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First Impression: GoPro Hero Session
Considering the success we’ve had with older GoPro cameras, we were very interested when the company announced it was introducing a new model. It's 50% smaller and 40% lighter. That's a good thing, right?
First Impression: Panasonic AW-UE70W 4K Integrated PTZ Camera
An 1/8-inch input and a micro SD slot are just a few of the interesting feature found on this newly introduced pan-tilt-zoom camera.
First Impression: Sony SRG-300SE PTZ Camera
The image-enhancing software and massive optical zoom make this PTZ a real competitor to the standard studio camera.
Review: Panasonic PT-DZ13K Three-Chip DLP Projector with ET-D75LE90 Ultra Short-Throw Lens
THE PT-DZ13K can fill a 25-foot screen from less than five feet away.
Review: Epson PowerLite Pro G6970WU WUXGA 3LCD Projector
After using it for several weeks, I’m convinced the Pro G6970 will fit right in to a mid-sized church—particularly those looking to upgrade to HD imaging.
Laser Projectors - Welcome to the Future
The day when your church can afford a maintenance-free projector may have arrived...
First Look: Teradek VidiU Mini Wireless Streaming Video Encoder
Don’t let the size fool you. Just because it can fit on a GoPro doesn’t mean it can’t cut it in the professional environment. Despite the small form factor this product has a lot to offer.
First Impression: Renewed Vision Propresenter 6 Presentation Software
We're told ProPresenter 6 has been completely redesigned from the code up. But is the gold standard truly new and improved, or is it just different?
Review: Elite Screens QuickStand 5-Second Series
The truth is, it really only takes five seconds if you do it slowly.
First Impression Teradek VidiU Mini Streaming Encoder and Live:Air App
The new, smaller footprint in the VidiU Mini makes it a good companion for action cam and DSLR environments. The new app brings many functions of a full-fledged production switcher.
IMAG and Video Production Cameras Take Center Stage
4K was “so 2013.” So what’s new for 2015?
Teradek VidiU Mini & Live:Air
Teradek introduces a new H.264 encoder, the VidiU Mini, along with Live:Air (pronounced “live to air”), an iPad production suite.
Manfrotto MVM450A Kit
Manfrotto refreshes its line of fluid video monopods and accessories with the addition of the MVM450A, a kit comprised of the new MVM250A aluminum fluid video monopod featuring the MVA50A fluid base with retractable feet and a customized XPRO Fluid Video Head.
Extron SMD 202 Media Player
Extron presents the SMD 202, the latest addition to the company’s H.264 Streaming AV product line.
Christie H Series Projectors
Christie introduces its most powerful 1DLP projector line, the H Series.
Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K
Blackmagic Design announces the Intensity Pro 4K, a PCIe card that allows capture and playback of SD, HD, and Ultra HD video on Windows, Mac, and Linux PCI Express computers.
Review: Canon REALis WUX400ST Pro Projector
Up close, Canon’s REALis WUX400ST can not only put up a large, bright image, but is one of the easiest projectors to hide.
Review: Arkaos Stage Server with Media Master Pro Software
Media servers not only let you control the video being sent to your screens; they also can be controlled from lighting consoles, which allows for very tight integration between lighting changes and video changes.
Review: Blackmagic Design Studio Camera
The new Studio Camera from Blackmagic Design lists for just under $2,000. A 4K version is available for only $1,000 more.
Tempest Verdigo 7500
Outdoor enclosures manufacturer Tempest introduces the Verdigo 7500, designed to protect projectors using the company’s Digital Enclosure Control system and patented Goldilocks operating system.
Panasonic AW-HE130 Camera
Panasonic announces the new AW-HE130, a pan/tilt/zoom camera incorporating recently developed high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3-inch 3-MOS imagers that produce high quality pictures, even in low light conditions.
Extron FOXBOX T HD-SDI Transmitter
Extron presents the FOXBOX T HD-SDI, a fiber optic transmitter that converts 3G-SDI video to streamline integration of SDI sources with non-SDI displays.
