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  1. I was quite interested in Mix Pre 3 until F8n came out. Honestly, I don't need F8n as it is, in my ways, an overkill for me but the fact that it has the auto mixer built-in makes me excited about it. I imagine that it would be quite useful for live streaming and quick post-production. I hope to see reviews for it.

    For example, I wonder if the F8n does mix-minus automatically and more importantly when you bring in the audio from a computer, does it also apply audio mixing to that channel? In practice, what it means is that when a remote guest is not speaking, say for example via Skype, you don't send unnecessary hiss and noise to the final mix.

  2. 14 minutes ago, IronFilm said:

    Has a USB input though for updates?

    True but for some reason the firmware is not available and according to a customer service reply, as reported in the video's comment section, it will be available in newly manufactured ones. Not sure what it means but it doesn't look promising.

    I am also looking for information on whether these cheap monitors with false color have the option to set different thresholds/levels in false color?  



  3. 6 hours ago, IronFilm said:

    Ah ha! The AndyCine A6 is identical to the Feelworld F6, which I can find with free shipping on Aliexpress (the Andycine doesn't exist on Aliexpress):
    I guess I've narrowed this down now to two monitors, F6/A6 vs A5!


    I am also interested in this monitor; however, there appear to be some problems in 4K where some of the functions do not work correctly. A new firmware has reportedly fixed the issues but it is not available online as far as I can see. Some say it will only come with new devices.


  4. 8 hours ago, Inazuma said:

    Just thinking - can I use an adapter to turn my two 3.5mm mics into XLR mics and plug them into the tascam dr60d? 

    This is just a hobby for me and they're not professionals either, so the less money we can spend the better :) 

    As far as I know, Rode VideoMicro comes only with a TRS cable out of the box so you have to purchase a TRRS cable to use it on your phone.

    On my Tascam DR100 Mark II, I can't use lavalier mics that require plug-in power. Just make sure the audio recorder you are planning to use supply plugin power.

    On a side note, I suggest you take a look at Movo VXR10 or Boya BY-MM1 (Same mics) Cable reviewed this mic on his channel. I bought mine for £20. It is similar to Rode VideoMicro but louder and comes with TRS and TRRS cables, shock mount, a dead cat and carrying pouch. Since you already have a Rode VideoMicro and are on tight budget, perhaps you could purchase this mic alongside with a stereo breakout cable and use them on your Zoom H1.


  5. This version seems great but it is definitely slower on my maxed-out iMac on the projects that I am currently working on. Projects that I was able to edit smoothly despite my relatively slow external HDD struggles with the new version.

    It seems to me that its due to some bugs being fixed. I know it sounds weird but I used to have problems with audio waveforms where applying compressor or EQ wouldn’t automatically generate new waveforms unless I create a new compound clip. I was able to continue editing and listening to the processed audio but I couldn’t see new waveform instantaneously.

    This version has fixed this issue and now the waveform generation is instantaneous but my HDD struggles with the processing. I now have to wait a bit for editing or playback.

    So I am not sure how I feel about this :) 


  6. It is good to see that I am not the only one thinking that Apple's both Magic Mouse and Keyboard are invitation to disaster in terms of ergonomics. I've recently purchased a 2017 iMac. Both wireless keyboard and magic trackpad 2 are still in the box, which I plan to sell them. If you are interested, send me a PM :)

    Recently, while awaiting the iMac to arrive, I had to use an 2011 MacBook Pro 13". I couldn't believe how comfortable the keys were on that machine compared to my previous Retina MacBook Pro. It was as if I had typed on a flat surface for so long that I'd forgotten what it is like to type comfortably.

    I've recently purchased a boxed Apple Wireless Keyboard from 2003 from Ebay. It is a temporary solution until I find a good mechanical keyboard.

