Gear Review Samson Tech Zoom Q3

6 02 2010

Hey all I’m doing my first gear review. I will be reviewing the Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder from Samson Tech.

Dear FTC, I am not receiving any money or products from Samson Tech.

Dear Samson Tech, I love this camera. If you want to give me free product, I would not mind at all.

With all that out of the way.  I am posting some of the video that I took from the Y100 jingle ball in Ft. Lauderdale.

First video is average to compared to a Flip cam or a point and shoot camera w/ video abilities. It does offer 2x zoom and 2 types of lighting control. An Auto and Concert Lighting.  Auto is fairly responsive but washes out skin tone…(hint…a white balance would be awesome) and the Concert Lighting is darker but provides some latitude when bright lights come up.


  Adam Lambert

If you listen…the sound quality is much better than a Flip due to the Zoom Q3 dual X/Y mics on top. The design is based of the popular Zoom H4n Handy Recorder which is strictly a sound recorder. I love the fact is that you have the ability to monitor the audio and the limiter works well.

Samson Tech Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder

I can see the uses of this for backpack journalism, for fun (shooting cool stuff @ home and out and about.), backstage interviews, vlogging(aka video blogging) or podcasting.

Overall I do really like it. It’s light, pocket sized with awesome sound. Its a great first draft, greater zoom or a moving lens with white balance just to add some great video.

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A cheap production Netbook or Notebook

31 01 2010

I was checking all the netbooks at Best Buy.  As I was browsing, I wonder could netbooks be used in production or is a notebook better.


Used be used to ftp dailies or used for a dump drive. Is it possible to link a camera to a netbook and run it as drive?

Script writing

Light music or sound editing

Light photo editing or proofing

Budgeting software

Paperwork such location releases, model releases, project costs


Video conversion (promos for youtube)


All of the above plus

Dvd burning

Effects design

Heavy editing video, sound and photo

Playback….used for director and script supervisor, as video village

Production meetings through Skype

Recommended programs (some free others not so much)

Open Office (free word doc, spreadsheet, power point…etc)

Avid (video editing)

Windows Movie Maker (video editing)

Adobe Production Suite (photoshop, after effects, soundtrack)

Skype (video chat)

Audacity (sound editing)

An audio/ video converter (mov-mpeg-h.264-avi-mp3)

Google Docs and Calender to coordinate among teams

Archiving and logging footage

26 01 2010

Archiving and logging footage

Save in 3 places

Hard Drive (internal or external)


Online (if you have a website that offers server space or one of the many online backup sites such as www. or

Save raw and the finished project. The most important and often most boring job is logging footage. It is important to find the best shots for the project…..more often or not you will need to re-re-edit. If for a client one than one edit will happen.

The more info you put down for each shot the easier it is to find them. Easiest way to put down type of shot (cu 2s 3s cowboy mos…etc), length, people in shot and the scene #+ take # if applicable. Some people take a sentence about the scene, the mood, what action is taking place or effects to added if any. ex. cu 1:30 hero (3h 3rd take) Find the one that works for you and make it standard for you and for your crew. The easier the system the better. Use Excel or any spreadsheet or database program to create your EDL (edit decision list).

What jason bourne taught me about filmmaking

24 01 2010

pack light and improvise

always keep in contact with allies

do your research

plan ahead as much as possible and then be ready to throw it all out the window

some times low tech is the best

go with your gut

a pen, paper and a open mind are your best weapon