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May 21 2013 3 21 /05 /May /2013 05:43

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been rumored for a while. And now, a few leaked photos of the photo sample of the phone are revealed by the Poland website Smartfan. According to the EXIF information shown on the photo sample, the phone model of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is GT-N7200 while the hardware version number is N7200XXUAMEB. In addition, according to the resolution of the sample photo, you can see then a 13 million megapixel camera will be built in with the lens stop f/2.2.



Because the model of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is GT-N7100, if the EXIF information shown on the sample photos is not fake, then the leaked GT-N7200 is probably the future Samsung Galaxy Note 3. At the same time, the configuration on camera is also consistent with the previous rumors that the phone would adopt the same camera as that of Samsung Galaxy S4.




As for the release time of Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the Korea Times gave the exclusive news that Samsung has confirmed Galaxy Note 3 will be released at the IFA2013 conference on September this year. Meanwhile, the flagship will be equipped with 5.9 inches OLED touch screen. According to the previous leaked news, the resolution of Galaxy Note 3 will reach FHD full HD level, and it will use diamond pixel structure to ensure the more elaborate display effect.


Samsung GALAXY Note3 also may come with Android 4.2.2 or Android 4.3 system, and carry the new TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 operating connector. It is also rumored that it will own the largest 3GB RAM of memory with the built-in Exynos 5 Octa 8 core processor.


It is worth mentioning that the Samsung GALAXY Note3 won’t adopt the rumored metal shell. Instead, it will continue to adopt the design style of Galaxy S3. Furthermore, according to the insiders, the design of Note 3 will be similar to the Galaxy S4. This means plastic body will be used to Galaxy Note series again. From previously leaked news the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 has three prototypes, the first appearance is almost the same as the GALAXY S4, the second is using the brand new design model, and the third adopts the flexible touch screen. Obviously, Samsung seems to have adopted the first solution. So as a whole, the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 is really a larger version of the Samsung GALAXY S4.


If that is the case, the Galaxy Note 3 cannot play M2T camcorder videos as Galaxy S4 does, which means we have to use converting tool to convert M2T  files to MP4 which is favorable to the phone first. By the way, to make this easier, AVCHD can help a lot. It is professional to convert M2T or AVCHD to many common video formats, such as converting M2T to AVI , to MOV etc. If you own GoPro HD files, the app can also help to import GoPro HD to Final Cut Pro for further editing for further use.


Anyway, everybody just be patient to wait for the release of Galaxy Note 3. There is more or less surprise for you.

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May 17 2013 6 17 /05 /May /2013 06:41

Samsung has released its another favorite work recently. Apparently, it is a product designed to compete with Apple iPad mini. And Samsung official has produced a series of advertising posters for Note 8.0. In those posters, there are comparisons between Note 8.0 and a mini tablet named A Pad mini, well, everyone is smart enough to know it is talking about Note 8.0 and iPad mini.



Obviously, those posters are telling people the reason why choose Note 8.0 not iPad mini. From those posters, we can see there are at least 6 reasons why choose Note 8.0.


First of all, Galaxy 8.0 has multi windows which allows users separate the screen into 2 parts so that users can take down notes directly on the tablet while checking emails or chat with others while surf the internet without switching apps. However, iPad mini cannot support this function.


Secondly, it is a problem about software. Samsung has added a new mode to Galaxy Note 8.0, called the Reading Model. Users can swiftly open and close the Reading Model through the shortcut bar. Automatically, the display color and tonal of E-book app can be optimized. Well, iPad mini doesn’t provide this function either.


Thirdly, Galaxy Note 8.0 is equipped with an S pen which is made on a size that is easy to hold. With the S pen, when users are reading on the Reading Mode, they can turn the page more easily, which makes the reading more enjoyable. The S Pen is no ordinary tool. Use it to tap the hard keys for an even more extensive navigation than before. iPad mini still cannot offer this.


Fourthly, Galaxy Note 8.0 features on an 8 inches display of 1280*800 189 ppi resolution. And iPad mini has adopted a 7.9 inches display with resolution of 1024*768 163ppi. Apparently, it gives better visual experience when watching videos on Note 8.0. However, speaking of watching videos, both tablet cannot support a variety of video formats. So, if you happen to have a camcorder and records in M2T or AVCHD formats, you need to convert them first before you playback on the Note 8.0 or iPad mini. You can consider converting M2T to MP4 well supported by them using the AVCHD Converter which is an all-in-one program able to convert .M2T to .MOV, AVI, etc common video formats like that. And it supports you to import M2T to FCP as well as iMovie for further editing.


