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July 09, 2009

Table of Contents

Master the Same-Day Edit with Mark and Trisha Von Lanken! Shoot, Edit, and Deliver in HD!
NewTek Releases 3D Motion Graphics Packs for Sports
EXTRA! WEVA EXPO 2009 First Speakers & Sessions Revealed!
The CalDigit VR Mini. Serious Storage. On the Go. Now Shipping!
Glass Slipper Productions Captures Happy Endings And New Beginnings With Panasonic AG-HMC150 Handheld Camcorders
Sonnet Announces $100 Price Drop for the Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34
Shooting Tornados and Hurricanes with the Petrol Raincover
Win a Free HD Camcorder Monthly at HD Camera Guide.Com's Consumer Camcorder and Digital Camera Section

Master the Same-Day Edit with Mark and Trisha Von Lanken! Shoot, Edit, and Deliver in HD!

Register Now http://www.eventdv.net/webevents/grassvalley/09jul2009/text/

Same-Day Edits are one of the hottest things going in modern wedding and event video, and for good reason: Not only do you get to dazzle your clients with an artistically edited recap of their wedding mere hours after the fact, but you get to dazzle their guests as well, opening up vast and immediate opportunities for new business.

4-time EventDV 25 honorees and WEVA Hall of Famers Mark and Trisha Von Lanken were among the pioneers of Same-Day Edits (SDEs), and are renowned the world over for their SDEs and their dynamic, cinematic wedding video productions. Today they've carried that success into cutting-edge HD productions, and they're even shooting and delivering their SDEs in state-of-the-art 1080p HD.

Go behind-the-scenes with Mark and Trisha and NLE expert Mike Downey from Grass ValleyTM and learn how you can boost your reputation and your bottom line by taking the SDE plunge. And if you're already doing SDEs, learn how to take them to the next level by mastering the challenges of real-time HD production and dazzling your clients--and a reception hall full of future prospects--with SDEs that match the cutting-edge look of your best HD footage.

Thursday July 9th, 2009 - 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET

Register Now http://www.eventdv.net/webevents/grassvalley/09jul2009/text/

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NewTek Releases 3D Motion Graphics Packs for Sports

NewTek Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announced the release of the 3D Content Pack Volume 1: Sports, a collection of network-style, ready-to-use, customizable animated 3D scenes designed for use with LightWave 3D® and 3D ArsenalTM. The NewTek 3D Content Pack, Volume 1: Sports offers nearly 100 dynamic and animated scenes designed for football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey productions.

Each sequence contains:

  • Program opening and bumper animations for each sport
  • Logo treatments for team and player identification with areas to customize with logos and player pictures
  • Program title or team logo animations for segment introductions
  • Fast-paced bumper and transition animations that include placement for an image or video

"3D Content Pack eliminates a majority of the work and time that it takes to create custom network-style motion graphics" said Rex Olson, vice president, content development, NewTek. "Containing almost 100 fully animated 3D scenes, this is a great addition for any 3D Arsenal or LightWave 3D user to effortlessly create high quality 3D sports motion graphics for live TriCaster productions."

Pricing and Availability
The NewTek 3D Content Pack, Volume 1: Sports is available worldwide for US$295. For more information, please visit www.newtek.com.

About NewTek Inc.
Benefiting producers and artists with its cost-effective and groundbreaking technologies, NewTek Inc. is a leader in portable live production, video editing, 3D animation and special effects tools, including LightWave 3D®, the TriCasterTM product line and 3PLAYTM. NewTek has won numerous industry accolades, including two Emmy® Awards. NewTek products have been used in blockbuster films and television shows, including "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man," "300," "Hancock," "Tropic Thunder," "Battlestar Galactica," "Lost," "Fringe" and more. NewTek is privately owned and based in San Antonio, Texas. Clients include: Fox News, BBC, NHL, NBA Development League, MTV, VH1, the Steve Harvey Radio Show, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). For more information, please visit: www.newtek.com.

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EXTRA! WEVA EXPO 2009 First Speakers & Sessions Revealed!

"Every year the WEVA staff works extremely hard by looking worldwide for talented speakers and innovative sessions that will make attending the annual WEVA EXPO worth every penny, and this year they have scored big," exclaims WEVA Chairman Roy Chapman. He adds, "We know that our members and video professionals across the country and the world are hard pressed to find the best value possible when it comes to keeping their business strong and growing. We believe that with over 70 exciting sessions, innovative pre-conference workshops, great special events, the annual Creative Excellence awards, and the world's best hands-on tradeshow, all for around $300 is just that...hard to beat!"

