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RODELink Review

My Review Of The RØDELink Filmmaker Kit

The new Rodelink wireless setup. May 19, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The new Rodelink wireless setup. May 19, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Easy. That’s the surprise when you first setup the new RODELink. So easy to setup and start shooting with. One button pairing, digital wireless and a distance of up to 100 meters.

The RodeLink Film Maker Kit on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. May 16, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The RodeLink Film Maker Kit on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. May 16, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Rode’s first wireless system works a treat; fast to get going with and great audio too. The Filmmaker Kit comes with a transmitter receiver, the excellent Rode Lavalier mic and also a minijack cable for attaching the receiver to your camera or audio recorder.

Thank You

The Photography Show 2015

The Olympus Seminar Room time table at The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 21, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The Olympus Seminar Room time table at The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 21, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

A word of thanks to everyone who made The Photography Show special. I’m very grateful that many of you came to my talks at the Olympus Seminar Room every day. Some great Q&A and interesting conversations were had and I’m most thankful.

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Edmond Terakopian giving a talk at The Olympus Seminar Room at The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 21, 2015. Photo: Rob J Hugh

Edmond Terakopian giving a talk at The Olympus Seminar Room at The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 21, 2015. Photo: Rob J Hugh

A big word of thanks also to all who came to my two talks at The Film Makers Theatre on behalf of Snapper Stuff. Talking of which, great to see so many friends, colleagues and customers, old and new, come and visit the stand, check out some new bags, tripods and lighting kit and have such great conversations.

"Essentials In Documentary Film Making" talk by Edmond Terakopian at the Filmmaker Theatre on behalf of Snapper Stuff. The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 23, 2015. Photo: Freia Turland

“Essentials In Documentary Film Making” talk by Edmond Terakopian at the Filmmaker Theatre on behalf of Snapper Stuff. The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 23, 2015. Photo: Freia Turland

"Essentials In Documentary Film Making" talk by Edmond Terakopian at the Filmmaker Theatre on behalf of Snapper Stuff. Showing how I pack my Rode microphones, Rycote accessories and other video necessities into my Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator. The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 23, 2015. Photo: Freia Turland

“Essentials In Documentary Film Making” talk by Edmond Terakopian at the Filmmaker Theatre on behalf of Snapper Stuff. Showing how I pack my Rode microphones, Rycote accessories and other video necessities into my Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator. The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 23, 2015. Photo: Freia Turland

"Essentials In Documentary Film Making" talk by Edmond Terakopian at the Filmmaker Theatre on behalf of Snapper Stuff. The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 23, 2015. Photo: Freia Turland

“Essentials In Documentary Film Making” talk by Edmond Terakopian at the Filmmaker Theatre on behalf of Snapper Stuff. The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 23, 2015. Photo: Freia Turland

"Essentials In Documentary Film Making" talk by Edmond Terakopian at the Filmmaker Theatre on behalf of Snapper Stuff. Showing "1 Sixpence 1 Play", shot on the Olympus OM-D E-M1. The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 23, 2015. Photo: Freia Turland

“Essentials In Documentary Film Making” talk by Edmond Terakopian at the Filmmaker Theatre on behalf of Snapper Stuff. Showing “1 Sixpence 1 Play”, shot on the Olympus OM-D E-M1. The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 23, 2015. Photo: Freia Turland

"Essentials In Documentary Film Making" talk by Edmond Terakopian at the Filmmaker Theatre on behalf of Snapper Stuff. My laptop bag, a blue Think Tank Photo Retrospective 13L can be seen by the podium. The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 23, 2015. Photo: Freia Turland

“Essentials In Documentary Film Making” talk by Edmond Terakopian at the Filmmaker Theatre on behalf of Snapper Stuff. My laptop bag, a blue Think Tank Photo Retrospective 13L can be seen by the podium. The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 23, 2015. Photo: Freia Turland

It was great to see my choice in monitors, the great folks at Eizo, use my short film Taxi Driver, shot on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II to show just how great these monitors are.

Taxi Driver, shot on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II being shown on the Eizo UK stand at The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 21, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Taxi Driver, shot on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II being shown on the Eizo UK stand at The Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham. March 21, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Naturally, also a big word of thanks to the teams at Olympus, Snapper Stuff and Eizo, along with many friends throughout the trade, who made the show fun; it’s always good to catch up and say hi, even if in some cases it’s annually!

Here’s looking forward to The Photography Show in 2016!

Finalist In Rode Reel 2014

Best Documentary Finalist

"Action". Edmond Terakopian shooting 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film. Photo: Magda Rakita

“Action”. Edmond Terakopian shooting 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film. Photo: Magda Rakita

We’re absolutely delighted to share that our short documentary film on pinball is a finalist in the Rode Reel 2014 competition. Our team of Magda Rakita and Neil Patience (TAP TV) would like to thank Rode Microphones and Philip Bloom who was the judge for the category.

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We’d like to congratulate all the winners; some exceptional work. You can view the entries HERE.

The film, 1 Sixpence 1 Play, was shot on a pair of Olympus OM-D E-M1 cameras and Olympus lenses. We also used a GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition for a few shots from on the play field. All audio was recorded onto a Roland R26 using various Rode microphones. The films (including the behind the scenes) were edited using FCP X on a Mac Pro, using Eizo monitors and Event Opal audio monitors for the sound edit. For a more detailed post on this, including the behind the scenes video, please see HERE.

