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Friday, April 1, 2011

Use the iPhone as an Audio Recorder for Your Video DSLR

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

"If you’ve shot any video on a DSLR you already know it’s not ideal. The form factor of the camera isn’t made for video and the need to manually focus on a moving subject can be tricky. One of the weakest parts is the camera is its microphone."

Audio is an important part of videos and movies, but the recent video DSLRs only treat audio like an afterthought. My own GH1 as auto-gain which cannot be turned off, and you can imagine how annoying it can be. So is using the iPhone a case of replacing a mediocre solution with another? Surprisingly, despite the poor quality of the iPhone's microphone (the author admits as much) the ability to move it off-camera does bring quite a few benefits, namely, no camera operation noise. There are also a couple of good recommendations in the article for those looking at better quality solutions without breaking the bank, so go check out the article!


Monday, November 24, 2008

VCR 2 PC Preserves Your Memories

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 AM

http://www.ionaudio.com/vcr2pc

"VCR 2 PC is a VHS tape player, just like a VCR, and it features a simple, easy USB connection so you can connect your computer and take your videos wherever you want them. Because it uses standard, plug-and-play USB, you only need the single, included cable to send both audio and video straight into your computer. And the included EZ VHS Converter software was designed specifically to make it easy to enjoy your videos on DVD, iPod, PSP, or computer. You can even watch videos on your compatible mobile phones!"

Even with DVDs on their way out, many people still have large archives of old VCR tapes. ION Audio's VCR 2 PC seems targeted to these people who want to digitally store their memories. There are several devices that record direct from VHS to DVD, but this transfers directly to your computer through a USB cable, much like a capture card. The only real benefit I can see paying $200 for a VCR 2 PC over more traditional video capture is the automation it offers. If you want to do a lot of unattended conversions that might be worth it, but it only works for VHS tapes. If your tapes are of the 8mm persuasion, you lose that automation since it just acts like a regular capture card at that point. Does anyone still have years of old tapes they haven't converted yet? Would this one-click solution be enough to get you convert all those tapes?


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