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  • Video: An In-Depth look at the Roland V-1HD Video Switcher

    <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">In today's video Jason walks us through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/roland-v-1hd-compact-4-x-hdmi-input-switcher/" target="_blank">Roland&nbsp;V-1HD Video Switcher</a> and gives us an in-depth look into just how powerful this compact video switcher really is.</span> </p> <p class="video-responsive" style="text-align: center;"> <iframe width="741" height="417" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8aqNIYeh6qU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> </iframe> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><u><strong><br> </strong></u></span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><u><strong>Transcript:</strong></u></span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Hey, everybody. This is Jason at the DVEStore. I'm here today with the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/roland-v-1hd-compact-4-x-hdmi-input-switcher/" target="_blank">Roland V-1HD</a> high definition video switcher. It's a compact little unit, it has four HDMI inputs. It looks deceptively simple but this thing has quite a bit of power and control built into it. We've got some menus we're gonna go delve into, we're gonna through them and I won't go into excruciating detail on every possible function, but you'll get a really good idea of what this thing can do and if it's gonna work for you. I can see it working really great for high school sports, for, you know, live bands, theater, houses of worship, for services. This could be a really, a great little unit for those types of scenarios. I'm gonna show you what I've got plugged in and how I've done it and how I'm recording this and just kind of the whole layout, and also some other options. I've got some nice little gizmos over here we'll talk about. It's a real live review, I mean, it's a hands-on here. So, bear with me and I think you're gonna learn some good things. If there's something, if there's a question I don't answer, then by all means, please put it in the comments. I'm gonna keep an eye on those and do what I can to help you answer any questions.<br> </span> </p> <p class="bc-buy-button TER-10-0245" style="width:295px;height:350px;float:right;margin:0 0 20px 20px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/TER-10-0245?action=cart&amp;open_in=new_tab&amp;btn_text=Add to Cart&amp;btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So, I've got my four inputs. Input one is my overhead camera. I've got a Panasonic GH4 just overhead here to get a downward shot of kind of the whole table here and what I've got. And then I've got my little PC Netbook here which has an HDMI output port that's coming into input two. We can switch to that so I can show you that really quickly. Input three is actually my iPod, so I have a little lightening to HDMI adapter that's running into input three. And then, input four is my MacBook Pro and I just have a QuickTime player looping a video of Meghan, her music video. There's actually no audio to this at all, but four sources running in so here we are.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Now, as far as output, I've got the program out going into this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/atomos-ninja-assassin-4k-hdmi-recording-monitor/" target="_blank">Atomos Ninja Assassin</a>. So, it's recording everything that I'm switching, everything that I'm outputting is showing up on the screen here and being recorded in high definition. Now, this is a little overkill because this does 4k now but the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/roland-v-1hd-compact-4-x-hdmi-input-switcher/" target="_blank">Roland V-1HD</a> is purely an HD switcher, it does not do 4k, just wanna make that clear. The nice thing about the Ninja line is that they do a pass-through, so you can take your HDMI output as you're recording your switch program for live output. You can send to a streaming, encoding streaming device such as the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/teradek-vidiu/" target="_blank">Teradek VidiU</a> with a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/livestream-broadcaster-pro-used-145/" target="_blank">Livestream Broadcast Pro</a>. These boxes are basically identical, the difference being that the Livestream only works with that service, Teradek will work with Livestream, Ustream, or YouTube, so there's a few more options with that.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">As far as inputting, again this only takes in HDMI. If I switch to input three, you can see the back side of the panel here. We've got two outputs, output and preview, our four HDMI inputs there. Now, so if you got HDMI cameras, you can plug these right in, although you can run into an issue if the cameras need to be far away, you might not be able to run the HDMI cable that far without degrading the signal seriously. So, there are some options and I've got a couple of them here and that is converting the HDMI to SDI because SDI, you can go a good couple hundred feet without any issue. So, here's a couple different converters, one by Blackmagic Design,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/aja-ha5-hdmi-to-sd-and-hd-sdi-converter/" target="_blank">another by AJA</a> that will convert from HDMI to SDI to give you that distance. You got to convert back once you get to the switcher because, again this only takes in HDMI, so you need something like this, which is the little Atomos box and which will go SDI to HDMI and at that point you'd go into your switcher.</span> </p> <p class="bc-buy-button DEC-DD-HX" style="width:295px;height:535px;float:left;margin:0 20px 20px 0"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/DEC-DD-HX?action=cart&amp;open_in=new_tab&amp;btn_text=Add to Cart&amp;btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Another option for long cable runs from a camera or another HDMI video source is the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/roland-ht-tx01-hdbaset-transmitter/" target="_blank">Roland HT-TX01</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/roland-ht-rx01-hdbaset-receiver/" target="_blank">HT-RX01</a>. Now, the first is a transmitter that converts the HDMI signal for transmission over Ethernet cable and the receiver converts it back to HDMI. The benefit is that the necessary CAT5e or better Ethernet cable is less expensive than an equivalent length SDI cable and the converters themselves are a bit more affordable than the HDMI-SDI converters. So, on a 200-foot cable run, it looks like you could save a couple hundred bucks. I'll put links for all these devices in the description if you'd like to explore them further. And while we're talking about converters and switchers, I just wanna mention this&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/decimator-md-hx-miniature-hdmi-sdi-cross-converter-with-scaling-frame-rate-conversion/" target="_blank">Decimator Design MD-HX</a>. This is like the Swiss Army knife of, you know, cross-converters and little DAs. It's got HDMI input and you can then take that and it converts it and outputs SDI, and you can do multiple outputs. So, if you have multiple sources that you need to feed via SDI you can do that here, like a little distribution amp. You can also input SDI and output HDMI, so it converts in the other direction as well. And there's just a lot of functionality here in the menus. It's just a powerful little box, again, just kinda like a little Swiss Army knife. If you're doing this kind of thing, it's very handy to have.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Let's get back to our back panel here again, and this is coming from my iPod and I'm just using my finger to scroll around on this image just like a live Ken Burns, pan and zoom. It's not very smooth but it's kinda fun to interact with the image in this way and see it up on the preview monitor. So, we've also got audio outs and audio ins analog, RCAs you can see there. Let's scoot over to the other end here, three format options, 1080p, 1080i, and 720p. I've got my mixer here set to 1080p. Our power input comes with a wall wart. We've got a USB port and there's some software that comes with the mixer. I'll just jump out and show you a screenshot of that software. Here it is.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So, you got a lot of control here, all the same controls that are on the physical device as well as more that are all right there at the click of a button. There might be cases where you prefer this to the actual physical control panel, so you've got those options. I for one really like this control panel. It's nicely made, it's got a nice brushed aluminum face plate. I'm not sure what material the bottom is, I don't think it's metal but it's very thick, dense material. The whole thing has a nice weight to it. The buttons are kind of rubbery feeling but yet they're translucent because you can see these lights through them, but just the whole thing has a really nice feel to it, so it's fun to get your hands on this.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So, let's go ahead and jump into the audio menu to start off with and we've got a little audio button here. So, we just push that once and bam, there we are, the menu shows up on the preview monitor, which is nice because you can change things in the menu while you're outputting from your program and not have to worry about the menu showing up on that. As you can see, we can just set our levels for each HDMI input for audio. So HDMI audio 1, that's my camera overhead, I don't want audio coming through there, so I just pull that down to zero. My other sources actually don't have audio coming in so I didn't bother changing those. And you'll see that the audio follow setting, it's set to "off," which means that any audio input that I have into the mixer is going to be all the time. So, in this case, all I have going in is the mic, so that works great because I don't want the audio changed as I switch my sources. So, that's how I have it set now. Our master out level, and again we can just control this with the T-fader here. We probably don't need over 100, let's crank it back down. Mic level, again, that'll have the same effects since that's the only the audio source that we're dealing with right now. And so, lots of control here, just wait till you see the rest of this.