All posts by Jim Kala

Learn an Old Timer’s Secrets To Welding Aluminum Without A Spool Gun, Video Tips too!

Did you ever wonder how they weld aluminum with a Mig Welder? It can be very difficult, if not impossible. Usually, they use an expensive Spool Gun that is an attachment to a Mig Welder. That allows a welder to get smooth aluminum welds. But, who has that kind of money to spend on a Spool Gun? This video shows how to weld aluminum without any add-ons. With a few tricks and secrets, aluminum can actually be welded with a 110 volt Mig Welder.

Attention Videographers:  The equipment that I used to film this video is at the end!

Some of the items used in this video:

Welding Equipment

– Lincoln SP125 110 volt Mig Welder (SP125 No longer available, Updated to Lincoln 140):
– Jackson TrueSight II Electronic Welding Insert with Helmet:
– Lincoln Mig Cart (newer version of mine):
– Vise Grip C-Clamp Welding Clamp:
– 5356 Aluminum Mig Welding Wire .030″:
– Lincoln .035″ Contact Tips:
– Argon Gas Cylinder, Empty (20 Cu Ft, Very Small):
– 4 1/2″ DeWalt Electric Angle Grinder:
– Metal File Set:
– Welding Gloves (size Large):
– Dust Mask/Respirator:
– Safety Glasses:
– Foam Ear Plugs:

Video Equipment used to make this video:

– iPhone 6s:
-iPhone 7 (Unlocked, but not sure what carriers):
– RodeLink Wireless Lavalier Microphone Set:
– Zhyiun Smooth II, 3 Axis Stabilized Gimbal for Smartphones:
– Clamp-on Light Holders/Reflectors:
– Philips Daylight Balanced LED Flood Bulbs:
– Tripod (One of my favorites):
– TRRS Male to TRS Single Female 3.5mm Adapter Cable:
– Joby GorillaPod Focus with Ball Head X, Remote Control and Mounting Kit for Smartphones and Tablets:
-iStabilizer Smartphone Mount:
– 2 inexpensive Light Stands (as a kit, to mount the Flood Lights to):

How To Use The Audio Technica BP40 Studio Microphone With The Yamaha MG10XU Mixing Console For Great Sound

How do they get Great Sound out of their microphones? Did you ever ask yourself that question? Well, there are a number of ways the Pros do it. One way is to use software and correct the audio after they have recorded it. The other way is to use a Mixing Console (like they do in live shows). This video takes the mystery out of and shows you how to get Great Audio using an Audio Technica BP40 Broadcast Microphone along with a Yamaha MG10XU Mixing Console.

Sick and tired of awful audio? This video will show the sound of the Audio Technica BP40 Mic and some of the ins-and-outs of the Yamaha MG10XU Mixer Console. You’ll see how to set up this combination Microphone and Mixer and grab great audio into your Camera without using Audio Editing Software!!

Some of the items used and/or shown in this video:

-Audio Technica BP40 Large Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone:

– Yamaha MG10XU Mixing Console:

– Yamaha MG10XU Mixing Console with Cables Included:

– Qty of 2 XLR Cables, 20 Feet Each:

– Jamstands Tabletop Microphone Stand:

– Hosa ATT-488 Attenuator:

– 2 Pack of 1/4″ Male to 1/8″ Female stereo Audio Adapters (for plugging in an 1/8 inch Headphone Jack into Yamaha console):

– XLR Female to 1/8″ TRS Male Adapter Cable (To plug an XLR Cable into a DSLR Camera input jack):

– Canon 60D Digital XLR Camera (Updated to the Canon 70D):

– Canon 24-105mm F4.0 Lens:

– Manfrotto 290 STA-3 Tripod with Fluid Head:

– Pixtor, by SanDisk, 32GB Performance SDHC UHS-1 Memory Card:

– iHome iB50 Noise Cancelling Headphones (Now the iB51BRC Noise Cancelling Headphones):

– Cell Phone Grip for iPhone 6s, to hold phone to tripod:

– iPhone 6s Cell Phone (Updated to the iPhone 7):

– Camtasia Studio 8, Video Editing Software (Update to Camtasia Studio 9):

Shure MVL Lavalier Lav Lapel Microphone Sound Test and Review

The Shure MVL Lav Mic is a Well Built and Great sounding Lavalier (lapel) microphone. But, it’s only supposed to be used while being plugged into a Smartphone.

