Fstoppers: Let’s Make a Short Social Documentary Film


“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….”


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Decider: How Female Directors Dominate The Documentary World


Sound Devices Introduces Its New MixPre Ultra-Compact USB-Streaming Audio Recorder Series with MixPre-3 & MixPre-6

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.

Sound Devices MixPre-3

Sound Devices MixPre-6


Cam Tech: First Look, DxO ViewPoint 3

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.

Admin: Movies & photoessays on hold temporarily, pending revamping stills and video set-up.

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. 

With the failure of the federal government’s plan to convert existing HFC overhead cables throughout these suburbs into high speed broadband carriers, it is anybody’s guess as to if and when we will ever get real broadband here. Until then, uploading video files is an especially painful process, taking many hours and numerous attempts to upload even short-duration movies in HD or FHD format.

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.

In these suburbs, all telecommunications services run over old, inadequate copper wiring. Telstra technicians are often to be seen fighting their employer’s ageing infrastructure, with telecoms plugs like this one left exposed on the street.

Do please come back every so often. Anything can happen in the next half hour, as they say.