BVE Interview and blog post on HD Warrior £250

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Ticket BVE master

Firstly let me start by saying this does not apply to three of my site sponsors Production Gear, Holdan and JVC who will be at BVE 2016, if you sponsor HD Warrior and attend BVE its all part of the package.

We are hoping to cover our costs this year by basically producing a high quality low cost advert on both video and a dedicated blog post.

The video will allow you to show the world your product at BVE and we will also send you an MP4 HD video for you to embed on your web site.

We will give you a full page blog post plus your video embedded on HD Warrior all for the cost of £250…Interested…send an email to hdwarrior@me.com marking it BVE ADVERT 2016.

Here are two examples from 2015.

Holdan BVE 2015 from Philip Johnston on Vimeo.

Production Gear from Philip Johnston on Vimeo.

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Panasonic VariCam LT in Africa…first footage.

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The VariCam LT has a compact and lightweight magnesium body and offers same picture quality specifications as the larger VariCam 35 cinema camera. The super 35mm image sensor, which is the same imager as VariCam 35, features wide dynamic range, an expansive color gamut, and high sensitivity for 4K image acquisition. It has dual native ISO settings of 800 and 5000. The native 5000 ISO allows for clean shooting in very low light situations. Its size and design facilitate a wide array of shooting styles including comfortable ergonomic shoulder mounted operation or use on gimbals and drones.

One new feature that has been added to the VariCam LT is the EF lens*1 mount which offers a wide array of lens choices. The EF mount*1 can be removed by an end user and replaced with a PL mount (optional). This allows for even greater versatility in lens selection when shooting with the VariCam LT. The VariCam LT workflow is very similar to that of the VariCam 35. Both cameras have a dual codec recording function that allows the user to record a primary or “main” codec as well as a smaller proxy file. In addition, each camera offers an in-camera color grading function and support for AVC-Intra 4K and Apple ProRes*2 codecs.

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The VariCam LT is equipped with the super 35mm single-chip MOS sensor developed especially for the VariCam 35. It offers 4K (4096 x
2160) and UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, and boasts high sensitivity, low noise, wide dynamic range and cinematic depth of field.
This sensor received The Hollywood Post Alliance Engineering Excellence Award 2015.

The camera has a dynamic range of 14+ stops. This wide dynamic range assures accurate image rendering over the entire image, from
dark areas to highlights. Even in very dimly lit scenes, which are particularly important in movie production, the VariCam LT provides
low-noise images without any compromise in picture quality. “V-Log” is capable of creating the 14+ stops of dynamic range offered by the
VariCam LT image sensor, greatly enhancing look creation capability.

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The VariCam LT has two native ISO settings: 800 and 5000. This means the VariCam LT achieves very high sensitivity while
maintaining a low noise level at 5000 ISO. The noise level at 5000 ISO is nearly identical to that seen at 800 ISO. In order to achieve this
function two dedicated analog circuits are implemented on every pixel of the imager of the the VariCam LT for each native ISO before
gain processing. This allows the camera to achieve much higher sensitivity without increased noise. Normally noise is introduced in the gain process of rating ISO in digital cameras. This functionality is revolutionary for low light scene shooting. Especially this ISO 5000 enable to capture under the natural light keeping the mood making more realistic.

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Here is the first video showing the fantastic quality this camera is capable of…

“AFRICA” The Sample Footage of Panasonic’s New Cinema VariCam LT from Cinema VariCam™ on Vimeo.

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Panasonic’s new VariCam LT $18,000 body only

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14+ stops of dynamic range with V-Log, and the esteemed cinematic VariCam image quality and color science, as well as the VariCam 35’s breakout innovation, dual native ISOs of 800/5000.

Weighing just under six pounds and having superior capability to similar sized cameras, the VariCam LT will be the ideal camera for handheld, SteadiCam, jib, crane, drone, gimbal and overall cinema verité work. The VariCam LT is likewise tailor-made for owner/operators, independent filmmakers, documentary makers and corporate production creators.

“The VariCam LT delivers superb image handling in multiple formats ranging from 4K, UHD, 2K and HD, and like the VariCam 35, is fully capable of High Dynamic Range (HDR) field capture. The new 4K camcorder offers Apple ProRes 4444 (up to 30p) and ProRes 422 HQ (up to 60p) support for HD recording, as well as Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA family of advanced video codecs.

