Hola Jim,
More of a future audio thing: Make the XLR connections work with both a normal analog mic signal if that is what's connected or an AES 42 digital mic signal if a mic that supports AES 42 is present... "Digital mic signal?" Here's the deal- I'm not sure if you're aware but Neumann ( for the folks who don't know, they pretty much represent the mic equivalent of Zeiss or Cooke...) has been building "digital" mics that convert the sound to digital at the mic capsule rather than going through the various analog preamp stages that one normally uses to aquire a useful signal... They developed a spec in conjunction with the Audio Engineering Society that allows remote control of all parameters of the signal coming off of the mic plus the actual digital audio signal over an already standard XLR connection. As a guy who owns and uses a bunch of the very finest traditional analog mics, old and new, as well as some of Neumann's Solution D's ( their first digital offering.. ) in recording studios, live recording, dialog, etc. I can tell you from personal experience that while there isn't too much of a range of choices at this point, the approach seems to be a better mousetrap... The advantages are many, including super low power draw, truly unbelievable definition, zero hum and hiss and the list goes on... I think it relates specifically in that it's sort of the audio equivalent of what you're doing with the camera, that being ultra high rez data capture at the point of origin, totally new school for sure. The idea of being able to plug something that functions on that level audio wise directly into a your camera in the field is pretty compelling to me, the mic pre's on even the very best field mixers are miles behind in comparison. I feel that the approach very much relates to Red's progressive "we're not concerned about how it used to be done because how it used to be done kind of sucks compared to this" stance on technology, check it out...

http://www.neumann.com/?lang=en&id=c...nd_description

It was also used for some of the fx on the Matrix apparently...

http://mixonline.com/news/audio_neum...sed/index.html

The Audio Engineering Society can provide white papers on the spec if you're interested in understanding it on a more technical level...

http://www.aes.org/

Maybe it's not a this week sort of thing but an incredible way to record sound that is clearly the wave of the future, I thought you should be aware of it... Thanks for taking the time to listen...
ciao!
Chris

for the haters on the board: no I'm not talking about putting a large diaphram studio mic on top of the camera or whatever, it's more about the potential of the spec than anything at this point...And besides, all you have to do is hear how it does it's thing and you won't be hating for long...