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Boats have been officially competing for speed at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1988. However, the first two motorboats were nothing like the

Boat Racing: broadcasting on a budget, Part I July 30th 2014 - 09:36 AM

3-part Series: Live powerboat racing production.

How digital delay became an invisible advantage.

Most sanctioned offshore power boat races are held in the ocean, generally at some distance from most landlocked spectators. The multi-million dollar offshore powerboat racing circuit has recently learned it can attract people who can afford to race and crowds to watch, even in fresh water more than 700 miles inland.

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Video Batteries: A Long Journey from Very Basic Cells to a Complex Mix of Chemistries July 28th 2014 - 09:47 AM

When RCA introduced the TK-76, the first broadcast-quality portable handheld video camera in 1976, the standard batteries included with the camera were Cine 60 nickel cadmiums (NiCd). Battery life for this power hog camera on a NiCd was about 20 minutes, which meant for a day of shooting it took a very heavy bag of expensive cells — each weighing several pounds.

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A Video Tinkerer Solves a Perplexing Audio Problem July 23rd 2014 - 11:55 AM

The short history of video is full of working videographers who solve major problems in their craft and go on to build companies to share their inventions with others in the industry. Ross Lowell of Lowel Lighting and Anton Wilson of Anton-Bauer are two well-known examples working image-makers turned inventors. Now, add Bruce Sharpe to the list.

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Rugged Storage Drives for On-The-Go Videographers July 23rd 2014 - 10:00 AM

Rugged, durable memory storage drives are now essential for videographers working in harsh field conditions. They can be the difference between whether the video makes it home or not. How do you choose the right storage for the application?

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Camera Bags and Cases: The Unlikely Story of an Essential Imaging Tool July 21st 2014 - 08:51 AM

Jim Domke was a photo-journalist back in the 1970s. When practices changed, rather than working from the trunk of his car to needing a portable gear bag, Jim devised a fabric bag to carry bodies and lenses.

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How a 25-Year-Old Engineer Changed the History of Microphones July 10th 2014 - 01:41 PM

What best selling pro audio product is used in virtually every broadcast station on the planet and daily by the President of the United States? Answer: the unidirectional dynamic microphone.

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Cameras, Pixels and Resolution July 10th 2014 - 01:36 PM

There is a lot of confusion about what a pixel is. John Watkinson argues that it doesn’t matter because the resolution of a camera has little to do with the pixel count.

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Ultra HD: time to invest? July 10th 2014 - 08:44 AM

Is the rush of interest in Ultra HD a flash in the pan, or will we see complete broadcast chains from the camera to the home? If you attended NAB this year you would be forgiven for thinking that every broadcaster in the world will be moving to 4K in the next six months, such was the frenzy of new products. The move to 4K won’t happen that quickly, but Ultra HD transformations will happen in the very near future, and broadcasters and production companies should be investing sooner rather than later.

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