Some further thoughts on Panasonic and the HC-X1000

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Every so often a camera comes along that changes the goalposts, the Panasonic HC-X1000 is one of these cameras. If I am totally honest until the AF101 three years ago Panasonic was not on my radar.

Most of my colleagues within the Glasgow-Stirling area have all been Sony owners till the latest crop of Panasonic cameras, now the balance has moved over to owning PX270, AC160, AC130 and AC90’s within the last 2 years…why the dramatic shift.

Two reasons…Sony have produced a load of cameras over the last 2 years deciding that we were all going to buy them, but the over priced SxS media that plagues the more professional end of Sony’s camera range and the lack of dual card slots (early models) has been a major turn off.

Panasonic scored a goal two and a half years ago by not only introducing dual card slots in all models but standardising on SD cards for their media leaving expensive P2 to the broadcast end of the market.

Sony’s XQD started off as a domestic format but has been taken over by the professional side with the dissadvantage of  professional pricing further ailenating the user who just wants affordable easy to buy SD media.

Enter the latest offering from Panasonic the HC-X1000 once again sticking to SDXC cards allows the user to produce 4K 50p pictures that downscales to 444 10bit on an HD timeline.

Who delivers in 4K……..no one but large budget filmmakers and video trade shows like BVE, so what’s the point in 4K, the answer lies in the way 4K gets compressed to HD once again till the advent of Sony’s F5 and Red One no one could produce 4K 50p without spending a fortune.

So why would anyone buy a 4K camcorder like the HC-X1000…simple…it’s 4K to HD is simply stunning, finally we are getting a glimpse of whats on offer over the next few years and delivering in 4K is not what the x1000 is all about.

A 3840 x 2160 picture is 4x bigger than HD which is why the original 420 8bit converts to 444 10bit compressed onto an HD timeline…not a quality many of us have seen from a £2300 semi pro camcorder.

Just under two years ago I was banging on about all cameras having a minimum of 50MB/s as most cameras were stuck on 28-35MB/s, now we are getting 4K 50p 150MB/s cameras. The first of these amazing 4K SD media cameras was the Panasonic GH4 once again with stunning 4K internal footage recorded onto an SDXC class 10 speed 3 card but sadly stoping short of the magical 50p frame rate.

Panasonic are proving SD technology is up to the mark way beyond their competitors, building on a customer base who have been crying out for low cost media, dual slot simultaneous recording and bigger optical zoom lenses and the best of it is a magical new formula that allows stunning HD footage from an 8bit 420 camcorder thanks to 4K 50p @ 150MB/s.

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Other features the HC-X1000 has that are not covered in the review are…

Pre Record in both HD and 4K giving you a 5 sec buffer at the start of every recording.

Simultaneous dual record mode, very useful for back up.

Time Lapse Record from 1sec, 10secs, 30secs, 1m and 2mins (Note this is disabled if you have Pre-Rec set to on)

Infra Red mode

Synchro scan via shutter speed (Starting at 1/50 scroll down to 1/6 then the next position will be 1/50.1 you can dial out annoying monitor flickering.

System Frequency (PAL or NTSC)

Lastly if you want to switch off the blue ring light go to Other Function down to Ring LED (Blue) and switch it off.

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A new sinister way to try to get out of paying you “Not followed to completion”

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Strangely this has been tried twice in two months but I am making you aware of this so you don’t fall into the same trap…

It’s called “Not followed to completion” a new game employers are playing to avoid payment and can I say at this point its not just the wee chancer its large organisations as well.

Here is the scenario…You are called into a meeting and agree to film or photograph a set subject, turn out, shoot, edit and present your work to the company, no reply or correspondence for a month then you finally bill them for your time etc. to be told since the job had not been followed to completion they are not paying you.

Total nonsense and illegal, if you have been commissioned to film or photograph for someone you are entitled to be paid for time spent on the job both at their premises and editing be-it video editing or photoshop time.

I recently filmed a chap with green screen and prompting for a web site for them to “view” what it would look like so the boss man decided as they were not going ahead with this idea the agreed price was to be cut by 50%…”eh…no that’s not the game plan we are not a charity”.

Fortunately I got paid for both jobs eventually but this is my top tips for anyone called into a meeting even if you have worked for someone for ages don’t take their word as a bond.

1. Make sure from the outset you know why you are being involved telling them you will be sending them a bill for time spent on the job.

2. Get it in writing and a signature if possible that they agree to pay a set sum of money if its a job you can agree a price up front.

3. Keep a note of time spent on the job from filming, editing, prompting, meetings etc.

As a production company we don’t do work for nothing, time spent on a job is payable no mater what the outcome so beware of the new austerity scam that certain companies are playing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 !

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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– 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 !

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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Sony PXW-FS7 at CVP Glasgow

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Today I went over to CVP to see the new Sony PXW-FS7 camcorder and to try it on my shoulder.

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First thoughts…Sits well on the shoulder and the strange pistol grip will be an asset with the Sony FE 28-135mm f4 G PZ OSS lens, CVP had a Canon and a Carl Zeiss lens for the camera because the Sony servo zoom lens is not yet available.

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There was a constant stream of interested production crews looking at the FS7.

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This was CVP’s own demo camera and the viewfinder is nice and sharp, the hot shoe allows the Sony SMAD-P3 adapter to power the new D11 radio mic receiver as seen on the camera.

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We also saw the Metabones electronic lens adapter being used with both Canon EF lenses and Carl Zeiss lenses.

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A good day had by all and my thanks as always to Colin and Danny for their hospitality at CVP Glasgow.

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This wee chap was sitting on the sidelines the Sony Action Cam…I thought I had this on order from Sony for buying the PXW-X70 but I have had a few readers telling me that they can’t finish the web order process to claim the camera, mic or radio mic receiver. Sony need to look into this as professional customers are being denied the FREE goods that they are entitled to.

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Panasonic HC-X1000 Review…Ongoing

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Out and about with the Panasonic HC-X1000 in 4K mode today. In 4K mode 3840 x 2160 50P at 150MB/s you get truly stunning HD pictures almost the best I have seen out of a 1/2.3″ sensor.

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This is a video still of one of my dogs and not only are the colours accurate but the lack of noise reduction seen in many 1/3″ cameras is fantastic.

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This wee camera is out performing many 1/3″ cameras twice its size though remember it has a 1/2.3″ chip…in 4K alone, I have a few more tests and filming to do plus I am keen to see how it performs in HD 200MB/s mode.

I am ultra impressed with the 4K 50p pictures on the HD timeline, this is a common theme with 4K capable cameras giving you wonderful HD pictures but the 50p mode is a killer, not many 4K cameras produce 50p pictures and Panasonic have cracked it with this blend of stunning 4K 50p and a little known secret 4:2:0 8bit pictures.

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Double click on this pigeon to see the 1920 x 1080 still frame.

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