Working in 4K with FCPX 10.1 with good news for XAVC “S” users !

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Until FCPX 10.1 and Mavericks Sony’s XAVC “S” was impossible to deal with on my fully spec 27″ iMac with Thunderbolt. The first thing you should note is that 4K comes in two sizes, 17:9 which is known as true 4K (4096 x 2160) and 16:9 which is 3840 x 2160.

It’s not a major problem if you can’t decide what to choose as you can easily change the size in FCPX 10.1.


This is a 16:9 XAVC “S” file on a true 4K timeline (17:9) and as you can see you get two black borders either side of the picture, to sort this scroll down to the Spatial Conform section.

If you have a Sony FDR-AX1 you will find XAVC “S” which has an MPEG 4 wrapper, at 4K you only get the option of 3840 x 2160 which is 16:9. The good news is that FCPX 10.1 has nailed the ingest of this complicated codec and takes no longer than XAVC to import.


You will get three options, Fit…Fill…None, use the “Fill” option and you will lose your two black borders. If you have Full HD footage (1920 x 1080) and you choose “None”under Spatial Conform you can fit four HD shots into one 4K page.


Interestingly I decided to fit a 1920 x 1080 picture into a 4096 4K timeline to see what the quality loss would be and the simple answer is very little, I was surprised at this but will give me great confidence in the future if I have to mix and match HD and 4K material.

FCPX 10.1 with Mavericks is a game changer for 4K in general, Sony’s XAVC “S” did not work with FCPX 10.0.9 and Mountain Lion. Apple have done their homework with Mavericks but combine this with FCPX 10.1 and you get a very slick, responsive editing system add that to a new MacPro and 4K becomes even more fantastic.

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Adam Magyar “Photographic Genius”

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ADAM MAGYAR IS A computer geek, a college dropout, a self-taught photographer, a high-tech Rube Goldberg, a world traveler, and a conceptual artist of growing global acclaim. But nobody had ever suggested that he might also be a terrorist until the morning that he descended into the Union Square subway station in New York.

At the time, Magyar was immersed in a long-running techno-art project calledStainless, creating high-resolution images of speeding subway trains and their passengers, using sophisticated software he created and hardware that he retrofitted himself. The scanning technique he developed—combining thousands of pixel-wide slices into a single image—allows him to catch passengers unawares as they hurtle through dark subway tunnels, fixing them in haunting images filled with detail no ordinary camera can capture.

Magyar set up his standard array of devices—camera, scanner, voltage meters, blue and black cables, battery pack, tripod, laptop—and waited for a train to roll into the station. He hadn’t anticipated the vigilance of post-9/11 New Yorkers, several of whom complained to the police about the longhaired man wielding what looked like a jerry-built piece of surveillance equipment. It didn’t take long before a transit cop approached him.

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Adam Magyar – Stainless, 42 Street (excerpt) from Adam Magyar on Vimeo.

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Steve Lawes DP on “Sherlock” interviewed by Den Lennie and James Tonkin with Nic Morris BSC, DP behind “Being Human”

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Steve-DP Just watched the “Sign of Three” (Sherlock) and noticed Steve Lawes was the DP, if my memory serves me right I first saw Steve in a Sony promo in London talking about the PMW-F3.


Den Lennie and James Tonkin interview two DPs, Steve Lawes and Nic Morris BSC in this very informative studio setup filmed with three PMW-F3s.

Behind The Lens – Part 2 from Dan Robb on Vimeo.

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Official from Panasonic’s stand at CES 2014

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Ok so it’s a mock-up but Panasonic are committed to producing a 4K GH4 and available at the end of February for just under $2000.

So what’s the big deal, depending on quality this camera has the capability to out sell every 4K camera on the market today including the BlackMagic version.

I regularly use my GH3 on smaller corporate jobs now because it serves two purposes, video and photography, only today I was filming in a hospital and was asked to take photographs of the item we were filming.

