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When it comes to production sound for film or an original series, quality audio capture is imperative. Bad audio can ruin the experience for everyday viewers and critics alike. In this article, we’ll discuss the elements of an effective and ultra-portable sound recording rig. The first step is undoubtedly the recorder itself. At the very least, you’ll need a device with XLR inputs that is... READ MORE
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2 years ago
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When it comes to image quality, HDSLRs offer videographers some highly desirable aesthetic characteristics. However, issues like automatic gain and loud autofocus motors have given these types of cameras a poor reputation for in-camera audio. To combat this issue, several manufacturers have created shoe-mountable shotgun microphones that connect to the 3.5mm audio input on most HDSLRs.... READ MORE
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2 years ago
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Do you need ideas for some awesome holiday gift ideas for students? When you cornered them and asked what they wanted, did you draw a blank? Perhaps they offered to send you a list of gift ideas later, when something came to mind. In the likely event that the list never arrived, we’ve compiled that list of student-friendly suggestions for you.

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2 years ago
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As 2012 draws to a close, we have the opportunity to take a look back at a year which saw many innovations in the world of HDSLR video. One of the most prominent trends of 2012 has been the continuing blending of still and video acquisition technologies into the same tools.

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2 years ago
Hands-on Review

This B&H video examines a few quick and affordable ways to improve the in-camera audio on "run-and-gun" style, single-operator shoots using camera mountable mics. These mics usually plug directly into the camera's 3.5mm external mic input and mount on your HDSLR accessory shoe.

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2 years ago
Tips and Solutions

This week one of my co-workers asked me which inexpensive shotgun microphone I recommended for use with a Zoom H4n portable recorder. His one requirement was that the mic could not cost more than $150. I looked at the available options in this price range for a few minutes and eventually came back with nothing. The simple answer was that the best shotgun microphone in the $150 price range costs around $250.

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3 years ago
Hands-on Review
Shotgun microphones are used to capture sounds such as dialog in film and video productions, for “spot” miking specific areas on sets, stages and installations, and for creating Foley and sound effects. These microphones feature a distinctive long and vented “interference tube,” which helps reject... READ MORE
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3 years ago
Hands-on Review

Røde is the undisputed leader in on-camera microphone technology, and its new Stereo VideoMic Pro is the most lightweight, compact and superior sounding camera-mountable stereo microphone the company has ever built.

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3 years ago
Hands-on Review

There’s a certain allure to turning a big knob on a high-end piece of audio gear, but sometimes the most useful tools are the inexpensive doodads. There’s an army of budget-friendly accessories that play a major role both in the studio and on set. 

 
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3 years ago
Tips and Solutions

Off the cuff, one might think there are few, if any, differences between packing a DSLR system and an HDSLR system, but once you look beyond the basics, i.e. the camera bodies, lenses and tripod (the legs, but not necessarily the head), the differences start adding up.

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3 years ago
Tips and Solutions

With all of the advantages that the HDSLR revolution has given video producers and filmmakers, there are a number of well-known drawbacks to be aware of: moiré, aliasing, lack of headphone monitoring and sensors that quickly overheat. One of the lesser-known drawbacks is an audio feature called AGC.

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4 years ago
Buying Guide

These days, the sound quality you can achieve with a minimal investment in home studio recording equipment is amazing. But as nice as these affordable recording tools are, they all have sonic limitations. What do you do if you want to take your sound to the next level of quality?

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4 years ago
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In this article, we're going to introduce you to a tool that the average person may not be familiar with, yet media professionals depend upon daily. The tool is a plug-on transmitter, and before we show you how to use one, we'll first explain what they are and how their operation will benefit your productions.

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4 years ago
Tips and Solutions

I recently tested out a handful of on-camera microphones with a video-enabled DSLR camera. In this post I share my thoughts on the sound quality of each microphone and point out their pros and cons. I took a series of photographs so you can compare the size and shape of the microphones and see how they sit atop the camera.

 
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4 years ago
Tips and Solutions

Over the weekend I did a video shoot where I was operating the camera, doing the sound and directing. There was no production budget, just me acting as a one-man crew. I managed to cobble together a fairly decent-looking picture with the available light, but the audio quality I achieved would not have been possible without my pistol grip.

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4 years ago

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