Author: Yen Peng

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Turn Select Panasonic Professional Cameras Into Super Web Cams for Virtual Meetings

Many people are currently using web conferencing platforms like Microsoft Teams or Cisco's Webex to have virtual meetings online and to do online collaborations.  Most are using their laptop or desktop computer built-in webcams and microphones for video and audio capture. This approach is convenient but does not necessarily offer the most refined experience from a quality production point of view. Recent news from Panasonic of the availability of Virtual USB Driver that supports selected Panasonic professional cameras is a welcome one....

Back-to-School with Portable Power Bank/Inverter from Omnicharge

Started as an Indiegogo project a few years back, Omnicharge set out to create the most versatile portable battery power bank in the marketplace.  Designed as a unique multi-voltage, multi-port battery with a built-in inverter, the Omnicharge 20+ Professional Series Power Bank has made charging power-hungry devices easy when on the go.  Capable of charging multiple devices simultaneously, it features a slim profile and weight in at 1.4 lb with a high powered 60-watt USB-C port, a 100 watt AC...

Frieder Hochheim’s Revealing Lecture on Colour Science for LED Lighting

The world of film lighting is changing rapidly, and manufacturers for cinema cameras and LED lighting have been busy coming out with new approaches to colour sciences, and the technology is still evolving.  When LED lighting first came out, we have a dedicated white light source (daylight or tungsten), and then cool and warm light sources were added onto a single fixture which we called bi-colour.  Then manufacturers were adding red, green, and blue (RGB) to create theatrical and cinema...

Sony Firmware Version 1.04 Improves Operating Stability for PXW-FX9V Camera

For those who use the Sony PXW-FX9V camera, there is an important firmware upgrade to address what Sony calls "improved operating stability".  This firmware version 1.04 was released on March 31st, 2020.  It appears to address what some users are saying is a sporadic freeze-frame issue when recording. If you have purchased the camera from HD Source, we will upgrade the firmware on your behalf at no extra charge.  Please reach out to us to set up an appointment by calling...

New Kino Flo LED FreeStyle Mini Light Making a debut at HD Source

A few years back we have been asking Kino Flo whether there were any plans in making smaller, more compact LED fixtures.  It seems there was a never-ending parade of large and super large lighting fixtures coming out of the major LED manufacturers to satisfy big Hollywood studio projects, where large format lights are in great demand for chroma keying and other expanding studio sets. Then last year NAB we were given a preview at their booth of what is now...

Westcott Bi-Colour Solix LED Light is an Open Face lighting instrument not unlike the old Redhead

A popular video or film lighting that was commonly used 10 to 15 years ago was a tungsten light called Redhead.  In those days, the term was so commonly used that it would be immediately understood what light it was: a relatively inexpensive lens-less tungsten open face fixture rated from 600 watts to 1,000 watts, with the ability to take speed ring and fill light out evenly inside a softbox.  If you want to flood a room with lots of...

Firmware 2.1.0 for RØDECaster Pro Raises Your Podcast Productions to New Heights

Rode's software engineers have been very busy writing codes, testing and developing their beta firmware for Rodecaster Pro earlier this year.  At the End of March, they released the beta version of this firmware to gain additional feedback and suggestions from the podcast community.  There have been tons of ideas and comments on how to improve an already feature-packed podcast interface unit since that beta version has been released to the public.  Finally on June 11th, Rode formally released its...

Small Audio recorder with Big Sound and Features from Sound Devices

Good things come in small packages, and the Sound Devices portable field recorder MixPre 3 II (generation 2) is no exception.  First launched in Fall 2019, it has been proven to be a reliable workhorse both in the field as a recorder and a mixer, and in the studio for podcasters, and musicians as a USB interface device. The recorder features three phantom power XLR MIC/LINE inputs with additional one 1/8 inch TRS unbalanced stereo input, discrete, custom-designed class-A Kashmir microphone...

Free Firmware Version 3.02 Update Now Available for Panasonic AG-CX350

Launched over a year ago, the handheld 4K 10-bit Panasonic AG-CX350 is one of the most versatile camcorders available in its price range.  Features like 1 inch CMOS sensor, 10-bit codecs like H.265,  5-axis hybrid image stabilizer,  NDI HX capable (additional license is required), record internally using non-proprietary SDXC cards, all have made this camera stands out in a crowded market. Not content with resting on their laurels, Panasonic has now introduced firmware version 3.02 update for this camera. The Japanese dictionary has...

Limited Time Anton Bauer Trade-in and Recycling Program Until December 31st, 2020

Do you have any old or non-functioning V-Lock/Gold Mount batteries or dual/quad chargers lying around gathering dust?  Now is the time to trade them all in toward the purchase of new Anton Bauer batteries and chargers by participating in the current Anton Bauer Trade-in and Recycling Program. In addition to getting new batteries and chargers, HD Source will take your old batteries and chargers and recycle them for you properly in a responsible and environmentally-sound way. You will save up to 25%...