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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 3, 2008 / 29 Sivan 5768

Multimedia Tools Abound

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In today's multimedia-hungry world, there's a continuing question: how do you get the video, or audio, that you need onto a computer in digital format? Professional solutions abound, but these often have hefty price tags and steep learning curves. Are there simpler options?


Yes, and there are all sorts of ways: one is with built-in Web cams found on many desktop and notebook computers; you can also get add-on products from Microsoft Corp., Logitech and, for Mac aficionados, MacAlly. Pricing ranges from around $30 to $130 or so.


You can also use many home-style video cameras, but these can cost several hundred dollars, are a bit bulky, and may be limited in terms of recording media: you need tapes or mini discs or, well, something.


Into the fray steps Pure Digital Technologies of San Francisco, which offers the Flip video camera range. About the size of a small cell phone, the Flip cameras offer quick video shooting and a plug-and-play method of retrieval. Just pop out the built-in USB connector, hook up to a computer and your files start to transfer.


The Flip Mino, which I plan to purchase outright, lists for $180, is smaller than my Apple iPhone, and shoots very good, full color, video in an unobtrusive manner. It shoots 640-by-480 pixel video, up to one hour's worth on its internal 2GB memory, which sadly isn't expandable. The video is shot at a rate of 30 frames-per-second, which is equal to broadcast quality video. You won't equal a studio television picture, but you will get highly usable results.


It's the kind of device I'd like to have had when traveling overseas recently; it's a good way to quickly capture a "live" scene of some stripe and share that with others. I could imagine college students using it to record key parts of lectures, as an adjunct to business meeting note-taking, and for reporter types like me, a new electronic "notebook," which can put results on YouTube.


The Flip software that is embedded in the camera comes in versions for Windows and Mac, and allows you to grab still pictures from a video as well as upload the videos for e-mails, greeting cards, and MySpace and AOL pages. There's a built-in LCD screen for on-the-spot viewing of videos, if desired; the screen is also your viewfinder.


I couldn't find much to fault in the Mino, which is smaller than earlier Flip products. It would be nice to have a SecureDigital or SD memory card slot, which might increase storage to two hours of recording. There's also no external microphone jack, which might also be useful in some cases. But you can get a optional tripod and an "action mount" that would let you affix to Mino to your bike helmet, so you can film your ride along the Appalachian Trail or some other path.


I've mentioned before that we're in a visual age; the Flip Mino adds sound and motion to the visual, and does it in a stunning fashion. More information can be found at www.theflip.com; I highly recommend this product.


Sometimes, though, you may not need a picture -- all you want is sound. In those cases, clip the $49.95 iTalk Pro, from Griffin Technology (http://www.griffintechnology.com) on to your iPod (it doesn't yet work with an iPhone) and you can record hours and hours of conversation or music -- there's a stereo microphone here. The device is simplicity itself, and the end result is a file that's easy to listen to, share or edit for broadcast or podcast. I can't say this is the equal of high-end audio recorders, but for many instances, it is more than sufficient.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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