An excellent video of the inner workings of a commercial disc replication factory.
Video and graphics production equipment manufacturer NewTek has introduced a hardware control surface for its TriCaster live production system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Proper use of lighting for photography is one of the key items that separates amateur photographers from the professionals. In this great video, Bill Simmon explains just how to set up lighting for photography using the 3-point lighting technique.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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