cameras

How can I record better audio for YouTube videos?

Beachtek adapter

Episode 1106

Mark from Moorsville, NC

Mark's son is doing YouTube recordings of his drumming. Leo says that kids using YouTube is all the rage now and a point and shoot camera does spectacular video. But the audio is another story. Leo says that a BeachTek adapter with a minJack out/XLR in will allow him to use a Sure SM57 mic. He'll want to sync the audio as well by making a loud clap at the beginning so he can align the audio and video tracks properly. He'll also want to think about lighting as well.

How can I get the best quality interviews on Skype?

Skype

Episode 1104

Don from Mission Viejo, CA

Don wants to create a video montage of testimonials that are high quality, but not intrusive. Leo says having them use the best camera they have or sending them a camera guarantees that the quality will be the best and consistent. Oprah, for instance, has a “Skype kit” which they send ahead of time to those they interview on Skype. Leo suggests the Canon Vixia, the Lowell Ego lights, and a tripod. Written instructions, and all into a Pelican case. The whole kit wouldn't be more than $1500. He can also hire a local videographer to produce it for him for a nominal freelance fee.

Should I buy a Sony a7s?

Episode 1086

Eric from California

Eric got to shoot with the Sony a7s and he thinks it's amazing. Leo says that the a7s makes Sony a dark horse in the category, and out of nowhere they've become a heavy hitter. It tells Leo they're more committed to the platform that they're coming out with this a7s. It's also less expensive than the previous model, the a7r.

Leo says that mirrorless cameras are more compact and they're really starting to take off with professionals. Leo uses the Olympus OM-D micro 4/3s. But for Eric's location work, the Sony a7s is ideal.

Can I get a camera that would be able to detect auras coming from metal?

Episode 1084

Alan from Marina Del Rey, CA

Alan is looking for a good digital camera with a specific feature. He needs one with a neutral density filter. Leo says that he can get neutral density filters for DSLRs, but for what Alan wants (which is to see "auras" of gold and other precious metals in the ground), it's snake oil. He's better off with a metal detector for that.

What's the best video camera for a kid?

Olympus TG-2

Episode 1074

Jenny from Cypress, CA

Jenny's daughter wants a video camera, what should she get? Leo says that since Jenny's daughter has an iPhone, she already has a great camera there. Camcorders are dying. So Leo recommends getting a point and shoot camera with a good zoom. They shoot great HD video these days.

Leo likes the Olympus TG-2. It's a tough camera that's both dust proof and water proof.