HDV and the Sony FX1

After testing Sony’s HDR-FX1, I’m an HDV believer. It’s not the second coming of DV, but it can be extremely useful in a number of circumstances, including when you need to down-sample the results to SD formats. Conversation between Stephen Nathans, editor and myself, December 20, 2004:Nathans: So, now that you’ve spent more time testing…

Will MPEG-4 Fly?

Strong market forces are pushing for a standards-based resolution to the high-profile battle of proprietary streaming technologies pitting Apple’s QuickTime, Microsoft Windows Media Technologies, and RealNetworks’ RealMedia against one another. Broadcasters are seeking a unified standard that will allow them to use a single delivery method for both traditional programming and Internet offerings. Many publishers…

Down With Wintel, Man – A Modern Day Fable

It was a small, tastefully lit shop on the east side. The NC-terminal was strategically placed, towards the back, telephone cables barely visible. The price tag hung, like a war medal, over the monochrome terminal and sleek, designer keyboard. “Network Computer – $500 (monitor not included).” Candles and incense burned on the podium – I…