John Zale, Director of Educational Development agrees, "The experts we have coming to this 19th annual WEVA EXPO are truly the innovators and movers in the industry...period! And to be able to experience and learn the information in four jammed packed days, at one beautiful new location and take it back with you to really improve your business is priceless."

Here NOW is the first wave of super sessions revealed:

WEVA LIVE! - will present the first-ever LIVE-Stream at WEVA EXPO 2009 of a "Triple 25th Anniversary Renewal of Vows Ceremony" for three industry renown Videographer couples: Steve & Laura Moses, Joseph & Deborah Blackwell, and Mark & Trisha Von Lanken! Cameras will include Canon 5D, Sony EX1, Nikon D90, Panasonic GH1, plus tiny "hidden" HD cams, and more. Learn how it's done during this WEVA LIVE!session at WEVA EXPO 2009. WEVA Live was developed to teach and inspire Videographers how to combine technology and techniques in real-world settings to create new and improved productions for their clients. Register today and experience the all-new sessions for 2009!

Special education track for those new in the Industry. - EXPO 2009 will provide a series of designed sessions geared towards those who are new to the industry or for those considering adding video to their current services. Sessions will include equipment, shooting, editing, lighting, audio, sales and marketing and more. Everything you need to get your business off the ground and making a profit even in today's economy.

Digital FUSION is Here and So are the Hybrid Cams. - Be the first to experience a series of sessions on new 5D Fusion technology, techniques and accessories used to create a whole new look and feel for Wedding & Event Videography. This is for both videographers and digital photographers to get the full mileage from these new tools.

Ray Roman of Ray Roman Films - will explain and demonstrate how in just a short period of time he has created a special niche (ie: Top Dollar) in the Art of Wedding Film Making.

Keith Kelly of Innovative Communications - will show you how to Sell Your Top Package Every Time.

Author and Editor Norman Hollyn - has been described as a "media expert," a reference to his experience in a wide variety of media types - in both the old and new media worlds. He is a long-time film, television and music editor (HEATHERS, THE COTTON CLUB, SOPHIE'S CHOICE, Oliver Stone's WILD PALMS), and is Associate Professor and Head of the Editing Track at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. Norman will discuss the Lean Forward Moment, how to create compelling stories for Film, TV, & the Web.

Kevin Shahinian and David Robin - share the process of Creative Concept Videos. Truly think out-of-the-box with two of the industry's most creative!

Lance Gray from Pixel Pops - returns with Fast & Fabulous: Killer Graphics in Seconds, Not Hours You will not want to miss this.

Ron and Tasra Dawson from Dare Dreamer Media - take us through the steps needed to develop an effective Social Media Marketing Campaign. They'll share which tools they used to help them seamlessly transition their Video and Photography business from the Bay area to Atlanta without missing a beat.

Mars & Venus Videographer Couples Secrets Discovered! - Yes, the book was right! How do husband and wife teams separate their personal lives from business when they work together? Or maybe they don't? This panel discussion promises to be both informative and entertaining!

What tools available will make your presence on the internet pay dividends? -Today is quickly becoming the era of the Social Network. And, are YOU ready to you're your business and marketing to this growing source? What's the best format to showcase your work? Should you use YouTube? What happens if one of your video productions is pulled? Are there workarounds? How's your Google ranking? How can you improve it? Multiple sessions will answer these questions and many more!

These sessions and speakers are just the beginning. We will be revealing more of the sessions and speakers who are scheduled to appear at WEVA EXPO 2009. Register now and take advantage of the early bird discount now WEVA EXPO 2009 www.wevaexpo.com.  

To watch a video highlighting the speaker announcements, click here

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The CalDigit VR Mini. Serious Storage. On the Go. Now Shipping!

CalDigit is excited to announce that the CalDigit VR mini is now shipping. The CalDigit VR mini is an innovative, compact and bus powered two drive RAID system, supporting a quadruple interface for easy connectivity.

