Tag Archive for audio

DJI Ronin Disappoints

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After hearing fantastic things about the DJI Ronin 3-axis stabilized gimbal system, and being wowed by the demo videos on the DJI website, I was looking forward to using one on my own projects. Sadly, my experience couldn’t have been…

Basic Audio Processing in Adobe Audition

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A friend of mine recently edited his first TV commercial, and got this note from the TV station: I wanted to let you know about the latest spots I just put in the system. The quality, especially of the audio,…

Blackmagic 4K Production Camera – Second Impressions

Here’s a regional commercial for a local bank that I just directed & shot with the Blackmagic 4K Production Camera. The client was looking for the slightly desaturated, shallow depth of field look that is popular in high-end national spots.…

Tascam DR-100MKII vs. Zoom H4N

DSLRs have a number of advantages for video projects, but audio capability is not one of them. It is reasonably easy to feed audio from an external microphone into a DSLR, but it’s hard to control how the camera handles…

Mixing AF100 & 5D Mk II Footage … On Purpose

I recently had the pleasure of shooting two commercials for the graduate studies program at The Citadel – the military college of South Carolina. I was hired by the good folks at Cognetix, who wrote and produced the spots. This…

Higher Production Value Through Cheating in Post

One of the biggest challenges of microbudget or “crew of one” filmmaking is elevating the level of “production value” so that whatever you’re shooting doesn’t look like a microbudget project. Or, more accurately, doesn’t feel like a microbuget project. “Production…

Shotgun Microphone Windscreen Test

Ever had a perfectly good shoot ruined by bad audio? I have, and it’s not fun. Sometimes you can tweak it a bit in Soundtrack Pro, and sometimes you’re just hosed. Nothing will hose your audio more effectively than intrusive…

DSLR Audio Setup for a Crew of One

Trying to sort out the best way to handle audio on a microbudget DSLR shoot can be a real challenge. Ideally, you’d hire a professional audio operator with a high-end field mixer who would adjust microphone levels on the fly,…