Humble Monkey presents the 360-T2 Camera Truck $999

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Introducing the Humble Monkey Model 360-T2 Camera Truck. Whether you’re doing tabletop product work, adding video to your corporate blog, or producing your first indie film, the 360-T2 will take you far beyond the usual static shots with your hand-held HD camcorder, video-ready DSLR, or professional video camera.

Designed around zero-drag 72mm in-line skate wheels and constructed of lightweight, durable acrylic, the 360-T2 is as easy to operate as it is to carry with you wherever you go. There’s no heavy track to lug, lay and level, no Steadicam to configure or balance, and no additional equipment to rent. If you can set a conventional wristwatch, you can operate the 360-T2. Just mount a head and camera, place the camera truck onto a flat surface, and you’re rolling.

Because each of its three wheel assemblies rotates 360 degrees, it’s easy to do a wide variety of tracking moves with the 360-T2. Set the wheels to the desired position and you can go straight, sideways, at an angle, or curve. Or try aligning the axel of each wheel assembly towards a fixed point and watch as the camera truck tracks around and around that point in a perfect Matrix-style 360. Easy to transport or ship in its own rigid case, the camera truck also works great in places where it would be tough to set up a dolly track, like under cars and furniture. See the 360-T2 in action here.

At Humble Monkey Productions, we understand that video is increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives at work and at home. Affordable and easy to use, the 360-T2 Camera Truck makes it easy to do everything from creating dynamic product shots to capturing a baby’s first crawl every inch of the way. Order the 360-T2 here.

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Canon 5DMk11 firmware UPDATE

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What’s “possibly” coming in the new firmware update during “March 2010”.


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PLUS… Manual sound recording level function (64 levels) with audio meter…Histogram display for shooting movies in manual exposure…Shutter priority (Tv) and Aperture priority modes…Audio sampling changed from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.

Please be aware this photograph was shot in Poland and came from the Canon Rumours web site so if I were you I would take this info with a pinch of salt.  Also note the camera beside this info slide does not appear to be a 5D Mk11 … so what you may ask … if Canon go to all the trouble to present a slide about the 5D2 firmware update they would not be stupid enough to add any old Canon DSLR picture beside it … that’s just my opinion.

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Shot on the new Canon 550D by Dan Chung “Gadget City”

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Canon 550D / T2i production video – Zhongguancun gadget city from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

This brought a smile to my face…known as the “gadget man” to my friends this little demo video by Dan Chung is one of the first videos showing how good the cheaper Canon 550 is and looks to be a good second camera for the HD DSLR boys.

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Sony HXR-NX5 “Shockingly Good”

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I am running out of time to produce a video user review this week so I thought I’d better put something down as I am very impressed with the quality of the pictures coming out of the NX5.

I did not know what to expect with this camcorder but after Mondays shoot looking at the pictures side by side with the 350 I am still reeling from shock at the fantastic pictures this camcorder produces compared to the 350. In other words and I can’t quite believe I am writing this but there is little to choose between the two cameras.

Don’t get me wrong the 350 produces stunning pictures but so does the NX5…I am not sure if Sony have put a spell on this camcorder but apart from lower light situations this AVCHD codec is stunning.

I only remember one other camcorder having this effect on me and that was the Sony PMW-150 DVCAM many years ago and I still remember how good the pictures were from that camcorder.

Sony have done an amazing job on this camcorder …I can recommend it as a cracking second camera for EX-1, 1R, 3 and PMW-350.

So far I have used Transend SDHC class 6 cards and they work well in fact I would not have considered this camcorder if Sony had not given me the SDHC option.

I am still finding my feet with the NX5 but there are two small downsides to the camera so far…

1. The Shutter button…now the button itself is fine it’s the stupid rotary switch you have to fiddle with to get to the right shutter speed and as often as not you don’t choose the speed you want first go…a very poor switch in my opinion.

2. Over-cranking is not a patch on the EX-3…it’s the only non quality picture I have seen out of this camera I suppose Sony have to compromise somewhere but as over cranking is on the whole a gimmick I am not bothered with it’s lack of quality.

I will update this page as I further use the NX5 but so far I am blown away with it’s performance.

I present 2 video grabs from Mondays shoot one taken with the Sony PMW-350K (£15,000) the other with the HXR-NX5 (£3,900) can you tell which camera is which…leave a comment.

OK time up…it is a wee bit obvious but Pic 1 is the PMW-350K, the reason the shots don’t match is because they were captured at different times of the day and Pic 2 was filmed using a Sony LED video light. I am filming again this Monday I will set the cameras side by side, match WB and do the same exercise.

Update 26 Feb 2010… Having spent about 3 hours editing the footage from the 350 and NX5 it’s more obvious that the 350 has an edge over quality and that the NX5 footage has a slight background noise in the image that’s not present in the 350. I wipe my brow because I was a bit miffed early doors that I had just spent big time on a 350 when I could have bought 4 NX5’s for the same price…though as a second camera to the 350 it’s fantastic and two jobs I am filming this week need 2 cameras. I filmed an audio conference which needed the two cameras, one on the main speaker and the NX5 on a wide shot looking over the speakers shoulder and at one point I was filming the same man with both cameras tight/wide and they match perfectly.

