Wednesday, 12 October 2011

You keep loosing these RF Wind Sock?

Being tired loosing expensive Wind Socks for your RF Microphones during a field shoot?
But  you  need them  no matter what. I make a couple before going out on location shoots

When shooting video outside on location, you have to deal with Wind  hitting the  RF mic. After loosing a couple of  Wind socks during a field exercise, I can up with a temporary solution, one that i'd like to share with  you.

You'll need:
1. Matt Knife
2. Rubber bands (1 or  2 depending)
3. Foam from Pelican Case or equivalent (1 Inch x 1 Inch square, 1 Inch thick)

Make incision from the bottom to the middle of the cut  foam, Wrap the foam around the Mic, Secure  the temp Wind sock with  Robber Band. Leave room for the Lapel Clip. Use a pair of scissors to round up the extra foam. I used a Sharpie Black Permanent and run it against the rubber bands to make the  yellow go away.
I am  working on getting a Temporary Lapel Clip build from Gator clip,  paper clip etc, will post soon.

                                                                                                          photos by: Chris on MOJO

Chris on MOJO

Monday, 10 October 2011

RØDE Mic - Cold shoe issues

Hi all,
I  have received  an email from RØDE and they were aware of the problem with the Cold Shoe not fitting correctly and have since then fixed the problem. They are offering to ship replacements shoe that will do the job. Simply contact them via their web site. I received a positive reply from them within 24 hours. Another good story that ends well.

Chris on MOJO

Friday, 7 October 2011

RØDE On-Cam Stereo Microphone issues

Hey MOJO gang,

We just got our new Rode X/Y On Camera Mics and the Hot-shoe has a problem where we'll need to take a file to it in order to make it fit on the Owle Photo:*a. I have tried unsuccessfully to fit the Mic on my own Canon 5D MkII and as well on a Nikon D-7000. It has to do with the way the Hot-shoe was made on the Microphone Photo: *b

Please don't take me wrong, I have use the RØDE in the past and i am very satisfied with the results (audio wise) the fitting on the camera/device is where the problem is. Photo: *b
I have shot a few pics to show the problem area of the mount. in photo a) &  c) , the Mic barely fits in as its catching and blocking the entry.

a)                                                                                                     b)



 I will post solution as soon as our team of dedicated Geeks figures this on out.

Chris on MOJO

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Soo how much is your Local Wine? hey?

 I was  searching for a Dead Arm last week for  last week end Cork Twist-cap challenge (or just another good reason to  drink  wine!)  and I was actually surprise to see the price differences between Canadian  provinces. Some provincial liquor Board are also just too hard to find online. Once in a while I'll post  some interesting findings as far as Wine prices. You'll say "well, I never spend more then 12.00 on a bottle of  wine" fine by me mate, I'd like to pay $12 for a Calon-Segur or a COS, but this will never happened.


Found at SAQ in Quebec, Canada:

-Shiraz d'Arenberg The Dead Arm McLaren Vale 2007 : 51,50 $


Found at LCBO Ontario, Canada

Shiraz d'Arenberg The Dead Arm McLaren Vale 2007 : $54.95


Found at BC Liquor Board, BC Canada:

Shiraz d'Arenberg The Dead Arm McLaren Vale 2007: $69.99 

 The moral of this story, If you live in Ottawa,  cross the Bridge and get it in QC.
* I did not find the Dead Arm in Alberta, I remember visiting a awesome  wine Boutique at Calgary Airport a few years back.

** all prices are in Canadian Dollar



Monday, 3 October 2011

Wine Contains Sulfites.. They probably all do!

I've been reading warning' on wine  label recently. And  i am wondering if the Sulfite has contributed to the  itching nose,  hot ear and  scratchy eyes  that I get when i Drink wine with too much Sulfite in it. This is what I found when researching about it:


Sulfites occur naturally in all winesto some extent. Sulfites are commonly introduced to arrest fermentation at a desired time, and may also be added to wine as preservatives to prevent spoilage and oxidation at several stages of the winemaking. Sulfur dioxide (SO2, sulfur with two atoms of oxygen) protects wine from not only oxidation, but also bacteria. Without sulfur, grape juice would turn to vinegar.
Organic wines are not necessarily sulfite-free. In general, sweet (dessert) wines contain more sulfites than dry wines, and white wines contain more sulfites than red wines.
In the United States, wines bottled after mid-1987 must have a label stating that they contain sulfites if they contain more than 10 parts per million In the European Union an Equivalent reg came into effect in 2005.
Maybe I'm simply allergic to Sulfites found in wine, if its the case, I'll take my chances and keep drinking red wine

Photo by: Chris C.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Cork vs Twistcap showdown.. The results

Well it wasn't an easy one.. sort of speak. Well all got pretty Corked.. Juss Sayin'

The results: Remember it was about Cork vs Twist-cap:  We have a tie
- Both Cork and twist-cap did what they were supposed to do and did not damage, alter, change in any way the taste, quality of both wine tasted.

All six participent all agreed that the cork was harder to remove from the bottle then the Twist-cap but had preserved the wine  magnificently.
The twist-cap was a no brainer to open.
Once opened both wine were served from a Decanter that  had gone  thru the *Venturi wine aerator.

The taste test:
-The Dead Arm 2007 Wine had more structure with a heavier taste at first, dried and locked its flavor in mouth for a good 20 seconds +. Not  too acid (noted by taster #2) after 20 minutes of Oxidation in the  decanter the Dead Arm, evolved to a new level and became much smother to drink, with hints of dark chocolate and licorice. This bad boy could use 5 years in cellar. Chris on MOJO Score: 93/100

- The St-Henri 2006, is well balance and did not evolved or change taste  during the testing. Slightly lighter to drink at the beginning compare to the other wine tasted, the St-Henri is a more delicate wine smoother, with short time on mouth.Did not evolved and stay very stable while it lasted. Chris on MOJO Score: 90/100

The winner: all 6 agreed that the Dead arm was a hell of a wine. If you are wondering why its called *Dead Arm, check on Wikipedia.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Cork vs Twistcap showdown

The two contenders are showing their colours.. Red that is

Cork vs Twistcap showdown

Another wine Blog but this one has a twist.. Juss Sayin'

The myth, the Players:
- Corks are better for wine bottle then Twistcap.. well 400 years ago they didn't have any Twist-cap and cork was widely available in Europe so they have the field advantage.

-Twist-Cap make a perfect seal on the bottle content but have a bad rep with High Society circles, F-1 Jet setters etc etc.. also, Leonardo DaVinci probably had a Patent on a Twist-cap.

The Test:
A team of four wine Aficionado will blindly taste the 2 wines of equal values from the same country and made from the same type of Grapes to determine: Cork or Twist-Cap?

The Pretenders:
Two Australian Wine. Both are rated pretty equally by WS and other well known wine references. *90+

1. Twist-Cap, Penfolds, St-Henri 2006
2. Cork, D'Arenberg, Dead Arm 2007

We will report the findings in the next 48 hours.

Chris on MOJO 
                                                                                                     Photo by: Chris on MOJO