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Initial review: iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia

Initial review: iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia

iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital mic from IK Multimedia

By Allan Tépper | August 05, 2014

I am honored to be one of a few tech journalists who have received the iRig Mic HD from IK Multimedia for initial review. The iRig Mic HD is a handheld digital-exclusive mic, made for use with iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch), Mac and Windows and produces rich and full bodied sound recordings (and this is not a shampoo commercial). I have a lot to say about the iRig Mic HD, so let’s get started.

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RT and DirecTV Sports go beyond conventional mic flags

RT and DirecTV Sports go beyond conventional mic flags

Using a technique virtually unused in the US, networks like RT and DirecTV Sports are getting better branding on their mics.

By Allan Tépper | August 04, 2014

Most people who produce sports or news for TV know that branding is important, both on location (with signs and mic branding) and on screen (via electronic graphics). That is nothing new. However, I have recently seen how two TV networks from outside of the US are taking advantage of a device —and a technique— that grants them better branding by going beyond conventional mic flags.

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Helpful Ways for Cinematographers to Get a Grip on Lighting

Part I: Foreground and Background Exposure

By Bobby Marko | July 31, 2014

I spent the 1st half of this year releasing two films, a feature length documentary and a short film narrative (Becoming Fools and Fruitcake respectively). Through this process I've attended screenings and festivals of our own films and for others. I've also sat through several Q&A's with independent filmmakers and although I love hearing how other creatives move through the process of producing their work I sometimes get increasingly frustrated with the fact that camera gear takes such a center stage while lighting, composition, sound design and production design take a distant back seat.

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Your 4K Questions Answered

Your 4K Questions Answered

Participants of the live webinar answer all of the questions that came in during the event

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | July 30, 2014

During the live "The Benefits of Using 4K Now" webinar, presenters James Fox, Geoff Peck and Scott Hamilton presented info that content creators need to consider in the present and future when it comes to 4K. As the CEO and VP of Technology at Dawnrunner, respectively, James and Geoff discussed... Read More

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Review: SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50 anamorphic adapter

Make your camera a mean, clean, widescreen machine with this affordable anamorphic adapter

By Adam Wilt | July 27, 2014

SLR Magic's ANAMORPHOT 1,33x 50 is an affordable anamorphic adapter lens (US$899; $1099 with two diopters) letting you shoot 2:37:1 widescreen on a 16x9 camera, or, if you're in a retro mood, 16x9 widescreen on a 4x3 standard-def camera. It works on lenses with a clear front aperture of... Read More

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Radiant Images Creates Simple and Effective Solutions for Filmmakers of Every Size

Radiant Images Creates Simple and Effective Solutions for Filmmakers of Every Size

An interview with Sinclair Fleming , Director of Engineering at Radiant Images

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | July 24, 2014

Radiant Images is solution-oriented rental house singularly focused on advancing cinematography. At Cine Gear they showcased their Novo action camera accessories and a wide selection of custom camera stabilizers for attendees.  Their focus on simplicity in design and operation and ease of... Read More

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Blackmagic Production Camera Gets A New “Heads Up Display”

Audio Meters, Time Remaining & Histogram

By Brian Hallett | July 24, 2014

Blackmagic release firmware 1.9 with a new "heads up display." To say the new features found in firmware 1.9 is good news is a massive understatement.  If you own or shoot with a Blackmagic Production Camera download this firmware as quickly as possible, because these features will only make capturing great footage and sound easier.

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Blackmagic Adds New ProRes Options To Their Cameras

Longer Record Times

By Brian Hallett | July 17, 2014

Blackmagic announces camera firmware 1.8.2 which adds three Apple ProRes formats to three of their cameras.  Meaning longer record times with significantly smaller file sizes.  

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Review: iRig Pro preamp/A>D from IK Multimedia

Review: iRig Pro preamp/A>D from IK Multimedia

Use the iRig Pro confidently as a mic preamp, an A>D converter, or both simultaneously.

By Allan Tépper | July 16, 2014

Although I have reviewed many audio preamps and A>D (analog-to-digital) converters, the iRig Pro I am covering here is truly unique for several reasons, two of which are why I purposefully excluded it from my recent roundup of five other preamp + A>D devices for iOS. Ahead you’ll learn everything I love about the iRig Pro for both audio and video, yet why I still can’t recommended the iRig Recorder app for video producers.

