Monday, January 8th of 2007
How are you? I�m sad to inform you that the order (down below) wasn�t able to get to us on-time. I was helping a friend of mine from Bulgaria (Tony-student of mine that has been learning English as a Second Language in rural small farming town of Morris, Minnesota) order this (for his wife-Margarita) before leaving America (from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Int�l Airport).
-Here is the time line �.
We were hoping that it�ll get to the destination (my dad�s place in St. Paul, Minnesota, which is a 3 hour drive from Morris) before Margarita�s flight (@6:50pm on Sunday, January 7th of 2007). Your (ABE�s of Maine) website gave us the option to have us get the order delivered in 2 days (already e-mailed and left a message on the answer machine for Phil at extension line #219 on 1.800.992.ABES confirming the order and that we needed the order by January 7th before Margarita�s flight departure), so we were willing to pay the extra cost (would�ve not done this if we knew it was going to arrive later than the 7th). We filled the order registration on-line by Monday, January 1st of 2007 (we have been trying to order this until it was available a week before) and it took 2-3 days (excluding the New Year�s Holiday) to process as stated on the website; however, we were hoping that by the time the product was sent out on Thursday, January 4th that we would�ve get in two days (Saturday?). I checked the UPS Tracking Website and the e-mail that was sent to me (just right after the ABE�s Order Confirmation e-mail) from them stated that the arrival would be Monday, January 8th of 2007. We became a little doubtful (on 5th-Friday afternoon after getting off from my day job 8a-4p) that we�ll be getting the order before both of my Bulgarian friend�s (Tony leaving @1:40pm on Monday, January 8th of 2007) flight departure. But, we didn�t give-up because we felt it might come earlier despite UPS�s e-mail). I became very doubtful after checking on Saturday (6th) the UPS Tracking Website when I didn�t see any change of status (still in New Jersey) of the order. That is why I called you (ABE�s of Maine) and left a message Saturday afternoon around 2pm (dad�s place-Cansiano Monteagudo, whose name I put for the order to be sent to) after arriving (3 hour road trip) in St. Paul from Morris. My hope came up again on Sunday evening (9p) after going back to Morris after dropping Margarita at the MSP Int�l Airport and Tony at a Bulgarian friend�s house in Minneapolis. I called Tony that the order is in Minneapolis (5:51p according to UPS)! I woke up this morning (@5am Monday, January 08, 2007) and told UPS to �hold� the package so Tony has the chance to pick it-up before UPS delivers it (anytime 9a-4p) and before going to MSP int�l airport by 11:40p. I called UPS around 11pm and they �finally� told me that I needed my dad�s (Cansiano) written permission (would�ve got this before if they told us this earlier!) to have Tony pick-it up. I was at work and didn�t have the time to get this long process done.
Now, I�m wondering what to do with the order because Tony & Margarita already left the country and the $450 has been already charged to my credit card. Is there a way that UPS can just return (UPS told me if I don�t pick the product up from the Customer Center by the 12th of January) your product back without any charge? I was wondering if you have any suggestions.
P.S. I just want to share this, so you'll know how to handle similar situations like these in the future as a first time customer doing this process.
The model PVGS15 may be serviced at the Panasonic Nationally Authorized Digital Camcorder Service Center. Click on the Name to display a map of the location.
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Definitely worth the used price!, February 19, 2012
B. Hill (Alaska)
Battery life -
The BP-809 battery that came with my camera only lasts for about an hour when recording at full quality. I bought a (used) spare (BP-808) that lasts about 85 minutes for $16.99 here on Amazon, so it's really not that big of a deal. They charge pretty quickly.
Canon BP-827 Lithium Ion Battery Pack for Vixia HG, HF S & HF M Camcorders (Retail Packaging
by Canon Price: $127.95 amazon.com
Good but Expensive! December 21, 2008
By Charles Hepburn II "..When I fully charge this big thing up, my HF100 reads 268 minutes (4 hours and 28 minutes) of battery time remaining as soon as I power it up. I'd take that number with a grain of salt... think: a minimum of 3 hours for sure and you'll probably be fine. I always assume about 2/3rd's of what the manufacturer claims the battery life to be, because the manufacturer always does their battery tests in the ideal conditions of the lab instead of real world conditions.