    Also, if you are using a USB keyboard or mouse, especially those with extra buttons and keys, make sure you check out USBOverdrive or similar applications to modify certain keys to your preferences. You can create custom profiles if you like. For example, when you are in Final Cut, you may choose to use certain macro keys to perform certain actions. You can create a dedicated editor keyboard :) 


  7. I am also a FCP X user and I've purchased the top-tier 27" iMac with i7, AMD Radeon Pro 580 W/8Gb VRAM, 8GB Ram, and 512GB SSD. It should be delivered by 6 July and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

    I've upgraded from the same model (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014 with 2.5GHz i7, 16GB Ram and 512GB SSD) you currently have. Normally, I was planning to buy a 4K display and use an EGPU to extend the laptop's life. But when I calculate the total cost, it seems more logical to sell the laptop and buy the iMac. I was able to sell my laptop for £1200 and I bought the iMac with higher education discount for ~£2350.

    I've had quite a bit experience with Hackintosh and I would probably easily build a killer and more powerful system with this budget but I didn't want to bother with its maintenance. That said, if you choose your parts carefully, you can easily build a reliable and more powerful PC with the option to upgrade its internal in the future should you require a more powerful machine in the future.

  8. 17 hours ago, Antonis said:

    "With HEVC, Apple is enabling high-quality video streaming on networks where only HD streaming was previously possible, while hardware acceleration on the new iMac and MacBook Pro deliver incredibly fast and power-efficient HEVC encoding and editing." 

    Remains to be seen if it will be available on select older spec machines.
    I'm sure future hackintosh builds will be able to make full use of it.
    On my old 13inch macbook it did not seam to be using the full potential of the hardware. (CPU around 40%, cooling fans spinning slow)

    In the presentation it is stated hardware acceleration will only be available for 2016 and newer Mac. The rest will have software acceleration.

  9. 41 minutes ago, BTM_Pix said:

    The only nagging thing I have about it that might be worth trying is to set the region using the octopus boot up method to Japan. It is in no way guaranteed or expected but neither is it beyond the bounds of possibility that for its own domestic market, Panasonic may have additional functionality. 


    You might be right. It could very well result in being a purely cosmetic thing.

    BTW, my GX7 has already been switched region via the octopus method. Not sure how important it is, but my GX7 has already unlimited recording as I've bought it from Hong-Kong. The region switching has only brought 60p and 30p option.

  10. 1 minute ago, Aeolian said:

    Here are my test results for the good old G6

    1. send">mov_60p_50mbps

    2. G6 returns ok, indicator on Screen: MOV, also in menu, same behaviour like GX7 (@JBraddock)

    3. Press record button -> G6 in runaway state, no reaction on any button

    4. send

    5. G6 returns the xml file,,,,ok camera still responding to wifi commands

    6. send

    7. G6 returns <result>err_reject</result>

    8. G6 still in runaway state,,, have to remove battery

    2nd test

    1. send">mov_60p_50mbps

    2. start Panasonic Image App und press record button in app

    3. App returns something like "recording not possible in this mode"

    4. remove battery

    same behaviour for all mov modes in curmenu

    @BTM_Pix In my case, the camera does not have any problem switching into MOV recording mode. I've saved this mode to C1 and when I switch to C1, the change also populates on Image app. In the app's settings, however, the recording format still does not appear as MOV.  

    Here what I've also observed:

    - The command -video_recstop- does not work. It produces 'err_reject'.

    - When I press the record button, the recording camera icon appears on the top left corner.

    - If I leave it untouched, the screen display changes and shows the remaining minutes and second albeit in a wrong format as does it during normal recording. The text does not change however. It is fixed at 86h26m etc.

    - Panasonic Image App freezes in my case.

    I was wondering what <item id="menu_item_id_videoformat" enable="no"/> does? Could there be a way to enable MOV in Recording format option alongside AVCHD and MP4? Perhaps the camera changes the recording format yet it still expects other settings?



  11. 3 hours ago, BTM_Pix said:

    Looking at the user manual online for the FZ2000/2500, it refers to being able to switch the recording mode in the video menu between AVCHD,MP4,MP4(LPCM) and MOV


    It describes MP4(LPCM) as the "data format for image editing" and it is this mode that needs to be selected on the camera to use the 200mps All-I formats etc.

    So with them calling them Editing formats, thats the mystery of what the "ed" in those mp4ed_**** ones means.

