand the glare have a free, non-invasive solution.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 30, 2012
For many years, those of us who prefer the Mac platform and a high-quality matte display have had to avoid Apple screens that are glossy (highly reflective) or use an invasive screen protector, which I dislike. Since several years ago, Apple began offering iMac computers exclusively with an ultra reflective screen, many have avoided the...
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AJA announces T-TAP, the US$249 palm-sized, self-powered bridge from Thunderbolt to HDMI or SDI

Is T-TAP appropriate to connect an HP DreamColor monitor?
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 26, 2012
As I have covered in great detail in several prior articles here in ProVideo Coalition magazine, the most complete and most reliable method of connecting your critical video monitor to your computer based editing system is via a professional a/v i/o interface, like those Thunderbolt models now offered by AJA, Blackmagic,...
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For broadcast news, &#8220;Starbucks is the new microwave!&#8221;

A recurring theme at NAB 2012, but how true is it?
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 25, 2012
If you’re involved in traditional broadcast news, you know that the most popular established way to send your urgent remote stories back to the TV station is via microwave. For those unfamiliar, I’m not talking about a microwave oven, but a microwave transmitter often installed inside of a news van (OB...
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iPad video journalism comes of age at NAB 2012


Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 22, 2012
iNEWS and iPad (photo courtesy of Avid)Ever since I saw the 3rd-generation iPad (2012), I began to have visions of its use for video journalism. Many of ProVideo...
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NAB 2012 applause! Blackmagic&#8217;s cinema camera uses HFS+ formatting rather than weak FAT32

Thank you Blackmagic for using HFS+, balanced audio inputs, and standard códecs/file formats.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 19, 2012
As some of my colleagues at ProVideo Coalition magazine have already reported, at NAB 2012, Blackmagic announced its first digital motion picture camera, officially known as the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. For US$2999, Blackmagic gives you the camera, a license of DaVinci Resolve (US$995 value) and a license of UltraScope (US$695...
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At NAB 2012: Jordan, Okada & Tépper join Laporte and Lindsay on MacBreak Weekly

Larry Jordan, Daryn Okada, and Allan Tépper join Leo Laporte and Alex Lindsay on MacBreak Weekly
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 19, 2012
At NAB 2012, I was honored to be invited by Leo Laporte to participate together with Larry Jordan, Daryn Okada and Alex Lindsay on MacBreak Weekly. This episode 295 was streamed live from the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday, April 17 2012 and is now available for immediate streaming or download. We discuss many of the...
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1st handheld dynamic microphones with hybrid XLR/USB/iPad connectivity from Audio Technica

Part 1: Background, why we needed such a microphone, comparative performance tests
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 10, 2012
Over the past few years, the market has become flooded with USB microphones, but most have been condenser models, and only a couple have been dynamic. Those dynamic models have been USB-only. There has been a need for dynamic USB microphones that were also hybrid (XLR balanced analog + USB digital, together with onboard...
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PsF's missing workflow, Part 10: FCP X

How to deal with 25PsF and 29.97PsF with Final Cut Pro X
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 15, 2012
In parts 1-3 of the PsF's missing workflow series, we introduced the terms benign PsF & malignant PsF, and revealed the PsF status of several AVCHD cameras from 3 manufacturers. In #4, we did the same with several HD recorders. In #5, we revealed how one recorder manufacturer is offering...
In case you hadn’t heard yet: Apple has just established the iPad (2012) as a viable HD video camera (among many other things). Back in the days when still photography was done with 4x5 view cameras, photographers used something called a “focusing cloth”… defined by Merriam-Webster as: “an opaque...
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Sound Device's PIX recorders: a closer look as of firmware 1.07


Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 12, 2012
Many people know Sound Devices as a renowned manufacturer of very high-end audio equipment for field production. They make some of the best (and higher-priced) field audio mixers and recorders available on the market, and do so since 1998. Later, Sound Devices began selling high-end USB audio interfaces, one of which I reviewed....
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Bandito Brothers use multiple HP DreamColors + Adobe Premiere for Act of Valor

Multiple DreamColor monitors, Adobe Premiere CS5.5, and an HDSLR used for Act of Valor
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 9, 2012
I recently had the pleasure and honor of being invited again by Hewlett Packard to their 2012 media event, where I was able to speak with Jacob Rosenberg, Chief Technical Officer and partner of Bandito Brothers, which created Act of Valor. Jacob was one of several guest speakers at the media event which took place in Las Vegas,...
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GH2 adds missing AVCHD 29.97PsF... but worsens its already non-standard HDMI output

An improvement for internal recording, together with further disappointment for external recording
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 3, 2012
The segregated 59.94Hz version of Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-GH2 camera (aka GH2) originally offered just two combinations of progressive internal AVCHD modes: 1080p23.976 (commonly but imprecisely known as “24p”) and 720p59.94 (commonly but imprecisely known as “60p”). With firmware version 1.1, Panasonic added...
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AJA and Sound Devices embrace Sony NXCAM&#8217;s timecode-over-HDMI

Free firmware updates enable timecode-over-HDMI from NXCAM, but is that enough?
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 1, 2012
Many ProVideo Coalition readers may recall my article called Untapped features in Sony NXCAM’s new HDMI output from June 2011. At that point, I surveyed several external HD video recorder manufacturers as to their plans to support the multiple new NXCAM features. (This of course includes the FS100 which...
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How to get the &#8220;24p&#8221; look for your live-switched multicam shoot

A contracted article, sponsored by Datavideo Corporation.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 11, 2012
Our friends at Datavideo recently asked me to write an article called How to get the “24p” look for your live-switched multicam shoot. The article covers many factors involved in accomplishing that goal, including framerate, aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, and menu settings in Datavideo’s...
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Avid now lets you edit video on your iPad for US$4.99. Should you?

A first look at Avid Studio for iPad, and an extrapolation as to what it can mean for pro video editors in the short and longer term.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 3, 2012
I was privileged to find out a few hours in advance of the public announcement of Avid Studio for iPad, since Avid contracted me to translate and localize the press release, as fortunately they often do. There was something about this press release that really intrigued me. It wasn’t so much the specific advantages that Avid...
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AJA's Io XT w/ Thunderbolt is now available, but it is not Riker: What's the cover-up?

Why are William Riker and Leo Laporte involved in a Pegasus cover-up?
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 1, 2012
AJA is now shipping its US$1495 Io XT, AJA’s first Thunderbolt device which I covered in detail when it was first announced in September 2011. Some of you have asked me whether the Io XT is the same as the prototype code-named “Riker” product that AJA showed at NAB back in April 2011. The answer is no. This...
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Pegasus Thunderbolt RAID5 from PROMISE

The high-performance video RAID5 you need for today's modern Mac-based video editing systems
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 1, 2012
As many ProVideo Coalition readers may recall, I have written about disk arrays from PROMISE before, although the last time it was primarily to be used with a computer with an eSATA port. Now that all Mac computers (except for the MacPro tower) use a Thunderbolt port, many are looking for a disk array which will have the...
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Can a professional really use Premiere Elements 10?