And yes, it does stick out pretty far... but hasn't been a real problem for me. You may want to consider getting two 819's instead however. ...
One thing to consider is the limit of your computer. You need a fast processor and lots of RAM to efficiently edit HD video. Especially AVCHD. I've done it on my dual core, 4gb ram, no-dedicated-video-card laptop (HP Pavilion dv5-2135dx), but it is SLOW. Once you get more than a few clips on there, especially layered, it's basically not even worth trying.
Broken zoom switch!!!!!!! Very common problem, no help from Canon, November 14, 2011
I bought this camera new less than two years ago. worked great for about a year. Now the zoom switch is broken and it cannot hold a zoom position -- very annoying problem.
Great Camera, Make sure your comp is equip right though!, November 7, 2010
Jack (Glendale, Ca United States
excellent camcorder, lousy software, August 12, 2010 "..
I love my camcorder but I had to buy $100 desktop software to be able to easily make DVD home movies. The software that comes with the camcorder is worthless. ...
Great family documentary camera, not so much for wannabe film makers., March 3, 2010
Heejoong Park "Joshua Park" (CA) "..3. Ghosting, ghosting, ghosting.
When I would pause at any moment during a filmed video, a heavy ghosting occurs. This can be solved by de-interlacing, however the process is very complex and a typical user would not know what to do unless they really understand the logic of encoding... Plus AVCHD is a compressed file format, so when it's uncompressed, the file size is humongous (18 sec clip was 45mb in AVCHD, uncompressed was near 500Mb.)
Numerous quirks not mentioned in reviews, April 29, 2008
Bryan F. (Madison, WI USA) "..
While I wanted to like this camera (and use it to replace my Canon HV10), the growing list of annoyances and downright bugs are making me doubt this purchase. I can't find too many faults with the technical aspects of the camera (which all the reviews on the web seem to focus on). But trying to use it gives me a lot of frustrations. Notably:...
Great HD camcorder a few drawbacks, April 27, 2008
Daniel Claflin (Sanatoga, PA United States) "... I'll be buying the BP-819 2.5 hour battery by summers end. The menu has a few awkward sections. For example, to fade in or out when recording you have to select the fade effect from the main menu. But to use the selected fade while recording, you have to use the joystick to activate the fade effect assigned before recording. Overall, this camcorder is very good. It has great video quality. The software package, though a little cumbersome, is pretty decent. I don't regret this purchase one bit. It seems pricey, but once you see the differnce on a HD tv compared to SD mini dv, you won't regret it. ..
"Do you have an interesting Web site you'd like to see featured on Internet InSITE? Email Web Manager Justin Piehowski, firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch INTERNET InSITE each Monday at 6:30 on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNING.
One of the greatest things about digital cameras is the ability to take photos and then show them off via email.
Every family has at least one techie that struts around at family events discretely snapping pictures and then showing them off to everyone--no matter how embarrassing--on email (you can probably guess who that is in my family).
There are dozens of sites around the web like Flickr, Picasa, Kodakgallery, Photoworks, Photbucket and Slide that allow you to turn those digital memories into cool slideshows.
But Animoto.com makes those sites into the online equivalent of a Polaroid.
Animoto was created by a group of former TV and music producers with the intent of allowing everyday photographers to make their photos into something special with a little visual zing.
You upload the photos and the music, then the site uses patent-pending Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology and high-end motion design to mix them together. The site does all of the hard production work for you. You just click and upload.
The best thing about Animoto is that it's not terribly tough to use, most day-to-day Internet users should be able to figure it out.
After you've used it a few times, you will be able to make a full video in less than 20 minutes.
Each video is a fully customized orchestration of your images and music. Produced in widescreen format, Animoto videos have the visual energy of a music video and the emotional impact of a movie trailer.
Animoto will let you make as many 30-second videos as you'd like for free. Once you get good at it, you can do full songs with as many pictures as you'd like, but it will cost you about $3 per video.
Press 'PLAY' on the video viewer in the upper-right of this page to see an example of the video I made with pictures of my cousins Harrison and Claire Piehowski...
How is an Animoto production different from a regular slideshow (from Animoto)?:
Traditional slideshows are meant to showcase individual photos that capture single moments, slowly transitioning between pictures one at a time.
