Olloclip expands iPhone field of view


There’s a wide variety of aftermarket lenses available for the iPhone 4/4S/5, however, so far, the best design I’ve come across is the olloclip available for the iPhone 4/4S/5. The olloclip has become an essential element in my bag of iPhone accessories expanding the field of view of the iPhone lens whenever I need a wider, or closer, perspective on the world.

Basic Documentary Video Starter Kit (consumer level gear)


You do not need fancy gear to start making documentaries, but choosing the right gear is important. This post presents a list of good gear to consider when starting out making documentary videos. This post is based on a handout originally provided with my Documentary Video Boot Camp course offered through Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Four under $300 audio recorders for double-system sound


With the rising tide of small cameras shooting spectacular HD video suitable for documentary work, along with D-SLRs like the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 7D whose images rival much more expensive (and heavy) cameras, I’ve observed a spectacular rise in gorgeous video, but good sound is not something that seems to go […]

Transcriva 2

Transcriva 2 Interface

Back in August of 2005 I wrote a post, Transcriva makes transcribing (almost) fun, in which I reviewed the first version of Transcriva from Bartas Technologies, a delightful Macintosh application I’ve been using since then for transcribing audio and video interviews. Last year Bartas released the long awaited Transcriva 2 upgrade ($29.99 per license, free […]

Long lasting power pack for the M-Audio Microtrack (and other USB powered devices too)

Kensington Portable Power Pack

The original Microtrack 24/96 and the current Microtrack II from M-Audio are nice little audio recorders, I like having a small recorder in my backpack ready for anything. I love the fact it has balanced TRS inputs so I can use it with my professional microphones, as well as 1/8″ mini-jack inputs with plug-in power […]

Practical Sound Recording and Editing Techniques For Better Video

NME Presentation

Here are some resources associated with my session, “Practical Sound Recording and Editing Techniques For Better Video” recently given at the 4th Annual New Media Expo held in Las Vegas. Presentation Slides Here’s a copy of my presentation slides, available in two flavors. Sound-Better-Video-4NME.pdf A PDF of the presentation slides (34MB). Sound-Better-Video-4NME-Notes.pdf A PDF of […]