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October 22 2012 2 22 /10 /October /2012 15:07

Canon Powershot SX50 HS camera is Canon’s one of the latest cameras featuring a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, designed for shooting with low noise and high image quality, a 50x optical zoom lens, taking you right up to the action.


Canon Powershot SX50 HS camera has the ability to record superb, Full HD 1080p MOV (with JPEG as its codec) movies at 24fps with stereo sound. This kind of file format may not be played on Windows Movie Maker on Windows who likes AVI, WMV, MPG etc most.


In order to import Canon Powershot SX50 HD MOV video to Windows Movie Maker for editing, you need to first convert Canon Powershot SX50 HD MOV videos to Windows Movie Maker compatible file formats with a Video Converter.


Video Converter is able to convert Canon Powershot SX50 HD MOV to almost all popular video files like AVI, WMV, MPG, MP4, FLV, 3GP, MKV, DV, RM, RMVB etc for transferring to Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas or playing on various devices like iPhone 5, iPad 3, Kindle Fire 2 etc.


Simple steps to convert Canon Powershot SX50 HD MOV files to Windows Movie Maker

Step 1: Import Canon Powershot SX50 HD MOV files

Click “Add Video” to load your desired Canon Powershot SX50 HD MOV files


Step 2:Select output format and directory

Select “Format” pull down list to select AVI, WMV or MPG as output format. And then, click the small triangle to choose a path to save your converted files


Step 3: Convert Canon Powershot SX50 HD MOV files

Click “Convert” to convert Canon Powershot SX50 HD MOV files to AVI, WMV,MPG for editing in Windows Movie Maker



Tips: If you need to transfer Canon Powershot SX50 HD MOV to Mac, you can turn to Canon Powershot SX50 HD MOV to Mac for help

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October 22 2012 2 22 /10 /October /2012 03:18

Sony has announced that it is bringing 35mm shooting to its Handycam range.


The Sony Handycam NEX-VG900E camcorder offers up 24.3 effective megapixels and has the option of interchangeable lenses.


The new cam allows Full HD 50p/25p/24p progressive movie recording, has extensive manual controls and 'seesaw' zoom lever and has been given a 3.0-inch XtraFine touch panel LCD.


Given that it produces 35mm content, Sony has seen fit to add a number of film features – including Cinema Tone Gamma and Cinema Tone Colour which offer precise control over cinematic colour grading effects.


According to Sony, AVCHD version 2.0 standard 50p recording is additionally supported.

Extra content

As with most of Sony's kit, there are a bunch of extras you can get with the NEX-VG900E.


These include: the new E PZ (Power Zoom), 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS (Optical SteadyShot) lens.


There's also the release of the Handycam NEX-VG30, which comes with the same APS-C image sensor as its predecessor while adding several enhancements.


The camcorders have a release date of November (NEX-VG900E) and December (NEX-VG30) with pricing to be announced.


Article Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/photography-video-capture/camcorders/sony-handycam-nex-vg900e-brings-35mm-shooting-to-the-home-1096577

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October 21 2012 1 21 /10 /October /2012 16:35

Perhaps you or a musician friend have a song, and you need a music video to help promote it and your band. Or maybe your son or daughter wants to create a video for a song they wrote and recorded. The good news is, you don’t need a mega-budget: just some creativity, a quality camera, friends and family (for potential extras), andiMovie ’11 to edit your masterpiece.


There are a multitude of story options when it comes to music videos—this is where you get to let your creativity run wild. Some include ‘live on stage,’ where you have the band play in front of friends; a solo video of the singer on the beach or in a park; the band performing in a studio; and many more. You can have fun with it and write a short film that plays with the themes of the song, or make it as simple as just hanging out at home playing music.


The author shooting the Back to a Perfect World music video.

For the music videos, producers can use a variety of cameras, including a professional Panasonic AF100, DSLRs that shoot HD video, small GoPro cameras, and even iPhones. If you have access to high-end cameras, that’s wonderful, but affordable HD DSLRs sell for as low as $500, if not lower, as new models come out and old ones drop in price.

