That Behemoth in Your Home

What’s large, over-bearing and takes up half the real estate in your living room? Your big TV, of course. If you’ve recently looked at new TVs, you may have found that most wide-screen bigger TVs won’t fit in your standard TV cabinet, and a larger cabinet would require a crane to install.
JVC has just come out with two new rear projection HD ILA TVs that have a slimmer design, thus reducing the cabinet depth. The TVs, 58-inch HD-58S998 and the 65-inch HD-65S998y have cabinet depths of only 10.7 and 11.6 inches, respectively. Both sets use three native 1080p JVC D-ILA devices and liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) technology. They make the narrower design by using concave mirrors and smaller beam projections. JVC says the smaller beam unit is shielded better to prevent light from getting inside, so the image stays sharp.

Podcast Expo: 3 and Going Strong

The 3rd annual Podcast and New Media Expo takes place in September in Ontario, CA, and registration is now open for attendees and exhibitors. From networking and delivery tips to creation and gear, the Expo covers all areas of podcasting interest. Whispers are in the wind that a Videomaker editor or two may be in attendance, so if you can’t make the trip, be assured you’ll read about it here in the annals of Videomaker.

Take a Zeppelin for a Spin

K-tek has released a new screen cover made for the DV camcorder’s shotgun microphone. It’s called the Fleecy Zeppelin Windscreen. Like the big mic brethren, this screen is snug and easy to apply, but is slimmer and less obtrusive than the fatter, larger models. The charcoal gray Fleecy Zeppelin is made for light windy conditions, is fleece backed with micro fiber fitted over a body of open cell foam, which is designed to slip easily and snugly over most popular shotgun microphones.

See CES, NAB and Macworld with Videomaker Editors

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) takes place in Las Vegas and the Macworld Expo is in San Francisco, both in January every year. Videomaker editors were there. (See our blog and vidcast for current news; see next month’s Videomaker Magazine for a full report.)

This month, the Videomaker editors will be on the road once again, this time attending the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention.

If you don’t understand the difference, Macworld Expo is all about the Apple and related tools; CES encompasses all electronic gadgets, widgets, and toys from car boomboxes to talking radio-controlled stuffed dogs, and yes, camcorders; while NAB concentrates on gear for the professional and prosumer film and video producers.

NAB draws a crowd of more than 100,000 professionals, with 1,400 companies from 130 countries exhibiting. It’s pretty big. If you didn’t get a chance to see the shows for yourself, you’ll find reports on our vidcast and in our blog. Make sure you check them out. or

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