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SmallHD HDMI lock for Canon 5DMk3

Lock up your HDMI

HDMI connectors are pretty much ubiquitous on consumer – and even some professional – camera and camcorder gear but they’re really a bit crap due to their inability to lock into place. Contrast with decent connector formats such as BNC (for HD-SDI) or even XLR (for audio)...

Oxford Academic Simon Clark

Producer Profile: Simon Clark

Browse through many of the most popular YouTube channels and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d accidentally stumbled through the contestants for some truly awful “reality” TV show; banal drivel at its worst with an audience whose IQ is presumably in less than triple digits. There...

Tascam DR-60d mk2

Tascam updates DSLR audio recorder

There’s a new version of Tascam’s audio recorder for DSLR video. The DR-60D MkII builds on the original, award-winning, release but has upgraded pre-amps. If you’re not familiar with it, the DR-60 is a compact audio recorder with balanced XLR inputs that’s designed to sit underneath...

Canon EOS 7D

Which camcorder for stage show?

First of all, yes, the HF-G25 is essentially the same as an XA10 minus the XLR audio inputs (not a problem if another camera will take the stage audio feed – ideally not the DSLR as they have awful audio circuitry and no balanced inputs)...

JVC GW-SP100 4K mini camera

JVC 4K – Back to the Future?

Remember the days when a video camera had two separate sections? One, the lens bit carried by the videographer, and the other a recording bit carried by the sound guy? Ahh, happy memories. And it looks as though we could soon be re-living them if...

Rode SVMX from the back

New stereo on-cam mic from Rode

They may be labelling it “a new standard in immersive audio” (what??) but let’s not get carried away with marketing blurb – Rode’s new on-camera microphone is essentially a stereo mic albeit one with some very interesting features which should definitely make it worth a look....

Location monitors have built-in colour grading

Now here’s an interesting concept from the folks at SmallHD – it’s a monitor screen for location filming that comes with built-in colour grading. Sounds peculiar, doesn’t it? Well, while the idea’s not to do away with post production, it should save you time when you get...

Rycote Cyclone - open with mic inside

Cyclone hits Rycote – but it’s all good

Wind muffler firm Rycote are launching a new “blimp”-type windshield at IBC in Amsterdam – and they’re naming it “Cyclone”. That sounds like an invitation to call their bluff and try it out in a Force 10 gale to us but until we get our...