You can shoot a music video anywhere using a variety of high-quality, reasonably priced consumer DSLRs or dedicated camcorders.

In addition, many point-and-shoot cameras shoot HD video now, and did I mention the iPhone, plus other camera phones? Many of these cameras shoot in high-quality 720p and 1080p high definition video at 30 frames per second (fps), and the footage is gorgeous.


If you opt for the “live on stage” option, it’s a great idea to get as many friends and family as possible for the video, so the band has a sell-out crowd. Lighting is important, so ensure you’re not shooting in absolute darkness.

If you’re shooting outside, ensure the sun is behind you, not the talent, otherwise, they’ll appear shadowed and the background too bright. Shooting between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. isn’t a good idea, since the sun is directly overhead. Have someone standing by with the song ready for playback, so the singer and band can lipsync and play along, and make sure you’re capturing the live sound.

If you have more than one camera, you’ll be able to do fewer takes of the song, but don’t worry if you’re limited to one or two cameras. The band may have to play through the song more than a few times, but you’ll be able to get all sorts of angles of each member, their instruments, and the audience.

In shooting and directing this video on assignment from Macworld, I adopted a hybrid outdoor-studio approach with singer-songwriter Cooper Getschal, who agreed to perform his song, Back to a Perfect World (written by D. Cooper Getschal and Harriet Schock; Silver Beach Productions).

When shooting outside, make sure the sun is behind you, lighting up your talent.


There are two schools of thought when it comes to editing a music video; in many professional NLE programs, such as Final Cut Pro X, editors will use a special option, or third-party software like PluralEyes, to sync the song with the “live sound” captured when the video was shot. Then they delete the live sound and cut to the song itself. Another option is to cut the video with the “live sound,” or scratch audio track, intact, then sync the final cut to the high quality version of the song. Either method works well.

Click on the Audio Waveforms button, so you can ‘see’ the sound.

Regardless of how you choose to edit, syncing the song with the scratch audio in iMovie ’11 is very easy. Drag the song onto the video clip, which will create a separate audio track. Dropping it into the timeline will set it as background audio. Next, turn on the audio wave forms button, which will give you a visual representation of the sound. From here, it’s easy to sync the audio of the song to the video clips with scratch audio. To test if it’s synced up, hit play, and if there’s no echo, it’s perfect; then simply delete the scratch audio track from the video clips.

There’s no right or wrong way to edit your music video; you’ve probably heard of MTV-style editing, which means quick cuts, going to new shots and angles in a rapid-fire style, perfect for upbeat songs. Or maybe it’s just a simple setup with a singer and guitar on a beach and in a park playing a beautiful song, and holding shots longer and adding dissolves is more appropriate for the song. As far as graphics go, I tend to shy away from them, except a small credit to the band (or singer), the song name and website. But for your production, you can add some flashy graphics with the templates found in iMovie ’11, if you want.


Once your music video is completed, you can easily share it on YouTube and Vimeo, or create a QuickTime movie to share anywhere, including Facebook. Just select the Share option in iMovie ’11 and choose what you’d like to do. You can even create a Final Cut XML, which can be imported into Final Cut Pro X. Final Cut offers many professional tools and a familiar interface, which give you even more editing options.

Tips: If you need to import video files to iMovie, you need to first make sure your videos are compatible with iMovie, otherwise, you need to find a Video Converter for Mac to convert videos to MOV, MP4 for iMovie

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October 20 2012 7 20 /10 /October /2012 08:44

On 17 September, 2012, Canon released a new compact camera named Canon Powershot SX50 HS, which is said to be the world’s first 50x optical zoom compact still camera with 24mm wide-angle lens that can deliver magnificent images


Canon Powershot SX50 HS is the ideal camera to capture super-sharp video which can record full HD 1080p video (MOV video with codecs of JPEG) movie at 24fps which is not a commonly used format on Mac


If you need to import Canon Powershot SX50 HS HD video to Mac, you may probably need to convert Canon Powershot SX50 HD video to MP4 or MOV for importing to iMovie or Final Cut Pro for editing on Mac. Here, you need a Video Converter for Mac to do it.