The CalDigit VR mini's modular design provides two removable drive modules and an easy to read frontside LCD. With support for RAID 0, 1, and JBOD the CalDigit VR mini can reach speeds fast enough for high definition video editing. It includes easy to use software allowing for firmware updates, configuration, monitoring and even supports email notification. The CalDigit VR mini packs a ton of performance into a small package, making it a truly portable storage solution that can fit in the palm of your hand.

"The increasing demand for mobile editing has inspired us to create a product that's not only incredibly small, but powerful. It's hard to imagine what the CalDigit VR mini is capable of when you pick it up. The speed that this small RAID can provide is truly impressive," said Jared Picune VP of sales and marketing for CalDigit.

The CalDigit VR mini is bus powered via FireWire, so no extra power supply is needed. When additional speed is needed use eSATA for data and FireWire for power. The CalDigit VR mini is smart enough to know which port to use, so you never need an additional power supply.

The CalDigit VR mini is only 2 inches tall and 5 inches long, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The CalDigit VR mini's small size makes it easy to take wherever you go. It is the perfect solution for any mobile storage need.

Hardware RAID support for RAID 0, 1, and JBOD provides maximum flexibility. Hardware RAID provides an independent CPU and dedicated cache memory to manage the RAID volume. This dedicated process eliminates additional strain from host system's CPU, allowing applications full access. Software RAID systems rely on the host CPU and RAM which can slow down applications by taxing the workstation's CPU. Additionally the quadruple interface supports USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and eSATA, making the CalDigit VR mini extremely versatile.

The CalDigit VR mini has two removable drive modules, allowing for easy replacement and expansion. The CalDigit VR mini can reach speeds that allow for the most demanding tasks, such as video editing. In fact, the CalDigit VR mini is so fast that it can play back high definition video with ease. RAID 1 provides the ultimate in protection and backup for valuable data, by mirroring data on both drives. If a drive fails all data can be restored. Used as a backup solution, the CalDigit VR mini will ensure added confidence with this data redundancy. RAID 1 provides the ultimate companion for your back up solution.

Made from quality components, the CalDigit VR mini is designed to last, and comes with CalDigit's industry leading 1 year warranty and knowledgeable tech support. CalDigit builds and manufactures all major components used in the CalDigit VR mini and uses only quality hard drives from the leading manufactures. An advanced environmental monitor provides detailed information about temperature and hard drive health, so you are always in the know. This data is extremely important, especially when using the CalDigit VR mini in the field. This information is available through the LCD or RAID Tool software.

The sleek and sexy design is as functional as it is good looking. The all aluminum enclosure provides additional heat dissipation so no fan is needed. The mesh aluminum design matches with many of today's popular workstations and the orange back lit LCD is easy on the eyes. The CalDigit VR mini is designed with an all aluminum enclosure to assist with heat dissipation. Heat can cause damage to hard drives, and fans can add unwanted noise. The CalDigit VR mini takes advantage of the latest technology, ensuring both a cool and quiet experience.

The CalDigit VR mini comes with advanced software called RAID Tool that provides easy management, monitoring, diagnostic reports, email notifications, and firmware update capabilities. This provides users with interactive assurance. RAID Tool is the command center for the CalDigit VR mini. The easy to read orange back lit LCD provides valuable data and added confidence that's just a glance away. Additionally LED status lights provide a visual representation of the CalDigit VR mini's operation. As if that's not enough, an audible alert can also be set.

CalDigit VR mini FeatureS

  • Portable Bus Powered Design - Removable 2.5" Drive Modules, All Aluminum Enclosure
  • Quadruple Interface - eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0
  • LCD Display - Hard Drive Status, Capacity, RAID Level, Temperature, Serial Numbers
  • Configurable RAID Modes - 0, 1, JBOD Set by LCD or Interactive Software
  • Interactive Software Provides - Password Protection, Error/Event Log, Firmware Update, RAID Configuration, Turbo Mode, Nickname Feature

Price
The CalDigit VR mini is available through CalDigit's vast reseller network, and you'll also be able to order though the CalDigit online store. MSRP for the 1TB CalDigit VR mini is only $699.

About CalDigit (http://www.caldigit.com)
CalDigit has been dedicated to the content creation industry for over ten years. Every product is exclusively designed with the users' requirement in mind. CalDigit has a team of world-class software and hardware engineers. Closely bonded, the CalDigit team works to develop the best RAID software and hardware in the industry. CalDigit is the one source for Video Editors, Photographers, and Musicians. CalDigit offers users a secure, practical, and a sleek modular design, which provides users with advanced replacement and true single vendor support. CalDigit is your complete RAID solution choice, at an affordable price. Corporate headquarters are located in Northern Orange County, California, where all products are tested and assembled.

