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Entries in Video (12)


Bigger Video, Not Broken Video

This scenario has bugged me for some time and I'm surprised that no one has thought to fix it:

You're watching an embedded video in a web page. It's small because it has to fit within the width of the page element in which it's placed. To make it larger, your only other option is to maximize it to full screen.

However, unless it's Full HD, what you gain by enlarging the screen you lose in resolution - everything becomes blurred or pixelated.

Why isn't there an option for "Native Resolution"?

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Video Rig Updated to include FujiFilm Finepix HS10

Click to EnlargeI love my Kodak Zi8 just a little bit more than my Zi6 for one simple reason: the audio input jack.

It helps create a simple, lightweight video rig for interviews that I like to get at conferences and events. Using my Zoom H4 portable audio recorder as an audio mixer, I can connect a couple of mics using the XLR jacks and connect them directly to the Zi8 using a standard 1/8" stereo jack.

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The only downside to this setup is the width of the shot - in close quarters it's too tight, requiring me to occupy lots of precious space on exhibit hall floors.

I've tried to counter this with the addition of a wide-angle lens adapter. While it does indeed widen the shot, items on the outer edges can be blurred which makes your interview subject look terrible.

For example, check out this video of FanFeedr Chief Revenue Officer, Ben Lar Marca being interviewed by Craig Calder:

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Pre-Order The Glif: A Versatile iPhone 4 Tripod and More

Contribute $20 or more to this Kickstarter project and receive The Glif as soon as they're available (includes U.S. shipping!). Video below.

Glif Montage from Glif on Vimeo.



What does HDR video look like?

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a process typically used in still photography by snapping one overexposed photo and one underexposed photo and merging the two. This is obviously difficult to do using a single video camera but by using two of them, you can achieve the same effect in video.

This video was shot using two Canon 5D Mark II cameras.

HDR Video Demonstration Using Two Canon 5D mark II's from Soviet Montage on Vimeo.


[Review] Interdealz Mini Microphone for iPhone/iPod

In my quest for a directional mic for my iPhone 3GS I was asked to review the Interdealz Mini Microphone. Full review is on Video is below.

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[Review] Vook: Books and Videos come together - but is that a good thing?

I've been following Vook (the company) for awhile and was excited to see that they've wasted no time releasing their first Vook (the product). For a customer and reviewer, the nomenclature and lack of distinction between the company and the product can be a real PITA.

As for the product, here's a description from

A vook is a new innovation in reading that blends a well-written book, high-quality video and the power of the Internet into a single, complete story.

Given current trends - the challenges of the book publishing industry, the adoption of ebooks, the use of the iPhone and other portable devices becoming more pervasive, near ubiquitous wireless broadband - I found the concept of Vook (the product) intriguing. This review is based on a thriller entitled The Embassy by Robert Doetsch.

There are two types of Vooks:

  1. Those that are sold as iPhone apps
  2. Those that are browser based

Each share the same basic premise - mixing text with complementary video - but with slightly different approaches. Here I review both types.

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Steve Garfield Tests a Variety of External Mics on the Kodak Zi8



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"What's wrong with Vinnie from Lawn Gyland!?"

These guys have forgotten more about the game of football than I'll ever even understand. You can listen to them on the BlogTalkRadio Fantasy Sports Channel.

(Yes, I work for BlogTalkRadio and no, I really don't follow football - but it's still pretty cool to have a video like this on I'm impressed with the quality of the video that the Wall Street Journal is producing.)