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January 22, 2008

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NEW VIDEO TUTORIAL: Stabilizing Your Video With proDAD Mercalli
New On EventDV's TechThoughts Blog: Sony HVR-Z7U/S270 Lens Issue?
iKan Introduces Camera Cradle
Zacuto Releases Letus35 Extreme Studio Handheld Packages
iKan Introduces Multi-monitor Rack Mount
CDROM2GO.COM Launches USB Duplication Service
Ross Ships Three New Switchers Prior to NAB 2008

NEW VIDEO TUTORIAL: Stabilizing Your Video With proDAD Mercalli

Video tutorial intro/outro created for EventDV.net by Lance Gray, PixelPops Design.


In this video tutorial,
EventDV Moving Picture columnist explains how you can stabilize your video effectively and efficiently using proDAD Mercalli. To read Jan's full review of Mercalli, see the January issue of EventDV or click here.
Click on the image to watch the video tutorial (you'll need to have your screen resolution set at 1280x960 or higher for optimum viewing).
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In this video tutorial, Philip Hinkle of Frogman Productions explains how you can streamline Same-Day Edit video production using the real-time capabilities of Grass Valley Edius (along with some careful prep and planning), wowing your clients and their guests--a room full of future prospects.
Click on the image to watch the video tutorial (you'll need to have your screen resolution set at 1280x960 or higher for optimum viewing).
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In this video tutorial, Jan Ozer explains how to use Vitascene's high-quality, distinctive effects and transitions to enhance event video productions with a consistent, polished look, working with Vitascene as a very usable, but extremely powerful plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro (which also works in Adobe Premiere Elements 1.0 - 3.0 and After Effects 7.0, Avid Liquid 7.x, Avid Xpress 5.x, and Avid Media Composer Adrenaline 2.x, Canopus Edius 4.x, Pinnacle Studio 11.x, Sony Vegas 5.x - 7.x, and Ulead Mediastudio 7.x - 8.x).
Click on the image to watch the video tutorial (you'll need to have your screen resolution set at 1280x960 or higher for optimum viewing).
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In this video tutorial, Jan Ozer details SmartSound's high-level workflow for its new Sonicfire Pro 4, then reviews in detail how to select and customize background music tracks for a number of productions, including how to use the new Mood Mapping tool. Click on the image to watch the video tutorial (you'll need to have your screen resolution set at 1280x960 or higher for optimum viewing).
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In this Final Cut Pro video tutorial, Apple Certified Trainer Ben Balser looks at the four basic edit trim tools in FCP that, once mastered, can dramatically reduce your editing time. Click on the image to watch the video tutorial.
Click here to read the corresponding article.
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In this video tutorial, Adobe Certified Instructor Luisa Winters shows how to use Dynamic Link, a new feature in the Adobe Production Studio allowing seamless, render-free interplay between applications, moving fluidly between Premiere Pro and After Effects. Click on the image to watch the tutorial.
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In this video tutorial, EventDV Contributing Editor Jan Ozer demonstrates how to use the new multicam feature in Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0. Click on the image to watch the tutorial. 
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New On EventDV's TechThoughts Blog: Sony HVR-Z7U/S270 Lens Issue?

Marshall Levy, who wrote our compact flash media test results, is finding issues with the lenses that adorn the latest HDV camcorders from Sony- the HVR-Z7U and the HVR-S270. He’s found focusing issues, lens wobble and says the issue was confirmed by Sony. Click here to read more.

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iKan Introduces Camera Cradle

iKan has introduced its new iKan Camera Cradle, designed as a wearable camera stabilizing system for those who shoot multi-hour events.

Made with soft, resilient material and high quality Micro-Beads that easily mold to the shape of your camera. Padded shoulder strap and an adjustable waist belt transfers the weight of your gear to your shoulders and hips.

Two horizontal side pockets to hold wireless microphone receivers. Four top loops with adjustable straps for securing your camera.

The Camera Cradle will comfortably hold and stabilize your small form professional video camera so you can shoot all day without wearing yourself out, ensuring consistently good footage from start to finish. The iKan Camera Cradle is also extremely affordable, just $99.95 USD.

www.ikancorp.com

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Zacuto Releases Letus35 Extreme Studio Handheld Packages

Zacuto is announcing the release their new packages for the Letus35 Extreme Lens Adapter. Zacuto’s product line for Letus35 Extreme features a complete setup for handheld use that is lightweight - while integrating all the functionality of Zacuto’s highly rated line of camera support accessories. Besides the handheld package, configurations are also available in two other kits for tripod mounting.

Zacuto’s Letus Studio Handheld Package (http://www.zacuto.com/Letus_studio_handheld_kit.htm) includes the Letus35 Shallow Depth of Field Adapter (http://www.adapterplace.com/content/view/21/5/lang,en/) plus all the Zacuto brand hardware necessary to achieve a balanced and completely quick-releasable shooting outfit that is quick to setup and fast to move about on location.

The DOF adapter is a powerful tool, allowing inexpensive DV, HDV and HD cameras with small CCD’s to capture a shallow depth-of-field to achieve a 35mm motion picture look. One interesting benefit is that while the DOF is very similar to 35mm film cameras; with the 1/3" pickup area, the field-of-view is much wider. This is a huge benefit to independent filmmakers because they are typically on location vs. a studio and need the widest field-of-view (wide angle) they can get. The Letus35 Extreme adapter is an affordable yet high quality unit which is easy to use and will fit all cameras.

"After extensive tests, I’ve found that Letus35 Extreme loses the least amount of light of any of the DOF adapters on the market (including P+S-Technik & the Movie Tube)" says, Jens Bogehegn, Product Designer/Technician Zacuto USA.