The guys at Animoto recognize that people have started to think differently about how they take photos with their digital cameras. They are thinking less like photographers of the past, who capture individual moments, and increasingly more like video producers who capture an entire experience through a series of images.
Today it's not uncommon for people to take dozens, even hundreds of pictures at a time. Because traditional solutions like slideshows don't serve this way of thinking very well, new ideas for how to capture and share a whole experience are needed.
Thus, the guys at Animoto are innovating new ways for people to share their stories and express themselves through media. They seek to bridge the gap between production value in what's seen with Internet video and what's seen in film and televsion today using the latest of cutting-edge entertainment post-production technology.
Below is information on how to get started making your first Animoto video (from Animoto):
-- You will need to create an account at http://animoto.com before you can start making videos. However, you can share your videos with anyone, even non-registered users.
-- With a free account, you can create an unlimited amount of videos that are 30 seconds in length. With an All Access account, you can create an unlimited amount of full-length and short videos for a full year. You can also purchase a full-length video for $3 per video credit. All these accounts include free re-mixing of any and all videos made.
-- When you're uploading images, it's faster if you're not using ginormous images. They should be smaller than 3 MB. Sized-down images work just as well and save you a significant amount of upload time. You can use simple image-resizing programs to downsize your images to a smaller size. If you have a Mac, we recommend using DroPic! (free). If you have a PC, we recommend using VSO Image Resizer (free). These are easy-to-use tools to help you resize your images to something appropriate for the web. We recommend a size of no less than 640x426 (about 50kb per image), and no more than 1024x768 (about 100kb per image).
-- We only support JPG and GIF image files.
-- We only support MP3 music files (iTunes files are not MP3s). All MP3s must be smaller than 10 MB.
Need more Internet Insite?Check the archives: http://www.kstp.com/article/10000/ "
"GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- For the next several months KARE 11 will be celebrating what we have dubbed the "Year of 11" by asking viewers to submit pictures that include an "11" or something that looks like one.
These photos were sent to us by The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone. Eight-year-old tiger, Kita, is the star of these pictures.
Kita seemed somewhat interested in her "11" but it was for no other reason than the enjoyment of pouncing on it and smashing it to pieces!
Email us your "Year of 11" photos to SHARE@kare11.com. We may use your picture on the air.
(Copyright 2011 by KARE. All Rights Reserved.) "
"From major retrospective showcases to intimate exhibits featuring amateur photographers from around the country, there are a variety of great photography events and exhibits in Minneapolis. Check out our roundup, take your DSLR (or your humble disposable), and see these works for some creative inspiration.
Early Morning After Dark: Dusk’s Last to Dawn’s First Light
Selected by a jury from a recent international call for entry, the 125 images in Early Morning After Dark (on view through August 13 at the Mpls Photo Center), are inspired by the hours of the day where light is absent. Chosen images, which were captured by photographers from around the world, are dramatic and moving and present everything from desolate parking lots and picturesque motels. Peter Howe, former photo editor of the New York Times magazine and director of photography for Life magazine served as exhibit juror.
"Facing the Lens: Portraits of Photographers
Through August 28
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Hours: Tues-Wed 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri-Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday Closed
Many photographers are notoriously known to be camera shy, which makes their portraits even more compelling to viewers. In this exhibition, drawn primarily from the MIA’s permanent collection, subjects include Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, André Kertész, Robert Mapplethorpe, Eadweard Muybridge, Cindy Sherman, Edward Steichen, and Edward Weston. A highlight is a small collection of unglamorous “anti” portraits, comprised of passport photos and driver’s licenses, lent by local photographers such as Stuart Klipper and Joann Verburg."
"http://live.pirillo.com - A community member at large sent these tips in after watching my video about the new Canon camera we bought for Christmas. These are excellent tips to keep in mind when buying your next camera."
"Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D5000/ . A ten minute HD tour around the Nikon D5000, the company's latest upper-entry-level DSLR, featuring Live View, HD video and an articulated monitor. For my full review with comparisons, sample images and video, results and current pricing, please click the link at the start of this text or visit cameralabs . com. If you have any questions regarding this review, feel free to post on the Cameralabs forum!
'http://essential-photoshop-elements.com Adobe announced the release of Photoshop Elements 9 for both Mac and Windows!
