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Review: Canon LX-MU800Z Projector

Underneath the conventional looking black LX-MU800Z lies a radical rethinking of how projectors operate. It’s practical, too, running on either 110- or 220-volt power—and you can install it at any angle.

Review: Canon XC10 4K Camcorder

The XC10 is a video and still-photo camera that can shoot 4K footage at up to 29.97 fps and HD footage at up to 59.94 fps. Another important feature for churches: its street price is right at $2K.

Review: Vectorworks 2016 Software

"Vectorworks is a cross platform Computer Aided Drafting or CAD program that allows you to design in both the 2D and 3D environments."

Review: Canon Realis WUX6010 Pro AV LCOS Projector

Canon shows that you don’t need to choose between DLP or LCD technology in a midsized projector because the Realis WUX6010 Pro AV uses the company’s exclusive LCOS technology to good effect.

Review: Hall Research 4k Javelin HDMI Cable

The cable uses a fiber-copper hybrid as its transmission medium, allowing it to carry an HDMI signal over 300 feet. And impressively, it has all the needed circuitry inside the connectors.

Review: SONY PXW-X180 XDCAM XAVC HD422 Camcorder

The PXW-X180 is a workhorse device that growing video or tech ministries could depend on week in and week out for a number of years. In my book, that’s the definition of a solid investment.

Review: Extron SMP 351 H.264 Streaming Media Processor

It's a powerful tool for combining, recording and streaming video. The fact that it can help a church save on man-hours means it’s worth its weight in gold.

Review: Marshall Electronics CV500 HD-SDI POV Video Camera

Compared to the GoPro, this new POV camera from Marshall offers numerous advantages --- not the least of which is its size. It's a 1.5 inch cube.

Review: NEC NP-PX602UL-BK 6,000-lumen Laser Projector

Rather than a traditional high-pressure lamp, the PX602 UL has a powerful blue laser that not only runs cooler but has a rated life of 20,000 hours.

Review: Sony SRG-300SE PTZ HD Video Camera

Up to 16 presets can be stored in the camera itself, recording not only pan, tilt, zoom, and focus settings but also 15 general camera settings, such as exposure, white balance, iris, gain, etc.

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.

Review: Elite Screens QuickStand 5-Second Series

The truth is, it really only takes five seconds if you do it slowly.

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.

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.

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.

Review: Elation EZ4 LED Video Panels

David Martin Jacques investigates the Elation EZ4 LED Video Panels, noting "ease of assembly" and "brightness."

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.

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.

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.

Review: 1Beyond StreamMachine

Featuring the Matrox VS4 HD-SDI Capture Card and Telestream Wirecast Pro

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

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.

Review: PixelFlex LED Curtains

Can be applied to almost any curved surface, making it a versatile projection surface solution.

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.

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.

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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