The Video Craze – Affordable Video Production Equipment
New technologies in video production equipment combined with the emergence of video—particularly digital video—as an acceptable medium for film has made it possible for almost anyone to become a film director virtually overnight. While the cost of film and film equipment is financially prohibitive, video production equipment is relatively inexpensive and can be mastered quite quickly. While there is a great deal more to the art of film that just having the right equipment, the accessibility of video production equipment has encouraged many amateur filmmakers to give it their best shot. Understanding the basics of video production equipment is the first step to becoming the next Steven Spielberg.
The Video Craze – Affordable Video Production Equipment
The term software is generally used for computer software that is an essential part of the computer system. It stores and process all encoded information or computer instructions on PC. Computer software has very vast scope in computer world.
According to computer science and software engineering computer software is all information that is processed by computer systems, programs and other data. Software is completely opposite to hardware, which is used to store or execute the software. Software is loaded into random access memory and then executed in central processing unit. It belongs to machine language that is not easy to understand for the users.
Every operating system has its own software that requires an individual processor. It understands machine language that consists of several groups of binary values, which gives processor instructions and data. Software converts machine language in simple language that enables the users to understand machine language.
Software generates a connection between electronic hardware and data. The user can operate the sequence of data instructions with the help of software. Software can use any type of data such as output/input. Sometimes the output of software can be input for another software. Software provides an interface between hardware, data and other software.
I saw the latest press release from Nokia the other day, announcing their new additions of ’smart’ phones or, as I prefer to call them, cyberphones …
They’re adding to their N-Series, which, frankly, needed the reinforcements. PC Magazine was the most thorough with their description of the new products, and I encourage you to read it.
I’ll be interested in seeing how these units perform, but so far, my recommendation for the true cybernaut is Nokia’s 7710 model.
I had already spent a long time looking for a mobile unit that would reliably combine the best features of a laptop and handset when the 7710 appeared on the scene late last year. With its wide screen, ample memory, PC connectivity and handwriting recognition features, all that needed to be confirmed to me was its performance in the real world. I have not been disappointed.
Among other things, I can utilize the 7710 to easily write this column and submit it. I can make and store videos and still images, save and replay tunes, keep an appointment schedule up to date and cybercruise to my heart’s content, easily and quickly. Again, navigation is very simple, thanks to the accompanying stylus; it can be set for varying sensitivities, so once you orient it to your style of writing, you get a most reliable performance from it.
Given its size, the 7710 can be slightly unwieldy as a phone, but a good Bluetooth headset — the Motorola HS805 is a great choice — solves that issue. If there is any drawback to the 7710’s phone properties, I’d point to the Caller ID function, due to the mere inconvenience of having to remove the 7710 from its belt-case in order to view the screen. Given the proclivity of wireless headsets during the past year, the tendency for others to stop and stare at Bluetooth users in action has diminished. So, if you’re the self-conscious sort, that’s one less concern to consider.
The N-Series mobile phones look to be more oriented to those who want a phone first and cyberspace luxuries occasionally. There is surely a growing market for such products. However, if someone else’s luxury is your necessity, you should be using a 7710.
Perhaps these units aren’t as trendy as, say, a Blackberry or a Treo, but unless you really want to enter your thumbs in the next Olympic games or squint at detailed images on a smaller screen, the 7710 is a better deal. Over the years, I’ve noticed that rollout models in audio and video equipment are ‘overbuilt,’ ie- loaded with more quality features than the price might warrant in order to ensure their success in the marketplace. After just under a year of personal usage, I now think the 7710 falls into that category.
As such, I find it interesting that each model in the new N-Series seems to contain some of the properties of the 7710, but not all of them. That would concur with the second stage of rollout model marketing, which is sub-dividing the model and then sorting the feature menus of those models to accommodate varying price ranges. Thus, the consumer must revert back to a choice of unit, depending upon his priorities. This is profitable for the manufacturer, of course, because it allows for the seepage of product obsolescence, ie- outdating, which in turn means the consumer and his wallet will be back in the marketplace sooner rather than later, which equates to the potential for more profits.
As quickly as hi-tech products advance in sophistication, such a marketing plan becomes more of a logical approach than a cynical one. However, there are exceptions to the rule, and it’s my contention that the Nokia 7710 is one of them. The company overbuilt it, I’ve got it, and it’s made me a happy Cyberiter. The 7710 has made the beach, the bar — or anywhere else for that matter — truly become my office. Besides its being more innocuous, there are no Wi-Fi restraints and I don’t have to pack and unpack a shoulderbag everywhere I go.
What do you use your computer for? Long gone are the days when the computer was strictly a data processing tools. Today, the computer is an all-purpose media entertainment center. Its capabilities have gone far beyond keeping a catalog of all your movies and music – it’s even gone beyond playing all your favorite music and movies. These days, with the right tools you can splice, cut, record, edit, mix, create and publish your own media. And to accompany the new capabilities there’s a dizzying array of new software tools that can help you do everything from rip CDs to encode complete animations and videos. How do you find the best new software tools?
