I will write down here some notes about my experience with several microphones I have and I want to leave here some considerations about what microphone should be used depending on situation and location.

I end up buying really cheap and affordable microphones, than I checked what it works and what it doesn’t for me and I tried to get the best audio possible from them. It seemed more fun than just buying the most expensive mic available and just make a video about it and tell how good it is.

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FOTGA A50TLS – Affordable Field Monitor

I was looking for a good quality field monitor that it didn’t cost too much, so on AliExpress I found this little nice monitor by FOTGA, the A50TLS at around $210 US Dollar.

You find the monitor on AliExpress and you can visit the official page if you are looking for firmware update and more information about the monitor (but there is not much actually on the website).

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2020: What am I going to do?

I wrote a to do list in 2019, I failed to achieve most of the points on that list.

In 2019 I started to do a mini vlog series to practice in front of the camera and it was a way to try something new and learn how to properly use my gear, than I did some really basic tutorial of Premiere Pro CC but I didn’t keep up with them, there are already so many out there that I didn’t feel inspired to make new ones. I learn a lot about audio and how to set it right on PP, so I am quite satisfied about it.

I keep doing this music video for myself mostly, the content on my channel is quite boring, if watched by someone else other than me. I started this fictional company of mine, Disco Film, and I like it, I had lots of inspiration from Peter McKinnon and Matti Haapoja.

I like doing emotional videos, is really easy to find ideas when you travel, probably that’s why there are so many travel videos out there. But who is really interested in seeing travel videos other than who made it?

I don’t know the cause but my mood is a total mess, and I feel like it is the main reason why I can’t make almost anything work out as I want. To make interesting content, to make anything worth it to see, I should be happy, inspired, willing to learn, practice as much as possible and be positive about my goals and life.

I need to improve on many points here.

What am I interested the most to watch on YouTube? I like watching tutorials and get advice to improve film making skill, also I like watching music videos that inspire me to do more.

So in 2020, I think I should do the same, but here comes my negativity taking over my goals for the new year…

If you can not be happy trying to do what you ‘think’ you like, should you keep doing what you don’t like instead? Definitely something to think about in 2020.

Buon Natale

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Disco Film Logo

This is the logo I made for what I think represents what I am and what I want to do, it is about film making, photography, streaming, astronomy, all of it, and it reminds me my hobby, that I loved for so long but that I lost along the way, Windsurfing.

The black and white version, my wife like it more than the colored one
The colored version

Conform Media For A Better Editing Experience

When editing clips from my camera Canon 200D, or drone DJI Spark or GoPro I often get frustrated during editing, videos stutter a lot during previews and trying to put them together is more a pain than an enjoyment, not to mention the time wasted just trying to play them from start to finish.

From my experience the problems is caused mostly by three factors, slow computer (cpu, gpu), slow read speed of my hard drive and not so good video codec.

Adobe Premiere Pro comes with Adobe Media Encoder, I found that just exporting the video with a better codec resolve most of my issues.

Adobe Media Encoder provides a really good codec, Avid DNxHD, a lossy high-definition video post-production codec, the video file get a little bigger but is definitely worth it, if you don’t have any space issues.

What I found is a good setting is DNxHD SQ 8bit quality, from the test I did there is no loss in quality, choosing more high bit rate didn’t bring any advantages, at least for videos in 1080p.

There is also Project Manager in Premiere Pro for Consolidate and Conform the entire project to make the process a little faster, the codec is the same and you can find it just under the File menu.

Focuser – Where Is The Damn Friction Screw?

My focuser is a PrimaLuceLab 2,7″ Hybrid-Drive.

My problem is that with CCD, barlow and Diagonal the focuser slides during focus operation, so I know there is a friction screw somewhere, but there are many screws, on Google I found a blueprint of the focuser and I found the correct screw, so I tight the screw a little bit and I resolved, below there is a photo of the focuser, hope it will help others!