B&H has the Tascam DR-40 XLR audio recorder (a favorite among HDSLR shooters on a budget) for $124.99 after $15 mail-in rebate as one of its Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals. The DR-40 regularly runs $199, so it’s steal before you even deal with the mail-in rebate. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Jag35 is offering 20% off on all Jag35 and D|Focus products starting on Black Friday and lasting through the weekend. Details here on Jag35’s site.
Switronix has a new power cable for Nikon DSLRs that provides access to hours of runtime from any V-mount or 3-Stud battery. The Switronix XP-DSLR-EL15 power cable is compatible with all Nikon DSLRs that accept the Nikon EN-EL15 battery (like the Nikon D800 or D600).
The cables feature a regulated 9.2v battery paddle and an inline female P-Tap connector for 12vdc, housed in an enclosure. The XP-DSLR-EL15 also includes both red and green LED indication to display status of battery power.
Switronix power cables have been available for Canon DSLRs and other cinema cameras for quite some time and have proven popular for extending shoot time in video projects. For more details on the new Switronix XP-DSLR-EL15, check out Switronix’s website. It should be available soon at B&H Photo and other retailers.
Here are a couple of great videos on some common audio recorder comparisons, as well as a look into mic polar patterns and best practices for recording audio with your HDSLR video. In the first video we get a look at the noise levels on the Zoom H4n, Tascam DT-100 MKII, Sound Devices 702, Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO, Edirol R44, Tascam DR-680 and the juicedLink Riggy Micro and Riggy Assist.
This is a great video to bookmark for reference given all of the mic comparisons within. Being a big fan of the Tascam DR-100 MKII, I was rather surprised at how well the juicedLink Riggy preamps performed when recorded direct to camera. They are obviously doing some good work over at juicedLink.
Next, take a look at this video with Olivia Speranza and Robert from juicedLink as he goes over some mic performance and behaviors, as well as other best practices when recording audio for video.
As Mac pro video users are scratching their heads on where to move for audio editing solutions after the demise of Soundtrack Pro, Sony has finally made Sound Forge Pro available on the Mac.
Sony redesigned the interface specifically for OS X and offers the ability to use legacy Sound Forge event-based editing as well. It offers 64-bit/192kHz maximum quality and up to 32 channels simultaneous recording.
Sound Forge Pro Mac 1.0 starts at $269 and has a free trial available on Sony’s website.
Zacuto has unveiled a new line of cine rigs for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The new rigs are available in a variety of configurations – from run & gun to counterbalanced shoulder rigs, as well as fully kitted tripod rigs.
There’s a great rundown of the new rigs in the video below from Zacuto. [Read more…]