With Video Converter for Mac, you can easily convert any video format like AVI, WMV, MOV, MPG, MP4, MKV, FLV, DV, AVCHD, MTS, MXF, MOD etc to whatever format you need on Mac (Mountain Lion included). And below are the detailed steps to use Video Converter for Mac.


Step by step to convert videos on Mac with Mac Video Converter

Step 1: Load video files

After installing Video Converter Mac, just drag and drop Canon Powershot SX50 HS HD videos to the program. Or go to the “File” meun to choose “Add Video/Audio files” to import Canon Powershot SX50 HS HD files


Step 2: Choose output format

Click the format icon to pop up a output format list where you can choose your desired output video format, such as go to “Apple Software”->“iMovie” or “Apple Software”-> “Final Cut Pro”


Step 3: Convert Canon Powershot SX50 HS HD video on Mac 

After all the settings have been done, click “Convert” to start conversion.



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October 18 2012 5 18 /10 /October /2012 05:44

CNET reports that Apple has acquired Particle, a small San Francisco-based startup firm specializing in HTML5 Web and Web app work. The acquisition is said to have been for the company's talent rather than any specific project it was working on.


The company has done HTML5 work for Google, Motorola, Amazon, Yahoo, Sony, and Apple. The group has also created some "labs" projects including Intervue.me, an asynchronous video interviewing project. [...]


The deal went through late last month, though not all its less than a dozen employees stayed on to work at Apple. Those who did are listed as "creative technologists" as well as one "user interface engineer," according to their public LinkedIn profiles.







The report speculates that Particle's Web expertise makes it likely that the new Apple employees will be working on such projects as Apple's website, iAd, and iCloud.com. Particle's About page outlines some of its work with Apple prior to the acquisition:




Particle brings positive and energetic relationships with Google and the Chrome team specifically, as well as great Apple relationships and execution experience around iAds, iTunes Extras, and Apple.com. We have participated in and piloted much of the technology which will display the next generation of advertising and deliver media content for the next decade.


TechCrunch has documented five of Particle's former employees who are now listing Apple as their employer on LinkedIn, with all of the transitions listed as having taken place in September.




Article Source: http://www.macrumors.com/2012/10/17/apple-acquires-html5-web-firm-particle/

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October 17 2012 4 17 /10 /October /2012 03:33

When we first saw the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, we did scratch our brains as to whether a 50x optical zoom - which is a 24-1200mm equivalent - crammed into a relatively compact superzoom body could work.


Pocket-lint has gone hands-on with a final production sample of the SX50 HS and we've been swanning around the San Francisco Bay area taking some snaps to test out this superzoom.


The first question on everyone's lips has to be: "Just what does a 1200mm shot look like?" Well, this curious seagull, below, got the full 50x zoom treatment.


Auto exposure is good, the ISO 200 JPEG doesn't look too bad at all despite some noticeable processing that's created more "speckled" edge details, and that blurred background looks great.


But it's the lens that reveals the biggest failing in the form of chromatic aberration. Take a closer look at the 100 per cent crop below and that red fringe to the gull's side is what we're talking about. It's not isolated to this shot either, with blue/purple fringes also rearing their heads in other situations.


Some additional correction could probably help with this, but if you want pristine shots at that sort of zoom length then, although the SX50 HS delivers to a degree, it's certainly not faultless. Not surprising really - a lens of that magnitude has to pull some compromises to be possible at this scale and price point.


The ISO 80-6400 range performs well up to ISO 800 from what we've seen so far. This 50x zoom of the Bay Street sign is an example of the latter sensitivity.


