The news announcement came with little recognition, but in July 2016, Funai Electric produced the last video cassette recorder (VCR) as the only remaining manufacturer of this technology. Although VHS cassettes will continue to be manufactured, this effectively signaled the official death of the format. Most people won't be impacted by these announcements since VHS doesn't factor [...]

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As the many people, kids and adults alike, continue to use their smartphones and iPhones as a main source for a video camera, the HD quality resolution that the phones record is nothing less than stellar. So it is no surprise that outlets such as news stations, filmmakers, content creators and TV production houses have [...]

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Even after all these years, I'm still a novice when it comes to video editing. I know just enough to be able to create small videos when I need them for the reviews I write, but my skills are limited to joining and trimming multiple clips, inserting basic transitions and adding very simple titles. I'm [...]

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Swivl is a robotic accessory for your Android, iOS or DSLR that's been designed to make lectures and presentations more dynamic. It's actually a special base that holds your mobile device (phone, tablet or camera) that can pan 360 degrees or tilt 20 degrees as you walk around the room. A small handheld dongle links [...]

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Are you an iPhoneographer who has wanted to record a video or a snapshot that captures action from both the main and front facing cameras at the exact same time in a cool split-screen layout? AbracadabrApp does just that, but it's not actually an app that you install on your iPhone. It's an analog "app" that [...]

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Aereo TV review


"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"  Remember this quote from  the 1976 movie Network?  It sums up my feelings about the present state of pay-TV providers and forced me to do something about the ever increasing fees and poor customer service.  Thanks to Aereo, I've been able to dump the [...]

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A prominent gear-related site was recently hacked, and a link to a “hands-on” video by Olympus technical specialist Rick Sasserath was leaked. The video demonstrated the not yet released Olympus OMD E-M1.  It has since been removed, but stills from the video are easily found.  If you do a search, it’s still possible to even [...]

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I've always been on the hunt to make my own at-home security camera.  I've fiddled with low-res webcams and my Raspberry Pi, which have given me interesting results.  When I recently got the opportunity to review a small form-factor security camera, I jumped at the chance.  Let's take a look at the Intelligent Security Z12 Camcorder by [...]

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This post brought to you by Arcsoft. All opinions are 100% mine. Are you tired of your "amateur" videos?  You record your vacation memories, your child's birthday party, or even a wedding, and it all looks somehow unfinished.  Even the grandparents are bored watching their grandkid's star turn in the school play.  With the new ShowBiz [...]

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Stop forwarding that crap to me!

Don't we all know someone like this? :) Thanks Weird Al and Tricky. Now stop forwarding your crap to me! :)

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Cloud TV Box review


Do you want  to display Internet content on your TV?  Do you like your Android cell phone or tablet and wish you could have the same features for your TV?   Sungale says they have the solution with their Cloud TV Box.  Now you can play Angry Birds and display Facebook  on a large flat-screen TV.  I've been using the device [...]

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Last year I bought 2 new TVs for my house. I got a great price on both of them, and the HD picture looks great on both of them.  And being the tech guy that I am, I immediately started looking for ways to take advantage of that gorgeous HD screen.  The TVs were not [...]

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The weeSteady is a polished stainless steel grip that attaches to a standard sized tripod socket providing extra stabilization while recording video with small point and shoot cameras, iPhones and other smart phones. Gripping the weeSteady as shown in that first picture provides for a more natural shooting posture, which translates to less shake. To [...]

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Avid Studio for iPad Version: 1.0.1 Size: 30.5 MB I enjoy using iMovie on my iMac and Macbook Air to make short video clips for my reviews or just for the heck of it. I've tried the mobile version of iMovie on my iPad and iPhone but didn't find it to be anywhere close to [...]

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The Replay XD1080 is a video camera designed for extreme action. It features a water-resistant, hard anodized, rugged aluminum housing and a super easy 2 button control. One button toggles power and the other button toggles video recording. You can't get much easier than that. Video is stored on the included 4GB micro SDHC card. [...]

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