</span> </p> <p class="bc-buy-button ATO-ATOMNJASS1" style="width:295px;height:435px;float:right;margin:0 0 20px 20px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/ATO-ATOMNJASS1?action=cart&amp;open_in=new_tab&amp;btn_text=Add to Cart&amp;btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So, we've got all kinds of frequency adjustments that we can make for audio for HDMI input one. We're gonna cruise through those. Input two, input three, input four, I'm just holding the transform button down to move through these really quickly. Oh, and there's "Delay" on each of these inputs as well, so depending on what you're outputting to, your audio and video might be taking a separate path and so it may not be matching up. You can delay your audio to match those two sources up, that's something that's just really essential to have. All the same controls for your audio inputs on the back panel there I showed you, the RCA inputs, and these are all controls for the microphone input, which is what you're hearing right now. I'm actually recording this through the mixer and into the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/atomos-ninja-assassin-4k-hdmi-recording-monitor/" target="_blank">Atomos Ninja Assassin</a>. So, if we crank down the high frequencies, you can see that they're now not in my voice any longer. We can crank them up and we can really hear that sibilant. I won't speak any parseltongue because that would just be painful right now. So, we'll crank it back down to zero, how about, okay.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So, again, full control over all the frequencies, and again a delay function. Compressor, it only affects anything above the level that you set here, so anything above -12 will be affected by the compressor. Compression ratio, we can tweak that, go through all these different options you can see. Attack and release, there's a microphone gate, so you can hear the difference when I turn this on. You can see that when I'm not talking it gets totally quiet because it's cutting out all the background noise, anything under -36dB. We then turn that off but we got the threshold there we can adjust in the gate release in milliseconds. We got the mic high pass filter to filter out any troubling, rumbling low frequencies we need to get rid of. And again, just all these controls for the main output. And we got reverb, we can crank up a level, although we don't have a lot of reverb time right now, so it sounds really close, but if I crank it up to five, suddenly it sounds like I'm in an isolation chamber. "Help me." I don't know what it is about reverb but I could just play with that forever pretty much.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">A lot of mastering options for the overall sound that's coming out. Again, we can set this, the audio to follow just the audio input, if that's what we want. So, it's gonna stay on the audio in no matter what we switch to, but that's not what we want right now. "Audio follow mic," didn't need to do that this time either just because the only audio source I had was the camera, I just turned it down. So, a lot of control. We're gonna get out of the audio menu. We're gonna go into the setup menu, so we're gonna press the setup button, hold it for two seconds, and boom, here we are on the setup menu page one.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Beats per minute, we can adjust this depending on how fast we want that to go and we can set the video to actually switch to the beats per minute automatically, which could be cool in some situations. This is a good thing to talk about the HDCP, so, it's like the copyright protection they put on Blu-ray movies. If we turn that on you can actually feed, for instance, a Blu-ray movie into the mixer as a source and then feed it out, as long as you have a device on the other end which is HDCP compatible. So, you got to have that compatibility all the way through and this option lets you turn it on for the V-1HD. Output contrast, let me just show you how this looks on the output. Okay. Turn down the contrast and then turn up the contrast. Let's turn this back down to zero and keep going. Color space options, depending on what device you're outputting to, you may wanna change those. Auto works most of the time, just kinda plug-and-play.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">You can change the settings on your preview output as well to your liking. Picture-in-picture options, border, size, and color, you can change. Auto scan for switching your inputs automatically. A/B mode, this is just a mode that affects the panel here in how it functions. So, in program preset more, your program, so whatever is live is gonna always be on the A bus on top here and whatever your preset is, whatever you're gonna switch to next, whichever input is always gonna be on the B bus, but then as soon as you switch, it's still your live is gonna be indicated on top and your preset's gonna be indicated on the bottom. So, it sets it up so it just stays that way. Now, if you switch it to A/B mode, it's gonna switch back and forth. So, when you transition, your live video's gonna show up on the B video bus and your preset will then be on the A bus. So, it just depends on how you wanna use it, how you wanna view it. Hopefully, that makes sense to you. I kinda like having it my live video always show up on the top and my preset always on the bottom. For me, it makes it a little easier to track it.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Freeze mode, some other signal stuff here. Deinterlace mode, we got bob and weave. Color bar output, boom, there we go, for testing purposes. Test tone output, we can do as well, pretty nice. Here's all the MIDI stuff for you MIDI geeks, those people out there that are excited by that. You can set presets and you can store up to eight presets, so eight menu setups for the mixer and then you can tell it which one of those saved presets one to eight that you want to load when you power on the mixer. So, it's pretty cool.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">The LEDs, actually, you can change the colors. So, if you take a look at that, pretty cool. You can decide if you want the input LEDs on or off. If it's set to on, then anytime you have an active input, then that number is gonna be lit up in white. Transformer LED is on or off. So, a lot of control here. Your audio LED here, you can tell it what you want it to indicate. So, it's telling me now that I have a master output level, that there's something coming out. If I switch that to mic, it still shows up because that's the audio that I'm inputting. If I go to audio in, suddenly there's no indication of a signal because I don't have anything going into the audio input. Effects type change, so, that allows you to change your effects by using the knobs on the board here without going into the menu, the same with your transitions. Frame rates, two available, 59.94 and 50. Factory reset and your firmware version. And that is a run-through of the setup menu.</span> </p> <p class="bc-buy-button ROL-V-1HD" style="width:295px;height:350px;float:right;margin:0 0 20px 20px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/ROL-V-1HD?action=cart&amp;open_in=new_tab&amp;btn_text=Add to Cart&amp;btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">The only menu we've got left, we haven't looked at is the memory menu. So, we've got two effects buses, one on the A video bus, one of the B video bus. I'll just return that to a white luma key on the effects A bus, go to our input four, and then input two, our web background will be the background for this effect. So, if we turn that on, keys out the white because again, we turn our luma key and so there she is in front of the website. She looks good on our website. That's just one of the many effects that you can do. Again as soon as I hit A, the effect goes away. So, here we go, where wipe being back and forth, and look at this, we just happen to be seeing the DVEStore page, where we have the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/roland-v-1hd-compact-4-x-hdmi-input-switcher/" target="_blank">Roland V-1HD</a> coming up for sale, expected release date December 18th, 2015. That's the day that Star Wars is coming out of course. Look, wipe, Star Wars, we got it. Nice. But that's not all, that is not all. As you recall, the planet Alderaan was destroyed by the Death Star and the Death Star, that deadly blast was operated not by a wipe but by a T-bar fader just like this one. There's a lot of power in that little bar.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So, if you have any additional questions that I didn't answer here, I'm sure there are many, I'll do what I can to answer those for you. Go ahead and post them in the comments below. It'd be great if you would like this video and subscribe to our channel. We're gonna have a lot of other content on brand new products that are coming out and gonna do our best to really help people understand how to use them. And that's the great thing about the DVEStore is we're really into customer service. We wanna help you make better video.</span> </p>

