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Rycote Super Softie

Rycote admits manufacturing fault

Rycote, the UK manufacturer of world-renowned windjammers for microphones of all shapes and sizes, has put its hands up and admitted there’s been a manufacturing flaw in some of its newest “super softie” products. Regular readers of this website and viewers of our YouTube channel...

Panasonic HC-X1000 Camcorder

New 4K camcorder; and it shoots 50p!

There have been many 4K product launches over the last few months, from Panasonic’s GH4 to Sony’s AX1. For many people, these products lack one key ability, that of frame rates greater than 25p (30p in the US). You see, for all the touted benefits of...

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Vegas gets Universe to play with

Software developer Red Giant has announced an update to its (mostly) subscription-based effects suite, Universe. The 1.2 version includes 9 new effects as well as – drum roll please – support for Sony Vegas Pro. Supposedly. (We were on the Beta trial and the installer steadfastly refused to load anything...

Sony HDR-AZ1VR with the bigger AS100VR

New tiny action cam from Sony

Sony’s snappily-named AS100VR has had some extremely good reviews but the company has apparently decided that at 92 grams it’s just too darned heavy for tired old outdoor activity people – so they’ve launched a smaller, lighter version. The equally trip-off-the-tongue HDR-AZ1VR weighs just 63...

RTE MoJoCon

Mobile Video Journalism Conference

Judging by most of the Internet you’d be forgiven for thinking that smartphone video was mostly about cats or Ice Bucket Challenges. And you’d be right. But increasingly there is an army of devotees who are using their phone’s camera and processing power to create works...

Sony RX10

New video codec for Sony RX10

Sony’s continued push of its XAVC S flavour of the H.264 codec has resulted in a firmware update for the popular “Cybershot” RX10 stills camera that also shoots video. Firmware version 2.00 now enables shooting in 1920×1080 at 50p and 25p as well as 1280×720 at...

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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...