The new Saramonic UwMic10 wireless line is the company’s latest addition to their wide catalogue of affordable audio solutions for DSLR/M shooters. One of their most popular products is the SR-AX100, a passive splitter that turns your camera’s stereo mic input to dual mono, and provides individual level controls for two 3.5mm inputs. This simple solution makes it easy to dial the levels of two powered sources, such as a wireless receiver and battery-powered shotgun microphone (like the Rode VideoMic Pro), a common setup for run-and-gun shooters. Alternatively, it allows you to create a safety track at lower gain if you’re only capturing audio with one input. Saramonic also offers similar, battery-powered adapters with XLR inputs, like the SR-AX107. Now, the company’s social media pages have started showcasing their new Saramonic UwMic10 wireless UHF range. Perhaps the most interesting of these is the dual channel TX10 receiver, which can accept two signals simultaneously. The receiver comes bundled with a single RX10 bodypack transmitter that accepts an included lavalier mic through what seems to be a locking 3.5mm jack: a nice touch. At $270, the bundle is certainly priced very attractively, considering it opens the possibility of a versatile two-channel wireless system without extensively (or expensively!) rigging up your camera. Saramonic also offers the HU10, a dynamic handheld microphone with a built-in transmitter. There is also a plug version of the transmitter for use with your own XLR microphone, although it is unclear whether the unit will also provide phantom power. This would be a very useful feature to use, for example, with a condenser shotgun microphone on a boom. As you can see, the sound quality seems to be adequate, offering a decent range without any audio dropouts. A compact setup like this would be ideal for a wide range of run-and-gun situations such as documentary, ENG, weddings and events. The products are available for pre-order from Amazon.com at a highly reduced price, with a shipping date of March 1st. This means the Saramonic wireless line will be available just before Rode’s long-awaited Rodelink Newsshooter announced at last year’s IBC. The latest addition to the Rodelink series is an all-in-one 2.4 GHz digital signal system powerhouse, accepting XLR and 3.5mm, providing phantom power and compatible with NF batteries. It is available for pre-order from B&H with a mid-May estimated release date and will be priced very competitively, at least, when compared to the other big name in wireless microphones for video: the venerable Sennheiser AVX. Will you be trying the Saramonic system?Read more
Canon didn’t release any new large sensor cameras at this NAB. Some people are unhappy, others rejoice that Canon takes their time to craft something relevant instead of throwing a spec sheet at us like many manufacturers seem to be in the habit of doing nowadays. While Canon stays silent on the camera side, they did present a very noteworthy piece of glass at NAB 2014. Their new Cine-Servo Zoom is one of a kind.Read more
Sony’s professional cinema cameras the Sony F5 and Sony F55 have been quite popular among filmmakers and documentarists alike. With the new upgrades Sony addresses many of the things that will make their work and workflow much more ergonomic and offers the option to upgrade an F5 to become an F55.Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of IBC 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com So what are these Litepanels Sola lights you wonder? Me too, so I had Ali from Litepanels explain that to us at IBC. This looks like a nice light kit considering that according to the manufacturer these daylight lamps offer an output comparable to a 100W HMI. The Sola lamps are 30W LED lights in a fresnel-like single light enclosure, much like the Arri L7-C we saw yesterday (LINK). The Sola ENG kit has the following in it: – Sola ENG x3 – Gel Kit (Set of 3) x3 – Ball Head Shoe Mounts x3 – Shoe Mount Conversion Kits x3 – Barndoors x3, AC/DC Power Supply x3 – AC/DC Power Cord x3, TVMP Mount x3 – D-Tap Cables x3, Nano Stands x3 – Pelican 1510 Case with Custom Foam – Lastolite Fold up Soft Box, Diffuser The Sola ENG kit is currently $2695:Read more
by Jared Abrams | 24th February 2011
Photo By: Abel Cine Tech Panasonic released a Firmware Update for the AF 100 that address a major problem with the camera. If the VFR mode is turned on then the AF100 does not record audio. The meters read and the headphone out works. This is a major flaw with the camera. The firmware update addresses this to some degree. Now, there is a red slash over the A.REC icon on the LCD monitor. The meters still show audio and the headphone out still works. I wish they would kill it altogether. The rest of the updates are just ho hum. Please take note. No Audio if VFR is on. Here are the features of the firmware update. Click here to download Firmware Version 1.15 1.The color of the picture in the LCD display has been improved. 2. During VFR recording, an icon which tells “No audio is recorded” has been added in View finder and LCD display. There is no change for the functionality of the camera. 3. Capability for handling the invisible file made by Mac has been added. The firmware update for the items below has been made possible by using Mac. - Camera body of AG-AF100 series firmware update - Lens firmware update by using AG-AF100 seriesRead more
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