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HDR-FX1 review

Review:  HDR-FX1 review

Sony’s HDR-FX1E is the first HDV camcorder to record in 1080i, the interlaced variant of HDV that records at 1,440-x-1,080 with a 16:9…

Digital TV comes to the masses

In-Depth:  Digital TV comes to the masses

Projecting 3D models onto real people gave a distinctive look-&-feel to Aardman Animation’s campaign for the BBC’s multichannel services.

Visual Communicator review

Review:  Visual Communicator review

I’m going to have to admit an initial bias against Visual Communicator. It’s a production system designed to make creating video-based…

In-Depth:  Shoebox shuffle

The BBC’s flagship autumn show for kids, Shoebox Zoo, meant bringing Celtic carvings to life while working with a transatlantic team of…

Liquid Edition 6 review

Review:  Liquid Edition 6 review

Liquid Edition is one of those pieces of software that ‘coulda been a contender’. A few years ago, when Premiere 6.5 seemed on its last legs,…

Precision 670 review

Review:  Precision 670 review

This Precision 670 is, quite simply, the most powerful workstation we’ve ever seen. If it were a Sci-Fi robot, it would be called Maximillian…

Top 20 movie posters

In-Depth:  Top 20 movie posters

From Metropolis to Memento, classic film posters are an underappreciated form of graphic design. We celebrate the best.

Avid Xpress Studio review

Review:  Avid Xpress Studio review

Both Adobe and Apple have been pushing the integration of their video, audio and DVD authoring tools with their respective Video Collection…

News:  IBC: Low-cost SD/HD share ships

Blackmagic Design has released a routing switcher that the company claims offers facilities to smaller post houses that previously only large…

News:  IBC: Matrox adds Combustion plug-in

Matrox has announced a plug-in for Discreet's Combustion compositing software that allows users of the company's Parhelia line of graphics…

Review:  Canon XL2 review

XL1 owners have been asking for the XL2 for some years. 2001’s XL1s was a comparatively minor upgrade. In the lifetime of the XL1 and XL1s…

In-Depth:  Enter the reel world

Digit speaks to first-time and experienced independent filmmakers to find out how to get your feature films on the big screen.

Review:  Premiere Pro 1.5 review

Version 1.5 of Premiere Pro 1.5 isn’t as fully featured an upgrade as After Effects 6.5, but there are some great new creative effects and…

Review:  After Effects 6.5 review

Of the three updates to Adobe’s Video Collection, After Effects has got the most out of the point-five upgrade. Plus, it costs £70 plus VAT…

Review:  Crossbow XB-A700 review

You wouldn’t normally call a workstation small and stylish – but that’s the perfect description for the Crossbow XB-A700. Armari has taken a…

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Crossbow XB-A700 review

Comment:  Create a vector map collage

I'm afraid not, no. This was a commercial commission, so cannot be used for any purpose except by the company who commissioned it (and us…

Crossbow XB-A700 review

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