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Video Game Recording Hardware Round-Up

I get a lot of people asking me about the best way to capture gameplay. It’s not a simple answer: there’s a wide range of options, from very consumer-focused products all the way up to the same stuff TV shows and movies use. Your own “best way” is going to be determined by your specific

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Windows 8 First Impressions

I’ve installed Windows 8 Release Preview on my Mac Pro. I’ll talk about how I did that in another post – this one is about my reaction to the system upon first boot. I have done literally no research on Windows 8, so I’m interested in how this goes. This is all stream-of-consciousness, as it happens,

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Fox Takes Tiny Step Into 21st Century With Digital HD

Today Fox is launching their Digital HD initiative, offering HD movie releases for purchase digitally three weeks before retail release for about $15 each. The first will be the movie Prometheus, which is supposedly available starting today on iTunes, VUDU, PlayStation, Xbox, Google Play and YouTube. I say supposedly because it wasn’t available on many of these

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Matrox Monarch Price, Specs and Speculation

First, the disclaimer: none of these details have been officially announced or confirmed by Matrox. The only official info we have is this image: And this blurb from the press release:  This small easy-to-use device is configurable via a simple HTML interface using any computer on the same network as the device. It generates an

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The 2013 Mac Pro X

On June 12th, in response to pro users’ anger at the ongoing lack of a significant Mac Pro update, Tim cook told us “something really great” is coming in 2013 for pro Mac users. Remember the last “something really great” Apple promised the pro community? It turned out to be a half-product that removed features that

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The Matrox Monarch and a User Generated Revolution

The Matrox Monarch is the product that every video pro needs, but doesn’t exist – that is, until Q1 2013, when Matrox will start selling it to us. But I believe that it could be much more. Though there’s not a ton of info yet – in fact, there’s nothing but the press release – here’s the

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IBC 2012 News I Care About

IBC root beer is delicious. The IBC conference is currently underway in Amsterdam. The two are completely unrelated. For those who don’t know, IBC is Europe’s NAB – the “premier annual conference and exhibition for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of electronic media and entertainment content worldwide.” Normally I don’t post news

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Robots, Copyright, and the Future of Broadcasting

Earlier this week, the Hugo Awards show live stream was shut down for copyright infringement. It was being streamed on Ustream, and copyrighted content within Hugo’s stream (clips of the award winners) was automatically flagged by Ustream’s automated infringement system Vobile. This resulted in an immediate and automatic shutdown of the stream; it did not resume.

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NewTek’s Sub-$5k TriCaster 40

Today NewTek announced the TriCaster 40, a sub-$5k version of its popular TriCaster line. You can compare all the different models here – the basics are as follow: 4 simultaneous live video sources, in any combination of HD Component, SD Component, Y/C or Composite and supported resolutions 2 simultaneous live sources via Gigabit connection, selectable from any

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Blackmagic Adds Much-Needed Audio to ATEM

In the “it’s about damn time” category, Blackmagic has released a software update for both its ATEM Television Studio and ATEM Switchers, enabling full audio mixing capabilities – and most importantly, enabling mixing of embedded audio from SDI and HDMI sources. Why’s this such a big deal? Because the ATEM Television Studio has, until now,

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