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Old March 23rd, 2011, 01:49 PM   #1
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JuicedLink Preamp & Barcket DEMO - Chad Johnson

Here's a new video hot off the press. If you're into DSLR video you need to get the audio thing down. There are lots of audio solutions for video out there, but it seems that JL stuff is what I always recommend because it's clean and reasonably priced. This is a demo of a few JuicedLink products that can help get that audio captured cleanly. The DT454 and DS214 preamps, and a couple of brackets JL makes are featured here. Yes I made the jingle too just for the heck of it! I am working with a Canon T2i with magic lantern, and I am surprised at how good the audio quality is!

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Old March 23rd, 2011, 03:43 PM   #2
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Nicely done!

Now, "get away from me!" ...I hope you got her to sign a release form. ;)
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 06:07 PM   #3
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Thanks Jon! I hope she doesn't sue...
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 07:14 PM   #4
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Next time, film her after a meal - that you cooked for her. :)

BTW, that small bracket looks especially cool. With the JL and mic to the shooters left, it looks balanced and handy. It reminds me a bit of the "Man Rig" that Shane Hurlbut used on his 5D2 feature. It had two handles - one on the front left and another on the rear right. The operator could pull the two handles away from one another to add stability. It allowed full freedom of movement, unlike a shoulder rig which is always near eye height.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 07:26 PM   #5
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Yeah I really like that little DIY102B with the DS214 rig. It was lite and small, and I could even throw a light on the camera and go at it. And If I had someone being an on-cam talent they could take a hand held mic and Sennheiser Plug-on transmitter and go to town. When I get my actual DSLR (I borrowed the T2i in the vid) that's the way I'll set it up for general use. And with the camera strap on I'd have even more stability.
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Old March 24th, 2011, 06:36 AM   #6
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What type of xxxxing dinner was that she was cooking for you? lol
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Old March 24th, 2011, 12:04 PM   #7
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LOL - That was a very delicious chicken/vegetable soup! And I ate every drop.
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Old March 28th, 2011, 09:37 PM   #8
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Thanks for the video, would you mind posting your recommended settings for the 454 and t2i ML firmware.
(ie what settings you set magic lantern to in this video)

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Old March 28th, 2011, 10:01 PM   #9
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I can't say what is recommended. It depends on the situation. Just turn it up! But make sure the loudest thing that will happen won't clip. I May have had the T2i at 0 gain, possibly 10db analogue gain. Then I use the mixer to taste.
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On the 5D2, I use +10dB or +17dB analog gain, depending on my expected signal, and 0dB d-gain, left and right. Crank the JL up nearly all the way on high. Adjust to taste, depending on SPLs and mic sensitivity, but it's a good place to start.
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Old March 29th, 2011, 11:41 AM   #11
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Thanks for the replies guys, I'll expereiment to see what suits, thanks for the starting off point.

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Old March 31st, 2011, 05:38 AM   #12
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BTW, that small bracket looks especially cool. With the JL and mic to the shooters left, it looks balanced and handy.
Yes it looks like a great solution particularly for the lighter T2i and a reasonably light lens (Chad, seeing you throw that camera around in your vid made me think that in some situations the weight of the T2i could be a really great advantage of that cam). I shoot on the 5D, often with the 24-70mm 2.8 zoom. Together lens and camera weigh around 2kg. Add periferals and the weight would start to get prohibitive for longer shoots with that bracket.

But where weight is an issue maybe you could hook that bracket up to something like this-

Manfrotto 361 Shoulder Brace for Monopods 361 B&H Photo Video


to get a third contact point and take some of the weight off the arms.
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Old March 31st, 2011, 11:35 AM   #13
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Hi Ben

Yes with the JL bracket the camera IS more balanced, and it's much easier to get a steady shot. But with heavier cameras, that manfrotto brace (IMO) wouldn't help much to alleviate the arm strain. I have a couple shoulder mounts for my EX1, and though the shots are steadier, all the weight is still on your arms.

There is a cool brace that Philip Bloom referred to as the "El Cheapo" that he (and I) got from China for 30.00 on ebay. Well now the exact model has taken on many names, and some are on B&H, though for a little more. These things are great, and even with an EX1, I can take both hands off the camera and it stays up. It would be perfect for a lighter camera. Still the JL DIY102B is great and small. The El Cheapo is good for long time periods of use.

El Cheapo - Polaroid 39.00
Polaroid Stabilizing Video Mount PLVM B&H Photo Video

El Cheapo - Smith Victor 59.00
Smith-Victor CS-1 Camcorder Stabilizer 700445 B&H Photo Video

I put a manfrotto quick release plate on mine and now I can go from tripod to shoulder in a few seconds. Here's the thing on Phil's Blog: Shoulder mounts…which one? | Philip Bloom (Scroll down)
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Chad,
Thanks for that post. Those definitely seem to be better solutions. Any ebay links for el cheapo?
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Old April 1st, 2011, 02:07 PM   #15
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No links to the el cheapo. That ebay listing is long gone, but the 39.00 Polaroid is pretty close to the price I paid, and it's the same thing.
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