Tuesday, August 6, 2013
New Tools Of The Trade
Zoom H6 Recorder
The best way to capture high-quality audio while shooting with a DSLR has been a highly debated and somewhat murky subject. The Zoom H6 Handy Recorder breathes new life into audio recording with a unique interchangeable input capsule design—including X/Y, MS, Shotgun and dual XLR/TRS combo—adding to the four main mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors. The LCD screen is an angled, full-color display for easy level reading and menu navigation in all shooting environments. The H6 records time-stamped WAV files, as well as MP3s with pre-record, backup-record and auto-record modes so you don't miss a moment. Using four AA alkalines, the H6 operates for over 20 hours. Estimated Street Price: $399. Contact: Zoom North America, www.zoom-na.com.
Long days running-and-gunning can put your body out of balance. The Zacuto QR Shoulder Pad System places the camera directly over your shoulder in a traditional ENG-style setup, instantly making your rig lighter and shorter. Made out of Akton Polymer, the curved gel pad provides added comfort for your shoulder when supporting your setup. Along with the pad, the system comes with a dovetail plate, one 1⁄4"-20 screw and one 3⁄8"-16 screw. The quick-release red cam lever locks in the plate when tight, allows forward slide movement for camera balance when at a 90º angle, and releases completely when fully extended. The dovetail plate is compatible with Kessler and Arca-Swiss tripod, monopod and slider quick-release plates. Estimated Street Price: $355. Contact: Zacuto, www.zacuto.com.
Transferring their aerospace design to cinema products, the engineers at Freefly Systems have taken their custom design of the MōVI M10 one step further with the compact and lightweight MōVI M5, specifically for DSLR cameras up to 5 pounds. The handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal brings big production camera moves to more productions. The Majestic Mode translates a single operator's movements into stabilized pans and tilts, keeping the camera footprint small. The system is nearly silent, maintaining the ability to capture on-camera audio. Real-time Bluetooth connection allows for live adjustments of the gimbal parameters. When some camera shake aesthetic is preferred, the noise filter controls the desired level, letting the camera operator focus on framing. Estimated Street Price: $4,995. Contact: Freefly Systems, www.freeflysystems.com.
Mobile Apps For Professionals
As you're traveling and shooting on location, carrying around a bundle of model release forms can be cumbersome. The Easy Release App by ApplicationGap keeps model releases conveniently collected and organized on your iPhone, iPad or Android device and then emails a PDF and JPEG to you. Designed by professional photographers for professional photographers, Easy Release uses industry-standard legal language accepted by stock companies like Getty and Alamy while also allowing custom language additions. Estimated Street Price: $9.99. Contact: ApplicationGap, www.applicationgap.com.
Shoot & Sell
Show clients the full potential of your print capabilities by providing a visualization of the image in the client's home or in a stylish stock room with the Shoot & Sell app. Import any picture of your client's room or take one instantly with the iPad camera, or use a customizable stock room, then import the desired print image from your iPad library, Flickr or Dropbox to the room wall. The image may be spread or pinched to illustrate different print sizes, and rotated, cropped or flipped to meet client needs. Frames and mats for single images or custom groupings are included to provide a full visual effect. You can share your designs on Flickr, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with a watermark. Estimated Street Price: $79. Contact: Shoot & Sell, www.shootandsellapp.com.
A brand new social-sharing app, Pheed just joined the scene in the fall of 2012. It looks at digital content with a wide view, sharing photos, videos, audio clips and voice notes, video and live broadcast. You can subscribe to a friend's Pheed channel and "love" or "heartache" a post. As a user, you have the option to monetize your Pheed content and apply a subscription fee to your channel or create pay-per-view settings for a Live Broadcast. Stepping out of the box with a diverse background of support, Pheed is being hailed by critics as the new Twitter, but looks like a lot more. Free. Contact: Pheed, www.pheed.com.
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