Produced on a Kodak Zi 8, PAL at 720p 30fps resolution with an external Audio Technica ATR6250 stereo XY microphone. The lighting is crap and sometimes there are slight audio glitches. I mean that square waves are produced when the audiometer goes over 0dB. I used a cheap but hot, portable, quartz halogen backlight from 'Screwfix' with a pale apricot cinamoid plastic inside the protection mesh (don't let it touch the glass: it melts) from a disco shop. The drummer asked for the A36 generic pink filtered stage LED floodlight to be switched of pernickety t****r! Edited with Clip Creator 2 and converted for iPod with Prism, both free software! The microphone picks up a lot of the background sound because it is not a highly directional gun type, also, not much bass below 70Hz! The audio is very ‘hit and miss’, so what these video pocket cameras need is an audio brick wall limiter and a longer audio level bar-graph for monitoring, which should be visible whilst recording. Also, a fish eye or wide-angle lens and a backlit CMOS sensor chip would be handy for low light work. I used a flash bar to hold the camera and microphone and a cheap circular Aldi LED work light with the pink filter again, held on a Velbon CX-444 Tripod. I used a short multi-way extension lead for two mains lights (not a good idea: a trip hazard)! I should have put the tripod on neoprene (waist band from Poundland) to attenuate the sound of knocks through wood! It is worth using a Sandisk Extreme Pro SDHC class 1 card with a 95Mbps speed, because the video camera will not switch off as it will be able to write video fast enough to this solid state memory. The standard class 6 memory cards are only good enough for 720p DVD video and not for high definition. You have been warned! I should probably record at 720p PAL 60fps in future!

Andy

Videographer / Lighting / Editor

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