Astronaut forgets to put a micro SD card in his GO-PRO

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Brilliant, with all the technology they forget to load the GoPro with a micro SD card.

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STV 2 Shutting down at the end of June

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Sadly, STV is to close its second channel as part of a reorganisation that will result in the loss of 59 jobs.

The broadcaster said the loss-making STV2 would close at the end of June, with investment shifting to its main channel and online streaming.

While 25 jobs will go at STV2, a further 34 will also be lost as part of changes to news output.

STV said the reorganisation of services would result in savings to the company of about £2m a year.

The announcement was made as part of a three-year strategic review by new chief executive, Simon Pitts.

Anticipated competition

He said there would be renewed focus on online streaming, with a new ad-free subscription version of the STV Player launched for the first time.

The company also said it planned to invest £15m in new original content over the next three years.

Mr Pitts said the decision to axe STV2 was in part driven by anticipated competition from BBC Scotland’s new channel, which will begin broadcasting next year.

The announcement comes after STV revealed its pre-tax profit had slipped slightly from £18.3m in 2016 to £18m last year.

STV2 was launched in 2017, bringing together the company’s local TV stations for Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as proposed local stations for Ayr, Aberdeen and Dundee.

However, over the 12-month period, the channel lost £800,000.

Mr Pitts said: “As a result of the challenging economics of local television and anticipated increased competition from BBC Scotland, we have taken the difficult decision to close our loss-making STV2 channel to focus our future content investment on STV and the STV Player.”

He added: “This is a positive vision for STV that will re-establish the company as a creative force in Scotland and beyond.

“We will invest in creative talent, new original programming and digital to ensure STV becomes Scotland’s home of news and entertainment and delivers long-term value for advertisers, shareholders and viewers alike.”

STV’s main business is the Channel 3 service for central and northern Scotland – it is the only part of the network that is not owned by ITVplc.

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New Auction site to sell your video gear.

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Fed up with EBAY and all those fees why not try H Preston Medias new auction site.
John Preston “We now have a on line auction site which we are running our selves so many customers have had so many problems with selling on Ebay and so much fraud.  We will advertise Display demo it and we hope get the very best price for any audio and video products.
Please contact me on jpreston@hpreston.co.uk with your full list of un wanted equipment
You can bid on line very easy and we will ship to the best winning bid”
https://www.hpreston.co.uk/pre-owned-and-ex-display/on-line-live-auction.html

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Invisor from the Apple Mac store £4 (Desktop machines only)

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Invisor displays technical information about your video, audio and photo files with ability to compare collected data.

Video and audio: detailed info about file’s container and media streams including subtitles and chapters using MediaInfo.

Photo: EXIF, IPTC, XMP, GPS and MakerNote tags.

Features:

  • Export allows you to save gathered information in different formats: Text, HTML, CSV, XML, JSON.
  • Comparison table can be exported to CSV or HTML document.
  • Removing geolocation information from images and MPEG-4 video.
  • Extracting cover and image previews.

Great for adding info for comparison shots (JPEG) taken with in this case the Panasonic GH5 and GH5S

Looking at the JVC GY-LS300 you can see all the information from the .MOV file like the HD 422 mode giving you a little more colour space to your HD shots. My thanks to our reader Stewart Mackenzie for pointing this APP out to me. Sorry I should have mentioned it in my review, its mainly for Apple desktop machines like iMacs, mini Mac etc. not iPads or iPhones.

 

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NAB 2018…BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K £1029

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The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K uses the same Blackmagic OS as URSA Mini. That means you get the world’s most advanced camera operating system and many of the same professional features found on larger cameras! If you’re just getting started, you can learn how to use the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K today and move up to an URSA Mini when you’re ready! If you already use an URSA Mini, there’s nothing new to learn!

You get a modern touchscreen interface that uses simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. The Blackmagic OS gives you incredible control of advanced camera features including 3D LUTs for both recording and monitoring, HDR output via HDMI, metadata entry, custom presets, extended video format, Bluetooth remote control, external timecode from the audio input, RAW recording and more!

