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Recording to a laptop

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So Rich we've taken a look at quite a few sort of There we go.

Recording to a laptop

So Rich we've taken a look at quite a few sort of alternatives to Zoom H4n and including a additional you know, digital auto recorder. We've taken a look at some attachments that we can make to a phone. But there is one thing that has been traditionally used in, sort of, field auto recording, and that is the field mixer. Now the field mixer of course, can be worn by the audio person, you've often seen that. Somebody wearing a belt pack around their waist and they have all sorts of wires going in and out. >> Right. >> But you know, and that, that works. But there are also situations where you want, sort of, a more traditional type field mixer.

Kind of like you'd see in Edit Suite or something like that, and this is a really cool one that we've got right here. This is fro the guys at Behringer. And this is actually a digital audio mixer, in the sense that it connects to something digitally via USB, and tell us a little bit about it. >> It's pretty simple. The idea here is that you're probably bring in a laptop on location anyways, or access to a computer,. >> Right. >> Why not use that computer as the hard drive recorder? An all this does is, is it pulls power from the USB port on the computer and it powers a small mixer.

And this small mixer has several inputs. We can take an XLR input, plug that in, and actually provide power to a microphone. You see there that it's sending it through. And then next to it you have two more RCA jacks. So you could decide to use four RCA inputs or use the one XLR, and then also had one set of RCA >> So two, two total inputs? >> Two total inputs. Works fine. They both have controls here for gain and you can actually adjust the volume there. >> They've got little EQ sliders there as well. >> Yeah. Yep. Right down here. Pretty simple there. So we can dial that in.

We can adjust some of the, the panning, the balance, the lows and the highs. Pretty easy. And then you, of course, have an actual gain knob, and you can actually monitor the audio right here at the device. >> Which is important, because you know, when it comes to monitoring you're going to want to monitor, ideally, in the every part of the chain. At the source, at the mixer, at the computer. Now Rich, you've gone ahead and plugged this in and I have the USB connection over here to my computer. >> Yeah. >> And I've actually just launched a Adobe Audition, it's just my sort of tool of choice for recording audio. But any you know, audio apps should be able to address this USB device.

>> It's a, it uses the native, standard USB protocol. So as long as you're system recognizes that and it will usually just work with plug and play. Otherwise, your Windows machine may say, oh I need to download a driver or your mac may. But usually it works using the scanner I never had to put a driver in. Rob just plugged it in. Yeah I did. So here on my Mac using Audition. I'm here on a track and I'm simply going to arm that track to go to record. I'm not going to record yet. But as you can see from my bouncing audio meters and my loud boomy voice it is definitely picking me up there. >> I'm holding the mic and it's still picking him up over there, but it's fine.

And so if he hits record. >> Yep. So I'm going to go ahead and hit record here and let Rich talk for a sec. >> So the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plane. There we go. Very insightful, Rich. Very poetic. I'll take my track out of record there. And let's go ahead and play this back. >> So the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain. >> Sounds pretty good. >> Yeah. High quality audio. It transferred it through. And this just gives you that flexibility. If you need a backup recorder on set or you need to quickly record an interview. And maybe it's just an audio interview.

I often just keep this in my laptop bag. And it's not very heavy, it's pretty light, bus powered, no power supply. >> You know what I really like about this approach? Is that it's kind of like onset digital color correction. Right? In a sense that an on set color is kind of doing things, tweaking the look, making sure that the lights work and all that kind of stuff. This allows you to, and say, in an interview, to really quickly go back and go, no, no, no, we need to say that again because I was just listening to it and it was screwed up. It gives you instant access to the audio. You could cut together segments to see if they're working you know, during you know, some downtime or, you know, a reset or something like that.

Now just keep in mind that one sort of peril about this is that computers you know, do get lost, they do get bumped, that kind of stuff. So. When you do record your audio to your computer, unlike backing up a memory card. >> Yeah. >> You need to back this audio up somewhere as well. >> One other work flow you might want to consider with this, and maybe you've already got an onset audio work flow, but you need to do transcripts. Well, you can take an output from the existing work flow onset and then patch that into the computer, quickly capture the audio during the shoot, rip of an MP3 and send it.

It works great. Or maybe it's just a back up recorder. In any case, a simple device, about 150 bucks. I've seen them priced even cheaper. >> Yep. >> You can turn your computer into a pro audio device and allow you to get some real world inputs so you can capture right there in the field. Well Rob, we looked a lot of different methods. >> Yeah we did. >> And I think the takeaway here is that the Zoom H4n and that traditional use of the external digital audio recorder is perfectly valid. >> Absolutely. >> But, technology's gotten better and maybe it's time to change. >> Yeah, a lot of options.

And it's really going to depend on your workflow. There's no right or wrong when it comes to sort of how your audio work flows and plays. But just consider some of these options. One of the options that I really like is sort of the old iPhone and using a recorder that way. I do also really like sort of the portable field mixer. We took a look at the TASCAM unit which is kind of, you know, in all intents and purposes just a different form factor of the H4n, but provides sort of a different set of ergonomics there. And then also don't forget that your camera these days, lot more capable in terms of what can be attached to it and how the software is treating incoming audio.

