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Software & Accessories / Universal Quick Release Suggestions
« on: August 01, 2012, 10:56:37 PM »
I'm sure this has been asked before, but I couldn't find anything in the searches. I'm looking for a universal (Arca Swiss?) quick release plate and base combo. I have an Alien Bees Ringflash that I would mount the catch/base plate mechanism on. Suggest brands or models. I'm not looking to spend more than $20-30 per plate, and not more than $40 for the base mechanism, otherwise I'd go with the Really Right Stuff plates.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Macbook pro retina advice
« on: July 05, 2012, 08:30:37 PM »
Some good advice already. I'm tempted to wait until the tech 'matures' a bit. Also if I got a hd monitor and hooked that up to a non retina mbp, would it give a retina like output or can they only output to a certain rez?

The retina in the new MBP just means each pixel is displayed by four real pixels. It still runs at 1440x900, just sharper on optimized programs. If you hook up a high res monitor, it will be no different than a normal MBP. The retina means more pixels for the screen size.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Macbook pro retina advice
« on: July 05, 2012, 01:12:27 AM »
I own a 2011 15" pro. While I haven't seen a retina screen yet, I will say that the difference between 13" and 15" is huge for making sure programs have adequate space to display all the interface elements. I would also say the "normal" LED macbook pro screens are excellent, even without the retina sharpness. If you're going to upgrade to the max, the retina 15" is a good deal. If you just want to max out the ram and have a lot of drive space, get a refurb 15" and save up until retina matures and more apps take advantage of the tech

Lighting / Re: Fauxtographer Ruins Olympic photos.
« on: July 02, 2012, 08:21:15 PM »
Makes me wonder if this was one of those "we can't pay you, but think of the exposure you'll get!" type of jobs.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Entry-level video production
« on: May 22, 2012, 03:55:31 PM »
Also, not sure if Premiere still has the demo, but you can try out a month of Creative Cloud for $50 and test drive the whole CS6 suite

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Entry-level video production
« on: May 22, 2012, 03:53:59 PM »
Yes, I highly recommend walking through everything with tutorials. My usual approach of figuring it out on my own frustrated me to the point of writing it off when it was released. Now that I've read up and watched videos, I appreciate it much more

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Entry-level video production
« on: May 22, 2012, 12:48:46 AM »
You might want to turn to Google for FCPX vs Premiere comparisons

The nutshell version of it is Apple totally revamped FCPX to cater to the amateur Uncle Bob crowd, lowering the price and leaving out a lot of pro-level features and alienating droves of professionals who've jumped ship to either Premiere or Avid.

There is nothing missing from FCPX that anyone with a budget of under $20k would miss. Most of the features of FC7 are there, they have just either been tweaked, moved, or vastly improved. The multi cam, audio sync, and little interface tweaks make me wonder how I ever survived in 7.

I can't speak to the differences between FCPX and Premiere, as the last time I used Premiere was 8 years ago. Rather than focus on the differences, maybe the question is, can I get professional results from FCPX/Premiere? I would say yes to both. It's kind of like the differences between Nikon and Canon :P

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 II or Sigma's 70-200mm f2.8?
« on: April 23, 2012, 08:34:53 PM »
I own the Sigma 70-200 OS APO HSM EX...whatever, haha. I can't say much about performance on FF, but on my crop 50D the image quality is quite nice. I've shot quite a bit with it for indoor basketball games, and the auto-focus is generally about the same performance level as what I get with a 100mm USM F/2 in the same situation.
I do think you will get what you pay for, but as the Canon is generally twice the $950 I paid for the Sigma, I'm willing to settle for the Sigma. If you want a nice 70-200 2.8 with IS, then the Sigma is great. If you want the sharpest image and best focus capabilities, then better start saving up for the Canon.

Software & Accessories / Re: Issues with Black Rapid?
« on: April 21, 2012, 04:27:26 PM »
Despite the poor grammar across the site, this strap system looks interesting to me as a Black Rapid alternative


Software & Accessories / Re: NAB 2012: Singular Software PluralEyes
« on: April 19, 2012, 02:40:43 AM »
Just downloaded the demo because Final Cut Pro X was having issues syncing about 50 shots I had from a 60d with distorted audio to my other rolling cams. Pluraleyes worked quite well, and only missed on a couple of the shots. No way was I going to try and manually sync 50 one minute clips shot over the course of a two hour concert.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Entry-level video production
« on: April 17, 2012, 03:08:56 PM »
Thank you for the great advice!!

I do have a question, about using the ipod/iphone....that adapter from kvconnection...looks like it would plug into the iPhone where the earphones go, I don't think that plug also adapts to a microphone..??

I was wondering if you meant to put some kind of link on there for a iPod/Iphone dock connector to mic adapter? Is there such a thing? I've not come across it yet with my searches.

I saw the Blue Fire app. and they appear to want you to pair it with their iPhone/iPod mic, which is just a normal style mike and I didn't see a lavalier option on the "mikey" they sell....

But these are great ideas and wondered if you had a little more info on that lavalier to iPhone/iPod adapter...which looks to require some type of dock to mic adapter...

Thank you,

cayenne  :D

The pinout on the iPhone headphone jack has an extra connection for the microphone; that is one of the reasons you need an adapter. That is why you see iPhone headsets that have a built in mic for talking on the phone with the earbuds in. The adapter from KVConnection uses only the microphone input on the headphone jack. They also make adapters that add a headphone jack, so you don't have to unplug the adapter to listen to the recording, as well as adapters with a standard professional microphone input (XLR)


There are options that use the dock connector, but they are generally more expensive and bulky, with most being in the $100-$200 range. I've never used any of them, but here is an example


Blue fire works fine with any microphone. It can even use the built in microphone of the iPhone. There are other apps as well, but I found Blue FiRe to be the best free option.

I have made several videos using this method. It's especially useful when I make videos with my 50D, as that camera doesn't have any audio capabilities. I just grab the lav, my iPhone, and the adapter and I'm set.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Entry-level video production
« on: April 14, 2012, 05:23:28 PM »
I agree that audio quality is more important than video quality, especially these days. A quick and cheap way to get decent dialogue is to use a smartphone as a primary recording device.

With this setup, you can use the audio from the camera to sync each separate dialogue track in your NLE on the computer. This alone will get good enough audio to compete with most corporate video setups while spending only $50/person in a shot

But, if people are moving around a lot, as in a film, rather than stationary people talking, then this setup would not be ideal, as the mics make noise when moved against clothing. For that, a good boom mic, with an operator, is better. That means

Software & Accessories / Re: Sling Straps: Black Rapid, Sun Sniper
« on: March 20, 2012, 02:10:58 AM »
hahaha I just tried to order 10 of those redoxx things

they want $45 to ship to australia   :o
for 10 tiny $1 items

well thats a sale they won't get

I use those things instead of split rings for my keys. I got mine from Amazon. They're sold under the name "Manta Ring" or "Lucky Line"


Don't ever, ever, ever delete files in camera. That is the number one cause of corrupt unreadable memory cards.

Where's the study on that? I've always heard that not formatting regularly was one of the root causes of memory card corruption

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