Canon C300 Initial Findings

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Love the camera so far, my CB-200 Kata bag takes the camera with Matte box less the handle and the monitor section. There is a space at the front of the Matte box to take the monitor section and the handle will slip into one of two pockets on the bag itself. I will have a look at BVE for a bag that may take the camera without taking off the handle.

For the life of me I could not find out how to adjust the ISO unlike a conventional camcorder the C300 does not have a gain switch so in order for you to add gain to your picture you need to press the function button and by using the wee rubber joystick which is just above the words CANCEL you navigate to the ISO in the LCD then simply move the joystick up and down to select your ISO. You do have the option to assign the ISO to the select knob but that disables the IRIS which is a tad stupid.

Out of curiosity I sat the C300 next to my Sony FS100 and switched both cameras to 18dBs and to my utter surprise the FS100 was no worse than the C300 finally proving that Sony are using the same Super 35mm sensor as the F3.

Appart from the sensor the two cameras are poles apart which is why I am happy to buy into the Canon rather than stay with the Sony.

Initial recordings on the C300 are stunning to say the least, the one small feature I would have liked on the C300 would be some kind of built in mic but then thats a small niggle.

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A new look at AVID and my Canon C300 arrives !

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What a day… firstly at 10am this morning I was in the HUB which is a very media savvy building just across from BBC Scotland, there I was introduced to AVID’s latest editing software Media Composer 6, this was an interesting seminar produced by CVP, Glasgow.

George Fox from CVP took us through a slide show giving us the updated information of everything Composer 6 is capable of. During the morning Deepraj Sandhar, AVID Application Specialist walked us through “Artist Colour” a colour grading desk.

We broke for tea and coffee at around 11.30am where a lot of networking got done, Colin and Danny from CVP were also on hand for advice. The morning was attended by 29 people all in the media business.

My question was “Why should I spend a further £2000 on an AVID system” the reply was “Because AVID has a future” that was an obvious dig at Apple and to be quite honest quite rightly so, FCP-10 ver 10.0.03 came out yesterday with the promised multicam addition and broadcast monitoring output though all the 3rd party developers are still playing catch up. My own Matrox MX02 MAX have not even bothered to mention the new update on their web site let alone have drivers for 10.0.03.

AVID is good but if like me you are Mac driven then the one major flaw with Composer 6 comes after the edit…you can’t produce a DVD on your Mac it has to be a PC and that one hurdle stops me in my tracks from even considering AVID as a serious contender in my search for a new Mac based edit system.

Lastly when I got home my new baby had been delivered the Canon C300 and after some playing and tinkering I saw the pictures…STUNNING. My thanks to John Preston for providing me with one of the first Canon C300s in Scotland and yes I am buying it before you ask…I now have the luxury of ND filters, Canon lenses that focus clockwise, 4:2:2 and 50MB/s recording and pictures to die for.

I will be producing one of the first “user” reviews all next week and hopefully have it edited before I go down to BVE in London.

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Portable Voice Over Booth from Editors Keys £204

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I saw this cool voice over booth on my latest edition of my IOV magazine digital edition and was reviewed by Kevin Cook in fact hears what Kevin had to say about it…

Conclusion

There’s not a lot to dislike about the Vocal Booth Pro actually.
The only thing I can really suggest as an improvement are slightly thicker foam feet on the desktop legs. This would help with isolation – especially with people like me who tend to inadvertently tap on the desk as they speak. Another tiny criticism is that when in desktop configuration the whole thing is a little front heavy and can topple forward – especially if the booth flaps are out fully and the mic is sitting forward on its mounting arm. Two more feet or simply moving the current feet fixing points to the outer edge of the flaps would solve this.

 

The plus points are plentiful and have already been covered I think – but just to stress the things that impressed me the most are its simplicity, portability, build quality, ease of use and the quality of the final recordings it creates. You can’t really want for any more than that can you? 

Kevin Cook F.Inst.V. www.video-artisan.com 

I have been looking for an affordable VO booth for years and after reading Kevin’s article of the Editors Keys version I had to buy one. There is no doubt it gives a richness to your voice overs as it helps deadin the acoustic reflections I was getting in my edit suite.

www.editorskeys.com

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