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New Defining the Entry Level Pro NLE
    A contemplation of the Matrox RTMac with Adobe Premiere bundle begins to define professional NLE requirements such as real time, full screen NTSC previews, analog inputs and dual monitor support. The good news is that this system is also surprisingly inexpensive. Learn more now.
New Studio Artist 2:
Amazing Image Synthesis & Auto-Rotoscoping
Studio Artist is a video graphic and animation software tool with a creative palette all its own. The good news is it’s fun to learn and amazingly powerful. The bad news is that it has an inconsistent interface. Still, it's worth the free download and time to explore because it's a program like no other. Let me explain.
Premiere 6: The New DV-NLE Standard
This is an impressive upgrade that maybe a breakthrough for DV-based, digital desktop video editing. Learn more about Premiere’s new, more intuitive navigation, professional features and affordable price. Read the hands-on review now.
  Streaming Tools, Worthy Upgrades
Software upgrades frequently disappoint; however, the fall crop of streaming media tools delivered an abundant harvest. Here's an executive producer's overview of three important upgraded tools for authoring streaming media sites: Cleaner 5 (formerly Media Cleaner Pro), Adobe GoLive 5 and Photoshop 6. Learn more.
  Painting & Animating a New Paradigm:
Photoshop 5.5 & Studio Artist
Opening New Graphic Dimension with Adobe's Photoshop 5.5 and Synthetik's Studio Artist offer powerful new paint and animation tools that push paradigms as well as pixels. In fact, Studio Artist is "jaw-drop amazing"! Read more.

Jon Leland's monthly commentaries on the wired world of Internet video
  Six Sign Posts from Lessons Learned

Here's a set of six insights that can help anyone who is trying to earn a living with rich media on the Web to better understand the dynamics that are currently defining success in this post-bubble-bursting era. If we don't learn from our mistakes, what good are we? Make sure you're doing it right.

  Close Up on Flix for Video in Flash
Compressing video for online playback in Macromedia's Flash player is both a breakthrough and a new kind of challenge. This article zooms in behind the pixels to help both beginning and established webmasters better understand this opportunity and its challenges. Learn more.
  Stream Heat: What's Hot & Why
Rich media offers dimensions all its own. From digital rights management (DRM) to hot new short film sites to impressive web-based Flash authoring applications, the video Web is setting new standards that will lead us for years to come. Get a better view of where streaming things are going.
  Real Differences
In the battle for streaming media dominance, there is more to being an authentic streaming leader than tweaking codecs and distributing software. In Jon Leland's opinion, a company also needs to demonstrate viable business models, solve significant customer problems, and (drum-roll please) have a heart. Dig in to this important subject now.
  Video in Flash:
A New Online Option
Video inside of Flash has suddenly become not only more accessible; but, in some cases, the way to go. A report from the FlashForward conference reveals a new tool for encoding video for Flash as well as other insights. Read it now.
  Playing Digital Catch Up...
A concise overview of the state-of-the-streaming art is created when the writer decides to interview himself in order to share some of his latest perspectives and favorite products. Yes, please.
  Convergence Confusion @ AFI
Streaming video, interactive TV (iTV), enhanced TV (eTV) and digital TV (DTV) have all laid claims to the future of interactive video. On a trip to the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, Jon Leland rediscovers the fact that there's nothing simple about trying to make video truly interactive. Tune in.
  Streaming Tools, Worthy Upgrades
Software upgrades frequently disappoint; however, the fall crop of streaming media tools delivered an abundant harvest. Here's an executive producer's overview of three important upgraded tools for authoring streaming media sites: Cleaner 5 (formerly Media Cleaner Pro), Adobe GoLive 5 and Photoshop 6. Learn more.
  Media 100 Integrates New Online Interactivity
By integrating new EventStream features that are also part of Cleaner 5, Media 100's latest video editing systems do more than edit. They now offer the ability to author interactive streaming programs that represent the cutting edge of the Video Web. Read on and learn how to create more compelling and competitive web sites.
  Napster Gets It, Universal Doesn't
More than another Napster commentary, this article was inspired by the ignorance of no one less than Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Chairman/CEO of Seagram, owner of Universal Music. If you're interested in online marketing, here's a great lesson in what not to do. And, yes, there are also some useful insights into Napster from a cartoonist and an independent online music seller as well as the author -- all oriented to setting our sites on the future of the Video Web. Don't miss it.
  Redefinition's... Again
From terms like "interactive TV" and "streaming media" to statistical deceptions and educational initiatives, the language that is defining the next generation of online communications frequently creates confusion rather than providing much needed clarifications. I hope this article helps move us in the right direction. Read more.
  Connections of Another Kind
From network infrastructure companies and broadcasters to streaming server, operating system and hardware companies, the Video Web is continually creating new types of connected businesses. For example, company mergers and strategic relationships are defining a new innovative edge. This article illuminates this trend. Read more.
  Linking Video Clips
From Apple's new iTools web service through extensible editing tools and integrated components that are part of Macromedia's Dreamweaver and Adobe's GoLive, this column addresses a variety of approaches to creating technically sound links to video clips from within your web pages. Read more.
 