  • New Recorders from Sound Devices: MixPre-3 and MixPre-6

    <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="/product_images/uploaded_images/mixpre3mixpre6-stackedfacingright-1643.jpg" class="blog-pop-img"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/mixpre3mixpre6-stackedfacingright-1643.jpg" style="width: 412px; float: right; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 10px;"></a></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"> Sound Devices excited the production sound world yet again with the announcement of two new recorders; the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/sound-devices-mixpre-3-mix-pre-3-portable-audio-recorder/" target="_blank">MixPre-3</a> and the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/sound-devices-mixpre-6-mix-pre-6-portable-audio-recorder/" target="_blank">MixPre-6</a>. These impressive recorders have the all new Kashmir microphone pre-amps from Sound Devices, an internal mixer, USB interface functionality (with the ability to stream via USB and record simultaneously), a full color touch screen display, timecode reader, and many other features.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"> At $899, the MixPre-6 has 4 mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors that supply 48v phantom power and records to 8 tracks. The MixPre-3 ($649) has 3 XLR inputs with 48v phantom power and can record to 5 tracks. For a full list of features and a comparison between the two,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/content/BlogDocs/MixPre-Series%20Sell%20Sheet.pdf" target="_blank">take a look at this information sheet</a>.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"> These amazing new recorders are now in stock, but supplies are limited, so&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/search.php?brand[&91;=124&amp;search_query=mixpre&amp;min_price=649&amp;max_price=899&amp;section=product&amp;sort=priceasc" target="_blank">get your order in now</a>.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"></span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">For any questions contact Dave at davef@dvestore.com</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p class="video-responsive" style="text-align: center;"> <iframe width="741" height="417" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c3hrJm6uQLU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> </iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span style="font-size: 20px;"><br></span></strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><span style="font-size: 20px;">Products featured in this video:</span></strong></p><p> <strong><br> </strong></p> <table style="margin: 0px auto 0px auto;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p class="bc-buy-button SOU-MixPre-3" style="width:295px;height:435px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/SOU-MixPre-3?action=cart&amp;open_in=new_tab&amp;btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> </td> <td> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </td> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p class="bc-buy-button SOU-MixPre-6" style="width:295px;height:435px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/SOU-MixPre-6?action=cart&amp;open_in=new_tab&amp;btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