This version has some awesome new features. This video shows some of the new features. Visit http://essential-photoshop-elements.com for more free content."
When photographing a wedding, it is important to capture the details of the event like the bride's accessories, the flowers, the decorations, the food and close-up facial expressions. Concentrate on the key events of the day with advice from a professional photographer in this free video on wedding photography.
Expert: Michael Graham
Bio: Michael Graham is the owner and founder of Michael Graham Photography in Los Angeles, California. Voted among the top-10 best wedding photographers in LA by Citysearch.com, Graham's photography philosophy is all about capturing the moments that mean so much to the wedding couple, their families, and friends. When Graham photographs a wedding, it's about sensitivity to human emotions and interactions, good intuition to what really matters to the couple, and having a good understanding to what makes a great photo. His goal is always to create tasteful images filled with emotion--images that you want to cherish forever.
"If you are applying for a U.S. Passport, you must provide one (1) photo. Your passport photo must be:
Printed on photo quality paper
2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size
Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head. View the Photo Composition Template for more size requirement details. ..
"Passport photos can be printed at home on high quality photographic paper, taken on disk to a local photo store, or printed via photo printing services. There are a bunch of free programs that will get the size exactly correct for you.... E Passport Photo
Sample Order (2011-8-21):
Estimate Total (Standard Production)
Price (12 @ $6.19)
4 Screen Charges (colors) $50.00
*Joan: There's a setup fee if there's a design. We charge per color not per character, it's $50 per color and $200 for 4 or more color
Rush Price Total
Product Total $148.43
Estimated Delivery Date 2011-09-07
For uploads- we prefer illustrator .eps, ai, .ps, pdf, photoshop .psd 300 resolution, high quality jpeg 300, tif 300 resolution, gif 300 resolution, or freehand 10. All artwork needs to be vectorized and fonts should be flatten.
Sometimes you need more than a printer, and adding a scanner, a copier, and a fax machine can turn your home-printing center into a bona fide home office. But you know what they say about all work and no play; remember a multifunction inkjet printer will also give you great photos for your albums and scrapbooks. .."
"So, 6 months after purchase, do I still think this is a 5 star printer? Well, yes and no. The printer performance remains every bit as good as previously described. But the ink usage has been another matter. While I've owned a variety of other inkjets, this is my first Canon, and I feel it penalizes you more than other brands for light usage. After printing perhaps 2-3 dozen pages with color on them--and I'm talking very moderate amounts of color and no printing of photos--I've just had to replace all five color cartridges at a cost of $50 at Amazon discount prices. Do the math and you realize that this is a huge cost-per-page, driven by this printer's all-too-frequent automatic cleaning cycles of the print cartridges, which use up large amounts of ink whether you're actually priniting or not. Of course, all inkjets do this, but I feel this Canon takes it to a whole other level that just seems like a blatant cleaning of your wallet. That said, if you print color regularly, the ink usage may well be on par with the norm. "
"Welcome to Digital Photography School! Discover how to use your digital camera with our Digital Photography Tips. We are a community of photographers of all experience levels who come together to learn, share and grow in our understanding of photography.
" The Joy of Standard Lenses
by Guest Contributor "What is a standard lens?
A standard lens is a ‘tweener: it’s between wide angle and telephoto.
A standard lens makes things look much as they do with the naked eye. A wide angle lens will exaggerate the distance between near and far objects, while a telephoto lens will compress that space. A standard lens will make the distance between near and far objects look ‘normal’, and a standard lens is sometimes called a normal lens.
"In both the socialist and democratic Russian governments, dirty tricks and outright corruption have long been the order of the day. You wouldn't think it would eventually find its way to an otherwise innocuous NBA game program, but such is the influence, apparently.
Last fall, the Mikhail Prokhorov-owned New Jersey Nets played the Houston Rockets in Beijing and Guangzhou, China. Before touching down in China, however, the team decided to stop off in Moscow for a photo shoot.
In front of the stunning St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, the team (decked out in Nets gear) posed for a photo that would eventually grace the cover of the program handed out before Wednesday night's Nets game against the Utah Jazz. One that, with both Prokhorov and fellow Russian and Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko(notes) in town, took place on Russian Heritage night in the Nets' Newark arena.
