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February 02, 2009

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February 2009 EventDV
Panasonic Announces New High-Resolution BT-LH2550 Premium-Quality 25.5" LCD HD Production Monitor
Three Announcements from WEVA, Including Hotel Registration for Expo 2009
Two Announcements from Roland Systems Group: M-48 Live Personal Mixer and M-400 V-Mixer 2
"Plug and Play" Projection for Mac Users Enabled by InFocus and DisplayLink
LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling Technology Hits Five-Year Milestone
iLife '09 Shipping January 27

February 2009 EventDV

COVER STORY
In the Field: Switronix TorchLED TL-50 by Philip Hinkle

FEATURES
Delivering HD Video Online by Jan Ozer
Shooting on Location: Keeping Mr. Murphy at Bay by Stuart Sweetow

TUTORIALS
Graphic Thoughts: Grunge Text Looks Nice! by Lance Gray
Cut Lines: Using the AVCHD Format in Final Cut Pro by Joe McManus
Sony Vegas Tips & Tricks: Audio Normalization and Noise Reduction by David McKnight

IN THE STUDIO
NewBlueFX Video Essentials by David McKnight

COLUMNS
The Nonlinear Editor: Get on the Bus by Stephen Nathans-Kelly
Strictly Business: Social Networking in the 21st Century by Steve Yankee
Vantage Point: A Story About Love
by Laura Moses
The Moving Picture: CS4 at 64 by Jan Ozer

DEPARTMENTS
Gear & Now: New Mics Hit the Market as Sky Falls by Lee Rickwood

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Panasonic Announces New High-Resolution BT-LH2550 Premium-Quality 25.5" LCD HD Production Monitor

Panasonic announced the immediate availability of its new high-resolution BT-LH2550 LCD HD production monitor. With a full 1920 x 1200-pixel In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel, the 25.5” LCD production monitor features an expanded color gamut, exceeding the NTSC standard, to ensure vivid, true-to-life color for critical monitoring at a cost far less than premium-priced reference monitors.

The LH2550 offers six color space settings - SMPTE, EBU, ITU-R BT.709, Adobe 2.2, Adobe 1.8 and D-Cinema – to expand the range of colors that can be viewed onscreen for high-end applications ranging from broadcast and print to digital graphics and postproduction. The monitor’s image processing engine has a three-dimensional look-up table (LUT) that calibrates it to reproduce content according to the specific color standard selected. With its advanced IPS panel, 1920 x 1200 resolution and 10-bit processing circuit, the LH2550 produces ultra-faithful color and exceptionally clear detail in any video format. Its high contrast and brightness, excellent motion response and wide 178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles make it the cost-effective choice versus more expensive reference monitors. 

 

In addition to its state-of-the-art color reproduction capabilities, the monitor is equipped with valuable production tools, including built-in waveform monitor and vectorscope functions that display all picture lines for signal level monitoring. It also features pre-installed calibration software that allows the monitor to be calibrated directly with color analyzers without using a PC. A split-screen function permits the simultaneously display of two video sources side-by-side from two different video inputs.

The monitor also features a Cine-gamma Film-Rec compensation function for compatible use with cameras such as the new AJ-HPX3700 and AJ-HPX2700 P2 HD VariCam camcorders and the

AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD Cinema Camera. Additional monitoring tools include split-screen/freeze frame (live input vs. freeze frame), Standard Markers and Blue-only, H/V delay display, monochrome and Cross Hatch overlay display.

The LH2550 incorporates a new lightweight, slim-frame, space-saving design (it’s 1/3 lighter than its predecessor, the BT-LH2600W) and an aluminum alloy back panel. The monitor features a full range of professional level inputs including DVI-D input, two auto-switching SDI (HD/SD) inputs (with switched output), component and RGB, as well as standard RS-232C (9-pin) and GPI (9-pin) remote inputs, headphone jack, green and red tally lamps on the front panel. It also has an embedded audio decoder on board (through its headphone jack), time code display, closed caption (through video input only), audio level meter display of up to eight channels. Five customizable function keys on the front panel can be assigned with various display modes and settings for quick, one-touch adjustments.

The LH2550 operates without a cooling fan for noise-free performance. It comes standard with a desk stand and is VESA-mount compatible. A 24-volt AC Adapter, 3-pin AC cord and 4-pin XLR DC cord are included.

The LH2550 is available now at a suggested list price of $5,995. For more information on the BT-LH2550, visit www.panasonic.com/productiontough.

