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Thursday, January 7, 2010

HD Video Calls With Skype Coming Soon

Posted by Jon Childs in "Digital Home News" @ 09:30 AM

http://share.skype.com/sites/en/201...n+(Share+Skype)

"With the right gear, you'll soon be able to make Skype video calls in 720p HD. The latest beta version of Skype for Windows now supports HD-quality video (1280 x 720 resolution at up to 30 frames per second), giving you an even smoother and richer video calling experience than ever before."

Skype with HD-quality video seems like a pretty cool new feature, but will only become really useful when everyone upgrades to the special HD webcams. The really neat thing though is that Skype has partnered up with LG and Panasonic to offer Skype on your TV. With the price of LCD TVs coming down so quickly, it makes sense for the manufactures to add Skype to their premium models to help stop the price erosion. Making HD video calls for free on the TV really appeals to the geek in me. We have been waiting for years for the phone company to give us video phones. As it turns out, flat panel display manufactures and Skype may be the ones who finally take video calling mainstream.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Creative Vadro HD 3rd Generation Now Available

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

http://us.store.creative.com/Vado-H...B002P3N1J2.htm#

"See it, shoot it, and share it - all in high definition. Creative's third generation Vado HD Pocket Video Camera makes it easier than ever to record outstanding videos in 720p high-definition quality. Featuring a new, ultra-stylish design, the Vado HD (3rd Gen) is slim enough to fit in your pocket, yet its 4GB memory capacity holds up to 120 minutes of widescreen HD-quality videos or 7,000 HD quality stills. With instant one-touch recording and built-in software, you'll be watching, sharing, and editing outstanding videos with ease."

Creative have released the 3rd generation of it's pocket video camera, the Vadro HD. There only seems to be a few differences between the 2nd generation and this new one that I can see from the specs. The major differences seem to be the addition of touch sensitive buttons to the new look case, and it now records in mp4 (H.264, AAC) format compared with AVI (H.264, AAC) on the 2nd gen version, which allows you to upload to more sites without converting. It has the same 4GB of memory as the 2nd generation, the same screen resolution, the same battery life and the same price of $179. If you're looking for a cheap HD video recorder that fits in your pocket for those on the spur moments such as parties, then it could be worth a look.


Friday, December 11, 2009

Your life recorded, now in HD

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:30 AM

http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Gui...rs_guide_01.htm

"The growth in video sharing (on places like YouTube) has ensured movie capture has long been a standard feature even on the cheapest compact camera. And now the increasing mainstream adoption of High Definition flatscreen televisions (and advances in sensor technology) has seen a new wave of HD-capable stills cameras appearing in the last year or so."

HD is the hot buzzword when it comes to technology sales these days. Televisions in HD. Media Centers in HD. If you will believe it, they even have sunglasses in HD. Digital Photography Review has posted a primer on what you need to know to start taking those family videos in high definition. From cameras to camcorders, many are now offering still or video recording in 720p or 1080p. Of course, just like how the megapixels are not the end all and be all of cameras, HD is not all there is to the newest generation of video recording devices. There are increased storage concerns, codec issues and typically, new software is needed. Confused? Check out the guide!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Webcams Are Not For Awkward Video Chats Anymore

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009...ant-3d-scanner/

"It’s called ProFORMA, or Probabilistic Feature-based On-line Rapid Model Acquisition, but it is way cooler than it sounds. The software, written by a team headed by Qui Pan, a student at the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University in England, turns a regular, cheap webcam into a 3D scanner."

I am sure some of you would consider this to be in the "Why? Because I Can!" category, the ProFORMA software actually looks like it could have lots of practical uses. The speed and detail at which is accomplishes a 3D scan of an object is impressive, and I can see how combined with the right CAD software, and a 3D printer, or a company like Shapeways, you could come up with really neat designs. Come to think of it, it could also be used to image and archive a lot of stuff around the house as well. After watching the video, I was reminded of two other, possibly related technologies. Augmented reality, which instead of creating 3D models, uses the fast image acquisition tech to "enhance" what you can see through a camera. The other technology is Microsoft's Photosynth, which stitches together various photos into one large quasi-picture. This seems to do the same thing, but a much more specific purpose.


Friday, November 13, 2009

YouTube Packing More Pixels With 1080p Video

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/...to-youtube.html

"We're excited to say that support for watching 1080p HD videos in full resolution is on its way. Starting next week, YouTube's HD mode will add support for viewing videos in 720p or 1080p, depending on the resolution of the original source, up from our maximum output of 720p today."