The 4K GH4 has been rumoured to be able to film and photograph at the same time and have a plugin XLR and SDI unit as well as 10 bit processing.


This photograph courtesy of Photography Bay is the new SDXC UHS-I Speed Class 3 card. PB says it will offer a minimum write speed of 30MB/s (equivalent to 240Mbps). Accordingly, the new Speed Class 3 cards will accommodate the rumored 4K 200Mbps .mp4 capture.

I was not aware of a new high speed SDXC card and question why Panasonic don’t adopt the new CFast card at a blistering speed of 450MB/s.

This is an exiting year…I can’t wait for NAB to see what the video boys in Japan have up their sleeves.

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SONY PXW-Z100 Review HD 1080 25p

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Brian Logue, Photographer 1949-2013

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My good mate Brian sadly passed away last week, he will be a sore loss to his local paper the Rutherglen Reformer, editor Kenny Smith was speechless ” I still can’t believe this has happened.”

Brian was an Institution as a local photographer, he was also a decent chap, everyone liked Brian and he had a lovely trait of involving himself with his news stories, listening to people and getting the best out of them.

Every time we met Brian was always interested in what camera I was using, he was a Nikon Photographer and loved the fact that I changed my kit on a regular basis.

“That wee photographer with a smile on his face” was the words uttered from the late Ftr. Allison a local priest who loved getting his picture taken.

Brian was very loyal to the Reformer and would give me a friendly reminder “make sure you buy a paper it’s only 90p”. Brian’s philosophy was the more pictures and groups that were in the paper the more people that would buy the paper.

At 64 years of age Brian has been taken far too young, not a nicer man you could wish to meet. On a personal note I wish to thank Brian for all the help in publicising my Diabetes DVDs over the years and for his warm friendship.


Brian out doing what he did best…taking photographs.    (© Rutherglen Reformer 2013)

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New SONY 4K camcorder FDR-AX100 ($2K)

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  • Capture 4K/30p video that far exceeds HD resolution
  • 1″ Exmor R® CMOS sensor with direct pixel readout
  • 14MP video and 20MP still image capture
  • XAVC-S, AVCHD and MP4 codecs
  • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 12x optical zoom
  • BIONZ® X Processor for 120 fps recording
  • Optical SteadyShot™ Image Stabilization with Active Mode
  • High contrast 0.39″ OLED EVF
  • 3.5″ XtraFine™ LCD (921K) display
  • Smartphone connectivity via Wi-Fi®/NFC


 Advanced Features

    • Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Active mode (Wide to Tele)
    • Wi-Fi : Built-In (Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band)
    • NightShot® Infrared System : Yes
    • CinemaTone Gamma/Color : Yes
    • Intelligent Auto : Portrait / Baby / Walk / Tripod / Backlight / Landscape / Spotlight / Twilight / Macro / Low light / Auto Wind Noise Reduction
    • x.v.Color™ : Yes
    • Audio Level Display : Yes
    • Assignable Dial : Yes (Exposure /AE Shift / WB Temp. / WB B-A / WB G-M Set)
    • Face Detection : Yes
    • Priority Setting (for Face Detection) : Auto/OFF
    • Smile Shutter™ technology : Dual Capture / Always On / Off
    • AGC Limit : Yes
    • Airplane Mode : Yes
    • Wi-Fi Functionality : Remote control with mobile device, send to smartphone, send to PC (with optional wi-fi accessory)
    • Tracking Focus : Yes
    • Premium Closer Voice : Yes
    • Golf Shot : Yes [AVCHD only]
    • My Voice Canceling : Yes
    • S-Master : Yes
    • Smooth Slow Rec : Yes [AVCHD only]

HDW : This is the start of the 4K push from Japan and going by the demo video below the pictures are fantastic.

