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I have not paid much attention to Google Analytics recently but when you are embarking on advertising it becomes more important for potential advertisers. I have had a lot of interest from companies wanting to advertise on HD Warrior which is fantastic, this will allow us to grow and give you a better experiance with a wider page and updated graphics.

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JVC GY-HM600 Now Shipping £2,895 plus vat

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JVC Professional Products Company is now shipping the GY-HM600, its next-generation handheld ProHD camera. Introduced earlier this year at the 2012 NAB Show, the newHD camera features a built-in 23X zoom lens and delivers superior low-light performance with excellent sensitivity (F11 at 2000 lux).

With a 1.22-megapixel color viewfinder and color 3.5in LCD, the GY-HM600 is versatile enough to handle tripod-based shots and run-and-gun situations. It is equipped with three, 1/3in 12-bit CMOS sensors, each with 1920 x 1080 pixels. The built-in Fujinon HD lens features a wide focal range of 29mm-667mm (35mm equivalent) and has manual focus, zoom and iris rings, along with three ND filters. Other features include autofocus with face detection and an optical image stabilizer.

The JVC GY-HM600 features a 23X zoom lens and low-light performance of F11 at 2000 lux, JVC have assured us that all new GY-HM600s have now been checked and the 23x lens problem has been fixed.

The lightweight camera records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX (.MP4), Final Cut Pro (.MOV) and AVCHD, to nonproprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards. In addition to relay mode for uninterrupted recording, the GY-HM600 allows simultaneous recording to both memory cards for instant backup or client copy. Plus, the Pre Rec (retro cache) feature continuously records and stores up to 20 seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots of breaking events.

Equipped with a LANC-based remote connector and compatible with JVC’s ProHD Compact Studio 7in monitor, the GY-HM600 can be used for an affordable studio system. The camera also includes a time code synchronization input as well as HD-SDI and HDMI outputs. A built-in stereo microphone is ideal for capturing natural sound, but the GY-HM600 also includes two XLR inputs with phantom power, shotgun mic holder, headphone jack and additional input for a wireless mic receiver.

An updated firmware is being prepared by JVC Japan to fix the 1080 25p bug which only records in interlace at the moment.

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Advertise on HD Warrior

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To keep the web site up and running with a bigger and better design during January 2013,we are now taking on a limited number of advertising spaces. Please send me an email to hdwarrior@me.com for pricing and packages. PLEASE NOTE : We do not entertain pop-ups.

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Ikonoskop the Digital 16mm cinematic camera €6,150 Euros

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I have seen this camera develop from a concept and I like the simple, practical design, this is the forerunner to the Black Magic camera but I don’t think this is at Black Magic pricing. Ikonoskop allows you to download from USB2 which can take up to 2.5 hours but you can also use an Express Card Reader with Thunderbolt. Download time for 160 GB card (32min recording) to a fast disk is approximately 20min! You can get a basic body only for €6,150 or a starter kit for €7,600.

Ikonoskop “A-Cam dll is our small and professional digital film camera for shooting uncompressed RAW in full HD. The camera is based on the principles and benefits of traditional film cameras. It has a 16mm sized CCD sensor with global shutter, built-in electronic viewfinder and exchangeable onboard battery.

The camera records uncompressed sensor data on exchangeable memory cards in camera. The format is the open RAW format CinemaDNG, for which Ikonoskop is one of the pioneers. It is currently supported by Adobe, DaVinci Resolve and MXF4Mac among others.”



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Panasonic AF101-A available from November 2012

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Not so sure Panasonic have their finger on the pulse with this update, it seems to me that Panasonic are happy with their AF101 so rather than give it a full V2 makeover they have decided to bring out the usual “A” version, similar to what was done with the AC160.

“Panasonic Corporation will release the new AG-AF100A Series Memory Card Camera Recorder in November 2012. The AG-AF100A Series is the professional HD camera recorder with a Micro Four Thirds mount. As with the conventional model AG-AF100 Series, AG-AF100A Series can use a wide range of lenses including Micro Four Thirds compatible DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) lenses and Cinema lenses with a mount adapter. AG-AF100A Series also features two-channel XLR audio input terminals and more functions to meet the professional needs.

In addition to the professional high quality PH mode (average approx. 21Mbps, maximum 24Mbps), AG-AF100A Series complies with the AVCHD ver. 2.0 (AVCHD Progressive) standard in its new PS mode (average approx. 25Mbps, maximum 28Mbps) for recording, playing and outputting (via HDMI only) Full-HD progressive (1080/59.94p, 1080/50p) images. The PS/PH modes support uncompressed 16 bit LPCM 2-channel audio recording.

The AG-AF100A Series can newly output HD signals with 10 bit 4:2:2 quality via the camera’s live output function and record onto the external devices, such as P2 Recorder, compatible with 10 bit high quality recording through SDI. P2 Recorder also syncs Rec Start/Stop with the AG-AF100A series trigger.

