ISO Releases Standard for Care and Feeding of Your CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs

The ubiquitous shiny disc. Photo: “Fanch The System.” There’s a massive misconception of digital formats, that somehow if something’s digital it’ll last forever in a pristine state. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth: because digital formats are so intolerant of any error, they’re actually more susceptible to physical harm than analog formats. (If you don’t believe me, compare a vinyl LP with some scratches on it to a CD with a single scratch.) Now, the question is, how dedicated are you to proper care and feeding of your discs? Enough to care whether you’re handling your CDs …

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The Battle for Analog: VHS and the Evils of DVD

Sure, the name of the site may be Create Digital Motion, but don’t get me wrong — we know digital is evil. Or, specifically, digital gets real evil at certain times. There are the latency-inducing, problem-causing HDMI cables when VGA or S-Video or Composite would do the job, the “look at our brand, new storage format” trend that turns out to be “look at the hideously onerous, new copy protection method we’ve just invented.” We know a little bit of our soul died when we brought in all this digital tech to our work. (Happy side note, though: my eyes …

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Perfect Portable DVD Solution from Kawasaki?

Computers are wonderful for making live visuals. But there’s something to be said for 2-channel video mixing on DVD, even if it’s just as a backup system for your computer rig. Via the Japanese site envol! VJ, we find this lovely gem from Kawasaki: dual 7″ displays, integrated dual DVDs with dedicated outputs, and dual audio. If this doesn’t scream portable 2-channel audiovisual mixing, nothing does: Kawasaki Mobile Video System with 2 DVD Players and Monitors – PVS297OS [Amazon.com info in English FYI, though they have no stock] envol! VJ audiovisual knowledge database 10 lbs. total, so it’d be easy …

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After Effects to Autoplaying DVD via Encore: Adobe Shows us How

For bigger gigs I tend to include a DVD player running as a backup in case of a crash. I’ve never actually needed it yet, but it’s nice to have the safety net. Here’s a simple technique utilizing Adobe Encore to turn your AFX composition into an Autoplaying DVD, sans menus. It also uses Dynamic Link (which I’m don’t use nearly enough), so if you update your composition you can rerender “direct” to DVD. For super-simple DVD burning from just about any format your computer will play you can’t go past Nero Vision, but this is a slightly more interactive, …

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Sony Vegas Newbie Studio Platinum: For the Weekend Movie Maker

Sony have released an update to their Movie Studio line. Doting grandparents, soccer mums, beginner vidcasters, and mobile visualists rejoice! Notable updates from the previous Vegas Movie Studio include: HDV support/Capture 77 new effects 50+ more transitions Primary colour correction (anyone know what that means?) 5.1 surround sound mixing Limited edition Sony Pictures Sound Effects CD Import directly from Sony DVD Camcorder Export to PSP and iPod compatible formats Vegas Movie Studio training DVD If like me you’re already well-cemented in your NLE of choice then this may not be of interest, but at US$120 it’s definitely worth a look …

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