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.
When I started taking a seriously look at working more with video, the last thing on my mind was audio. I learned quickly that capturing quality audio is critical to a good video segment.
I certainly have a long way to go in figuring out a solid audio work flow, but at least I’m starting to figure a thing or two out. Hopefully, my experiences and thoughts on different types of equipment and capture work flows will help those who are as clueless as I was last year. [click to continue…]
Zacuto has announced an EVF for use with HDSLRs via the HDMI port. This product looks to be very similar to Redrock Micro’s microEVF from a couple of days ago.
The product is currently in the prototype stages, but it will feature a 800×480 resolution screen magnified by a traditional Z-Finder and powered by a Canon LP-E6 battery for half-day power. The estimated price is currently $775, which is nearly $200 more than the similarly spec’d Redrock Micro microEVF. The Z-Finder EVF should be available in February/March 2011.
Redrock Micro just announced a new microEVF that is a true EVF for HDSLR cameras with a HDMI output. The microEVF can attached directly to the camera with a outboard hotshoe mount, or it can be mounted elsewhere on your HDSLR rig. The price is expected to be $595 when it becomes available.
The Manfrotto 700RC2 is a basic, fluid head head for use with video cameras up to 5.5 pounds. At around $90 street price, this is an entry-level head with little in the way of creature comforts.
The 700RC2 still gives you a quick release plate, and it has a pan arm rosette on the right side of the head for adjusting the angle of the solid pan arm included with the head. The 700RC2 also has separate pan and tilt friction locks.
With heavier HDSLR setups, smooth pans were more difficult to achieve, but stick to smaller camcorders with the 700RC2 and it will handle relatively smooth pans and tilts just fine. [click to continue…]
I hadn’t used the EOS-E1 plugin for Canon H.264 movie files from the 1D Mark IV, 7D and 5D Mark II until today. When I tried to log and transfer the files from a folder on my desktop, I was getting an error message that stated that my file:
“contains unsupported media or has an invalid directory structure. Please choose a folder whose directory structure matches supported media.”
This is where getting ahead of myself burned me. The folder structure from your CF card has to be the default Canon structure – including the blank “MISC” folder. So, if you are accustomed to transferring your footage to a drive on your computer or an external media drive, then this can be problematic. [click to continue…]
One of the challenges with editing DSLR video footage has been working with different frame rates. In the above video, Jason Levine of Adobe shows just how easy it is to mix footage with a variety of frame rates in the new Premiere Pro CS5.