It had to happen. Camcorders are increasingly offering 1080p HD level video. Movies are coming out in 1080p HD. TV shows can be seen in 1080p HD. I even hear that life has gone beyond 1080p HD resolution. So now YouTube has joined the pack and will stream 1080p video starting next week. You better make sure your computer is up to scratch and have a fat pipe as I imagine that rendering YouTube videos at 1080p, even with hardware acceleration, will be quite a strain. Time to get ready and see your favourite YouTube stars in more detail than you could ever want!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Flip MinoHD Premium

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/14/...we-go-hands-on/

"Flip Video just launched a new "premium" take on the MinoHD -- it's fundamentally the same as the existing MinoHD, but with 8GB of storage, a bigger two-inch screen and an HDMI port, all wrapped up in either a sleek aluminum shell or a personalized design from the Flip website. The 8GB of flash means the MinoHD can now record up to two hours of 720p video, and while there's still no image stabilizer, it's not like that's stopped anyone from loving the MinoHD before."

Flip has always embraced the concept of the best camera is the camera you have with you. Frankly I haven't touched my regular video camera since I got a Flip. Click through on the link for some sample video.


Friday, October 2, 2009

Contour HD 1080p POV Camera

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/29/...we-go-hands-on/

"For $329.00, $50 more than the 720p ContourHD, the ContourHD1080p seems worth the premium for those looking to tickle every pixel on their LCD, or to provide some high-quality POV footage of their endeavors to their energy drink sponsors. Image quality doesn't match what you might expect from a dedicated 1080p camcorder, but we don't think you'd have much fun with one of those strapped to your lid -- nor would you really want to try given they tend to cost 3x as much. That the internal microphone here still records nothing but a woosh at speed is a disappointment, but at least we can now modulate the volume of that woosh. "

A mountable POV camera could have a bunch of uses and be lots of fun for documenting the more extreme portions of our lives. Personally, I've recently taken up motorcycle riding and as I start to take some scenic rides (like say the Tail of the Dragon) it would be really neat to video the ride as a keepsake. What would you use a camera like this for?


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Samson Zoom Q3: Superior Audio, but VGA Video?

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.samsontech.com/products/...=2020&brandID=4

"Anyone who's ever experienced a film with great audio knows how vital sound is to the movie. The Q3 Handy Video Recorder brings our renowned audio technology to the camcorder, making it the best sounding video camcorder you've ever heard."

I'm a bit confused by this product. I certainly see the need for improved sound quality on flash camcorders. I really like my Flip camera, but it doesn't have great sound pickup. Putting a pro-level microphone seems like a way to make a super compact professional tool, but in this case, they limited the video quality to 640x480, which I think will limit the usefulness of this product in the professional realm.


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cinema Rig Stops the Shakes

Posted by Timothy Huber in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 AM

http://i.gizmodo.com/5224882/redroc...ht-at-spielberg

"The latest dSLRs shoot excellent HD video, as long as you don't mind the shakiness. Redrock, who released some of the first pro solutions to this problem, have just announced a product that's downright buyable."

One of the challenges of all handheld video cameras is the camera shake. Personally, I've used a homemade "fig rig" to reduce shakiness for a some of my own videos, but it definitely looks, well, homemade. This equipment line, which starts at $195, is a much more professional option.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Flip Releases the Flip UltraHD

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:30 PM

http://www.theflip.com/store/UltraHD.aspx

"The Flip UltraHD camcorder combines Flip Video's signature shoot-and-share simplicity with the power of vivid, vibrant HD video. With 120 minutes of record time, you'll never miss another minute again. And because of UltraHD's pocket-sized portability, you'll truly be able to capture HD video anytime, anywhere."

Flip continues to evolve their product line, this time releasing an update to their Ultra line, boosting it with HD video capture. I have the Mino HD, courtesy of a Microsoft Mobius event, and it's a pretty nice camera as long as there's enough light in the scene. You don't buy these cameras for quality video capture, you buy them for how convenient they are. What does this Ultra HD offer over the Mino HD? The Mino HD records up to 60 minutes; the Ultra HD records up to 120 minutes. The Ultra HD has a slightly bigger physical size, with a bigger screen size, and is also $30 less expensive if the MSRP prices are accurate. Want to learn more about the Flip UltraHD? Then check out Gear Diary's review.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

NVIDIA CUDA Shows Practical Use

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:30 AM

http://www.notebooks.com/2009/03/24...eo-enhancement/

"When NVIDIA went to a driver model that allowed consumers to update their notebook graphics drivers direct from NVIDIA, we enabled millions of notebook users to enjoy the benefits of our CUDA parallel computing architecture. One application that was released today that is a great example of how CUDA makes life better is vReveal from MotionDSP."

