The Beachtek DXA-Pocket: I can’t live without it

This little guy is the biggest thing in DSLR audio. Heck, I’ve been trying to review it since June of this year, and it took me this long to get to it – because I was too busy using it. If it takes me that long to get a piece of equipment out of my hands to review it, it’s darn good. Simplicity is key when you’re doing a rushed shoot (or any shoot, for that matter), where the possibility of forgetting an important setting can make or break you…

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Modding the Beachtek BRM-1 for the BMCC

The Beachtek BRM-1 was the subject of this week’s experiment, proving to fit well on the top of a Blackmagic Cinema Camera/Production Camera 4K body with the substitution of a single screw. However, this early test used all of a single 1/4″ screw to hold the entire thing in place – and that’s with a carrying handle. As I had to cover a big event on Wednesday, I could not risk a fragile setup, but the 67mm spacing between threads on the BMCC is not standard – you won’t find…

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Beachtek BRM-1: The ideal Blackmagic rail adapter?

Beachtek just released their 15mm rail adapter – previously unique to their DXA-SLR Ultra audio adapter – as a separate baseplate called the BRM-1. I’ve been looking forward to this one. To me, it seemed as if the unit was ideal to mount on top of a Blackmagic Cinema Camera – and be wide enough to allow one to drill the plate on each side to accommodate the left and right bolts on the BMCC’s upper chassis. Can’t be content using it the way it was intended! While I have…

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BeachTek has something exciting up their sleeves for BMPCC users…

…and it’s called the DXA-Pocket. It also works on the EOS-M too, in addition to virtually any other camera with a mic input jack and no AGC: And yes, you can mount it on a hot shoe too, if you prefer. It’s unbelievably versatile and simple, not to mention that it works really well with a light camera such as the EOS-M outfitted with a small lens. Everything you need in a pint-sized package. The unit shown is a prototype, but the final product won’t differ much from what you…

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BeachTek DXA-Connect DSLR Audio Adapter Review

This is BeachTek’s latest, portable DSLR audio preamp – the DXA-CONNECT (one of the first batch, as a matter of fact). If you’re familiar with other BeachTek adapters, the Connect looks nothing like any previous offering. Strange appearance notwithstanding, it is an ideal unit for users of Canon cameras with Magic Lantern, those who utilize Zoom H4N/H6 external recorders, and any other DSLR that has onboard preamp control and shutoff. DXA-CONNECT – LISTEN TO IT: For those who want to hear it before anything else: ¬† DXA-CONNECT – INTERNAL TECH:…

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BeachTek DXA-Connect Review – Coming This Week

It just arrived today and looks every bit as good as I had expected. The hot shoe mount is also excellent (the entire DXA-Connect exudes a reassuring feel of solid construction) and despite this heft, poses no problem when mounting to the 5D Mark II or the EOS-M. I dare say the same applies to most all Canon DSLRs. Look for a complete review this week – subscribe if you wish to get an email update when the review is posted. -Kurt “Man with the 5D” One production sample of…

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Powering a BeachTek audio adapter with an external battery source

I run my rig off an Anton-Bauer Dionic 90 battery (through a 3rd-party battery adapter), a 3-hour-rated lithium-ion setup which has more stored power than I know what to do with. Given this convenient power source (with 5v, 7.2v, 12v and 15v connections on the adapter), I prefer that all the accessories on the rig run off the same power source to avoid last-minute confusion as to what on the camera has fresh batteries and what doesn’t. That, and it sure saves on batteries. Amongst the accessories on my rig…

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