Zoom announced their new F6 audio field recorder for film and video at NAB 2019. I was fortunate enough to borrow a pre-production copy for a couple of days and ran it through some initial tests. In particular, I wanted to see how well this dual analogue to digital conversion with 32 bit float WAV recording worked and whether it really prevented clipping. I was also curious as to how clean the recordings would be. To my delight, the F6 records extraordinary amounts of dynamic range so you don’t have to worry about clipping nor do you need to be terribly concerned with noise floor. This tiny recorder is impressive!
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.
Links to gear used in this video:
Zoom F6 Audio Field Recorder
Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter - required to run the iOS control app
Lupo Superpanel Full Color 60 - Used for the blue background
Falconeyes 120TDX - (Amazon) 4’ x 4’ LED roll-flex panel light used as a key light and for the table-top product shots
Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Lens - (Amazon) used on the talking head shots
Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - (Amazon) used on the Pocket 4K for the product shots
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - used to shoot the talking head and most of the product shots
Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd
Music Copyright 2018 by Cary Judd. Used with permission.
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