"We invented a new part just for the Letus35 called the Z-Riser (http://www.zacuto.com/Z-Riser.htm). When using a DOF adapter two issues are important. Balance & Support (http://www.zacuto.com/Letus_07.htm). These setups tend to be very front heavy so designing the system with balance is critical for both handheld and tripod use. Second, support is key to your equipment lasting. Electronics are delicate, in a Zacuto setup, the electronic components including the Letus35 just sit with no pressure on them on the Zacuto rig. The Zacuto setup has to take all of the stresses or damage will occur to the electronic components." Says, Steve Weiss, Product Designer/Sales Zacuto USA.

The Zacuto Letus35 Extreme case [http://www.zacuto.com/Letus_Zacuto_case.htm] is the first of its kind to be able to put the entire built Letus35 setup in a case fully assembled. It could take 30 minutes to assemble all of the parts of your rig each time you set it up. "The less you take the components on and off the less breakage you will have. Plus, you can come out of the case and shoot within 1 minute, who wouldn’t want that?’" says, Steve Weiss, Product Designer/Sales, Zacuto USA.

For more information about the Zacuto/Letus Extreme Configurations visit http://www.zacuto.com/Letus.htm

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iKan Introduces Multi-monitor Rack Mount

In 2008, iKan is poised to get into rack mounts in a big way, introducing the RM4-25, the company's first dedicated rack-mount product. The RM4-25 contains four 2.5 inch high resolution LCD panels with front controls, a single captive power input, and BNC composite inputs with full BNC loop thru.

It has swivel mount so the operator can easily adjust the panels for the perfect viewing angle, and an all-metal design for durability For the low cost of $695.00 USD, the iKan RM4-25 is hard to beat and is sure to be a big hit with news truck operators and for professionals switching multi camera productions.

iKan has also introduced the new Uni-Racks, which are perfect for simple desktop mounting of rack-mountable audio/video equipment. The Uni-Rack 2 is sized at 2U, and the Uni-Rack 5 is sized at 5U. Both come complete with cage nuts and rack screws (a set of four for the Uni-Rack 2 and a set of eight for the Uni-Rack 5). The Uni-Racks tilt at a 54-degree angle for easy viewing.

Don't stack your gear on the desk-top, Rack-it! The iKan Uni-rack 2 & 5, available now for $49.95 and $79.95.

www.ikancorp.com

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CDROM2GO.COM Launches USB Duplication Service

CDROM2GO.COM has formally launched its new USB flash drive duplication service. In addition to CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs, customers can now order customized USB flash drives in large quantities.

USB flash drives, or "thumb" drives are small, portable devices that store data from 128MB to 4GB on a Flash memory chip. They are available in a variety of pocket sized configurations including keychains, lanyards, pens, and more. Custom USB flash drives display company logos to make lasting impressions on consumers and potential clients. They are excellent for distributing product demonstrations and information, video and multimedia files, and presentations. The reliability of Flash memory and the increase in consumer demand for mobile storage has prompted this move from the optical media duplication experts.

CDROM2GO.COM is currently offering silkscreen logo printing, laser engraving, heat stamping, and full color printing on select models. In addition, they can provide data preloading, data protection, custom colors, and a variety of other options. A full line of customizable packaging has also been announced.

CDROM2GO.COM is a full-service provider of DVD and CD duplication and replication services and supplies. Located in sunny Phoenix, Arizona, CDROM2GO.COM maintains a large warehouse with thousands of items in stock and ready to ship. This includes Grade-A DVD and CD media, printers and supplies, disc packaging, mailers, labels, and a huge selection of equipment from do-it-yourself to professional grade gear.

http://www.cdrom2go.com/

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Ross Ships Three New Switchers Prior to NAB 2008

Ross Video today announced the introduction of 3 new production switcher control panels available before NAB 2008 - the Vision 1M, the Vision 2M, and the Vision 2X. The Vision 1M and 2M panels offer 24 crosspoint buttons and the Vision 2X offers 32 crosspoint buttons. This extends the award winning Ross Vision series to a total of 7 control panels including the V1, V1M, V2, V2M, V2X, V3, and V4. All of the control panels can control up to 4 MEs of video processing and connect to the Ross MD and MD-X Live Production Engine chassis.

The 3 RU MD chassis can have up to 2.5 MEs and 8 RU MD-X chassis can have up to 4 MEs. Both chassis are now available in SD-only and full Multi-Definition formats. Any configuration of either chassis can be connected to any of the Vision control panels.

"Since we already offer the broadest range of production switchers in the industry, we just made it even easier for our customers to get exactly what they need," said David Ross, CEO, Ross Video. "The best part is that all seven control panels are shipping now and we have a trade-up program in place."

The modular Vision control panels incorporate a large number of new concepts. The use of RGB buttons results in a stunning new look and allows personalization of the Vision control panel. Vision offers a new DualDisplay™ color touch screen allowing the operator to view and control two menus simultaneously. A long list of other enhancements including built-in manuals, Linux based OS, and integration with the OverDrive® control system makes the Vision control panel the most advanced on the market. Existing Synergy users will feel at ease using Vision while enjoying the supercharged new capabilities.

Vision Production Features include the following:

• AuxKeys mixing and keying on aux bus outputs

• Proc Amps & Color Correctors

• Squeeze & Tease MD Warp DVE

• Up to 19 internal Media Playout Engines

• UltraChrome High End Chroma Keyer

• Up to 96 Inputs

• Up to 48 Outputs

• SmartConversion SD/HD on the fly conversion system

• Built-in Hard Drive for storage of configuration

settings, memories, stills and animations

• Preview Overlay head's up display

• 19 Classes of External Device Control

• OverDrive™ compatible

www.rossvideo.com

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