Shooting Resolutions

4096 x 2160 (4K DCI), 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD), 1920 x 1080 (HD).

Frame Rates

Maximum sensor frame rate dependent on resolution and codec selected. Project frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60 fps supported.
Off-speed frame rates up to 60 fps in 4K DCI, 120 fps in HD windowed.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K – Newsshooter at NAB 2018 from Newsshooter on Vimeo.

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Nearer home H. Preston Media CANON OPEN DAY….Tomorrow from 10-4pm

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Come to H. Preston Media’s Canon Open Day tomorrow (Tuesday 10th April) at Malvern from 10am till 4pm and see the new C200 firmware.

H. Preston Media 103 Worcester Rd, Malvern WR14 1EP

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NAB 2018…More new camcorders from Sony…PXW-Z280 and the PXW-Z190

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Sony PXW-Z280 (PXWZ280) 4K CMOS Sensor Camcorder with Variable ND Filter. Sony’s PXW-Z280 4K CMOS Camcorder has superb picture quality thanks to its cutting edge CMOS technology. It also has 4K Resolution, high sensitivity, a newly developed Variable ND Filter, an instant HDR workflow (HLG) and dual MI shoe and 4CH audio recording making this your ideal camera for shooting. The Sony PXW-Z280 also comes equip with face detection AF and newly developed ‘face only’ AF Mode and an enhanced network functions for use with XDCAM Air. Media using ExpressCard/34 slot (x2) Sony SxS type cards.

High quality XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP recordings

XAVC technology is based on the H.264 standard, which provides an exceptionally robust and efficient compression technology. XAVC Intra (frame) compression means that every frame is encoded independent of the other frames – providing a better quality picture, without compromises. XAVC Long GOP applies compression across multiple frames – reducing file sizes, which can make for fast ingest and editing as well as providing budget savings on recording media. The XAVC codec adopts 10-bit sampling for high definition recording with rich tonal expression.

Broadcast-standard MPEG HD422 and MPEG HD

High-quality MPEG HD422 50 Mbps is fully compliant with the latest EBU recommendations for long-form broadcast production and is widely accepted in broadcasting stations and production houses. This recording capability makes PXW-Z280 ideal for a wide range of different applications, including newsgathering and documentary production.

DVCAM at 25 Mbps in MXF file format

Many broadcasters and production houses still utilise the proven DVCAM format and PXW-Z280 provides support at the flick of a switch.

XAVC Intra
XAVC-I QFHD mode:
3840×2160/59,94p, 50p, 29.97p, 23.98p, 25p
XAVC-I HD mode:
1920×1080/59,94p, 59.94i, 50p, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P 1280×720/59.94P, 50P
XAVC Long
XAVC-L QFHD 150 mode:
3840×2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
XAVC-L HD 50 mode:
1920×1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P 1280×720/59.94P, 50P
XAVC-L HD 35 mode:
1920×1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
Recording Frame Rate – Continued
XAVC-L HD 25 mode:
1920×1080/59.94i, 50i
MPEG-2 Long GOP
MPEG HD422 mode:
1920×1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
1280×720/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
MPEG HD420 HQ mode:
1920×1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
1440×1080/59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
1280×720/59.94P,50P
DVCAM
DVCAM mode:
720×480/59.94i, 29.97PsF
720×576/50i, 25PsF

Sony PXW-Z190 (PXWZ190) 4K CMOS Sensor Camcorder with Variable ND Filter. Sony’s PXW-Z190 4K CMOS Camcorder has superb picture quality thanks to its cutting edge CMOS technology. It also has 4K Resolution, high sensitivity, a newly developed Variable ND Filter, an instant HDR workflow (HLG) and dual MI shoe and 4CH audio recording making this your ideal camera for shooting. The Sony PXW-Z190 also comes equip with face detection AF and newly developed ‘face only’ AF Mode and an enhanced network functions for use with XDCAM Air. Media MS/SD cards x2

