On this site, can refer to any of the various physical devices used in the production of video. (In contrast to software)

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What factors are important for DSLR lenses for shooting video?

I'm about to upgrade my DSLR camera from a Canon XSi (450D) to either a Canon 7D or T3i (600D). I'm largely interested in the video features of the camera. I have several mid/high-end lenses that I ...
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connect 8 projectors together to create a large image

For an experiment purpose i collected 8 projector with 5000 lumens and 1080P resolution. I need to connect them altogether to create a really large image? So, should i use 1 computer for each ...
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Screen refresh rate above 100 Hz noticeable?

Is a refresh rate higher than 100 Hz still noticeable for the human eye? Tv manufacturers are still taking these refresh rates to new heights, but is there really a noticeable difference between a ...
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Cheap solution for shooting with multiple (>2) cameras in sync (genlock or LANC?)

I'm doing research into natural phenomena in computer vision, and I'm looking for a method of shooting video from multiple camera angles. It's likely that the subject will move very erratically, ...
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Effects LEDs are uncomfortably bright - can they be dimmed? (Boss ME-70)

I use a Boss ME-70 multieffects unit and its red LEDs are uncomfortably bright. When I bend down to adjust a setting, it's like having a red laser shining in my eyes -- I can't even read the controls. ...
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Does rackmount hardware attach only on the faceplate?

I've just purchased a few simple hardware rackmount devices, and a rack case. I've never set anything like this up before. I've been told that the devices' faceplates are screwed to the rack, and no ...
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Reasonable hardware for basic video editing?

We have an old duo core Windows XP machine, and it seems to be the case that, when using Adobe Premiere Elements 9, we frequently have situations where the audio and video are out of sync. We will ...
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Camcorder for use as a webcam

I've been looking into a camcorder for use as a webcam, since all the webcams I have found don't seem to be up to the task I have in mind. My biggest issue is finding camcorders can can even be used ...
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Slow HD video whilst editing

I use Adobe Premier 5.5 to edit my videos. I have always seemed to have slow editing. I upgraded the PC which now has 8 Core 16gb of DDR3 2333mhz ram 1gb 460 gpu 6 hard drives, 1 is SSD So, I ...
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Should I just get a gaming PC for audio/video production?

I was looking around for computers aimed at AV production, and there doesn't seem to be many. It seems you largely have the option of SOHO PCs, business machines, or gaming machines. Is a gaming ...
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Getting Started with Webcasting and Video conferencing

Our church is trying to move into the 21st century. We have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $20,000 ($10,000 would be more likely to succeed) for equipment purchases. We need to be ...
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High-end graphics cards: is it needed or useless for video editing at i5 machine with quicksync?

I am in search of a graphics card that makes video editing fast. I think to buy an i5 cpu with a motherboard with quicksync (z68?) and an SSD. Quicksync on cpu is only for transcoding (h.264 and ...
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What specs should I be looking for in a camera to record board-game sessions?

I'm a computer science engineer with no experience and very little knowledge in camera and video processing. I would like to record boardgame sessions (timelapse for example) and record boardgame ...
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Why is Audio and Video out of Sync during recording?

I make a 30 second recording using a webcam on a laptop. When I play the .avi file afterwards, the audio and video are out of step. The sound starts arriving about a second after it should do and gets ...
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What is this device?

I was doing some cleaning today and found the device below, unopened, in its original plastic bag. I'm guessing it's an accessory for a photo or video camera from the 8mm jack, but anything more than ...
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2GB vs 4GB Graphics card Memory for playback and encoding of Videos in Adobe Premiere CC

While looking into buying a new graphics card for the editing, live playback and encoding of videos in the new 64bit Premiere Pro CC, I was wondering about: 1) how and when a graphics card's ...
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What are the key PC specs for best editing GoPro Hero3 videos?

My wife bought a GoPro Hero3 for some simple home video: kids, holidays, etc. The problem is that some videos are not playing very well on our old PCs. We want to buy a new one for video editing. As ...
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Slow Video Render? incl. New & Old PC Specs

So I've been recording gameplay & posting it on YouTube for a few years now. Primarily using Sony Vegas as it always seemed to be the community standard. Never really had an issue. Since I built ...
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solution for archiving digital video

What solution do you use for archiving digital video content? Are magnetic tapes adequate, or better setup another 8HDD raid5 server? I read some news that SONY will bring to market an 1.5TB tape ...
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What kind of camera do I need to record a moving object in order to do motion tracking?

I have a few markers that I use to make augmented reality pictures for DIY projects. It's working fine when the camera is fixed. Now I would like to use them on a moving object to do basic motion ...
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GoPro 3 Black gets stuck in “>” Play mode when diving

I have bought a touchscreen backpanel for my GoPro3 black and whenever I take it diving, it switches to ">" play mode (the black triangle shows up on the front panel and keeps stuck there). I cannot ...
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Recording Video From one PC to Another

I'm planning on recording PC screens in general, including gaming and videos. I'm aware of screen capture software like FRAPS, Playclaw etc. and have tested them out, but the increased strain on my ...
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Hardware requirements for multiple TV channels (cable TV) digitization

I'm planning to start a service which archives TV video content (at low quality). I'm exploring what hardware and video digitization equipment will be needed. The TV channels in the geography I'm ...
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What options are there for hardware encoding/decoding?