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H Preston Sony open day…Wednesday 24th February 2010

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Sony NX-5 User Video Review coming soon

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Just got my hands on a Sony NX-5 which I have bought as a second camera, I will be using it for the first time on Monday filming in a hospital for a corporate production. Although most of the work will be done using a Sony PMW-350K I still need hand held cutaways and tracking shots that would be impossible using a shoulder mount camcorder like the 350. I hope to get the pieces to camera done tomorrow then add Mondays footage during the week. I need to get this done and dusted before a week on Monday so hopefully you will see my user video review nearer the end of this week.

I had a play with the camera today and so far I have been blown away with the pictures… the AVCHD codec has come a long way since it’s early days in the domestic arena.

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Panasonic’s ground breaking 1080 50P camcorders with SDXC

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Panasonic’s brewing up some 1080p goodies in the new HDC-HS700 and HDC-TM700 (pictured) camcorders, both of which do up 1080p video at a nice 50/60 fps (or 50i/60i or 24p), and record using a 3MOS sensor system. The new cameras are differentiated with a 240GB HDD in the HS700 and the 32GB of flash memory in the TM700, and act as a followup to the well-lauded HS300 / TM300 series. Both of the new shooters are otherwise pretty much identical, including SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card expansion, new 35mm-style wide angle lenses, 12x optical zoom and some gyroscope-based “Power O.I.S.” image stabilization to beef up the experience. They can also do 14.2 megapixel stills and record 5.1 surround sound with the five built-in microphones.

There’s no word on price yet, but it’ll be announced 30 days in advance of when they ship, whenever that might be. For reference, the TM300 hovers around the $1,100 mark currently, so we doubt these will be undercutting that unit on price. Amazon UK has revealed a price and expected arrival date for the HS700. Priced at £1,199 ($1,873), the camcorder is listed as scheduled for a March 1 release, so there won’t be much of a wait for the wealthy among us.

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Marshall V-LCD70XP-HDMI monitor for HD DSLRs

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High resolution 800 x 480 LCD panel
HDMI Auto Color Space and Ratio detect
Manual Gamma Adjustment
Adjustable Backlight
Image Flip
1/4″-20 mounts on all sides
More robust Power switch
Improved, more rugged front panel
Variety of Markers, including user-adjustable
False Color On/Off
Peaking Filter On/Off
RGB Check Field / Field Detect
15:9, 16:9, 4:3, Pixel-to-Pixel modes
4 user-configurable function buttons
Scratch Resistant Protective Screen
RGB gain and bias control
Variety of User-Replaceable Battery Adapters available

The V-LCD70XP-HDMI is the latest update to Marshall’s successful and popular line of portable field / camera-top monitors. These monitors have been upgraded with even more features and versatility, but without additional cost. New features include cast metal front panel, adjustable backlight and markers, HDMI Auto Color Space and Ratio detect, manual gamma adjustment, Image Flip, 1/4″-20 mounting on all sides, and a more robust power switch.

These portable monitors are the perfect solution for DSLR and video professionals seeking to capture their best shots. Don’t be fooled by higher screen resolution or sizes. Our picture performance, feature set, customer service, and experience is why the industry’s leading photographers, videographers, and camera operators prefer Marshall over the competition. Our product is designed, engineered, and assembled in the USA.

This 7″ monitor offers standard features including a wide variety of formats and markers, 4 user-configurable front panel function buttons, RGB Check Field / Field Detect, RGB gain and bias control, 4-pin XLR power jack, and optical grade polycarbonate screen protection. Two other major features include Marshall’s industry leading FALSE COLOR and PEAKING Filters. This model also comes in 2 other major module configurations: 3GSDI (Composite, YPbPr and 3G/HD/SDI) and HDA (Composite, YPbPr). These units also offer the ability to adapt up to nine different battery configurations for providing mobile operation in the field. This option provides flexibility when using different cameras or configurations. Our large selection of battery adapters can be interchanged (or “swapped” out) by the end-user.

Calibrating a Broadcast Monitor + New Pro Features from Guy Cochran on Vimeo.

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AutoCue iPhone teleprompter £599

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A complete hardware package enabling you to turn an iPhone into a teleprompter (phone not included).

iPhone slots into a custom-made mounting plate to hold it securely in position beneath the broadcast quality prompter glass. This mount can be fitted in landscape or portrait mode.

The custom-made iPhone prompting plate can also be mounted in a straight-read configuration beneath the camera. When teamed with the optional pistol grip this is an ultra-lightweight, portable solution.

The remainder of the teleprompter hardware is the same as the SSP7 & QStart prompting package.

Designed to be used with the teleprompting software available for download from the iPhone App Store. Please note that this software is not designed or licensed by Autocue or QTV.

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LED 600 from DataVision £499 plus vat & delivery

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3 South House, The Bond Estate
Bond Avenue, Bletchley
Milton Keynes MK1 1SW  UK

Tel:  0845 299 6057 extn: 1
Mobile: 07980 744714

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