Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

I have acquired a Sound Devices MixPre-10 II, which is a big step up from the Zoom F4 I have been using primarily for nearly three years. This review will largely be written as a comparison between those two devices. [Be warned that many of the features of the MixPre-10 II are not present in […]

Zoom F4 Battery Life

Posted: 6th January 2020 by Cheap in Filmmaking, Technology
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In early 2017, I purchased a Zoom F4 digital recorder. Though I had been recording location sound for film for years, this is the first device I have owned that was designed for filmmaking. Prior to that, I had been using a Roland R-26, which was a step up from my Zoom H4n, which was […]

Samsung Galaxy S10

Posted: 6th January 2020 by Cheap in Technology
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Last October, somewhat on impulse, I upgraded my phone to the Samsung Galaxy S10. It all began when I met up with a friend of mine and saw that she was taking photos with her phone, not with a DSLR.  This was a surprise to me, since the photos she had been posting looked like […]

Whip-poor-will Overload

Posted: 22nd June 2019 by Cheap in Camping, Filmmaking, Outdoors, Photography, Technology

I haven’t been to all of them, but I suspect that the Hercules Glades Wilderness is the crown jewel of Wilderness Areas in Missouri.  It is not the biggest, but it is scattered with glades — some quite large and picturesque, has an extensive and well maintained trail system, and even has a set of pretty […]

Five years late to the game, I am picking up a Panasonic GH4 for filmmaking.  This is for a specific project, which I needn’t discuss here.  I have just spent some time making sense of the crop factors and the 4K windowed video, and here is what I have figured out. First of all, “crop […]

Hey, Baldie!

Posted: 16th May 2019 by Cheap in Fiction, Film, Technology, Television

I just realized that I can’t remember the last time I saw a film in a theater that wasn’t a superhero film, a Star Wars/Trek film, a James Bond film, or a Harry Potter film.  Maybe it was “Ready Player One”.  I decry all the superhero films and sequalism, and the audiences who won’t risk […]

CentOS vs. Ubuntu

Posted: 11th May 2019 by Cheap in Technology

The newest release of WordPress requires a minimum of PHP 5.6.4, and so does Laravel.  My primary web server has been running PHP 5.4.16, so I needed to upgrade.  It was running on CentOS 7.0, so I figured it was time for a complete refresh.  I spun up a new VPS with CentOS 7.6 and […]

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Redux

Posted: 13th February 2019 by Cheap in Technology

My phone since December 2015 has been a Samsung Galaxy S6 Active.  It is more than three years old, and until last week, it was still going strong.  No performance or stability problems.  The screen is still perfect.  Even though I don’t use a case, there is so little external cosmetic damage that I don’t […]

Infinity Reference RC263

Posted: 7th April 2018 by Cheap in Technology

For years, I had no home theater system at all.  I had a television, with its pathetic built-in speakers, and I connected a DVD player and a VCR directly to it.  When I finally built a system, I chose a Definitive Technology ProCinema speaker system.  It was a staff pick at Crutchfield, and it reviewed […]

Samson R21

Posted: 15th January 2018 by Cheap in Filmmaking, Technology
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I have a gig to record sound for a short film.  This one is unusual in that all of the actors will be speaking into visible microphones (a PA system in an auditorium).  I’ve been asked to supply microphones that will be used simultaneously as props and to record the dialog.  I had a few […]