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My Rode Reel 2014 Finalist Page

1 Sixpence 1 Play

Rode Reel Entry For 2014

Two days of shooting, many days of editing; a collaboration with the assistance of Magda Rakita, who also shot the “Behind The Scenes” film and the talented Neil Patience, from TAP TV, who gave direction on the editing, and our new short documentary film is done.

It’s a story on James Millham who is a pinball enthusiast. A collector and renovator of machines from a pre-Space Invaders era, James says the best thing about his hobby is playing the games.

We shot this film for the Rode Reel 2014 competition. Part of the competition is the People’s Choice prize. If you liked our films, we’d really appreciate your support. Kindly take a few seconds and vote for us; we’d be tremendously grateful!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR “1 Sixpence 1 Play”;

Thank You!!

Preparing a pair of Olympus OM-D E-M1s for the first shot of the day. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Preparing a pair of Olympus OM-D E-M1s for the first shot of the day. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

"Action". 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

“Action”. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

A Rode VideoMic Go on an Olympus OM-D E-M1. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

A Rode VideoMic Go on an Olympus OM-D E-M1. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Testing the Rode NTG3 is connected properly to my Roland R26. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Testing the Rode NTG3 is connected properly to my Roland R26. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Magda Rakita filming the behind the scenes action. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Magda Rakita filming the behind the scenes action. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Gitzo carbon fibre tripod and fluid video head keeping things nice and steady. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Gitzo carbon fibre tripod and fluid video head keeping things nice and steady. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Magda Rakita

Editing the piece on FCP X and a pair of calibrated Eizo CG277 monitors. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Editing the piece on FCP X and a pair of calibrated Eizo CG277 monitors. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Editing the piece on FCP X and a pair of calibrated Eizo CG277 monitors. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Editing the piece on FCP X and a pair of calibrated Eizo CG277 monitors. 1 Sixpence 1 Play pinball film frame grabs. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Audio for Video Webinar

With RØDE Microphones and Scan

I did a live webinar a short while ago with Jonathan Burrows for the fabulous folks at Scan and Source Distribution, talking about how I use Rode Microphones in my film making. If you’re not familiar with Scan, I can’t recommend them highly enough for all your computer component and peripheral needs; I’ve been using them for well over a decade!

The webinar is in two parts; hope you find it useful 🙂 To view the films mentioned in the webinar, please visit www.teravision.eu

 

The 5th Annual Taste Awards In Hollywood

Red Carpet Awards Ceremony & Celebrations

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Armen Khanlian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Armen Khanlian

Well, it’s not every day one gets invited to Hollywood for an awards ceremony; this was something I will definitely cherish. I was somewhat shocked to find that my short film on the Electric Coffee Company was shortlisted in the “Official Selection”: Best mini film or documentary. To then find out that the awards were to be in Hollywood became almost funny; my short film was in a Hollywood award’s ceremony!

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Armen Khanlian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Armen Khanlian

Sadly the film didn’t win its section, but in all honesty, I had seen four films (out of ten nominated finalists) in my section which were great, so wasn’t thinking I had a chance of winning. What was special though was realising I was the only solo film maker; the others were all either TV companies or production companies. Not too shabby to be a finalist in this talented group I guess!

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

TV interviews with some of the winners. The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014.  Photo: Edmond Terakopian

TV interviews with some of the winners. The 5th annual Taste Awards red carpet ceremony and celebrations, The Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, California, USA. January 16, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

For those interested in the technical aspects, the film was entirely shot using a Leica M (Type 240) using a Leica 28mm Summicron ASPH, 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE and 50mm Noctilux ASPH, with some shots using a Leica OUFRO macro adapter. Ambient audio recorded on the internal microphone and interview recorded on a Roland R26 using a Rode lavalier microphone. Edited using FCP X. Partially colour graded in “Color” by Neil Patience ( patience.tv ). Final grading with FCP X and Film Convert. A Manfrotto 561BHDV video monopod was used for all shots apart from the interview, for which a Gitzo video tripod was used. I also used a Lee RF75 filter holder & hood, along with Lee ND filters.

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Rode VideoMic HD

A Game Changer In DSLR Audio?

I must admit that since seeing the press release from Rode for the VideoMic HD, I’ve been a tad excited about the product! It’s still at a development stage so I have yet to see or use the VideoMic HD, but on paper and judging by these pictures, I think those who use their DSLRs for video are in for a treat.

Firstly, it uses a microphone based on the technology from my absolute favourite microphone, the Rode NTG3. Not only that, but it has a built in blimp which means it’ll be shielded from wind noise and vibration. The big game changer though is that it marries this amazing microphone to a built in digital recorder, allowing recording of high quality WAVs, and has a headphone socket for monitoring audio. It also has a display for monitoring audio levels. All of this packaged in a metal hosing that sits in your hotshoe. Very neat, tidy and compact.

To make it even more versatile, it also has an input for another microphone via 3.5mm audio jack. This means if you wanted to boom another microphone, say the superb VideoMic Pro, you could. You would get the shielded extension cable back from the boomed VideoMic Pro back to the VideoMic HD, thus being able to fully monitor the audio. Genius!

In operation, as far as I can tell, one would record onto the device (Micro SDHC, up to 32Gb in size) as high quality WAVs or compressed MP3s. The built in 3.5mm jacked cable then plugs into your camera and passes the monitored audio through. By setting a correct level on the camera and on the microphone, one could even just use the camera’s recorded track for quick and dirty edits in the field and later substitute the better quality WAV from the VideoMic HD when back in the office.

I for one can’t wait to get my hands on this and see how it sounds and performs. I think we’re all in for quite a special microphone.