First GH5 production-ready firmware video footage

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With access to a pair of production-readyproduction-ready Lumix GH5s running near-final firmware, we headed to a local whiskey distillery to put them to the test. We shot the footage above at 23.9p, 150mbps, 10-bit 4:2:2. One camera was set to Cinelike D, while the other was shooting ‘Like 709.’ You’ll also see examples of 60p footage slowed down by 2.5x as well as the camera’s ‘Focus Transition’ mode.

HDW : My only comment is when they use 6400ISO in the cask room, it looks a lot noisier than I was led to believe at Bracknell in November.

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Awarded 24th position…”Top 100 Camera Blogs on the web”

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My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot. I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog HD Warrior has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Camera Blogs on the web.

I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Camera Blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this!

These blogs are ranked based on the following criteria;

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review
HDW : Wow…now that came as a major surprise, it’s all worth it when someone thinks all your work is appreciated. I would like to thank my sponsors and readership for sticking by me over some very hard times, H. Preston Media, Production Gear and JVC Professional.

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Panasonic FZ2000…First Thoughts

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There has been significant body changes to the Panasonic FZ2000. Panasonic have really thought about this major update to the camera. Sadly it appears in the wake of the GH5 so once again its going to be a “Cinderella” camera. (One whose attributes were unrecognised).

The addition of three ND filters is brilliant as is the headphone socket. The ND really gives you a head start while filming HD in daylight, no longer do you need to compensate using 50 fps with the addition of either more f stops or adding extra shutter speed.

I was not aware till I got my hands on the FZ2000 that Panasonic had changed the top of the camera adding a much needed extra thumb wheel (front of the Fn4 button) very useful in manual mode. The FZ1000 needed a painful double click on the thumb wheel to change from f stop to shutter speed.

Bringing the SD card slot to the side of the camera makes swapping out the SD card a breeze. In the FZ1000 its badly positioned in the battery compartment.

Underneath has also been changed with the tripod screw in the centre of the lens away from the battery compartment. I bought a third party plate from Alzo Video which did the same trick on the FZ1000.

The LCD on the FZ2000 looks bigger but they are both 61mm x 41mm the FZ2000 is cleaner without a plastic frame.

Its inside that the FZ2000 has been significantly changed with the addition of MP4 LPCM and MOV. The MOV serving gives you 1920 x 1080 50p at 200Mbps ALL-INTRA LPCM a major upgrade in quality from the 1920 x 1080 50p at 28Mbps ACC in the FZ1000.

Other welcome additions are a 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S which works a treat, this gives you an insight for the GH5s 5 Axis OIS. Amazingly it also has a 120fps VFR slow motion mode and no 29m time record restriction.

I have the camera for a month and plan to produce all my reviews with it so there will be a lot of footage from the FZ2000 by the time it comes to edit the review.

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Lino Manfrotto has passed away…”inventor of the worlds favourite tripod”

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Lino Manfrotto (right) and partner Gilberto Battocchio

Lino Manfrotto, an Italian photojournalist, began designing light stands, booms, and telescopic rods in the late 1960s. In 1972 Lino Manfrotto met Gilberto Battocchio, a technician working for a Bassano mechanical firm. In 1974, the company introduced its first tripod. The company grew, and in 1986 Manfrotto, already with 6 plants in Bassano, landed in Feltre, in the industrial zone of Villapaiera, establishing 5 plants in the space of two years. Vitec Group Plc. purchased the French company Gitzo in 1992 and the American company Bogen Photo Corp. in 1993. Vitec Group Plc. chose to maintain the separate brands as separate lines in its portfolio. Manfrotto products are distributed in Germany, France, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and United States by Manfrotto Distribution. In Canada, Manfrotto products are distributed by Gentec International.

On Sunday morning, at the age of 80 years, Lino Manfrotto the entrepreneur from Bassano del Grappa – once known as an Italian photojournalist for the local press in Vicenza – has passed away.

I have always been a huge fan of Manfrotto, their tripod plates make so much sense, they live on almost 98% of all my video equipment.

The ability to hot swap a camera from one tripod to another was Manfrottos best achievement in my opinion. Almost everyone I know in the video world has a Manfrotto tripod for video and photographic work.

I take my hat off to Lino who has produced one of the most singularly useful products for filming and photographing over my lifetime in the video and photographic world.


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Lumix GH5 may be delayed due to high number of pre-orders

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Sadly this does not surprise me, as the Panasonic GH5 is already looking to be the most sought after mirrorless camera of 2017.