This article accompanies my recent chapter 9 of the PsF’s missing workflow series, which offers workarounds to use PsF from AVCHD properly in Premiere Elements 10, as well as native 1080p23.976.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 1, 2012
I first wrote about Premiere Elements back when version 9 was first released for the Mac. At that point, I received an NFR (Not For Resale) copy from Adobe but was so concerned about its lack of direct support for PsF in AVCHD that I delayed writing about it again while I exchanged e-mails with the Premiere Elements team. In the...
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PsF&#8217;s missing workflow, Part 9: Premiere Elements 10

Despite the Premiere Elements team’s denial about the existence of PsF in AVCHD, fortunately there are workarounds to handle AVCHD PsF properly with the sub US$100 Premiere Elements in many cases.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 29, 2011
In parts 1-3 of the PsF’s missing workflow series, we introduced the terms benign PsF & malignant PsF, and revealed the PsF status of several AVCHD cameras from 3 manufacturers. In #4, we did the same with several HD recorders. In #5, we revealed how one recorder manufacturer is...
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Sony's FS100 camera to become worldcam; via free firmware update


Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 26, 2011
Sony USA has just officially announced that the (so-far) segregated 59.94Hz FS100 camera (officially known as the NEX-FS100, often followed by a regional suffix, and then sometimes by the letter “K” to indicate that it is a kit, packaged with a lens) is about to go “WorldCam” via a free firmware update sometime at the...
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Sony&#8217;s NX70 camera to receive its missing 29.97p framerate via free firmware update

29.97p is a vital framerate for producers in ex-NTSC countries. I’m glad Sony has recognized this fact and is finally adding it to the NX70.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 25, 2011
Sony has just announced that the NXCAM camera model known officially as the HXR-NX70 (often followed by a regional suffix) -but colloquially known simply as the NX70- will receive the vital 29.97p framerate via a free downloadable firmware, sometime in the first quarter of 2012. Well, let me get a little more...
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PsF&#8217;s missing workflow, Part 8: ClipWrap to the rescue

Like a bridge over troubled waters, ClipWrap will now be the cure-all for AVCHD’s multiple weaknesses for many Mac video editors, at least in the short term.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 1, 2011
In parts 1-3 of the PsF’s missing workflow series, we introduced the terms benign PsF & malignant PsF, and revealed the PsF status of several professional AVCHD cameras from 3 manufacturers (Canon, Panasonic, and Sony). In #4, we did the same with several HD video recorders from...
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PsF&#8217;s missing workflow, Part 7: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5.x

How to deal with 25PsF and 29.97PsF with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5.x
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 29, 2011
In parts 1-3 of the PsF’s missing workflow series, we introduced the terms benign PsF & malignant PsF, and revealed the PsF status of several professional AVCHD cameras from 3 manufacturers (Canon, Panasonic, and Sony). In part 4, we did the same with several file-based HD video...
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PsF&#8217;s missing workflow, Part 6: Tépper asks the camera manufacturers&#8230;

An open letter to professional AVCHD camera manufacturers
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 15, 2011
In parts 1-3 of the PsF’s missing workflow series, we introduced the terms benign PsF & malignant PsF, and revealed the PsF status of several professional AVCHD cameras from 3 manufacturers (Canon, Panasonic, and Sony). In part 4, we did the same with several file-based HD video...
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PsF&#8217;s missing workflow, Part 5: Átomos hires a stripper!

Átomos hires a stripper to counteract malignant PsF!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 11, 2011
In part 1 of PsF’s missing workflow, we introduced the new terms benign PsF and malignant PsF (Progressive Segmented Frame), reviewed their vital importance and fragility in post-production, and clarified the PsF status of two Panasonic professional AVCHD/AVCCAM cameras. In part 2, we...
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PsF&#8217;s missing workflow, Part 4: file-based HD video recorders


Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 10, 2011
In part 1 of PsF’s missing workflow, we introduced the new terms benign PsF and malignant PsF (Progressive Segmented Frame), reviewed their vital importance and fragility in post-production, and clarified the PsF status of two Panasonic professional AVCHD/AVCCAM cameras. In part 2, we...
In part 1 of PsF’s missing workflow, we introduced the new terms benign PsF and malignant PsF (Progressive Segmented Frame), reviewed their vital importance and fragility in post-production, and clarified the PsF status of two Panasonic professional AVCHD cameras (branded as AVCCAM). In...
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PsF&#8217;s missing workflow, Part 2: the Canon XA10 camera


Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 26, 2011
At US$1,999 street price including balanced XLR audio inputs, the Canon XA10 AVCHD camera is quite interesting from several perspectives, and that’s probably why so many of my consulting clients who favor 25p or 29.97p and need balanced audio have chosen it. The XA10 reminds me of a shrunken, sexier-looking Panasonic AG-HMC40. The...
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PsF&#8217;s missing workflow Part 1: BENIGN PsF versus MALIGNANT PsF

PsF footage requires special treatment in post, and its sources are growing at an alarming rate.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 23, 2011
Here in Part 1 of PsF’s missing workflow, I’ll define two new terms I’m introducing: benign PsF and malignant PsF. Fortunately, both Adobe Premiere CS5.5 and Apple Final Cut Pro X handle benign PsF (progressive segmented frame) automatically in the most...
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Mac Mini for pro video editing: a field report from Guatemala

Despite gloomy predictions from the naysayers, the Mac Mini beats the MacPro tower for video editing.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 18, 2011
Many readers of ProVideo Coalition magazine may recall my recent article Mac Mini w/Thunderbolt: preferred platform for many new editing systems. However, some of the readers had doubts, and one naysayer even dared to comment via LinkedIn: “This is hilarious garbage. No serious editor, in their right...
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DaVinci Resolve training at Staff/HDTV in Guatemala

7 Guatemalans learn to color correct and more...
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 8, 2011
I just returned from the Republic of Guatemala in Central America, where I interpreted a class for David Catt, the original product manager at DaVinci Systems. (Since then, DaVinci Systems was purchased in 2009 by Blackmagic Design). David Catt taught 7 Guatemalans how to perform grading, including color correction and more using...
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Blackmagic breaks Thunderbolt price budget with US$299 Intensity Extreme

The US$299 Intensity Extreme is the first bus-powered a/v Thunderbolt interface, although not the first bus-powered device.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 9, 2011
At IBC in Amsterdam, Blackmagic has just announced its second Thunderbolt audio/video i/o interface, the US$299 Intensity Extreme. For about 70% less in price than Blackmagic’s first Thunderbolt product, the Intensity Extreme is also the first bus-powered a/v Thunderbolt interface, although not the first bus-powered...
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AJA announces Io XT interface with Thunderbolt at IBC in Amsterdam

AJA's Io XT is the first professional audio/video with a loopable Thunderbolt connection.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 9, 2011
Today AJA announced and is showing its new Io XT audio/video interface with Thunderbolt at IBC stand 7.F11 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Unlike other Thunderbolt-capable professional i/o interfaces from other manufacturers which I have covered earlier this week here in ProVideo Coalition magazine, the Io XT from AJA is the first...
Matrox is the first (and so far, the only) manufacturer of professional audio/video interfaces to offer the possibility of adding Thunderbolt connectivity to any of their existing products which are already in the field. Matrox now offers this capability for any of the MXO2 family of interfaces, which currently include the MXO2 Mini,...
Blackmagic Design has begun shipping its first Thunderbolt based audio/video i/o interface, which is officially known as the UltraStudio 3D. As its suffix indicates, it is capable of 3D stereoscopic workflows, although it is certainly capable of 2D workflows too. However, we must be diligent and refer to it with its full name (including...
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Relief after Apple's segregation of keyboards in the USA


Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 26, 2011
If you read my recent article Apple USA unfortunately segregates Mac Mini's keyboard options here in ProVideo Coalition magazine, you may now feel relief. After exploring multiple sources, I have fortunately located a USA-based company that is willing and able to offer both versions of the official Apple...
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Roland QUAD-CAPTURE: the little sister of the OCTA-CAPTURE


Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 25, 2011
ProVideo Coalition readers who are into audio gadgets probably read my recent full review about the OCTA-CAPTURE from Roland. This article is about the OCTA-CAPTURE’s little sister, the QUAD-CAPTURE, and covers the differences between the two units, as well as its relative preamp and ADC (analog>digital...
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Why FCP X's secondary monitor should be 1920x1200, not 1920x1080

