Monthly Archives: February 2011

NewTek Releases New Hardware Interface for TriCaster


Video and graphics production equipment manufacturer NewTek has introduced a hardware control surface for its TriCaster live production system.

NewTek Tricaster 850 CS

NewTek Tricaster 850 CS

The TriCaster TCXD850 CS provides a physical connection including a three-axis joystick to control the TriCaster’s 24-channel functions and effects.

“With live events, there’s no second chance,” said Franck Henri LaFage, managing director, NewTek Europe, at BVE. “You have to be certain and you have to be fast. Our goal with every new product is to give our users the opportunity to deliver the best quality live production possible, with confidence and accuracy.”

Some of the TriCaster TCXD850 CS benefits include the use of Flash or Windows Media to deliver live streams direct to the web; live virtual set controls to deliver zoom levels for camera shots within the virtual set; and media player controls which operators can use to can select from the titles bin, still store, and sound player, as well as cycle through presets and manage playback options.

NewTek has also released the Virtual Set Editor (VSE), which permits TriCaster operators to create and customise their own virtual sets by adding their personal artwork, or composing layers in Photoshop, before importing the layers into the VSE.

View product specific details at the TCXD850 CS website.
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Primera Bravo 4100 Series Review

cdrom2go have posted a couple of fantastic videos discussing the new Primera Bravo 4100 series of DVD and Blu-ray duplicators.

Primera Bravo 4102 Product Review from cdrom2go on Vimeo.

Primera Bravo 4101/4102 Product Overview from cdrom2go on Vimeo.

From polyNEWSline

How long does the print take when you include disc picking mechanism?
Just a little over 20 seconds. The 4100 series includes the improvements to the disc picking mechanism that were developed in the last Xi update. That makes the mechanics about 300% faster than previous Bravo units.

What about print costs?
The 4100 Series has separate ink cartridges for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. (The first Primera printer or publisher to do this.) This means you replace only the color that needs replenishing, saving money on each printed disc. This places the cost per disc at around 6 to 12-cents per disc. This is definitely Primera’s most affordable disc publishing option.

Any other changes?
The chassis has been updated and now has more metal parts. It makes the unit slightly heavier but more robust.

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6 Free Apps for Burning Blu-ray Discs

1. BurnAware

BurnAware is a very simple and easy to use CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc burning app. You can use it to create data backups, audio CDs and to create or burn ISO image files. The free version does not support disc copying or bootable discs.

Download BurnAware

2. CDBurnerXP

Another good freeware app to burn CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. Like BurnAware, you can create and burn ISO images. However, with this software you can create bootable discs and convert BIN/NRG files to ISO.

Download CDBurnerXP

3. StarBurn

StarBurn from Rocket Division is a nice full-featured CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning app. It has a nice GUI interface that splits your burning options into audio, video, and data. You can burn images and build ISO images also. Unique features include the ability to erase a disc and to compress audio.

Download StarBurn

4. ImgBurn

ImgBurn has been one of my favorite CD/DVD burning apps for a long time and now it also supports Blu-ray discs, which makes it even better! It has a bunch of other features that make it popular, including supporting the latest drives, the ability to batch create images, support for a wide range of image file formats, and lots more.

Download ImgBurn

5. Express Burn

Express Burn uses a propreitary optimization system and claims to be the fastest CD/DVD burning software. Not sure if that’s true or not! Has all the features mentioned earlier, plus some extra like recording video files to PAL or NTSC format and choice of widescreen or standard format for DVD authoring.

Download Express Burn

6. FinalBurner

Finally, FinalBurner is the last free Blu-ray supporting disc burning software out there. You can use it to create a data cd, audio cd, and video cd.

Download FinalBurner

Basic Effects in After Effects

The second video in Video Copilot’s After Effects Basic Training Series, Effects, shows how to add basic effects to your videos.

In this tutorial we’ll cover adding simple effects to footage and using the effects and presets pallete to find specific plug-ins. We’ll also take a look at popular and commonly used effects.


Watch the rest of the series here
Pick up a copy of Adobe After Effects and get started!

Hands-on with the Roland VR-5

Roland’s much anticipated all-in-one video/audio mixer and recorder, the VR-5, has just been released.

Earlier this year, Harmony Central had a hands-on preview of the Roland VR-5.

Some VR-5 features include

  • 5-Channel Video Switcher (3 video sources, PC input, video playback)
  • 2 Mono and 5 Stereo Mixable Audio Channels
  • Built-in scan converter for PC input
  • Built-in dual LCD monitors with touch control for easy video source selection
  • Three video layers for 2 video sources plus DSK (downstream keyer)
  • MPEG-4 player/recorder
  • USB video/audio class device for web streaming

The Roland VR-5 is on sale.

