Building a Binaural Microphone (Part 1)

Binaural audio recording has always fascinated me since I first heard it and learned about it college oh so many years ago. In 1992, a binaural microphone setup cost $10,000 or move. Bad news, in 2016, a Neumann KU 100 Dummy Head Microphone costs $8,000, but there are several cheaper alternatives.

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[Camera] Never take your SD Card out of your camera with 1TB SanDisk card

I’m always impressed with the storage size manufacturers are able to squeeze onto SD cards. I use several 128GB cards when I shoot video episodes of Munchkin Land in glorious 4k.  It allows me to resize and fit the image to get the perfect shot, even when no one is running the camera. Using the AVCHD format, I can squeeze nearly four and a half hours of content on each card.

Now the game has completely changed with the introduction of 1TB – ONE TERABYTE – of storage on a single SD card.

Before you get too excited, keep in mind the 1TB SD card,  on display at Photokina 2016, is only a prototype. SanDisk has not announced a price point or release date (sometime in 2017). 512GB SD cards sell for $300 on B&H Photo Video. One thing I’ve noticed is that the price drops dramatically when the new storage size is offered. If I were to guess, I would say the 1TB card will sell for $400, with the 512GB cards dropping to $125 (or less).

For me, if the cards are affordable enough (the cheaper the better), the 1TB SD cards would allow me to record nearly 12 hours of video on a single card. That may seem like overkill, but we do have some games that run six plus hours, and not having to worry about running out of space on the camera puts me at ease. On the other hand, I’m going to need to store all of that content somewhere while I edit, which means the network storage system, which is currently at 77% capacity is going to need an upgrade at a cost of several thousand dollars.

For the rest of you, in addition to having tons of storage space for stills and videos, the introduction of a 1TB card means users will have little to no reason to ever take their cards out of their cameras. Over the weekend I shot 3,500 images of my son playing soccer. For the sports photographers they should be able to shoot entire sporting events on one card without fear of running out of space.

How much would you be willing to pay for a 1TB card for your camera? 

REVIEW: gps4cam – Geotagging your photos

I love the fact that my iPhone automatically geotags photos that I take when I am out and about. Once imported into Aperture, or other photo imaging application that supports metadata, it’s a simple click of the button to find out where on the planet the photo was taken.

But with bigger cameras, like the Canon 5D Mark II, there is a surprising lack of GPS tagging to be found. Oh sure, you could spend several hundred dollars for a GPS system that attaches to the camera, but the ones I have seen are big, and tend to get in the way. Since I always carry my iPhone with me, I went looking for a solution on the App Store.

Enter gps4cam.

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Editing movies with the iPhone

So, I finally broke down and purchased an iPhone 4.0 this weekend.  For a couple of years now, the household has wanted to move away from the Blackberry Pearl to the iPhone, simply because the iPhone is more media friendly than the Blackberry.  Don’t get me wrong, the Blackberry is fine when it comes to instant messages, and email, but surfing the web, taking pictures, and trying to listen to podcasts are like pulling teeth.

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TEST FLIGHT: The AR.Drone and the GoPro HERO HD

For whatever reason, I decided to break down and purchase the AR.Drone.  Well, it wasn’t really just any reason, I actually liked the fact that it is a fairly inexpensive quad-copter that you can attach a small camera to, and capture HD footage.

One of the most popular stock footage shots on the site happens to be the wheat field video, that filmmakers and commercial producers have been using in their projects.  I was hoping to follow up on that shot this summer/fall during harvest by doing a flyover of a wheat field, and capture it in full HD for you to use.

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3D TV announced, Panasonic ready to deliver

Oh yes, this looks awesome!

Panasonic will be taking orders for this system in April for this $21,000 unit.  While it looks like a traditional Prosumer unit, the addition of 3D lenses kicks does bring 3D to a more affordable level.

In addition to a camcorder, Panasonic also plans to offer a professional-quality 3D Full HD LCD monitor for field use as well as a professional HD digital AV mixer for live event production. Panasonic will offer professional production equipment to allow video professionals to efficiently create 3D content, so consumers can enjoy 3D video using Panasonic 3D home theater systems.

Major Specifications (tentative)

  • Product Name: Twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder (made-to-order)
  • Suggested Retail Price for Main Unit: $21,000
  • Available: Fall 2010 (made to order)
  • Power Consumption: Under 19 W (main unit only)
  • Weight: Under 3 kg (main unit only)
  • Recording Media: SDHC/SD Memory Card

Does anyone remember Canon’s attempt at entering the 3D world back in 2000-2001?  It was a bit clunkier back in the day and it required a bunch of hardware hooked to the television in order for it to work.  I wish I was in Vegas this week to see this camera in action to see how this system will fit into the upcoming announcements from ESPN and Discovery Networks about bring 3D to television.

via Panasonic