Depending upon your prior experience, you might call it a program monitor, a Canvas, or nowadays even a Viewer.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 15, 2011
While the jury is still out as to whether we can actually trust a calibrated Rec.709 or sRGB monitor connected directly to a Mac for critical gamma and color evaluation for grading from Final Cut Pro X (the way we can do conditionally as explained in my other articles with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and 5.5), some editors...
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Apple USA unfortunately segregates Mac Mini's keyboard options


Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 9, 2011
Apple is the most flexible of all computer manufacturers in the USA with its wonderful policy of offering all of the Apple computers with whichever keyboard the customer wants with a new BTO (built-to-order) computer purchase. Well, I should say almost all of them. The fact is that when ordering a BTO Mac from Apple USA’s...
Whether they are planning to edit video with software from Adobe, Apple, or Avid, the new Mac Mini with Thunderbolt has become the preferred platform for many people, including several of my consulting clients who are tired of waiting for new MacPros to be released and can’t stand the glare from the ultra-glossy iMac. The...
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Review: Roland OCTA-CAPTURE 8/10-channel USB 2.0 audio interface

An ideal i/o device to capture up to 10 independent audio sources simultaneously, each on its own individual track.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 6, 2011
Many of the affordable pro audio interfaces that are available on the market have a maximum of two balanced microphone inputs, and few of them include hardware-based limiting, compression, or gating. Among the special features of Roland's OCTA-CAPTURE is the fact that it contains 10 total audio inputs, of which 8 are balanced...
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Adobe & Avid attract FCP-defectors with special discounts

SingularSoftware reverses prior policy; offers 50% crossgrade for PluralEyes
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 9, 2011
When I began publishing my FCP-exodus articles last year, even some other ProVideo Coalition magazine writers thought and commented that my words were an exaggeration. However, now some of them are defecting from Final Cut Pro, and several other award-winning editors are doing the same. Part of the enticement to jump ship are...
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FCP7 back for Enterprise/new features for FCPX within weeks


Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 7, 2011
Yesterday (July 6, 2011) Apple reportedly held a briefing in London. According to Arnold Kim of MacRumors.com, Alex4d summarizes tweets by attendee @aPostEngineer which reveal the nine points, which range from FCP7 licenses being back for Enterprise, XML i/o coming for X soon, AJA support for tape in X, xSAN support for X. Here are the...
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Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5 brings better handling of medium framerate videos recorded as PsF

One of a series of undocumented improvements in Premiere Pro CS 5.5 and Media Encoder CS 5.5
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 1, 2011
You may have noticed that even many late model AVCHD cameras shoot medium framerate progressive video (i.e. 1080/25p and 1080/29.97p) as PsF (Progressive Segmented Frame), meaning that they (unfortunately) record 25p-over-50i and/or 29.97p-over-59.94i. This regrettably occurs with both consumer and even some of the latest professional...
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Izzy Video produces free 2:39 FCP X video tutorial


Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 1, 2011
Our colleague Israel ("Izzy") Hyman of Izzy Video has produced and published a free 2:39 Final Cut Pro X video tutorial. Yes, I said free. Yes, I mean 2 hours and 39 minutes, and yes, it is extremely well organized and well presented, and demonstrates that FCP X (despite several initial limitations) is extremely powerful. I have...
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Apple publishes urgently needed FCP X FAQ


Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 29, 2011
Apple has just published the following FAQ for FXP X, in which the company answers previously unanswered questions and commits itself to adding certain missing features. Here they are.Final Cut Pro X is a breakthrough in nonlinear video editing. The application has impressed many pro...
The creator of PluralEyes, Singular Software, has received lots of questions about PluralEyes and Final Cut Pro X. There are nine questions, which cover compatibility, availability, policies, and price regarding PluralEyes for FCP X. Here are the answers.Q: Does PluralEyes...
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How to pick Mac video editing software after the FCP X launch

Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5, Apple FCP X 1.0, or Avid MC 5.5? Multicam, pro i/o, closed captions?
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 24, 2011
After the launch of FCP X 1.0, Mac users can finally analyze which video editing software to choose depending upon key features. Now there is finally a recent version to compare from Adobe (Premiere Pro CS 5.5), Apple (Final Cut Pro X 1.0), and Avid (Media Composer 5.5). Since Apple has ceased to support FCP 7 as of the release of FCP...
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Panasonic AF100 joins forces with Sony encoder for 25p Euro spot in Miami

The Sony encoder in the nanoFlash allowed for 4:2:2, 25p recording from the AF100
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 13, 2011
Recently I was put in charge of the technical workflow for an HD 1080/25p real estate commercial spot to be shot in Miami, Florida, and broadcast in several European countries. I suppose my years of writing articles and giving seminars about 25p workflow in (ex) NTSC countries had something to do with my being chosen. This article...
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Untapped features in Sony NXCAM's new HDMI output

Uncompressed 1080 50p/59.94p, timecode, and even RGB 4:4:4 from your camera's HDMI port!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 9, 2011
Sony's latest NXCAM cameras fortunately feature unprecedented new features with their live HDMI outputs, including uncompressed 1080p at 50p or 59.94p, timecode, and even RGB 4:4:4 capabilities as an alternative to the standard YUV 4:2:2 modes. They also offer special pulldown modes for 23.976p (2:3), 25p (2:2), or 29.97p (2:2) (model...
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On-Location Sports Coverage with DICHO & HECHO Productions

Why the HS-2000 HD Mobile Studio worked for them
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 10, 2011
DICHO & HECHO ("Said & Done") Productions, a startup production company in Guatemala City, Central America, recently purchased Datavideo's HS-2000 HD Mobile Studio to cover various sports events and other on-location productions in Guatemala. Because founders and directors Daniel Borrayo and Lyn Kachler had an extensive...
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Allan T&copy;pper to give seminars in 2 Colombian cities in May

Seminars in Bogotá and Cali, Colombia (South America)
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 8, 2011
Just after returning from NAB in Las Vegas, Allan T©pper will give seminars in two cities in Colombia (South America). Unlike his prior seminars in Colombia, in which T©pper presented about a single topic, this time T©pper will present 5 topics the same day. This time, T©pper will present in two Colombian cities:...
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AJA KiPro Mini review + commentary


Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 22, 2011
Like a miniature version of the original KiPro from AJA (which I reviewed in October 2009), the KiPro Mini performs many of the same functions (although not all of them) in a fraction of the space -and at a fraction of the cost- and is designed to dock onto the back of many professional camcorders, while it makes a higher quality...
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Do you work in the broadcast industry? What does "broadcast" mean?


Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 10, 2011
Do you work in the broadcast industry? What does the word broadcast mean to you? If you work for a radio or TV station or network in almost any capacity, you probably consider yourself to be a broadcaster. If you're a stringer (an independent videographer who shoots news for TV), then you probably consider yourself to be a...
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PluralEyes for Premiere Pro CS5 (Mac) reviewed

You'll wonder how you ever survived without it
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 15, 2011
If you ever record dual-system audio or multiple camera angles without synchronized timecode, you'll wonder how you ever survived without PluralEyes added to your editing software. Users of Premiere Pro CS5 for Mac who are aware of PluralEyes for other editing programs will be happy to know that a version of PluralEyes is now available...
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Thunderbolt in MacBook Pro: a new era for demanding video editors who prefer laptops

Sound the trumpets! The 2-year mourning period that began in 2009 can finally end!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 27, 2011
As we have amply covered in multiple articles in ProVideo Coalition magazine, demanding online editing of multiple realtime HD video layers requires a high bandwidth connection to an external disk array, especially in...
Whether you are a video producer, music producer, audiobook producer, or the author of ebooks, if you sell your content, there's really no escape from the question: "To DRM or not to DRM?" If you aren't yet familiar with the acronym, DRM stands for Digital Rights Management, and basically refers to...
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Google political move stifles web video distribution & complicates our workflow

Google has thrown a monkey wrench in present & future recommended practices
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 16, 2011
In case you didn't hear yet, Google recently announced the elimination of support for H.264 in HTML5 video in its popular Chrome web browser within the next few months, in favor of WebM (VP8) and Theora video códecs. Despite Google's official justifications for the move in the name of openness, many analysts (including myself) see this...
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Free webinar: Unleash GoogleVoice's hidden power for 3G, WiFi & free international roaming

On December 20th, 2010, join Carla Sánchez and Allan T©pper for this free, live webinar
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 11, 2010
Join us on December 20th for our free live webinar with Carla Sánchez and Allan T©pper. Learn about the quickly changing world of mobile communication, which inspired Allan T©pper to write his book Unleash GoogleVoice's hidden power for 3G, WiFi, and free international roaming. This webinar and the associated book...
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TecnoTur 6 (Castilian): interviews with Escuchalibros, RAMM Animation, and actress Carla Sánchez

2D animation in Latin America, audiobook production in Spain, and Venezuelan actress/model Carla Sánchez
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 24, 2010
TecnoTur episode 6 in Castilian (aka "Spanish") is now available. In episode 6, we learn about Venezuelan actress/model Carla Sánchez's latest projects, and we briefly discuss Allan T©pper's book
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TiVo Premiere for professional use

How to transfer TiVo recordings to your Mac over Ethernet or WiFi for journalistic or other pro use
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 6, 2010
For a long time, I have had my eye on TiVo to use instead of the Comcast-provided Motorola DVR. I have known for a few years that the workflow required to re-purpose DVR recordings is much smoother, cleaner, and easier with a TiVo than what's feasible with a conventional DVR. Up until recently, the price for an HD TiVo unit...
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Adobe's US$99 Premiere Elements for Mac: a first look from a pro video perspective

Adobe's US$99 Premiere Elements for Mac is marketed for amateurs, but may have pro applications too.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 28, 2010
Last week, I attended Experience Adobe CS5 Production on a Mac here in Miami. Interestingly, the seminar was organized by a local reseller called Enhanced View Services, although promoted via Apple Events, and the actual presenters were from Adobe and Apple. Even though there was a presentation from Apple before and...
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TecnoTur 5 (English): interviews with SingularSoftware (PluralEyes + more) and OWC (iMac w/eSATA)

Blackberry podcast consumption app, Covert Affairs' Venezuelan episode, conversations with Bruce Sharpe of Singular Software and Larry O'Connor of Other World Computing
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 27, 2010
TecnoTur episode 5 (English) is now available. In episode 5, Carla Sánchez and Allan T©pper discuss RIM/Blackberry's new podcast consumption application. Next comes Larry O'Connor of OWC (Other World Computing), creator of the revolutionary eSATA modification for certain Apple iMac computers, as well as SSDs (Solid State...
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An open letter to Apple's iTunes Podcasting Team

Allan T©pper requests three improvements in iTunes' podcast handling, plus one more thing
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 5, 2010
Dear Apple's iTunes Podcasting Team:We love podcasting, and we love the fact that Apple's iTunes has helped to facilitate the growth of this relatively new medium since 2005 with iTunes 4.9. Congratulations on releasing iTunes 10 now, in 2010. This letter is to point out three key areas where you need to improve the user...
Although it has been in existence for many years and is known to be among the best and fastest ways to connect local external hard drives or disk arrays to a computer, Apple strangely has been the only computer manufacturer to my knowledge which has not yet offered a direct eSATA port on any of its computers. Even way back in the Apple...
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TecnoTur English episode 4: interviews with AJA, DVKitchen, and Carla Sánchez

Listen to conversations with AJA, the creator of DVKitchen, and actress/model Carla Sánchez
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 14, 2010
TecnoTur episode 4 (English) is now available. In episode 4, Allan T©pper converses with Carla Sánchez, a USA-based Venezuelan actress, model, and spokesperson. Next comes Josh Mellicker, creator of DVKitchen, the program which is TecnoTur‘s favorite application for calculating, encoding, posting, and embedding...
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USA Networks' "Covert Affairs" simulates Venezuela by shooting in Canada

Universal Cable Productions' Covert Affairs simulates Caracas, Venezuela from Toronto, Canada
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 4, 2010
In episode 3 of Covert Affairs, Universal Cable Productions simulated Caracas, the capital city of the South American country of Venezuela, both visually and linguistically (at least they attempted the latter). Covert Affairs is an enjoyable new series from USA Network (a division of NBC Universal) which last week...
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Sony's 1st response to HDSLRs, its segregated progressive policy, & implications for users

Will people from 60Hz countries be again tempted to import 50Hz model cameras to shoot in 25p?
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 20, 2010
As first covered here in ProVideo Coalition by Matt Jeppsen, Sony has just announced the NEX-VG10 as a first response to HDSLRs which have been used for HD video productions for quite a while already, despite their well known limitations. Fortunately, the NEX-VG10 eliminates several of those HDSLR limitations, while...
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TecnoTur episode 3 (English): Karl Soul&copy; of Adobe and Tamara Benavente of Ellanvannin Multimedi

Karl Soul© of Adobe: little known benefits in Premiere CS5/Tamara Benavente and her short film Lost and Found
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 13, 2010
TecnoTur episode 3 (English) is now available. Tamara Benavente of Ellanvannin Multimedia tells Allan T©pper and the TecnoTuristas about how she produced her latest short film Lost and Found, using a Sony camera and Adobe Premiere. Then Karl Soul© of Adobe tells us about some little known yet extraordinary...
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Happy hacker breaths flexibility, power, and quality into the Lumix GH1

Now the Lumix GH1 can record 50mb/s MJPEG or 32mb/s AVCHD!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  July 6, 2010
I first wrote about the Lumix GH1 in March 2009, and at that time, I requested a review unit from Panasonic. Then in June 2009, I wrote a followup article with a written interview with Panasonic's PR department, to clarify several technical issues. Unfortunately, all of Panasonic's answers were negative from a pro perspective. Over a...
Anyone who has ever read the seven articles I've published so far about critical video evaluation -be it with the HP DreamColor monitor, or any other brand and model- knows why this process has traditionally required a professional interface to do this properly. Even Apple has warned about this, both verbally at NAB 2005 when announcing...
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TecnoTur episode 2 (English): Radio Lollipop + Matrox's announcements at NAB 2010

ProRes422 encoding in Windows, compatibility with Avid MC5, MAX 2.0 with scene analysis and VBR encoding
Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 16, 2010
TecnoTur episode 2 (English) is now available, and includes an interview with Radio Lollipop, and with Matrox regarding all pro video announcements at NAB 2010. Brittany Smith of Radio Lollipop -an international radio network based in the UK, with affiliate stations in children's hospitals throughout the world- tells...
Your final mission, should you accept it, is to convert that masterpiece that you just produced, directed, and/or edited, into a single video file, and deliver it to everyone, on every modern computer and mobile device, especially the most popular ones, like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Whether or not you are a Flash lover, you...
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Comparison of portable HD studios: BCC versus TriCaster TCXD300


Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 14, 2010
Comparing the BCC and the TriCaster TCXD300 isn't really about a price issue. If I included prices in the comparison chart you'll see later in this article, it's to show how close they are in price, not to let the price dictate your choice. The real factors that anyone who may be considering either one of these two fine tools should be taking...
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MONOGRAM's BCC is a portable studio that changes the rules of the game