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Glass Slipper Productions Captures Happy Endings And New Beginnings With Panasonic AG-HMC150 Handheld Camcorders

As event cinematographer Robert Neal balances a bumper crop of jittery brides this wedding season, one source of rock-solid stability is his new acquisition tool, Panasonic's AG-HMC150 professional handheld AVCCAM camcorder.

Neal's production company, Glass Slipper Productions (Landsdale, PA), a mainstay of Main Line events coverage since 1999, recently purchased the AVCHD handheld, which Neal has already used to shoot several weddings and a reality show pilot.

"I first saw the HMC150 at a WEVA convention and the image blew me away," Neal said. "The reproduction quality is second to none, sharp and crystal clear, exactly what I want when we're running and gunning. Since I've been working with the camcorder, I never have to second-guess whether I got the shot or worry about a dropped frame."

Glass Slipper offers prospective brides and grooms "a video-journalistic approach to capturing your wedding day, with no bright lights and a final production produced with a cinematic flavor." "The HMC150 is tailor-made for these signature criteria of ours," Neal said. "The camera performs superbly in low light and doesn't fall apart with gain. The user buttons are exactly where you want them to be. I love the Focus Assist (expanded focus) button; it's right at your finger tips and lets me get tight on an image while the camera is recording. Overall operation is intuitive, with no big learning curve."

Neal described a winter wedding shoot, with three HMC150s covering the pre-ceremony, ceremony and reception (the sources of the other AVCCAMs were some of his regular shooters, themselves HMC150 owners). "The reception was held in a beautiful venue, with 18-foot ceilings and no windows," he recounted. "The joke among us videographers is that this is where light goes to die. We shot in 1080/30p, slowing the shutter down to 30 because it was so dark. The letterboxed image in the LCD was brighter than what our eyes could see. The HMC150s handled the challenging lighting conditions beautifully."

"The HMC150's light weight (3.7 pounds) really makes a difference, especially with continuous Glidecam shots," Neal said. "The camcorder is well-balanced, and lets me get into tight areas without adding lenses, as the HMC150 starts out wide with its own extremely wide-angle lens (a 13X Leica Dicomar zoom)."

"Panasonic did the HMC150's audio right, right out of the gate. With the XLR two-channel input and built-in stereo microphone, I don't have to add a shotgun mic," he added.

Neal shoots with 16GB SDHC cards, which affords him the opportunity to record up to 90 minutes in the highest-quality PH mode on one card. The HMC150 records in a range of HD formats in four recording modes. Neal always records in the PH mode (average 21 Mbps/max. 24 Mbps), usually shooting 1080/60i, occasionally shooting 1080/30p or 720/24p.

"I love the media," Neal said. "The SDHC cards are readily available, high-capacity, quickly transferable-and inexpensive."

Beyond weddings, Glass Slipper undertakes other milestone events (birthdays, bar and bat mitzvahs, e.g.), as well as documentaries and local commercial shots. Neal has also utilized the HMC150 to shoot a reality show pilot about an abused woman turned rap star. Earlier this month, he deployed four HMC150s to shoot a full-length documentary profiling the annual World War II Weekend at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum (Reading, PA). The project will be delivered on Bu-Ray and DVD to the museum; trailers will be shown on the institution's web site as well.

"The workflow is phenomenal," Neal said. ""You pull the card off the camera and drop it into the NLE. It takes me about 12 minutes to offload footage, so essentially I get up and pour myself some coffee and I'm ready to edit. And in terms of color correction, I'm color correcting for enhancing, not for fixing mistakes: it's a meaningful difference."

Neal is currently editing on an Adobe Premier Pro CS3 system. For more information about Glass Slipper Productions, visit http://www.gspvideos.com.

About the AG-HMC150
Based on the proven design and advanced functionality of the highly popular DVX100, the HMC150 professional handheld AVCCAM camcorder provides professionals and enthusiasts alike the flexibility of high-quality 1080/720 AVCHD recording at bit rates up to 24Mbps and a simple, solid-state SD memory card workflow. AVCHD, the industry's new MPEG-4 / AVC Hi Profile compression format, provides a near doubling of bandwidth efficiency with improved video performance over the older MPEG-2 compression used in HDV formats. The handheld incorporates three 1/3-inch progressive CCD imagers to produce stunning 1920 x 1080 resolution picture quality. It is equipped with a high-performance wide-angle Leica DicomarTM 13x zoom lens, and 24 and 30-frame progressive capture in a full range of HD formats, making it well suited for all types of projects. For more information on the HMC150, visit http://www.panasonic.com/broadcast.

