Archive for January, 2012

Director’s helpers… the Atlona 3 way HDMI switch and Rocksoul dual HDMI splitter

Posted in Photography, Reviews, Video on January 23, 2012 by William Hooks

Rainy day here in the southern CA area, a good time to be in the studio…

I find the HDMI splitter and switch to be very helpful in reviewing multicam setups and making decisions about positioning, intercamera white balance,  lighting and sound from a single position. They help with both still photography and video.

The switch allows up to 3 inputs, typically cameras, automatically routing each in succession to the main 25″ TV monitor to evaluate.

The splitter allows seeing the output from one camera while at another camera , such as when using both a jib cam and a cinema rig with 2 Marshall 5″ monitors.  I find this system to be a great time-saver and it’s good that each router also supports HD sound.

They can also be connected in series from cameras to switch and then to the splitter, with 2 cables then yielding output to the  Marshall monitors. This configuration allows maximum flexibility, for example when capturing 720p/24 with a D3s and simultaneously capturing 1080p/24 with the D7000 and D5100.

I obtained mine from Fry’s Electronics.

Rode NTG-2 supercardioid shotgun microphone and blimp

Posted in Captain's Personal Log with tags , , , on January 11, 2012 by William Hooks

I added these to my microphone array today, enabling excellent sound in adverse windy conditions.  Most likely, this will be my primary mic setup for outdoor sports video and many exterior interviews.

As with the VM Pro, Sennheiser 400 MKE, and Audio Technica 8004L, it can be used either directly to cameras or via XLR connector to output such as the Zoom H4N.

William, remember to take out the AA battery every time after use!!! (it will also accept phantom power)

What a way to start 2012…..the Nikon D4 and the approach of the Games of the XXX Olympiad

Posted in Photography, Photojournalism, Video on January 6, 2012 by William Hooks

OMG— what else can I say, particularly as a videographer.

The D4 promises to be the answer to a Nikonian’s dream for $6000 USD (about the price of a very good -quality kidney).

Please see for the exquisite details- I predict that  this machine will unleash creativity almost beyond belief. If possible I will try to attend the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas, NV running from 10-13 January to actually experience this camera.


If someone would like to carpool, let me know!


PS: I still hold out hope to shoot in London this summer-