One thing I’ve noticed when it comes to camera reviews is that while they tend to cover a lot of shooting situations, not many tend to give “real world” examples of how a camera performs. Yeah it’s great to go out and shoot footage of what a camera can do when filming a street lit up at night, but I can’t recall one ever doing something like filming a band in a dark bar. They also don’t often discuss how a camera handles moving from one file to another when doing long form recording.
For those of us on the MAGFest Mediatron team the big goal we’re aiming for this year is 100% coverage of panels and concerts. So making sure the cameras don’t miss a moment of the action is very important. I’ve had multiple situations of long form recording and since I’ve worked with a number of cameras during lengthy recording sessions I figure I can provide a number of examples on knowing how your camera will work is important, whether you’re working on a multi-camera shoot or just have a camera set up somewhere to record your favorite band.
For this article I will be using camcorders as examples. While it is possible to use DSLR type cameras for video recording for a number of reasons they don’t tend to work well for long form video (at least without 3rd party software for the camera or extra hardware).
1: Sony NEX VG-20
A version of the NEX line of cameras in a camcorder style body. This camera was really great for Continue reading →
If you’ve been following 8BitX for a while now you’ll know that some members of the staff are big wrestling fans. Plus you might know that we had a wrestling podcast in our lineup called Roundtable Wrestling Radio, which comes on right after Monday Night Raw. So if you like wrestling along with video game music and chiptunes, we’ve got you covered.
One thing we’ve been discussing here at 8BitX is possible coverage of indie wrestling leagues. If you’ve seen our Vimeo channel (http://vimeo.com/8bitx) we’ve done a bit of work in NYC. And there are a couple of professional leagues here in Austin. In fact a friend of mine is a referee for one of them. So we definitely have enough subject matter to cover regardless of where we are.
In the interest of full disclosure I must admit the last time I had any interest in wrestling was during the late 80’s to early 90’s. And that was purely WWF. I never had any interest in the WCW before it was purchased.
Thankfully I’m good with stepping out of my comfort zone when it comes to covering an event.
While there are leagues here in Austin, unfortunately life has gotten in the way and I haven’t had a chance to go explore their potential for coverage. Which sucks because I do think our audience would dig it
But then I heard of a group that called themselves Party World Rasslin.
And then I heard that multiple people from the TX Chip community were involved, so of course I had to check it out.
As a warning to wrestling fans: if you think that wrestling should only be presented in a certain fashion then you might not care for the rest of this article.
For everyone else who are mildly curious on what this whole thing might be about, then check out this video of their PWR Slamhain event: http://vimeo.com/108266188
After I watched that video I knew I had to go cover the Winter Wonderslam. Continue reading →
So I’ve been trying to get this update out for a few hours, but between NXTRevolution & The Black Tribbles both being amazing tonight, and then I discovered this.
D00m turned 21 on December 10th. Not only is DOOM 21, but John Romero is releasing concept art via his personal Twitter, and it is completely fascinating! Check out some of the gems, including DOOM GUY projected on a building! https://twitter.com/romero/media
Super VG Christmas Album
Most folks around the office/work are playing their boring ass Christmas albums. Good thing that 42 artists from the VGM community are here to save us from more uninspired bland Christmas covers!