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Sony PMW-150

Review: Sony PMW-150

(This is a guest review from Stephen Pritchard of AudioVideoPro.net) It might seem odd to review a camera, when its manufacturer has openly stated it is due to be replaced. Sony has announced two new camcorders, the PXW-X180 and the PXW-X160, which sit in the territory...

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Video Review: Rode InVision Softie Lyre

We test the Rycote Softie Lyre Mount which is designed to replace the bracket on your camcorder which holds a top-mic in place. Rycote claim its patented “Lyre” system reduces the mic’s pickup of handling noise and lens motor noise – and we conclude that...

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So long, YouTube inbox!

YouTube’s updating its messaging and comments again and this time it looks like they’ve come up with some good stuff. For a start the old Inbox is being phased out. Initially it’ll remain in place but able only to be read, no new messages. Later...

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Which of 3 cameras is best?

Answer: It’s not easy to give a straightforward answer to which is “best” but perhaps we can provide some pointers. First of all, none of them are bad camcorders! They all provide excellent pictures, can do decent sound and have a mix of auto and...

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Red Giant expands Universe

Red Giant Software has made an update to its “Universe” effects suite. The plug-in software, which is available on the irritatingly trendy rented basis, is now at version 1.1. Nine new free and paid-for effects and transitions are on offer for Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro...

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Update for Panasonic camcorder

Panasonic has released a firmware update for its semi-pro AG-AC90 handheld camcorder and there’s quite an extensive list of tweaks to the unit’s functions. Some of the most useful include a function to copy files between cards in each of the two slots; additional recording modes...

Prize bonanza for Rode comp winners

You’re all winners – even those who didn’t come first in any category. That’s the message from Rode whose mega-prize filmmaking competition is now officially over. Not only are the category winners taking away a share of the $80,000 USD prize fund but every one...

SmartLav microphone gets an update

Yet another updated product from the busy bees at Rode. How they manage it, given the easy distraction of the glorious Aussie beaches and barbecues, we don’t know… The “smartLav+” is not, as the name might imply, a clever type of toilet. It’s a lavalier (tie...