Microphone and Recorder shootout for filmmakers 2014 edition Zoom H6 vs H4n vs Audio Technica AT803

In this video I put the Zoom H6 Handy Recorder head-to-head with the Zoom H4n Handy recorder and see if the new and improved Zoom H6 is indeed new and improved.

I compare the sound quality of the H6 XYH-6 X/Y capsule, the H6 MSH-6 Mid-Side (MS) capsule, and the H4n X/Y built-in microphone.

I also compare their preamps and recording ability using the extremely popular Shure SM58 microphone, the Audio Technica AT803 lavalier microphone, and the insanely affordable Neewer lapel microphone.

See (or hear) which options you like best for your own productions, and let us know in the comment box!

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Upgrade the Zoom H6 firmware to version 2.00 or 1.10

In this video I show how to upgrade the Zoom H6 firmware.

Version 1.10 brings two new features:

  1. A fix to the SD card test, which allows you to check and make sure your SD cards are working properly.
  2. A volume control for the line out, which allows you to send the audio over to a DSLR or other camera while recording.

Version 2.0 introduces the following new features:

  1. Supported XYH-5 (XY Stereo Mic).
  2. Added MS Matrix function to input 1/2 and 3/4.
  3. Added SOLO mode.
  4. Added sound marker function on starting and stopping recording.
  5. Added monitor function in menu of ‘Lo Cut’ and ‘Comp/Limiter’.
  6. Bug fix: ‘Month’ of Origination Date of BWF format is recorded one month late.

Procedure:
1. Download the H6 System Software from Zoom NA:
https://www.zoom-na.com/products/field-video-recording/field-recording/h6-handy-recorder/downloads

2. Next, copy the system file in the root directory of the SD card, and insert the card in the Zoom H6 recorder.

3. Turn the power button while holding the play/pause button, and the H6 asks if you want to upgrade.

4. Select yes, wait until the upgrade finishes installing, and the upgrade is over.

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Zoom H6 Handy Recorder unboxing

In this video I do an unboxing of the Zoom H6 Handy Recorder. I decided to upgrade my Zoom H4n to an H6 mostly for the improved sound quality and the improved workflow. The H6 boots up faster, has easy to adjust volume controls, and has interchangeable microphone capsules.

Stay tuned for more videos of the Zoom H6 Handy Recorder, from reviews, tutorials, and comparisons with the Zoom H4n.

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Take panoramas using the Nodal Ninja NN4 with RD16 II advanced rotator

In this video I show you how I use the Nodal Ninja NN4 with RD16-II advanced rotator to take my panoramas.

The important thing with panoramas is to do everything manually to ensure the images stitch well together. That’s why I use manual exposure, manual white balance, and manual focus.

Find the No Parallax Point on a Nodal Ninja NN4 with RD16-II for better panoramic photos

In this video, I show how to find the No Parallax Point (NPP) which is sometimes called Nodal Point, which helps you take better panoramic photos which will stich together with less errors.

The panoramic head I’m using in this video is the Nodal Ninja NN4 with RD/16-II rotator, which I find works quite well, although this technique should work with other brands and models also.

First Exercise: taking photos in automatic mode – Photo tutorial 101 Take control of – Episode 10 HD

This is the first exercise of the Photo Tutorial 101 Take control of your camera series. If you have been following the series so far, you should now be able to put a lens on your camera, use autofocus, and take photos in automatic mode. This is what this exercise is about, so go out there, take some photos, and look at your results.

In the next few videos, we will see different methods of improving upon this initial set of photos.

How to upgrade the firmware of a Canon EOS DSLR camera

Since a new firmware (1.1.4) came out for the Canon EOS 6D, I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone and make a video about how to upgrade the firmware on a Canon DSLR camera. Each camera and upgrade could be a little different, so do make sure you read the instructions, but this should be pretty standard.

Some important things to consider:
1) Read the instructions that come with the file.
2) Always make sure you have a full battery. If the battery goes off mid-way, you risk bricking your camera (i.e. turning it into an expensive brick).
3) Some firmware updates have a limit for how large a memory card you can use for this. For the 6D 1.1.4 they recommend 64GB or smaller, but some other firmwares might even be 32GB.

How to link two Canon Speedlite 600 ex rt flashes using the built in wi fi radio trigger

In this video, I show how to configure two Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash units using the built-in Wi-Fi radio transmitter.

I will go over how to set up the IDs so they connect, how to go from ETTL to Manual, and how to setup ratios.

Let me know if you’re interested in more of these videos!

Canon 6D ISO Test low light ISO noise demonstration in video mode ISO 100 to 25600

This is my Canon 6D ISO test, this shows how the image looks like at the following ISOs: 100 160 320 640 1250 2500 5000 1000 12800 25600.

To my eye, it seems like the highlights are holding out quite well all the way up to 10k ISO, while the shadows are holding out perfectly until 2500 ISO, and very decently at 5k and 10k. At it’s highest ISO setting of 25’600, though, the image does seem to fall apart quite a bit, but I could see it having some uses.

If you would like to see such a test for photographer where I could go up to the H2 setting of 100K ISO, let me know, but 25,600 is the highest the camera can go in video mode.

How to take your first DSLR photos in Auto mode – Photo Tutorial 101 Take Control – Episode 9

In this episode, I show how to take a photo in full automatic mode. A lot of pros would say that only Manual / Av / Tv modes should be used, and they would be partly right, but everyone has to start somewhere, and I believe full auto mode is the best place to start to get acquainted with a DSLR camera.

In future videos I will show how to go beyond auto, but full automatic mode is definitely a good place to begin until someone is ready for the next steps.