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Three Announcements from WEVA, Including Hotel Registration for Expo 2009

Three news items were announced by WEVA for its membership today:

WEVA-TV Gets New Look and Content
John Zale, WEVA's Director of Educational Development recently had a great deal to smile about - no, not about the great winter weather in Chicago - but a successful facelift for the popular online WEVA-TV.

A members-only section of the WEVA website, WEVA-TV is, "a cross between The Insider and CNN News rolled into one," Zale describes, "and it's poised to deliver video education that's on the cutting-edge of industry news and developments."

Featuring technology discussions, new product reviews, plus video segments based on the articles in WEVA's Wedding & Event Videography Resource Guide and more, WEVA-TV is available to enhance the business capabilities of WEVA members worldwide.

"WEVA-TV will now incorporate 4 unique video channels chocked full of content,” Zale said. "WEVA members can select the time they want to watch as well as the programs 24/7. It's a very convenient tool."

  • Channel 1 – Wedding & Event Videography Resource Guide (WEVRG) will have clips relating to articles in each WEVRG issue. These segments will enhance WEVRG's print content with behind-the-scenes video and allow WEVA members to actually see the nuts and bolts of the production or subject matter of WEVRG tutorials and features.
  • Channel 2 – WEVA EXPO enables members to watch highlights of previous EXPOs and scenes of things to come.
  • Channel 3 – WEVA NEWS MINUTE Videos will supply short segments on new event video technology and techniques from videographers, manufacturers and industry experts.
  • Channel 4 – The WEVA Vault brings members on-camera interviews with leading wedding and event videographers who discuss their individual paths to success in the industry.

Channel 1, for example, just added 3 new segments from WEVRG: Wearing Many Video Hats – features behind the scenes with Ryan Bodie of Studio 26 productions, The Greatest (Event Videography) Show on Earth - contains highlights from WEVA EXPO 2008 featuring images from Sara Frances and editing by Animoto; and Starstruck by David Robin, a behind-the-scenes quick look at the set-ups used when he and his crew recorded James Caan and Paris Hilton for an extraordinary Bar Mitzvah Concept Video.

"The continuing evolution of WEVA-TV makes it a unique and innovative tool for WEVA members that is also easy-to-use," said WEVA International Chairman Roy Chapman. "We hope every WEVA member puts WEVA-TV on their 'must-watch' list, and suggests new topic-areas for production and education."

WEVA Expo 2009 Hotel Reservation Now Available Online
Make plans to attend now! The brand new 26-acre Hilton Orlando, the host hotel for the WEVA 19th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo September 14-17, 2009 is already accepting room reservations online. To register, click here.

The discount rate for all WEVA EXPO 2009 attendees is $99/night (single or double; valid 3 days before/after EXPO) with no extra charge for in-room Internet access and parking is free for all registered hotel guests. Rooms at the discount rate are limited - make your room reservations early to be sure of getting the special group discount.

Over 70 Sessions for Event Videographers
Open to all industry professionals and students (WEVA members receive discount registration), Wedding & Event Video Expo 2009 officially opens Monday evening September 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm with the Opening Night Awards Gala and complimentary WEVA Awards Night Dinner. WEVA EXPO 2009 will present over 70 sessions on new techniques, technology, and marketing for professional wedding and event videographers.

Sessions begin Tuesday morning and end by 5pm Thursday September 17. The huge WEVA EXPO 2009 Trade Show featuring major manufactu rers, dealers and industry suppliers will also include free edit-system training right on the show floor, and will be open two full days on September 15 & 16.

WEVA EXPO 2009 will present all-new sessions and speakers, plus special interactive programs, including "WEVA LIVE!" the original WEVA series that demonstrates new shooting and editing techniques in mock wedding environments.

“EXPO attendees will be able to see how different camera systems and camera techniques are utilized by leading wedding videographers while they are shooting simultaneously under the same ‘live wedding' conditions. It's the kind of instant-learning experience that is not only inspiring to watch, but gets you up-to-speed, fast!" said John Zale WEVA's Director of Educational Development.

Optional Pre-Convention Sessions
Optional Pre-Convention Power Sessions will be held Monday afternoon September 14 at the Hilton for wedding and event videographers who want extended business education and system training. These optional sessions will conclude before the Opening Night Gala begins in the brand new Hilton Orlando Ballroom.

