The quiet little world of camera XLR adapters has been ablaze with activity lately. Here's a brief recap: the juicedLink DN101 came out and proved to be a great accessory for DSLR video shooters who own a CX series juicedLink XLR adapter. The latest news is great for people who need to plug professional microphones into their video-enabled DSLR cameras, but don't own an XLR adapter yet. JuicedLink has released the DT454, which gives you all of the functionality of a CX series box, with a DN101 built-in.
It might seem like manufacturers like juicedLink are rushing too quickly to adapt current HD capable DSLR's for video work. On the surface it may appear that Canon's new 2.0.4 firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II renders the recently released DN101 obsolete. While Canon's new firmware does give the 5D Mark II audio meters and the option to turn off the AGC (automatic gain control) for manual control of the audio, the DN101 still provides you with some critical abilities for video production.
The proliferation of hybrid photo/video systems is gaining ground in almost all video markets. From weddings, to independent and broadcast production, the technology is ubiquitous. If you're shooting HD with any of today's video-enabled DSLRs, it's easy to see why. Large sensors, high ISO sensitivity, and lens selection are just a few of the draws to this new wave of content creation. However, these camera systems are just beginning to develop a series of standards, and are not without their challenges. From the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV to the Pentax K-7, the proper capture of usable audio is one such challenge.
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