Is there anyway around that? Take a look and see what we found out:

The Shure MVL Lavalier Microphone is one of new breed of Lav mics made for the Smartphone market. It comes with a TRRS Connector to plug into an iPhone or Android device. By using the Shure MOTIVE App you’ll be able to record your voice. It’s uses include recording, say, a groom at a wedding. Connect the MVL to your smartphone, clip it to the groom’s lapel, turn on the MOTIV app, and record the ceremony. Neat!

This video is about connecting the Shure MVL Lav Mic to a Zoom H1 audio recorder.

According to the specs, it’s an omnidirectional condenser microphone with exceptional signal-to-noise ratio.

It comes with: the MVL Lav Microphone, Tie clip, Foam Windscreen, Leatherette carry case, manuals and box.

It can be purchased from many good suppliers like: B&H Photo, Adorama, zZounds, Sweetwater Sound, Sam Ash and other electronic, guitar and music suppliers.

Equipment used in this video:
Sony a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-55mm Zoom Lens, Shure MVL Lavalier Microphone, Sennheiser ME66 shotgun microphone with K6 Power Module, LED Lighting along with CF Bulbs, Manfrotto Tripod, Radio Shack TRRS female split to 2-TRS male adapter, Zoom H1 Digital Recorder, Sandisk 16GB Micro SD Card, PNY 64GB SD Card, Camtasia Studio 8 Video Editing Software, Handbrake File Conversion software and one dancing Teddy Bear.

The adapter that I used is a Radio Shack TRRS Female to Double Male TRS Connectors. I purchased it at Radio Shack. It’s called a Radio Shack “Headset to Mobile PC Adapter.” Item Number 4200837 See URL

Better Audio for your Digital SLR DSLR Video Camera

Having trouble getting good audio with your DSLR Camera? It’s not uncommon.

I had 2 Lavalier (lapel) microphones laying around that were for my iPhone or Android style smartphone. They both have pretty good sound when connected to my smartphone.

I wondered if I could connect them to my Canon 60D DSLR Camera. The problem was that the two Lav Mics that I had have a TRRS Connector that plugs into a smartphone. My DSLR has a TRS connector for the microphone input jack.

So, I found an adapter and an extension cable and gave it a try.

I think you might find my results interesting.

Two Lavalier microphones used were:

-Shure MVL Lavalier Mic

-Gora Lav Mic

Also used:

-Radio Shack 1/8 inch (3.5mm) TRRS Female to Double 1/8 inch (3.5mm) TRS Male Adapter cable
-TRS FemaleExtension cable

The Rode NT3 Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone for Great Audio

I have owned this Rode NT3 Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone for about 1 1/2 Years and never really tested it out. So, I had a little time to give it a try and made this quick video.

It’s an XLR Style Mic, so you’ll need a way to plug-in XLR Connections with your set-up. The way I was able to do that was by using an iRig Pre PreAmplifier made by IK Multimedia. The iRig Pre allowed me to be able to plug the audio from the Rode NT3 into my iPhone and capture the audio.

I think you might be interested in this video, so take a look and see what you think.


1) The Rode NT3 Microphone from Amazon

2) iRig Pre PreAmp from Amazon

The Best Lav Lapel Microphone for $20? For iPhone Smartphone and YouTube

Could it be possible that a good Lavaliere Microphone that you can plug into your Smartphone can be good, I mean Really Good??

I watch for good deals when it comes to Audio and Video editing equipment. This Lav/Lapel microphone came along and I had to see if it was Too Good To Be True.

