Choosing and using the right mic for the job is an important step in any video project, and understanding a microphone’s directional characteristics is one determining factor. In this segment, we talk about a microphone’s directional response and sensitivity, how to interpret a polar response chart, and we listen to examples of various mics to hear how response works in practice. Knowing how to determine the directional characteristics of a mic, and understanding how this affects the sound your mic picks up, can help you make an informed choice for your next project.
Nanophysicists at IBM must have had some time on their hands. When they're not developing the world's smallest memory bit (consisting of only 12 atoms), they somehow found the time to throw in a few dozen more atoms to make the world's smallest stop-motion movie.
Maybe this is due to a recent drive through the Avenue of the Giants, but trees are more and more bringing me to humility. If you ever have the chance, visit Northern California's coast and see the redwoods, especially the northern-most areas where portions of forest were filmed as the Endor moon from Return of the Jedi. Aside from making great backdrops, let's focus on wood products for video.
The basic concepts of controlling depth of field with aperture, focal length, and distance are fairly easy to grasp, and we covered those topics in part one of this series, but now it's time to dig a little deeper. In this segment, we talk about perceived depth of field, how sensor size and angle of view can affect your ability to get the depth of field you want, and using depth of field to rack focus. There's a lot of confusion surrounding these topics, but a little common sense, and of course a bit of math and science can help us break it all down.
Panasonic announce the new digital single lens mirrorless LUMIX DMC-G6 camera for photo and video. Is not just an interchangeable lens camera, but also an advance digital photographic tool with attractive features.
It's hard to imagine a movie today that doesn't have a scene with a camera closely following the subject and Garrett Brown is getting much deserved recognition in the National Inventor's Hall of Fame for his creation of the Steadicam.
John Brawley, beta tester for Blackmagic Design, posted footage from the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera on this blog today. The subject of his footage looks like home video material, but the quality definitely doesn't look like what you might see from a consumer camcorder.
Zylight new F8 LED Fresnel is a compact lighting instrument that collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport and storage and delivers all the performance of a traditional Fresnel lighting instrument in a much more energy efficient design.