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CES 2014 3D videos slowly deployed; Sony Movie Studio – ugh!

The videos are gradually being completed. For every successful edit and render, I have had four or five incomplete attempts.

The footage was shot with a Sony stereoscopic video camera, is being edited on an i7 Sony VAIO with 12 gigabytes of RAM and a 2-gig nVidia video card with the Sony Movie Studio Platinum but the system just seems to struggle.

If you want to have access to the entire collection when it is ready (Days 1, 3 and 4), please try this link.

I am compiling ideas for posting here and on our companion blog, technotraveler.com. Stay tuned!

 
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CES 2014 – More tech, more toys

We are exhausted. We have completed the second of two days we could be at CES. Tomorrow – Friday – will be the last of the show and for us to attend.

Here are a few of the photos we have accumulated…

2014 CES Innovation Awards

2014 CES Innovation Awards

Steve Anderson waiting for the South Hall doors to open

Steve Anderson waiting for the South Hall doors to open

 
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MacPro 2013 finally unleashed…and ordered

The latest incarnation of the high-end Mac OS X-based desktop computer was made available for order in the wee hours of December 19, 2013.

Thanks to my contact at Apple, Matt Miller, I completed my order just around 6:20 am PT. Still it was a bit late to expect a January 2014 delivery date.

In the meantime, here are some links and a video on the new system and related accessories:

 
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Digital Juice – a long-term relationship

I have been privileged to use Digital Juice products for over 13 years. I still have my first animated backgrounds from 2000 but it’s the new stuff that keeps me coming back and shelling out $$$ for their products. Think about how many tech companies have come and gone in the meantime!

These are what I have been purchasing over the last month. Don’t be surprised if you see these on the YouTube channel or on my Vimeo videos!

Digital Juice - Drag & Drop

Digital Juice – Drag & Drop

Animated Canvases, Collection 24: Starting Blocks

Animated Canvases, Collection 24: Starting Blocks

Animated Canvases, Collection 25: Original Basis

Animated Canvases, Collection 25: Original Basis

 
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Hello, Elgato Game Capture HD

For that past few years, the Black Magic Design Intensity Pro has been my reliable pathway to Xbox 360, iPad and iPhone captures. Recently, I found that my iPhone 5′s output was still seen a valid signal but the neither the Xbox 360 nor the iPad provided a signal.

Strangely, I could hook up my AppleTV to the Intensity Pro and get an iPad output if I sent the video to the AppleTV via AirPlay. This is not an accept workaround. I don’t relish the idea of having to move the AppleTV about the house. Plus, it doesn’t solve the problem of capturing from other devices, like the Xbox, which doesn’t support AirPlay.

Sooooo, I purchased the Elgato Gaming Capture HD. I’ll be putting it through its paces.

Box: Elgato Game Capture HD

Box: Elgato Game Capture HD

Box contents: Elgato Game Capture HD

Box contents: Elgato Game Capture HD

In the meantime, if you want to see the video quality of an unedited MP4 capture (77.3 megabytes), click here to view/download a quick sample.

 
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New to me: Kindle Paperwhite (with Special Offers)

I have tweeted and posted that I have less than an assured feeling about Barnes & Noble, the nook and B&N customer service. One tweet mentioned the Kindle.

I’ve purchased the Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon and put my money where my mouth is.

Kindle Paperwhite - Front of Box

Kindle Paperwhite – Front of Box

I won’t really review this as much as continue to comment on the differences between the devices, the experience and any support issues. Barnes & Noble really needs to step up and improve its game. I am not totally abandoning them, but I don’t want to be caught not knowing how to run and use the competition. Sure, I have the apps on my iOS devices, but I really like to have the portable ereader experience.

Kindle Paperwhite - Back of Box

Kindle Paperwhite – Back of Box

Kindle Paperwhite - Unit in plastic

Kindle Paperwhite – Unit in plastic

Comparing the experience starts with J. Alexander Greenwood’s third installment of the John Pilate series, Pilate’s Key:

J. Alexander Greenwood's Pilate's Key on my new Kindle Paperwhite as well as iPad 3...

J. Alexander Greenwood’s Pilate’s Key on my new Kindle Paperwhite as well as iPad 3…

 
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In 3D – video test of HDR-TD20V at Las Vegas “Cars & Coffee”

Bought the Sony HDR-TD20V (not the new TD30V) and played with it here at this weekly classic car show/event in Las Vegas (really, Henderson).

In addition to having the manual control dial and the built-in 64 gigabyte that the newer model eschews, the HDR-TD20V was significantly discounted at my nearby Sony Store in the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace.

The new Stealthy from VariZoom was being used but not in stabilizer mode (the mode I used – - is likely the one I will use most frequently). I had titles and transitions when I originally edited with Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 but my Windows 7-based system isn’t really up to the task…yet.

 
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New to me: VariZoom Stealthy™ 5-in-1 Stabilizer & Support, 3-point shooter

In the previous post, I mentioned the Varizoom Stealthy. It is a product that allows for smooth mobile videography and filming, while the operator is walking under their own power (as opposed to a dolly, crane, truck, etc.). If you recall the iconic scene in Rocky where Sylvester Stallone, as the title character, runs up the Philadelphia Art Museum steps, the film followed Rocky while an apparatus that allowed the camera operator to wear the camera was employed. The VariZoom Stealthy is a descendent of this form.

You lucky people will be seeing my attempts to use this after I receive it early this coming week!

3D Photo of VariZoom President Tom McKay, demonstrating the Stealthy near their display at NAB 2013.

3D photo of the Stealthy in use with various devices.

 
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New to me: The Sony HDR-TD20V 3D camcorder

New to me: the Sony HDR-TD20V

New to me: the Sony HDR-TD20V

I have lived in the Vegas area for almost five years and I admit that I love the Strip (it’s the driving involved to enjoy it that I detest!). Among the benefits is having access to tech stores beyond the frou-frou stuff, like the Sony store in the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace.

After seeing the HDR-TD30V at CES 2013, I thought it was the next 3D camera for me (the Fuji W3 is wonderful for still stereoscopic photos but really does a poor job at doing sharp 3D video). After finding out that it is svelte because it has a few fewer features than its predecessor – the HDR-TD20V – I played with this older model, now on clearance. Among the features "left out" of the current unit are the embedded 64-gig of memory (you have to provide your own from the start) and the manual dial. The manual dial was the deal breaker for me. The older TD20V model was now less expensive but still big on the figures that mattered in the 2013 model.

Thanks to Bob, Selenne and, in particular, George, I am now charging the battery for this baby. You will now be seeing even more of the Vegas Valley and Strip in stereoscopic glory with the new 3D camera. When the Varizoom Stealthy arrives early next week, you will see the footage with a anticipated smoothness.

 
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Some NAB reflections, Part 2 (Photos)

Taking the Padcaster for a test spin

Taking the Padcaster for a test spin

This is one of the products I encountered at NAB 2013 that I just had to purchase. I can place my 3rd-generation iPad in this tripod-compatible armature for stable videography.

Here is a sample 3D photo from the first of the two days I attended the show, taken in the Adobe pavilion. Click here for the full 3D album of my visit on April 8 on phereo.com

This photo was taken from a concourse outside of the Central Hall. The Museum of Broadcast Technology brought out some blasts-from-the-past, like this reel-to-reel video recorder. Click here for the full 3D album of my visit on April 10 on phereo.com.

 
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