The AG-AF100A Series is newly equipped with the expand focus assist function, which enlarges the center of the displayed image, and 2.39:1 (cinema scope size) safety zone marker.”

Personally with the Sony FS700 and Canon C100 not to mention the Black Magic Cinema camera it seems a bit nieve of Panasonic not to update the AF101 with better resolution and 4:2:2 10bit onto memory card. That would have taken Panasonic over to CF cards or P2 but I don’t think this is enough of a upgrade to scare the competition.

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Panasonic 3D footage misbehaving in Sony Vegas 11

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One of my readers has a problem with an edit and needs an answer ASAP can any of you help, please. He filmed a band with three 3D camcorders, two Sony and one Panasonic, the Panasonic being the main camera due to its more professional features (XLR sound etc).

The files are split into various folders because of the FAT 32 problem, so for every 22 minutes a new folder is produced. When he brings the 1st folder (001) into Sony Vegas 11 it comes in as a 3D file, fine…when he brings in file no 002 into Vegas it only plays back in 2D ?

As you will have guessed by now the Sony footage from cameras 2 and 3 are fine but these cameras were for cut-aways and can’t replace the main camera.

The Panasonic footage plays 3D out of the camcorder onto a 3D monitor it’s only when the chap tries to edit the second folder that it won’t edit in 3D. The chap is up against the wall, the band are looking for their edit…does anyone have any ideas whats going on here.

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Editing into 2013 and beyond with FCPX

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Thunderbolt is the future of editing, add this to one of the new sexy 27″ iMacs and you’re ready to go. My editing setup today is two 24″ OLED Apple monitors, 6 core MacPro with a Black Magic Intensity Pro card, 24 TB of drive space run with Sonnett EP4 E-sata cards and drive bays running FCPX 10.0.6.

I hope to get away from my MacPro setup, it’s not fast enough for today’s software and not upgradable to Thunderbolt. The Pegasus R6 is a cracking way forward with 2 Thunderbolt ports on the back and space for 18TB of storage it’s a no brainer.

Along side the Pegasus R6 you can have Black Magic’s Ultra Studio Express I/O Thunderbolt device with HDMI monitoring and HD SDI input and a breakout cable for analogue devices, it also comes with Media Express a cracking ingest software for older analogue camcorders like Betacam etc.

The cost…For the setup as shown above you are looking at £6,400 and that does not take into account the highest spec 27″ iMac configuration as there are no prices yet on the Apple store.

This will run FCPX 10.0.6 plus Motion 5 admirably, miles ahead of any present MacPro configuration seen today. During the “MacPro lull” I have had time to reflect on both my edit suite and my need for heavy bulky slow towers. FCPX has come on leaps and bounds since version one and I am now glad it’s my choice of editing platform …once again.

NOTE : I had a Drobo D5 in the graphic above but I have been told it’s not up to scratch for HD video editing.

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JVC admit there is a bug recording 1080 25p with GY-HM600

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Once again it’s very refreshing that JVC come out and admit there is a fixable bug with the GY-HM600 recording interlaced pictures at 1080 25p. We will give you a link for the firmware update as soon as it becomes available.

Every new electronic product has bugs they usually get fixed with an update 3-6 months down the line, the difference is that JVC are on the ball and fixing these bugs almost before the product has flooded onto the market, unlike another video manufacturer who took well over 6 months to fix a known issue with their camcorder.

Kris Hill “Please note that JVC Professional do acknowledge that there is currently an issue recording 1080/25p on the first production of GY-HM600E camcorders. Please be assured that we are working on a fix that will be available very soon.  The problem lies when you review your 1080/25p footage – instead of the intended progressive format it will look as you have shot it interlaced.  

The fix should be available within the next 10 working days and downloadable from www.jvcpro.co.uk or www.jvcpro.eu complete with the full instructions on how to apply the firmware.

You can also register your details with us to receive a notification by email. You can do this by emailing techsupport@jvcpro.co.uk with the subject line ‘1080/25p Firmware’ (please also include your serial number/s within the body of the email)

Thank you to everyone that has purchased JVC Professional products and we are sincerely sorry if this matter has caused anyone any inconvenience. Again please be assured that this will be resolved very soon.

Please feel free to contact me directly should you have any questions” Kris Hill – UK Sales Manager, JVC Professional Europe Ltd

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CVP Scotland is moving to the HUB

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When you see the rabbit hutch the boys at CVP Glasgow have been working out of over the last few years away in the back of the beyond it’s a great pleasure to announce the super new premises at the HUB on the South Side of Glasgow near BBC Scotland.

The new address is CVP Scotland, G.5 The Hub, Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA or phone the boys on 07976 640949.

Mr Baxter is a very shrewd businessman as many of the more recent open days from various competitors have been at the Hub, I do wonder if this move is nothing more than a stroke of genius from Mr Baxter to have his Scottish office in the Hub itself !

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