Wow!!! What a show!!
I wasn’t able to get to NAB this year and had to live vicariously through all the videos from the floor. Great coverage but still not like being there asking all the questions…
Then came CineGear!!! Yeah!!! All of the booths I was most interested in seeing at NAB were at CineGear. I started in the two large sound stages and then made my way out into the backlot – there was literally something cool on every corner.
Some of the things I liked:
Tons of lighting – LED, Tungsten, Florescent, Panel, specialty, Etc…
CineToys / GearNex
All the 3D stuff
Pretty Much everything…
If you get a chance next year – Check It Out!!!
So the testing continues. I had this week to go though some of the features and configurations that I think would best work for my style of shooting. Here’s what I found:
- Using a Manfrotto 577 Rapid Connect Adapter is the way to go. All my cameras are now universal to my tripods. And I can balance the cameras to any need.
- The audio from the built-in mic is OK for a scratch track to sync to. Although using a production mixer or an adapter like a JuiceLink or BeachTek is quite helpful. The digital audio recorded is only 10bit with a frequency range of about 300hz to 8khz. So use an external recorder when possible. I had some pretty good luck running my Sennheiser wireless receiver straight into the EXT MIC input in a pinch. A good mounting solution for your receivers is the BeachTek MultiMount 5D.
- If you are trying to connect your production mixer to the 5D HOSA makes a great XLR to stereo mini adapter. You just need to be careful with your gain staging – otherwise use one of the adapters I mentioned earlier to even out your microphone input levels.
- I am pretty well invested in Nikon and have a lot of Nikkor glass that I still like. I found a great F to EOS adapter from Fotodiox to allow me to use my lenses on my Canon. It is the consumer version around $30 and popped right on. To that I say…Right On =) I also bought an FD to EOS adapter for an older Canon FD 35mm ƒ2.8 lens that a friend gave me – works like a champ. It was around $40.
- I’m using the CAVISION matte box system with RedRock Micro’s support system just makes it – but nice. I need to get a good donut adapter for the back of the matte box – Still looking…
We’ll, that’s all for this one. Check back soon =) Thanks