BCC's touch screen interface & template-based workflow simplify while they accelerate.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 14, 2010
When people first hear about MONOGRAM's BCC (Broadcast Case) production TV studio in a box, some of them mistakenly assume that it is a copycat of existing portable TV studio systems that have been on the market for a while. However, as soon as they get closer or hear more about it, they realize that it is quite the contrary. I had...
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Sony consumer announces APS-C camcorders with removable lenses


Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 13, 2010
Sony's consumer division has just announced three cameras with APS-C sensors and removable lenses (E-Mount), two of which look like pocket-sized DSLR cameras, and the third which looks like a Handicam, is under development. The first two are the models NEX-5 and NEX-3, and the Handicam-type model is visible in the video you'll see...
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T&copy;pper's remedy for Flash-lovers who are still in denial

Decompress and come to grips with reality in 4 easy steps.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 6, 2010
I have been quite surprised about the comments sent to me by Flash-lovers who are still in denial, of which a few have been public on the ProVideo Coalition website, and many more have been private, sometimes desperate sounding e-mails. In the past, people used to say that some Mac-lovers were religious fanatics. I now realize that...
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The exodus from Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere CS5 has begun

Adobe's power and market share increases while Flash wanes
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 6, 2010
On April 5th, 2010, I published the article Will Adobe's new Mercury technology provoke a sudden exodus from Final Cut Pro to CS5?. At that point, the title was still a question. Since then, NAB 2010 came and went without a word from Apple regarding the potential future of Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Studio. Apple's complete...
From my perspective, the issue began back in 2008, when I was inspired to write an article called Encoding web video in the age of the iPhone. Now, the situation has become as suspenseful as the final chapters of a Latin American telenovela. On April 5th, 2010, I published T©pper is glad that the iPad...
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Steve Jobs' open letter regarding Flash


Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 30, 2010
I thank ProVideo Coalition reader WSmith for pointing out to me that Steve Jobs has published his open letter regarding Adobe's Flash. WSmith wrote his comment in my article called T©pper is glad that the iPad doesn't support Flash. I am glad to know that WSmith saw that article, and at this point, I don't know...
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Adobe CEO rebuts Steve Jobs' Flash letter in WSJ video interview


Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 30, 2010
As many of ProVideo Coalition readers read yesterday, Steve Jobs published his open letter regarding Adobe's Flash. Now, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen rebuts Steve Jobs' letter in a video inverview with the Wall Street Journal. Ahead you'll find a link to Steve Jobs' open letter, to my article, and to the rebuttal interview from...
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Panasonic's AVCCAM incomplete native progressive recording modes

Beware of AVCCAM's bandwidth ripoff in certain modes!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 24, 2010
I applaud the fact that Panasonic made the 720p23.976 recording native in many of their AVCCAM cameras. (AVCCAM is Panasonic's brand for AVCHD professional.) However, I am concerned about the fact that they did this in a very incomplete way. In this article, I'll cover the advantages of native progressive recording, how Panasonic and...
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Panasonic announces AG-HMC80, the HMC40's big sister

Shoulder mounted, standard XLR inputs, manual focus ring are among the improvements
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 24, 2010
At NAB 2010, Panasonic announced the AG-HMC80, a bigger sister of the AG-HMC40, whose main improvements include a shoulder-mount shape/size, standard XLR inputs (as opposed to a US$300 option with the HMC40), and a manual focus ring (not available with the HMC40). Many ProVideo Coalition readers will already be familiar with...
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Why the iPad will dictate your shooting framerate & shutter speed


Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 24, 2010
Back in 2008, I published an article called AppleTV, WDTV, or Blu-ray: Which one is best to distribute your HD project? In the few weeks that have passed since Apple's launch of the iPad, it has become clear that the iPad will likely be a much more popular content consumption device than any of the other three. In that...
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TecnoTur's new English audio channel is live in iTunes

First English episode includes the NewTek TCXD300 and a conversation with Elements Post in Connecticut, USA
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 21, 2010
We are glad to announce that TecnoTur's new English-language audio channel has joined the original Castilian-language one. Now, many other interested people -even those who don't speak Castilian- are able to become TecnoTuristas too, as well as being guests on the TecnoTur program. The TecnoTur program will...
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T&copy;pper is glad that the iPad doesn't support Flash

The whiners need to wake up and understand the message that has already been written on the wall for over two years.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 5, 2010
I am glad that the iPad doesn't support Flash, and I hope it remains that way. I like efficiency, stability, security, omni-platform compatibility, direct search engine friendliness, truly open-standards, and long battery life. Back in 2008, I published Encoding web video in the age of the iPhone. Among many other...
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Will Adobe's new Mercury technology provoke a sudden exodus from Final Cut Pro to CS5?

Will Mercury be kryptonite for Final Cut Studio sales?
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 5, 2010
As has already been covered by Chris and Trish Meyer and other colleagues at ProVideo Coalition, Adobe's new Mercury technology will be officially announced on April 12th, at the start of NAB 2010. Anyone who has seen a Mercury demonstration knows that it is quite impressive, and may attract a large number of Final Cut Pro...
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BCC/Broadcast Case portable video mixer to be shown at NAB 2010

Portable mixer with touch-screen interface reduces shlep factor.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 5, 2010
It just came to my attention that the BCC/Broadcast Case will be shown at NAB 2010. BCC/Broadcast Case is the name of a portable audio/video mixer (aka "switcher" in the USA). According to the manufacturer, the device uses an intuitive touch-screen interface which helps to reduce the shlep factor in mobile production, and offers 12...
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NewTek encores NAB TriCaster upgrade guarantee for NAB 2010


Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 8, 2010
NewTek, manufacturer of TriCaster portable live production systems and 3D software animation products, has just announced the NAB TriCaster Upgrade Guarantee Program. This renewed program means that NewTek customers can trade in any TriCaster purchased between January 15 and April 12, 2010 for full purchase price credit towards any new...
YouTube can be an attractive place to host your video work, especially since YouTube doesn't charge you any money. Some content producers -who don't (yet) have their own contracted unlimited web server- choose to use YouTube in order to avoid excessive bandwidth surcharges from their current web host, and then embed that video in their...
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NewTek's TriCaster TCXD300 ignites 3rd multicam revolution, now in HD

Standalone, portable HD studio mixer, character generator, recorder, streamer...
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 23, 2010
Any video professional with a couple of decades of experience under her/his belt will remember the original Video Toaster, which was a card that ran in a Commodore Amiga computer, and (among many others) included the infamous Kiki wipe. Despite very minor defects, the original Video Toaster -in its era- represented a revolution for...
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Podcasting has gone way beyond the Pod

Podcasts directly on your tabletop radio, car radio, HDTV, or Blu-ray player: No computer required!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 15, 2010
The medium that most of us call podcasting has gone way beyond the Pod. When I say that, I am referring to both known etymologies of the term podcast: 1) The first, which refers specifically to Apple's iPod devices. 2) The second, which states that the letters P-O-D in podcasting are actually an acronym for...
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JuicedLink launches benign method of defeating AGC in hybrid cameras


Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 13, 2010
By introducing the DN101, any of the existing CX family of preamps from JuicedLink can now interface properly with the current audibly-challenged hybrid cameras and defeat their AGC (Automatic Gain Control) in a benign way. We know that the best way to record audio with these cameras is with a separate professional audio recorder....
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Vimeo finally goes mobile + adds 1080p and HTML5 (ßeta)

By adding mobile compatibility, Vimeo loses one of its few remaining Achilles' heels.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 5, 2010
Vimeo, a leading video hosting/gallery site offering both paid and free models, has finally added mobile capability for its paying clients. This capability finally allows Vimeo Plus members to make their videos compatible with mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, Palm Pre, and Google/Android devices like the Nexus One. Vimeo Plus...
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GoogleVoice improves its functionality on the iPhone

