Jillian and I had a chance to see family in Wisconsin this summer. Her aunt and uncle took us to Door County. It’s a peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Known for long shoreline and many parks. Peninsula State Park on Green Bay is home to sheltered Nicolet Beach, with its calm waters. On Lake Michigan, Newport State Park is a wilderness park crisscrossed with trails. Potawatomi State Park, in Sturgeon Bay, is fringed by limestone cliffs. This was shot on my iPhone 6s Plus in 4K.
I had the great honor of being able to serve alongside DCR Media & Systems for this year’s Campus Out Reach 2016 New Year’s eve conference. I look forward to this event every year it’s a great Ministry and a great group of people. DCR Media & Systems provided all of the audio video and lighting as well as the rigging and Crew to pull this 6 day event off.
We used a dB Technologies rig consisting of 24 T4 tops and 8 EV dual 18 subwoofers. Allen and Heath GLD 112 at front of house and GLD 80 at monitor world. Wireless was all done using the new Shure QLXD with SM 58 capsules and galaxy audio HM3 headsets.
Everything is hung off of 16 motor points. 18 ETC ellipsoidal’s were used on the face light truss. These were powered with Two ETC SmartRack Dimmers. 24 quad 6 battens as well as 16 QFX Blades from blizzard lighting. We added 10 Rogue R1 and a D50 hazer for the New Year’s eve party. Lighting console was a hog 4 hedgehog.
Recently I purchased something to help out some of my clients and fellow crew members. It seems like every time we do a shoot either the talent client or other crew members are always needing power strips. Mostly to plug-in phones to charge them. So on Amazon the other day I ran across this little gem. It’s a 6 outlet plus 6 USB charging port surge protector. This is been a big hit with the make up artist and hairstylist I work with. They love this because they’re always playing music from their phones. Clients are always wanting too plug-in while in the chair and it gives them plenty of outlets for things like hairdryers and curling irons.
The only downside I wish they would flip the outlet plugs around so the ground was facing out. Some wall warts will cover the USB socket. And for that very reason I carry a few of these in my production box
So probably in the latter part of the year we will be looking to upgrade a few of our cameras. Lately I’ve started the process of narrowing down the field of camera selection. One of the cameras so talked about is the Sony A7r II. Naturally this camera makes the list. As I’ve been looking through online reviews and reading blog post. I have found a lot of information talking about the camera itself as well as its compatibility through Metabones adapters to work with Canon lenses. However I have not found any information that talks about working with Tamron lenses. I’ve been a Tamron lens shooter for many years now since I got my first Canon 20D. I have drug them up mountains and drop them in the sand on the beach. In they still keep going.
So naturally I want to make sure that the Sony A7R2 will work with my tamron glass. So I logged on to Lensrentals.com (great people) that is where I rent the majority of the gear for bigger productions. I ordered the A7R2 and the Metabones V4 version four adapter and the spare Sony lens just in case it didn’t work. Before my order shipped I got an email from them that they had given me a free upgrade to the meta-bones T adapter. This is a cool adapter because it works for both Canon EF and EF–S lenses.
So when everything came in I got to testing things and I’m very happy to report that everything worked great. The only autofocus issues I had was in very low light during the civil twilight shooting some sunset stuff. I even tested out the 24 mm lens from Canon and found that it worked fine. The camera and the Metabones smart adapter even knew that it was an EFS lens and change the A7R2 camera to APC mode automatically for me. This is very helpful when you’re in the field switching lenses. This way you don’t have to remember to change the setting. All in all I’m very pleased with the system and how it works. And I must say that Sony is kicking everybody’s butt right now. Canon step up your game start getting innovative! Please! So as far as which camera we will be choosing not totally sure yet, more out there to look through but I wanted to get this out in hopes that it’ll help somebody else in their art endeavors. Wish all of you the best.
I’ve been working with a few people as they’ve been trying to get more involved with editing video and I’ve noticed something. People get really focused on editing the video and making sure the video is right but they are listening to the audio through their computer speakers. I’m not talking about a decent set of external speakers or desktop monitors, I’m talk about the speakers built into The MacBook. It’s highly important for you to have a good set of external desktop speakers so you can actually get the volume up to an appropriate level so you can hear the blend between your vocals and or talent in your background music. The speakers inside of your computer do not have a full dynamic range in most cases they are tweaked for vocal performance. So if you’re mixing between speech and background music there’s a good chance you’re going to wind up with the background music too loud and covering up your speech.
Get a pair of decent studio monitors plugged in to your computer and play some of your favorite music also play one of your favorite movies from Netflix. If you do a lot of documentary style editing listen to a couple a news broadcast stream from like Fox news or CNN. This will get you use to the way the studio monitor sound and react to your environment. If you do a lot of music production and music videos I would recommend getting a sub woofer as well. This will keep you from overcompensating on the bass and things becoming to bass heavy in the real world.