Elite Tripod Stage Series Screens
Elite introduces its Tripod Stage Series, which enhances traditional tripod design to deliver a portable “big screen” presentation.
Christie Q Series Projectors
Christie adds three new cost-effective Q Series projectors.
First Impression: AJA Cion 4K Production Camera
If the resolutions don’t get you excited, the recording format should. The Cion uses ProRes, in all of it’s flavors; 444, 422, 422(HQ), 422(LT), and 422 (Proxy). If that isn’t enough, the frame rate selection is also really interesting,
Review: Ricoh PJ X5371N Projection System
At just $1,600, the 5,000-lumen PJ X5371N from Ricoh undercuts the price of most other mid-sized projectors by enough to be able to get a back-up lamp. This could make it an ideal choice for a small house of worship trying to stretch a tight budget.
The State of Video Projector Technology
Lamp technology is one area where significant advances have arrived. Resolution is getting extremely interesting, too. Check out our round up of products.
First Impression: Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc. SK-UHD4000 4K Ultra-HDTV Camera System
Camera is uniquely designed to encourage rapid integration of 4K by utilizing current infrastructures.
First Impression: Kramer VS-211HA Automatic HDMI Standby Switcher
The real value of this product can be measured in the man-hours it saves.
First Look: DVDO Air3C-Pro Wireless HD Adapter
This wireless HDMI adapter offers 1080p60 resolution for just $299. Despite a limited operating distance, the Air3C has an interesting future in the house of worship market.
First Impression: DVDO Air3C-Pro Wireless HD Adapters
Designed around the 60 GHz band, available for unlicensed short-distance communication systems with data throughputs of up to 2.5 gigabits per second.
Review: KRAMER VP-774AMP Presentation Switcher/Scaler
For churches with a lot of digital video sources...the VP-774 (MSRP $3,595) would work well and doesn’t take up much space.
Review: Fujifilm XA55x9.5 HDTV Telephoto Box Style Lens
Make sure and catch that point: the camera mounts to the lens, not the other way around.
Review: Video Devices Pix 270i Network Connected Video Deck with Dante & MADI
PowerSafe circuitry is a feature that should be on every piece of production gear.
Review: Canon FX205 High-Definition Camcorder
Packed with features, THIS baby brother to THE XF300/XF305 brings 1080p/60fps to the table.
Elation 6mm EZ6 LED Video Panel
EZ6 panels interlock to create a high-definition, easy-to-install LED video screen.
A Canvas for Projected Light
Projection screen material may look like a fairly bland and static thing, but it’s actually not. Creating a brilliant image in our sanctuaries and auditoriums these days starts with having the right material to reflect the projected light.
GoPro: Incorporating the POV camera into your church video workflow
The tiny size of the GoPro enables you to place it almost unnoticed to capture angles that otherwise would be disruptive to get. And with its HDMI output jack, you could run the signal into your video switcher and use it for interesting IMAG shots.
First Impression: Canon XF205 High-Definition Camcorder
Packed with features, this “baby brother” to the XF300/XF305 finally brings long-awaited features to the Canon camcorder product line
Video Review: Christie DHD600-G HD DLP Projector
Christie has seemingly done the impossible by squeezing a large-format projector into a small and economical case.
Developments in Projection Technology
A round up of new projection equipment right for your church production.
First Impression: Grass Valley GV Director Switcher
Grass Valley's goal is to remove the interface barrier between “creative people” and their final products. So they don't call it a switcher. Instead it's called “nonlinear live production center.”
Review: Elation EZ4 LED Video Panels
David Martin Jacques investigates the Elation EZ4 LED Video Panels, noting "ease of assembly" and "brightness."
First Impression: Opticomm-Emcore Eclipse HD HDMI Over IP Encoder/Decoder
It doesn’t just do HDMI, but adds USB, audio, RS-232 and IR making it equally ideal for multipurpose rooms, portable church and digital signage.
