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Holophone, CultureCatch produce first 5.1 surround HD video podcast

Holophone microphones and podcasting Web site CultureCatch made history June 17 with the first 5.1 surround HD video podcast. Entitled “CC Monthly Music Salon Series with Ms. Vanessa Carlton,” the podcast featured music from the recording artist’s new CD.

In the podcast, invited VIPs had the opportunity to discuss music with Carlton, who performed selections from her new album, “Heroes & Thieves.” To provide viewers with intimate access to this gathering, the CultureCatch staff used Holophone’s H4 SuperMINI and H2-PRO as a portable, easy means to capture surround in conjunction with a Panasonic AV-HVX 200 HD camera for HD video.

“Part of the success of our podcasts is the ability we have to be portable,” says co-founder and podcast host Dusty Wright of “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 H4 SuperMINI are so turnkey,” says Richard Burns, co-founder and podcast 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 theaters or 5.1 setups on their computers, it automatically decodes to surround sound.”

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