About Panasonic Broadcast
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast and professional video products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a Unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, visit http://www.panasonic.com/broadcast.  

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Sonnet Announces $100 Price Drop for the Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34

Sonnet Technologies today announced that it has reduced the price of its TempoTM SATA Pro ExpressCard/34 to $199.95, a reduction of $100. The fastest 2-port eSATA controller available for ExpressCard slots, the SATA card supports sustained data throughput of up to 200 MB/sec. Unlike most other eSATA ExpressCard adapters, the Tempo SATA Pro supports 4 GB and 8 GB of RAM in MacBook® Pro computers.

"For on-location capture and editing of video content, media professionals require high-performance storage systems with enhanced speeds to support large files and a greater number of video streams," said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. "Unfortunately for Mac® users, most other eSATA ExpressCard adapters do not support a MacBook Pro with more than 2 GB of RAM. The Tempo SATA Pro is not subject to this limitation. We have dropped the price on our card to make it more accessible to MacBook Pro users who demand the higher speed required for mobile storage applications."

Rob-ART Morgan, Web master and main "mad-scientist" of barefeats.com, a respected Mac product performance and review Web site, refers to the Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34 as the "true" SATA ExpressCard. He describes other adapters as "so-called eSATA ExpressCards" because of their limited data transfer speeds.

Based on Sonnet's acclaimed Tempo SATA E4P SATA host controller for desktop computers, the Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34 enables users to connect up to 10 SATA hard drives to any compatible notebook computer with an ExpressCard/34 or ExpressCard/54 slot. The Tempo card is a perfect match for demanding, high-performance video editing. When used in combination with storage systems featuring two or more drives, the Sonnet card delivers significant gains in read and write data transfer speeds when compared to FireWire® 800 and early-generation eSATA ExpressCard adapters. Combined with the Sonnet Fusion F2, a 1-TB, portable, rugged, dual 2.5-inch drive storage unit (about the size of two CD cases), the Tempo SATA Pro achieves transfer rates of up to 190 MB/sec.

The Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34 is compatible with MacBook Pro systems running Mac OS® 10.4+, as well as with notebooks running Windows Vista® and Windows® XP SP2.

More information about the Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34 host controller, Sonnet Technologies, and the company's other products is available at http://www.sonnettech.com.

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Shooting Tornados and Hurricanes with the Petrol Raincover

When it comes to camcorder rain cover users, there are those who shoot in the rain and then there's Richard Campbell, who has shot video in 25 named hurricanes and spent five weeks on assignment for "The Weather Channel" with a tornado researching crew.

A freelance news photographer, Campbell's assignment had him embedded with a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) mobile crew. This armada of scientists with weather instrument equipped vehicles roamed the southern and central Plains from mid-May through mid-June, 2009 to understand how, when and why tornadoes form. His live video from the resultant tornado observations was seen on "The Weather Channel" during this period.

"When you're in a hurricane, you're in serious, driving rain," said Campbell. "Rain is not coming down, it's coming at a pretty good force right at you. So you not only need to have something to keep the top of the camera dry, you also have to have something that comes around and protects the rest of camera."

Campbell has become a fast fan of the Petrol PRC-25 Raincover because of the protection it offers his HPX-2000 camcorder from rain and wind coming from all directions. To him, Petrol's extensive use of zippers rather than relying on just Velcro material to fasten the Raincover is a major advantage.

"After a bit of time, Velcro starts to wear, and leak through," he said. "As the Velcro comes loose, wind gets in and opens it up more, and can lift the rain cover right off the camera. There's nothing worse than trying to put your rain cover back on in the driving rain."

"What I like about the Petrol Raincover is that it has a zipper that comes around all the way underneath the camera, so there's no space that wind can get up into to suck the rain cover off the camera."

