October 5th, 2011

Nikon J1 Digital Camera Review

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What follows is a quick overview of the video capabilities of the Nikon J1. Read our comprehensive analysis and testing results in greater detail at DigitalCameraInfo.com.


The J1 is Nikon’s first foray into the world of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. This means its Nikon’s first compact camera that can record video and use a variety of different lenses—something that is sure to excite budding videographers. The camera did a decent job in our video tests, but what we liked most were its excellent set of manual controls in video mode.

Color & Noise

In our video testing, the Nikon J1 captured brilliant colors with excellent accuracy. The camcorder earned a color error of 3.02, and we consider anything around 3.0 to be very good (even for DSLRs). The saturation level was 105.9% in our test, which is also a very good score—and quite a bit higher than the competition from Panasonic and Samsung. This color accuracy score from Nikon is the best we’ve seen in a while from an interchangeable lens camera, be it a mirrorless model or true DSLR. See our full color performance review, including color swatches and crops.

Never too small for great quality

Never too small for great quality

Convert VHS to DVD

May 5th, 2009

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the unfortunate truth is that your analog tapes are dying, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Whether you play them, exercise them, store them horizontally or vertically, tails-in, tails-out in an air-tight temperature-controlled bunker deep in Kansas, it doesn’t matter. The best you can do is prolong the inevitable. Eventually the material on them will degrade and be lost.
Even if time stands still, technology marches on. Were you able to preserve your tapes with optimal quality and minimal loss, it’s still getting harder and harder to find the machines on which to play them back. It was just yesterday that Betacam SP or Hi8 was all anyone wanted. Today, one is little more than a castaway, and the other is a minor footnote in history. If nothing else, these reasons alone should be enough incentive to update your archives, even if you will just convert VHS to DVD.

The most important reason to convert all your tapes to a digital format is that it will, in essence, stay the degeneration of your video. Digital media provides a means of near-exact duplication and offers greater allowance of error before compromising quality, so even if your digital tape is nearing the end of its shelf life, it will often still be able to provide an output comparable to when its media was first recorded. In most cases, it’s also manufactured with more recent technology, which means greater quality and longevity. These factors allow for a continuous and virtually lossless archival path that far exceeds that of any analog format. Converting all your materials to digital is a time-consuming process that is totally devoid of any upfront satisfaction. Depending on compression and your source and destination formats, the conversion process itself may be a cause of lost information. It’s easy to get discouraged, but the benefits far outweigh the effort. The trade-off is a more stable picture, and greater recreation accuracy over time. Each day you postpone it is another day the quality of your materials degrades, and the worse your footage looks when you start the process, the less benefit you’ll receive in the end. If you have any 3/4-inch tapes, chances are you’ll already have trouble getting many of them to show a stable image. This means they’re virtually useless for any future projects. This is one project that is unwise to postpone.

It’s best to transfer everything you want as one big project. Don’t piecemeal, or transfer only the footage you need for your latest upcoming project. This will create a mess with no end. Look at your analog tapes, and say to yourself, “Do I need to transfer everything?” If you’re like me, you’ll want it all simply for posterity. Consider the following arguments, though, when determining what to transfer:

Con: Forget ever needing any of this footage; the reality of it is that you will probably never even look at much of the material ever again.
Pro: The “Murphy’s Law” of post production says, “The minute you don’t have access to a particular piece of footage is the very minute you’ll desperately need it.”

10 questions about Blu-ray you’ll want the answers for: Question Number two

February 23rd, 2009

Q. What do I need to watch Blu-ray?

A: Other than a BD player, you’ll probably want an HDTV, to get the full quality and widescreen effect. (When watched on a older, standard-shaped tube set, the image is severely letterboxed with dark bands above and below.) Before buying a Blu-ray player to connect to an older TV, check the player’s back panel: Not all have the kinds of outputs needed to connect to older sets. Most players send audio and video to newer TVs and displays via a single cable called HDMI. And don’t get caught up in the various flavors of HDTV — 720p, 1080i and 1080p — because Blu-ray players can send an HD signal to any of them. As for screen size, most viewers won’t get much benefit, Bracke says, unless it’s at least 40 inches (diagonally).

