New York, NY (June 18, 2008)–Audio/video podcasting “smart culture” website Culture Catch and Holophone made history on Tuesday, June 17 with reportedly the first ever 5.1 surround HD video podcast.
The podcast, entitled “CC Monthly Music Salon Series with Ms. Vanessa Carlton,” featured music from the recording artist’s new CD. Based on the traditional French salons from the 1600s, a select group of invited VIPs were given an unprecedented opportunity to discuss with Carlton, in an informal and casual setting, the impact and inspiration of her music. In addition, they were able to see her artistry in action as she performed selections from her new album, Heroes & Thieves, before the launch of her new tour.
To provide viewers with intimate access to this gathering, the Culture Catch Crew used Holophone’s H4 SuperMINI and H2-PRO as a portable and easy means to capture surround in conjunction with a Panasonic AV-HVX 200 HD camera for high-definition video.
“Part of the success of our podcasts is the ability we have to be portable,” says co-founder and podcast host of CultureCatch.com, Dusty Wright. “With the Holophone mics and the HD camera we are able to go out on a moment’s notice to capture high-profile artists as they perform in a variety of locations, from their living rooms, or while they record an upcoming CD in the studio. It helps to bring that one-on-one feel to our productions, really giving a more personal look into the thoughts and lives of the artists we profile.”
“We love that the features of the H4SuperMINI are so turnkey,” says Richard Burns, co-founder/director. “The mic is able to automatically encode its six channels of audio to the camera and we don’t have to do anything to make it surround. When it hits our viewers’ home theatres or 5.1 setups on their computers, it automatically decodes to surround sound.”