Rode Videomic Pro

744768I few years ago I bought a Canon T2i for shooting video. Right away I discovered that audio was going to be a problem. As a matter of fact the audio recorded straight out of the DSLR was crap to use a technical term. I could not use it at all. Of course the easiest way to deal with it was to record off board audio. That is use a second device to record the audio. After doing some research I picked up a ZOOM H4n. Can plug in my boom/shotgun microphone into it and I get fantastic sound. I am very pleased with the results. That said there are times when I do not want to mess with a second piece of hardware. I just want to point and shoot. One of the issues was that even if you plugged in an external mic you had no control over the gain. What the heck? I was a bit frustrated but I knew there had to be some solution. I did some more research and discovered the Magic Lantern had a firmware update that you install on your SD card that not only gives you control over your audio but it gives you a  bunch of other new controls that professional film makers use. Now we were getting somewhere. I still needed a good compact directional microphone.

Kodak Zi8 with the Rode Microphone

Kodak Zi8 with the Rode Microphone

I looked at a ton of options but the reviews for the Rode Videomic Pro where the best. Most of the people who bought them where using them on DSLRs too. I have been more than happy with the performance of the microphone and with the control that the Magic Lantern update gives me its a perfect setup. As a bonus I can use my Rode with my other gear too like my Kodak Zi8 or with my Fostex audio add on for my iPhone.  Here is a good blog on the Rode Videomic Pro.

 

 

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Shooting Video with an iPhone

iPhone Rigging I’ve written several blogs on using your iPhone for video. I use my iPhone for some of the file leadership interviews I do and it works great. I saw this good video today on this exact topic. It’s a fun video and supports some of the things that I’ve been blogging about. Here’s the link to the video. Shooting Video with an iPhone.
Here are the links to the blogs I have written on the same topic.

 

 

 

 

LUUV Camera Stabilizer for GoPro and Smartphones

LuuvIf you follow my blog you know that I’ve done a lot of vblogging or interviews on my iPhone. It has a great quality video  and I have a nice Fostex add-on for capturing good quality audio you can read more about that in the blog I did here My Road Kit for Rapid Video.  One of the things I talked about in some of my blogging and in sessions that I do at conferences is using a tripod. People don’t have much tolerance for shaky cameras you see a lot of it out there but it really brings down the quality of your video. We are pretty tolerant these days because of YouTube and not expecting broadcast quality video even for professional use. You need to have good quality audio and a decent image. I put a lot of emphasis on framing my subject correctly.  I definitely considered that it might be viewed via a mobile device so I frame accordingly. But one thing that really bothers people is a shaky image tripods can fix this but even better especially if you need to kind of run and gun.  You will need something that stabilizes your image my new Canon XA10 has image stabilization built-in  and it works pretty good.  I was pretty jazzed about this image stabilizer below. And think it is a pretty good solution. It doesn’t take much to stabilize a camera it’s really just to counterbalance. But there are a lot out there and some are extremely expensive this seems like a good value and a pretty good solution.  Even though there demonstrating this with action it would work well for covering events or doing interviews and such.

LUUV Camera Stabilizer for GoPro and Smartphones :: Gadgetify.com.

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More iPhone coolness – Night Vision to iPhone

night-vision-300x168I have blogged about many other iPhone camera accessories. I love my Fostex audio attachment. I use it all the time for interviews. The iPhone has a great camera so it is only natural that people want to find cool gadgets to enhance it. I stumbled on this Night Vision kit. Not sure how I would use it but I am trying to come up with something.

http://www.iphoneness.com/iphone-accessories/night-vision-iphone/

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10 quirky-but-awesome photo accessories you never knew you needed

I love this stuff. I just cant get enough. There are some things you just NEED. Like the iPhone lens adapter. I just got to have it. Photojojo is an iPhone mount for SLR lenses.

Check the rest of these cool accessories in the full article below.

10 quirky-but-awesome photo accessories you never knew you needed | Digital Trends.