  • Video: K-Tek Stingray Audio Harness overview and How-To Guide

    <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">In today's video Dave talks about and demonstrates the <a href="https://www.dvestore.com/k-tek-kshrn2-stingray-audio-harness-with-removable-inner-belt/">K-Tek KSHRN2 Stingray Audio Harness</a> which is perfect for storing all of your audio equipment stable and secure from any movement and damage.</span> </p> <p class="video-responsive" style="text-align: center;"> <iframe width="741" height="417" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/I30iz4YoN2Q" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> </iframe> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><u><br> </u></strong></span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><u>Video Transcript:</u></strong></span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Hey everyone, Dave from DVeStore here, and this is the K-Tek harness. Right now you're seeing it in the pouch. When you first buy it, that's what you're going to see. It's a really nice pouch to store it when you're not using it. The K-Tek harness is revolutionary in that it has internal rigid spine, and the point of this is to distribute weight from your shoulders down to your hips.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">The harness comes in two parts. This part here is the upper part and it has the straps that go over your shoulders and the straps that go underneath your arms. On these straps are the plastic D-rings that allow you to clip things to them, as well as horizontal straps to clip things like receiver pouches or anything else that you want. The fabric on the inside of the harness is very comfortable and it's padded very well, so it's very comfortable to wear even in hot weather.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">The lower part of the harness is where the rigid spine is, and that's the key feature. It also has horizontal straps going down the back, so you can mount things like receiver pouches or anything else that you want. There are molly style straps going around the back on the bottom around the waist to put things like a gizmo bag or anything else that you want. There is a waist belt, so when you secure this, when you take your audio bag off, your harness does not fall off.</span> </p> <p class="bc-buy-button KTK-KSHRN2" style="width:295px;height:480px;float:right;margin:0 0 20px 20px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/KTK-KSHRN2?action=cart&open_in=new_tab&btn_text=Add to Cart&btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">The harness is height adjustable depending on how tall you are, and right here on the inside of the lower part is what we call the ladder system. And there is a strap on the upper part that you could slide in through this ladder system at any point on it to adjust the height depending on how tall you are. So anyone from really short up to really tall sound mixers can use this.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">One of the things that you're going to need to do when you get first get your harness up and running, is loosen up all the straps. There are six straps for the six mounting points. And you can see here I'm loosening up some of 'em so you could see how that's done. It's really easy to do.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So just like there are six mounting points on the harness, they attach to six mounting points on the bag. This is a Stingray Large with a 688, with the SL6 on it. So you could see I've already clipped on to the upper part, and this is where the middle part clips in. This is the part that goes under your arms, and then down below is the plastic D-ring where you would do the waist belt carabiner and clip that in there.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">I recommend that you attach all of the clips on one side first, and then you could see here, now I'm attaching all the clips on the other side and I also do the waist belt at this point. It makes getting into the harness easier, and I've sped this video up just a little bit because the very first time you get attached in here, it's gonna take a minute to get yourself dialed in. And once you've gotten it dialed in, it's much quicker from that point on.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">I like to wear my audio bag high and tight, so it's just at the bottom of my rib cage, but everybody's different. And the great thing about this harness is it's very flexible to allow you to wear the bag at whatever height you prefer. The key to this harness working properly is to have the lower straps, which are the waist belt in the underarm straps, be as tight as possible. You want the bag very, very snug against your body. You don't want it flapping around. You don't want it hang it around. And you could see here now that I have everything tightened in, it's nice and snug.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">What I like to do is wrap up the excess straps that I'm not using on the upper part of the harness just to get 'em out of the way so it's nice and neat and they're not flapping around on things. So here you could see the bag had strapped in, and if you've done it properly, there's little to no weight on the shoulder straps. So now that it's nice and snug, you could see it's not flopping around. I could jump around, dance like a fool. And if you notice here, the spine on the harness is pretty much straight up and down and the waist belt is pretty horizontal, and that's how it was going to be effective. Just to show you how stable this is once you're probably rigged up, here I am on a trampoline, making a fool of myself, but it proves how effective this harness is and that the bag is nice and stable. It's not gonna move on you.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So that's a brief rundown on the K-Tek harness, what it looks like, and how to use it. If you have any questions, shoot me an email, davef@dvestore.com. Do yourself a favor and subscribe right now because when you do, you'll get notified when I upload new videos of lots of cool information, information that I learned from lots of expensive college and years of experience, only you get it for free. So, subscribe right now.</span> </p>

  • RODE giving away a free windshield with selected on-camera miscrophones

    <p style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/winshield-promo-banner.jpg"></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Pro-audio brand RØDE Microphones today unveils a worldwide promotion to give a FREE windshield with every purchase of a selection of RØDE’s world-beating on-camera microphones.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">When customers purchase a specially-stickered RØDE NTG1, NTG2, NTG3, NTG4, NTG4+, VideoMic Pro Rycote® or Stereo VideoMic Pro Rycote® from an authorised dealer, they will receive the compatible windshield – the WS6, WS7, DeadCat VMPR or DeadKitten – absolutely FREE.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Purchase a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/rode-ntg-1-shotgun-microphone/" target="_blank">NTG1</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/rode-ntg-2-shotgun-microphone/" target="_blank">NTG2</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/rode-ntg-4-directional-condenser-microphone/" target="_blank">NTG4</a> or&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/rode-ntg-4-directional-condenser-microphone-with-built-in-battery/" target="_blank">NTG4+</a> and receive a free&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/rode-ws6-deluxe-windshield/" target="_blank">WS6 windshield</a>.*</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Purchase a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/rode-ntg-3-shotgun-microphone-satin-nickel/" target="_blank">NTG3</a> or&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/rode-ntg-3b-shotgun-microphone-black/" target="_blank">NTG3B</a> and receive a free&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/rode-ws7-deluxe-windshield/" target="_blank">WS7 windshield</a>.*</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Purchase a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/rode-videomic-pro-with-rycote-lyre-suspension-mount/" target="_blank">VMPR</a> and receive a free&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/rode-deadcat-windshield-for-videomicpro/" target="_blank">Deadcat VMPR</a>.*</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Purchase a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/rode-stereo-videomic-pro-with-rycote-lyre-suspension-mount/" target="_blank">SVMPR</a> and receive a free&nbsp;<a href="https://www.dvestore.com/rode-deadkitten-windshield/" target="_blank">Deadkitten</a>.*</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"></span></p><p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="/product_images/uploaded_images/windshield-promo-a4-poster.jpg" class="blog-pop-img"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/windshield-promo-a4-poster.jpg" alt="RODE Windshield sale poster" style="width: 380px;"></a></p><p style="text-align: center;"> <em>Click to enlarge</em></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">*The promotion will be running from May 22 to June 30, 2017.&nbsp;While stocks last.</span></p>

