Which LED Lights for Each Situation? 5 Soft LED Lights for Video

With the massive number of LED lights available for video these days, and now that their color quality has dramatically improved from just a few years ago, when might you want to use one type of LED light versus another? In this episode, we demonstration when you might want to use a very small LED panel (e.g., 5 inch) versus a tube LED versus a medium sized panel or mat light versus a huge four foot by four foot mat LED light.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used and mentioned in this episode:

Andycine Boling P1 RGB light with effects - Amazon

CAME-TV Andromeda RGB LED Slim Tube Lights - Amazon

- Remote Amazon

- 4 pack + Remote Amazon

D&O Lighting 180W - my pick for best all-around light - Amazon

Westcott Flex Cine 1x1 Mat LED Lights - Best pro level travel kit

- Amazon

- B&H

FalconEyes 120TDX 4x4 Mat LED Light - My pick for getting cinematic shots you cannot get with smaller lights

- Amazon

- With Honeycomb grid to prevent spill - Amazon

- Direct from Vitopal

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - B&H

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are Amazon.com, B&H Photo, or other affiliate links.

Sound for Video Session: Q&A

In this week's live Sound for Video Session, we'll take a shot at answering your sound for video questions. You can submit them live, or for future sessions, just sign up for free over at the Learn Light and Sound School and I'll email you when its time to submit. You can also find all of our sound for video courses there.

MixPre setup video:

Mark Owens mentioned this combination for powering the Zoom F8n:

Sony BP-U60 Battery - B&H

Battery adapter plate - Amazon

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PicoMic - 2 Microphones 1 Receiver 2.4GHz Wireless Microphone System

PICOGEAR, a small French company recently released a new dual channel wireless microphone system called PICOMIC. This prosumer level wireless mic system comes with two transmitters with integrated microphones and a dual channel receiver. The design priorities of this system are to record simple, quality audio for two people at the same time.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used and mentioned in this episode:

PicoMic Dual Channel Wireless 2.4GHz Microphone System - Amazon

Panasonic GH5 Camera - Amazon

Rycote Over Covers - B&H

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - B&H

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Sound Devices SCORPIO: Why do Pros Use Gear Like This?

In April 2019, Sound Devices announcement their new flagship audio mixer/recorder called Scorpio. Sound Devices caters to TV and film production sound mixers - the professionals working on large budget productions. The Scorpio has a lot of new features which are really exciting and help production sound mixers do things that they haven’t been able to do before or it simplifies things that were previously more complicated. But all this comes at what would seem like a hefty price from the perspective of a self-funded, passion project filmmaker: $8995 USD. In this episode, we run through the features of the Scorpio, and why for some pros working on the larger budget projects, the expense is easily justified.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used and mentioned in this episode:

Sound Devices Scorpio - B&H

Sound Devices 688 - B&H

Sound Devices 633 - B&H

Sound Devices MixPre - the more affordable line of high quality recorders for indie filmmakers - B&H

Allen & Heath DT168 Dante Stage Box - One example of a Dante device with 16 inputs and 8 outputs, all controllable by Scorpio - B&H

DPA 4017b Shotgun Microphone - B&H

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - B&H

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Zoom F4 Special Pricing

If you’re in the market for an audio recorder with great preamps, timecode, and a rugged build, the Zoom F4 has special pricing over at B&H in August. Check the Zoom F4’s details over at B&H.

I’ll be wrapping up my work on our Zoom F4 course at the end of this month so you can learn how to use your new F4!

Aputure COB300DII: Refined, Powerful, Versatile Video Light

Aputure updated their COB 300D LED single point light in some substantial ways with the COB 300D II. This new light puts out even more than the first generation COB 300D, adds a new more refined control box, removes the separate AC adapter, and adds an extremely convenient light stand quick release system. The color quality is very good for a daylight balanced LED light and the Bowens mount makes this light especially versatile. With various modifiers you can make hard or soft light with Aputure’s Light Dome, Light Dome Mini, Fresnel 2X, Barn Doors, Lantern, and soon to arrive Spotlight. Let’s take a closer look.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used and mentioned in this episode:

