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Video Production and Hardware: May 2010 Archives

miro_video_converter_icon.gifMiro Video Converter for Mac is a free application that gives you a really easy way to convert almost any video to MP4, Ogg Theora, iPod, or a specific phone.  Miro Video Converter has presets that will convert video to the correct sizes and formats for popular phones, iPods, and other media players.  Just convert your video and copy it to your device.  It's so easy a caveman could do it!

This handy little app has presets for a variety of formats and devices, which seems to be an ever-changing hurdle these days.  Supported devices include:  Android phones, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPod Classic, Google Nexus One, PSP, and more.  Converts virtually any video file to MP4 or Theora including:  AVI, H264, MOV, WMV, XVID, MKV, & FLV.
miro_video_converter_formats.png To use it, just drag and drop a video you want to convert into the application, select your preset, and let it go...it quickly converts your file so all you have to do is add it to your portable device.  The file is saved in the same folder as the video source.  With the intuitive interface, it easily takes the hassle out of converting video, not to mention, it's completely free!

Act Focused currently has in development a new color correcting application specifically made for the iPad, due to be released early this summer.  Gradiest, the new app, will allow you to control the color corrections in Cineform's First Light, just as you would with a traditional hardware controller.  They're also currently working on compatibility with other color correction programs such as Apple Color

gradiest_iPad.gifIs it practical to color correct without tactile feedback?  According to Act Focused, yes; "interactions are different without buttons and knobs, but the benefits of a digital interface probably outweigh the drawbacks for many colorists.  A Multi-touch interface is more sensitive than hardware devices can be, and most importantly, more adaptive to your needs."

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One of my favorite sayings in this business is "we'll fix it in Post."  But in all reality, there are some very basic camera settings that you can adjust that will improve the quality of your footage; whether you're using a small consumer video camera that doesn't have all the settings or a high end pro camera, such as the SonyEX1, the concept is the same.


If you do a lot of voice over work, whether it be for radio or TV commercials, film narration, animation, or instructional tutorials, or whatever,  VocalBooth has the solution for you.  VocalBooth provides controlled recording environments for professional voice over results.  Their 4'x6' Gold Series is the most popular unit used for voice over, and I had a chance to step inside one at the NAB 2010 show.  Just enough space to be comfortable standing or sitting for longer sessions.  The acoustically treated interior allows for  precision voice replication and sufficient sound reduction for any environment by reducing the area's ambient noise. 
vocalbooth.gifVocalBooth Features:
  • Fully enclosed for controlled sound environment
  • Carpeted exterior walls
  • Lighting
  • Active ventilation that keeps air flowing without perceptible sound
  • Cable Porting
  • Carpeted floor
  • Optional Caster wheelbase
  • Optional window sizes to customize your view
So whether you're a professional or at home recording artist, voice over artist, even podcaster, you'll hear the difference in an original VocalBooth.  Check it out!

google_earth_icon.gifGoogle Earth Pro has many advantages to users in the video industry.  With the ability to show high resolution images, zoom-in to any area on the earth in seconds, and fascinating fly-bys, Google Earth Pro gives users some necessary tools to create a story in real time.


Why Pro version vs. the free version?  Because Google Earth Pro provides licensing to use it in any external purposes such as .kml or movie files, not to mention you have access to Google's inclusive global data.  It's very important to understand that you must have the Pro version in order to be able to use Google's images for video and web distribution. 

A great example of how professionals in Video Production can use Google Earth Pro, is the ability to scout out video shoot locations virtually.  A location scout can virtually set up various camera angles at different times of the day, different times of the year, in order to account for sunlight and shadows, without having to leave their desk!

Additional features of Google Earth Pro include:
  • Fastest performance
  • 4800 pixels for print images
  • ability to integrate GPS data
  • ability to import and overlay images
  • ability to perform batch geocoding
  • measures area
Google Earth Pro has many advantages to many other industries as well such as, Real Estate, Insurance, Architects, Engineers, Utility Companies, State & Local governments, Federal Government, non-profit agencies, and the possibilities are endless!  GeniusDV offers training in Google Earth Pro in conjunction with our 2-day Google SketchUp class, so check out our schedule and give us a call to book your training today!

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Whether you are using Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, or many otherNLE's the Bella Corporation has a mouse that will improve your editing workflow.The HD Mouse is an incredibly versatile gadget.  I saw this mouse personally on the NAB show floor. This mouse works as a standard usb mouse, but also has a HD mode. In HD mode the mouse has up to 96 different functions. There is an on screen display of the status of certain functions. If you are looking for something to make you a more efficient editor this may be your answer.
If you're like me and like to stay organized, Studio Suite is the perfect Studio Management software that meets the fast-paced demands of users in post production facilities, whether you're solo, pro, small-time, or a corporate in-house production company.  Studio Suite tracks and manages contacts, resources, scheduling, projects, budgeting, invoicing, media assets, labels, equipment and media inventories, communications, maintenance, and even more, all in one comprehensive, customizable, cross-platform package.  Wow...one piece of software that can do all that!

studio_suite_.pngThe more organized you operate your facility, the less time you will spend searching thru calendars, records, misplaced information, and random notes.  No doubt you will be able to increase productivity.  Features of the newest version of Studio Suite include:

  • iPhone application & access
  • Networkable across platforms (OSX-WinXP-Vista)
  • User controlled window management with resizable windows
  • Dynamic Categorization for more flexible resource management
  • 9 New Modules including Production, Employee scheduling, FTP, Budgets, Tasks, Quick Log, Web Request, Categories & Items, and Customizations
studio_suite_equipment.pngImprove efficiency with this all-in-one organizational solution, whether you want to simplify your office, manage your studio, or organize your tech, Studio Suite does it all!  Be sure to check out their website for more info. 


If you're like me and like to stay organized, Studio Suite is the perfect Studio Management software that meets the fast-paced demands of users in post production facilities, whether you're solo, pro, small-time, or a corporate in-house production company.  Studio Suite tracks and manages contacts, resources, scheduling, projects, budgeting, invoicing, media assets, labels, equipment and media inventories, communications, maintenance, and even more, all in one comprehensive, customizable, cross-platform package.  Wow...one piece of software that can do all that!

studio_suite_.pngThe more organized you operate your facility, the less time you will spend searching thru calendars, records, misplaced information, and random notes.  No doubt you will be able to increase productivity.  Features of the newest version of Studio Suite include:

  • iPhone application & access
  • Networkable across platforms (OSX-WinXP-Vista)
  • User controlled window management with resizable windows
  • Dynamic Categorization for more flexible resource management
  • 9 New Modules including Production, Employee scheduling, FTP, Budgets, Tasks, Quick Log, Web Request, Categories & Items, and Customizations
studio_suite_equipment.pngImprove efficiency with this all-in-one organizational solution, whether you want to simplify your office, manage your studio, or organize your tech, Studio Suite does it all!  Be sure to check out their website for more info. 


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