Special Hilton Orlando Amenities
Nestled on 26 acres, and with 175,000 square-feet of meeting space, the new 19-story Hilton Orlando, set to open in mid-August, offers a design conducive to productivity and relaxation, with special amenities that meet the needs of WEVA attendees - all combined in a perfect lo cation. Guest amenities assure a comfortable, productive stay - including Hilton's famous Serenity Bed, 37” LCD TV, in-room refrigerator, Ergonomic Desk Chairs, and wired/wireless Internet access (free to WEVA attendees).

The hotel has a prime location of only 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport, 5 minutes from the restaurants and live entertainment at Pointe Orlando (only a $1.00 Trolley ride from Hilton) and central to SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and Walt Disney World.

"The location and amenities are incredible, including EXPO amenities: complimentary dinner on Monday night, complimentary continental "Wake-Up Breakfast" all 3 EXPO mornings, special low-cost luncheons, affordable guest rooms - with free in-room Internet access, and free parking for registered hotel guests. And every guest room also includes a brand new refrigerator. In fact, everything in every guest room, the meeting rooms, trade show hall, and other facilities is state-of-the-art because the entire flagship hotel is brand new," said Dan Argenas WEVA's Director of Association Communications.

To make Hilton Orlando room reservations toll-free call 1-800-HILTONS or contact the hotel direct at 407-313-4300 or by Fax: 407-313-4301.

ZOOM Licensing Gets Universal Music Enterprises On-Board
INgrooves, the leading digital distribution and marketing company, in association with Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA), has announced that Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is making thousands of master recordings and compositions available for ZOOM the music licensing program for professional event videographers and photo montage producers.

Songs from UMe's vast catalog of chart-topping classics represent many of the most requested wedding and event songs in history. Now cleared for usage through ZOOM are classics such as “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5, “You Keep Me Hangin' On” by Diana=2 0Ross, and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by Marvin Gaye.

The ZOOM Music Licensing program also includes songs from EMI Music Publishing, Warner Chappell, Gamble & Huff, Silva Screen, Naxos, and K-Tel International.

“We're excited to join the ZOOM program,” stated Tom Rowland, Senior Vice President, Film & TV Music, UMe. “Through our agreement via INgrooves, wedding and event videographers will now have easy access to licensing our music, and helping people relive their special moments.”

"With thousands of wedding and event videographers waiting for music to be cleared for licensing, UMe's participation is a tremendous addition for ZOOM,” said WEVA International Chairman Roy Chapman. “UMe's colossal catalog represents a major injection of popular music which professional wedding and event videographers and wedding photo montage producers in both the US and Canada can now instantly license. And, we are currently working on other additions to the ZOOM catalog for our members."

ZOOM, developed by INgrooves, WEVA, and EMI Music Publishing, is a cost-effective and easy-to-use music licensing solution for the professional videography and photo-montage industries. The web-based service allows video and photo professionals based in the US and Canada to search, license and manage music that has been cleared for use in their productions. The ability to legally license the right to synchronize music to im ages for smaller video productions is an issue that has dogged the industry for many years.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome UMe to the ZOOM license program,” explains Robb McDaniels, President & CEO of INgrooves. “These recent music clearances combined with new features such as our a la carte pricing show that we are customizing our offering to meet the needs of the user base.”

For more information visit www.zoomlicense.com.

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Two Announcements from Roland Systems Group: M-48 Live Personal Mixer and M-400 V-Mixer 2

Roland Systems Group (RSG) is pleased to announce the RSS M-48 Live Personal Mixer and RSS S-4000D Splitter and Power Distributor, an innovative monitoring solution for live performance and studio applications.

For the performing musician wanting the best possible sound quality and flexibility in their individual stage mix, the M-48 offers control over 40 audio sources that can be easily managed in 16 assignable stereo groups.  The playing experience is enhanced with level/pan/solo/3-band EQ.

Download complete press release: RSS M-48 Live Personal Mixer.pdf
Download images and product specifications: www.rssamerica.com/m48

 
Roland has also announced details about their upcoming release of Version 2.0 software for the RSS M-400 V-Mixer Digital Console – the key component of the popular V-Mixing System.