For the last 24 hours I've been waiting for some files from a Sony camera (about 60Gb) to convert to MP4. I'm thinking there must be some other way to speed this up. I'd much rather go for a ...
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Can the VGA port of the laptop be used as input port? [closed]

A few days ago I had a problem installing a video conferencing system, as I was unable to take the output of the codec display on a TV for some reasons. I was wondering could I have used the VGA port ...
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Hardware solution for live video conversion

To briefly summarize: I am looking for a video conversion box that will accept any resolution/refresh rate/color space and split out a properly converted feed. I utilize a hardware H.264 ...
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Hardware to rotate a video signal 90 degrees?

Okay, so what I'm trying to accomplish is to take a standard TV monitor and mount it at 90 degrees, while simultaneously rotating the source input signal 90 degrees so that the video output appears ...
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HD PVR 2 GE, worth it, thoughts?

I am really trying to record/stream some footage from both computers and video consoles. The best solution wold be to use an Aver Media Capture Card, but seeing as that is out of reach financially, I ...
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Is it better to have a player application stretch the video or to use a resolution that matches the video file?

I have a Samsung LN40A550 LCD TV, purchased in 2008. I have a 2011 mac mini connected via HDMI, and I use VLC Media Player to play tv/movies, most often x264/mkv files. The native resolution of ...
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What would you recommend me to record videos while playing Xbox360

I would like to record some videos while playing on the Xbox360. I've been looking around and I would prefer to not use the PC to record (a PCIe card, for example) and I've come across the following ...
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Do internal SSDs challenge the conventional wisdom of storing digital assets on external “scratch” disks?

I've heard that all project assets should be stored on a separate "scratch" disk for the sake of increased performance. I'm wondering if that conventional wisdom holds even when your "scratch" disk is ...
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What hardware should I get for a conversion farm for MXF => Prores

I currently use a mac pro for importing mxf files into FCP (equivalent to converting to prores, I believe) at about 3x realtime @29.97fps. I want to get a machine to run ffmpeg & do the ...
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Can I Use Long Manfrotto QR Plates on a short head?

I've been considering whether to buy the 701HDV or the 502AH. I've pretty much settled on the 502AH for its superior drag quality, but one thing a lot of people do not consider is the type of Quick ...
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How to create a video like this?

How do I create a video like this? If I want to create such videos, I want to know Type of instruments to be used(including camera, etc.) Light settings After effects Software suggestions if any ...
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Graphics Cards that have SDI outs

I am looking for a medium to high end graphics card that has SDI outputs. I have a home studio with a SDI matrix switch and I want to hook my Gaming Computer into this rig. I am planning on doing some ...
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What is the benefit to using multiple RED rocket cards?

Could someone please explain to me when it might be necessary to use multiple RED rocket cards in the same computer? Does an additional card significantly improve workflow speeds for lower resolution ...
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Using a Nikon D5100 or Sony SR68 to shoot video of an event

I've been asked, on a very short time schedule, to shoot video at a party on behalf of someone too ill to attend. In my custody are my Nikon D5100 and a Sony Handycam DCR-SR68. I am not experienced ...
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How can I find specific PRO grade gear when CONSUMER grade dominates the search results.

I'm trying to keep this question as "non" subjective as possible... I need to find a very specific piece of hardware (not brand or model, just type), and I'm currently coming up empty handed. I've ...
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Portable screen for USB camera [closed]

apologies if this is not the correct place to ask this question. I need to use a USB camera with a long extension (something like this ...
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GPUs for motion graphics

What are a few common GPUs that offer the best hardware acceleration for motion graphics and compositing? (i.e. After Effects, Motion, Combustion, etc)
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Which frame grabber to use for custom software

I am in the process of building a custom application that requires frame grabbing from an analogic video stream from a TV. I therefore have bought a Hauppauge WinTV HVR 1900 usb frame grabber. It ...
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Canon XF100 live stream — additional hardware needed

Question: How to get the XF100 to live-feed into a laptop for streaming? Details: I currently have a Canon XF100 HD video camera, and I need to use it for live streaming of some upcoming events. I ...
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Analog (PAL) Frame Grabber capable of arround 4 fps

I have a video camera with a external trigger. I have been experimenting with the external trigger and it looks like I'm ready to grab some frames. I'm new on this field of hobby, and therefor I have ...
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Why is Adobe Premiere Pro / Adobe Media Encoder freezing my computer when rendering?

This is happening when rendering lasts longer than ~20-30 mins. I've tried checking the temperatures, they are holding steady at a maximum of 45 Celsius (on both CPU and GPU). Freezes computer ...