BVE 2012, Earls Court, London, Day One

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So any big news…new cameras…one, the JVC HMQ10, the pictures coming out of this wee camera are quite stunning.

A lot of interest at the ARRI stand with the Alexa taking pole position.

 

No one was wasting any time there was lots of lenses to view on Canons candy store, I have some footage from various Canon EF lenses on my Canon C300.

Sony were showing off their F65 which looks the business and was well attended by DPs looking for an alternative to the Alexa.

Robb Tarrent from Panasonic showing off an HPX250 P2 camcorder, one of the newer cameras that is growing in popularity amongst P2 fans.

So thats it, nothing to set the heather alight, speaking of I did see a new £1400 LED light from RotoLight the EcoFlood RL576 which I will feature tomorrow evening.

 

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H Preston at BVE 2012 with some interesting special show offers

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BVE SPECIAL : 14th of February till 14th of March 2012 get twenty four months 0% finance on the Sony PMW-F3 or the Sony NEX-FS100.

See John and Andy at stand M20 for further show specials.

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Canon C300 HD Review teaser

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I will be filming with the C300 next week at BVE finalising footage for my review, especially looking forward to using various Canon lenses.

 

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Rather disappointing results from my RODE subminiature lapel microphones

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As we were setting up yesterday to film my Canon C300 review with the Canon XF100 I had problems with my RODE subminiature microphones.

I plugged the first lapel mic into my XLR cable only to get a buzzing noise…mains hum. Since this was the first time using the Canon XF100 I sat down to go over the audio settings in the menu, after exhausting all my options in the menu I changed the XLR cable, no joy.

Finally in desperation I changed over to my second RODE lapel mic…same old mains hum. My third option was to test another make of mic so I connected my Sennheiser lapel mic and…noise gone !

I am rather disappointed in the RODE mics as I had put a lot of faith in them, I have since emailed RODE …as yet no reply. If anyone else has had similar problems please get in touch. (hdwarrior@me.com)

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Canon C300 User Review…Coming Soon !

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Very interesting…so far I have found a couple of niggles with the Canon C300 but on the whole its the best Super 35mm camcorder to date.

Picture quality is stunning, 4:2:2 and 50MB/s is a major bonus, no 1920 50p but I film in my favourite 720 50p with both the C300 and the XF100.

The review is being filmed with the XF100 and so far I am very pleased with the quality of the picture this wee camcorder produces. I will be filming specific interviews at BVE with the review in mind and thanks to Canon UK I will be able to show you a range of Canon EF lenses from the show.

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Nikon D800

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Alister Chapman’s amazing Aurora footage

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Remember to go to C300 USER for up to date info on your camera

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Filming Sherlock with DP Fabian Wagner

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Q1. When did you start filming video professionally. Fabian “Professionally I started around 2004, mainly doing music videos.”

Q2. What was your first camcorder you worked with. Fabian “The first camcorder I used was for my first short back in Germany, I think it was a Sony something or other, it was in 98, with video zooms. nothing like it is today and I had a couple of super 8 cameras that I was playing around with.”


Q3. Were you given a choice of cameras to shoot Sherlock. Fabian “Yes, the DoP should always have a say in what camera to use. the Alexa is the only choice for me right now and everybody else liked it so thats what we went with.”

Q4. Were you familiar with the Alexa before shooting Sherlock. Fabian “I shot some tests and a music video with it before but nothing long, not a 4 month shoot.”


Q5. What frame rate was it filmed in e.g.. 1080 25p etc. Fabian “We shot sherlock on 4:2:2 HQ, 25fps, and also did a lot os slow motion, mainly 50 or 60 fps. We also used a Phantom to shoot the high speed sequences, up to 400fps”

Q6. What prime lenses did you use the most when filming Sherlock. Fabian “My main set was the Cooks S4’s we also used the superspeeds a bit, and a set of uncoated lenses for all the flairs. I also used fishing wire behind the back element of the Cooks to give them a horizontal flare for certain scenes.”


Q7. Did you use the Alexa hand held at any time, if so how comfortable was it. Fabian “A lot of sherlock was shot handheld. the alexa is a very well balanced camera so handheld is very comfortable and straight forward”

Q8. Did you use your own focus puller and lighting man if so who were they. Fabian “On dramas we always have focus pullers, the Depth of field is so small, you need it and its a very tricky job. I had my usual focus puller Jamie Philips, without him I couldn’t have done it, he is a great focus puller and a pleasure to work with, and also my usual gaffer Jon Best with our usual sparks.”


Q9. What did you record onto… SxS or external recorder. Fabian “We recorded Sherlock in 4:2:2 HQ on SxS cards. its a quick and easy way of filming, almost like changing a mag on a film camera.”

Q10. Whats your own thoughts on the Alexa as a camera. Fabian “The Alexa is the best HD camera around right now, apart from the speed and the way it deals with high and low lights, its also very well designed, easy to use, practical, great for hand held, well balanced etc.”


Q11. How did it perform in low light and what gain did you use in lower lighting situations. Fabian “There is no gain as such but film speeds. the camera performs very well in low light, keeping the noise levels clean and I pushed the camera on a lot of occasions to 1600 iso, normally shooting on 800 iso.”

Q12. If given a choice would you choose another camera to film Sherlock? i.e.. Sony F65, Sony F3, Canon C300 or a RED camera. Fabian “Right now the Alexa would be my only choice, there are other good cameras but I like the Alexa best for all the above reasons. The medium is developing very fast right now though so you never know what might happen next.”


Q13. How long did the last episode take to shoot from frame one to the cemetery scene with Benedict. Fabian “I can’t remember exactely but I think we had around 26 days per episode.”

So there you are a fascinating incite from Fabian Wagner the DP behind the recent episodes of Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

My thanks to Fabian for taking the time to reply and to BBC/Hartswood and Colin Hutton the set photographer who kindly sent me some background photographs.

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Nigel Cliff from Holdan came to show me the Panasonic AG-HPX250

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Another camcorder arrived today, the Panasonic AG-HPX250 along with Nigel Cliff from Holdan. Nigel and I go back a long way, he is a genuinely nice person and always has a smile on his face.

The AG-HPX250 is Panasonic’s flagship hand held P2 camera…

  • Progressive-compatible U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) image sensor (1/3-type 2.2-megapixel 3MOS sensor)
  • 22x Zoom Lens with Wide Coverage from Wide-Angle to Telephoto
  • Full P2HD Image Quality with AVC-Intra Codec Recording
  • High-End Operation with Multi-Camera Synchronizing and VFR Recording
  • 4-position (clear, 1/4 ND, 1/16 ND, 1/64 ND) optical neutral density filter wheel

As usual the picture quality was exceptional, we had the camera in AVC INTRA 100 at 1920 x 1080 50i, Nigel told me that the 250 is now BBC HD approved.

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