Clarifications about misinformation published by some other tech journalists
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 1, 2010
GoogleVoice has recently improved its functionality on the iPhone by upgrading its optimized iPhone website, both esthetically and operationally. In light of the misinformation published by some other tech journalists, I must clarify that GoogleVoice has been working fine on the iPhone for many months, at least with three of its...
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Apple approves voice & video over iPhone's 3G/Fring + iCall beat Skype


Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 30, 2010
Apple recently approved voice over iPhone's 3G data connection, and now Fring and iCall have beaten both Skype and Truphone in updating their respective iPhone applications to take advantage of the newly approved feature. The other two possible voice conduits -which already existed for the iPhone and some other smartphones- are GSM and...
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Skype's certified HD webcams: a first look


Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 26, 2010
As I explained in the related article Skype goes HD, Skype software now supports full-raster HD 720p (1280x720) for Windows computers, and I expect the same support for Mac...
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Skype goes HD for computers + embedded in certain consumer HDTV sets


Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 26, 2010
Earlier this month, Skype announced its support for progressive, full-raster HD 720p (1280x720) on Windows computers, and is to be embedded in certain consumer HDTV sets. For readers unfamiliar with it, Skype is free software for Mac & Windows computers -in addition to certain mobile phones and other handheld mobile devices- which...
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Avid Media Composer 101 courseware translated/localized for Latin America/Spain

Avid contracted the translation/localization to Rub©n Abruña and Allan T©pper.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 23, 2010
After many months of teamwork, the Avid Media Composer 101 courseware is now available in a translated and localized version for Latin America & Spain. As a result, many Avid MC101 students in those areas can now benefit from having this courseware in their own language. My friend Rub©n Abruña of iLevel and I had the honor of...
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T&copy;pper's predictions for iPhoneOS 4.0

Google/Android's current advantages; demystifying Nexus One misinformation
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 21, 2010
While many writers are concentrating on the anxiously anticipated Apple tablet, I have chosen to leave that topic alone until after its official announcement. If you are interested in that, see Alex Lindsay's and Chris Meyer's great articles here in ProVideo Coalition. I have decided to publish my predictions for iPhoneOS 4.0,...
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Promise invades video DAS RAID market with SmartStor DS4600

Endorsed by Apple for FCP; 4TB RAID5 for US$799; Look ma, no controller card!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 8, 2010
I have been aware of Promise Technology for decades. I installed their IDE cards way back in the Amiga (Commodore) days; I configured a Promise NAS (Network Attached Storage) connected with Gigabit Ethernet for a local Miami client in 2008; and Apple recently replaced their XserveRAID line with Promise's VTrak E-Class Fibre Channel...
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Matrox's original MXO crashes the Direct DreamColor interface party

The original MXO is ideal to connect a DreamColor to a Mac which lacks ExpressCard34 or PCIe.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 6, 2010
Many of our ProVideo Coalition readers already know that Matrox's MXO2 family now includes four members, especially since I have covered them quite recently in my Direct DreamColor interfaces article. However, fewer of our readers may remember the original MXO device from Matrox, which is quite different from...
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Recover 4:4:4 from Canon 7D's live HDMI output


Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 4, 2010
Early this morning, I was surprised with an e-mail from a bikini store from the Basque Country. For those who don't know, the Basque Country is an Autonomous Community of northern Spain. They obviously knew that I don't speak Euskera (Basque), so they wrote in perfect Castilian, and fortunately were not attempting to sell me a bikini...
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SFTP: An open letter to all software developers with FTP-only support

Regular FTP is quite dangerous; SFTP is much safer.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 16, 2009
You know who you are: Adobe, Apple, DVcreators, elGato, Telestream, and others. Even though we would love to have a utopian world -and a utopian Internet-, we are certainly not there yet. There are bad guys out there, and we can't afford to make it easy for them. That's why there are secure websites (https) and secure e-mail encryption...
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DreamColor direct interfaces

For brand-new systems, or older systems whose owners have decided to replace the current interface to comply with the DreamColor
Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 9, 2009
Whether you already own an HP DreamColor monitor, or you are considering buying one, you need to make sure your NLE or grading system complies completely with the DreamColor Engine. In this article, you'll see a comparison chart showing available NLE/grading interfaces from three different manufacturers that are either...
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DreamColor converter boxes for non-compliant systems


Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 9, 2009
This article is to help people who have determined that their current NLE or grading system does not currently comply with the DreamColor Engine, and are looking a converter box to make it comply. As stated in my DreamColor monitor review, the DreamColor Engine is very demanding: it absolutely requires a true...
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Who is the ITU, and why should I care?


Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 9, 2009
Sometimes when I am talking with clients during one of my seminars or over a meal, they ask me who the ITU is and why they should care. That's why I decided to dedicate a few minutes to answering their questions. Here you will find out who the ITU is, when it was found, its original name, where it's headquarters is, and why you should...
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Why should I care if my monitor shows ITU Rec.709?


Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 9, 2009
At a recent seminar I gave in Miami about HD image grading together with Rubén Abruña, one of the the attendees asked a good question which deserves a short article. He asked "Why should I care if my critical evaluation HD monitor in my editing suite is calibrated for ITU Rec.709 if my client's monitor won't...
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DreamColor from HP: an ideal tool for critical image evaluation


Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 8, 2009
After several months of waiting, I finally received a DreamColor evaluation unit from HP. Back in May of 2009, I had included the DreamColor in an article called How to connect your HD evaluation monitor to your editing system properly: Let me count the ways! That article included a comparison chart that I had made...
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Sanyo's VPC-HD2000A boldly goes where no consumer camcorder has ever gone before: 1080/59.94p

Sanyo shows its willingness to stretch the limits of format recordability.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 21, 2009
At the dawn of affordable professional HD video camcorders, JVC first offered recording only to 720p, Sony first offered only 1080i recording, and Panasonic offered recording to either of the above (even though its original sensors had a native resolution of 960x540, so any HD recording was interpolated). Nowadays, many of the...
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Sony launches NXCAM tapeless camera family

With NXCAM, Sony is taking AVCHD to a truly professional level
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 18, 2009
For the past few days, I've been evaluating a prototype of Sony's first NXCAM camera family member. This first NXCAM model has a striking resemblance to a Sony Z5, which is an HDV tape-based camcorder with optional chip recording. Unlike the Z5 chip recording (which limits its HD recording with the exact same specs as the ones...
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Connect your pro XLR microphone to your iPhone

Apple's free VoiceMemo application for iPhone makes it attractive to connect your pro XLR microphone
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 2, 2009
Starting with software version 3.0 of the iPhone, Apple includes an audio recorder application called VoiceMemo. Many people who have used it have been quite impressed with the quality it offers. There have been other audio recording applications for the iPhone, but nothing is more tempting than using one that's already there,...
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Beware the attack of the anachronisms!