  Past Video Web columns are available on the Video Web Archive page, or you may select a title from the pull-down menu above.
 Pointed perspectives on new video production tools, especially DV.
New Defining the Entry Level Pro NLE
    A contemplation of the Matrox RTMac with Adobe Premiere bundle begins to define professional NLE requirements such as real time, full screen NTSC previews, analog inputs and dual monitor support. The good news is that this system is also surprisingly inexpensive. Learn more now.
  DIGITAL8 vs DV: A New Camcorder Alternative
Some of the most frequently asked questions that I get are regarding digital camcorders and what's good at a reasonable price. Read more.
  MacWeek Creates a Farce: Victory or Disgrace?
The Truth about Avid and the Mac
  The true behind-the-scenes story of how a trusted computer weekly totally screwed up the story of the leading video non-linear editing company's plans for the Mac platform and got an apology in the process!  Read more. 
  Final Cut Pro Turns You Into Pro Videographer
Dr. Mac, Bob LeVitus, found this professional package easy to use, even for a not-so-professional video producer like himself. Read more.
  Apple Renews Video Focus with
Streaming QuickTime 4 & Final Cut
QuickTime 4 is announced and put in perspective. Read more.
  Turbomax Mac Hard Drives: A Price/Performance Breakthrough
25 gigs of internal HD on a G3 at an affordable price. Too good to be true? Dreams _do_ come true. Read more.
  Canon's XL1 DV Camcorder: Leadership through Innovation
Jon Leland takes a hands-on look through the viewfinder of one of the most popular professional DV camcorders. Read more.
Doing A Pro Job with "Consumer" DV Camcorders
On the road in India and Bangladesh with a Sony VX-1000 and other DV equipment. The saga began with "DV-Cam Man in Africa" (see below) and continues all the way through the cutting edge of DV post production.
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DV-Cam Man in Africa
The breakthrough, new DV video tape format makes possible a fundraising video to be shot in Africa. Jon Leland tells the production tale while delivering a hands-on review of three new DV cameras from Sharp, Panasonic and JVC. This article also includes a RealPlayer link to a streaming video version of the first fundraising video to be offered on-demand on the Net.  Read more. 

     
   
 
 
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Video Web
Columns

Real Differences

Video in Flash:
A New Online Option

Playing Digital Catch Up...

Convergence Confusion @ AFI

Streaming Tools, Worthy Upgrades

Media 100 Integrates New Online Interactivity

NapsterGets It, Universal Doesn't

Redefinitions... Again

Connections of Another Kind

Linking Video Clips

The Steraming State of the Video Web

New Camera "Gadgets" Network & Edit

The Pomp & Promise of
QuickTime TV

Multiply Your Compression Ability

Macromedia Innovates Web Media

RealNetworks Wild Web World

Archive of the Video Web Columns

Video Viewfinder
DIGITAL8 vs DV: A New Camcorder Alternative

MacWeek Creates a Farce: Victory or Disgrace?
The Truth about Avid and the Mac

Final Cut Pro Turns You Into Pro Videographer

Apple Renews Video Focus with Streaming QT4 & Final Cut

Turbomax Mac Hard Drives: A Price/Performance Breakthrough

Canon XL1 DV Camcorder

Doing A Pro Job with "Consumer" DV Camcorders

DV-Cam Man in Africa

Tools That Rule

Matrox RTMac / Adobe Premiere Bundle

Premiere 6: The New DV-NLE Standard

Painting & Animating a New Paradigm:
Photoshop 5.5 & Studio Artist

Allaire HomeSite 4.0

Macromedia Dreamweaver

De Babelizer Pro
Internet Essential Processing Power Finally Gets a Face Lift

Macromedia Fireworks

   

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