DSLR cameras are fairly advanced, but when recording professional quality video their omni-directional microphones often leave much to be desired. This video will demonstrate how to combine audio recorded from any other source with the audio from the camera.
When I was discussing mixing audio from multiple sources with the audio from my DSLR, my instructors and my classmates said: “Yeah, it’s easy, just align the peaks in premier.” Uh huh. Right.
Premier has a much smarter process to handle this for us.
For the shots that you just can’t hand-hold the camera, you need a tripod. But who wants to lug that thing around? Travel tripods are very alluring, but how is there quality?
For our photography contest, my college club collected a few prizes together. While we were picking out our grand prize, I thought: “This is a great time to check out one of those travel tripods, and I don’t even have to spend a dime!”
So on the college books we collected our prizes, and I am very impressed with our lil’ compact tripod.
Ring tensions — These seem like the way to go, other than screw tension, as the plastic clasps tend to break, pooching a whole tripod. I’m not certain of how the rings function, so I can’t say for their longevity
I haven’t had the pleasure of using this for any amount of time, so I don’t know how parts will loosen or break down in the future.
$99.99 – $120
Folds to about 1 foot height, 6 or 8 inch diameter
Dual locking legs for height or width (helpful with macro)
Professional style ballhead with dual levels
Detachable centre column and leg for monopod use
Ring-style leg tensions
Carry strap on tripod and soft carry case
Centre column spring-loaded hook for weights (if it’s windy)
Here, the Kool is in it’s normal minimum height
With a separate locking option, the Kool is able to extend its legs out farther. Sturdier, but shorter. Perhaps best used in macro or long shutter speeds.
The build of this tripod appears very sturdy, but it’s mint and they always loosen up over time. Barring major physical abuse, this tripod should outlast any local $50 – $80 models, and the ring tensions seem unlikely to break (unlike the plastic clasps that are common to bargain models).
Seen in the slideshow above, the tripod has a removable centre column and leg. Disassembling the tripod allows for it to be used as a monopod. First, unscrew the spring loaded hook at the base of the centre column. This will need to be placed somewhere (perhaps the nifty ballhead bag, and then placed inside the main bag with the remaining legs). This hook would be used to add weight to the tripod to steady it in wind. Next, loosen the centre column’s tension ring to remove it from the body. Then, unscrew the leg marked with the lock and orange collar. Finally, screw the leg into the centre column. Bam, monopod.
Yes, that is the most impressed look I am capable of.
More features, taller centre column extension, and added toolkit on a Manfrotto of about double the price.
Admittedly, the Manfrotto brand carries a lot of weight (respect-wise and on your back as well). I have no doubt in my mind that the Koolehaoda tripod would never outlast my Manfrotto, but the Manny didn’t come with a toolkit, and after less than five months of owning it I need to carry around an allen key to frequently tighten the ball head mount. Not impressed. It didn’t come with a bag, either.
Why do I recommend this tripod?
From my experience buying tripods, this is a good deal. Unless you’re shooting video and you need the control arm, the ball heads are magic to use. Not everyone likes them, but for me they are a godsend.
The price is right in the middle of cheap and expensive, and the build quality looks like it will hold up for a good deal of time. I’m nice to my gear, though. It might get left on a floor for a while, but it doesn’t get tossed around. When I replaced my previous $40 tripod it wasn’t totally broken, but the plastic clasp tension on one of the legs snapped in cold weather. There is no way to fix it, so I bought a Manny that I knew I could fix at a hardware store. As long as the rings hold up, everything else on this tripod seems easily replaceable.
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