Sound for Video

Saramonic Blink 500 B2: 2 Wireless Microphones, One Receiver

Saramonic just released a new consumer grade wireless microphone system with some really interesting features. The new Blink 500 system comes in several different kits for different situations. The B2 kit, for example, comes with a dual channel receiver, two transmitters with integrated microphones, and two lavalier microphones. There are other kits with a single transmitter as well as special receivers for iPhone, iPad, and even a receiver with USB-C output for Android phones and tablets. Let’s take a closer look and listen to the Blink 500!

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 how to process dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F4, F8, and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used and mentioned in this episode:

Saramonic Blink 500 Wireless Microphone kits - B&H

Aputure C120T - B&H

Aputure C120DII - B&H Amazon

Panasonic GH5 - Amazon

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

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Sound Devices MixPre II Series with Paul Isaacs

Sound Devices recently announced an update to their MixPre series of recorders. The update brings some impressive new features including wide dynamic range recording (up to 142dB), 32-bit float recording, backup to USB Drive, longer pre-roll times, increased output levels on the MixPre 10 balanced outputs, and more. In this episode, we talk with Paul about the new features and where they'll be most useful.

Multistage analog-to-digital conversion patent

Sample 32 bit float files from MixPre II series

Comparison Chart of MixPre II Series models

MixPre II FAQ

MixPre II 32-bit Float Files Explained

Gear discussed and used in this episode:

Sound Devices MixPre Series II recorders - B&H

(I used the MixPre-10T first generation to record this session)

Hawk-woods Battery Adapters for MixPre-3 and 6 - B&H

Shure SM-7B - My favorite broadcast dynamic microphone. And no, with the MixPre, you do NOT need a cloud lifter or Fethead - B&H

Panasonic GH5S - my streaming camera - B&H

Panasonic 28-35mm f/2.8 OIS lens - super versatile zoom for the Panasonic GH cameras - B&H

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Azden SGM-3500 Series Shotgun Microphones

Azden has made microphones for video production for a number of years. About five years ago, I reviewed their SGM-250 which was a decent, entry level short shotgun microphone. But now it looks like Azden is moving up market and making some higher quality shotgun microphones. Let’s take a look at and have a listen to their new SGM-3500 and SGM-3500L shotgun microphones.

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 F4, F8 and, F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used and mentioned in this episode:

Azden SGM-3500 Shotgun Microphone - B&H

Azden SGM-3500L Shotgun Microphone - B&H

Deity S-Mic 2 Shotgun Microphone - B&H

RODE NTG4+ - B&H

D&O 180W LED Panel Light used as a key light - Amazon

Aputure COB120DII LED light used for background - Amazon

Panasonic GH5 Camera - Amazon

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

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Zoom F4 Course Announced

If you work with the Zoom F4 or are planning to, this course will help you get up to speed and making great recordings quickly. You can see the details by clicking the School link above.

This one was the most requested course over the last 2 years. We finally managed to carve out enough time to put it together and I hope you find it useful if you work with the F4!

Sound for Video Session: Q&A 25 August 2019

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 http://school.learnlightandsound.com and I'll email you when its time to submit.

Video on Syncing Camera, MixPre, and ATOMOS recorders via HDMI:


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

Copyright 2019, 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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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

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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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:

Sound for Video Session: Accusonus ERA 4 Cleanup Plugins

When it comes time to mix the sound for your film project, cleanup can be one of the more challenging parts. Accusonus just released their ERA 4 standard and pro bundles which include a series of easy to use VST plugins which work with most video editing and digital audio workstation apps: Noise Remover, Reverb Remover, Plosive Remover, De-Esser, De-Clipper, Voice Leveler, De-Esser Pro (Pro bundle only), ERA-D (Pro bundle only - advanced noise and de-reverb plugin). Here’s a demo of how severe of these work.

Please consider my sound for video classes.

Gear used to record this episode:

Accusonus ERA 4 Bundle

RODE TF-5 Cardioid Condenser Microphone - Used to record the reverb dialogue sample

Shure SM7B Dynamic Broadcast Microphone - My voiceover (Amazon)

Universal Audio Apollo X6 Audio Interface

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Music Copyright 2018 by Cary Judd, Used with Permission