Live Music from the Black Dove bar basement, Kemptown, Brighton, East Sussex, UK. March 2013. N.B Great British premium lager and cocktails here! Produced on a Kodak Zi 8 at 720p resolution with an external Audio Technica ATR6250 stereo XY microphone. This is basic budget 'point and shoot' amateur video. 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. Notice the A36 generic pink filtered Aldi portable 160 LED floodlight (cost 13 quid)! That’s the filter they use to illuminate British comedian Ken Dod and his Diddymen on stage! Edited with Clip Creator 2 and converted for iPod with Prism, both free shareware! 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!

Andy

Videographer / Lighting / Editor

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