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TechBits: SLR video accessories

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More people are using their SLRs to shoot video- and some new accessories being bundled together could improve the quality of your audio and video.

    The Marshall Electronics M-CT7 is an external monitor that fits onto your camera's hot shoe, and uses itsHDMI output.  You can use it to more easily compose your shots and set your focus when shooting video.  It can also be used for playback, with video support.  It can run off its dedicated battery, or a wall socket.  It can also use other video inputs for other applications.

    The MXL FR-310 microphone also clips onto the hot shoe.  It solves the problem of the camera's internal microphone picking up sounds stronger near the camera than near the subject you're shooting.  The mic has three different gain settings for different noise levels- and also has a bass roll-off switch for clearer audio in some settings.

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