The Zoom H2n is a new portable recorder with 5 built-in mics that are claimed to be studio quality. The unique mic combination give you the ability to record Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound. [click to continue…]
The Zoom R8 is a digital multi-track recorder with dual XLR inputs and an on-board stereo mic. The R8 is capable of running on 4 AA batteries, which give you over 5 hours of run time. It can also be powered by USB and an AC adapter.
The R8 can record 2 24-bit/48khz tracks simultaneously and can mix 8 tracks on board. Used with the included Cubase LE (or other DAW), you can record 24-bit/96khz audio.
The Zoom Q3HD is a compact Flip-style camcorder that shoots full 1080p at 30 fps. The Q3HD sets itself apart from other compact camcorders with a pair of condenser microphones atop the camera, which deliver better audio than found on other camcorders in its class.
Zoom has just announced a firmware update to its H4n Handy Recorder that enables independent level controls for its XLR inputs. With the new firmware, you can capture your boom and lav mics at different levels and then the stereo WAV file can be split into two mono files in post production.
You can download the firmware version 1.70 update from Zoom’s website.
The makers of the awesome PluralEyes software have just released a new standalone application called DualEyes. The new DualEyes software offers the same automated-syncing results that you get from PluralEyes, but because it is a standalone application, you can use it with just about any video editing application, including Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer or Sony Vegas.
DualEyes retails for $149, but is up for grabs at a 20% discount (for $119) through October 30. You can download a free 30-day trial of DualEyes here.
Although a beta version of PluralEyes has been available for a while now, Singular Software has finally polished off the retail version of PluralEyes for Premiere Pro CS4 and CS5. Even better news is that PluralEyes for Premiere Pro will get a 20% introductory discount off the (still cheap) $149 price tag for purchases before September 17. And, they are even throwing a half-off price at students and teachers.
If you’ve tried working with multiple video and audio tracks in a non-linear editor, then you know what a challenge that it can be to sync up the audio wave forms among different tracks. It’s not necessarily hard to do manually, but it can be tedious and time consuming when you start piling on cameras and audio-recording sources.
PluralEyes (the magic audio-sync software) ver. 1.2.6 beta includes a number of new updates and will install alongside version 1.1. The new version 1.2.6 beta includes the following updates and improvements:
Automatically creates merged master clips in the browser, a great starting point for the creative editing process.
Choose the project and sequence to sync from a dropdown list; the magic sequence name pluraleyes is no longer required.
Option for a single output sequence, to better organize long series of clips.
Replace audio option—great for DSLR video with external audio.
Support for locked tracks, to keep specific clips in place through the sync.
Message-specific help system that provides in-depth information on each status message as they occur.
Improved multiclip handling for subclips and in/out points.
Singular Software has made available the Beta 4 version of its PluralEyes audio syncing software for Adobe Premiere Pro. If you are using an earlier beta version, you should be notified automatically. The latest beta release is available for download on Singular Software’s website.