Using the Right Hardware for a Great Video Editing Experience

Jason Dunn

Your computer is a lot like your car—when you buy it, you have certain ideas about what you want to do with it. You buy a car to get to and from work, run errands, and travel. You buy a computer to write letters, check e-mail, browse the Web, and perhaps play games. But the analogy stops there. Unlike your car, which more or

less stays the same from the day you buy it, your computer can be changed with hardware and software. As your needs grow, so can your computer.

Since you’re reading this article, you must be interested in editing digital video on your Microsoft Windows XP-based computer. I guarantee that you’ll have more fun with video editing than you do just writing e-mail. But just as you wouldn’t take a compact car off-roading, your computer might not be up to the task of heavy video editing. Continue reading


Edirol V-4 Four Channel Video Mixer

62458306A powerful tool that opens up a whole world of creative video possibilities. The V-4 is a 4-channel video mixer made for portable or fixed installation use. It is ideal for use in nightclubs, places of worship, theatres, and other live performances. The V-4 video mixer also has MIDI in/out/through, for realtime or sequenced control of video sources with effects and transitions.Video mixer/switcher with 4-channel inputThe V-4 is equipped with 4 composite (RCA) inputs plus 2 S-video (Y/C) inputs. It offers scene transition of the 4 video sources with dissolve, wipes (about 200 variations), and switching. The V-4 outputs the same video source to all 3 jacks (Composite x 2, S-video x 1), for simultaneous monitoring and displaying, without resorting to external distribution boxes. The V-4 comes with over 200 transition effects of all types, including hard edge, luminance, multi-border, sliding, and soft edge types.Professional video qualityThe input video sources are processed completely in the digital domain, and give professional video quality (13.5MHz, 8-bit, 4:2:2, DV quality). Ideal for use on large screens, and because the V-4 internal processing is digital there is no quality loss.2-channel TBC/frame synchronizerThe input sources go through independent 2-channel TBC (Time Base Correction) circuits to correct the time code, independent 2-channel frame synchronizers are also applied to the 2 sources at this stage.


Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCCAM Camcorder

By : Mark Montgomery
AVCHD Goes Pro

The Panasonic AG-HMC150 is a sign that the AVCHD format has matured from a cumbersome consumer format to a nimble HD choice for event videographers and burgeoning pros.

While editing the content still has its hurdles, the new data-based workflow, even in worst-case scenarios, has its benefits. But it’s not for everyone. Shooters who need long record times, extreme durability and a lightweight camcorder will rejoice. Beyond the obvious advantages, the AG-HMC150 delivers stunning image performance and a proven camcorder design. We think this camcorder is one of the most notable of the year. Let’s take a closer look with our Panasonic AG-HMC150 review to see why it’s a standout camcorder.

Dependable Design

Form and function matter to a shooter. The Panasonic AG-HMC150 has carried over a well-thought-out design from the Panasonic AG-DVX100 and AG-HVX200. For owners of these camcorders, the design will look very similar. If you’re new to this design altogether, we think you’ll find it to be a good blend of manual controls that are easy to reach and not too many buttons to clutter the camcorder’s housing. Continue reading

Sony FX1000 HDV Camcorder

Sony FX1000 with FX1If you were one of those who were able to tune in today, you got the chance to see our hour-long live report on Sony FX1000 .

John Burkhart and Tom Skowronski had the chance to play around with Sony’s newest HDV camera and put it through some tests and gave their thoughts on the camcorder’s performance, as well as made comparisons to this camera’s predecessor, the FX1. Our live web-cast will continue to loop for the next few days at After that, we’ll have a taped recording of the show that you’ll be able to view on our website. When we have that link up we’ll send out a notice. Continue reading

The Flying Camera

Aeryon ScoutRecently I came across a very interesting article concerning a new, and very interesting take on aerial-robotics. The company called Aeryon Labs has developed what looks to be a flying camera called an Aeryon Scout. Continue reading

Webcam Eyes

by tomskowronski | December 17th, 2008

eye cameraI recently came across a story of that is gaining a significant amount of support behind it. And I wanted to know where it might lead us as cinematographers if it were to happen. There are a couple of similarities amongst two people that I found to be quite interesting. Both are artists, both are creative and very passionate and both only have the use of one eye. Here is where things get interesting; both have one prosthetic eye… which they hope to install a web cam into. Rob Spence is a filmmaker who hopes that installing a webcam in his eye socket would help him to become a so-called “lifecaster.” Continue reading