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Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2 MFT lens

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Panasonic is proud to introduce the new LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm / F1.2 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (H-NS043) interchangeable lens for the LUMIX G based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard. (35 mm camera equivalent: 85 mm). This incredible lens not only has a maximum aperture of F1.2, but it also incorporates optical image stabilization (POWER O.I.S.) along with full time Auto Focus. Certified by the world-renowned LEICA, exceptional high image quality is guaranteed as well as its sophisticated metal design. The name “NOCTICRON” was newly defined by Leica Camera AG for this lens that achieves a remarkably fast F1.2 aperture among Micro Four Thirds digital interchangeable lenses.

The new lens system is comprised of 14 elements in 11 groups and uses two aspherical lenses, one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and one UHR (Ultra High Refractive Index) lens. The aspherical lenses suppress spherical aberration and distortion. The ED lens enables sharp, high contrast description without color bleeding to the corners while the UHR lens enables high optical performance that renders an image with uniformed descriptiveness from center to edges as well as downsizing of the lens unit.
The popular 42.5 mm medium-telephoto focal distance (Equivalent to 85 mm on a 35 mm camera) is perfectly suited for portraits with rich stereoscopic effect. Together with the high-speed aperture, users can utilize the beautiful soft focus for more impressive, creative shots. Nine blades give the aperture a rounded shape that produces an attractively smooth effect in out-of-focus areas when shooting at larger aperture settings. It also captures landscape with an extremely natural perspective. In addition, the aperture ring on the lens barrel allows direct, intuitive control over aperture settings.

Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology has been adopted to the NOCTICRON 42.5mm / F1.2 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.  Reflection is dramatically minimized at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. It results in a super clear image with dramatic reduction of ghost and flare.

Due to the shallow depth of field which is unique to the large aperture lens, even a slight handshake can potentially cause images to be out-of-focus. However, the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) which is integrated in the LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm effectively compensates for not only small, fast movement but also large, slow movement, making it easy to capture super clear shots even when shooting in low-lit situations such as in night time or indoors.

It incorporates superior inner focus system, which enables excellent resolution and contrast from close-up to infinity. The inclusion of newly developed stepping motor makes the focusing action smooth and silent for use in both still and video recording. Notably the performance of Auto Focus is far superior to the phase-difference AF when a fast lens with smaller F value is used. When mounted on LUMIX G cameras, users can take advantage of the high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF system.

The sophisticated metal design of LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5mm / F1.2 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S., including the hood, deserves to bear the prestigious LEICA name. A highly reliable metal mount is durable enough for repeated mounting of the lens.

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Photography, filming and the law

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OFFICIAL Following a prolonged campaign, including a series of demonstrations by photographers dealt with by Police Officers and PCSOs, the Metropolitan Police was forced to issue updated legal advice which now confirms that ‘Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel’ and that ‘The power to stop and search someone under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 no longer exists.

HDW “This has sprung from a video published on You Tube about a chap who was photographing at a police incident and the policeman in charge took exception by taking his camera off him asking him to delete his photographs. My comment on Facebook was posted before I got the OFFICIAL line on the subject. ” I think you will find a crime scene is different and the officer was in his rights and very patient with this chap who was clearly not from the press.”


“Policeman takes the camera and asks to delete the pictures”

Alister Chapman on Facebook ” The problem is this is becoming common place. The law is very clear. ANYONE, press or public can take whatever photographs they want in the vast majority of public areas (exception being military installations and a few other specific areas of national security) . The police cannot make you delete images, they cannot confiscate your camera unless you are under arrest and they have absolutely no right to prevent you from taking pictures provided you are not within a crime scene. It does not matter whether you are in the media or not, the law is the same. There are now so many cases of the police using anti-terror laws to prevent the media and public from taking photos and videos that they are perfectly entitled to take that the issue has been raised in Parliament. It is nothing other than harassment. The police officer states so many incorrect things as law. The area the photographer was in was clearly still being used as a right of way, the crime scene tapes had been removed (they are in the policeman’s hand). The photographer did nothing wrong. He was being harassed by the police officer. If you or I or any other member of the public had a bad day, became emotional and then started taking that stress out on a police officer or another member of the public we would probably end up arrested. What if this person was/is not in the media, just a passer by taking a few photos? The police DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to take his camera and tell him to delete the images period. That’s the law and it’s very clear. Under UK law, the only thing the police officer can do is ask the person to leave the crime scene area. Is this how we should expect to be treated by the police when we have done nothing wrong? Sorry, I don’t care if the guy had a bad day, the law is the law, it does not change if you are have had a bad day.

