Datavideo DN-60 Field Recorder Reviewed
If you've got an aging DV or HDV camcorder whose heads are beginning to fail, or perhaps you simply want to step into the digital age, but your older camera still delivers great footage, then strapping a direct-capture-device onto that prized piece of video history may be exactly what...
Marshall Electronics V-LCD50-HDMI Portable Field Monitor Reviewed
So, you've got your favorite DSLR ready to go out and shoot your next feature, but you need to get the display up to a more manageable size and in a position better suited to your shooting style. Among the plethora of available options, be sure to check out...
Zoom H1 Handy Recorder Reviewed
Most filmmakers say 60% of a film is the music and audio quality. Without realizing it, viewers notice inconsistency in sound more than anything else. Zoom has released three handy recorders in its H series. The Zoom H1 is the smallest of the series but still is a nice...
Countryman B6 Lavalier Reviewed
First impressions of the Countryman B6 center on its major selling point: it's tiny. At one-tenth of an inch, it's the size of a match head. This microphone performs well in situations where a larger lavalier is just too obvious. It hides easily behind a shirt button, along...
RODE Shotgun Mic,  Pistol Grip Shock Mount and Boom Pole Reviewed
If you can't afford to play with the big boys but still want to achieve that big boy sound then you'll want to check out this trio from RODE Microphones. Their NTG-2 shotgun mic delivers more than adequate sound for most applications and when supported by the PG2 Pistol...
IK Multimedia T-RackS 3 Deluxe Review
Formerly the exclusive realm of engineers tucked away in expensive high-end studios, audio mastering had long eluded both the abilities and the pocketbooks of the average video producer. As economics and artistic drive have led more and more producers to become proficient at every aspect of their productions, companies...
NewTek TriCaster TCXD300 Review
Covering an event as a live multi-camera production used to be the exclusive turf of the networks, but today we can see good-looking live HD video content streamed into people's homes created by more people than ever. Now, video producers are finding ways to join in the live TV...
Digidesign Mbox 2 with Pro Tools LE Reviewed
Having edited with Avid for many years, and Pro Tools coming from the same company, it all seemed so simple: I would write a review on the new Mbox 2. However, while I have edited with Avid and other video editing tools for many years, I have somehow managed...
Holophone PortaMic 5.1 Surround Microphone Review
Futuristic Mic with Surround Sound Abilities Have you ever dreamed of recording full surround sound on your stereo-only video camera? Impossible, you say? With the Holophone PortaMic 5.1, the dream is now reality. Using their expertise in the surround recording arena, shrinking the size and price and using some serious...
Buyer's Guide to Finding the Best Audio Recording & Mixing Gear
Early filmmakers had it easy. It wasn't until the 1920's when the first commercial screening of movies with sound began to change the industry. Before audio was added to the Talkies the visuals had to tell the story. Since the introduction of sound, the industry has never looked back....