It has built-in ND filters (clear, 0.6, 1.2 and 1.8 strength) and has a Canon EF lens mount fitted as standard instead of the PL mount found on the Varicam35. A optional PL mount is also available. Panasonic is quick to point out that they can’t guarantee the compatibility or performance of all EF lenses…so buy with caution !

New codecs introduced in the VariCam LT include AVC-Intra LT and AVC-Intra 2K-LT, both designed to offer capture rates up to 240fps in imager crop mode, ideal for sports and other fast motion footage.

Powerful color management capabilities combined with VariCam’s extended color gamut and support for the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) workflow allow for full fidelity mastering of original source material. The VariCam LT offers in-camera color grading, with the ability to record an ungraded 4K master along with all on-set grading metadata. A new color processing feature is ‘V-LOOK,’ which acts as a blend of V-Log and video, and allows filmic documentary acquisition without the same need for intense color grading.

Camera head list price $18,000 (£12,472)
Panasonic viewfinder $6,000 (£4,157)
Shoulder pad $1,500 (£1,039)
Grip and arm $1,250 (£866)
PL option $1,300 (£900)
256GByte ExpressP2 Card $2,000 (£1,385)

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Needless to say even with the above specs Panasonic are sitting side by side with the Canon C300 Mk11 price wise, sadly they should have taken Sonys FS7 into account when pricing their VariCam LT…which turns out to be £4K dearer (body only)!

The quality and build is actually closer to the Sony F5 rather than the FS7, though a lot of DP’s would have preferred it to be closer to the price of the FS7.

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Just been sent these pictures from a shoot in Barcelona using the new Panasonic VariCam LT.

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A full frame from the VariCam.

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100% crop from the frame above.

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New Datavision LED lights from Holdan…See them at BVE 2016

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  • Bi-Colour LED On Camera Pad Light
  • Ultrathin Design
  • Button control with Digital Display
  • CRI Rating: 95
  • Illumination (LM): 666
  • Dimensions: 174 x 120 x 16 mm
  • Weight approx: 230g
  • Power from AC Adapter, AA Battery, Sony NP-F or Panasonic CGR-D series batteries (not supplied)
  • Power: 11.6W Power Source: 7.2-15V DC

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  • Bi-colour Ultra Soft LED Studio Light
  • Ultrathin design (27mm)
  • Can be mounted horizontally or vertically
  • Interal 2.4G remote control reciever with WiFi control box, control the light via smart phone or telecontroller
  • DMX control with LCD display
  • Bi-colour, 3200K to 5600K;
  • Dimmer control
  • Barn doors included
  • Rear heat dissapation to keep the light cool
  • Dimensions: 710 x 330 x 70mm
  • Honeycomb Louver also available

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  • Bi-colour Ultra Soft LED Studio Light
  • Ultrathin design (27mm)
  • Can be mounted horizontally or vertically
  • Interal 2.4G remote control reciever with WiFi control box, control the light via smart phone or telecontroller
  • DMX control with LCD display
  • Bi-colour, 3200K to 5600K;
  • Dimmer control
  • Barn doors included
  • Rear heat dissapation to keep the light cool
  • Dimensions: 1375 x 330 x 27mm
  • Honeycomb Louver also available

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NEW Sony a6300 4K camera…with NO headphone jack !

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The new Sony a6300 by all accounts is a well spec photographic-video camera with the ability to accept Sonys XLR-K2M professional XLR audio adapter.  Its all fine and dandy kitting this camera out for video but to omit a headphone jack in place of a useless speaker is just stupid.

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“Oh but its not a professional camera” so why add S-Log2 and S-Log3 gammas to the camera if Sony don’t intend it to be used by professionals.

I have the Panasonic FZ1000 once again spoiled by having no headphone jack, I get round this by using Sony’s UWP-D16 radio mic system by monitoring via the receiver which has a headphone output, but that is no match for a proper headphone jack on the camera.

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Why do manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic deliberately leave out the headphone jack in place of a useless speaker is beyond logic. I used to work in the electronics business, to add a headphone socket into the initial design would be extra pennies all your doing is changing the spec of the CPU to add an amp or add one to the double sided PCB…easy.