However the top ISO 6400 is awash with colour noise and lacks any true detail, and while ISO 3200 isn't nearly as bad, it is still rather grainy.


Check out the downsized samples and 100 per cent crops in the image gallery at the bottom of the page.

So far we've mixed up various degrees of this PowerShot's zoom range, from wide-angle, to middle zoom and even up close with various subjects.


These are just the first steps in our review process. We'll be using the camera extensively in the coming days and will lift the lid on our full and final Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review at the end of this very week.


For detailed information, please visit http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/47996/canon-powershot-sx50-hs-first-sample-images

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October 16 2012 3 16 /10 /October /2012 05:26

Reader Adam Spelbring is unsure of exactly what limitations the Lightning connector places on iOS devices, particularly in their relationship to iTunes. He writes:

I’ve heard that the Lightning connector doesn’t carry a video signal to external devices. Does that also mean you cannot play video from your iPhone 5 when connected to your Mac using iTunes?

Let’s take a step back and clear up a tiny bit of confusion. When the Lightning connector was first announced, some reported that the connector didn’t support video output. My colleague Dan Frakes cleared that up, confirming with Apple that the connector could indeed handle both audio and video. However, to make this happen, Apple has to release video adapters, which it says it plans to do in the coming months.


At the risk of taking yet another step back and walking all the way out of the column, some readers may not know what you’re talking about when you mention playing video from an iOS device or iPod through iTunes to your Mac’s screen. It’s like this:


For many iterations of the iPod (and now iOS devices), you could plug one of these gadgets into your Mac, select it in iTunes’ source list, access one of its media folders, choose a hunk of media (a song, TV show, or movie, for example), click Play, and the media would play through your Mac just as if that media was stored locally in your iTunes library. I’ve used this trick for years—filling a 160GB iPod classic with movies and playing them on my MacBook Pro, thus saving my MacBook’s storage space for more important data.



Don't let the Lightning connector scare you away from playing movies from your iPod or iOS device


The introductions of the Lightning connector does nothing to change this relationship. And it doesn’t because, as in the past, iTunes handles all the video and audio chores. It simply treats your iPhone, iPod, or iPad as a storage device that’s available directly from within iTunes. The tethered gadget needn’t concern itself with projecting video. Rather, it just has to offer up the files stored on it for playback.


The one difficulty you may encounter, on any iPod or iOS device you use this way, is with iTunes protected media. If you’ve copied a movie you purchased to your iPhone and then jacked the phone into another computer, you’ll be required to authorize that computer with one of your five iTunes authorizations before you can play the movie.

For detailed information, please visit http://www.macworld.com/article/2011880/playing-iphone-media-through-itunes.html

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October 15 2012 2 15 /10 /October /2012 03:30

According to Reuters, the iPad Mini has an official release date, after a source leaked Oct. 23 as the day an event will be held by Apple to unveil the smaller version of the iPad. While an Apple spokesman declined to comment to Reuters, the “source familiar with the plan” said the event's purpose “to unveil a new product” expected to be the iPad Mini.


The Oct. 23 event for Apple is just days before Microsoft Corp. unveils Windows 8 and its new Surface tablet, slated for Oct. 26. The alleged release date event is also two days before Apple releases its earnings for the latest quarter.


Speculation of the release date for the iPad Mini was first reported by tech blog AllThingsD, which placed the unveiling at Apple’s Town Hall Auditorium on its Cupertino, Calif., campus. Oct. 17 was originally the rumored release date, according to Wired, but no invitations for an event were sent to the press.


The iPad Mini is expected to be a thinner model and feature a 7.85-inch display at 1024×768 resolution as well as the redesigned Lightning dock connector for between $200 and $250. This less expensive version of the iPad is slated to rival its cheaper competing tablets which, according to analysts, could hurt Apple’s margins but “prevent its arch-rivals from dominating an increasingly important computing segment,” Reuters reported. Competitors include Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablet the Google Nexus 7, both prices at under $200. 