Enter www.audio-video-tools.com, one of the fastest growing download sites for audio and video software. Just like their name says, the site is all about the software that you need to do everything you want with anything audio or video. This is not just another software directory. www.audio-video-tools.com lists powerful audio and video tools in 14 different categories from CD rippers to cell phone utilities. Whether you want to do something as simple as convert a wav to an mp3 or as complex as create a full-length video from scratch, you’ll find the tools you need to do it at audio-video-tools.com.
There may be times when it is simply inconvenient to use the click of your mouse for a specific command or even for an entire working session on your computer. Believe it or not, repeated clicking of the mouse can cause physical pain and nerve damage in hands, wrists, arms, shoulders or even the neck of some people. Minimize this risk by taking note of your computer habits and replacing some of the most frequently used mouse movements with simple, easy to learn, keyboard shortcuts. You can save time and hand movements by implementing these helpful “tricks”. No special keyboard is needed for the shortcuts described below.
Because each program has its own unique shortcuts it would be impossible and a bit overwhelming to try to list them all here. I will attempt to demonstrate the most common shortcuts generally used in most Windows applications.
Computer Forensics is the scientific study of computers or computer related data in relation to an investigation by a law enforcement agency for use in a court of law. While this technology may be as old as computers themselves, the advances in technology are constantly revising this science.
In the technological old days, computer forensics was mostly related to data dumps, printing out every keystroke that had been logged on a computer in a series of eight digits, all of them zeroes and ones. Literally cases of paper would be used for the printing of the materials. Systems analysts would then have to convert all of the data into hex and then translate the value into whatever the actual keystroke was. In this way, it was possible to go over all of the data and figure out at what point the computer and the corresponding program crashed. Like computers and technology, Computer forensics has evolved by leaps and bounds since those days of old.
Automated selective soldering is the fastest growing area within electronic assembly due to the ever increasing pressure to improve product quality and shorten cycle times in the manufacturing process.
With more complex, double-sided surface mount assemblies, the use of the traditional wave soldering process to solder through-hole components is no longer an option.
The higher density and lower ultimate cost of SMT makes it the preferred assembly technology. However, the mechanical strength of through-hole connections continues to make through-hole the technology of choice in assembling connectors.
As the number of through-hole components on boards has decreased, hand soldering is primarily used as an alternative. Hand soldering is a manual operation and, therefore prone to defects, such as excessive solder, inadequate hole fill, flux residues and thermal stresses at the solder joints. It is not reliable or repeatable and depends entirely on ability and skills of the operator.
Selective soldering is the process whereby specific through-hole devices on a board are selectively soldered using programmable selective soldering machines.
Satellites have been orbiting the earth for several decades now, and are constantly contributing to the evolution of global communication.
Satellite cell phones have made it possible for people to make phone calls from anywhere in the world, no matter how remote their location, and have been extremely useful in coordination of many activities ranging from scientific exploration to military operations.
Portable satellite radio is another important technology that has emerged in recent years, allowing users to subscribe to and access radio channels from around the world for either entertainment or informational purposes.
One small problem with satellite communication technology, however, is the sheer distance involved in communicating with orbiting satellites, which can cause a slight delay in transmission time. This, of course, is of no consequence to satellite radio, but it can be a slight problem for two-way communication services such as broadband and phone.
The only way to reduce the time delay involved in satellite transmission is to use lower orbits for satellites, thus reducing the distance involved in transmission. Lower orbits are already being used for some purposes, but there are many challenges that must be overcome in order to make such a transition.
Advancements in satellite technology have been plentiful in the past few years, and more are expected in the future. It will be very interesting to watch the development of this evolving technology over the coming years and beyond.
Projection screens are special screens used to project an image for the audience. Movie theatres use projection screens on a wide scale. These screens are used in conferences or home theatres as well. The screens serve different purposes in different places. Therefore they are installed in various ways.
The projection screens can be wall-mounted type, pull down type or mobile type. Wall mounted types are needed for exact reproduction of the picture. Movie halls and home theatres use this type of screen. The second type, that is pull down screens do not need a fixed place, they can be used as and when required. Mobile screens are pull down screens mounted on a free stand but the projection of pictures are not perfect in these projection screens.
Projection screens are always matte white or matte grey. This helps in the perfect colour projection of the slides, otherwise, the pictures or images might get discoloured. Matte grey screens or grey screens reflect less light from the projector, they also absorb less light from the room. Image brightness ratio is correctly maintained and many call these projection screens high contrast screens.
Technology – The times are certainly changing and it seems each day something new arrives to intrigue us. Recently we’ve been hearing all about DivX, but what is DivX?
DivX is a digital video codec compression decompression format that is based on the technology of MPEG-4. These files can be downloaded over a high speed connection very quickly without sacrificing the quality of the digital video; so it is an excellent choice for exchanging video files over the Internet.
DivX was originally developed for DVD encoding because of its high quality at such a low bit rate (650 mb=90 min at 640×480 standard bitrate). It was once thought it could be used to create an alternative to video rentals. However it lived a short life expectancy in the DVD world; instead becoming a popular Internet video tool.
The DivX player is a downloadable program that lets you download multiple videos. You can pause and resume the downloads at any time and easily add URLs. You can organize your video collections so they are easy to access and you can quickly drag and drop, then burn your multiple DivX videos to a CD or DVD.