DIY Video and Photography Projects

Unboxing Photos – New Zoom H6 Portable Digital Audio Recorder
August 6, 2013


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Here’s a few images unboxing the new Zoom H6 Portable Digital Audio Recorder. You can see what it comes with, including it’s own travel case.

Nice Packaging..

A few accessories include X/Y Mic & Mid-Side Mic..

The back of the box shows optional accessories..

Comes with it’s own travel case..

Now it’s time to [...]

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Portable Audio Recorder – Belt Mounted
January 7, 2013


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Here’s a clever little tip for carrying around a portable audio recorder ‘hands free’ and at the same time having quick access to the screen and controls. Vimeo member Bruno Chansou uses a B-Grip Camera Belt (found here Amazon), normally used to clip a DSLR camera combined with a Manfrotto Ball Head for positioning the [...]

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Cheap LAV Mics For DSLR Video
December 10, 2012


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If you’re looking for a good LAV Mic, go for the Rode LAV which runs $249 dollars. Doesn’t require very much gain, and sounds very clean. The Rode allows you to use an exclusive MiCon adapter that can be swapped to support basic 3.5mm, XLR, and more.

Rode LAV Mic with MiCon Connector
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New Gear – P&C GearBox DSLR Cage Video Accessory Bracket
August 1, 2012


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Disclaimer: I help to design products for PhotographyandCinema.com. The article below is information about the new P&C GearBox. There are many other great DSLR style cages available within articles of this blog that you may also want to consider.

P&C GearBox – DSLR Cage Video Accessory Bracket
It’s been several weeks, but the new P&C GearBox [...]

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Three Accessory Mount HotShoe Bracket
June 13, 2012


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Looking for the most simplest way to mount a Rode VideoMic, LED Light, and Zoom H1 to your camera – all at one time? There’s nothing more simple than this Triple Hotshoe Accessory Bracket. Under the bracket’s mount is a 1/4-20 thread so you can also use this on a lightstand. Great for stacking several [...]

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Sound Absorption for Voice Recording Room
June 4, 2012


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I was shooting this for my own journal and didn’t think I would actually publish the video, as i’m pretty private about certain things I work on. Then again, I was pretty happy with the results and wanted to share what my treatment was.
Keep in mind that this is not for Sound Isolation. This is [...]

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VM-200 Stereo Condenser Microphone
April 2, 2012


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New Opteka VM-200 microphone. Claims an metal body, directional XY stereo, shock mount suspension, PAD switch, high pass noise filter, and windscreen filter included. Sounds like a decent build on the outside.
Is it effective? Well, we all know If the guts are cheap, it will sound cheap. It also looks a bit beastly compared [...]

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Fiio E11 Battery Powered Headphone Amp
March 9, 2012


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For those that don’t want to sync audio in post you may attempt to plug a microphone (like a Rode VideoMic, LAV mic, or Wireless Mic Receiver) directly to the camera’s 3.5mm mic input, and then adjust levels from within the camera (unless you’re stuck with AGC). One problem is that the camera’s internal preamp [...]

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Alesis TwoTrack Portable Digital Recorder
January 18, 2012


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The Alesis TwoTrack portable digital audio recorder sees a small price drop. Yup, looks like a Zoom H1 with X/Y stereo mics, 3.5mm Mic Input, headphone monitoring, adjustable Gain, and built in Auto levels if you’re lazy. A steel threaded insert for tripod mount, and no web articles about battery drain issues. Audio can be [...]

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Zoom H1 Firmware Update Instructional Video
January 2, 2012


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YouTube member KnopTop shares all the steps needed to update the firmware on the popular Zoom H1 portable recorder. [Thanks Dave] The new firmware update is supposed to solve some major problems you want to avoid. There’s some additional information on the original post (here).

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B&H Learning Library – In Depth 2011
December 27, 2011


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B&H published a few articles in their Learning Library around popular gear in 2011. Check out a few of their articles that get in-depth with Fast Glass, Voice-Over equipment, Shotgun Microphones, On camera monitors, and Portable Audio Recorders. These articles are great reading materials for a more in depth look at at tips, tricks, and [...]

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Opteka Double Shoe Bracket
December 18, 2011


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Opteka releases a dual cold shoe bracket that mounts to your camera’s hotshoe. It’s a simple way and inexpensive way to mount two accessories directly to your camera such as an LED light, microphone, or audio recorder.

Opteka Dual Cold Shoe V Bracket
The Opteka looks to have a shorter profile, but it is very similar [...]

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Alzo’s Latest Microphone Shockmount / Accessory Bracket
September 23, 2011


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Alzo’s latest Multi-Mount serves the same purpose to hold accessories like a DSLR cage, and at the same time provides a shock mount for your Microphones / Portable Recorders. Looks like there’s no need to buy silly homemade shock mounts just for your Zoom H1 or a separate bracket to mount your JuicedLink DS214, this [...]

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Tascam DR-40 vs Zoom H4n
September 15, 2011


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When it comes to portable recorders with DSLR video, there’s two names that are sure to come up – Tascam and Samson (a.k.a Zoom). Here’s an interesting new product pointed out to me [Thanks Anthony] that could shake things up for Samson’s Zoom H4n product line. The H4n has been a long mainstay when it [...]

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Audio 2000s Wireless Microphone Battery Powered
September 11, 2011


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I’m not too familiar with the Audio2000 wireless microphone system, but Vimeo member Kenrik March seems to have used it quite a bit. Seems to be using it often enough to attempt using the universal 12V battery pack I blogged about to make it a truly wireless and portable system. A bit large and not [...]

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DIY Portable Sound Booth
August 19, 2011


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This won’t eliminate all ambient noise like a true sealed sound proof room, but when you can control or eliminate sound deflections that can reach your microphone, it takes your audio to another level. An excellent tool when doing voice over or narrative work to your videos. Here’s another cool looking portable DIY sound booth [...]

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