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Saturday, February 5, 2011

TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works 5 Released

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:00 AM

http://tmpgenc.pegasys-inc.com/en/p...duct/tvmw5.html

"Import, edit, enhance, and encode your videos with the easy-to-use interface preferred by users the world over. Add video clips in practically any format, cut-out unwanted scenes, correct and enhance your video and audio, then encode to the format of your choice using custom settings or templates for popular formats."

TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress is a software "classic" amongst video encoders; the company has long been known for their high-quality, flexible, and powerful video encoding software. I reviewed version 4.0 back in 2008, and gave it high praise for its ability to import almost any video format and crank out a high-quality video in a variety of formats. It's now in version 5.0, and with the addition of multi-track timeline-based editing, this is the biggest change yet. Unlike many other video editing programs on the market - I'm looking at you Adobe Premiere Elements - TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works 5 leverages not only CUDA support, but Intel's new h.264 encoding acceleration built into the new Sandy Bridge CPUs.


Monday, August 23, 2010

KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera Boasts a 3-inch Capacitive Touch Screen

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

http://store.kodak.com/store/ekcons...uctID.200992300

""Eastman Kodak Company today introduced the new KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera, a sleek and stylish addition to its award-winning digital video camera portfolio. The pocket-size KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera features a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen so consumers can easily glide through their HD videos with the swipe of a fingertip. With new on-camera editing and Kodak's exclusive Share Button, the PLAYTOUCH Video Camera makes it easy for consumers to share their favorite moments with friends and family in full 1080p HD."

Kodak is one of the bigger players in the pocket video camera market - sheesh, we really need a catchy name for this category of camera - and the KODAK PLAYTOUCH looks like a significant improvement above previous generations. I'm not sold on the touch screen, though I see there's a single physical button - as long as that button starts and stops the recording, I'm OK with touch screen buttons being used for other features. Strangely, the press release doesn't mention the frame rate of the 1080p recording - I suspect it's either 24fps or 30fps. The on-camera editing and tagging videos for upload might be useful for some people. What I'd be more interested in are the details on the sensor itself - is the PLAYTOUCH any better in low-light than previous KODAK cameras? That's a key area of weakness for these cameras.

The remainder of the press release, and an image of the front of the PLAYTOUCH camera, is after the break. Read more...


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Digital Copy Codes & Downloads Expire Too Soon

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 02:00 PM

Have you ever seen that screen before? If so, you'll share my frustration. In the instance above, it was the Speed Racer Blu-ray disc I got as part of a promotion when I purchased the piece-of-junk Samsung BDP-1500. It took me a couple of months to watch Speed Racer, but when I did I saw the Digital Copy coupon and went to download it - and was presented the above error. OK, sure, it was my own fault for not getting the download right away - but it was my first purchase of Blu-ray discs and I'd never used digital copy at that point. Last week I bought a regular DVD at Costco, and upon opening the package I saw a digital copy coupon. Cool! I used it the same day I purchased the DVD and guess what? It was already expired. What the heck?

I think digital copy is a great advancement - well, it will be once they get Zune support - but it's frustrating to see the movie companies dangle it out as a carrot then snatch it away after only a few months. Are the bandwidth expenses really so high that they can't offer it for, say, a year after the DVD or Blu-ray comes out?


Friday, October 9, 2009

Blu-ray Digital Copy: Only a Good Experience for iTunes Users

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:00 AM

There are a lot of things that I don't like about Blu-ray as a format, but as the industry has settled on it as the physical standard for HD discs, things have slowly started to improve. One such improvement is the increased proliferation of Managed Digital Copy on Blu-ray discs. It works like this: in many new Blu-ray packages, you'll have the Blu-ray disc, a regular DVD, and a small card with a code on it. When you insert the regular DVD in your computer, you'll typically get an auto-loader (pictured above) for the movie, and it will give you the ability to transfer a DVD resolution (or lower if they offer a portable device version) copy of the movie to your computer in one of two DRM-laden formats: iTunes MPEG4, or Windows Media Player WMV. In each case, the code you're provided is used to authenticate the WMV and MPEG4 versions of the movie. The neat part is that you can get both the iTunes and Windows Media Player versions of the movie - I did this with four Blu-ray discs I purchased. Read more...


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