Back in 2004, Pioneer released the groundbreaking ‘DVJ-X’, which allowed DJs and VJs to scratch, loop and mash up DVDs in almost exactly the same way they had previously done with CDs, using the company’s ‘CDJ’ decks.
Quickly taking pride of place in clubs the world over and on numerous technical riders, the DVJ-X1 and its younger bro, the ‘DVJ-1000’, have not only found favour with both DJs wanting an easy route into visuals and VJs wanting something a bit more tactile and reactive than a laptop, but have also spawned a whole ‘DVJ’ sub culture. However, lack of an integrated AV mixer has meant that VJs and DVJs have been left to their own devices…literally…having to mix and mash all sorts of video and audio hardware in order to create a variety of novel, Heath Robinson meets Frankenstein’s monster type solutions for mixing video with audio. But now, the answer that everyone has been crying out for is finally at hand, in the shape of Pioneer’s brand new Pioneer SVM-1000. Continue reading »
Sony have been making compact digital cameras for some time…in fact, their ‘Mavica’ was the first camera to digitally record images. But until recently, they had never produced a digital SLR. So in 2005, when they decided it was time to enter this highly specialised market, rather than develop a new camera from scratch, they bought into it, by acquiring one of the world’s most successful SLR companies, Konica Minolta. At the time, the photographic world was up in arms, predicting all sorts of doom and destruction. But as it turns out, the doom mongers were wrong, as the Alpha 100 bears testament to the best that both companies have to offer. Continue reading »
According to legend, back in 1998, Tomoyasu Hirano (now the CEO of Digital Stage) had a VJing gig. At the time most Japanese VJs did their thing with video tapes, but since Hirano’s repertoire was entirely computer generated, he, quite logically wanted to find a way to output direct from his computer, so he wrote some software…in one evening (the evening before the gig no less)…and so Motion Dive was born, which, as it evolved, gained the suffix ‘.Tokyo’, in reference to the scene out of which it had grown.
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Every April, NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) takes place in Las Vegas (where else). Usually this is the place where major manufacturers make major announcements about major new products, but this year, such announcements were pretty thin on the ground.
JVC announced a pair of Pro HDV cameras, with interchangeable lenses, which look interesting, if a little (i.e. very) overpriced, Panasonic released…a DV camera (huh?), Canon released…a lens (big wow) and Sony released…nothing.
As it turns out, Sony might, unintentionally, have made the best move of all, because no matter what was announced, it would inevitably have been completely overshadowed by ‘Red’. Continue reading »
I remember watching a photography show on TV a while ago, in which it was suggested that a plastic flowerpot, painted black, would make a good lens shade for
cheapskates those on a budget. I’m guessing that Sigma were watching too, as the shade that comes with this 70-300mm lens bears an uncanny resemblance to the afore suggested plant holder. It also lengthens what is already an impressively long lens, to such an extent that whilst I was testing it, girls were stopping me in the street to say “that’s a big one!”…At least, I assume it was the lens they were talking about…
For the uninitiated, a focal length of 50mm is considered ‘standard’ for 35mm (or full frame digital) cameras, as it most closely approximates normal human vision. Anything much above 50mm is referred to as telephoto and has the effect of magnifying distant objects, which is desirable for many reasons…candid photography, wildlife photography, portrait photography…and of course, my favourite, stalking… Continue reading »