Rabbit ears get reprieve with digital TV delay Story Highlights NEW: Congress voted Wednesday to postpone a nationwide switch to digital TV NEW: The switch from analog had been set for February 17; it’ll now be June 12 Millions of people have been unprepared to make the switch Bill will allow TV stations to keep analog transmitters plugged in until summer

February 5th, 2009

American TV viewers have four extra months to get ready for the day their local stations shut down their analog transmitters, thanks to a delay in the digital TV transition approved by Congress Wednesday.

The government’s fund to give people $40 coupons to help buy converters ran out of money in recent weeks.

The House, by a vote of 264 to 158, passed a Senate bill that would reset the death of analog TV to June 12, a measure President Barack Obama is expected to sign.

An estimated 6.5 million homes — including many elderly, poor and disabled Americans — would lose TV service after February 17 without the delay, supporters argued.

People who pay for cable or satellite TV service will be unaffected by the change.

The delay was opposed by Republicans who said the government has already given people years to prepare for the switch to digital TV.

“If you don’t know this date is coming up, you’re probably not watching television,” said Rep. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican. “And if you’re not watching television, you probably won’t know on February 18 whether it occurred or not.”

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The Commerce Department ran out of money last month for its program to help people pay for converter boxes needed to make older TVs receive the new digital signals. There are 3.7 million homes on the waiting list for the $40 coupons, said Rep. Rick Boucher, a Virginia Democrat.

“It’s clear that the only way to avoid a massive disruption affecting 5.7 percent of the TV viewing public is to delay the transition and provide the funding to assure that, when it occurs, it occurs smoothly,” he said.

Federal Communication Commission acting Chairman Michael Copps said the delay gives the government “an opportunity to do it better.”

“The additional four months provided by the law affords urgently needed time for a more phased transition, including a consumer-friendly converter box coupon program, stepped-up consumer outreach and support — particularly for vulnerable populations — and dealing with coverage, antenna and reception issues that went too long unaddressed,” Copps said.

He had sent a letter to Congress last month “to express our deep concern” that the FCC was “nowhere near” ready for the deadline “to pull the plug on television service in millions of American homes.”

The Federal government raked in $20 billion by selling licenses for the frequencies being vacated by local television stations for other commercial uses.

Some of the frequencies were also reserved for emergency agencies to use for communications.

Republicans said the delay would prevent some emergency agencies from using their new communications systems.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Democrat from New York, said having a working TV is also important for the safety of those with older sets.

“They are going to lose the most important connection to the outside world and emergency response — the television,” he said.

Opponents noted the new date for the end of analog TV will come just as the hurricane season begins. Forcing conversion in February would be safer, they said.

All local stations will eventually pull the plug on the analog transmitters they’ve used since the invention of television. The stations have begun digital broadcasts over the past several years.

This quoted from Cnn.com

10 questions about Blu-ray you’ll want the answers for: Question Number One

January 26th, 2009

Q: Why do they call it Blu-ray?

A: Because Blu-ray Disc players and PC drives, as well as Sony’s PlayStation 3, use a blue laser beam to read data from discs, rather than the older red lasers used for DVDs. A blue laser can be focused more tightly, so disc makers can pack more data on a disc the same size as a DVD. Blu-ray Discs can hold up to 50 gigabytes, compared to a DVD, which holds less than 10 GB. That added capacity can hold video up to six times the resolution of DVD, plus more bonus features and improved surround soundtracks.

Stay tuned for next weeks question:Q: Can you really see the difference between Blu-ray and DVD?

The Digital TV format may be pushed up to june

January 23rd, 2009

As we all know, the change over from analog to TV to digital TV is on the way. As of now we have 25 days until all broadcast signals will convert to digital.  There are talks around that they may push back the turnover until June of this year. There are still many people unsure of what to do. If your one of these people please don;t hesitate to email me at realistvideo@gmail.com. I will be very happy to assist you.

Realist Video Productions now has opened our newly developed on-line shopping store which is availble 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. We will be adding new merchandise daily. Please make sure that you visit the store. There is a Link on the top of our home page on www.realistvideo.com.

Please stay tuned for more upcoming new!!!

Different Size Movie Reels to Transfer to DVD

January 12th, 2009

This may help everyone determine the difference between the different size movie reels.


Digital converter boxes to go Live in February 2009

January 12th, 2009
Digital Converter Box

Digital Converter Box

Get your digital converter boxes here at Realist Video Productions.

TV Converter boxes now being sold by Realist at discounted rates

January 12th, 2009

We now have a large selection of discounted converter boxes being sold at Realist Video

Welcome to Our First Blog

January 10th, 2009

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