Aputure COB 300D II with V-Mount Battery Plates - B&H

Aputure COB 300D II with V-Mount Battery Plates - Amazon

Aputure COB 300D II with Anton Bauer Gold Mount Battery Plates - B&H

Aputure COB 120D II - Amazon

Aputure Light Dome II - Amazon

Aputure Light Dome II - B&H

Aputure Light Dome Mini II - Amazon

Aputure Light Dome Mini II - B&H:

Aputure Lantern - B&H

Aputure Barn Doors - B&H

Aputure Fresnel 2X - B&H

Aputure Fresnel 2X - Amazon

Aputure Spotlight - B&H

Sound Devices Scorpio - B&H

DPA 4017b Shotgun Microphone - B&H

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - B&H

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are Amazon.com, B&H Photo, or other affiliate links.

Packing for a Location Sound Job

We run through my sound kit for a reality TV shoot I have coming tomorrow, talk about whether you need to have a Sound Devices recorder to get jobs, and relying only on gear you know well for paid jobs. Also, an explanation on my current perspective on cameras.

Gear outlined in this video:

Sound Devices Scorpio B&H

Sound Devices MixPre-10T B&H This is what I ended up using as my main recorder for the job

Sound Devices 633 B&H Backup recorder for the day

Audio Ltd A10 Wireless B&H The main wireless system for the job

RODELink Filmmaker kit B&H

Remote Audio Battery Distribution System B&H

Hi-Q Smart Batteries B&H

Orca Sound Bags (OR-30 and OR-34) B&H

Orca Bag Shoulder Harness B&H

DPA 4017b Shotgun Microphone B&H

Rycote Cyclone wind cover B&H

K-Tek Avalon KEG-150CCR B&H

Comtek Wireless Transmitter/Receiver system for other crew B&H

Sennheiser MKH 8050 Indoor Boom Microphone B&H

DPA 4160 Lavalier Microphone B&H

Countryman B6 Lavalier Microphone B&H

Sanken COS-11D Lavalier Microphone B&H

Tentacle Sync E Timecode Generators B&H

Sony MDR-7506 Headphones B&H

Voice Technologies VT500 Lavalier Microphone B&H

IDX V-Mount Battery B&H

Rycote Stickies for hiding lavalier microphones B&H

Moleskin - for hiding lavalier microphones Amazon

Joe's Sticky Stuff Amazon

Ursa Straps for hiding lavaliers and bodypack transmitters B&H

Basic Slate/Clapperrboard Amazon

Leatherman Tool Amazon

Boom Pole Holder B&H

C-stands B&H

Producer’s Choice Sound Blankets Vocal Booth To Go

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Sound for Video Session: Q&A

In this week's live Sound for Video Session, we'll take a shot at answering your sound for video questions. You can submit them live, or for future sessions, just sign up for free over at our school and I'll email you when its time to submit.

Michael Wynne's video on setting up a com system for sound mixers, boom operators and utilities:

LISTEN - Short Film Recap - Sound with Curtis Judd

Here’s a quick behinds the scenes interview on my work on the short film, “Listen.” This one focuses on the high-level lessons learned rather than the technical details of the production or post mix.

Oh, and about the start of the video, I was told to talk for a bit while they set the audio levels. Turns out our editor thought it would be funny to keep that part. I apologize for that. We were not sponsored by Goldfish crackers or the company which makes them.

If you haven’t seen Listen yet, you can see that here:

On-Set Sound Lingo

When you work on the set of a film or video project, there’s a specialized language the crew often uses. Here is a run through some of the more common sound lingo you’ll hear on set.

Here’s a free sound gear packing list for production sound mixing over at Airtable.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used and mentioned in this episode:

RODE TF-5 Microphone Matched Pair (B&H)

Slate (Amazon)

K-Tek Boom Pole I use (B&H)

Audio Ltd A10 Wireless Microphone System (B&H)

Sound Devices 633 Mixer/Recorder (B&H)

Countryman B6 Lavalier Microphone (B&H)

DPA 4160 Lavalier Microphone (B&H)

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are Amazon.com, B&H Photo, or other affiliate links.