Prep Your Videos to Share

So, little Suzie had her big recital, and you brought the new camcorder and tripod, enduring “Who does this guy think he is, Spielberg?” stares from other parents (and likely your spouse). Now it’s time for your big reward: You get to show the world the gorgeous new video of your future American Idol winner. You…

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From YouTube to Your iPod

You’ve found an irresistible video on YouTube that you just have to show to your friends, so you want to download it to your Apple iPod. You search in vain for theDownload to iPod button that should be there on the YouTube page but isn’t. YouTube doesn’t make it easy; you’re going to have to do it…

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My tests

I performed two rounds of testing with the camcorder, an extensive
series of lab and real-world testing that revealed an auto-focus
problem that prompted me to return the camcorder for diagnostics. (At
press time, Canon had yet to report the resul

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Camera controls

You set the main controls via the familiar power dial that toggles
you through VCR, automatic, TV (shutter priority), AV (aperture
priority), full manual, spotlight, night, and easy recording modes. It
took me awhile to get used to the operating c

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Canon XH A1

The Canon XH A1 is as close to perfect as any camcorder in its price range, with great
resolution, very high contrast ratio, and extraordinary
customizability. I did find the auto-focus somewhat lacking, which may
be a concern for some potential b

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Working with Multicam in Adobe Premiere Pro

I’ve produced a number of HDV-source projects in Premiere Pro, with generally good results. Recently, however, working with some multicamera projects, I started to notice some anomalies. When panning and zooming inside a clip in the multicam sequence, quality wasn’t what I expected. As you probably know, one of the benefits of shooting in HDV…

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Fixing Your Audio

All of us have had audio rise up and bite us in the rear on a project or two, usually when we were focused elsewhere and not paying attention to levels, connections, and the like. Fortunately, with the right set of software tools and a bit of background information, you can eliminate many errors with…

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