Monthly Archive: January 2011

How to disable video gain on the Canon PowerShot SX1 camera

How to disable video gain on the Canon PowerShot SX1 camera

The Powershot SX1 is an amazing camera. I bought mine factory re-furbished, at a tremendous discount. But it has a two frustrating gotchas. Both are its poor low light capability due to its small image sensor and lack of good signal processing to clean up the noise. For stills, avoid shooting images above ISO 200 unless you have to; and...

Another great source for music for your personal video productions

Another great source for music for your personal video productions

dig.ccmixter “You already have permission…”. Music sound tracks for video, including freely available for personal use (and some for commercial use).

“Aliasing” and “Moire”

“Aliasing” and “Moire”

The new “HDSLRs” do a fine job of shooting very nice HD video. But almost all are plagued by several problems that can ruin a good shot. These problems are “rolling shutter” (previously written about on this blog), and “aliasing” and “moire”. Aliasing tends to introduce fake detail into an image, fooling people in to thinking its a sharper image...

Using the Roku Internet video box with a USB Drive

Using the Roku Internet video box with a USB Drive

I bought a Roku box last month and its been quite a bit of fun. When we watch TV, we now watch Vimeo or Netflix. There is a lot of great “user created” content – in fact, I have not watched satellite TV in six weeks now and plan to terminate our subscription this coming weekend. The new Roku box...