First Impression: Panasonic AV-HS6000 2 M/E Live Switcher
The control surface is as fun to use as it is aesthetically pleasing.
Review: Tiffen Steadicam Curve
The “biggest” thing from Tiffen is the new Steadicam Curve, the smallest stabilizer ever in the company’s Steadicam line.
Review: Livestream Studio HD500 Live Production Switcher
With the ability to walk into a venue with a bag on your shoulder and in under five minutes be fully ready to stream, switch and ISO record a service, it’s a compelling option.
Review: Epson PowerLite 4650 XGA 3LCD Projector
The PowerLite 4650 is the best buy projector in its class today, not only for its low price tag and brightness but because it is inexpensive to operate.
Review: Sony AWS-750 Anycast Touch Live Content Producer
An inherently intuitive nature--including a touchscreen interface--makes this product ideal for church tech volunteers, our reviewer finds.
Elation EZ4 LED Display Panel—High Resolution Video at its Finest
Lightweight, sturdy panel delivers top-of-the-line, high-def image quality
Larger Than Life
CPM asked several manufacturers what they feel is their best option for IMAG in houses of worship, and here’s their take....
First Impression: Digital Projection HighLite Laser WUXGA 3D Projector
New unit offers 10,000 lumens and 20,000 hours of near maintenance-free operation.
Slideshow: What’s New in Video Switchers?
A church-focused, gear-based guide to some of the latest switchers
Review: Analog Way Ascender 32 Multi-Screen Seamless Switcher
The Ascender is the Swiss Army knife of seamless switchers. It packs a lot of power into a four-space rack unit.
Review: Blackmagic Design Atem Production Studio 4K
I enjoyed being able to control the unit from anywhere in our building via laptop or iPad.
First Impression: Sony HXR-NX3 Professional Handheld HD Camcorder
One of the more exciting features is the ability to use a smart phone or tablet as a camera remote control through built-in Wi-Fi.
Small in Stature, Big on Output
A look at high definition projectors for small and medium-sized venues
First Impression: Sony VPLFHZ55 Laser Projector
While specs are not much different than other 3,000-4,000-lumen projectors, it’s the laser light engine that separates the VPLFHZ55 from the crowd. Is this the beginning of a new era for large-venue projectors?
BROADCAST PIX Granite X Series Live Production System
22 cameras and seven channels of files flow into the system through watch folders from local and cloud-based sources
Review: NEC NP-PH1400U Professional Installation Projector
It worked well regardless of whether it was connected to a computer, Blu-ray, DVD or a tablet—with excellent colorbalance and nearly perfect flesh tones.
Review: Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera
It’s not so much a video camera, but more of a sensor and configuration system in a box.
Review: AJA ROI DVI/HDMI to SDI Mini Converter
ROI is an abbreviation for “Region Of Interest”; it means it has the ability to use only a selection of your potential input as your functional output.
A look at the latest, most promising developments in video switchers
Viewcast Osprey 820E Video Capture Card
With numerous features, Osprey 820e could solve a number of video projects in a single solution
Review: 1Beyond StreamMachine
Featuring the Matrox VS4 HD-SDI Capture Card and Telestream Wirecast Pro
First Impression: Ross Video Vision Tritium 3 MLE Production Switcher
Why would a church need three ME's? By considering it a building-wide solution it could make a lot more sense.
Review: Canon EOS C100 Cinema Camera
A hybrid—combining some of the advantages of DSLRs with more of a video camera form factor.
Review: BenQ SH940 Projector
Digital light processing imaging target with a six-segment color wheel producing full HD 1,920 by 1,080 resolution images
First Impression: Sony AWS750 Anycast Touch Live Content Producer
Sony's new all-in-one portable live production unit could be ideal for portable churches, and any church doing live broadcast and webcasting.