  • Video: Dave discusses the new K-Tek Gizmo Bags

    <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">In today's video Dave discusses the newly released K-Tek Gizmo Bags that are available now at DVEStore.</span> </p> <p class="video-responsive" style="text-align: center;"> <iframe src="//fast.wistia.net/embed/iframe/jo6qt7hijv" title="Wistia video player" allowtransparency="true" scrolling="no" class="wistia_embed" name="wistia_embed" allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" webkitallowfullscreen="" oallowfullscreen="" msallowfullscreen="" width="780" height="439" frameborder="0"> </iframe> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Transcript:</strong></span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"> Hey, everybody. Dave from DVEStore here. I wanted to take a moment today to talk to you about the new K-Tek Gizmo Bags. Now, some of you may be aware, a few years ago, K-Tek released the original Gizmo Bag, this guy right here, and it was really, really popular. They took some customer feedback and updated it.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"> There are three new bags. The first one is the KGBL1, which is this guy right here. This is a large. The second one, the KGBM1, M for medium. The third one, the KGBS1, this is the small one. Now, they all feature a clear bottom, so you can see the contents of this inside of the bag without having to actually open it up. This is the large here, and on the inside, it has these padded dividers. You can move these around. They're attached with Velcro, so you can move 'em around and all that kind of good stuff. On the top of the bag are these clear pockets. These are handy for putting things like lab accessories or whatever you want, really, up in there.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"> Now, a really neat feature of these bags is they have these straps, and these snap onto the bottom here. And there's two on the medium, which is this guy, and two on the large. What these allow you to do is attach these to other things that have molle straps. For instance, the K-Tek Stingray Bags have molle straps on the front. You can attach this to the front of that. There are molle straps across the back of the K-Tek harness, so you can attach this to there. So if you have other products that have molle straps, like a backpack or something like that...I happen to have a backpack...I can go ahead and throw that on there for whatever I want. And I've got the small one on the shoulder strap because this pack has that on the shoulder straps as well.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"> The idea behind these bags is that they're gizmo bags, right, all your little gizmos. They can hold wireless transmitters, microphones, small windscreens, lavalier mics and their accessories, batteries, handheld recorders, anything small like that, little LED panels. Anything that you have that really doesn't have a good place to go and you don't wanna spend a whole lot of money on a hard case, you just need a nice, soft case, the new gizmo bags from K-Tek really fit the bill nicely. Now, you can get all three individually, or you can get them all as a set. So for pricing and availability, you can check our website, dvestore.com.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><span style="font-size: 20px;">Products featured in this video:</span></strong> </p> <p> <strong><br> </strong> </p> <table style="margin: 0px auto 0px auto;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p class="bc-buy-button KTK-KGBS1" style="width:295px;height:435px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/KTK-KGBS1?action=cart&open_in=new_tab&btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> </td> <td> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </td> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p class="bc-buy-button KTK-KGBM1" style="width:295px;height:435px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/KTK-KGBM1?action=cart&open_in=new_tab&btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p class="bc-buy-button KTK-KGBL1" style="width:295px;height:435px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/KTK-KGBL1?action=cart&open_in=new_tab&btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> </td> <td> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </td> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p class="bc-buy-button KTK-KGBSET" style="width:295px;height:435px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/KTK-KGBSET?action=cart&open_in=new_tab&btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table style="margin: 0px auto 0px auto;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </td> <td> <p class="bc-buy-button KTK-KGB" style="width:295px;height:435px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/KTK-KGB?action=cart&open_in=new_tab&btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> </td> <td style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

  • Video: Broadcast Wave Monophonic vs. Broadcast Wave Polyphonic

    <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">In this week's video, Dave Fisk discusses the&nbsp;difference between a broadcast wave monophonic and a broadcast wave polyphonic.</span> </p> <p class="video-responsive" style="text-align: center;"> <iframe width="741" height="417" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/g8pt_czuWBM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> </iframe> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><u>Video Transcript</u></strong>:</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Interviewer</strong>: What's the difference between a broadcast wave monophonic and a broadcast wave polyphonic?</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Dave</strong>: That's a good question. That's what I get all the time. So broadcast wave files are the industry standard for production sound audio files. And that's been that way for years since nonlinear recording was the thing for TV and film production. So the difference is broadcast wave monophonic files are basically when you...let's say you record a four...you have four tracks of audio on production, you've got four talent [SP&91; neuron wires. So a broadcast wave monophonic file, there's a file for each one of those tracks for a give and take, all right? So if you have a take, let's say T01, that the recorder writes as the name, when you see those files in your finder, your window, like when you drag it over to your desktop on your computer. When you look at it, you would see, for take one, you would see a T01_01, T01_02, 03, 04, depending on the naming nomenclature of the recorder. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So a broadcast wave polyphonic file is basically, instead of having four separate files, it's one file that has four tracks within it. So when you look at that on your computer desktop, you'll just see one file name, T01 for take one, or however it's named. So when you import that, when you import a monophonic file or files into an editor, that would be on four separate tracks. If you import a broadcast wave polyphonic file into something like pro tools, because pro tools can handle like 5.1 tracks, you would just take all those...Well, there's...you could do it different ways, you could put all four on one track or bust them out onto four individual tracks. So, and that makes it kind of confusing but here's a good analogy. Do you remember the summer Olympics?</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Interviewer</strong>: Yeah?</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Dave</strong>: Right. The swimming grind they had like a pool where there's like eight lanes in it?</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Interviewer</strong>: Mm-hmm.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Dave</strong>: Right? Imagine the pool is a broadcast wave polyphonic file and each one of the lanes that's separated by a lane line, each one of those eight lanes, there's track within that file, okay? And the swimmers are the talent. Now, imagine...so that would make that a broadcast wave, the pool with the lane lines are broadcast wave polyphonic file.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Interviewer</strong>: Okay.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Dave</strong>: Now, imagine where those lane lines are, you build a wall for each one of those lane lines so each lane is its own long individual pool. That would be like broadcast wave monophonic. So that's the difference between broadcast wave polyphonic and monophonic. People typically call it say, poly or mono. Now, you may be wondering, "Why would I need one over the other?" And that's a pretty common question as well. The answer is kind of, "It depends." It really depends on where the files are going, the preference of whoever you're delivering them to. Because sometimes, they're typically...it's nice to do a mixed track.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So if I have four channels of audio, I can have four individual tracks and then have a mixed track. Usually, mix tracks are on track one. And then a picture editor can take just that mixed track and then go with that instead of dealing with separate individual tracks for log [SP&91; files or iso tracks, isolated tracks as we call them. Sometimes picture editors want a polyphonic file. So you wanna communicate with your post-production team and ask, "Okay, what kind of files do you guys want? Do you want poly or mono?" And then they'll tell you. And if they're not sure, I don't know, they should know. But if they don't know because maybe they haven't gotten to the point of hiring post-production people yet. If they don't know then the safe bet is to give them broadcast wave monophonic files because sometimes, with high track kind of poly file, certain systems kind of freak out when they see them and they don't know what to do. So if you give them monophonic files, at least then they have individual files and individual tracks that they can deal with.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Now, let's say you do that and they go, "Well, we want polyphonic, you gave us mono, we want poly." You go, "Have no fear." There's a program out there by Sound Devices. You may know Sound Devices, they make the 633, you know, the pics recorders, and all that stuff. They've been around forever, they have software called Wave Age and you can go to the website, you can find it, and you can download it for free. And this thing does a lot of things. One of the things it does is it allows you to convert mono files to poly or poly files to mono. Then you can edit metadata and all those other cool fancy stuff. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So yeah. So that's the difference between the two and why you may wanna use one over the other.</span> </p>

