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  1. The slow, painful move to HD camcorders

    I notice that JVC has announced a new series of consumer HD camcorders, including the GZ-HD40 and GZ-HD30. These camcorders both record in 1920x1080 and support MPEG-2 as well as AVCHD recording (see the press release, detailed info and photos).

    I've been quite frustrated by the move from DV to HD in the consumer market.

    When DV (or more specifically MiniDV) arrived on the consumer market it was a Godsend. Finally, a standard digital format that provided consistent ...
  2. Premiere Pro, MPEG Files & Missing Audio

    Over the past couple of weeks I've been involved in a project that used a variety of camcorders, most of them Sony HDD (hard drive) camcorders that record in MPEG format. If you've ever tried to use these camcorders for editing, there's a fair chance you've discovered that the recording format isn't easy to work with. In particular, we struck the common problem that the MPEG files lose their audio when imported into Adobe Premiere Pro.

    The reason for this is that Premiere Pro doesn't ...
    Video , Audio
  3. Reality TV in Space

    In less than 24 hours from the time I post this blog entry, NASA's Phoenix lander will attempt to land on Mars. See my forum thread with the details and my opinion of why this is the best type of reality TV going. Try something different - tune in for some real drama!
  4. Adobe Offers Subscription Software

    Adobe has announced a new subscription model for the CS3 Design Premium package. It's a small start, apparently only available in Australia, but it's a sign of where things are headed in the software world.

    Whether or not a subscription plan is beneficial will depend on your situation. In many cases it will be more expensive in the long run without offering any real advantages. However a lot of people will find subscriptions to be much cheaper and more convenient.

    For ...
  5. Landscape Photography

    Guest post by Vickie Mathews

    Getting Technical:

    The best approach to landscape photography is to ensure the largest possibly amount of your scene is in focus. In order to achieve this you will need to adjust your camera to a small aperture setting (larger number) to increase your shot’s depth. However this will mean a smaller portion of light will be hitting your image sensor, so you will need to compensate by increasing your camera’s ISO or ...
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