Not So Ancient Chinese Secrets https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com Our journal of film, food, fitness, family and faith Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:31:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Screen-Shot-2016-01-24-at-10.27.34-PM-148x148.png Not So Ancient Chinese Secrets https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com 32 32 105872443 In a Full-Frame World, Why I bought a Micro Four Thirds Camera (2018) https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/in-a-full-frame-world-why-i-bought-a-micro-four-thirds-camera-2018/ https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/in-a-full-frame-world-why-i-bought-a-micro-four-thirds-camera-2018/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 04:27:21 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3353 2018 will definitely go down as the year of the rise of the full-frame mirrorless camera. But even though I’ve drank the water and purchased the latest-greatest full-frame Sony A7iii, I also just purchased a Panasonic G85 with a Micro Four Thirds sensor that’s literally half the size. This article explains how Micro Four Thirds […]

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Shure SM7B Review – is it really the best podcasting mic? https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/shure-sm7b-review-is-it-really-the-best-podcasting-mic/ https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/shure-sm7b-review-is-it-really-the-best-podcasting-mic/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:08:19 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3330 The Shure SM7B mic, iconic in shape, and seemingly ubiquitous used in popular podcasts, is a mic I’ve been interested in for years. With a current list price of over $500 CAD, it’s far from an impulse purchase, but seeing it pop up on everyone from Gary V’s to Joe Rogan’s podcasts kept me curious […]

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My Video Gear circa 2018 – recommended Sony A7iii kit https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/my-2018-best-video-gear-sony-a73/ https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/my-2018-best-video-gear-sony-a73/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2018 17:19:40 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3322 NOTE TO READERS: I’m planning to go through each piece in this kit more in depth in coming videos and livestreams. Be sure to sign up to be notified with all the geeky details 🙂 . The Sony A7iii was the camera that started it off, and 2018 will definitely go down as the year […]

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FEIYUTECH VIMBLE 2 TELESCOPIC SMARTPHONE GIMBAL REVIEW https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/feiyutech-vimble-2-telescopic-smartphone-gimbal-review/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:02:34 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3285 180915 Update: The more I use it the more frustrating it gets. The Vimble 2 slowly drifts making it impossible to deliberately frame a shot. I’ve also seen random 180 rotations which deals a death blow to your smartphone video mojo. Though you can make gorgeous videos with the Vimble 2, there are better options […]

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NAB 2018 Show Highlights for Youtubers & Creatives https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/nab-2018-show-highlights-for-youtubers-creatives-like-me/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:24:48 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3266 LIGHTS Aputure Light Storm COB 120t CRI97+ TLCI97+ 3000K 135W Bowens Mount High Power LED Continuous Video Light – 18dB Low Noise with 2.4G Remote Control and V-Mount Plate – Carrying Case Included List Price: $645.00 Price: $645.00 You Save: N/A BHPhoto Link to Aputure COB120d Aputure AL-F7, Aputure H198 Upgrade Ver 256 LED Bi-Color […]

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Recommended headphones, unboxing a $1000 pair of headphones & $1600 Custom IEM’s?!? https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/recommended-headphones-unboxing-a-1000-pair-of-headphones/ Thu, 05 Apr 2018 06:02:08 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3254 180501 Update: Added a livestreamed comparison of the Shure SE846 vs Custom In-Ear Monitors from Plunge Audio. Sony, Audio Technica, AKG, Beyerdynamic, Shure, Bose (don’t laugh!) just some of the headphones I’ve owned over the many years of being a music lover, musician, and audio engineer. With a growing passion and business of multi-media, I’ve […]

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Apple AirPod Review for Youtubers, Livestreamers and Humans https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/apple-airpod-review-youtubers-livestreamers/ Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:26:50 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3231 As a media professional it was easy to rationalize the purchase of a set of Apple’s Airpods. Sold-out for much of the holiday season, I was happy to score a set and put them through their paces over the last few months. There are lots of reviews on the AirPods out there, but I’ll be […]

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My Livestream Gear https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/my-livestream-gear/ Wed, 31 Jan 2018 22:29:26 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3223 Note to Readers: Image and text links below will take you to your local Amazon website. But if you can’t find what you’re looking for, scroll to the bottom of this page or click here for the amazon.com links. Can’t see the links? Make sure to turn off any Ad Blocker apps and they should appear. […]

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Tested: Panasonic GH5 Kit for Concert Recording https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/tested-panasonic-gh5-kit-concert-recording/ Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:09:19 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3215 Video Kit Note to Readers: Image and text links below will take you to your local Amazon website. But if you can’t find what you’re looking for, scroll to the bottom of this page or click here for the amazon.com links. Can’t see the links? Make sure to turn off any Ad Blocker apps and they […]

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the GH5S – Thoughts on Panasonic’s New Low-Light King https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/gh5s-thoughts-panasonics-new-low-light-king/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 18:45:22 +0000 https://www.notsoancientchinesecrets.com/?p=3199 Hot off the heels of Panasonic’s GH5 runaway success, it’s shocking to hear they announced not one, but TWO, new top-end cameras for 2018. Preorder the GH5S from B&H here. First was the G9 stills-focused camera, and today they announce their GH5S low-light king. HIGHLIGHTS: + New low-light sensor: 10.2 pixels (about half of the […]

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