Introduction to Adobe After Effects

Video Copilot have put up an excellent series of videos covering the basic skills you need to be able to use Adobe After Effects.

…you’ll learn everything you need to know to start using After Effects today. This is not an overview of the software, this is a real training series that covers advanced techniques for Motion Tracking, Color Keying and even 3D Title Design.

Why should I learn After Effects?
After Effects gives you the power to create amazing visual effects and motion graphics. These skills will surely make you more valuable at work or to a future employer.

Introduction to After Effects

Watch the rest of the series here
Pick up a copy of Adobe After Effects and get started!

RODE NTG-3 Shotgun Microphone Review

Joy To The World – Birthday Ukulele Jam – Rode NTG-3 Mic Test from Chad Johnson on Vimeo.

The NTG-3 is Rode’s follow-up to their much celebrated shotgun microphone; the NTG-2. Whilst it has been around for a couple of years now, the price has come down significantly enough that it’s now affordable for everyone.

…the NTG-3 will likely deliver better consonant articulation between spaced sources (than the MKH416), making it a formidable dialogue mic when you can’t afford to miss a beat. It’s also a little more forgiving on set when the boom drifts on a single source… It seems the mic is far more capable than any boom operator of standing out in the freezing cold, and long before the mic showed any signs of failure, the operator’s clattering of teeth would probably stop the shoot.

Audio Technology

I figured I’d put it to the test, so I ran a cable to my bathroom and cranked up the hot shower. To my surprise, the NTG-3 kept outputting clean audio, even as condensation drops began to form on the barrel of the mic itself.

Professional Sound

The NTG-3 is a well-designed and well-built audio instrument. The smooth response, generous pick-up pattern, and outstanding interference rejection make the mic a pleasure to work with.

Pro Video Coalition

The audio from the NTG-3 was remarkably clear and bright, and it “popped” in the field. The NTG-3 stands out as a shotgun microphone. With its combination of clear sound, impressive technical specs and reasonable price, it’s a piece of audio gear that will have a place in your kit for years to come


Here’s a great video displaying the differences between the Audio-Technica AT4053b and the Rode NT3, and the Rode NT3 and NT2.

Hyper & Shotgun Indoor Shootout: AT4053b Vs. Rode NT3 AND NTG-2 Vs. NTG-3 from Chad Johnson on Vimeo.

We have the Rode NTG-3 on sale!

How to Make a Freddie Wong Video

Freddie Wong is a video production and special effects guru, who has one of the most subscribed to channels on YouTube. Below is just one of his amazing videos, and a behind the scenes look at how it was put together.

Skydiving Out My Front Door by freddiew on YouTube

Behind the scenes

Skydiving out my Front Door – Behind the Scenes by freddiew2 on YouTube

What equipment does Freddie use?
from Freddie Wong’s FAQ

What camera do you use?
We use a variety of HD cameras – basically whatever we can borrow and whatever happens to be available. We’ve used, in the past, everything from the Sony EX1, the Panasonic HVX200, and the Canon 5D/7D/550D.

We have the Sony EX1 on sale, but if you’re looking for a cheaper HD camera, the Sony HXR-NX5P, JVC GY-HM100E and Sony HVR-V1P are all excellent choices.

What software do you use?
It depends on what we’re doing – for video editing, we use Final Cut Pro, and for effects, we use Adobe After Effects. But I’ve made videos with everything from iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Avid, and Final Cut Express.

We also have Adobe After Effects CS5 for Mac and Windows. You can download a copy of Windows Live Movie Maker here.

Where do you get your sounds? Where do you get your gun sounds?
Sounds are from a variety of sources. I have a fairly big library of things I’ve recorded myself as a result of needing certain sounds for different projects. I also use a few sound effects libraries. For gun sounds, I would recommend you look at video game sound effects replacement packs – things like replacement gun sounds for TF2 or Counter Strike – those are a good place to get some meaty gun sounds.

Where do you get your music?
Usually the music is composed by myself using a combination of software samplers and recorded guitar/bass in Logic Pro. Occasionally I’ll dig into a royalty-free sound library like the music samples from Soundtrack Pro or Pro Scores by Video Copilot.

You can purchase over 1000 professional sound effects here and here, but there are also a few good sites with free sound effects to get you started.

Other equipment you may need
Once you start to get more serious about video production, you’ll want some serious equipment! Below is a list of common studio equipment that you’ll want get your hands on