Review: Focus Enhancements FireStore FS-C

Focus Enhancements‘ FS-C direct to edit (DTE) recorder is a high-performance, feature-rich product that’s the perfect complement to Canon camcorders like the XL H1, XH A1, or even XL2 (I tested with the XH A1). The only catch is price; at $1,799.95 for the 100GB model at B&H Photo, the unit may be hard to…

Encoding for the iPod

Many videographers are creating iPod-compatible files for clients or for posting as demo files on their websites. You would think that with a gazillion iPods sold, the process of getting video onto an iPod would be very straightforward. Well, there’s straightforward, and then there’s straightforward. If you’re a soccer mom showing off vacation videos, your…

Finishing Up

This brings up a critical point on
saving intermediate files while editing. Though you can undo all of the
tasks described above while you’re editing the file, once you
save the file, you can’t go back—Soundbooth applies all

Connection options

There are two ways to
connect external microphones to camcorders, though not all camcorders
offer either or both options. First, of course, is your microphone
port, which comes in two general categories. One is an XLR connector,
which is typicall

Microphone options

Figure 3 shows a good cross section of the types of microphones you should be
considering for your shoots. Let’s briefly identify them, and then
cover the three characteristics of microphones you need to learn before