  • Video: What is Sound?

    <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">In this week's video, Dave Fisk discusses the basics of sound and explains some of the technical terms used in the sound industry to assist in your purchase of equipment.</span> </p> <p class="video-responsive" style="text-align: center;"> <iframe width="741" height="417" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9fhNiqdfzHg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> </iframe> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Hey, everyone, Dave from DVEStore here today, and I wanna talk to you about some terms that we use in the audio world. And these are things that are really helpful to understand and know as you're looking to purchase equipment, because it helps you better understand spec sheets and things like that. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So, the first term we really need to understand is what is sound. Like, you know what it is, but do you really know what it is? You hear sound, you think, "Oh, it's just stuff I hear." Yeah, but what's causing it? Well, sound is basically a mechanical oscillation, and there's different types of oscillations, but what we hear are mechanical oscillations. Well, what's an oscillation? Mechanical oscillation is basically a vibration. Okay. So, what's a vibration? Well, you know when things vibrate, right? When you play a guitar, when you strum a guitar string, it vibrates. What's happening there? Well, that string is fixed at two points on the guitar, right? It's fixed up at the top of the neck and down at the bottom of the guitar, and it's stretched out tight. So, when you strum that string, it moves, and it moves at a rate that it moves the air that we can hear. So, when you strum that string, it moves out and comes back, and out and back. One of those out and backs, that's known as what we call a period. And the number of periods in a given amount of time and we measure that in seconds. So, the number of periods per second is measured in what we call hertz, H-E-R-T-Z, okay? </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So, the number of vibrations per second are measured in hertz. Well, optimally, we can hear between 20 hertz, which is really low frequency, and 20 kilohertz, which is really high. Now, in reality, a lot of people, as you get older, you lose the lower end of your hearing and the higher end of your hearing. So you don't... Somebody my age, I can maybe hear 50, 60 hertz, and maybe up to 15, 16 K. And it also depends on your environment and what you've done in your life. For example, I'm a drummer, and my hi-hat cymbals are on my left, and for a long time, I never used hearing protection. Well, I lost a lot of high-end hearing in my left ear, and that's typical for drummers. If you mow lawns for a living and you're on the lawnmower all day long, that drone at really loud levels is gonna affect that frequency range in your hearing. And if you go to an audiologist and get tested, he or she can tell you where you've lost some hearing.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So, that's frequency, the amount of vibrations per second. Now, when I mentioned loud, like, what does loud mean? Well, loudness is measured in decibels, and that is measuring your amplitude. When you see a sine wave, like, remember in like algebra and trigonometry and stuff, you would see sine waves, or in physics class. That's basically a really basic representation of a sound wave. The amplitude is how loud that is or how much air it's moving. So, something that's really, really loud has a higher decibel level, and you can measure that in what we call SPL, sound pressure level, with a decibel meter. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So, typically, something that's really, really quiet, what we call the threshold of hearing, is at four decibels. Now, that's really quiet. If something were out here with me right now, there's a plane going overhead, and people are doing stuff, and the wind and the birds, something at four decibels, I probably wouldn't be able to hear it right now. But if you are in a really, really, really quiet room, you could probably it. Now, at 120 decibels, we reach what's called the threshold of pain. And I know that sounds kinda funny or weird, but that's when sound levels are so loud, the amplitude is so high that it physically hurts you to hear it. And you can see new military and police non-lethal weapons that use sound for crowd dispersing. They focus a really high frequency at a really high amplitude, and it's really, really uncomfortable for you to be around. Now, you can mitigate this with earplugs or things like that. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">There are lots of things that surround us that are way louder than 120 dB: my drums, for example, gunshots, jet engines, really loud construction equipment, machine shops. That stuff can all go way above 120 dB. So, why do you need to know this? Well, when you look at specs on a microphone, or a wireless system, or even a recorder, you wanna look for things like max SPL. On a microphone, you would see in the specs, max SPL. What does that mean? The maximum sound pressure level. Well, now you know what sound pressure level means, you know that when you see max SPL, and it's at 130 or 120 dB, you know that's the maximum sound pressure level that that microphone can handle. And now that you know what frequency is, when you look at a frequency response chart of a microphone, you'll have an idea of what you're actually looking at, because different microphones have different characteristics and react differently at different frequencies. So, if you're looking for a mic for a specific application, it really helps to know what its max SPL is and what its frequency response is. And now that you know what frequency is and you know what decibels and SPL are, you can make better informed decisions on your equipment purchases in the future. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">So, if you have any questions, just let us know. You can contact us through the website. You can contact me davef@dvestore.com. Talk to you later.</span> </p>

