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Tip Of The Week
Download Of The Week
Hello there, its been raining pretty
heavily here in Singapore. Bad weather we've been having lately. Sure hope
the skies clear up a little so I can go out for some fresh air.
Well, first up this week: Panasonic has
started the year quick with announcements of new DVD and MiniDV camcorders,
several of which feature 3CCDs, OIS and - in the case of two models - a
whopping 30x Optical Zoom ratio. What's more, all cams now come with USB 2.0
for video and image transfer (though FireWire is still included on the DV
models) and bundled video editing software.
The 2006 line-up includes three new DVD
cams (the VDR-D300, VDR-D250 and VDR-D100) and five new MiniDV models (the
3CCD NV-GS500, NV-GS300, NV-GS280 models and 1CCD NV-GS37, NV-GS27 models).
Sonic Solutions has also released DVDit Pro 6 for Windows XP. DVDit Pro is an affordable way to prepare and
master a professional-looking DVD with a variety of multimedia content. The
program, designed by a firm that creates sophisticated high-end software for
Hollywood and professional recording studios, is aimed primarily at the
serious hobbyist and mid-range professional videographer who wants a
user-friendly program that goes beyond the features of most low-to-midrange
priced authoring programs.
Different video connectors explained
Question: I'm hopelessly confused about
the different video connectors used in analog / digital video. Can you help?
Answer: I know your pain, Andy. If you are
new to video, figuring out all of those audio and video cables and connectors
can be as difficult as untangling a bowl of spaghetti one noodle at a time.
There are many different connectors out there -
some for audio (XLR
and RCA) and others for video. Let's look at each of them:
XLR connectors are used to connect
microphones and other balanced audio devices and for the AES/EBU digital
An RCA connector is also called a phono
plug and is often used to connect consumer audio and video equipment like
VCRs, tuners, and CD players.
BNC, which stands for baby N connector, is
used to connect various video sources, including analog composite, analog
component, and serial digital video interface (SDI).
The S-Video connector connects S-Video
equipment, like S-VHS camcorders and video disks.
In video, IEEE 1394 is used to connect a
camcorder or digital tape recorder to a computer’s IEEE 1394 port.
VCD Discs using Nero Burning ROM
Do you have problems creating VCDs? If you've created a bunch of home movies and
their lying on your computer's hard disk, you can
How to Record Digital Video from Your PC to VCR
You’ve probably heard
about how you can save a digital movie from your PC to a digital camcorder, but
did you know you could save it ...
Learn to Convert Your Videos to the DivX Format
In this article we will
teach a very important technique in digital video—how to convert video to DivX.
A video to DivX conversion is
A Great Place to Store Photos, Videos and Music Online
Streamload is a great online repository for storing, accessing, and sharing
your photo, video and music files. You can upload files to yourself, as a
way of backing them up or making them accessible from any Internet machine
you might use. Or you can post files for others to access and receive files
from them - even people who aren't Streamload subscribers.
pay-for-access pricing structure also makes it a good place to back up you
files; you only pay should you need to access them. All in all, a great
place to store content online.
Stop-motion movies involve taking inanimate objects, such as clay models, and
patiently taking a picture, moving the model slightly, taking another picture,
and so on until a complete movie has been produced. 'Gumby and Pokey' and
'Wallace and Gromit' are examples of productions created using claymation.
Well, those of us who are artistically challenged refuse to be left out of the
fun. We can make stop motion movies too, only we'll use plastic bricks instead
of clay. Enter my favorite childhood toy … LEGOs.
You should probably determine the genre of movie you would like to produce,
since a cowboy will appear slightly out of place in a Science Fiction movie
(unless of course, you've decided to make a SciFi Western). If you already have
some LEGOs available, you might as well take them into consideration when
deciding your genre.
A great side benefit of using LEGOs to create a movie is they are much easier to
direct than human actors … and they don't eat as much ... hahaha.
Although stop-motion software is not essential, it is extremely helpful in
producing this type of movie. Stop-motion software is commercially available for
both Macintosh and Windows. For Mac OS X, Boinx software distributes
iStopMotion. For Windows,
Stop Motion Pro is a good tool.
Ulead DVD MovieFactory is the quick, easy way to make great DVD movies, music
discs and write data on DVDs or CDs.
The software allows you to burn video straight to disc using no hard drive
space. You can also easily trim video clips, add slideshows, DVD chapters, and
Anyone can use this software to produce great results - it’s aimed at the
beginner and it does a great job.
The New Age of Digital Video
Network, CA - Jan 6, 2006
... "Everybody is taking digital
video now," said Grouper CEO ... Another big reason: Apple, which is
driving digital video like it did digital audio a few years ago. ...
Essential Digital Video
View, CA - Jan 10, 2006
Independent telcos interested in
producing their own content should also be interested in The Essential
Digital Video Handbook, by Pete May. ...
Sanyo’s New Xacti Records 720p HD Video &
Marketnews.ca, Canada -
Jan 13, 2006
... a 10x optical zoom lens, and, as
with all previous Sanyo Xacti digital media cameras, can record both 5.1
MP stills and 1,280 x 720-pixel digital video at the ...