Up until now, most of what I had seen CUDA used for was enabling PhysX effects in gaming. This made sense since most computers with powerful (read: non-integrated) GPUs would be used for gaming at some point. This is the first use I've seen that makes CUDA more useful for your typical consumer. vReveal magically improves the quality, clarity and brightness of your videos. Instead of using traditional filters you would find in Photoshop or GIMP to do this, it takes the data from several frames to smooth and improve the current frame. If you watch the videos on the notebooks.com site, the effects can be quite dramatic. Getting back to CUDA, vReveal can technically run on any computer, but those with NVIDIA GPUs can see a several fold increase in speed because of CUDA. Unfortunately for most people who already have a laptop or desktop, I'm willing to bet its got an Intel integrated GPU. If you do a lot of video processing, this may just be the reason you need to get a new computer! That's a good reason, isn't it?


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Toshiba Camileo S10 Seen In The Wild

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 05:30 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/13/...0p-flip-killer/

"It's been a while since we first caught wind of the mysterious Toshiba Camileo S10, but the pocket camcorder has finally broken loose, and it's looking like a pretty solid competitor to the Flip Mino HD and the Kodak Zi6 -- it amps up the video resolution to 1080p and also takes five megapixel stills."

The ultra-portable camcorder market is about to get more crowded with the Toshiba Camileo S10. The Camileo brings 1080p video recording to the game and at an estimated base price of $181, it sounds like it will fly off the shelves. Well, along with a large supply of SD cards since the Camileo has only 128MB of built in memory. Short of some supreme software interface, I don't see this setting itself apart from the competition though. So thos of you who already have a Flip Mino HD, your purchase is still sound. I would really love to see one of these mini camcorders come with optical zoom and large enough internal memory to store more than half a thought, but one step at a time!


Saturday, January 17, 2009

CES 2009: Kodak's Zx1 Pocket Camera

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

This is an on-camera demo of the Kodak Zx1, a portable HD camera, similar to the Flip HD and Creative VADO. The Zx1 records in 720p (1280 x 720) either in 30fps or 60fps, and can also be set to record in VGA mode. It uses AA batteries, an SD card for storage, and has a very sturdy feel to it. MSRP price is $149 USD, and it's supposed to ship in April of 2009.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

CES 2009: Creative's VADO Video Camera

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

Creative's VADO HD is a small, portable video camera - essentially Creative's answer to the Flip HD. $229 USD MSRP, captures video in 720p, and has 8 GB of internal storage, which is about 2 hours of HD video or four hours of VGA-resolution video. I only got a bit of hands-on time with it, but it it's very light - but also kind of flimsy feeling. I'm not sure how well this product will stack up against the Flip HD and the Kodak Zi6.


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

JVC's Everio AVCHD Flash-Based Camera

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:04 PM

http://www.akihabaranews.com/en/new...ls.php?id=16786

"Sanyo and Panasonic are ruling the compact / pocketable SDHC based HD camera world, but it seems that JVC will soon, and I stress the word SOON, release their very own compact Full HD SDHC cameras, which will definitely, and I stress again DEFINITELY look like below (visit our gallery for hi-res pictures both these monsters).
 Unfortunately JVC didn't leak any specs, but we assume these camera will be AVCHD ready, and feature an HDMI port. I'm pretty excited about these new cameras, and hope to have the chance to play with them soon."

JVC looks to be making a move into the ultra-compact HD camera space, and while there aren't any published specs, JVC has solid video pedigree. The bigger question is, how will you hold this? Most of the smaller cameras in this category are vertically oriented.


Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Litepanels Micro Lite: A Must-Have for Videographers?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.s131567196.onlinehome.us...ducts/micro.asp

"Since the dawn of filmmaking, Hollywood cinematographers have understood the importance of a good eyelight— one that literally gives life to the face. Now in the era of HD resolution, is even more important to fill in shadows on the face and bring the subject's eyes to life. Litepanels' lightweight, yet powerful new camera light was created in response to the overwhelming popularity of the company's MiniPlus model, Litepanels' groundbreaking professional production softlight. The new Micro harnesses the company's extremely efficient LED technology in an ultra-lightweight, extremely compact package. Users of DV camcorders can now enjoy a similar quality of luminous, soft, directional lighting, with the same warmth and great color quality that has quickly made Litepanels an integral part of television, broadcast news and motion picture productions worldwide."

I don't use my video cameras as much as I used to (well, other than for YouTube videos), but I know how important light is - and this looks like a great solution to the problem of shooting under inadequate light (especially if this is indicative of the difference it can make). My local store is selling the product for $379 CAD, so it's not cheap, but it's something you can keep using whenever you switch cameras.


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