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Improving YouTube Playback Quality

Improving YouTube Playback Quality

Recently, a colleague pointed out that the YouTube embedded videos in a website seem to have varying quality. Some videos appear to be more pixelated and compressed than the others. This led to my investigation on this puzzling issue. What I discover is this: Positive One video is of better quality because the source video is in 720p HD quality […]

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Panasonic HMC150/151/152 Camera Quick Guide

Panasonic HMC150/151/152 Camera Quick Guide

I have made a camera quick guide for my students. Hope you find it useful. Click to open or download (Right click and Save as…)

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Exporting WMV from Final Cut Pro

Exporting WMV from Final Cut Pro

I have written and contributed a tutorial on how to export WMV videos from Final Cut Pro. Yes, it’s a FREE method. Read it here

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Kampong Glam – Sony NEX-FS100 Test

Yesterday in the late afternoon, I got an overnight loan of the yet to release Sony NEX-FS100 video camera. With about 1-2 hours of daylight left, I quickly drove to a nearby place and put the camera to test. It was at the end of a long day of work fixing some Avid issues and I initially thought I was […]

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MacRitchie – Canon XF305

A short film made from the test footages of Canon XF305 video camera, shot at MacRitchie Reservoir in Singapore. Settings – 1080p25 50Mbps – Cine V picture profile – Everything else default Footages are largely ungraded except to correct some exposures. Colour is what you get from camera. Impressions Lens The label on the lens speaks volume: “Canon HD Video […]

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Woodlands Waterfront – HDCAM

Sony HDW-750P HDCAM with Canon HJ17ex7.7B lens – ungraded 1080p25 footages of the new Admiralty Park at Woodlands, Singapore. Compressed at 10Mbps H.264 using Sorenson Squeeze. Codec didn’t handle some compression well, so the artifacts, if any, come from the H.264 compression. As this is in 1080p, watch with HD off unless you have a fast bandwidth.

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Chinese Garden – JVC GY-HM700 Test

This is a test on JVC GY-HM700 with Canon KT14x4.4KRSJ lens. It has been out for a year but I have only gotten my hands on one recently. First of all, I must admit I fell in love with this camera at first sight. I feel it is the sexiest and most beautiful video camera around, having the best of […]

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Sundown – A Canon 7D Film

This experimental short film was shot using the HDSLR camera, Canon EOS 7D. My brother bought one recently for photography and I have borrowed it to try it out and understand what the HDSLR craze is all about. Unfortunately, he only has the kit lens, EF-S 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens and a EF 50mm 1:1.8 II prime lens. It […]

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Rolling On – An iPhone Film

This is an experimental short film to test the video capability of the iPhone 3Gs. iPhone only has a very basic implementation of video. The only option, apart from the Start/Stop recording button, is to touch the targeted area on screen to focus. After shooting, you can trim the scenes in the phone itself. There is very little colour grading […]

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