Review: Teradek Vidiu On-camera Wireless Streaming Video Encoder
One thing that really set the Vidiu system apart from other systems is its ability to function completely wirelessly
Review: Soleratec Phoenix Firebird Video Production Content Management System
The general function of the Phoenix Firebird is as a video storage system, but that’s where the similarity to standard hard drives ends.
First Impression: Contemporary Research QMOD-SDI 1.5 HD-SDI Modulator
Want to distribute video throughout your building, or add digital signage on a budget? New modulator offers features and options that could save churches money.
Martin Professional Version 3.0.0 P3 Video System Controller
The software boasts a number of new features, including support for Martin’s VC-Series of LED video products driven by the P3 PowerPort 1500.
JVC GY-HM70 Camcorder
With a 12-megapixel CMOS imager, it records 1,920 x 1,080 footage in AVCHD Progressive format at 28 Mbps to dual solid-state memory cards.
Review: PixelFlex LED Curtains
Can be applied to almost any curved surface, making it a versatile projection surface solution.
Canon EOS Rebel T5I Digital SLR Camera
Combined with an extensive ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600 in H mode), the camera boasts crisp, detailed images even in low-light conditions.
Elite Kestrel Stage Series Projection Screens
The motorized, portable screen is integrated into a sturdy wheeled stage case equipped with handles designed for easy transport and set-up.
NEC V423 LCD Flat Panel DISPLAY
According to NEC, the V423 offers a 46% decrease in power consumption compared to its predecessor
Roland V-4EX Video Mixer
Roland presents the V-4EX, the next generation product in its V-4 and V-8 lineup of live performance video mixers.
Review: Canon Realis WX6000 LCOS Projector
Whether it’s connected to an iPad, PC or Blu-ray source, the WX6000’s color and white balance are second to none with realistic flesh tones and vibrant primary colors.
First Impression: Ensemble Designs BrightEye NXT 430 Compact Router
As you would expect from any modern router, it can accept SD, HD and 3G SDI signals on BNCs, along with embedded audio. The unit has two fixed inputs and two fixed outputs. But this is where things start to get interesting.
First Impression: Analog Way NeXtage 16 Seamless AV Processor
This switcher is capable of taking almost anything you can give it. It’s able to process all those signals to its two outputs which include DVI, 3G/HD/SD-SDI, Universal analog, and Video Optical SFP. All of this leads to an “almost anything in” to “almost anything out” video processing solution.
Review: SmallHD AC-7 OLED Video Monitor
One of the first installation-grade projectors from InFocus offers impressive output and a generous array of connection options. That’s part of the promise found upon review of the SmallHD. And this: “The kicker here is [that] the AC-7 utilizes organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology at a price … comparable to traditional LCD monitors.”
Review: InFocus IN5544 3LCD Projector
The IN5544 can be set up horizontally or vertically, and features height-adjustable feet up front for projecting from a shelf or tabletop. What else about this projector makes it extremely attractive to the average house of worship? Its price tag, for starters.
Review: Digital Juice Slyder Dolly
What sets the Slyder Dolly apart from other products is that its platform is mounted securely to a track that holds fast to the dolly.
Tutorial: Buying a Video Switcher
There IS a distinction between “larger broadcast video switchers and lower-cost or general-purpose multi-source scaler/switchers.” Do you know what it is?
Review: NewTek TriCaster 455 Video Production System
Digital video, graphics store, recording, streaming output ... packed with features that place it high on the list of video production devices you should consider.
Review: Roland V-800HD Multi-Format Video Switcher
For a $12,995 (MSRP) switcher, the functionality video processing and output are excellent.
Review: Digital Rapids Touchstream Video Streaming Appliance
The video streaming “Leatherman” can be utilized, not just by our IMAG pros, but by volunteers as well.
Review: ViewCast Niagara 2120 Streaming Appliance
A Flash Encoding workhorse for high quality encoding onsite or in some remote location
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