Panasonic Japan has announced that customers who have ordered a Lumix GH5 may face a longer wait due to the high number of pre-orders. The camera is scheduled for release on March 23, and Panasonic is prioritising pre-order shipments. The GH5 was officially announced at the beginning of January, and Panasonic targeted a ‘late March’ shipping timeframe in its initial announcement.

As long as they prioritise their orders for the UK first !

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New from BlackMagic Design…with shocking live web pictures.

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Having phoned one of my friends in London this was the washed out milky quality (log look) of the presentation being sent out live from Australia, shocking. Not only that it was boasted by Grant that this was being produced with the new web streaming equipment !!!

The same picture above of Mr Petty took me 2 minutes to fix in Photoshop and its night and day.

Sadly this has taken the gloss off 4 new products, updated ATEM Switcher, Recorder and 2 Web streaming tools.

Reader…”They did a similar video when they announced the major change and actual release schedule of the URSA Mini-the video was just this bad then too. Excessive noise in the shadows and it too looked like it was shot in LOG mode.”

Do these companies not appreciate they are broadcasting to top flight professionals in the same field who have certain standards and can I assure you the standard of this internet stream was very poor and would put me off buying the product if its that bad. Strangely all the slide inserts were fine it seemed to be the cameras themselves that were producing this milky white problem.

Just in case you missed the one hour live stream…

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Lumix FZ2000….Video review coming soon

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Panasonic are lending me the Lumix FZ2000 for 28 days, enough time to produce a full video review of this hybrid camera. I did not review the FZ1000 because it lacked a headphone jack.

The video review may not be up till the beginning of March but it will be worth waiting for.

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Adobe sting end users by a further £10 a month for “cloud based products”.

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Citing ‘fluctuating foreign exchange rates’, Adobe has notified Creative Cloud subscribers in the UK and Sweden that they can expect to see their fees increase soon. The price hikes will take effect starting March 6 for month-to-month subscribers; members who have paid for a full year will see a price increase when they renew their plans.

Prices vary by plan, but users are reporting around a £10 per month increase. Emails sent to affected members pointed to a page on Adobe’s support site with an explanation:

‘Currency exchange rates have fluctuated significantly over the last few years. Like many US-based global companies, Adobe is making pricing adjustments in a number of countries to offset fluctuations in foreign exchange rate. Starting on March 6, 2017, the price of Adobe products in the United Kingdom and Sweden will be increased. Existing customers will receive information about their subscription pricing directly from Adobe.’

This is called jumping on the price increase bandwagon…Sony, Sigma have all increased their pricing by 10-15% this year and now Adobe, who don’t have any more work as its cloud based, but the end users get stung again…appalling !

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Advert…GH5 Open Day…Wednesday 22 February 2017 at Production Gear

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We know a lot of you are very excited about the forthcoming Panasonic GH5 camera so have arranged an opportunity for you to get hands on with it before it ships…

Join us to get hands on with the very much anticipated Panasonic GH5 in our Barnet showroom – for hands on experience.

New from Panasonic the GH5 is a tiny powerhouse of a camera boasting some pretty crazy specifications at an amazingly affordable price.

This drop in day gives you the opportunity to try the camera out for yourself whilst asking questions of Panasonic product specialists who will be on hand throughout the day.

We expect this open-day to be very popular, please make sure your register early to avoid missing out, spaces are limited.

We are easily accessible from the M25, A1, Northern line and overground train services from London.  Based in Barnet, Hertfordshire on the North London borders our head office and showroom are housed within the former threshing barn of the Wrotham Park estate.  Find out how to visit us.

Production Gear is run by Simon and Steve a great pair of lads. Why not visit them on Wednesday the 22nd of February 2017 and play with the GH5. Please give them a call on 020 8275 1070 to avoid disappointment.


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The all new Vimeo Review

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Paid advert campaign running through February and March

If you are a Vimeo Pro or business user you should be aware of the new Vimeo Review.

Need a client to give you scene-specific feedback? Want to let your freelance filmmaker know about some weird coloring on a particular scene? Go for it! It’s simple to share videos securely with reviewers, who can click directly on the video to add time-coded notes. And you can say sayonara to costly third-party services and endless email chains: we’ve got your video-making process covered from start to finish, saving you both time and money.

By pressing the REVIEW PAGE button you are taken to the review page where your clients can add their comments on the video itself.

As you can see above all your comments are added at the right hand side of your screen. As you click on the comment you are taken to the very frame it was added to.  All you need to do is send your client a copy of the page’s URL (top of page) for them to be able to join in and they don’t have to be a member of Vimeo to take part.

Introducing all-new video review pages from Vimeo on Vimeo.

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