Anachronisms keep popping up, both in and out of our tech circles.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 29, 2009
Hospital central is an acclaimed Spanish series that is kind of like ER on steroids. Later in this article, you'll see what Hospital central has to do with anachronisms.During a recent translation/localization project for a major NLE manufacturer, my friend Rub©n Abruña and...
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Kodak's Zi8: a first look at a sub-US$180 HD camera which may leave you speechless

First camera in its class with a 1080p mode, first with a smooth 720p59.94 mode, and first with external mic input.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 19, 2009
Ever since I first saw Kodak's announcement about the new Zi8 HD camera, I was intrigued. Yes, this camera costs less than US$180. I mentioned it to my friend Jorge González of Acquest Multimedia here in Miami, and to make a long story short, he...
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Audio options for hybrid cameras: a study by P3Pictures


Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 19, 2009
Jon Fairhurst of P3Pictures has done quite a study on audio options for hybrid cameras. Although P3Pictures uses a Canon 5D Mark II for its testing, at least some of their conclusions could apply to other hybrid cameras, including the Canon 7D, Panasonic Lumix GH1, and others yet to be released. P3Pictures' goal with these scientific...
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Apple & Sanyo embrace new homophonic video format: iFrame


Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 15, 2009
Venn diagram which compares and contrasts heterographs, homophones, homographs, and synonyms. Diagram by Will Heltsley, used by permission under GNU Free Documentation License.   On October 13, 2009, Apple posted a tech bulletin about their new iFrame video format. On that same day, Sanyo...
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Webinar: How to make a single web video file compatible with both Flash and iPhone

Live webinar dates depending upon your desired language: October 14th in Castilian, or October 15th in English.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 12, 2009
If you have been frustrated, trying to find a way to have your cake and eat it too... In other words, you want to create a single pristine video file for the web, one that is playable both with a Flash player (even on a Windows computer without QuickTime installed), as well as on the iPhone, iPod Touch, Palm Pre, and Blackberry...
Many of our readers may have first heard about AJA's KiPro back on April 20, 2009, when I published a "first look" after AJA's announcement at NAB. A few months have passed, and...
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Hitler upset about the Canon 7D? Or just jealous?

Philip Bloom has really outdone himself with this spoof about the GH1, 7D, and 5D hybrid cameras
Written by Allan Tépper  |  October 5, 2009
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C'mon! Why are we 180 degrees out of phase?

The 180-degree phase shift between die-hard still photographers and videographers is more apparent than ever.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 26, 2009
Why are we 180 degrees out of phase? I'm not talking about subcarrier phase, hue, or even audio phase. I'm talking about the 180-degree phase difference between the way professional videographers and die-hard still photographers perceive the new extremely high resolution hybrid cameras, many of which are DSLRs. When I say...
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Canon HV40: a great inexpensive feeder deck for native Sony 3G HDV recordings

Canon may have never imagined how we may be using their HV40 camcorder...
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 19, 2009
Users of Sony's professional 3G HDV camcorders (including the HVR-S270, HVR-Z5, and HVR-Z7) and editors who receive footage from them may now consider purchasing a Canon HV40 camcorder to use as an inexpensive deck to feed footage to their NLE. The reason is that the Canon HV40 is quite inexpensive, is playback-compatible with the...
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After FCP7/FCS3... we still need DVKitchen!

FCP7 brings many welcome exporting/sharing features, but we still need DVKitchen for the following reasons
Written by Allan Tépper  |  August 2, 2009
Final Cut Pro 7 fortunately now offers many inboard "sharing" features which were very weak or non-existent before. Now FCP7 allows us to export to multiple formats and destinations in a single job (called "Back-End Batch Capability" in my DVKitchen review of March 2009). FCP7 even allows us to export "in the background", so we can keep on...
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Lumix GH1 camera: surprising responses from Panasonic


Written by Allan Tépper  |  June 9, 2009
As I anxiously await the Lumix GH1 review unit, I want to keep all of you ProVideo Coalition readers up to date with the surprising responses I just received from...
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Will your AJA IoHD give your DreamColor monitor a free ride?


Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 26, 2009
If you own an IoHD device from AJA which you use as your input/output device for Final Cut Studio, it may give your HP DreamColor monitor a free ride. As explained in my recent article
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Will your Matrox i/o interface give your DreamColor a free ride?


Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 26, 2009
If you own an MXO2, MXO2 Rack, or MXO2 Mini which you use as your input/output device for Final Cut Studio, it may give your HP DreamColor monitor a free ride. As explained in my recent article
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How AJA's new Hi5-3G may fix your DreamColor connection


Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 26, 2009
The 30-bit (10-bit per channel) HP DreamColor monitor is quite attractive for the price, yet quite demanding regarding the type of input signals it accepts, as I explained on page 2 of my article
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How to connect your HD evaluation monitor to your editing system properly: Let me count the ways!

It has become much more complex than just BNC, DVI, or HDMI
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 24, 2009
In this article, you will learn that the best way to connect can go way beyond the physical connections you see on your NLE's professional interface and HD evaluation monitor. Believe it or not, it sometimes also depends upon whether you are editing interlaced or progressive... and also, whether your NLE's professional interface card or...
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Sony Latin America also upgrades 3G HDV camcorders to universal, for a small fee

Now Latin American videographers can also upgrade their Sony 3G HDV camcorder to 25p and world-class compatibility!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 20, 2009
On February 10th, 2009, I informed our readers that Sony USA was offering upgrades to world-class compatibility on their 3G HDV camcorders. As explained in that first article, the Sony upgrade activates the otherwise dormant modes of these cameras, i.e. 576i PAL, HD 25p, and HD 50i modes, on top of the original "24p" (23.976p), "30p"...
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nanoFlash recorder: Now lower price, and more features

Now pay less, get independent audio input, native progressive recording, and under/overcrank
Written by Allan Tépper  |  May 14, 2009
Convergent Design has announced a price reduction on their nanoFlash recorder, which we covered during the NAB on April 21st. Now the list price is US$2995 and more features have been added, including an analog audio input, over/undercrank, and native recording of 720p23.976/25/29.97 which comes from the camera with pulldown over 50p or...
At NAB 2009, Sony is introducing an entry-level model to its line of high-definition compact pan-tilt-zoom cameras. According to Sony, the new BRC-Z330 remote control camera is designed for an array of remote acquisition applications, such as television production for recording programs, and for use as a weather or traffic camera....
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Convergent Design shows nanoFlash: world's smallest Pro HD/SD recorder/player

nanoFlash is a snap-on, full-raster, 4:2:2 recorder
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 22, 2009
At NAB 2009, Convergent Design is showing the nanoFlash: a full-raster 720p or 1080i/p, 4:2:2 recorder that can be described as super-small, lightweight, and low-power. It has both HD/SD-SDI and HDMI input/output, and can record three different multiple bit rates of MPEG2 long GOP, and one MPEG2 at i-frame. When Convergent Design says...
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Matrox announces MXO2 Mini

The MXO2 family goes bi-platform and hits the sub US$450 price point
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 21, 2009
At NAB 2009, Matrox announced its new MXO2 Mini, the second spinoff based upon the MXO2, and the third in the MXO2 family. The MXO2 Mini is the smallest and least expensive in the family, and the first one to be cross-platform. (The MXO2 and MXO2 Rack are Mac-only, at least for now.) If you are familiar with the MXO2, subtract XLR...
At NAB 2009, Blackmagic Design announced their UltraScope. In the manufacturer's words: "The world's first 3 Gb/s SDI and optical fiber SDI scopes designed for editors and colorists, with the technical accuracy broadcast engineers will love for only US$695!" Blackmagic continues, saying: "Simply plug into any compatible Windows computer...
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AJA's KiPro records ProRes422 directly, without a computer


Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 20, 2009
At NAB 2009, AJA announced the KiPro, which allows direct recording of Apple's revered ProRes422 or ProRes422(HQ) in the field, without any laptop, from any SD or HD camera or vision mixer ("switcher"). I consider the KiPro to be a natural extension of AJA's IoHD, and my only surprise is why AJA waited so long to release such a product....
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Professional Audio Podcasting seminar, April 14th in Miami