If you’re on a budget you can always get a good pair of headphones. I would recommend the Grado SR60e Headphones this would also work great if you need edit on the go like on an airplane.
The last vice and it’s not super important if you’re on a budget is to get a external DAC or digital to analog converter. This will give you better sound than just the headphone jack on your computer. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Audio Interface Studio Package
Cheaper alternative to Sonos or Denon HEOS.
A few months ago google released the new Chromecast, A $35 media streaming stick. Actually this one looks more like a hockey puck. But they also released an audio only streaming puck. I have messed around with the Denon HEOS link and it’s still a product in the making. I have install the Sonos products mainly Connect and connect amps. So when I started looking for an alternative or cheaper option to the Sonos connect and connect amps I stumbled across the Chromecast audio player for $35. The chromecast audio player does pretty much everything a Sonos connect will do. It will let you name the rooms or devices connected to it and let you group multiple rooms for players together for a whole house audio experience. It will stream from all of the major sources like Spotify, deezer, rapacity and tune-in. I think the only thing it won’t stream is iTunes and Amazon music.
So to help you guys out and save some money here are the following ways I have this hooked up and running.
Option one driving in ceiling speakers
I have the chromecast connected to a cheap dum amp like this Lepy Amp. This amp powers a pair of Monoprice in ceiling speakers. I just leave the amp on and I have the volume about 90% of the way up. Depending on your speakers you may find you need to mess with the EQ knobs or the volume to suit your fancy.
Lepy LP-2024A+ Hi-Fi Audio Amplifier Stereo Power Amplifier Car Amplifier with Power Supply, 3A Power, 20W x 2 RMS, Black
Monoprice 104104 8-Inch Kevlar 2-Way In-Ceiling Speakers (Pair)
Monoprice 104103 6-1/2-Inch Kevlar 2-Way In-Ceiling Speaker
Option to connected to my AV receiver
My AV receiver is actually powering the living room 7.2 and kitchen in ceiling speakers. I have the chromecast connected to the CD input of my Onkyo receiver. I have a second Chromecast audio plugged into a second old denon receiver that powers the deck outdoors and dining room. I have another very similar set up in the master bedroom and bathroom.
This is an Onkyo that work like my old Denon with 3 zones for output.
Option three connected to a powered speaker.
Cheaper Cell Phone Service
I have a new favorite cellular provider. Well sort of. Ting is a new cellular company of sorts they actually rent their wireless space from Sprint but. They do things a little differently you only pay for what you use. So if you think you’re only going to use $10 worth that you only pay for $10. One really cool thing if you only use $6 they only bill you for $6. If you use $30 worth of data you pay for $30 worth of data. That goes the same way for text messaging and voice. I have embedded the video off of their website. They have a lot of popular devices including the newest android smartphones. There is no contract, Just $6 a month per device that you have on the plan. If you’re tired of your high cell phone bills not sure why you’re paying or what you’re paying for. Check out Ting.com. Use this link to get $25 towards a new device https://zbsnr81llt2.ting.com/
Now if only someone will invent pay per channel TV instead of pay per package!!!!!
$25 off a new device link.
$36 Low Profile Light-weight Headset Headworn Earhook Microphone JK® MIC-J S90
This past Sunday I tried out the JK® MIC-J S90 Microphone, It looks like a countryman E6 Microphone. I was not sure about the $36 Alternative to the countryman E6 but I tried it a few days before and was very pleased with audio. So we did use it on Sunday for our communion thought. In listening back I can say its not as good as the countryman but its a tenth of the price. The S90 is also head and shoulders better then a lapel mic. So I will be using a lot more in the future. I will keep you posted on how they hold up.
Here is an audio sample from Sunday.
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International Cell Phones, Rentals & SIM Cards
I have a recommendation for a site that will help you especially if you travel a lot to other countries or even if your vacationing to another country. How many times have you ever been planning a trip to another country called your cellular provider and have no idea what they said about rates or anything else related to phone service? Plus most of the time what they’re trying to sell you wouldn’t even help you if you’re overseas and needed something like Google maps to figure out where you are and get back to where you need to be. I have a great website for you. http://www.cellularabroad.com Cellular Abroad provides wireless phone and data service around the world for a pretty affordable rate. Not only do they provide SIM cards but they also provide phones, Wi-Fi hotspots and rental devices. Cellular Abroad will rent you a phone to use for your trip to Europe for pennies on the dollar compared to your US wireless company. Or if you have an unlocked smartphone you can simply buy one of their sim cards, pop it in your phone and you’re ready to go. I’ve included a link to the tech guy podcast with Leo who interviewed the owner and founder of cellular abroad. Cellular abroad definitely is a website that you should keep in your back pocket.
Cellular Abroad website
The Guy Podcast