Video Producing

Established in 1986, Peninsula Village is a treatment center in Tennessee that helps troubled teens in a resident facility in a quiet countryside environment. Recently, the program has incorporated the use of video in some programs, encouraging the youngsters to embrace the challenging creative field of video producing and encouraging positive behaviors and life decisions.

The PSA Film Camp was a pilot program that produced two PSAs over a 4-day period. The goal of this new program was a way of introducing life skills such as teamwork, decision-making, communication and negotiation to the residents of the village. http://www.peninsulavillage.org

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Safe Computing

Small little flash drives have become so portable and inexpensive that, like floppies of days of olde, these little thumb drives can become abused and neglected, rendering them inoperable over time. Corsair has come up with two devices for the thumbdrive user.

The Flash Survivor is a waterproof, rugged 2.0 flash drive that’s encased in the same type of aluminum airplanes are made of. Its internal protection includes an encrypted security protection. According to Corsair’s website, “the 32GB USB 2.0 drive is bootable, which means users can actually store full versions of operating systems and applications in order to quickly re-create the necessary software environments to troubleshoot system problems.” And it can hold a heck of a lot of video, up to 16 full-length movies.

The Flash Voyager, on the other hand, is a stylish rubber-encased drive that, according to the website, “has been shown laundered, baked, frozen, boiled, dropped and even run over by an SUV in many third-party reviews. After all the punishment it receives, the drive continues to work.” The 32GB Survivor runs about $250; the 32GB Voyager runs around $230.

Water World Wonder

A lot of niche camcorders have been hitting the market lately, due in part to the wonders of innovative flash and card drive technology, untethering the user from heavy cumbersome encasements. Take the latest “we-want-one!” gadget: the Liquid Image Digital Underwater Camera Mask. It’s nearly hands-free: all you have to do is don the mask, then swim around until you “scope” a shot you want to capture in the mask’s crosshairs. You hit the record button: presto, what you see is what you capture. The camera comes with 16MB SD RAM internal memory, and you can add more images using the Micro SD Card slot.

The camera and mask combination is available in both a 3.1 and a 5.0MP version, is coming out this spring and is the first in a line of other cool electronic toys Liquid Image plans to place on the market soon. I can just see the Videomaker staffers now, floating around our great Bidwell Park’s One Mile Pool wearing these cool camera masks this summer. After all, for only $100, why settle for one…or two…or…

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