The world of interlaced video

The first step in understanding video in general is to grasp the concepts of interlaced video and progressive video.

As far as we know the video we shot looked great. Something happens after you look at your export. Unfortunately tvs and computer monitors do not place nice. When recording in pal dv the refresh rate is determined by the camera or the input (A PAL signal sends 50 fields per second). The computer monitor is always at a variable rate between 60 & 85 Hz. So the 50 fps of your video – does not match well with the monitors refresh rate. This is one good case for de interlacing your video. Continue reading

Graduation Success!!!

The Graduation Ceremony 2012 was a great success. The planning started months ago and many people were involved to make the idea reality.

Behind every Graduation ceremony, there are the unsung heroes dressed in black that capture that one moment every graduate will go back to their DVD players and watch. They were the Mediazone crew, which included student Lab Assistants, student volunteers, special community volunteer, and freelancers. A small but dedicated team. There were two graduation ceremonies, one for the University of Nicosia and the second one for Intercollege, as well as the UNIC awards ceremony. We’d meet to break down the ceremonies as if they were missions and rehearse for both of them under the heat of the summer sun, so we’d be sure we were ready to stream live and record each graduate’s big emotional moments with their friends and family at the end, flawlessly no matter what.  This year this was accomplished for the first time in full HD! Continue reading

How would you like to record the best quality video on the Sony Pd-170 camera?

The Sony Pd-170allows you to record in two different modes. There is the standard mode, the DV mode and the DVCAM mode. In the first the camera records more slowly, turning the heads slower, and allows you to use up your whole tape. A 60 minute tape will be 60 minutes – in terms of usable tape. In DVCAM mode the camera records faster,  turning the heads faster thus allowing you to record the maximum of only 40 minutes using a 60 minute tape. Continue reading

Audio recording – in a perfect world!

Audio recording is all about controlling your environment, your voice and controlling the signal going into the software from the microphone. It’s not easy when you don’t have all of the tools in hand or fighting against your environment. In a perfect world here is how you would create a voice over recording. Continue reading