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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Using the Lens Distortion Tool in Cinema 4D R17

Maxon introduced a number of new features in Cinema 4D R17 when it was released last year. While the Motion Tracker is a fantastic tool to track footage and composite 3D elements, often wide angle footage introduces perspective errors in the final rendered image. Unless the user knows what camera was used to capture the source footage, the focal length of the lens, and the field of view, correcting that footage, or adding the lens distortion to the 3D elements is a tricky and sometimes frustrating experience. The Cinema 4D R17 release introduced the Lens Distortion Tool, which can be used to correct footage before using the built-in Motion Tracker, or it can be used as a render effect to apply lens distortion to the 3D elements in the scene.

In this video, I walk you through the basic use of the Lens Distortion Tool using footage shot with a GoPro Hero 4.

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Podcasting: The Gear We Use

Since 2005 I’ve been podcasting my thoughts to the world.  It started with The Coolness Roundup that I co-hosted with Charlie White, and has since grown to include seven weekly shows on the Major Spoilers Podcast Network.  Over the years, the gear that I use to record podcasts has changed, but for the last four years, I’ve settled on a couple of different setups for the various shows I produced.

I’ve compiled a list of essential gear for those interested in knowing what we use, as well as links to purchase that gear directly from Amazon.com.  You can find that list  at Major Spoilers.

Adobe After Effects CS6 Walk Through

Adobe After Effects CS6 has a number of new features. Included in this walk-through/demo, are the new caching features, the 3D Camera Tracker, and Advanced 3D Render engine that allows the user to extrude text.

I was up late last night recording this, and there are a few times I totally say one word, when I mean another… duhr.

Make sure you watch this full size at 1080p!

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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