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Half-Priced Pocket Cinema Camera

A Steal of a Deal

By Brian Hallett | July 16, 2014

The Pocket Cinema Camera goes on the discount sales shelf if only for a limited time. If you want to take advantage of the deal then you better hurry this sale goes until August 31st or until they run out of supplies.

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Taking Flight: Drone Photography & Videography Workshop

2-Day Online Streaming Video Workshop on CreativeLive

By Jeff Foster | July 15, 2014

Whether you're new to Aerial Photography/Videography and looking for how to get started, or have some experience and want to see how to get more out of your productions or take it to the next level, then this online streaming video workshop may be just the help you're looking for!

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Inexpensive balanced XLR lavalier microphone test

Inexpensive balanced XLR lavalier microphone test

Can you really get a pair of balanced XLR lavalier mics for under US$100?

By Allan Tépper | July 15, 2014

If you have ever priced lavalier microphones with balanced XLR connections, you know that they typically cost upwards of US$150 each, and sometimes can cost more than double that price. However, my friend María found a package deal where she was able to receive not one, but two balanced XLR lavalier microphones for well under US$100, which means that each mic cost less than US$50. Ahead you’ll get to hear four recorded tests and make your own conclusion about the quality.

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Inventing the non-linear edit suite

How five different products were created from five different philosophies

By ChrisZwar | July 15, 2014

If you're developing a groundbreaking new product, where do you start?  The desktop video revolution was driven by the emergence of non-linear editing systems running on home computers, but adapting them for video production was a gradual process.  The products that were being... Read More

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After Effects Menu Command ID’s

AE menu command id listing

By David Torno | July 08, 2014

 

Update: AECC2014_MenuIDs_v1_0.pdf released 7/29/14

So for awhile now, many After Effects community members have been using After Effects menu command id's in their ExtendScript scripts. Some compare the numbers against the text version of a menu command,... Read More

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Thinking About Extras

Thinking About Extras

By Arthur Vincie | July 08, 2014

This happens a lot: I’m budgeting a script and I get to this crowded street scene, or a basketball game, or a really killer dance set piece.  I figure out as best I can how many extras are needed, and budget all the related costs accordingly.  Then I present the budget to the producer and she’s horrified.  “One hundred thousand for extras?  What the hell?”

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3D Technology Revolutionizes Advertising and Distribution for Everyone

3D Technology Revolutionizes Advertising and Distribution for Everyone

An in-depth interview about how developments in 3D are impacting the way we produce and consume content

By Jeremiah Karpowicz | July 07, 2014

San Francisco-based DMAX Imaging creates high-end visualizations and animations for leaders in design and innovation such as Beats, Mini and Nest. Founded by three partners who wanted to reinvent the prepress experience, DMAX focuses on meeting customer needs instead of selling a particular... Read More

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Brian Hallett’s New Channel: In Focus

With permanent links to everything I've published on PVC

By Brian Hallett | July 07, 2014

I've been contributing to various production/post-production channels on the PVC Exclusive channel for awhile now, but my new channel, "In Focus" is where you'll be able to find new articles from me moving forward. Below are the links to everything I've published on the Exclusive... Read More

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Product Review: SmallHD DP7-PRO OLED Field Monitor

Product Review: SmallHD DP7-PRO OLED Field Monitor

Color Accurate True Black HD 7.7" Field Monitor with Built in Scopes

By Jeff Foster | June 30, 2014

The SmallHD DP7-PRO OLED field monitor provides accurate color, rich blacks and an OSD/Scope system delivered through touch screen that will knock your socks off!

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Updated Product Review: Genus Mini Jib with MoCo

Truly Compact and Portable Jib for DSLRs and HD Camcorders

By Jeff Foster | June 28, 2014

The new Genus Mini Jib was designed for portability and simple setup/operation on location. It's not meant to be a studio jib but while it can handle a decent payload of about 9lbs, you can manage to get a decent load to balance and maintain control of the operation. I give the Genus Mini Jib a thorough test with different camera configurations and push it to the limits. UPDATED with the Genus MoCo motion control system for the Mini Jib started on the bottom of Page 2.

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DP Paul Del Vecchio & BMCC New Firmware

How the new debayer helped him acheive his film's look

By Brian Hallett | June 28, 2014

Recently, Blackmagic Design released camera firmware 1.8 for all four of their cameras: Cinema Camera, Pocket Camera, Production Camera, and the Studio Camera.  In an interview, New York based DP Paul del Vecchio talks about his work on the indie drama “Trent & Isabella.” and how the new firmware in the Cinema Camera helped him achieve the looks he lock down while on set.  

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