Fifthly, Galaxy Note 8.0 has 2GB of memory and supports memory card extension with 1.6 GHz quad core A9 processor when iPad mini just has 512 MB of memory with A5 double core processor. It seems Note 8.0 is more powerful at performance.


Last but not least, Samsung has done better at overall hardware with better standards than iPad mini.


Samsung has openly challenged iPad mini by this way, will Aplle take some measures to fight back? Let’s wait and see.


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October 24 2012 4 24 /10 /October /2012 18:41

Are you a Microsoft fanboy? Been waiting for the Surface Tablet and left a little disappointed when the pre-orders didn’t open in India? Well, it’s eBay to the rescue for you! Just like it happened with the iPhone 5, the Microsoft Surface RT Tablet has surfaced (pun unintended) on eBay with exorbitant pricing.

To let you know what’s out there, the listings on eBay offer two choices, the 32GB Surface RTwithout the Touch Cover for Rs. 38,490 and the Surface RT with Touch Cover (choice of Blue, Red, Pink, Black and White covers) for Rs. 48,990 for the Black version and Rs. 49,990 for all the rest. There is no 64GB version on eBay (yet), but the Surface RT does come with a microSD card slot that can gobble up a 64GB card to offer you more digital territory to let your movies and songs frolic in.


Currently, the official Microsoft Store is offering the base 32 GB model of the Surface for $499, which roughly translates to Rs. 27,500 while the Touch Cover version is pegged at $599 or Rs. 33,000. The eBay pricing is definitely much higher, but that is to be expected if you’re looking at having the Surface RT around the same time as the US counterparts. The listings are being marked as “Genuine Import from USA” with a ship date of November 2. The Surface pricing on eBay is far better than what we earlier reported for the iPhone 5, which was selling for a jaw dropping Rs. 75,000 (for the $649 16GB version).

Surface RT is Microsoft’s home-grown 10-inch tablet that will run Windows RT (the ARM version of the Windows 8 OS) and will ship with a copy of Office RT (student version) that can be upgraded to the full version for free when it is finally out.

Article Source: http://www.thinkdigit.com/Tablets/Microsoft-Surface-for-Windows-RT-available-on_11118.html

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October 23 2012 3 23 /10 /October /2012 16:53

"Is there any software to edit GoPro HD clips on Windows?  I know the clips are encoded in mpeg4 h.264 format. Seems like my usual editors do not support this format. What are some of the programs you guys are using to edit gopro hd clips with?"

To view, play and edit GoPro HD Hero MP4 video on Windows, you need a Video Player or Video Editor. And below, we will tell you how to play and edit GoPor HD Hero MP4 files on Windows.

You can download VLC Media Player, a free video player that support MP4 H.264 files or use Pinnacle Studio or Adobe Premiere Elements PC based to edit MP4 files. But if your have an exsiting program that doesn’t not support MP4 files, then you can have a Video Converter to convert GoPro video files to whatever format that may compatilbe with your particular editing program or devices.

Tips: If you need to edit GoPro HD Hero MP4 video on Mac, you can turn to GoPro CineFrom Studio to convert MP4 to GoPro/CineForm file format which is specially designed for editing and is compatible with most video editing program on Mac like iMovie, Final Cut Pro. Or, you can also find a Video Converter for Mac to convert GoPro HD Hero MP4 video to whatever video format you like.

Below are the simple steps to convert GoPro HD Hero MP4 videos on Windows

Step 1: Load GoPro HD Hero MP4 files

Click “Add Video” to load as many GoPro HD Hero MP4 files as you like.

Step 2: Select output format and directory

Select “Format” drop-down list to select your desired output format. And then, click the small triangle to choose a path to save your converted GoPor HD Hero videos


Step 3: Convert GoPro HD Hero .MP4 videos

Click “Convert” to convert GoPro HD Hero MP4 videos to your desired video files for importing to video editing applications, playing on devices iPhone 5, iPad 3, Kindle Fire or uploading to websites YouTube, Myspace etc.


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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 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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