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Half Off Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 Video Editor and DVD Maker

For longer than I can remember, I have been using and recommending Corel’s VideoStudio Pro package for excellent, affordable, and easy-to-use editing of digital video and for making your own DVDs.

Corel never rests in their efforts to keep these product competitive, modern, and up-to-date with the latest home video standards. The latest version, VideoStudio Pro X4, is no exception.

At its regular price of $100 it is still a great buy, but currently you can acquire this software for half that, $50.

VideoStudio Pro X4

VideoStudio Pro X4

Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 is the powerful, creative and easy way to take your video footage from shoot to showfast. Quickly load, organize and trim SD or HD video clips. Easily cut together your production from templates and get creative with amazing effects, music, titles, transitions and more. Explore new Stop Motion Animation and Time-Lapse tools, then export to 3D! Share anywhereon iPhone and other mobile devices, disc, your favorite website or your TV. …

DIY Green Screen Photography (Save 20% from Skylarking)

We’re all aware of the use of computers and blue-screens to add backgrounds in the movies and television shows we watch, and — thanks to low-cost digital computers and cameras — now anyone can add fantastic backgrounds to their own photos, and the key is Green Screen Wizard. This software is great for the hobbyist or the professional.

Green Screen Wizard is a software and photo package that makes it easy for you to do professional Green Screen Special Effects (also known as “ChromaKey Effects”) with your camera and computer. And, as they say, it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Take a picture of someone against the provided 5’x7′ portable green screen backdrop
  2. Transfer the picture to you computer
  3. Match the picture to a provided background, and Green Screen Wizard does the rest.

Green Screen Test Drive. The basic trial package of Green Screen Wizard costs $79 for the next 4 days. But Skylarking readers can take 20% off ANY PURCHASE at GreenScreenWizard, where it’s easy to get started producing green screen effects for photography and video! Enter GSPP20JUNE during checkout.

The 20% off code expires on 6/30/10.

Green Screen Lite includes:

  1. 5×7 Popup Screen
  2. 20 Magazine Covers
  3. 120 Backgrounds in six collections

Magazine BackgroundsUpgrade. Maybe you’re a professional or semi-professional events photographer. If you decide you like the trial package and you want to do more, you can apply $50 from your trial package purchase towards an upgrade. The full package is available as a digital download for $99, or you can have the physical package shipped to you for about $170.

Their standalone photography software runs on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. They also sell Photoshop Plugins that run on Windows and Macintosh computers.

Affordable Digital Video Editor and DVD Maker

With all the personal digital video recorders available today from cell phones to Flip Minos to digital camcorders and cameras, you’ll eventually wonder if there’s a simple way to edit your videos, and maybe even share them on a CD or DVD.

Learn more about Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2

My personal favorite for editing digital video and making DVDs and editing video on my T-Mobile G1 and iPhone has been Corel Video Studio series. Truth be told, it’s called Video Studio Pro, but don’t let the word “Pro” make you think “difficult to use”. Corel’s VideoStudio Pro X3 is very easy to use, and as verstaile as you’d want it to be. Futhermore, it’s very reliable and Windows 7 compatible.

With VideoStudio Pro  x3 you can:

  • Import video from camcorders and DVDs.
  • Edit and convert to all the popular formats such as MPEG, Windows AVI and WMV, and MP4 which works on iPods and iPhones. This makes it easy to carry short home movies on your video capable iPod.
  • Edit and convert video for sharing on YouTube.
  • Burn to DVD and CD in standard resolution or high definition (HD).

Download your 30 day free trial version of Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 today! Give it a try!

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SANYO VPC-E2 8 Megapixel Waterproof Camcorder - 2.5 LCD Display - 5x Optical Zoom - Blue

Yesterday and Saturday I discussed the SANYO VPC-E2 Camcorder. What I really like about this camcorder is is color, its compact size, and its ability to shoot video under 5 feet of water without a special enclosure. If you’re in a cold place you might not be thinking abut being underwater right now, but you could always shoot in your recreation center’s pool, the shower, or lets the kids play with it in the tub. Hmm?  Okay, think about it then, and get back to me.

