Mixed Bag: Sound and Picture
Yep, this video posting is a bit of a mixed bag; I had a couple of things I wanted to share and once I started yakking both subjects kinda blended together...
The big news is that we have a newly designed baseplate for the U-Boat Commander!
Several interesting options have become available since the initial design was produced and it has taken a bit of time to integrate them into our U-Boat's modular design. When I designed the original U-Boat, the Beachtek XLR adapter was still a "work in progress" and I hadn't figured out a good LCD magnifier quite yet. Things have certainly changed!
First of all, this new U-Boat Commander baseplate has Beachtek alignment-pin holes so you can easily mount the Beachtek XLR adapter beneath the baseplate. I like this better than mounting the camera onto the Beachtek and then stuffing the combination into the interior of the U-Boat.; this way seems much more solid and doesn't stress the plastic architecture of the Beachtek.
Best of all, the new U-Boat Commander baseplate now accepts our solid-mount LCD Viewfinder! No Velcro here; our LCD Viewfinder bolts solidly to the new baseplate so you can enjoy the benefits of a light-tight eye-level view of your camera's LCD. If you already own the iDC LCD Viewfinder you can remove that item's small square baseplate and attach the remaining "L" bracket and loupe to the new U-BC baseplate. Easy Peasy!.
This new generation baseplate can be purchased with or without the LCD Viewfinder installed. If you haven't yet purchased your own U-Boat Commander, you'll be able to specify this option at the time of purchase.
Moving on to the rest of the "mixed bag'...
We've discussed Single-System Sound at some length but now it's time to look at the potential of Double-System Sound. To paraphrase what I'll cover in the video, if you want to get the ultimate sound quality for your Canon 5D Mark II projects you need to consider the limitations of Single-System Sound and investigate the potential of Double-System Sound.
Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages and I'll share my observations and personal solutions in the attached video clip....