Extreme Broadcasting

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This past winter we were asked by a ski resort to live broadcast over the Internet a multi-camera event. We love a challenge so we said yes. The event was a national snowboarding competition the ski resort wanted us to cover from top to bottom. Literally. The concept was to have two video cameras, one at the top of the hill, one at the bottom of the hill to capture and follow each contestant as they raced down the hill. ...

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HTML5 or WHAT?

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The last ten years have seen tremendous growth in online streaming. Early on it was Windows Media Encoder, then Silverlight and Flash Media Encoder. There was also Real Server, for people who operated their own Content Delivery Network (CDN). None of them solved the real issue of ubiquitous streaming to any device. Sure you could get these streaming engines to talk to various devices (IOS, Android, etc.) but only with the proper add-on software such as the Puffin or Photon ...

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Panasonic Announces the new GH5 camera

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Pansonic’s next generation GH5 camera is set to ship by middle of 2017, and it’s interesting they
announced it this early. The announcement was made yesterday at PhotoKina in Cologne.
One of the design features touted in the press release and presentation includes
“internal” 10 bit 4:2:2 recording in 4k
and up to 60fps according to whats being said.  It will be interesting
to see how heat and battery life will be dealt with.  Also Im guessing
the timing to ...

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The Future of Serial Digital Interfaces (SDI)

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SDI is the acronym for Serial Digital Interface.  It was first standardized by The Society of Motion  Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) in 1989.

It’s a way to connect video devices to each other via coaxial cables and what’s called BNC (Bayonet Neill–Concelman) connectors to move digital signals from one point to another.  The SDI standard provides for video signals as well as multiple channels of embedded audio on a single core wire using bit serial transmission.

Since its standardization in ...

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Who says size matters / Camera Technology and the Human Eye

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Conventional wisdom in the world of photography where sensors are concerned, is that size matters. I would invite you to throw that assumption away for a moment. To resist the temptation of judging image quality of a camera based on its sensor size alone. While that might be true in the world of man made optics today, it’s not as true in nature. Conceding to the reality of economics, what drives our march to higher resolution, greater color depth and ...

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Webcasting Versus Video Conferencing

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A California State Government Agency recently asked us to compare video conferencing with webcasting and to demonstrate certain capabilities that differentiate the two. We thought that we would share some of this with you.

What are the latest features in Webcasting Technology? What Kind of Interaction and Screen displays are possible?

Webcasting, unlike video conferencing is more like watching television than conducting interactive events with scores of participants. However interactive webcasting (as apart from video conferencing) is available and has been implemented ...

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Setting Expectations for 4K Video cameras

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4k and larger is now-a-days becoming a standard for shooting things like features and documentaries, PSAs and commercials and the like.

For our forte’ live streaming, switchers like the NewTek Tricaster and almost all others that we use so much are not a 4k device so its all HD for that now.  What we hope to find out with a test drive in October of the Panasonic AG-DVX20, its newest 4K camera, is to find out is how the Image Stabilizer ...

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How does an IFB help with Video Production?

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In the beginning producers and on stage talent would communicate during live events using hand gestures, waving flags, jumping up and down…anything to get the attention of on stage talent or others behind the stage involved in the live event production. Sometimes it was important…like when the gas lights caught the stage fabric on fire at the back of the stage. Then along came technology, specifically the telephone and its many derivatives. One application of telephone technology was to create ...

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VideoSSC wins two new State contracts

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We’ve been busy and away on vacation. It seems that every time that we go on vacation something good happens. This time we were notified that we won two new major contracts from State of California Government agencies.

The California State Lands Commission. Established in 1938, the Commission manages the state’s 4 million acres of tidelands and submerged lands and the beds of navigable rivers, streams, lakes, bays, estuaries, inlets, and straits. These lands, often referred to as sovereign or public ...

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