March 10, 2014

GH3 Audio Recording Levels for Internal and External Mics

I used a source of pink noise (my iPhone with Ambiance app)  positioned within 2 feet from GH3 to normalize the recording levels for all the options.  Here are the settings leading to the same perceived recording levels:

Microphone OptionGH3 mic level
GH3 built-in6
Takstar SG-598, +0dB6
Takstar SG-598, +10dB1

March 9, 2014

March 5, 2014

Audio Recording Options

Here I evaluate my options for audio recording with my Canon Vixia HF G10 camcorder:

March 3, 2014

Insightfull Marketing!

Today I ran into One Market Media and their wonderful blog. Here are some very impressive examples of their industry analysis.

March 2, 2014

...why DSLRs are Dead for Video

Great summary which I wholeheartedly agree with.
Nikon D5300 Review and why DSLRs are dead for video 
Shame to see DSLRs overall and Nikon specifically loosing it so fast.  Makes me feel better about my moving to GH3.

March 1, 2014

Live Video Streaming with Ustream and YouTube Live

I did use Ustream to broadcast this event.  Loved Ustream Producer software, possibility to integrate desktop streaming, ease of editing "shots" which allowed to mix multiple streams and create goodies such as on-screen logos.  A custom-built  PC with i5 CPU and two Blackmagicdesign DecLink Mini Recorders was used as a software switcher and encoder.
Now my customer wants to use YouTube Live and I am testing it!  It appears that both Ustream and YouTube use custom versions of Telecast Wirecast, thus all the mechanisms of creating the shots and actual streaming are the same!  Except not entirely.  Productization is a bit different.  Looks like you will need to pay more with YouTube to have possibility to edits shots.  Both however want $200 from you to not have their watermarks in your feed.

February 28, 2014

DIY: Video Clamp

This is one useful piece of equipment.  Really simple and cheap.  Has multiple uses.  I grew to rely on it for almost every shoot.  I have no idea what to call it, so I just call it video clamp.  Put together in one short session from parts found in my grip box.
You take eBay C-clamp ($9), remove the spigot and attach in its place a metal shelf bracket ($6) and add to its tip a small ball head ($6). Done.
I use it to mount audio or video recorder to the light stand.  The substantial length of the bracket ensures that the camcorder's flip out screen can be manipulated freely.  I also like the clamp's rubberized surfaces being gentle on my equipment.  Nice!