Monthly Archives: November 2012


Lavaliers, Shotguns, and Handhelds, Oh My!

So, you’ve got a small budget and you finally believe that the audio you capture for your project is just as important as the video, (we told you so!) but you can only purchase one mic. Shotgun mics on boom poles are the mainstay in Hollywood, but maybe you just shoot weddings in your spare time, or do a local commercial every now and then to help make ends meet. Well, here’s some pros and cons of the most common mic types, and what they’re good at: Continue reading


Budget 4K: The Next ‘New Thing’

In January 2012, JVC announced a sub- $5,000 hand-held camcorder—the GY-HMQ10—with native 4K-resolution, which is a little more than twice the resolution of 1080 high definition. If the GY-HMQ10 becomes popular with indie film and television producers, Sony, Panasonic and Canon might focus on budget 4K as well. Continue reading

AtomOS Update for Samurai

AtomOS 4.0 will now support the Avid DNxHD production codec, following a new update available free of charge to Samurai recorder owners from the Atomos website.The update will give editors a choice of either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD as native codec for their NLE. Both Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD provide high bitrates and 4:2:2, 10-bit resolution. Both outputs are ready to edit directly from the Samurai’s HDD or SSD. Continue reading