The software update contains a combination of brand-new features as well as direct responses to feedback from an ever-growing customer base. These include
 
•    Software control and management for multiple M-48 Live Personal Mixers
•    LCR support (for Left-Center-Right sound systems)
•    Newly added vintage Roland effects including:
        Digital Delay, Space Echo, Digital Reverb, Stereo Flanger
        Dimension D, and Phase Shifter

•    Expanded parametric EQ and graphic EQ capability
•    Real-time analyzer
•    Numerous user interface enhancements


Download complete Press Release: RSS M-400 V-Mixer Ver 2.0.pdf
Download images and specifications: www.rssamerica.com/m400v2

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"Plug and Play" Projection for Mac Users Enabled by InFocus and DisplayLink

 

With the growing population of Macintosh users around the globe, manufacturers are working double time to meet the growing demands of this particular audience. Hardware and software manufacturers are now creating Mac versions for what used to be a Windows dominated marketplace. In an effort to support this growing demand for Mac applications, InFocus® Corporation (NASDAQ:INFS), the industry pioneer in digital projection technology, today announced the availability of the InFocus DisplayLink™ support for Mac, a display driver that allows Intel-based Apple computers to transmit audio and video content over a standard USB connection for instant set up with DisplayLink™ enabled InFocus projectors.

“InFocus continues to meet market demands, as evidenced by the release of the InFocus DisplayLink™ Mac Driver—enabling users to create an even more collaborative and productive meeting environment through instant set up and multi-presentation options,” noted David Woolf, InFocus’ Vice President of Global Marketing.

By using the DisplayLink™ feature, Mac-based presenters can enjoy “plug and project” convenience by simply connecting a standard USB 2.0 cable to the projector. The InFocus DisplayLink™ Mac driver is immediately detected by the computer and will configure with the DisplayLink™ enabled InFocus projector settings within seconds—resulting in zero set up time and instant screen switching so users can start using the projector instantly. Users will appreciate DisplayLink™’s multi-display capability, which makes it possible to project up to four projectors simultaneously from just one computer. This feature also allows users to create video walls, and presentation of multiple contents during meetings, making it an ideal solution for videoconferences and collaborative meetings where two or more live broadcasts need to be shown simultaneously.

The InFocus DisplayLink™ Mac Driver enables an all digital connection, doesn’t require any additional InFocus-specific control software, and only needs one small USB cable in place of both an analog PC cable and PC adaptor that projectors typically require for Mac use. Moreover, set-up adjustments can be controlled through the computer’s own video settings. The driver supports connectivity to DisplayLink™ enabled InFocus projectors utilizing Intel-based Apple computers running minimum Apple OS X, Tiger 10.4.11, or Leopard 10.5.5. Supported models include Mac Mini (Intel), iMac (Intel), MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Pro.

The InFocus DisplayLink™ Mac Driver comes embedded on the new InFocus IN3108 meeting room projector, which will be available in February 2009 and can also be downloaded on the InFocus Support Site (www.infocus.com/displaylink) for use on the previously launched DisplayLink™enabled IN110 and IN3100 projector series.

“DisplayLink USB graphics brings unparalleled ease of use to projector connectivity,” said Dennis Crespo, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for DisplayLink. “We aim to offer the same ease of use that people have come to expect from a Macintosh – technology that just simply works.”

www.infocus.com.

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LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling Technology Hits Five-Year Milestone

LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling today announced its five-year milestone, with an expanded base of over 100 licensees that highlights broad adoption of LightScribe's CD/DVD labeling technology and reflects enthusiastic customer response worldwide. Over 115 million LightScribe-enabled drives have shipped to date and LightScribe represents approximately 40% of worldwide DVD writer sales with the installed base growing at approximately five million drives a month. Additionally,over one million LightScribe.com visitors a month are viewing LightScribe's Design Center and downloading Template Labeler, label designs, and Windows and Linux software development kits.

LightScribe -- a laser DVD/CD label burning technology found in many popular brands of DVD/CD burners, laptops and PCs -- gives people the ability to easily burn silkscreen-quality photos, graphics, images and text directly onto LightScribe CDs and DVDs. A simple title printed in normal mode will typically take a couple of minutes. A fuller disc image will take approximately 15-20 minutes. LightScribe CDs are available in gold, red, orange, yellow, blue and green.

LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology is now being incorporated by over 100 personal computer, optical drive and media manufacturers, software developers, and media and hardware brands worldwide, including:

  • Personal computer manufacturers Alienware, Asus, Equus Computer Systems, Evesham Technology, Founder, HP, Lenovo, Medion, MESH Computers, Packard Bell, Paradigit, Samsung and Targa
  • Hardware brands Ahtec Computer, Alienware, Apricorn, Asustek, Ativa, BenQ, Buffalo, Candy Technology, Evesham Technology, Freecom Technologies, Gear Head, Gericom, HP, I/OMagic, LaCie, LG Electronics, Lite-On IT, Medion, Memorex, Packard Bell, Pacific Digital, Paradigit, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung and Sony
  • Media brands Aleratec, Ativa, BenQ, Digitex, Esperanza, HP, Imation, Infiniti, Intenso, KODAK Media Products, Maxell, Melody Technology, Memorex, Microboards, Mitsubishi, Omega, Philips, Platinet, PRIMEON, Ricoh, River Pro Audio, TDK, Vakoss Verbatim and VinPower
  • Optical drive manufacturers Asustek, Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Lite-On IT, Panasonic Communications, Panasonic Shikoku Electronics, Philips LiteOn Data Systems, Pioneer, QSI, Sony Optiarc, TEAC and Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology
  • Software developers Acoustica, BHA, Corel, CyberLink, Droppix, Honest Technology, Kandalu, MicroVision Development, NEATO, Nero, NewSoft Technology, NewTech Infosystems, Roxio, SmileOnMyMac, Sonic Solutions, Target Cast and Ulead
  • Duplicator and Disc publishing systems manufacturers Acronova, Advanced Digital Research, Alea, Aleratec, Amtren, CD PRO Resolu, Datatronics, Mexty Productions, Microboards and VinPower
  • Media manufacturers CMC Magnetics, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media and Moser Baer India
  • Hardware component manufacturers Marvell, MediaTek, Sony Semiconductor and Sunext Technology
  • System integrator Micro-Star International

"Over five-years since the initial public announcement, LightScribe users have creatively personalized their digital content and, for businesses, improved impressions serving their commercial interests," said Kent Henscheid, marketing manager for LightScribe. "In the last several years, LightScribe streamlined its software environment to broaden accessibility for developers, and we now see applications well beyond single-user computing, including content duplication and numerous vertical markets. Following key business goals of broad adoption and technology simplification throughout its life cycle – coined as 'burn/flip/burn' - LightScribe is a success story in driving complex technology to consumer ease-of-use and affordability."

LightScribe-enabled CDs, DVDs, software, desktops, notebooks, aftermarket optical disc drives and duplicator systems are available at major retailers worldwide, as well as through most leading online stores.

www.lightscribe.com.

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iLife '09 Shipping January 27

Apple® has announced that iLife® ’09 will be available today, January 27, and features major upgrades to iPhoto®, iMovie® and GarageBand®, with breakthrough new ways to organize and manage photos, create movies and learn to play music.

iLife ’09 is included with every new Mac® and is available as a $79 upgrade for existing users through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPhoto ’09 builds on the ability to automatically organize photos into Events by adding Faces and Places as innovative new ways to easily organize and manage your photos using face detection, face recognition and GPS geo-tagging technologies. iMovie ’09 expands on the revolutionary super fast movie creation introduced in iMovie ’08 by adding the depth users want through powerful easy-to-use new features such as the incredible new Precision Editor, video stabilization, advanced drag and drop, and animated travel maps. GarageBand ’09 introduces a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar with 18 basic lessons and optional lessons from top artists such as Sara Bareilles, John Fogerty, Norah Jones and Sting.

iLife ’09 also includes iWeb™ ’09 for authoring custom websites and iDVD® ’09 for creating DVDs. iWeb ’09 adds new iWeb Widgets, such as iSight® video and photos, a countdown timer, YouTube video and RSS feeds. New integrated FTP publishing allows you to publish your website to virtually any hosting service and updates to your site can now be automatically added to your Facebook profile.

You can see step-by-step demonstrations of iLife ’09 features by browsing more than 70 video tutorials at www.apple.com/ilife/tutorials.

Pricing & Availability
iLife ’09 will be available January 27 for a suggested retail price of $79 (US) through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The iLife Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after January 6, 2009 for a shipping and handling fee of $9.95 (US). The iLife ’09 Family Pack includes five licenses and will be available for $99 (US) and the Mac Box Set which includes iLife ’09, iWork ’09 and Mac OS® X v10.5.6 Leopard® will be available for $169 (US). Artist Lessons are sold separately through the GarageBand Lesson Store for $4.99 (US) each.

iLife ’09 requires Mac OS X version 10.5.6 or later, a Macintosh® computer with an Intel processor, a PowerPC G5 or 867 MHz or faster PowerPC G4, 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended), QuickTime® 7.5.5 or later (included), a DVD drive for installation and 4GB of available disk space. iPhoto print services and GarageBand Artist Lessons are available in select countries. Full system requirements and more information on iLife ’09 can be found at www.apple.com/ilife.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

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