The Zoom F8 is an affordable yet serious 10-track field recorder made for professional sound designers and filmmakers, promising low-noise preamps and support for 24-bit/192kHz audio.
Zoom teased their professional 10-track field recorder at NAB in April. We didn’t have much information back then, but now the new device is actually here and it looks like its competing with professional audio tools like the legendary Sound Devices 664 for in-the-field mixing and recording.
The marketing campaign for the Zoom F8 field recorder is clearly directed at aspiring pro filmmakers and sound-recordists. The video promo they made is beautiful to watch, even though it doesn’t give too much away about the product’s functionalities:
At $999 the Zoom F8 is likely to become a revolutionary product in the sound-recording market as it could stir up the competition quite a bit depending on how well it actually performs.
It surely looks like a promising start for the company that has been quite successful in creating semi-pro small recorders. Let’s see what pro audio recordists have to say once they get the device in their hands.
It’s interesting to see the bluetooth connectivity the F8 provides, a remote control extension via the touch surface of iOS devices.
Zoom prides itself with numerous nice features on the F8:
Phantom power (+24V/+48V) can be turned on and off for each preamp individually.
10 tracks—8 input channels & a stereo mix track for simultaneous stereo & surround.
Onboard mixer with pre- and post-faders.
Each channel has controls for pan, input/output delay, filtering, and limiting.
Dual SD card recording
Three power sources (4-pin hirose 9-16V, AA batteries, or 12V AC)
Dual-channel recording to create safety tracks
Wireless Bluetooth control via iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
Time code I/O via BNC
The Zoom F8 field recorder is schedule to start shipping on September 5, 2015. Until the it can be pre-ordered for $999. There will also be several accessories available for the device like a dedicated bag etc.
Atomos updates the Samurai, their famous SDI harddisk recorder, and adds a high quality 720p lcd screen on top making it a true solution as a monitor / disk recorder combination.
We have checked out the Atomos products several times in the past as they offer an affordable solution to get more quality out of our large sensor cameras. These devices allow you to record the live hdmi or SDI feed from your camera directly into a high quality format, widely used Apple ProRes among others.
Convergent Design, maker of the famous nanoFlash & Gemini 4:4:4 just announced a new recorder that looks very nice and promising. This field recorder + oled monitor is targeted at HDSLR indie filmmakers as well as professionals with a codec license lease system.
Many filmmakers, especially in documentary are often struggling with too much gear hanging from their camera rig and cameras taking too long to setup. Harddisk recorders and monitors could be built into cameras, but so far the camera manufacturers have not come up with a device that fulfills those needs. Once again a gear manufacturer wants to make our lives easier:
Atomos just announced a firmware update for their harddisk recorders that brings the long awaited Avid DNxHD codec support.
People who have been using the Atomos Ninja 2 and Atomos Samurai field recorders were limited to the use of the Apple ProRes codec the devices support. Last year Atomos announced the addition of Avid DNxHD, but up until this point people have been waiting for the upgrade to happen.
The new firmware is already available for download here: LINK
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Atomos had something else nice to show us. We really like how this company reacts to market needs and listens to the customers. The Ronin is just what I would’ve needed on my shoot with the Alexa two weeks ago ;)
Description from the website:
The Ronin portable Recorder/Player/Monitor is a smart solution for both fixed-facility and on-location video production. Based on the award-winning Samurai field recorder, the Ronin features touchscreen ease of use, capture to Apple ProRes® or Avid DNxHD◊, professional monitoring and edit review. Like the Samurai, it can operate on location with battery or DC power, but it can be used in a fixed facility, rack-mounted environment using AC power.
More info on the Atomos website: http://www.atomos.com/ronin/