  • Surgical Live Switching with the Newtek TriCaster

    <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Kelly first reached out to me to request an in-studio TriCaster demonstration. When he came in, we talked more about his production needs. He had been shooting surgical video for Dr. Tony Mangubat for 12 years, but they were ready to step up the quantity and quality of their videos. The requirements were as follows:</span></p><ul><li><span style="font-size: 18px;">Live switch a surgery with two cameras</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 18px;">Iso record each camera, plus the switch</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 18px;">Capture up to four separate wireless mic tracks with the video</span></li> <li><span style="font-size: 18px;">Minimize post production as much as possible, while getting high quality documentation of surgical procedures, and come away with excellent training material.</span></li></ul><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">One of the challenges is the operating room environment. There is no space to set up a live switching equipment rack. And then there is the roving camera. Definitely need to be wireless on that one. The last thing you want is a surgeon tripping over an SDI cable in the middle of surgery! Two Teradek Bolt 500's fit the bill for transmitting the two camera feeds to the TriCaster in the makeshift control room down the hall.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/teradek-bolt-500.jpg"></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">We originally talked about the TriCaster Mini, but eventually settled on the TriCaster 410, which is essentially a Mini in a 2U rackmount form factor. Having everything in a portable flypack was very appealing to Kelly and Dr. Mangubat. And the four analog audio inputs on the back of the 410 were perfect for feeding in the four wireless mics.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/flypack-with-tricaster-410.jpg"></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">We needed some nice brick batteries that could power the Teradeks through long surgeries. I think these Hyper Core 150's will do quite nicely!</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/hyper-core-150.jpg" style="width: 344px;"></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">I recommended using Sony X-70 cameras, because of their SDI output. You just don't want to mess around with HDMI cables that could get pulled out during a shoot.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/kelly-with-sony-x70.jpg"></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Kelly Covey and Dr. Mangubat prepping for surgery!</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/tony-and-dr-mangubat.jpg"></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">If you have any questions about the tech setup, or need some help setting up your own live switching system, reach out to me at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jason@dvestore.com">jason@dvestore.com</a>, or leave a comment here!</span></p>

  • NAB 2017: Jason's Top 10 Faves

    <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Warning: This won't be a typical best-of-NAB rundown. For me it's not just about the gear, it's broader than that. It's <strong style="background-color: initial; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; color: rgb(52, 49, 63);">MY</strong> best-of-NAB rundown.</span> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/nab-exterior.jpg"></span> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></u></strong> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;">Number 1: Companionship</span></u></strong> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Having my wife there for the first four days was my favorite part of the entire NAB experience. I fly in early to set up the Reflecmedia booth on the Friday before NAB. It only takes a few hours, and then I basically don't have much to do until Monday when the show starts. So this year, I bought my wife a ticket so she could join me for the weekend. I have to say it was a fantastic way to go into NAB! We have five young children, so finding time to be together, alone, is challenging––but this last weekend we actually had multiple conversations... one that went on for nearly two hours. Amazing! Absolutely the best part about my NAB week :) So good to have her around and she really enjoyed being a part of my work.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/marli-jason-temple.jpg"></span> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></u></strong> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;">Number 2: Food</span></u></strong> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">A Facebook friend recommended a terrific vegan restaurant called VegeNation, and my wife and I ate there 3 times before she flew home Monday morning. Anyone in their right tastebuds, vegan or not, would love this food! I'm a little bummed that it's going to be a year before I can go back. The cauliflower 'buffalo wings' are SOOOO good. 8D</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/vegenation.jpg" style="width: 327px;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/buffalo-wings.jpg" style="background-color: initial; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/pizza01.jpg" style="background-color: initial; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; width: 364px;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/marli-at-vegenation.jpg" style="width: 320px;"></span> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></u></strong> </p> <p> <u><span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong>Number 3: litra</strong></span></u> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">There's only one thing I bought off the NAB show floor, and it was the litra Torch. This little LED light is so darn useful! It's mini sized, but can put out some serious light, with three levels of brightness, plus a strobe. It was designed to be a companion to the GoPro action camera, but with it's two 1/4"-20 mounts and built-in super magnet, it's easy to put this light anywhere, for any purpose. In fact, I liked the litra Torch so much, you can now buy it at the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.dvestore.com/litratorch-adventure-photo-and-video-light-black/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size: 18px;">DVEstore!</span></a> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"></span> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.dvestore.com/litratorch-adventure-photo-and-video-light-black/" target="_blank"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/litra-torch-in-hand.jpg" style="width: 408px;" alt="litra Torch LED light"></a> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;">Number 4: Panasonic GH5.&nbsp;</span></u></strong> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">I had opportunity to lay my grubby paws on a GH5 (I'm a long time GH series shooter) and it was a beautiful thing. It's definitely a bit chunkier than it's predecessors, but the in-body stabilization, paired with the OIS, is effective. And I found the autofocus to be quite usable, even at 24p. I'm drooling over the 12-60mm Leica lens as well. I texted the following picture to my wife;</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/jason-with-gh5.jpg"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/text-exchange.png" style="width: 378px;"> </p> <p> <u><strong><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></strong></u> </p> <p> <u><strong><span style="font-size: 18px;">Number 5: LED's</span></strong></u> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">This may seem like a small thing, but I finally found what looks to be a worthy LED replacement for the biax fluorescent tubes in my KinoFlo Divas. I've been keeping my eye out for the last few years, for this mythical beast. The Ushio Chromax boasts the following specs; 75% brighter, 95+ CRI, better dimming range, no warmup, tungsten and daylight models. I'm excited that I'll be able to breath some new life into my Kino's and bring them into the modern age. Woohoo! This biax replacement should be up on the Zylight website sometime in May.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;">Number 6: Atomos</span></u></strong> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">I've been an Atomos user and fan since the Ninja Assassin, pairing it with great success to my Panasonic GH4, then later moving to the Ninja Flame. The new Ninja Inferno, promises to be an excellent companion to the new GH5, offering 4K 60P recording, and of course, a big, bright, beautiful screen.</span> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/atomos-ninja-inferno.jpg" style="width: 347px;"> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">The Atomos Sumo also needs to be mentioned here. I'm pumped about the quad HD live switching that will be built-in to this 19" HDR monitor. It looks to be equally at home in the field and in the edit suite. Good stuff!</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/atomos-sumo.jpg"> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><u><br> </u></strong></span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><strong><u>Number 7: Fiilex</u></strong>&nbsp;</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">Say what you will about the funny name, these folks design their own LED's and their light quality is second to none. As cool as the new P360 Pro and Pro Plus models are, I'm actually really excited about the new clamping V-mount battery plate! Perfect for mounting a battery to a light stand or tripod leg. A much needed accessory!</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/flxa080-v-mount-with-clamp-img01.jpg"> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></u></strong> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;">Number 8:&nbsp;The Weather&nbsp;</span></u></strong> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">I have to include this! It was a nice, sunny, walk-around-in-a-tshirt kind of weather for the whole week. I think it got up to 85 degrees, but it sure didn't feel that warm. I took every opportunity to soak up some much needed vitamin D. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we've had an extremely gray, wet and dismal winter with something like 50 inches of rain! The Nevada sunshine was just what I needed. (Just don't ask me to go back in August!)</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;">Number 9: SKB</span></u></strong> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">I stopped by the SKB booth, because I'm always on the lookout for cool and useful flypack racks. The new&nbsp;1SKB-iSF2U Studio Flyer caught my eye. This looks perfect for smaller live events using a laptop and an ATEM switcher. I love the wheels and pull out handle!</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/skb-flypack.png"></span> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></u></strong> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;">Number 10: Reflecmedia</span></u></strong> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">This compelling chroma key tech was developed by the BBC in the early 2000's, but it's mind boggling that so many still haven't seen it. I had the opportunity to work in the Reflecmedia booth this NAB and enjoyed blowing people's minds by having them look through the Lite Ring at the Chromatte background. It's akin to the scene in The Wizard of Oz where everything is monochromatic, but then Dorothy opens the door to Oz to see a brilliant world of color. I love seeing people's reactions! Every year we get people telling us that it's the coolest thing they've seen at NAB.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="font-size: 18px;"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/british-chroma-key.jpg"><img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/lite-ring-reaction.jpg"></span> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;"><br> </span></u></strong> </p> <p> <strong><u><span style="font-size: 18px;">Number 11 (surprise!): People</span></u></strong> </p> <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">I must say I really enjoyed meeting up with the people behind the products. I like being able to tell them what I really like about the gear and what I would like to see improved or changed. They seem to appreciate being able to hear about what my customers want. I'm looking forward to doing it all again in 2018!</span> </p>

