Microhpones: The Proximity Effect


Canon XL2 video camera

Shows Hi8 tape (front), miniDV tape, MICROMV t...
Shows Hi8 tape (front), miniDV tape, MICROMV tape and finally at the top a MICROMV camcorder. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A Yeti brand, USB microphone by Blue Microphon...
A Yeti brand, USB microphone by Blue Microphones. I giant thing (over a foot tall) that has good sound. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Canon HG10 high defenition video camera with h...
Canon HG10 high defenition video camera with hard drive (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
JVC GZ-MG555 digital camcorder
JVC GZ-MG555 digital camcorder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
An Audio-Technica AT815a shotgun microphone
An Audio-Technica AT815a shotgun microphone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Panasonic Camcorder in Use
Panasonic Camcorder in Use (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nokia N95 with Shotgun Microphone
Nokia N95 with Shotgun Microphone (Photo credit: stevegarfield)
Singstar Microphones - Wired vs Wireless
Singstar Microphones – Wired vs Wireless (Photo credit: Neil Crosby)

http://vimeo.com/1080128 Here is another video from Videopedia. This time the Videopedia crew has brought tips about microphones for cameras (Camcorders). When you are recording a special momment in your life, like your childs first birthday party for example, the sound quality is usually very poor. This is because the camcorder you were using was either part of the camera or was bad quality. If you ask a professional, they will direct you to a microphone over $1500. This video explains that good quality microphones are actually fairly cheap. The video also explains the pros and cons of diffrent kinds of microphones and actually recorded the video using the described camcorders.A tip that was mentioned in the video was to focus on the filming environment as well as the proximity. This video was very well done and should be watched by anyone who has any interest at all in camcorder qualities.


DIY Steadicam- Flying Camera Supports

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Cover of "The Blair Witch Project"


This is the Telly Award Winner of 2009 video about the DIY Steadicam. In the video Videopedia® explains how mind blowing the invention of the Steadicam® was  back in 1977, and how you can create one yourself for under $65. Films like Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project recieved tons of national gross product by the use of their simple “shakey” camera work to resemble amature filming by characters in the film. The video explains that videos don’t have to be shakey, in order to be successful. The main principle that makes the Steadicam work the way it does, is the equal distribution of weight on all 3 axis, pan, tilt, and cant. Videopedia explained that you can buy the gimbal (part of the Steadicam that keeps the up camera straight) for $50 on AMVONA, that moves freely, secure, and also cheap. The modding plate (sort of like handles on the Steadicam that allow the user to walkaround with the camera while keeping the camera still) can be created simply screwing a 3-inch PVC pipe through the frount of the camera and adding 90° joints to each end, then adding additional PVC pipe, and then bolting a certain type of bolt (explained in video) to balance the weight on all of the 3 axis. All these extra materials are no more than $15. This way you can easily start experimenting with Garret Brown’s Steadicam® invention in your own backyard for under $60. The video was very well done. It was funny, smart, and entertaining. Anybody who has ever had any interest in flying camera supports used in movies, click away.