If you thought a microphone cable is a microphone cable, think again. There’s a huge difference between microphone and instrument cables, ranging from the connector they use to the shielding and even the quality of the wires. So far, I used a Klotz XLR mic cable with my sE Electronics sE2200A, but Chord Company sent me one of their 3m Cream cables. At first I thought them naming the cable “Cream” referred to the sleeve’s colour, but after comparing the Chord cable with my own, I think they call it “Cream” for a different reason.
Not all lower-cost SSDs are slow and unreliable. I managed to get hold of the newest Crucial MX300 525GB SSD and ran it through a full week of speed and endurance tests. I used both my iMac and Ninja Assassin video monitor/recorder non-stop to see how well the MX300 would behave. It didn’t crack under the pressure, it didn’t slow down and it never got warmer than the palm of my hand.
ExpoImaging’s Rogue brand has just been updated with four new products. The 32in Rogue 2-in-1 collapsible reflector and FlashBender 2 XL Pro Super Soft Silver are aimed at delivering softer light effects. They’re great for portraits. The white grid insert adds a nice halo effect to the light circle your 3-in-1 honeycomb grid creates. Finally, a new battery pouch helps you organise your freshly charged and drained batteries while on the go.
The Sony A7S II is a unique all-metal full-frame system camera. It has best-of-breed features for both photography and video. Its dramatic low-light capabilities — manually from ISO 50 to 409,600 — make low-light photography accessible to everyone. It has a 35mm equivalent full frame sensor in a package the size of a compact camera. And it does 4K XAVC video with Sony’s highly acclaimed S-Log 3 curve that allows for HDR colour grading.
Myriad is an audio batch processor. It has been for some time, but version 4 has been totally redesigned. It has beautiful looks and processes files at blazing speeds. Myriad has a large number of processing actions you can combine and save into workflows. It will simultaneously export to multiple formats, sample rates and frequencies giving you advanced configuration options and dithering algorithms.
It integrates with Logic Pro X, Reason, Cubase and many other DAWs and offers an excellent keyboard experience It’s Nektar Technology’s just released Impact GX49 MIDI keyboard/controller.
When do you need an external monitor/recorder? I analysed the NLE support for different formats, the difference between various subsampling methods and between 8-bit and 10-bit colour depth, and compared the internal recordings of different cameras with the footage shot with the newest Shogun Flame. My verdict is that it is always better to shoot to a production codec. It saves a lot of post-production time when you edit with Final Cut Pro X or Da Vinci Resolve. The new Atomos Shogun (and Ninja) Flame support all the ProRes and DNxHD output types, are HDR-capable and come with a number of extras not found anywhere else.