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Date: 2013-06-12
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In the age of smartphones and tablets a forgotten piece of video kit is the humble tripod - David Hague looks to rectify this
We are often asked when a tripod should be used, and the generic answer is "whenever you have one with you". Unless you purposely want that jerky, jumpy video look that was a trademark of some TV shows for a period, there is nothing worse than a video that is not rock steady. There is a reason that TV camera operators routinely use them no matter the circumstances. Trust me, you wouldn't lug one of those dirty big TV camera tripods around everywhere with you by choice! But not all tripods are created equal. The one you can buy for $15 in Big W has nothing in common with any of the tripods you'll see in this story other than it has three legs and a screw to mount a camera!
Forget Using Smartphone Cams!
You Can Shoot Like A Pro With These Budget Camcorders
Lately, users have shied away from using lower priced camcorders in favor of shooting video with their smartphones and this is a bit sad in my opinion. The quality of footage from a phone can never replicate that of even the least expensive of genuine camcorders due to a number of factors, not the least being the lens. The physical design is also a factor; camcorders are built the way they are for a reason, primarily the ergonomics with everything at your fingertips. And of course, the camcorder is always the right way up, shooting proper 16:9 high definition footage (PROPER high def) in landscape mode and not portrait as smartphones do. So which are the best low cost camcorders on the market? With a budget of $500, we wondered just what you could get...

Content Insider # 285 - Entertain Me
Squeezing Profit from Every Video Frame
People seem to be watching so much video/entertainment content today we wonder who is working. Movies on the big screen, medium screen, small screen are playing everywhere. Studios, networks, stations, indies are working hard to give consumers what they want in every format possible. And they want to keep that content and show it to you again and again and again to In 10, 20, 30 years when the stuff resurfaces it will be gee whiz new to the audience. Simply shoving it into the cloud doesn't work because well the cloud is based in huge data centers spread around the country. If it was your content how would you preserve it, monitize it for yourself and for your future generations? The answer is out there.
Global television acquires 31 Sony HDC cameras
In its latest Sony equipment purchase Global Television has acquired a further 31 Sony HDC series high definition cameras, taking its Sony HD camera inventory to nearly 250 and cementing Global's industry-leading HD camera chain offer. Global's new Sony cameras will be deployed on diverse broadcasts including Big Brother 2013 for the Nine Network and NRL for Nine and Fox Sports. The agreement, which extends Global and Sony Australia's longstanding partnership, was reached at NAB 2013 and encompasses 10 HDC-2400, three HDC-2500 and 18 HDC-P1 point-of-view (POV) cameras.
The Panasonic HC-V520M Camcorder
Built in wi-fi support with "Real Time Broadcasting"
If you are into sports video, you know that it almost a given that you need a decent zoom to get the action (and it goes without saying, a tripod as well). In still photography terms, my experiences in motor sport suggest a 200mm is the minimum and probably a 400mm the optimal. Of course you need to allow factors such as low light and depth of field to get the best of them. Panasonic has obviously realized this in terms of the video world and released the HC-V520M, a single CMOS hi-def camcorder that will sit easily in the palm of your hand, but sports a genuine 50x optical zoom and an "intelligent" 80x
Is Apple's iRadio Set to Launch Next Week?
Apple inked deals with Warner and Universal Music for its not-yet-released music streaming service, iRadio, ahead of WWDC.

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