Canon improves HV20- Now: “Vixia” & HV30!

hv30.gif It’s Canon’s new Vixia line.
This is the HV30. Look familliar?

It looks a whole lot like the HV20 we’ve already grown to love. But with a slightly higher price, manual exposure, and a black case.

How does it compare, feature by feature with the HV20?

Lets go through the rundown and find out.

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Drobo. Worth the hype?

drobomain2.pngThe Drobo made Macworld’s “Year’s Best” hardware list, and was also mentioned on ProLost:

You can cram any configuration of drives into it and it will keep your data redundantly safe. Don’t worry about mixing and matching drives, just throw in what’s cheap and plentiful. As drives get cheaper, toss bigger ones in there.

So what makes this so amazing?

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Firewire increases from 400 to 3200 Mbps. But why?

I am an event videographer who has long used DV and silently given thanks many times to those engineers who jackpanel.jpgreplaced 12+ cables between my Betacam deck and my capture system (Y in, Y out, R-Y in, R-Y out, B-Y in, B-Y out, Aud-L in, Aud-L out, Aud-R in, Aud-R out, Genlock, RS-422) with one, small wire. FireWire (as apple calls it) and iLink (as Sony calls it) are the IEEE-1394 specification. (Bonus points for the first person who can identify the black AV IO box pictured here in the comments)

First it was FW400 (400 Mbps) and then FW800. But many years have passed since FW800 shipped and the normal rate of development that had us expecting FW1600, etc, left us grossly disappointed for years.

Well, now the 1394 Trade Association has ratified a FW3200 speed.
But will anyone care? …

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The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U OTHERS Menu

megvexpo07.jpg I had an opportunity to photograph the menus on a working HVR-S270U (preliminary US model). I’ve exported these as a movie so you can go through each frame, back and forth, and reference different menus.

Today, we’ll look at the OTHERS menu and the various settings users will have access to on these new camcorders.

The HVR-S270U and the HVR-Z7U are very, very similar camcorders so almost all of the menus will be identical.However, these images are of the S270U… Continue reading “The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U OTHERS Menu”

The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U OTHERS Menu

megvexpo07.jpg I had an opportunity to photograph the menus on a working HVR-S270U (preliminary US model). I’ve exported these as a movie so you can go through each frame, back and forth, and reference different menus.

Today, we’ll look at the OTHERS menu and the various settings users will have access to on these new camcorders. The HVR-S270U and the HVR-Z7U are very, very similar camcorders so almost all of the menus will be identical.

However, these images are of the S270U…

Continue reading “The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U OTHERS Menu”

Sony HVR-S270 & HVR-Z7U lens operation

picture-1.pngHere’s a close up of the lens on the new HVR-S270 and HVR-Z7U. You can see how the focus pops in and out of auto focus (IMHO somewhat more cumbersome than a single small button, but this way, your fingers never leave the focus ring). The focus ring features distance markings. The zoom ring features markings as well. Both lenses offer dependable, repeatable focus and zoom control based on the markings on the lens.

Click through for the video…

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Sony HVR-S270 & HVR-Z7U lens operation

picture-1.pngHere’s a close up of the lens on the new HVR-S270 and HVR-Z7U. You can see how the focus pops in and out of auto focus (IMHO somewhat more cumbersome than a single small button, but this way, your fingers never leave the focus ring).

The focus ring features distance markings. The zoom ring features markings as well. Both lenses offer dependable, repeatable focus and zoom control based on the markings on the lens. Click through for the video… Continue reading “Sony HVR-S270 & HVR-Z7U lens operation”

The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U IN/OUT Menu

megvexpo07.jpg I had an opportunity to photograph the menus on a working HVR-S270U (preliminary US model). I’ve exported these as a movie so you can go through each frame, back and forth, and reference different menus.

Today, we’ll look at the IN/OUT menu and the various settings users will have access to on these new camcorders. The HVR-S270U and the HVR-Z7U are very, very similar camcorders so almost all of the menus will be identical.

However, these images are of the S270U…

Continue reading “The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U IN/OUT Menu”

The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U IN/OUT Menu

megvexpo07.jpg I had an opportunity to photograph the menus on a working HVR-S270U (preliminary US model). I’ve exported these as a movie so you can go through each frame, back and forth, and reference different menus.

Today, we’ll look at the IN/OUT menu and the various settings users will have access to on these new camcorders. The HVR-S270U and the HVR-Z7U are very, very similar camcorders so almost all of the menus will be identical.

However, these images are of the S270U… Continue reading “The HVR-S270U HVR-Z7U IN/OUT Menu”

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