Article Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/ipad-mini-release-date-could-be-october-23-upcoming-apple-event-845687

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October 12 2012 6 12 /10 /October /2012 03:29

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is Samsung's newest smartphone with a smaller screen could give Apple's iPhone a run for its money. But the specs -- including the absence of 4G LTE -- aim the device more toward the mid-tier.


On October 11, 2012, Samsung today unveiled a smaller version of its popular Galaxy S3 smartphone as the Korean electronics giant ramps up competition with Apple's iPhone.


The device, dubbed the Galaxy S3 Mini, features a 4-inch screen and the latest version of Google's Android operating system. By comparison, Samsung's flagship Galaxy S3 smartphone has a 4.8-inch screen.


The iPhone 5 also features a 4-inch screen, slightly bigger than earlier versions of Apple's device, but the two are in different leagues. The screen Galaxy S3 Mini display is 800x400 (233 pixels per inch), while the iPhone 5 display is 1,136x640 (326 pixels per inch). In addition, the Galaxy S3 Mini lacks 4G LTE networking, which the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3 both support.


Samsung hasn't yet provided details about availability or pricing. We'll update if we get that information.


The new Galaxy smartphone comes as the latest entry in the ongoing war between Apple and Samsung -- and, well, all other Android handset vendors. The companies are vying to control the mobile market, introducing new devices at a steady clip. Apple has unveiled one new phone a year, while Samsung has been pushing its high-end Android Galaxy S line and introducing other devices at the same time.


While many consumers have sought out smartphones with bigger screens, analysts say there's still a big market for smaller devices. Many Apple users, for example, have shunned the larger screen sizes found in Android devices. Thus far, many of the phones with smaller screens have been geared more to the entry level market, not providing the powerful specs found in high-end devices. That means few have given Apple a run for its money.


"Apple has proven quite conclusively that tens of millions of people are happy to have a device they can wrap their hands around," Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart said. "It doesn't mean they don't want powerful processors or high megapixel cameras."


The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini isn't as powerful as its flagship phone, but the company says the device "can be an optimal choice for consumers who are looking for more practical smartphones."


While Samsung may be counting on the new device to help it compete with Apple, it's not likely to change much in the U.S. without 4G LTE capabilities. Also, the chip used in the Mini is dual core, rather than quad core like the S3. And the camera is only five megapixels instead of eight.


Where the Galaxy S3 Mini could shine, though, is emerging markets, a key area for smartphone growth. And it could also be a strong device for prepaid carriers, which also have started offering older versions of the iPhone.


It also could be a viable rival against the older models of the iPhone, which Apple is still selling through carriers at steep discounts.


"This is something that will compete not with flagship devices from other companies, but their mid-tier," Gartner analyst Jon Erensen said. "It's not competing against the iPhone 5 but against the 4S and 4, in that price range."


Either way, the folks in Cupertino are likely to pay pretty close attention to the new device.


Here are the main specs, courtesy of Samsung:



Artice Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57530541-94/galaxy-s3-mini-samsungs-big-new-move/

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October 11 2012 5 11 /10 /October /2012 03:16

In a note to clients -- as reported by "MacRumors" (www.macrumors.com) -- Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster released a report on his semi-annual survey of U.S. teenagers, revealing the continued popularity of the iPhone and iPad. The survey of over 7,700 teenagers shows that:


° 40% of respondents currently use an iPhone, up from 34% in the last survey of six months ago;


° 62% of survey respondents plan to get an iPhone;



° 44% of teenagers now have a tablet device of some sort, with 72% of those using an iPad.


° About 35% of survey respondents who don't own a tablet (20% of total respondents) are planning to obtain one in the next six months. Of those, 74% are planning to purchase an iPad.


° 43% of survey respondents planning to buy a tablet say they would be more likely to do so if Apple launched an iPad mini priced around US$299.




Article Source: http://www.macnews.com/2012/10/10/iphone-ipad-remain-very-popular-among-us-teenagers

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