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I will leave you with some impressive footage shot with the Sony a6300…

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Sony’s New G Master lens

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To be truthful its about time Sony delivered some decent lenses for the “E” mount lens system. We have put up with f4 lenses for long enough.

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For A7s owners this will become the “Standard” zoom lens though its at a cost of £1500.

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This portrait lens the new 85mm f1.4 looks to be a cracker, our friend Gordon Laing from CameraLabs has had a play with this lens and judging by the photograph below its stunning.

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Last but not least the 70-200 f2.8 a great asset for photographers looking to get action shots without increasing the ISO.

Both FS7 and FS5 owners will benefit from these larger aperture lenses allowing a far greater shallow depth of field but remember they are full frame lenses so your 24mm will look more like a 36mm FOV.

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NEW Canon 1DX Mk11…20.2MP…14fps…4K 50p

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When I first saw this camera my first thoughts were “not again” a DSLR with upgraded video features but one feature in particular caught my eye… improved EOS Intelligent Tracking and Recognition system.

Having just filmed my sons wedding last weekend the Sony FS5 could do with Canons focusing system. I was led to believe via Alister Chapman’s video about the FS5 that the new face detection was one of the best of its kind yet as a remote camera that is far from the truth. Fortunately I had 5 cameras filming the ceremony so a focus hunting FS5 won’t be a disaster.

The video below shows the new Canon perform some cracking tracking shots and 4K 50p is quite something although that uses expensive C-Fast cards.

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Sony have admitted problems with the FS5

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Finally we get the answer from Sony engineers on the problems seen with some FS5 users, here is the statement from Sony…

‘Sony has investigated the PXW-FS5 image artifact issues reported by users. Our engineers have been able to duplicate these issues and identify their root cause. Sony plans to provide a firmware update. Our goal is to issue this revised firmware toward February/end.

 To ensure that users achieve the best results from the FS5, Sony is also preparing guidelines to help professional shooters take full advantage of the FS5’s features, including S-Log and S-Gamut’.

Here is Alistair Chapman’s take on Sony’s news…

My understanding is that this primarily relates to the edge tearing issue as well as the blocking type artefacts that can be seen, particularly at higher gain levels. It’s great to see solid proof that Sony do listen to us. They always have done, but often simply went away and investigated and fixed the issue without actually saying anything.

It does still need to be remembered that in UHD the camera is an 8 bit camera and this firmware update will not change that. Nor will it change the recording bit rate.  I also do not expect to see a change of the cameras base ISO, so don’t expect to see any significant difference to the cameras noise levels. So while I am sure the firmware will bring a useful and welcome improvement to the image quality, you will still need to be careful how you shoot with the camera, especially in low light or with S-log in UHD. The user guides that are being prepared will hopefully address these areas.

Further info at http://www.xdcam-user.com/2016/01/sony-make-official-statement-regard-fs5-image-artefacts/

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Sony FS7 FW v3 update is now official (installed)

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Out today is the new firmware update for the Sony FS7. Sony Broadcast have now responded with a FW update here  http://www.sony.co.uk/pro/support/software/SET_BPE-SS-1238/40

New Features & Improvements:

1.) Focus Magnification function is improved.
– Support for magnification area position adjustment
– Magnification resolution improvement
2.) Support for “2K Full”, “2K Center” setting in Image Scan Mode
3.) Support for Interval Recording function
4.) Expand lowest value of Zebra level to 0%
5.) Support for Noise Suppression setting in Cine EI mode
6.) Video Signal Monitor usability is improved.
7.) The operability of “Iris setting” using the “Iris dial” and the “assignable dial” is improved.
8.) FS-RAW image quality and operation stability improvement
9.) Overall stability and operability of the camera is improved

HDW : V3 installed, the installation happens in 2 phases the first takes 5m the second takes 10m. I used a fully charged battery which is against Sony’s “use a mains adapter”. If the mains fails there is a possibility your camera will not work or brick, so with a fully charged U90 battery you have tons of power and takes that doubt away from a mains failure.

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All CF cards sold

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Thanks to everyone who bought my Transend 32G CF cards…a bargain at £10 each.

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