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Video Review: Canon XF200 (& XF205)

Canon’s XF200 camcorder is the successor to the very popular XF100 and, like that camcorder, can shoot 1920 by 1080 Full HD onto dual compact flash cards at 50 megabits per second with 4:2:2 colour – that’s generally accepted as broadcast spec, though the camcorder...

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Aputure Competition Time!

Fancy getting your mitts on some free gear? And quite tasty stuff at that? Lighting and filming accessories manufacturer Aputure has announced its third annual video competition under the banner “Aputure At All Costs” They’re asking entrants to make a two-to-four minute video full of...

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New keyer for FCP & Premiere

Red Giant Software has released its Primatte Keyer 5.1 which now adds support for Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Motion as well as its existing support for After Effects. The software enables editors to replace a background chromakey (“green screen”) with...

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Producer Profile: Julian Ilett

On the face of it, Julian Ilett’s channel shouldn’t work. He has no real video camera or DSLR to shoot with, doesn’t use any editing software, hardly appears on screen – his hands feature most often – and is, how can we say this gently,...

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Test footage: Canon XF200 / XF205

We’ve spent the last week or so compiling a series of tests on the XF200 so here’s the full list of videos that we’ve assembled. General “Full Auto” footage (daytime) We’ve taken our new toy out for a day at the seaside, in Folkestone, Kent....

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Video Review: Rode NT-USB microphone

You get what you pay for in broadcasting, perhaps never more so than with audio gear. Cheap microphones sound like tat – all muffled, indistinct, nasty and horrid. Or at least, that’s the theory. Rode Microphones have been trying for years to disprove this assumption,...

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What shutter speed for filming rugby?

Answer: Despite what some may suggest, video should really always be shot at 1/50th shutter (1/60th in NTSC countries) because that gives you just the right amount of motion blur between frames for the video to look smooth when it’s played back. Whilst a slower...

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Atomos attempt to redefine HDMI

Video recorder manufacturer Atomos has grandly and boldly announced that it intends to redefine the HDMI interface “for the professional video industry”. In essence they’re saying that despite SDI being the “pro” standard for digital video interchange due to it having pro-quality features (not least of which...