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IK Multimedia releases all new iRig Recorder 3 for Android

Completely redesigned with new effects, video recording, markers, sharing options and more, iRig Recorder 3 is the ideal professional field recorder for Android

May 2, 2017 – IK Multimedia is proud to announce the release of iRig Recorder 3 for Android™devices, a professional quality field recording app which supports video recording and includes a wide collection of pro audio effects, expanded sharing capabilities via online services and social media as well as professional exporting features. iRig Recorder 3 offers users the ability to produce superb sounding audio/video recordings directly on their device, share them with the world or export them for further editing.

iRig Recorder 3 for Android

iRig Recorder 3 is the perfect companion to IK Multimedia’s iRig digital microphones and audio interfaces for Android. iRig Recorder 3 in combination with an IK microphone or interface offers everything needed to get professional quality sound while recording mobile audio for video, interviews, concerts, podcasts and more.

Offering an expandable collection of up to 17 effects, iRig Recorder 3 can be enhanced with professional processing options such as Normalize, Stereo Imager, Compressor and 3-band EQ as well as creative audio effects including Morph, Reverb, Chorus and Delay. They can be applied to audio recordings for sound optimization or creative use, doubling the number of effects available in the previous version of the app. Another new feature allows users to add text and photo markers to recordings in real-time to make editing easier than ever.

Record “selfie” videos, live performances, lectures, speeches, interviews and much more at the touch of a finger. iRig Recorder 3 is the go-to app for both professionals and enthusiasts who need a tool capable of greater versatility when it comes to creating high-quality video with great audio that can be shared via social media immediately.

One of the features that truly makes iRig Recorder 3 stand out from the crowd is its ability to export the recorded content in separate files for convenient editing in a DAW or third-party video editing software. Content can also be easily shared via a large selection of online services and social media like Facebook®, WhatsApp™, DropBox™, Google Drive™, Twitter™, E-mail, Wi-Fi™, or FTP file sharing, in a variety of sizes and formats.

Pricing and availability
iRig Recorder 3 for Android is available as a free downloadable app from the Google Play™ Storewith the option of expanding the effects collection via in-app purchases.

For more information, please visit:

www.irigrecorder.com

Polaroid Releases Two New Camera Stabilizers for Sharp Video Capturing

2016/03/24 Comments off

PolaroidRIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – March 24, 2016Polaroid has announced the release of two new camera stabilizers for sharp, stable video capturing, designed for shooting the action. The Polaroidhandheld 3-axis electronic gimbal stabilizer is the perfect solution for action cameras, complete with three independent motors for automatic camera stabilization. The Polaroid power handgrip/stabilizer can be used with a wide range of digital and action cameras, and simultaneously charges the camera and keeps it steady when shooting on the move. Both models are available now from Amazon.

Polaroid Handheld 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal Polaroid 3-Axis Electronic Gimbal StabilizerStabilizer
Designed specifically for small action cameras, the Polaroid handheld 3-axis electronic gimbal stabilizer provides a steady shot when it is needed the most. It has three independent motors that follow camera motion in real time, automatically counterbalancing handheld motion to eliminate any vibrations and undesirable movements. It is also lightweight and compact, perfect for shooting on the go, and with its rechargeable battery (three 3.7-volt rechargeable batteries), users can rest assured that they can shoot anywhere and recharge when needed.

Polaroid Power Handgrip/Stabilizer
The Polaroid power handgrip/stabilizer is compatible with a wide range of digital cameras and offers not only incredible stabilization, but power as well. To charge the device being stabilized, just plug in its charging cable to the handgrip’s port and go. The Polaroid power handgrip/stabilizer eliminates any unwanted motion in photos and videos through quick and easy camera mounting with the included accessories (action camera adapter, protective case, tripod threaded mount, wrist strap and two USB cables for mobile imaging devices). ItPolaroid 3-Axis Handgrip Stabilizer accommodates a range of devices to give users the most comprehensive, versatile stabilization option in one easy solution.

Pricing and Availability
The Polaroid handheld 3-axis electronic gimbal stabilizer is now available on Amazon for $179.99 USD. The Polaroid power handgrip/stabilizer is now available on Amazon for $49.99 USD.

Request a Media Review Kit
Members of the media are invited to review both Polaroid camera stabilizers. To request a media review kit sample, please contact Mariah Stein at mariah@zazilmediagroup.com.

The Polaroid Brand
Polaroid is one of the most trusted, well-respected and recognizable brands with a rich 75-year history beginning with Polaroid instant film. Our range of products include instant and digital still cameras, high-definition and mountable sports video cameras, tablets and flat-screen TVs that deliver the fun, instant gratification and value for which the brand has long stood. Today, thePolaroid Classic Border Logo rooted in our beginnings of instant photo sharing serves to designate genuine Polaroid branded products.  For more information, visit http://www.Polaroid.com.

Polaroid, Polaroid & Pixel, Polaroid Color Spectrum and Polaroid Classic Border Logo are trademarks of PLR IP Holdings, LLC, used under license.

