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Sony Movie Studio 11 and Movie Studio Platinum 12

With the holidays and the end of the year at hand, there is ample opportunity for family video and hijinx. There is also plenty of time to sit around the computer and capture your greatest game play triumphs. To that end I have been search of video editing software. After sampling a slew of them I found Sony Vegas to be the most usable and precise. It can be a bit tricky, but that’s because it’s actually made for editing. It’s not just for trimming a clip and spitting it back out again.

I mentioned previously that Amazon prices fluctuate wildly and I’ve noticed these two packages have a wild ebb and flow. The previous version Sony Movie Studio 11 is available in the range of $15 – 19. I managed to get a copy for $14.99. It’s the previous version, but the UI and most of the other features and the same as the new version. Depending on the review you read, some even prefer the previous version.

I then discovered the new version Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 has dropped from $65 to $35. This is the latest version and is also 64-bit. Oddly, the boxed version is much cheaper than the downloadable version. That is an impressive deal and I may end up getting both. I have two machines and you Sony ties the version to the computer. However, for $45 it would cover both machines and provide an almost identical editing experience. There are some computer demos I plan to work with for the new year and this is the software I plan to use.

This is pretty stellar deal, so if you’re in the market you might want to keep refreshing the page and wait for your moment to strike.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80

Wow, it wasn’t all that long ago that I bought the Sony DSC-W100 as my personal point and shoot for the times when I didn’t want all the heft an notoriety of pulling out a bigger camera. I thought the camera was impressive then with 8 megapixels, 3x zoom, and great picture quality, but this camera takes it one step further with 12.1 megapixels, Super SteadyShot and higher ISO control. Keeping up with cameras is more expensive than keeping up with computers!

Designed to make photo-viewing crystal clear, Sony today announced a
new line of digital cameras featuring a high-definition component
output.  These new Cyber-shot W-series cameras offer direct connection
to an HDTV, which is ideal for integrating full 1080 HD photo-viewing
into a home theater.

Imaging resource reviewed Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W80 and wrote:
It’s hard to call the Sony W80 the bottom rung in the W-Series because it only gives up a few pixels for a lower price. Otherwise the Sony W80 has all the bells and whistles, making it a terrific bargain. It has a Bionz processor, face detection technology, High ISO, Super SteadyShot, in-camera editing, and HD output signal. The Sony W80 does give away detail to hold onto color at higher ISO settings, but most users won’t mind that tradeoff, particularly if you only plan to make 4×6 prints. The color that the Sony W80 holds at ISO 1,600 is pretty good. HD output — particularly when played as a slide show with the built-in special effects and music — was stunning on the Sony W80, but only for stills. This isn’t an HD movie camera, and it even has trouble playing VGA movies through the dock accessory. But to see any HD output from this camera, you’ll have to buy an accessory cable, dock, or dock/printer. Packing that big a technoload (new word, sorry) into such a small package at such a low price makes the W80 an easy Dave’s Pick.
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Sony’s new SLR adds heft to full-frame market

LAS VEGAS–The heyday of 35mm film SLR cameras is long past, but one foundation of the technology is staging something of a comeback with new help from Sony.

The vast majority of digital single-lens reflex cameras today use an image sensor that’s smaller than a full frame of 35mm film, which means lenses behave somewhat differently than on a film camera. For years, only Canon sold SLRs with a full-frame sensor, but Nikon entered the market with its top-end D3 late in 2007. At the Photo Marketing Association trade show Thursday, Sony announced its forthcoming “flagship” Alpha-branded SLR will follow suit.

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A300 and A350 – Sony’s Latest Snappers

Here’s a couple of new offerings from Sony – the A300 and A350.

The A350 boasts 14.2MP and is able to blast away at 2.5fps in continuous shooting.  The A300 can notch up 3fps.

The DSLR-A300 kit with a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens will ship in April for about $800. The DSLR-A350 camera body will be available in March for about $800, and the DSLR-A350 kit with a DT 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 3.9x zoom lens will be available for about $900 at the same time.

They both offer Sony’s new “Quick AF Live View” technology allowing you to frame photos on the camera’s LCD without sacrificing auto-focusing speed common to other live-view systems.

Sony’s ‘Pentamirror Tilt’ mechanism directs light to a dedicated live view image sensor, enabling fast and responsive TTL phase-detection auto-focusing, even during live view.  I’m guessing you guys understand all of that yeah?

With Live View and an adjustable LCD, the cameras don’t need to be in front of your mug.  This will allow proud parents to maintain eye-contact when snapping their offspring or for paps to keep an out for security ;0,

These new models are promising tip-top imaging and crediting it to their APS-C CCD image sensors and ‘BIONZ’ processing engine.

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