Another benefit for Campbell is the hotshoe connector at the rigid front hood section. Most traditional covers have to be opened to access the camcorder's hot shoe when attaching an on-camera light. The connector features a _-20 threaded bolt that is accessible through a water-proof opening at the top of the PRC-25. Campbell explained, "I can utilize that hotshoe connector to mount my light on the outside of the Raincover without having to open it."

Campbell found access to the camcorder eyepiece to be another strength of Petrol's design. "They've eliminated all the Velcro around the viewfinder, and replaced it with a zipper. It's so much easier to get that on and off." He said he's also able to change battery packs and install a wireless microwave transmitter to the back of the camera easily using the zipper system.

A built-in lip over the top of the front of the lens is yet another feature Campbell appreciates. "That made a huge difference the other day. We were taking video in very heavy rain, and I didn't have to constantly wipe my lens. And then we had a hailstorm. That lens cover really did a tremendous job keeping the hail off the camera lens."

Campbell says the Petrol PRC-25 Raincover protects against more than just moisture, which was particularly apparent during his recent tornado coverage. "A couple of days ago, before the storm kicked up, we actually had a lot of wind blowing up dust out in a field. If it's not raining it's blowing dust, dirt and debris all over the place. So it's not just really a rain cover, it's an all-weather cover."

"The Petrol Raincover was obviously designed by somebody who's gone out and shot in a heavy rain storm," he said.

For further information on this and other Petrol products, visit http://www.petrolbags.com.

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Win a Free HD Camcorder Monthly at HD Camera Guide.Com's Consumer Camcorder and Digital Camera Section

Feeling lucky? Want to win something this month, and maybe next month as well that will keep bringing you memories for a long time to come? So why are you still reading this? Go to the new Consumer HD Camcorder and Digital Camera section at www.HDCameraGuide.com. Join the site (it's free), take the quiz, and fill in the entry form. It's that easy and the prizes are just that good.

Plus when you visit the site, you can watch video clips of camcorder tips with Dr. Video. "You can enter to win a camera, get tons of information on cameras and camcorders, including links to manufacturer's websites (without leaving HD Camera Guide). Plus you can watch Dr. Von Video. He has a PhD in HD," states Juliann Faye, HD Camera Guide spokesperson.

Actually Dr. Von Video (his full name) is a working cinematographer who travels between NY and LA shooting TV commercials, documentaries, and independent films. In between all his work, he's buying and using all the cameras he can, to stay one step ahead of technology.

With the help of his associate Professor Pixel, Dr.Video also provides video answers to questions that include: "What is Image Stabilization?" "What is a good on-board camera light?" "Why do my images have weird colors?" "What's the difference between tape, optical disk, hard drive, and solid state memory?" These are just some of the many topics discussed, along with "What to do if you drop your camcorder in the water while shooting a friend reeling in an enormous fish?" (Without the video for proof, it's nothing more than another fish story.)

 www.HDCameraGuide.com began as an interactive site that makes it easy for professional HD Camera users to find the right lens for their broadcast and/or professional camera.

"As the need for an online camera and camcorder information guide grew, so did our site," added company spokesperson Faye. "Now both professionals and consumers can go to one site and access unique videos, reviews, and an enormous content base on HD camcorders and digital cameras from a wide range of companies, including Canon, Flip, JVC, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sony, and many others."

The consumer section of HD Camera Guide (www.HDCameraGuide.com) includes the monthly sweepstakes with one lucky visitor winning a camcorder or digital camera, plus reviews, how-to videos, information on a wide range of products, "by price" information, and links to all manufacturers' pages. Visitors can access them without ever leaving the site.

HD Cameras and camcorders are quickly becoming the tools of choice not just for capturing images at home and on vacation, but in general for on-line communication, including the growing trend towards video blogs and independent creative expressions that appear on sites such as YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and many others.

The professional pages of HD Camera Guide also offer a wide variety of video and text content, as well as interactive tools.

These include a camera selector by application, an HD lens selector by camera, and a teleprompter selector by camera, lens, and head.

So, try your luck and win something really useful. Some say it's the most powerful form of communication in the world: video and digital images. We'll see you at www.HDCameraGuide.com.

About HDCameraGuide.com
www.HDCameraGuide.com is the premier source for professional and consumer HD Cameras, Camcorders, Lenses, and Accessories. It's free to join. The site regularly features exclusive video interviews, product-introduction videos, a video-rich Learning Center, and a wide range of content. The site does not sell any cameras directly, but links to major retailers for online purchases.

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