So, H4n, still a fantastic tool to use, but keep in mind, there are a lot of other options out there. >> Well, for Video Gear Weekly, my name's Rich Harrington. >> And I'm Robbie Carman.

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  1. 26m 35s
    1. Professional headphones
      1m 20s
    2. When to use and not use headphones
      4m 39s
    3. Types of headphones
      7m 19s
    4. Additional headphone features
      8m 21s
    5. Why you may want to use multiple headphone types
      4m 56s
  2. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome to Video Gear Weekly
      2m 31s
  3. 12m 22s
    1. What is a Parabolic Slider?
      1m 22s
    2. Building the Slider
      1m 41s
    3. Setting Focus
      1m 4s
    4. Adjusting the Speed of Movement
      2m 13s
    5. Evaluating the Results
      6m 2s
  4. 11m 24s
    1. DJI Quadcopters
      2m 35s
    2. Calibrating the Quadcopter
      2m 12s
    3. Flying Strategies
      2m 48s
    4. Evaluating the Footage
      3m 49s
  5. 26m 53s
    1. Ultra fast primes
      2m 26s
    2. Benefits of using fast primes
      6m 25s
    3. Challenges of using fast primes
      10m 22s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      7m 40s
  6. 6m 57s
    1. Keeping Your Gear Safe
      46s
    2. Keeping Gear Dry
      3m 0s
    3. Using Camera Wraps
      1m 11s
    4. Using Lens Wraps
      2m 0s
  7. 38m 18s
    1. Introduction to the Panasonic GH4
      1m 31s
    2. Beneficial features of the Panasonic GH4
      7m 42s
    3. Drawbacks of the Panasonic GH4
      6m 18s
    4. Menu options of the Panasonic GH4
      13m 59s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      8m 48s
  8. 15m 6s
    1. Making everyone look their best on camera
      1m 30s
    2. What does a makeup artist or stylist do?
      3m 31s
    3. Products used to fight shine
      5m 8s
    4. Applying Anti-Shine
      4m 57s
  9. 16m 49s
    1. The adaptable GoPro
      1m 7s
    2. Stealth
      3m 57s
    3. Adding filters
      3m 1s
    4. Shooting Anamorphic footage
      2m 19s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 25s
  10. 21m 17s
    1. Introduction to the Zoom H4n
      1m 52s
    2. Recording to an iPad or iPhone
      4m 21s
    3. Attaching directly to a camera
      4m 28s
    4. Using a Tascam recorder
      5m 12s
    5. Recording to a laptop
      5m 24s
  11. 11m 23s
    1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      52s
    2. Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 9s
    3. Limitations of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 15s
    4. Essential accessories for the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter (Field)
      4m 7s
  12. 7m 59s
    1. Using a loupe
      1m 0s
    2. Attaching a loupe
      2m 18s
    3. Adjusting the diopter
      4m 41s
  13. 16m 2s
    1. Charging on the go
      52s
    2. Starting out fully charged
      2m 24s
    3. Using an inverter
      4m 0s
    4. Using a solar charger
      2m 36s
    5. Using a battery pack
      2m 13s
    6. Strategies to extend battery life
      3m 57s
  14. 23m 6s
    1. Cheap lenses
      1m 40s
    2. Lomography
      5m 28s
    3. Fujian
      2m 26s
    4. LensBaby
      4m 6s
    5. SLR Magic
      2m 26s
    6. Evaluating the Footage
      7m 0s
  15. 20m 1s
    1. Sony a7
      1m 24s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony a7
      6m 19s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony a7
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Sony a7
      6m 36s
  16. 12m 11s
    1. What is a Tripod Top Slider?
      1m 8s
    2. Attaching the slider
      2m 17s
    3. Mounting and balancing the camera
      1m 36s
    4. Shoot strategies
      5m 7s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      2m 3s
  17. 14m 8s
    1. Remotely controlling cameras
      1m 5s
    2. Setting up the CamRanger
      4m 18s
    3. Panning with the CamRanger PT Hub
      3m 32s
    4. Evaluating the results
      5m 13s
  18. 12m 38s
    1. What are camera rails?
      1m 26s
    2. Adapting a tripod to hold multiple cameras
      3m 13s
    3. Shooting strategies
      2m 2s
    4. Using a micro rail
      2m 51s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      3m 6s
  19. 10m 26s
    1. What is a micro tripod?
      1m 29s
    2. Mounting a phone to a micro tripod
      2m 15s
    3. Mounting a GoPro to a micro tripod
      2m 1s
    4. Mounting a DSLR to a micro tripod
      1m 54s
    5. Evaluating the results
      2m 47s
  20. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing the Blackmagic 4K
      1m 30s
    2. Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic 4K
      4m 14s
    4. Menu options of the Blackmagic 4K
      7m 5s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      4m 53s

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