Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock somewhere, it’s hard to deny that more and more photographers are branching into Hybrid – the skillful blending of still photos, video, audio, etc. to create a new art form.  As I’ve stated many times in this space (and others), one of the most important yet commonly overlooked pieces of the Hybrid Puzzle is Audio.  Frankly, a lot of those taking their first steps into Hybrid Photography are a bit perplexed by the video aspect of it, and don’t even want to consider good quality audio, but quality audio is the key component [More]
Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews checks in with a great comparison of 2 excellent microphones from RODE – the VideoMic Pro and the Stereo VideoMic Pro.  Although these two microphones have similar names, they yield very different results, over and above the fact that one is mono and the other is stereo. The RODE VideoMic Pro has become the industry standard for recording high quality audio.  By design, it’s a “Shotgun” microphone, and is therefore a Unidirectional Microphone (which means that picks up sound from one general direction.  This is great for isolating audio from one source in crowded or noisy [More]
John Maier (CEO of Blue Microphones) showcases the new Blue Mikey Digital Microphone for iOS devices.  These days it seems that more and more audio, photo and video companies are figuring out ways to utilize the sophisticated technology that’s built in to iOS devices to provide the brainpower for their gear and apps.  With the Blue Mikey, you now have a portable and affordable way to tap into Blue Microphones’ high quality audio. Product Features The Blue Mikey Digital Microphone has two custom-tuned Blue capsules for stereo recording, a line-input, USB pass through and a 230-degree rotating design which is [More]
When creating Hybrid Photography Products, one of the most important, and unfortunately, overlooked components of shooting video, is capturing high quality audio.  TASCAM is a company that makes some great and affordable portable audio recording devices, and here’s an overview of 3 of TASCAM’s best Portable Audio Recorders – the DR-07 mkII, the DR-40 (showcased in the video above) and the DR-100 mkII. Product Features TASCAM DR-07mkII Portable Digital Audio Recorder Adjustable Stereo Condenser Microphones (XY or AB) Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV (BWF) linear PCM recording. Stereo MP3 recording from 32-320 kbps bit rate. Reverb effect. Overdub recording mode Auto [More]
New from RØDE, the smartLav – a lavalier microphone that plugs directly into your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® Touch.  Can the smartLav provide professional quality audio recordings from an iOS device? Here are the Details from RØDE The smartLav is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of applications, from the boardroom to the pulpit, the car to the classroom. The RØDE smartLav uses a standard TRRS connection, which plugs directly into your Apple iOS device’s headset input. By employing an omni-directional capsule that picks up sound equally from all around the microphone, the smartLav can [More]
Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty3000) was at CES 2013 digging up all the great new tech and imaging gear that was on display at the event.  This time up, it’s the ProJive XLR adapter that allows you to plug your professional grade microphones directly into your iOS or Android Devices (via the 3.5mm headphone jack).  At $28.95 USD, this is an inexpensive way to create your own mobile audio setup. Compatible with: iPhone iPad iPad Mini iPod iPod Touch Android Devices Get the ProJive XLR Adapter for iOS and Android Devices Here
Blunty’s back!  …and this time, the DigiDIRECT TV host is talking about Vlogging and his Ultimate YouTube Setup. Blunty’s formula for vlogging perfection: the Sony RX100 compact “DSLR in your pocket” camera + an iPad mini = the best road-warrior vlogger production, editing & camera kit in the world right now? It’s a road-warrior production studio that’ll fit in your pockets! I can’t argue with Blunty here.  These are all powerful tools that will give you BIG RESULTS despite their small size. Here’s a great RX100 package that includes a 32gb Class 10 SDHC Card, a carrying case, lens cleaning [More]
I often find myself musing that when I went to college, we used a huge mainframe computer that occupied most of the space in a large building, and today…  the “smart phone” that I carry around in my pocket is hundreds (if not thousands) of times more powerful than that mainframe ever could have hoped to have been.  Heck, it’s even more powerful than the computers that NASA used to put a man in the moon. Smart Innovations Today, smart companies are figuring out new and innovative ways to adapt those powerful mini computers for their own uses. Witness the [More]
Our good friend Chuck Jones over at theCameraForum posted this excellent video from Chad Johnson on Vimeo featuring a shootout of 4 of the top Shotgun Microphones of the past couple of years. The Sennheiser MKE400 The Rode VideoMic The Rode VideoMic Pro The Que Audio Micro Shotgun As the new era of Hybrid Photography emerges and video becomes more integrated with the work that every day photographers do, great audio quality will become more and more important.  After all, when shooting video, audio is half of the game. What kinds of mics can I use? There have been great [More]
MC Contributor Rob Domaschuk (ShootHybrid.com) interviews MC creator Scott Giorgini about the ins and outs of video production in a series of videos taken from a Google + Hangout. Consider this an open thread… Video 1 (above) is the “Pitfalls of Learning Video”. Other videos in the series are shown below: Video 2: What Gear Do I Need? Video 3: How To Record and Sync Audio Video 4: Editing Your Videos Video 5: Quality vs Quantity Video 6: Lighting Your Shots
Tascam has upped their game with firmware updates to their DR40 Portable Audio Recorder, but is it a serious contender to the Audio King of the Hill, the Zoom H4N? DSLRNoob posted a great video that compares the features of each. DSLRNoob writes: I’ve had the Tascam Dr-40 for quit some time, but until Tascam added the firmware update that gives you independent control of the input volume, I hadn’t really considered it a true competitor to the Zoom h4n. Now that this feature is available, the Tascam is a very affordable alternative to the Zoom h4n. Take a close [More]
(Video above shot with the Rode Videomic Pro. No music, just the ambient sound from the pictured set up, which does work hand-held) From SoundImagePlus –  If a camera has any pretensions to shoot serious video, then an external microphone socket with the ability to accept the standard stereo mini jack is essential.  Olympus have a “solution” in the shape of the SEMA-1 adapter set, which consists of a module which fits onto the accessory port hotshoe of the OM-D with the socket in it. It also comes bundled with a clip on stereo mic and a connecting lead. The [More]
Rode Microphones is running a deal through December 31st, 2012 – when you buy a Rode Videomic Pro or Rode Stereo Videomic Pro, you’ll get a free copy of Pluraleyes 3 Audio Syncing Software (a $199 USD Value!).  This takes some of the hassle out of post production, especially for those who use a separate audio recorder (like a Zoom H4N) to get better sound for their video productions.                   To take advantage of this offer… >>CLICK HERE to get a Rode Videomic Pro (plus bonus Sennheiser Headphones)<<   or   >>CLICK [More]
(video above courtesy of tldtoday – features the Blue Microphones Spark Digital) Blue Microphones make some of the best quality studio condenser mics around, whether they’re for professional or home studio use. Endgadget just posted about the new Blue Microphones Spark Digital, which is compatible with your computer via USB or your iPad, iPad Mini or iPhone (pictured below). Here’s what Endgadget says:  The final member of the Blue Microphones trio that we saw introduced back at CES is finally hitting shelves. Blue’s dual-connecting Spark Digital is now shipping from Apple and Best Buy with other retailers soon to follow. [More]