During a recent translation/localization project for a major NLE manufacturer, my friend Rubén Abruña and I ran into a conundrum when debating with our client about how a few words should be translated. Among them was the word Slate, which Rubén and I (and everyone else we personally know in Spain and Latin America) had called Pizarra. We were quite shocked when our client told us that they wanted to use the word Claqueta, which actually corresponds with the word Clapstick. For us, the difference between a Slate and a Clapstick were clear: A Slate just shows information. While a Clapstickmay show information, it always has a sound-producing “clapper” which was created to facilitate synchronizing audio and video in post. In fact, as far as we are concerned, both Clapstick and Claqueta are onomatopoeia, or words that were created to imitate the sound created by the device. For that reason, Rubén and I were quite clear about why we called a Slate as a Pizarra, and a Clapstick as a Claqueta. However, I began to discuss this with industry colleagues in Latin America/Spain, delve into the etymologies of each term, and discovered that —whether we like it or not, even Slate (Pizarra) is an anachronism. (More…)
Posts from ‘October, 2009’
Jon Fairhurst of P3Pictures has done quite a study on audio options for hybrid cameras. Although P3Pictures uses a Canon 5D Mark II for its testing, at least some of their conclusions could apply to other hybrid cameras, including the Canon 7D, Panasonic Lumix GH1, and others yet to be released. P3Pictures’ goal with these scientific tests is to find the most professional quality sound, with mid-priced equipment. In all tests, P3Pictures uses the M-Audio Microtrack II, Zoom H4n, BeachTek DXA-5D, and the juicedLink CX 231. The first test is done with a closely placed shotgun mic. The second test uses a camera-mounted shotgun. The third test is with a wireless lavaliere microphone. Part 4 is foley recording, and Part 5 explores the noise floor of each option. Part 6 are P3Pictures’ conclusions. (More…)
First camera in its class with a 1080p mode, first with a smooth 720p59.94 mode, and first with external mic input.
Ever since I first saw Kodak’s announcement about the new Zi8 HD camera, I was intrigued. Yes, this camera costs less than US$180. I mentioned it to my friend Jorge González of Acquest Multimedia here in Miami, and to make a long story short, he bought one as soon as they began shipping. Jorge doesn’t usually buy such inexpensive cameras. His “other” HD camera is a Panasonic AG-HPX500, which you may know is a 2/3” model which lists for US$14,000 without lens. Later in this article you’ll see our impressions, plus Jorge’s first quick test shot with the Kodak Zi8. (More…)
On October 13, 2009, Apple posted a tech bulletin about their new iFrame video format. On that same day, Sanyo sent out a press release about two new Sanyo cameras which support this new homophonic video format. Although I an intrigued by the new format, I am disturbed by their choice of this homophonic, heterographic term, as you will see ahead in this TecnoLinguistic article. (More…)
Many of our readers may have first heard about AJA’s KiPro back on April 20, 2009, when I published a “first look” after AJA’s announcement at NAB. A few months have passed, and KiPro is now available for purchase. I received an evaluation unit from AJA and found it to work flawlessly with its current feature set. Following are the details of the product, my observations, target market, and wish list. (More…)
In this webinar, you’ll learn:
How to create a single pristine video file for the web, which is playable both with a Flash player (even on Windows without QuickTime installed), as well as on an iPhone, iPod Touch, Palm Pre, and Blackberry multimedia models.
When (and when not) to de-interlace your material, and at what step in your workflow.
Inexpensive software & hardware tools that improve quality and save time when you encode for the web, or various other SD and HD devices.
Legal and practical reasons why you are often better off using your own web server, rather than certain popular free web streaming services.
Discounts for all attendees on software, and on flat-rate web hosting with unlimited bandwidth.
50% discount off the seminar fee for matriculated students, professors, and teachers.
About this webinar:
- Dates: October 14th, 2009 in Castilian, or October 15th in English
- Time: 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm Miami/New York time
- Language: This seminar will be presented in two different languages: October 15th in English, y el 14 de octubre en castellano.
- Computer: You will need a computer with speakers and good computer access to attend this seminar. It is also good if you have a microphone to comment or ask questions… otherwise, you can just type any questions.
- Investment: US$100/person, via major credit card. A 50% discount is offered to matriculated students, professors, and teachers. E-mail us your proof, if applicable.
- Registration: Register ASAP for the English session for October 15th. Inscríbete lo más pronto posible para la sesión en castellano, que tendrá lugar el 14 de octubre.
- Location: on your computer, wherever you are with Internet access.