Category: Third-Party

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Video Encoders Compared

Real World Video Compression looked at four Mac compression tools: El Gato’s Turbo.264 1.3 hardware dongle and software, Apple’s Compressor 3.0.3, Episode Pro 5.0.1, and Techspansion’s Visual Hub 1.3.4 to see which performs best in terms of speed (not necessarily quality; all rendering was done with default settings). The tests were run on a beefy ...

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View AVCHD Thumbnails with HD Quick Look

I’ve mentioned VoltaicHD in the past as a way to process AVCHD footage without going through iMovie’s or Final Cut’s import process; those programs convert the footage to AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec) for editing. VoltaicHD allows you to copy the .mts files directly to your hard disk and perform the conversion on your own time. ...

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NYTimes on Tiny “HD” Camcorders

David Pogue’s technology column this week reviews the Canon PowerShot TX1, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2, and the (no-so-tiny) Panasonic HDC-SD1. Each captures high-definition video, but at varying qualities, and each stores the media on memory cards instead of tape. Pogue’s review, “Not-So-High- Definition Camcorders,” is also full of some good one-liners, such as: Each model ...

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Mount Bottom-Loading Camcorder on a Tripod

FresHDV points to a company that makes accessories for mounting a bottom-loading camcorder onto a tripod so you can change tapes without having to remove the camera entirely: One of the curses of cheap cost-effective “consumer” camcorders is the bottom-loading tape transport. It forces you to unscrew your tripod plate from the camera to swap ...

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Battlestar Galactica Videomaker Toolkit

I’m late to the new BG series, catching up with the help of Netflix and what little spare time I have right now. It’s a compelling show, with amazing special effects and good writing. Now, the producers have created the Battlestar Galactica Videomaker Toolkit, a collection of video and audio clips from the show that ...

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Spiderbrace Stabilizes Your Camera

BoingBoing points to the Spiderbrace Video Camera Stabilizer, a $70 device that attaches to your video camera to stabilize the image. Digital video camcorders have opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities for today’s independent filmmaker. However, despite all its advantages, the DV camcorder has presented videographers with one obvious problem: the absence ...

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Adobe Premiere Coming Back to Mac

After making its video editor Windows-only in 2003, Adobe is giving Premiere an encore on the Mac for the next version, according to an article at Macworld.com: “Adobe brings Premiere back to the Mac.” The new version will work only on Intel-based Macs, and it will be part of the upcoming Adobe Production Studio suite ...

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Breen fixes Macworld vid in post

Macworld’s Christopher Breen could probably use any video editor he wants, but he puts together the Macworld podcast using iMovie HD. That can prove challenging when, for example, editor Jason Snell hands off some less-than-ideal raw footage with the comment, “Oh, in the interview the camera is off a little bit, leaving too much space ...

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Take notes on movies with QT Movie NoteTaker

DVcreators.net has released a 0.5 version of a handy utility: QT Movie NoteTaker, a free utility that enables you to watch a QuickTime movie and keep notes about the footage with timestamps. This looks like a great collaborative editing tool if you deal with dailies or you just want to provide some helpful tips to ...

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VisualHub for Video Conversion

Dan Frakes at Macworld looks at VisualHub, a $28 utility for converting video into oodles of formats in “All you need is Hub“: As an example of VisualHub’s performance, I had a 5.8GB, 1 hour 49 minute, AVI version of a movie that I wanted to convert for iPod viewing. QuickTime Player (the Pro version) ...