If you are interested this great camcorder can be had at until Jan. 11, 2009 for $185.  In comparison, Best Buy is selling the Sanyo Xacti 8MP Digital Camcorder with 2.5″ LCD Monitor – Blue for $210, and they’re backordered on it. has them in stock now.

January 2009

January 2009

To complement your new camcorder you might consider getting a subscription to Videomaker magazine. If you click the ad at right you’ll be transferred to the Videomaker web site, and you can get a FREE Issue of Videomaker Magazine!

Videomaker publishes useful articles for the consumer video camera market, i.e. you and I. For example, the January 2009 issue has articles about the latest and smallest camcorders, face detection technology in the new cameras (another great feature in my humble opinion), how to do inexpensive green screen effects and other effects shots (like flying through the air), and professional PC workstations. Don’t let the word professional turn you off.

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Shoot underwater video for less than $200

Here’s another item to watch out for this coming Monday (Jan. 5) on

sanyoSANYO VPC-E2 Camcorder
8 Megapixel Waterproof Camcorder with a 2.5″ LCD Display and 5x Optical Zoom
Price: $184.99 (List Price: $249.99). FREE BUDGET SHIPPING
This is a great little video camera if you ask me. It’s reminiscent of the Flip Minos that were so passingly popular this past summer, but this camera has a much better picture quality, not too mention its colorful beauty and shine. I also like the fact that its waterproof, so you can carry without fear to the beach or the poolside.
But why stop at the poolside? Why not take it in the pool with you? What?! Yes, that’s what i said, “Take it in the pool with you.”  This camera can shoot up to 30 minutes of video while submerged 5 feet under water. So, no, you won’t take it deep sea diving, but you might take it snorkeling with you, or into the backyard pool.

In detail:

cam1This camera is designed to International Standards for Waterproofing which allows 30 minutes of recording underwater.

Above water you can record up to 8 hours of video on its SDHC (high capacity SD) Flash memory card. How much time is determined by the size of your memory card: Get 8 hours of full motion video with an 8 GB SDHC memory card (in TV-HQ mode); 4 hours of video with a 4 GB SDHC memory card, up to 2 hours with a standard 2GB SD card, and up to 1 hour with a standard SD card.

It also has advanced video compression features that enable you to post your movies on the Internet or e-mailing them to friends and family. Another feature I really like on this camera is the ability to import video files into your iTunes software for easy transfer to your video-capable iPod. So you can share a quick video next time you see your friends!

cam3You can find an advanced 8.0-megapixel image sensor which allows this camcorder to capture high-resolution 8-megapixel still images in addition to recording high-quality digital videos with full-range stereo sound.

And its not just a camcorder.  it’s digital camera, too. You can shoot video and photos at the same time with a press of the shutter button during the shooting of a video clip, so you don’t have to worry about missing another precious photo opportunity. (I may very well replace my 3 year old MiniDV camera with this.)

This camcorder also distinguishes between unintentional camera shake and deliberate camera movement. This handy feature operates in both wide-angle and telephoto modes, giving every shot a solid, professional-looking feel. It can detect faces and adjust the focus and exposure accordingly. Faces are sensed even when they move, allowing you to track up to 12 people at once. During playback, you can zoom in and enjoy those facial expressions in detail.

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Pioneer Plans To Launch Blu-ray Recorders

Following up on yesterday’s news from Pioneer, today Pioneer announced its plans to release Blu-ray recorders in Japan by year’s end. Currently, there are no official plans for overseas sales.

At this time Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp dominate the Japanese domestic market for Blu-ray sales. Pioneer’s recorders will be developed with Sharp which already sells its own Blu-ray recorders. Sharp is Pioneer’s largest shareholder with a 14% stake in the company.

In the US, Blu-ray recorders are only available as a computer peripheral, and not as a home recorder for the television. Sony unveiled BDZ-S77 Blu-Ray Disc Recorder for sale in Japan, 5 years ago, in 2003.

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