    Now, the GX85 doesn't have that selectable in its menu so I need to do a session with an FZ2000 to see if its selectable via the app.

    But I haven't got that camera so will have to try and blag a demo of one to do it.

    Still won't get us anywhere if the camera doesn't want to play though.

    As I keep saying, all we are doing is telling it to do something like "make me a cheeseburger" which is fine but we are relying on the camera understanding what a cheeseburger is and having the raw ingredients to put it together itself. We can't with this method get down into that component ingredient level.

    My GX7 has a selectable menu for recording format, which includes only AVCHD and MP4.



    <P><A HREF="">mov_24p_50mbps</A></P>


    With the above command, I was able to issue recording in MOV format. The indicator on the screen changes to MOV and Rec Format options only has MOV option while Rec Quality has the new MOV recording option. And if I press the record button, the camera does lock itself up. The leveller on the screen still works but buttons do not function. Battery removal necessary. 

    Do you think it is possible to add MOV recording alongside AVCHD and MP4 instead of replacing them?


    GX7-Available Options in MOV activated.txt

    GX7-Available Options in Default.txt

  12. I do like single-column layout articles. But, Andrew, I think you should consider putting a max-width value for the article text. If one is reading an article in full-width of their screen resolution as I do then the article layout gets way too wide that it breaks the layout typographically as it increases word per line quite a bit and slows down the reader and makes it difficult to go to the next line.

    You can wrap featured image in a separate div so that it still covers the whole size of the screen while wrapping the main text in a separate div, centre it and put a max-width value to it.

  13. I don't remember the last time I have felt disappointed by an Apple announcement. 

    If I was to purchase a 15" Macbook Pro that is similarly configured to my current mid-2014 one, I would have to pay £2,276.40 with %14 student discount applied. That's almost £600 more than what I'd paid for two years ago. I know Brexit is partly responsible for the price increase but seriously, this is way too much for this laptop.

    And I don't seriously understand the obsession with thinness and lightness. This is not a phone. I am not going to carry it in my pocket. Why do we have to keep sacrificing performance and be content with less feature sets so that the laptop can get thinner and lighter and Apple can brag about it?. All these make sense for Macbook or Macbook Air but not for Macbook Pro. How much difference is the appeal of longer battery life and thinness going to make if I am going to use this laptop to edit on Final Cut Pro X? The whole appeal of lightness and thinness goes away as soon as you realise that you have to bring a bunch of adapters and power banks with you so that you can utilise the USB-C to its fullest. On top of that, they got rid of MacSafe. Seriously? I don't remember how many times it saved my laptop. 

    I used a Hackintosh (HP) laptop for three years and it was more stable than OS X Lion on the 2012 rMBP, which was my first Mac. Because I knew in and out of the HP laptop, I was able to modify the drivers and DSDT files and chose the best combination of drivers. I've had more kernel panics on my genuine Mac than I did on the Hackintosh.

    If something happens to my current Mac, I don't think I will afford to pay over £2000 to get a new one. I'll probably build a desktop Hackintosh.

  14. 3 hours ago, Tiago Rosa-Rosso said:

    You can also use this one with a zoom h1 in the end it's less expensive than the tascam dr-10L.

    I've made a similar setup for a friend and the result is really good. In my case, I have a Tascam DR 100 Mark II and want to fully utilise it. Otherwise, it is a good combination.

  15. Hi guys, 

    I am in the market for a lavalier microphone for interviews and vblogging. I have a Tascam DR100 Mark II recorder and as far as I know 3.5mm input in this recorder does not work with microphones without built-in power. So I am looking for something with XLR connection to fully utilise the recorder.

    So far I have come across Audio-Technica PRO70, which appears to have good reviews and is a cardioid microphone which can come handy in noisy environments.

    I also noticed that Audio-Technica ATR3350 has a built-in battery and I was wondering if I can use this with Tascam DR100 Mark II? 

    My plan is to purchase a wireless kit in the near future and that's why I don't want to spend too much at the moment. My budget is around £100.




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