Tag Archives: Videography

Sony announced new Handycam NEX-VG20 Camcorder

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(credit: Sony) Sony Handycam NEX-VG20 Camcorder | from US$1,599.00 | www.sonystyle.com

Sony has taken wrap off the successor to its hugely popular handycam NEX-VG10. dubbed simply as the Handycam NEX-VG20 Camcorder, this E-mount interchangeable lens system boast a 16.1-megapixels Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor for recording cinematic full HD video and capturing of high resolution photos. full HD video shooting in AVCHD format now comes with a choice of either 24p or progressive 60p frame rates. Continue reading Sony announced new Handycam NEX-VG20 Camcorder

Vision Research’s Phantom v1610 video camera

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(credit: Vision Research) Vision Research Phantom v1610 Video Camera | US$PoA | www.visionresearch.com

ever dreamed about shooting a 1 million frames second video? it is certainly not far-fetch dream when you have the Vision Research Phantom v1610 Video Camera, but the trade-off for such an insane frame rate is an extremely low resolution of 128 x 16 pixels. ok, that resolution is a little ridiculous for our pampered eyes but at a HD resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, it still does a mind-boggling 16,000 frames per second with a 28-micron pixel size, at 12-bit depth. you will have a choice of 24-GB, 48-GB or 96-GB high-speed internal RAM or cut down your saving time with the CineMag storage (256-GB or 512-GB). one look, you will know that this isn’t your everyday consumer video camera. i have little doubt about where the v1610 video camera is targeted at. as for the price, in case you are brave enough to wonder, you will have to request for a quotation from Vision Research. honestly, i was totally overwhelmed by the specs given – not technically impress but more like, technically indigestible to a layman like me. check it out here. Continue reading Vision Research’s Phantom v1610 video camera

meet Dot, she wants your iPhone 4 to record 360-DEG video

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(credit: Kogeto) DOT: 360º video capture for iPhone 4 | US$98.00 | www.kogeto.com

so who is or what is DOT? DOT is the new kid on the block for 360-degree video recording for iPhone 4. along with a purposed-built app, the small panoramic lens attachment allows iPhone users to capture 360-degree video without physically rotating the device. the capture video is totally navigable which is what makes it so cool. of course, this 360-idea for iPhone isn’t new, as previously it has been explored by the GoPano, which does pretty much the same thing. Continue reading meet Dot, she wants your iPhone 4 to record 360-DEG video

Fastec TS3Cine – the most compact hi-speed camera

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(image credit: FASTEC) FASTEC TS3Cine | from US$29,900.00 | ts3cine.com

if are an aspiring videographer, you are probably going to dig this. the FASTEC TS3Cine is a high speed video camera in a compact form factor. even in its compact form, it still sports a generous 7-inch LCD display, negating the need to hook up external monitor for shot framing. at its maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024, the TS3Cine can capture videos at up to 500 frames per second (fps). however, it can record at 720 frames per second (fps) if recording at 720p resolution and as high as 20,000 frames per second (fps) when recording at its lowest resolution. though, no mention of what is the lowest resolution. Continue reading Fastec TS3Cine – the most compact hi-speed camera

GoPano micro captures 360DEG videos on an iPhone 4

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(credit: Michael Rondinelli) GoPano micro fro iPhone 4 | from US$50.00 | www.eyesee360.com

what is it? the GoPano micro is basically a hardware that lets your iPhone 4 capture 360DEG video. the GoPano micro hardware consists of two parts: the case and the GoPano. of course, the GoPano micro will not work by simply snapping on the lens. it will require an app to make it work. check out the video after the break for the product intro. Continue reading GoPano micro captures 360DEG videos on an iPhone 4

how to eliminate shaky recording with an iPhone 4

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video recording with mobile devices has progressed leaps and bounds. today, using your smartphone such as an iPhone to record HD footage is not uncommon. however, there is still a problem that’s bugging us and that’s the shaky footage associated with lightweight recording device and of course, the lack stabilizing hardware. we scour the net and we found one hardware and a software that might soft the shaky ‘blair witch project’ syndrome when recording with the iPhone 4. if you like capturing video footages with your iPhone 4, you really shouldn’t miss this. iPhone 4 takes pretty awesome HD video, it would be a shame to have the HD quality marred by shakiness. i’m sure you wouldn’t want to recreate another Blair Witch Project or Cloverdale, don’t you?

the Steadicam Smoothee is a video rig that uses counterweights to steady the rig, much like its larger counterparts for movie and television cameras. a quick release bracket on top of the main body of the rig holds your phone or camcorder and a curve metal arm with a couple counterweights extends underneath. to use the rig, user simply hold on to the pistol-style grip that is joined to the main body via a freely-moving gimbal connection. the combination of the counterweights and the free-moving main body provides the rig with stability while recording. the Smoothee also features adjustment knobs, allowing the user to move the phone/camcorder from side to side or front to back in order to achieve a perfectly balanced over the Smoothee.