  • Atomos Partners with G-Technology

    <p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"> Atomos partners with G-Technology® to integrate the innovative and patent-pending Atomos Master Caddy media system, with the G-Technology Evolution Series (ev Series) ecosystem, enabling a simpler shoot-to-edit workflow utilising the all-new Master Caddy III. The partnership will allow any Atomos Master Caddy, Gen 1, 2 and now 3 to be inserted directly into a G-Technology ev Series RAID and/or desktop media management system – lock and load.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"> Atomos burst onto the scene five short years ago with product innovations that have one-by-one broken down the limitations filmmakers face in delivering their creative vision to their audiences. The Ninja opened up ProRes recording to the masses; the Shogun fast tracked the move from HD to 4K; and the Flame/Inferno series in 2016 now promises a rapid industry-wide transition to High-dynamic Range (HDR). A cornerstone of all these transitions led by Atomos has been media affordability, allowing shooters to use open-standard affordable SSDs as an alternative to the high price and relative scarcity of proprietary media solutions that lock users into an expensive, proprietary system. The popularity of this open approach has been unprecedented with more than 150,000 Atomos monitor/recorders sold, and in turn an enormous amount of 4K and HD content developed that needs to be managed.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;"> Now through a partnership with G-Technology these same affordable and available SSD drives with the Atomos Master Caddy can be used in the G-Technology ev Series that includes desktop interchangeable editing systems and highperformance RAID systems.</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">“At Atomos we seek-and-destroy anything we see as being costly or difficult in the content creation process,” said Jeromy Young, CEO and Co-founder of Atomos, “Media affordability is one of our key differentiators to cameras and competitors. We achieve this through open standards and policies. If we test any drive and it passes our rigorous testing for reliable recording, we approve it. Now by integrating with the ev Series ecosystem our users can use their Atomos Master Caddies from Shoot to Edit to Archive all in the same cartridge.”</span></p><p> <span style="font-size: 18px;">“G-Technology is always looking for new ways to support the content creation workflow,” said Mike Williams, vice president of G-Technology. “From our Evolution Series to our 12-bay G-RACK&trade; NAS solution, our newest partnership with Atomos will give creative professionals maximum flexibility, performance and style for their ever-evolving workflows.”</span></p><p> <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/atomos-web-uploads/press/Atomos-Integrates-with-GTech-EV-Series.pdf"><span style="font-size: 18px;"></span></a><span style="font-size: 18px;"><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/atomos-web-uploads/press/Atomos-Integrates-with-GTech-EV-Series.pdf">PDF</a></span><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/atomos-web-uploads/press/Atomos-Integrates-with-GTech-EV-Series.pdf"></a></p><p> <img src="/product_images/uploaded_images/atomos-bottom.jpg"></p> <table style="margin: 0px auto 0px auto;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p class="bc-buy-button GTE-0G05218" style="width:295px;height:535px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/GTE-0G05218?action=cart&open_in=new_tab&src=buy_button&btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> </td> <td> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </td> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p class="bc-buy-button GTE-0G05219" style="width:295px;height:535px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/GTE-0G05219?action=cart&open_in=new_tab&btn_text=Add to Cart&btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> </td> <td> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </td> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p class="bc-buy-button GTE-0G05220" style="width:295px;height:535px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/GTE-0G05220?action=cart&open_in=new_tab&btn_text=Add to Cart&btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> </td> <td> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </td> <td style="text-align: center;"> <p class="bc-buy-button GTE-0G05221" style="width:295px;height:535px"> <iframe src="https://ad.buybutton.store/card/v1/deaa6/GTE-0G05221?action=cart&open_in=new_tab&btn_text=Add to Cart&btn_color=888" border="0" scrolling="no" horizontalscrolling="no" verticalscrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" width="100%" height="100%" style="overflow: hidden; border: none; width=100%; height=100%;"> </iframe> </p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>