Zoom H6 Handheld Recorder, Now with Shotgun, Starts at US$399 [Preview]

Zoom has done a lot to popularize field recording, but perhaps equally impressive is how its products have improved. The first H4, for instance, earned the name “handy” recorder, but it was the successor H4N that finally provided dedicated controls, a body that better handled noise and that felt more professional, that didn’t require diving into menus just to set level. Some of the video recording options reverted to more annoyances – I was once in a cab in Philadelphia in which the driver volunteered that he couldn’t stand the Q3’s interface because he couldn’t properly set levels for his …

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Sharing Signals: FIBER, Why Events Matter, in Video [Mexico Meets NL]

FIBER Festival – Sharing Signals from Hotpixel on Vimeo. When you see artistic ideas spreading, practices evolving, part of the reason is that people are being exposed to those ideas. (It’s nice when contagion has artistic symptoms, rather than, you know, nasty illnesses and whatnot.) Here, the design agency Hotpixel documents a video montage love sonnet to Holland’s FIBER Festival, as the Netherlands meet Mexico City. In March 2012 we were invited to co-curate the video gallery, exhibit at the expo, participate in a discussion panel and give an openFrameworks workshop for the FIBER Festival 2012. This is a video …

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Modul8 Gets New Beginner-Friendly Manual, Expert-Ready Custom Module Documented

I wouldn’t normally rave about a manual, but — this is how it should be done. Kudos! (Well, that and the one time Edirol bizarrely did a set of ninja videos for motion dive.tokyo.) Modul8, the popular Mac live video tool, got bumped to version 2.6.3 this week. But the most important change is a fantastic new manual for the software, buried at the bottom of the changed feature list: – Syphon SDK Public Beta 2 – fixed an issue with OS X 10.7 Lion – Fixed some issues with alpha channels when using shared textures in Syphon – Fixed …

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The Bridge for Serato and Ableton: Public Beta, Manual Available

This image, via The Bridge 1.0 manual, reveals the “Ableton Panel,” by which Live appears as a sort of virtual device inside the Serato DJ app. We’ve known since January that Ableton Live, the live production software, and Serato Scratch Live, a leading virtual vinyl and DJ app, were to be connected with new software called The Bridge. (See our Q&A from the NAMM trade show at the beginning of the year.) Now, after a limited private beta, the software is available as a public beta. There’s also full documentation online if you just want to browse through and have …

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Better Windows Screencasting: Open Source CamStudio with Expanded Support

Don’t let this happen to you. Photo (CC-BY) christa connelly. Recording a screen just isn’t as easy as recording sound, presenting challenges for everyone from visualists documenting work to software imagineers developing software. That means any news in this area on any platform is good news. CamStudio is an open source project descended from the same codec and codebase that led to the popular commercial Camtasia software. (The plot there is way, way too thick to recall, so I’ll leave it at that.) It’s fully GPL-ed, including the codec. And it’s a nice, lightweight program for doing screen captures. (It’s …

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Logic Express Packs Most of Logic for Less; Apple Adds PDF Manual to Logic 9

I have to say I think Express is a model of what a more entry-level edition of a product could be. (I know Apple competitors reading this are shaking their heads and pointing out that Apple is in the comfortable position of selling pricey computers with big margins, but I think Apple still provides incentive to buy the Studio version without feeling the need to cripple Express.) Nearly everything new in Logic Studio 9 is also in Logic Express 9, which Apple began shipping yesterday. Apple Logic 9’s audio editing have been transformed, via a new means of squishing audio …

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Performance Videography: Get Up Close for More Exciting and Editable Footage

Segue – Reset (Live at Big Day Out 2008 Two-up Edit) from Jaymis on Vimeo. How do you make live performance documentation that doesn’t suck? You’ve been there: you’re trying to shoot footage, you’re trying to edit footage someone else shot, or you’re trying to tell someone shooting footage how to take material you can actually use. Jaymis from Create Digital Motion talks a bit about a recent experience working on footage of Segue – or skip to the end for some tips, either for you or to give that young, eager videographer you hope can make you look cool. …

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Pinnacle Video Transfer: Grab Analog Video Without a Computer

Pinnacle’s new Video Transfer box is a portable analog video (S-video/Y-c and composite) and stereo audio (RCA) h.264 encoder. The Video Transfer box has no built in storage – you supply it. Touting iPod video compatibility and USB Mass storage support, you can in theory hook up any USB 2.0 device to record video to. With selectable quality (Good, Better, Best – sound familiar?), the Video Transfer supports iPod Video, Nano (third gen) and iPod Classic, as well as the PSP and PSP Slim, USB 2.0 flash drives and USB 2.0 hard drives. I’m guessing no Touch/iPhone support due to …

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