Introducing the Grip&Shoot Bluetooth Smart Grip for iPhone

2015/04/06 Comments off

The Grip&Shoot Smart GripThe Bluetooth Smart Grip for iPhone
Grip&Shoot
$99.95 (Black or White)

I’ve seen several iPhoneography camera holders, mounts, and brackets to give the iPhone a more DSLR-type experience. The Grip&Shoot is a little different in that it’s not just a one-trick pony product. It is actually multiple products in one. The current Grip&Shoot (G&S) retail package comes with an iPhone 5 Shooter Case, an iPhone 4S Shooter Case, a Bluetooth Smart Grip, a Grip Adapter, a Carrying Pouch, a Wrist Lanyard, and a late edition includes the JawZ Universal Adapter.

Because there are so many parts to discuss, I’ll cover each one in its own subsection.

iPhone Shooter CaseShooter Cases

The Shooter Cases that come with the G&S package are pretty standard case fare with the exception of the G&S attachment on one side. The cases are actually suitable for regular use. The attachment portion isn’t really obtrusive or inconvenient, so you basically get a free case in the bargain. Two cases currently come with the G&S package, one for the iPhone 4S and one for the iPhone 5.

Bluetooth Smart GripBluetooth Smart Grip

The Smart Grip is really the meat and potatoes of the G&S package and even if you lost all the other parts, this one has the functionality you purchased. It is the Bluetooth connection, the trigger, and the connector for the Shooter Case or for the JawZ universal adapter.

The Smart Grip also has a (+) and a (-) button for zoom in and zoom out functions. You can take photos or start/stop video through the G&S app. The G&S device does not work with any other app on your phone. You must use the G&S app for functionality.

The bottom portion of the G&S Smart Grip is removable and can act as a remote stand for your phone for selfies, group shots, or just to place somewhere that isn’t convenient to stand. You fire the camera from the Smart Grip and you have a stable surface that kind of acts like a tripod, only a lot more portable. It works as a remote shutter release over 100 feet away from the phone.

Smart Grip Detail

Compatible devices:

iOS

  • iPhone: 4S and newer
  • iPod: 3rd Gen and newer
  • iPad: 3rd Gen and newer
  • iPad Mini: All supported

Android (Kit-Kat 4.4 and newer)

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Asus Nexus 7
  • HTC One
  • Samsung Galaxy S4, S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3, 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab2
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace3
  • Sony Xperia

Grip AdapterGrip Adapter

OK, I’ll admit that I was going to criticize the G&S for missing one of the most important features of any photo-related device: a tripod interface. Well, wouldn’t you know it…the G&S folks put one on there. It’s part of the so-called Grip Adapter attached to the bottom of the removable stand. You can screw this into a tripod mount on any device that has one and you can also put the G&S device on a tripod after removing the Grip Adapter. So, it really serves two purposes. Three if you count the third one as I wasn’t able to criticize the lack of a tripod mount. You can unscrew the Grip Adapter with a penny and the screw is designed to remain in the adapter and not fall out onto the ground to be lost forever. Indeed, the G&S people thought of everything.

Why it’s Frugal: The G&S package is frugal because it’s so much more than simply a phone grip to steady your phone for pictures. It’s the full package created by someone who knows photography and phoneography. Honestly, it might be the best sub $100 accessory you can buy for your phone. It has everything. If you tried to buy the package components separately, you might end up spending close to $200. It’s a frugal value.

Carrying PouchCarrying Pouch

The Carrying Pouch is a magnetic closure protective case that not only stores your G&S, but also your phone. It features quick open/close flaps for you rapid shooters, a belt clip, and two belt or strap loops for attaching to a purse strap, a camera case strap, or your belt. It has a plush, non-abrasive interior covering to protect your phone and your G&S. Have I said that the G&S designers thought of everything?

Wrist Lanyard

For those of you who are really rapid shooters, the package includes a wrist lanyard that loops through an opening in the Removable Stand. Put it on and let ‘er swing. Handy, thoughtful, and sturdy.

JawZ Universal AdapterThe JawZ Universal Adapter

Finally I get to my favorite G&S accessory: The JawZ Universal Adapter. I already have a case for my phone. I don’t want to remove it to use it with the G&S, so I thought, “Gee, it would be nice if…” And, of course, before I could finish that sentence, I found the adjustable JawZ universal adapter that fits just about any phone, including the case. <Sigh> What’s a techno gadget critic to do when there’s nothing to complain about for a product? Just enjoy the product that was obviously made by someone who knows photography/iPhoneography as well as I do?

As painful as it is to do it, I have to admit that the G&S package is everything you need to be a successful phoneographer. For phone photos and video, I’m not sure it can be beat. And yes, I’m an Apple product bigot here because it was originally touted as a gadget for the iPhone, but apparently the G&S geniuses have extended that functionality to other phones as well. Great job guys. I know it’s not really a criticism, but it’s the best I have for one–that G&S extended its reach to customers other than those who spend a lot of money on Apple stuff.

If you couldn’t tell, I really like the Grip&Shoot Bluetooth Smart Grip package. I think it’s well worth the $99.95 price tag and that anyone who’s into phoneography needs to get one.

