The Hatchback Production Kit


I recently conducted a workshop titled “The Hatchback Production Kit” at the Camera Company Pro Video Show in Dedham, Massachusetts. During the workshop I promised to post an inventory of the items I discussed in workshop. In the workshop I described the kit I’ve assembled for shooting formal interviews. I prefer shooting hand-held and travelling with a single camera bag, however, sometimes I need more gear to achieve specific results.

Sound for documentary, Part 1: Eight fundamental concepts


The first in a series of posts presenting practical techniques and a guide to the tools for recording and editing sound for video documentary that will help you improve your work whether you are a beginning or intermediate video documentary maker.

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 […]

Beyerdynamic velour pads: new life for Sony MDR-7506 or V6 headphones

Sony MDR7506

For many years I’ve been using two pairs of Sony MDR-7506 headphones (one lives in my camera kit and the second lives in my sound kit) and the original plastic ear pads had started to fall apart. These are outstanding headphones for monitoring audio, however, the pads are their achilles heel. You can order replacement […]

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 […]