“Short documentary films have the power to reveal a unique story, inspire with insights and even motivate change in the brief duration. How easy or difficult it is to make one? In this post, we will discuss the steps involved in making a short social documentary film….”
Three brands of audio field recorders are most commonly used by independent documentary moviemakers – Sound Devices, Tascam and Zoom. Sound Devices recorders, the Nagras of the digital age, have been more the province of professional audio recordists than one-person-crew moviemakers, until now, until the advent of its MixPre series with the first two models being the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6.
A detailed list of specifications of both MixPre models is available in the MixPre Series Sell Sheet at the MixPre-6 product page as well as a Sound Devices catalog, MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 Quick Start Guides and User Guides.
Standout features of both MixPre models include Sound Devices’ legendary audio quality via new microphone preamps, the ability to use both MixPre recorders as USB audio interfaces, durability of manufacture, intuitive interface, flexible power options, advanced mixing functionality, easy mounting on tripods and cameras, and a range of accessories and software.
When I returned to Sydney after a long sojourn elsewhere, photographers of my acquaintance reported fewer were earning a living from photography alone, more taking up creative side professions like video or graphic design.
Now the ever onwards march of technology has placed the possibility of shooting top quality video in the hands of photographers, great stills cameras in front of cinematographers and so the creative landscape changes once again.
Although stills and video production hardware has been roaring ahead, one key aspect of production software has lagged behind, media management. Kyno has filled that gap and, after taking advantage of developer Lesspain Software‘s 14-day trial offer, Kyno looks like it is doing an outstanding job of it.
DxO Labs released version 3 of its DxO ViewPoint optical and perspective correction software product which functions as a stand-alone and a plug-in for popular image-editing software.
I put DxO ViewPoint 3’s new automatic correction functions to the test and give it a thumbs-up, with the hope that full EXIF support for Fujifilm X-Sensor raw files and files derived from them will be forthcoming.
Major photoessay and short video work for this project, Untitled: Stories of Creativity, Innovation & Success, is temporarily on hold pending success in securing financing to enable me to devote the time and attention that it fully deserves. Software and hardware reviews will be forthcoming though.
I am also currently looking at other options for decent Internet access – we live and work in one of the many parts of Australia that the National Broadband Network seems to have entirely forgotten about. Our upload speeds here are appalling, especially for videos and larger still images, our connection reliability is nothing to boast about and these suburbs are not even on the NBN map.
Do please come back every so often. Anything can happen in the next half hour, as they say.