Learn how to produce a professional audio podcast in Miami, April 14th
Written by Allan Tépper  |  April 10, 2009
Now is your chance to attend a seminar about professional audio podcast production. You will learn the fundamental differences between tradtional radio broadcasts, live Internet radio, and audio podcasts... and the advantages of the latter; how to design your audio podcast format; the standard elements (intros, outros, bumpers, etc.);...
Many of our readers know that I produce a podcast with the same name as my channel here at ProVideo Coalition. The TecnoTur podcast is currently not in English, but in Castilian, the most widely-used Spanish language (but certainly not the only one). I have three co-hosts in the program: Rubén Abruña,...
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1: a first look from a videographer's perspective

The ongoing development of truly hybrid photographic/video cameras has taken several steps forward with the GH1
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 25, 2009
When I first heard about the Panasonic Lumix GH1 from my friend Steve (who saw a prototype and actually got to shoot with it at PMA 2009 in Las Vegas), I didn't think too much about it. I incorrectly assumed that the GH1 was yet one more of those digital SLR photographic cameras that could also shoot HD video, although with more...
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Roxio Streamer: a free video streaming client for iPhone/iPod Touch

With Roxio Streamer, you can watch your content anywhere you have WiFi or 3G
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 19, 2009
Roxio (a division of Sonic Solutions) has launched Roxio Streamer, a free application for the Apple iPhone or iPod Touch which allows you to do true video streaming of video files from your Mac to your iPhone or iPod Touch. It doesn't matter whether you are in the same home or building, or anywhere else on the planet where you have...
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DVKitchen has become a must-have video encoding & publishing tool

No other program on the planet has all of these time-saving features
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 16, 2009
Video courtesy of Rub©n Abruña and iLevel.I first bought DVKitchen before it even carried that name. Back in June 2008, DVKitchen had a different name, but wasn't quite ready yet for me to write an article about it. Times change... and for DVKitchen, the...
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Toast 10 Titanium Pro package: a great upgrade

Roxio is offering excellent value in its new Pro bundle
Written by Allan Tépper  |  March 9, 2009
With version 10, Roxio (now a division of Sonic Solutions) offers a Pro bundle of Toast, which includes a total of 12 applications, most of which are multilingual. As many veteran Mac users know, the Toast application was born way before MacOS X (10.0). Back then, Toast was necessary to do something as simple as burning a CD, since...
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Sony upgrades 3G HDV camcorders to universal, for a small fee

Now you can upgrade your Sony 3G HDV camcorder to 25p and world-class compatibility!
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 11, 2009
Readers of my recent articles in ProVideo Coalition, past articles in Latin American magazines, and those who have attended my seminars are aware of the many 25p production advantages over "24p"...
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Choose Apple's Spanish keyboard, even if you only type in English

Apple's Spanish ISO keyboard is the absolute best tool, even if you write exclusively in English
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 6, 2009
Apple's wonderful Spanish ISO keyboard is the absolute best tool, even if you write mainly or exclusively in English. It is truly a case where you get all of the advantages, with none of the often "perceived disadvantages", as you are about to learn. Many people didn't know that Apple offers the Spanish ISO keyboard at no extra cost...
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Discover DisplayPort's untapped power for pro video

Apple is switching its outputs from DVI to DisplayPort. Understand its hidden potential.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 3, 2009
You've probably heard or read that Apple recently changed the video outputs on all of the new laptops from DVI to Mini DisplayPort, and has stated that all desktop models will begin offering DisplayPort outputs as they are updated. At first, some people think the DisplayPort just a nuisance and requirement to purchase another adaptor......
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BoinxTV: "Say goodbye to post-production"


Written by Allan Tépper  |  February 1, 2009
BoinxTV is a new product from Boinx Software Ltd. in Puchheim, Germany. You may have seen other products from Boinx, like FotoMágico, iStopMotion, iVeZeen, Mousepos©, and PhotoPresenter. BoinxTV was first launched in November 2008 and was quickly updated to 1.1 at the beginning of December. Like the infamous Video Toaster from...
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iMovie Pro?

Reading between the lines of Randy Ubillo's astonishing comment at Macworld Expo
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 24, 2009
Even though I have never gone to a Macworld Expo (and now probably never will, since Apple will no longer present there), I have always enjoyed watching Apple's infamous keynote presentations via Internet. However, being so familiar with Final Cut Pro, I never thought I would be blown away by the presentation about iMovie 09, which you...
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HDMI capture in live multi-camera production


Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 16, 2009
Thanks to the new HDMI input interfaces like Blackmagic's Intensity and Intensity Pro, it is feasible to connect certain HD cameras with HDMI output live to a computer, and even dissolve between them without genlock. ...
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Controlling HDV when capturing HDMI or HD-SDI

Control is vital when capturing, especially if you expect to conserve the original timecode and recapturability
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 12, 2009
Most HDV editors are ecstatic when they hear about all of the many benefits of using HDMI capture in post-production, as explained in the two prior articles Why capture HDV via HDMI? and
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Universal HDV deck (almost)

To avoid having to buy two HDV decks, many people desperately seek a universal model
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 8, 2009
Up until now, post-production facilities that accept HDV footage have confronted a major dilemma: If they bought a JVC BR-HD50 deck (US$3,399 list), the only HD recordings they could play were HDV 720p from JVC (none of the...
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Why capture HDV via HDMI?

Visual frame accuracy, picture quality, and recapturability are only some of the many advantages of HDMI capture.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  January 5, 2009
For many reasons explained in my recent article, it makes a lot of sense to capture your HDV footage directly to an editing i-frame códec like ProRes422. One of the best...
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Revisiting HDV's Virtues


Written by Allan Tépper  |  December 31, 2008
Among my clients and friends who are video professionals, many of those who produce commercials, corporate, and music videos have already embraced tapeless acquisition with such cameras as JVC's high definition Everio, Panasonic's AG-HMC150/151, and Sony's EX1 & EX3. However, those who shoot events (Bar Mitzvahs, Quinces/Sixteen...
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Liberating segregated HDTV sets

Unfortunately, many of the latest-generation HDTV sets sold in the USA are segregated, but we can liberate them partially...
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 27, 2008
Unfortunately, many of the latest-generation HDTV sets sold in the USA are segregated, meaning that they cruelly block 50Hz signals on their video input. In some cases, they simply show no picture, while in others, they put up an unfriendly message stating: "Unsupported format". However, as I explained in my recent
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AppleTV, WDTV, or Blu-ray: Which one is best to distribute your HD project?

Even if your HD project isn't destined to be shown over the air, you'll still want your client be able to play it on an HDTV set
Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 21, 2008
Even if your HD project isn't destined to be broadcast over the air, you'll still want to have your client be able to play it on an HDTV set, not just on a computer. The good news is that you have several options to make that happen, including Blu-ray, AppleTV, and the brand-new WDTV device from Western Digital. During this transitional...
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When 25p beats 24p...


Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 4, 2008
There are many times when it makes more sense to shoot and edit video at 25p than at 24p, regardless of the final framerate(s) to be delivered to various distribution formats, even if you live in an NTSC (or ex-NTSC) country. You may know that "24p" video is almost always really recorded at 23.976p (although Apple and some camera...
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When to edit native, When hybrid, and When pure i-frame... and Why


Written by Allan Tépper  |  November 4, 2008
Ever since the launch of Final Cut Pro 6.0 (at this writing, we are at 6.04), we have for the first time had the possibility of realtime hybrid editing. Prior to FCP 6.0, in order to have realtime editing we had to convert all footage to the target format (códec, framerate, resolution, etc.) before editing... or edit natively. Now...
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Encoding web video in the age of the iPhone

We can't afford to prevent over six million Internauts from seeing our content by making the wrong decision.
Written by Allan Tépper  |  September 28, 2008
The last time I looked, Apple had already sold over six million iPhones after just 13 months since its initial launch. I don't think that there have been six million extra standard computers sold (desktops and laptops) in the past year, compared to prior years' sales. As a result, I conclude that mobile handheld communication...