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check out Smoothee in action in the video after the break. looks pretty convincing to me. the Steadicam Smoothee is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and FLIP Mino HD and has a retail price of around $200.

though the Smoothee looks promising in giving a more professional footage, however, from the intro video we do notice some hints of subtle wobble which is no surprise to us, it is after all, not a full fledge video camera rig. if you have an obsession with ‘anti-shakiness’, then you are in luck. there’s a new app in town for iPhone 4 called SteadyCam Pro that might help you further smooth out a few details that Smoothee might have left out.

SteadyCam uses advanced signal processing algorithms and what Midnox claimed as “a little bit of magic” to remove the shakes in your video recording and correct for rolling shutter, all in real time. needless to say, that would take quite a processing power and hence, SteadyCam Pro is only available for iPhone 4 running iOS 4.1 or later. SteadyCam Pro if free download and try but that only gives you a watermarked recording of just 15 seconds. if you like what you see, you can upgrade to the full version for $2.99. the SteadyCam Pro is available on AppStore now. check out the video of the SteadyCam in action after the break.

by combining both the hardware video rig like the Smoothee and the SteadyCam Pro app, you can truly take advantage of the power of iPhone 4 HD video recording. though, the combine price tag of $200+ is not exactly cheap for non-videographing enthusiasts but perhaps, after reviewing your nausea-inducing shaky Big Foot footages, you probably would wish you had the rig and the app to stop the shaking and had much better chance of convincing the scientists that you actually saw a Big Foot. not that i am saying Big Foot is real but you get the idea.

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RED EPIC-M is compact and capable of 5K resolution

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RED EPIC-M | US$58,000.00 | www.red.com

movie-goers hardly gave a thought to what equipment the filmmaker uses. unless, of course, you are an avid videographer or a videographer by trade. what you see in the above image is the latest professional grade and yet compact digital still and motion camera from RED, dubbed the EPIC-M. RED is no newcomer to the film industry equipment. in fact, many award winning movies were shot using their equipment which includes the likes of The Social Network, Winter’s Bone, The Lincoln Lawyer, among the many others. so its no coincidence that the RED EPIC-M is also director Peter Jackson’s weapon of choice for his upcoming movie The Hobbit. Continue reading RED EPIC-M is compact and capable of 5K resolution

a bigger picture from the 5-inch external display for DSLR

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(image credit: Sony) Sony CLM-V55 External HDMI Monitor | US$tbc | www.sony.com

photographers and videographers will welcome the new Sony CLM-V55 external HDMi monitor which will give them a glorious 5-inch view of their subject with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. the WVGGA monitor attached easily to any existing hot shoe of your equipment. some of the features include adjustable aspect ratio (16:9 and 4:3), volume adjustment, brightness/contrast/color tone adjustment and auto dimmer.

the CLM-V55 gives a new a literal meaning to ‘seeing things in a bigger picture’. picture framing for movies and photography could be a whole lot easier and precise, rather than squinting over the tiny 1.5-inch screen. for those outdoor shoot, the CLM-V55 comes with a detachable LCD hood for viewing under the bright sunlight. rather then lugging a full monitor around for your shoot which impedes your mobility in the process, the CLM-V55 could be a handy solution.

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device that lets your pocket video camera tracks your every move

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self-portrait for still images isn’t an issue as long as the camera has a built-in self-timer but what about self-videoing? the biggest issue with self-video is following or tracking. when the subject moves, the camera doesn’t, thus resulting in subject went out of frame. three guys, Vlad Tetelbaum, Brian Lamb and Dean Hamilton has a clever solution that allows your camera to follow your every move. in essence, it’s an integrated tracking system for pocket video camera. Continue reading device that lets your pocket video camera tracks your every move

the OWLE turns your iPhone 4 into a hand-held HD-video rig

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(image credit: Photojojo) The OWLE iPhone Video Rig | from US$159.00 | photojojo.com

if you’re feeling aspired by the iPhone 4 HD videoing capability but the phone does not weigh up to be a real handheld rig, then this might be just for you. OWLE is basically an encasement custom for iPhone 4 dedicated for shooting videos. the weighty feel and the dual grip on the OWLE, provides aspiring videographer a more stable filming experience. the OWLE is also available for 3GS.

the OWLE is machined out of a single block of aluminum, anodized and features a 37mm 0.45x wide-angle lens with macro optics. it also comes with an adjustable, high sensitivity VeriCorder mic – which is like a miniature version of the big recording mic. other features include ability to accommodate third-party lenses (37mm) and filters (49mm), cold shoe accessory mount, four tripod sockets in each corner and dual grips for added stability when doing your filming.

so aspiring film makers, dig this. now you can go about filming HD quality film with your iPhone 4 and capture moments that might be just be the next blockbuster movie. the OWLE measures 4.75 x 6 x 1.75 inches, hence with it stalled, your iPhone 4-turn-HD video rig will not be that pocket friendly anymore but then again, it is still quite compact for a video rig. isn’t it? so perhaps we might see some HD movie filmed entirely with iPhone 4?

the OWLE for iPhone 4 and 3GS retails at $169.00 and $159.00 respectively and is available at Photojojo Store.

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