Audio accessory manufacturer Røde introduced a lot of new products for indie filmmakers at this year’s IBC. In fact CEO Ryan Burke told us it was their biggest product launch to date. We reported about the new Røde i-XLR, a little box that turns your iPhone into a quality audio recorder a two weeks ago. Ryan showed us the following: RodeLink Newsshooter Kit This is a wireless mic kit for cameras with hot-shoes (like DSLR’s and Mirrorless cameras) that connects to an XLR adapter for reporter style handheld mics. The really nice thing about this one is that on top of being powered with two AA batteries it can be used with widely available Sony NPF batteries that are probably already part of your kit. This one goes for $499 (LINK) VideoMicro You’re probably familiar with Røde’s popular VideoMic Series. The VideoMicro is an ultra-small version of this. This looks like a great, affordable way to easily enhance the built-in audio of your mirrorless camera. It uses Rycote’s shockmount technology which is proven to be very convenient as it’s sturdy yet cancel’s noise effectively. Also nice, this mic doesn’t need any power. The VideoMicro costs $59 (LINK) VideoMic Me This one is also a great idea. The same tech as the VideoMicro but designed for iPhone, iOS and Android devices to improve audio shot on your phones on the go. This one has no price yet, I suppose it’s gonna cost a little less than the Micro. LINK Micro Boompole Besides their new Boompole Pro, they introduced the Micro Boompole which intrigued me. Together with the VideoMicro this is the smallest boom audio kit I’ve seen. Granted you probably won’t achieve many things you’d get as a pro with a pro boom, especially the microphone will be inferior to professional directional mics used on your filmsets, but this one could cater to a niche audience for special situations where high quality audio isn’t critical, but lightweight and affordable is. Costs $99 (LINK)Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! We are happy to start a new season of ON THE COUCH! Following feedback from our audience, we have decided to divide the episodes of our talk show series ON THE COUCH in the future into several segments from now on. That means we will release each episode in several more digestible shorter parts, released around once a week on a regular basis. There will also be a podcast link for both audio and video version added later this week, which will also include all past episodes. On episode 19, recorded at IBC 2014, we were happy to welcome my friend Philip Bloom, George Olver, the CEO of Movidiam, a great new platform for filmmakers, and Ryan Burke from Røde Microphones. In this first part of this 4-part episode, we talked about the new Sony PXW-FS7 camera and how Sony is disrupting the market once again with this announcement. Click here to see our exclusive hands on video with the camera in case you missed it. Philip talks about the CNN documentary series he is currently working on, mentioning that he is shooting on up to 5 different cameras – the F55, the A7s and the C300. We also talked to George Olver about his website Movidiam.com, a new web platform made for filmmakers. Here’s a detailed post about what Movidiam actually is, but it is great to hear the thought process behind a tool that will help many filmmakers with their preproduction and production workflow. They are currently accepting pre-signups via their website and will roll out the full feature set soon. In part 2 of this episode, which will be released early next week, George tells us more about the development of Movidiam.com, Ryan Burke talks about the new Røde Stereo VideoMic X (post here) and the importance of using the right microphone for the right purpose – something that is often neglected by filmmakers.Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! It’s always great to sit and talk with friends from the industry and chat about what’s on our minds regarding production workflows and issues. On this 16th episode of ON THE COUCH, I sat down with Jem Schofield from theC47.com, who is well known for his education and workshop classes in the filmmaking field. Apart from being an educator, Jem is also a producer and much of our talk focused on getting better audio for production – something that is constantly neglected by owner/operators who need to do their own audio. We touched on the fact that a lot of shooters who started with DSLRs were able to deliver great video all of a sudden because of the technical capabilities – while at the same time the level of audio got worse overall because people used the terrible built-in microphones with their low-quality preamps to record location audio. Jem emphasized the importance of understanding the differences between microphone pickup patterns when deciding on a microphone for your production. Many just go with one shotgun microphone for all their purposes, but there is no “one size fits all”. Like us, Jem loves to work with our sponsor Røde’s microphones as they provide some of the best value for money in the industry. My go-to boom microphone for my own smaller productions is the Røde NTG3, a shotgun microphone with a very narrow supercardioid pickup pattern. Jem argues it’s great for exterior recording but he prefers the NT55 inside rooms because it has a broader pickup (ideal when 2 persons are talking to each other) and it doesn’t have the “pickup tail” that the NTG3 has. While being super narrow with its pickup, the pickup tail also makes the NTG3 more susceptible for picking up sounds from behind the microphone (e.g. ceiling fans, air conditioning, …), handling noise and sound reflections – and that’s exactly where the NT55 shines. The new Røde SmartLav+ combined with the Røde Rec app for iOS was another product combo that Jem mentioned – a super easy and super inexpensive way of always carrying a very usable lavelier microphone with you as it records straight into your phone using the app – not a bad value for money considering the SmartLav+ is around $75 and their app another $5 (definitely much cheaper than dedicated sound recorders that are often left in the studio exactly when you need them for an occasional sound bite shot on a small camera or DSLR). We also talked about other subjects including camera stabilization and the discussion MoVi vs. Steadicam and how irrelevant it is considering the fact that both tools have their advantages and disadvantages (and the fact that Tabb Firchau from Freefly and Garrett Brown, the inventor of the Steadicam, are giving workshops together). Before we wrapped the show up, we discussed the fact that like me, Jem quite likes Final Cut Pro X and thinks he is able to work faster with it than with any other NLE. We also touched on the up- and downsides of Premiere and Avid. Lastly, Jem Schofield mentioned that he is going to do another extensive filmmaking workshop in Scotland for a week starting July 27th, 2014. This “Filmmaker’s Intensive” will deal with the science and art of telling stories and people will learn all about lighting, shooting and also getting the right audio for their productions. Head over to their website here to check it out: http://www.thefilmmakersintensive.com To watch all ON THE COUCH episodes so far, click here.Read more
Australian microphone manufacturer RØDE is hosting a short film competition again that closes in about 2 weeks. Entrants are asked to create short films of up to 5 minutes in length, and the only requirement is to shoot a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot which has a RØDE microphone in one of the shots – easy. Prizes are quite amazing, total worth $70,000, including RØDE gear as well as jibs, lenses, cameras, software and much more (click here for details). Judges include Philip Bloom, Ryan Connolly, Clinton Harn and many more. Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza have produced a number of really nice little tips & tricks videos that will help you make a short film, covering various aspects in pre-production, production and post-production. Click here to head over to the My RØDE Reel website to find out all the details about the competition and how to enter.Read more
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