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Video thumbnail for youtube video Sound Devices Powers Doctor Who - nofilmschoolLet’s be honest here. All of us are guilty of a little bit of healthy gear fetishism — it’s an undeniably exciting time for the tools of the trade. For whatever reason, audio gear doesn’t get nearly the same level of love, and that’s kind of sad — there’s plenty of sexiness to go around in that realm, too. Sound Devices is one manufacturer that takes digital dual system technology very, very seriously. As such I was quite interested to find out Sound Devices make up the sound recordist’s arsenal on one of my favorite TV shows: the BBC’s Doctor Who. More »

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The Convergent Design Gemini 4:4:4 might be the cheapest RAW recorder on the market, but it just got some company as far as 4:4:4 recording is concerned. Sound Devices, better known for their superb audio recording equipment, has just announced that they are offering a free upgrade to their PIX series of external monitor/recorders that is capable of giving access to the full power of the 3G-SDI, thereby allowing you to record in the 12-bit ProRes 4:4:4:4 codec at up to 30fps. More »

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Last month a test was conducted by Robert Rozak, President of juicedLink, comparing the preamps from his company’s products with a similar offering from Beachtek, with both going right into the Canon 7D. He received so much feedback that he’s added a number of devices to the test and is now comparing the signal-to-noise ratio performance of the preamps of a number of devices, the Sound Devices 702, Zoom H4n, Tascam DR-100 MKII, Tascam DR-680, Edirol R44, Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO, and juicedLink Riggy Micro/Assist. Click through to see his results. More »

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While many productions choose the Arri Alexa for its superior dynamic range, sensitivity, and color rendition, having the ability to record to high quality ProRes can mean faster turnaround times with a workflow that is already a standard. Any production that will rely on color correction will usually choose a log profile, but this also means that unless you do some sort of correction, the files will be very flat. Since the Alexa can output both log and standard gamma profiles, you can use an external recorder like the Sound Devices PIX 240 to record proxy files with a standrad gamma profile. The new 2.01 firmware for the 240 gives it the ability receive timecode and have identical file names to the internally recorded files from the Alexa, so those can be matched up perfectly when you want to re-link files later for color grading. Andy Shipsides from AbelCine gives a walk-through of that process in this video: More »

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As large-sensor cameras at all price points become more prevalent, one of the most limiting factors to the image quality is the native video codec used for compression. Many of us are used to DSLR codecs that may hold up initially, only to fall apart during color correction (some codecs don’t even hold up very well initially, except for viewing on the web). One way to overcome this limitation is to buy a much more expensive camera with superior recording options, like a RED or ARRI ALEXA. Another way to overcome the same codec issue is to pair an external recorder with a cheaper camera. Here’s a roundup of the field recorders I saw on display at NAB. More »