Den Lennie on Facebook “I think anyone who is not a professional should re-read what Jonathan Webb wrote – The guy was being a dick and I don’t mean the copper… Why on earth give it ‘I’m not at liberty to reveal whether I’m press or not…. absolute bullshit. Regardless of whether or not the copper was factually correct, he was still in charge of a crime scene ( I believe someone was killed shortly before) RE-READ what JONATHAN WEBB wrote ” I think most people commenting on Youtube have missed the point completely, I have been a freelance News cameraman for over 20 years in Australia, Firstly, when approached by police at any crime scene, you identify yourself as Media, END OF STORY. This person in my opinion refused to state what he was doing there. Serves him right I say. No wonder The Old Bill was wound up. IF he would have told him he was media and said to the police officer, if you need any crime scene images let me know, I think he acted un-professional in my opinion. It has nothing to do whether the police told him to delete images or seize his camera or even arrest him. IT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IN THE FIRST 5 SECONDS of talking to the police initially. Just my thoughts ” I completely agree….** sadly yet another example of social media jumping on a half story without all the facts**

HDW “After searching online Alister Chapman is 100% correct on this one…you can take photographs or film an incident as long as you are on the right side of the blue and white tape and you do not need to be a member of the press. A number of recent high profile street incidents have been captured on phones and video camcorders and without that damming footage the police would not have had as strong a case.

I also agree with Den if this chap had be more sensible he could have de-fused the situation in the first 5 seconds had he been a bit less like a child…pushing the issue over the red line as many small children do.

What about the policeman…I think he was very keyed up and saw this chancer who he knew was not from the press but went way over the top, his better course of action would have been to tell this chap to move on. There was no excuse if this was a crime scene in letting the public enter Tesco, no one should have been allowed near the scene.

Here is the footage see whet you think…

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“CFast” the future of digital 4K recording

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Designed in parallel with leading-edge camera manufacturers, the SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 memory card offers more than twice the shot speed of today’s fastest memory cards. As the world’s first CFast 2.0 memory card, it delivers the speed and capacity professionals need for Full HD recording specifications, including high-definition 4K video recording**. Next level write speeds help you keep up with the new generation of professional cameras and camcorders, while data transfer speeds of up to 450MB/s make your post-production workflow more efficient. And capacities of up to 120GB** give you plenty of room for large RAW image files and the high-quality video that broadcast and cinema demands.

  • World’s first CFast 2.0 memory card
  • More than twice the write speed of today’s fastest cards**
  • Designed in parallel with leading-edge camera manufacturers
  • Meets the demands of broadcast, cinema, and photography
  • Unprecedented transfer speeds of up to 450MB/s

I love it when the camera manufacturers bleat about memory not being fast enough which is why early adopters like Nikon have chosen the fastest card to date for their D4 camera…the Sony XQD card at a mere 180MB/s.

SanDisk announced this card at the end of the year at inter BEE and at 450MB/s this card meets 4K requirements and more. I think the new Panasonic GH4 will adopt this as will the new range of Canon Cinematic cameras as they already use CF cards.



Panasonic GH 4K
Two more sources confirmed a new GH 4K camera announcement for the first half of 2014.  They also said that the specs we posted here on 43rumors are very close to the final camera specs. Here they are:
1/8000 shutter
1mil dot OLED screen
21mm OLED viewfinder, 3,000+ dot.
Time code
200mbps mp4 All-i/100mbps IPB
4:2:2 10/8bit output
3G-SDI and XLR adaptor (An adaptor that the camera sits on with XLR x2, HD-SDI x4)
Price: €2799

Specs thanks to

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