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New Mic For DSLR Cameras Makes Getting Great Audio MUCH Easier

April 30, 2013 by  
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Finding a decent mic for DSLR cameras just got easier thanks to Shure.

I should know. I’ve been shooting a docudrama for broadcast on EWTN in November for several months. I’ve put in hundreds of hours shooting on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera. The images are fantastic but getting good audio has been a challenge. Digital SLRs (DSLRs) are really designed for shooting still images. We videographers have adopted them for shooting video but the sound capabilities haven’t caught up with the awesome video quality.  While we were at the 2013 NAB Show, this system caught my eye.

When I saw Shure previewing these new shotgun microphones mounted on DSLR cameras and camcorders, I had to get the scoop.

Here is a video I shot with Chris Lyons, who explains the key features of these mics for your DSLR. In this short video, he:

  • covers 2 new audio solutions – the Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone and the Shure VP83F Condenser Shotgun Mic With Flash Recorder – for DSLR videography and why they differ;
  • shows you why these mics are super user-friendly in the field making them ideal for documentary style shooting;
  • shares how these mics also work with a wireless system that is perfect for shooting talent and interviews;
  • and as a bonus, he shows us a nice step up to getting great audio with your DSLR.

Both the Shure VP83 LensHopper Shotgun Microphone and the Shure VP83F Condenser Shotgun Mic With Flash Recorder microphones will be available this summer but you can get on the list to be notified when they are available at B&H Audio Video.

If you’re shooting video on a DSLR, I’ll bet you’ll be longing for one of these mics!

This Track Dolly Caught My Eye…Find Out Why

April 25, 2013 by  
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With all of the new cameras, software, lighting and bright, shiny objects to catch my attention at the NAB Show this year, the one that that really stuck out for me personally was a track dolly … the Hollywood Slider Dolly.

I own a tripod dolly that runs on PVC pipe. It is just OK. I’ve never been able to get a silky smooth dolly move with it. It jiggles a little bit, doesn’t start or stop smoothly, and just doesn’t deliver what I want in terms of camera movement. Plus, the tripod isn’t really very stable on it.

I’ve also worked with some of the “sliders” made by major names in the business. I have to admit that I have not been that impressed with them. I am also amazed at how expensive they are for a run of only 2 or 3 feet, actually less with the end stops. One in particular that I’ve been working with on a TV series for EWTN is such a pain to set up that we basically avoid using it, which is a real shame because I love those slow camera dolly shots.

The Hollywood  Slider Dolly solves all of those problems. It is as smooth as butter, quick and easy to set up and is priced very affordably. Also, instead of the short 2 or 3 feet length that other sliders offer, this baby comes with 6 feet of speed rail. I don’t think I can resist getting one.

In this video we talk with Ron Quigley, inventor of the Hollywood  Slider Dolly.

  • You’ll learn why other dolly systems don’t run smoothly and how this system overcomes that problem to offer smooth camera movements with its unique setup design;
  • You’ll learn how easy it is to use this system at any height;
  • You’ll learn why this system is quick and simple to set up.

Ron is really great about answering your questions, so if you are looking at adding this type of equipment to your video gear – it will go a LONG way to making your videos look more professional – check it out at Hollywood Slider Dolly.

Blackmagic Design Announces New Pocket Digital Cinema Camera To Rave Reviews – Find Out Why Here!

April 16, 2013 by  
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Blackmagic Design announced its newest camera at the NAB Show 2013 so that was one booth I headed to first. I couldn’t even get into the booth, it was so slammed! It took me 3 days but I finally was able to find out what all the buzz was about with the new blackmagic cinema camera.

Coming off the heals of the very successful launch of the Blackmagic¤Design Cinema Camera with MFT Mount, Blackmagic Design realized there was a need for a smaller and more flexible camera and so the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera was born. I was able to get Dan May, a sales representative from Blackmagic Design, on camera to give us a quick overview on what the buzz is all about.

Some of what Dan shared about the new digital cinema camera was:

  • Who will want a camera like this;
  • What it records to;
  • Type of batteries it uses;
  • The most impressive aspect of the camera.

They plan on having them ship in July 2013…you can check it out at our favorite video store B&H here

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