The problem with the program is that the players listed in the program for Wednesday's game weren't all together for the picture on the program. This bothered the Nets, so they programmed the picture on the program to delete a few former Nets (Terrence Williams(notes), Brian Zoubek(notes), Joe Smith(notes)) from the Russian setting.
The problem here is that they didn't stop there.
[Read more: How ghostly images were altered before Photoshop]
The team, cynically, added guard Sasha Vujacic(notes) to the cobblestone steps in front of St. Basil's Cathedral. Vujacic (first row, sixth from the left ... kind of) is a Serbian-born guard who was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to New Jersey last month, and most crucial to the Nets, he is married to Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova. This is important enough to the Nets that they pasted Vujacic's head on Williams' body, even though Vujacic was in Barcelona at the time the picture was taken, as the Lakers readied themselves for a preseason game in Spain.
I was told that if you try and unfocus your eyes, and look directly through the program photo, you could see Yakov Smirnoff's smiling image, but I've been unsuccessful so far. "
"People involved in beauty pageants invest a lot of time and energy into their production. It's worthwhile to videotape these events, and in doing so, you want to do the participants justice for all their efforts. Approach filming these events with some seriousness and forethought, so that the pageant is recorded with the best possible results.
Video editing software is more affordable and accessible than ever. Video editing tools that this kind of software provides can make your home movies and creative projects into polished pieces of art. We'll go over which tools and features you should look for before you buy a program. " CyberLink PowerDirector CNET Editors' review
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How to Use: Cyberlink Powerdirector 10
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Getting Started Tutorial - Windows Live Movie Maker
"Free course now at http://www.wedding-photo-guide.com How to quickly edit Wedding Photographs and get great professional results. Using only Adobe Photoshop elements you can easily edit any wedding photos you've taken and get stunning results, and convert them into black and white shots comparable to many professional photographers charging 100's"
"...In the first two images, dark clouds loom above the pyramid, but nothing is amiss. However, in the third photo, a powerful beam of light appears to shoot up from the pyramid toward the heavens, and a thunderbolt flashes in the background...
Showbiz Tonight|Added on July 17, 2012Kate Middleton was photoshopped onto the cover of 'Marie Claire' magazine in South Africa.
"The funeral procession for Kim Jong-Il was carried out with military precision and when a handful of dawdlers messed up those regimented lines, they were eliminated. From the photo, that is.
A photo released by the North Korea's state news agency and transmitted by the Germany-based European Pressphoto Agency is slightly different from a photo taken at nearly the identical moment and released by Japanese agency Kyodo News.
The Japanese picture captured a half-dozen men near a camera on a tripod lingering behind the line of mourners on the left side of the boulevard as the motorcade passed by.
In the photo by the North Korean Central News Agency, those men, their camera and their footprints have been digitally removed, restoring absolute order to the crowds lining the boulevard as the cortege passed by.
The alterations were discovered by the New York Times with the help of digital forensics expert Hany Farid of Dartmouth College.
The European Pressphoto Agency, which distributed the doctored North Korea photo, issued a "mandatory kill" for its clients, meaning they were not to use the picture.
The agency granted an exception to ABC News "for the sole purpose of being able to show and explain what had been altered before the picture was provided to international news agencies by KCNA [North Korean Central News Agency]. We consider this as part of a transparent and responsible clarification process."
A European Pressphoto Agency spokeswoman told ABC News, "Any kind of digital manipulation violates EPA's code of ethics."
"Al-Ahram, the state-run newspaper in Egypt, recently ran the above photo of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak leading President Obama and other world leaders during Middle East peace talks at the White House.
But that's not quite how the walk to the East Room played out. The BBC reports that Al-Ahram apparently had some fun with Photoshop, and placed the country's leader up front.
You can see the original Getty photo below...
(Photo of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and King Abdullah II of Jordan at the White House on September 1: Getty/ Alex Wong)
Egyptian media has long faced government censorship, so it's not surprising the state-run newspaper would opt to place Mubarak ahead of the pack. News of the re-cut photo drew a swift rebuke from one of Egypt's leading opposition groups, the 6 April Youth Movement. "This is what the corrupt regime's media has been reduced to," a statement on the group's website said. The state-owned press had "crossed the line from being balanced and honest," the statement continued. But the specific reason for doctoring this photo is unclear, since Al-Ahram did not respond to the BBC's request for comment.