XAVC Long
XAVC-L QFHD 150 mode:
3840×2160/59.94P, 50P, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
XAVC-L HD 50 mode:
1920×1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P 1280×720/59.94P, 50P
XAVC-L HD 35 mode:
1920×1080/59.94P, 50P, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97P, 23.98P, 25P
XAVC-L HD 25 mode:
1920×1080/59.94i, 50i

DVCAM
DVCAM mode:
720×480/59.94i, 29.97PsF 720×576/50i, 25PsF

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NEW for NAB 2018…SONY FS5 v2

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The FS5 II offers several new features and refinements over the original FS5. First among these is a re-tuned color science leaning heavily upon the color science incorporated in the flagship Venice camera.

Sony claims this will result in a more fresh and vivid look with softer tones and more accurate skin tone reproduction.

In addition it will support 4 second bursts of 4K/UHD video at 120fps or continuous 240fps in 2K RAW. These framerates and formats both require output to a compatible external recorder.

Internal SD card recording will support HD 10bit 4:2:2 at 120fps continuous or 8 seconds of 240fps.

XAVC QFHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
4:2:0 Long profile
XAVC HD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
4:2:2 Long profile
AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
AVCHD 2.0 format compatible

XAVC QFHD (3840 x 2160) @29.97p, 25p, 23.98p,
100 Mbps/60 Mbps
XAVC HD (1920 x 1080) @59.94p, 50p,
50 Mbps/35 Mbps
XAVC HD (1920 x 1080)@59.94i, 50i,
50 Mbps/35 Mbps/25 Mbps
XAVC HD (1920 x 1080)@29.97p, 25p, 23.98p,
50 Mbps/35 Mbps

Instant HDR workflows are supported by the addition of HLG gamma with BT.2020 gamut. The addition of these HDR options increase the number of built-in picture profiles to 10.

Shipments will start in May with the camera body priced at $4750 US and $5250 with the 18-105mm f/4 kit zoom.

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Pre NAB…Apple announce ProRes RAW and Closed Captioning

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Apple is introducing a new update to Final Cut Pro X, the most popular version of its professional video editing software, with more than 2.5 million seats. Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 introduces a groundbreaking format from Apple, ProRes RAW, which combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the performance of ProRes. The update also adds advanced closed captioning tools that allow video editors to easily view, edit and deliver captions from right within the app. Apple is also adding complementary new features to Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion and Compressor.

ProRes RAW

ProRes RAW is a new format from Apple that offers the quality and workflow advantages of RAW with the stunning performance of ProRes. With ProRes RAW, editors can import, edit and grade pristine footage with RAW data from the camera sensor, providing ultimate flexibility when adjusting highlights and shadows — ideal for HDR workflows. And with performance optimized for macOS, editors can play full-quality 4K ProRes RAW files on MacBook Pro and iMac systems in real time without rendering. ProRes RAW files are even smaller than ProRes 4444 files, allowing editors to make better use of storage while providing an excellent format for archiving.

Final Cut Pro editors can work natively with ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ files created by Atomos recorders. The format will be available as a free update for owners of Atomos Sumo 19 and Shogun Inferno devices. The format will also be available as part of a forthcoming upgrade package to users of the DJI Inspire 2 drone and Zenmuse X7 Super 35mm camera system designed for aerial cinematography.

Closed Captioning Tools

As closed captioning becomes increasingly important around the world, Final Cut Pro now includes powerful closed captioning tools for professional filmmakers, YouTubers and students looking to add captions to their projects without the need for expensive third-party software or services. Users can import closed caption files directly into their project or create them from scratch. Captions appear in the viewer during playback and can be attached to video or audio clips in the timeline, so they automatically move with the clips to which they’re connected. An all-new captions inspector makes it simple to adjust caption text, color, alignment, location and more. Users can even create captions in multiple languages within the same timeline and easily share captioned videos to YouTube and Vimeo. And in the share window, a new Roles tab displays titles, video and audio roles in a single consolidated interface, making it easy to configure roles and closed captions when sharing.