It’s called the Gora Lav Mic and it’s only $20.00! It plugs into your iPhone or Android device and is supposed to have really good audio quality.

Let’s see if it lives up to what is being said about it:

Here is what I used to shoot this video of this Gora Lav Mic:

1) The Gora Lav Mic from Amazon

2) An iRig Pre Pre-Amplifier from IK Multimedia from Amazon

3) An iPhone 4S to Plug the iRig Pre and Gora Mic into and Save the Audio Files

4) Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera

5) Camtasia Studio 8 Video Editing Software

6) Video Lights

Greenscreen Chromakey Secrets with The Sony a6000 and Edit in Camtasia Studio 8

Can I put in a different background behind me when I video myself? How can I make my video look like I’m in a Studio when really I’m not? How do they put that Weather Map behind a meteorologist. Can I get a cheap Greenscreen and do it myself? How can I edit the Greenscreen/Chromakey video in Camtasia Studio 8 and make it look good?

Well, hopefully I can answer those questions in the following video called Greenscreen Chromakey Secrets with Sony a6000 and Edit in Camtasia.

Ever wondered if YOU could do Green Screening? Well, with this information, you’ll be on your way to understanding and implementing your own Green Screen Video!

This video goes into detail on the ins and outs of setting up a Green Screen, setting up some inexpensive lights to light the screen and how to Video it using the Sony a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera.

Then, pull the video into Camtasia Studio 8 editing software and figure out how to “key” the video you made.

Some of the items used to make this video:
-Green Queen Sized Bed Sheet from a Discount Store
-Framework to hang the Green Sheet
-Cheap Clamps to hold the Green Screen tight
-Clamp-on Lights with inexpensive LED Light Bulbs (can also use Daylight balanced CFL bulbs)
-LED Flood light
-Octagon Softbox Light
-Lavalier Microphone plugged into my iPhone 6
-iPhone 6 with Griffin iTalk Pro App to record the Audio
-Automotive Windshield Reflector as a Cheap Reflector
-2 Tripods
-4 Light Stands
-Sony a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
-Camtasia Studio 8 Video Editing Software

With a little clever creativity, the lights and supports can be done with a small budget!


Boy, it sure would be nice if I could use my iPhone to scan documents and send them off to my: Lawyer, Real Estate agent, doctor, etc. Wouldn’t it??

Well, NOW I CAN with an App called Cam Scanner Free. After downloading the App from the iTunes App Store, I can then “scan” the document with my iPhone (or iPad 2 and up, iPod Touch Gen 4 and up). Enhance the document and save it. Then, email the image as a .PDF off to whoever needs it. It’s that simple.

This REALLY has made life easier. I used to: Place the document on my “Stand alone Scanner”. Make sure I had it in the right space on my scanner. Go to my computer and set the image quality I wanted. Scan the image. Then, save it to a file on my PC. Then, try and find the document image on my PC. Then, attach it to an email and send it.

With Cam Scanner, it’s an “All In One”. Scan, save, email. It takes just a few minutes. It will also allow you to scan multiple images and save them to one file. Then, send them off via email in one shot.

It’s AWESOME!! Take a look at my video and see how easy it is.



Massive and Professional.

That’s what the Blue Yeti USB Microphone is, Massive and Professional. It’s the Perfect Companion for doing Pod-casting, Voice Over work or making videos for YouTube!

With 4 Patterns: Stereo, Omni-Directional, Cardioid and Bi-Directional, this Mic is Just what the Doctor Ordered.

It has 2 Controls on the Front: Headset Volume and Muting. 2 Controls on the back: Gain Dial and Pattern Switch Selector. On the Bottom it has and USB Connection and a Headset Connection. The Headset connection allows you to listen, in REAL TIME, exactly what you are saying into the microphone. Without Echo (Zero Latency). WOW!!

And, the PRICE is right, Too!!

Take a look at this Video and see if this Microphone is a good buy!