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The Image Sensor's Role in Video


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In the world of image sensors, bigger is usually better when it comes to image quality and versatility, but a number of other factors also play a role.

Canon EOS 70D DSLR, First in Video Focus - Review


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Canon is listening to DSLR video producers. The new Canon EOS 70D makes it easier than ever to use DSLRs for video production by giving us autofocus designed specifically for video. You now have smooth and reliable focus at the touch of a screen instead of having to manually focus directly or by using expensive focus pullers. And two video compression modes give you the option of more recording time or higher quality. Both are very welcome advancements.

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera Review


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The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has dramatically raised the bar, bringing full-sized quality in a miniature-sized package with impressive dynamic range and an attractive price point.

Disc Authoring Software Buyer’s Guide


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DVDs came on the video scene in 1995 and it promised to be a great solution to video sharing and storage. Gone was the need to horde stacks of low-quality VHS tapes. Almost two decades later, DVDs are still used throughout the world and despite cloud storage, flash-drive sharing and mobile uploads, these shiny little discs are the one universal method of sharing and storing video files.

Using Pre-Vis Software


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When your video calls for an array of helicopters and soldiers protecting the world from body-morphing invading aliens, how do you explain to your crew what your shots need? By drawing up the plans using pre-vis software.

Using an External Preview Monitor


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Does your video have a pink sky when you thought it was blue? Getting the correct color and the best placement on your screen is important when you’re sending a video to another source.

The Anatomy of Chroma Subsampling


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The anatomy of video contains a wide variety of parts—some remain hidden, right before the viewers’ eyes. Pixels, like cells of the body, work together, combining to make the overall image. Chroma subsampling is the DNA of color information in the pixels of a video image. It’s a small part of each individual frame, but one that plays a major role in the construction of the overall clip of footage.

JVC GC-PX100 camcorder Reviewed


JVC GC-PX100 camcorder
JVC’s GC-PX100 is one of the most affordable choices for high frame rate slow motion cinematography today. With it’s ability to shoot up to 600 frames per second, small form factor, and affordable price, this camera is a solid choice for athletes, coaches, and consumers who need good performance on a budget.

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