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Seven tips for better smartphone moviemaking

When you’re starting out making videos the best camera is the one you got and these days, most of us carry a smartphone, so it’s the best place to start. Here are seven tips that will get get you off to a good start with smartphone moviemaking.


Microphone Capsule Technology

Microphones used in video production are characterized primarily by their form factor, capsule technology, and pick-up pattern. A microphone may employ one of several technologies for translating vibrating air particles into electrical energy that in turn is fed to your camcorder or sound recorder through the microphone cable. The two most widely used microphone capsule technologies […]

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Audio-Technica BP4029 Stereo Shotgun Microphone

The Audio-Technica BP4029 is a stereo shotgun microphone that produces a center-focused stereo image. It contains two independent condenser elements: a “Mid” element with a line-cardioid pick-up pattern and a “Side” element with a figure-eight pick-up pattern. The frequency response and overall sound quality is quite good. As with many professional condenser microphones, phantom power is […]