Rating: 10/10

Recommendation: Buy it. It’s versatile, rugged, and is an awesome phoneography accessory.

Apple Begins Selling Nova – The First Wireless, Bluetooth iPhone Flash

2014/11/10 Comments off

Sneaky Squid LLC – novaphotos.com

 Accomplishments
  • Nova is the first wireless, Bluetooth iPhone flash and will be sold in the Apple Store
  • Funded on Kickstarter in 2 days, Nova raised 3-times its funding goal by backers in more than 60 countries
  • Created by former Senior Google Engineer (Mobile and Photos)

Possible Topics

  • Nova is the first wireless, Bluetooth flash for iPhone. Apple starting selling Nova online at www.apple.com in November 2014, and it will be available at select Apple stores in the United States and Canada later this month.
  • Nova is a portable, sleek iPhone accessory that fits in a wallet and can go everywhere your iPhone does. Unlike other iPhone flash accessories, Nova has a Bluetooth connection to avoid dealing with clunky connecting cables and packs 10-times the number of LEDs as alternative options to give users greater control over their photos (to create consistently great photos).
  • Nova is the photographer’s friend, providing beautiful natural light. It gives users the creative freedom to position and angle the light where they need it. Nova also offers a custom option to select from cool to warm and soft to bright light using 40 LEDs set behind a built in diffuser.

Founders

  • Joe Walnes (Former Senior Engineer at Google, Mobile and Photo products)
  • Alex Lukashevich (Software Services Manager, DRW Trading Group)

Details

Nova is the first wireless, Bluetooth flash for iPhone users to capture consistently great photos. With a beautiful natural light, Nova captures photos that are rich with color and depth, smoothing out lines and wrinkles, with soft shadows, that makes everyone look their best. It is an off-camera and wireless accessory designed to provide the right light in the right place for amazingly lit photos. Anyone can point and shoot or unleash the artist within using different positions and tilting the light.

The Nova features and details include:

  • 40 cool and warm LEDs behind a soft diffuser, controlled by the app
  • 4 presets: gentle for close ups, warm for portraits, neutral for daylight and bright for groups or strong background light
  • Custom option to select exact cool to warm and soft to bright light
  • Slim design to fit in a wallet
  • Requirements: iPhone 4s and above, running iOS 7 or later
  • Price: $59 – novaphotos.com/presskit for hi-res photos

iBlazer Flash for Smartphones (Review)

2014/09/28 Comments off

iblazr LED Flash Unitsiblazr LED Flash Unit
iblazr.com
$49.99

The iblazr LED Flash Unit for Smartphones (iblazr) is an absolutely essential accessory for any serious phoneographer. Whether you’re making short films, taking photos, or providing an extra light source for photographic equipment, the iblazr is a lighting dynamo that easily fits into any pocket or bag. It is a source of continuous light or flash for your visual work.

The iblazr package comes with one, four-light iblazr LED flash unit, an instruction booklet, a microfiber drawstring carrying pouch, and a 3.5mm to USB interface charging cable.

  • 70 degree beam
  • 5600K color temperature
  • >80 CRI
  • 27mm (1 inch) x 32mm (1.25 inchess)
  • 10 grams
  • Three Power Modes: 16, 60, and 120 Lux at 1 meter
  • Easy battery level check
  • USB charging
  • 3.5mm jack
  • iblazr app takes movies and photos
  • Continuous lighting or flash
  • Can be used off the device
  • Cold shoe mount for DSLR and SLR continuous lighting

The founders and iblazr team members are obviously visionaries who know what we phoneographers like for versatile lighting. When you read the list of features, note that many of them are advanced for such a small and inexpensive device. I’m usually a bit critical of accessories like this that are priced in excess of about $39, but not this time. I think the $50 price tag is just right. And, no, you can’t get it cheaper on Amazon–I looked.

white_with_handI particularly like the feature that allows you to have continuous like off the camera or in the so-called “cold shoe”. The cold shoe is really just a plastic holder for the iblazr that slides into the hot shoe on your camera. It’s handy because how else do you get continuous, mobile lighting for your DSLR or SLR? Think of trying to provide some continuous lighting with any of the lo-fi cameras such as the Holga, Diana, LomoKino, or Smena. The answer is that you can’t–not easily anyway.

The iblazr makes photography more fun because good lighting is essential to produce good images. How many times have you lost a great shot because of poor lighting or lighting that was off or cast the wrong shadows? Well, you won’t anymore thanks to the iblazr.

Why it’s Frugal: The iblazr is frugal because it is an expensive way to deliver a lot of light on your subject. What’s frugal about that, you ask? Have you priced photographic lighting? Have you ever priced portable photographic lighting? Have you looked at portable lighting at all? The way I figure it, the iblazr is very frugal because it does so much for so little. Frugal.

iblazr on the iPhone

There’s nothing that I don’t like about the iblazr LED flash unit. I can’t find anything wrong with it. It does everything I’d want it to do if I’d designed it myself. And I’d never have thought of the cold shoe attachment, so it’s better than what I could have dreamed up.

Rating: 10/10

Recommendation: If you’re a phoneographer or a photographer who needs portable light, you must have it.

 

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