Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 8.0 takes a different approach. Unlike the Adobe and Pinnacle products, this one does not walk you through a step-by-step approach. By default, it begins with six tracks (text, video overlay, video, voice, music, and sound effects), and the user interface screams ‘sophisticated video production’. Since I seldom read manuals, […]

Pinnacle Studio Plus has been around a long time, and every version gets better. In fact, one might argue that other packages targeting the consumer market have become better by competing with Studio. The product follows an intuitive three step process: Capture, Edit, and Make Movie. ‘Capture’ is used to import video from a camcorder. […]

With money as tight as it’s ever been during any holiday season in recent memory, it’s more important than ever to spend your gift dollars wisely. With that in mind,, a popular news and review Web site, has surveyed this fall’s new computer game releases and offers its caveats about five titles which — […]

The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW is a pocket-size camera with specifications that include: waterproof to 3m (10ft), shockproof to 1.5m (5ft), functional to –10 C, a 10.1 megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom lens, digital image stabilization and some neat new features. There are a number of things I love about the 1050 SW. Olympus has […]

Surprise! The best family Blu-ray DVD player on the shelves this season may also be one of the top-rated console gaming systems. According to a recent review, the Sony PlayStation 3 80 GB model (selling for about (US)$400), “…offers an excellent picture (1080p output via an HDMI port) and top sound quality (7.1 Dolby […]

Pinnacle, part of the Avid family, made a lot of noise earlier in the year when they released VideoSpin for free download. Unlike the other products I looked at, VideoSpin does not include the ability to create a DVD. Its focus is on creating video for YouTube, Yahoo! Video, or exporting files for use on […]

Premiere Elements is Adobe’s consumer video editing package. Going from raw video to a finished production in Premiere is a very straight-forward three step process: Edit, Create Menus, and Share. The Premiere Elements 4.0 editing mode allows you to work with video clips of various formats, including “themes” that it provides to help with your […]

The SP-565 UZ is the latest “ultimate portable zoom camera” from Olympus and is very similar to the SP-570 that I recently wrote about. The 565 and 570 have virtually identical specifications; the main change being that Olympus wisely removed the electronic (i.e.- non-mechanical) zoom ring from the lens and placed it around the release […]

The Coolpix P6000 is Nikon’s flagship compact digital camera. Its main features include a 13.5 megapixel sensor, a 4x zoom lens (35mm equivalent of 28-112mm) with vibration reduction, a beautiful 2.7” LCD display, full manual controls, and RAW image capture. Nikon also added two firsts: A built-in GPS for automatic geotagging and an Ethernet port […]

From: – Windows 7 — the next full version of Microsoft’s (MS) flagship operating system — was officially unveiled to software and system developers at this week’s MS Developers Conference in Los Angeles, CA. As eWeek‘s Jason Brooks reports, following an intensive hands-on session with an early ‘development’ version, Windows 7 is a big […]

The Olympus E-520 is a small, 10 megapixel digital SLR that boasts an array of features including in-camera image stabilization, live view on the camera’s 2.7” LCD display, and a supersonic dust reduction system on its image sensor. Indoors the E-520 performed well, both in available light (leveraging the image stabilization feature) and using the […]

When I test cameras, I prefer to do so under real situations. I photograph the kids indoors, landscapes outdoors, and generally carry the camera with me for a week or two. And every so often, it poses challenges, like when I recently wanted to transfer my images to my PC, but a previous reviewer had […]