Motion 5.4.1 and ProRes RAW enable motion graphics artists to take full advantage of RAW image quality with superb performance and flexibility when designing graphics and effects. Compressor 4.4.1 gains support for closed captioning with comprehensive controls to view, adjust and deliver captions as part of a batch or iTunes Store package. This is due to happen on Monday the 9th April and is a free update.

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NEW for NAB 2018…JVC GY-HC900 422 10bit camcorder

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JVC has announced the GY-HC900 ‘CONNECTED CAM’ broadcast camcorder, which features three 2/3-inch CMOS image sensors for full HD imagery, as well as enhanced connectivity for a complete news-over-IP workflow solution in the field.

When paired directly with the optional ProHD Dockable Bridge or via Wi-Fi with any ProHD Bridge unit, the new GY-HC900 allows on-air talent to conduct a two-way interview with return video while streaming live to air without any external boxes or backpacks. It is JVC’s first camera featuring a new communications engine that optimises both image processing and IP performance. The engine enables simultaneous recording, low latency streaming and simultaneous decoding for return video with embedded audio and IFB. Latency can be as low as 500ms for both outgoing and incoming video.

“JVC’s CONNECTED CAM takes connectivity to the next level and sets a new benchmark for ENG cameras,” said Gustav Emrich, European Product Manager. “Its integrated communications engine truly makes news-over-IP a reality, with amazing images and a cost-effective, streamlined workflow.”

The GY-HC900’s complete IP workflow includes streaming performance up to 20 Mbps and built-in Wi-Fi (2.4Ghz/5GHz) with dual external antennas. The camera features Zixi™ error correction with automatic repeat request (ARQ) and SMPTE 2022 forward error correction for reliable transmission. 

Beyond ENG, the GY-HC900 is an ideal choice for high-end EFP and studio applications. It works with the FS-900 camera module, which attaches seamlessly to the camera via a 68-pin interface, and feeds 3G-SDI signals, control, audio, sync, and intercom to a base station via fibre.

Equipped with an industry-standard B4 lens mount and four-position optical filter, the GY-HC900 delivers excellent sensitivity (F12 at 60Hz, F13 at 50Hz in extended mode) and high 62dB signal-to-noise ratio (in standard mode). The advanced 2/3-inch CMOS sensors, each with 1920×1080 pixels, combine with an F1.4 prism to produce full HD images. The camera also offers an HDR mode for creative flexibility, as well as up to 120fps 1080p slow-motion recording.

The GY-HC900 supports native recording of both MPEG-2, at up to 35 Mbps, which is widely used by broadcasters, and H.264 (.MOV), which provides production-quality 10-bit, 1080/60p 4:2:2 footage. Plus, the camcorder records in Sports Exchange Standard formats, so sports organisations can produce HD video with rich metadata that specifically addresses the workflow needs of sports production and video coaching applications. 

With dual memory card slots for SDHC/SDXC media, the GY-HC900 offers redundant, relay and backup recording modes. It also records proxy resolution video clips for off-line editing or online posts. The camera includes a 3.26-inch OLED colour viewfinder, as well as a 3.5-inch LCD panel for menu navigation.

An integrated 3G-SDI pool feed input allows the GY-HC900 operator to capture video and stream it live simultaneously. Camera functions can also be controlled via web browser or the JVC RM-LP100 remote camera control. The camera also boasts an IPX2 water resistant rating for operation in challenging conditions. Other features include a genlock input, time code in/out, dual 3G-SDI outputs and an HDMI output, three XLR audio inputs, ethernet and USB ports, wireless audio module slot and an additional slot for future expansion. 

The GY-HC900 CONNECTED CAM will be available in June.

The camera is being demonstrated at the 2018 NAB Show (Booth C4315), which runs April 9-12 in Las Vegas. 

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