Rick Young’s new book FCPX 2nd Edition

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If your partner edits on FCPX then make sure you get them this stocking filler of Rick’s new book covering FCPX 10.1.3. I have just started reading my review copy and will give you my opinion next week, just in time for Santa.

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Panasonic HC-X1000 Video Review plus 4K in Glasgow’s Grand Old Opry

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Finally the Panasonic HCX-1000 Video Review is now online, due to the addition of Panasonic’s CAM remote and ZOOM S/S you can turn the 4K HC-X1000 into a studio camera.


I got an offer I could not refuse…to film in Glasgow’s legendary Grand Ole Opry for some further low light assessment with the Panasonic HC-X1000.


This review was due on Friday but I think a further test at 10dB’s in 4K will confirm my suspicion that 4K 50p low light filming is the way forward.


Some people who have “reviewed” the HC-X1000 have been very unfair in their low light assessment of this camera, they never bothered to film in true low light situations let alone film in 4K !


While we were filming some test footage I noticed this Panasonic P2 HVX-200 filming in the balcony.


Two students from SAE and Glasgow Uni were part of a team producing a small documentary about the Grand Ole Opry, that took me back, I used to own one of these cameras…4:3 LCD, switchable via the menu to 16:9.


Graeme is pondering whether to buy one of the HC-X1000 camcorders to replace his AC90.


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Panasonic HC-X1000 “240 steps later” Video review due this Friday !

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I decided to climb the Wallace monument in Stirling to show off the new Panasonic 4K HC-X1000 camcorder and it did not disappoint.


Fortunately on the way up you have wee rooms to take a rest.


I had my trusty colleague Graham with me and we were truly puffed by the time we reached the top.


The view and the weather was to say the least stunning, perfect for 4K 50p footage and the 20x optical zoom did not disappoint.


Update : I am hoping to have the Panasonic HC-X1000 Video Review online by Friday 12th December, it’s a bit more in-depth but the stunning 4K 50p pictures are worth the wait.


This is a 4K to HD camera worth its weight in gold…filming in 4K 50p gives you stunning results on an HD timeline, I was quoted by a technician today that the 4K 150MB/s at 420, 8bit converts to 444, 10bit when compressed down to HD and it certainly looks like it.

An SDXC C10 S3 64G card will record an hour of 4K 50p footage in the X1000 enough time for most video work plus you also have the luxury of a second card slot giving you 2 hours of 4K footage ! The camera is FCPX ready so there are no drivers to download it transcodes straight into FCPX with no hesitation.

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The art of reflecting light

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Loved this very interesting way the lighting gaffer uses the Panibeam 1200W light to reflect light into a room preventing a whole load of lights inside the room itself…very clever. This is a video from my good friend Rick Young at Movie Machine.

The biggest beam available, the sun, sends out light that is almost perfectly parallel. In order to achieve a similar and as-close-as-possible effect, luminaires with an almost parallel beam and a homogenic light distribution is needed.

The quality of the light – from hard to soft – and the precisely defined shadows are achieved through the use of the calculated high tech reflectors, the PANIFLECTORS.

Seven different types of reflectors in various sizes, available in vertical and horizontal shapes such as ellipses, circles, beams or arcs, provide the neccessary tools for any lighting application.

Most of the time, no additional shutters, flags or filters are required, which reduces the amount of gripping equipment, but also greatly improves the efficiency of the entire system.

CRLS brand name is copyright by Berger/Bartenbach

– See more at : http://www.moviemachine.tv/video/the-beauty-of-reflected-light-a-new-way-of-lighting/113798497/#sthash.BZsMuLol.dpuf

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FCPX 10.1.4 Update (Good and Bad news)

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Finally support for native MFX files and AVC Long GOP files for Panasonic users…not before time !


For months now PX270 owners were left in the dark from Apple, unable to import Long GOP 50 files from the Panasonic PX270. Today PX270 owners are rejoicing but the same can’t be said for Sony’s XAVC codec.


I have fresh footage shot this afternoon on the Sony PXW-X70 camcorder and before this update was announced I imported all my footage via Sony’s Catalyst Prepare software, after installing both the FCPX 10.1.4 update and the new Pro Video Formats 2 from Apple I still can’t import my XAVC 1080 50p 50MB/s footage.

I may be cynical but with the £124 Catalyst Prepare software selling world wide is their a rush for Apple to support XAVC…Note. My XAVC-S footage from my Sony A7s imports fine.

This may be a bug in my system can any other XAVC via the PXW-X70 confirm my findings.

Interestingly as an after thought this must be the first FCPX update that has no reference to the new OS X Yosemite, i.e. making it more compatible so we all must assume that FCPX is 100% compatible or is that a bad assumption ?

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Micro Studio has it’s 1st Major Client

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Our first major client sent Rachel McTavish a well known television presenter to our Micro Studio in the Southside of Glasgow to present in front of our green screen.


Without any hesitation I produced the section with our Sony PXW-X70 camera producing 1080 50p… 50MB/s 422, 10bit footage, the client was delighted with the result.

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Rachel was a true professional and was delighted with our DV Prompter software and the new Datavideo WR-450 remote control.


This bluetooth remote is distributed exclusively by Holdan and allows you to start, pause, vary speed and move up and down to certain markers set in the software.


We use an iPad with a 10″ retina display and DV Prompter software, downloadable FREE from the Apple APP store.


We also monitor our output from the Sony X70 from the HD-SDI socket onto our JVC DTV21G11 Full HD 1920 x 1080 HD resolution LCD IPS panel.


Once the footage is recorded it’s taken upstairs to our edit suite to be transcoded from XAVC to ProRes 422 HQ 1080 25p. The files are taken off the computer to the clients hard drive and sent to our client in Aberdeen for next day delivery…job done in one hour studio time !



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