NEW at IBC the Dutti Dolly $1399

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There may be many different dollies on the market, but James Saldutti’s is a unique approach, created by Saldutti, a working Dolly Grip, who needed to be able to multi-task, move quickly and work low enough to get gear into places other dollies can’t go. DUTTI DOLLY also configures so that it can be carried much easier, saving a grip’s back – and costly time from break down to set up.

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Cinematographer James Muro (for whom the dolly was created), takes it everywhere he goes. “It simply makes for an intuitive operating experience,” he explains. “Where there is not a lot of discussion, not a lot of laying track, not a lot of big equipment. With the Dutti Dolly I can be in and out of the location quickly and still have a massive amount of production value, just as if I had all the big gear.”

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Another big fan, cinematographer Joaquin Sedillo, ASC. At one point he had a sequence in a real theater. “Rather than hoisting one or more regular dollies from the stage ‘pit’ onto the stage with chain motors, we threw down Dutti’s light-weight track and dolly. It was a huge time savings plus a great ease of execution.”

DUTTI DOLLY can get into extreme low angles or can carry a bazooka or tripod for other heights. The stability gives the operator the ability to whip pan and quick tilt. It rolls directly on the ground or can be mounted on stands or track and can be over or under slung. It can fit in places where conventional dollies cannot fit – airplane or bus aisles – or even church pews. DUTTY DOLLY is great for long takes, stunts or poor man’s process and more.

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More details here  http://products.msegrip.com/collections/showcase/products/the-dutti-dolly

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Canon’s 5D Mk1V “Are Canon flogging a dead horse”

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Canon 5D v4

How many times are we going to get a minor update to this camera, here are the rumoured specifications…4K is good but 720p at 120fps is useless.

  • 30.4 MP Sensor
  • 7fps
  • Compact Flash/SD Card Slots
  • 4K at 25fps
  • 1080p up to 50fps
  • 720p up to 120fps
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • 4:2:2
  • 8bit 500mbps MJPEG
  • USB 3
  • Front Cable Release Port
  • 3.2″ Touchscreen Functionality
  • New Locking Switch

Still 8bit…WHY ? If the Panasonic GH5 appears with 6-8K this will leave the Canon dead in the water.

Personally I think cameras like this should be left as photographic tools and strip out all the video features, mirrorless is the only way forward for video featured photographic cameras.

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The 5D has been crying out for a swivel viewfinder from day one and Canon insist in leaving it as is.

I think with all the video options we now have like the JVC LS300, Canon C100 Mk11, Sony’s FS5 its clear we are now covered for shallow depth of field camcorders.

The need for Canon to keep updating the 5D is in my opinion driven by the sales in the past and not by anything technically outstanding.

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Sony E mount lenses (Mint condition) for SALE (Note for APS-C size sensor like the Sony A6300) Last day of SALE

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16-70 f4

I have this mint condition Sony ZEISS 16-70mm f4 zoom lens for sale £600 plus Special Delivery.

Email me quick with your offer at hdwarrior@me.com and I will send you my PayPal details. (EU only).

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More Sony E lenses for sale 10-18mm f4 £500 (Mint)…Sony 50mm f1.8 £100 (Mint) and the Sigma 30mm f1.4 £150 (Mint) all prices subject to Special Delivery cost.

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Sony’s 4K PXW-Z150 paper review by Alister Chapman on XDCAM-USER

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Although it’s been on the market for a while now I have not yet had a chance to write a proper review of the PXW-Z150. I’ve played with it a few times and I’ve felt it offers good value (approx £3k/$4K). As it’s starting to gain some traction amongst corporate producers and those looking for a straight forward 4K camera with lot’s of bang for the buck I though it’s time to share my thoughts.

Cameras like the Z150 are often overlooked these days as they don’t have the “cool” factor that comes with the large sensor Super 35mm cameras that are all the rage, cameras like the PXW-FS5 or FS7.

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One more trick that the PXW-Z150 has is the ability to shoot continuously at up to 120fps (100fps when the camera is set to 50i area). The image is full HD but more highly compressed than the regular HD recordings, plus it’s interlaced, not progressive. In addition the inevitable faster shutter speeds mean that you do need plenty of light to get the very best results. I could definitely see a small drop in image quality when shooting at 100 or 120 fps, but the footage is perfectly useable and it is great to be able to slow down motion by 4 or 5 times. You do need to be a little careful if using the interlaced footage within a progressive production as very fast moving objects that travel through the frame may exhibit the combing artefact common in regular interlace material when show progressively. To get the full 5x slow down the camera needs to be set to 60i area to allow the selection of 120fps.

Summary:

The PXW-Z150 is a compact jack of all trades camera that’s easy to work with, has a great zoom range and delivers a respectable looking image. The largeish 1″ sensor gives a greater degree of control over the depth of field than you will have with a camera with a 1/2″ or 1/3″ sensor.

To read the rest at XDCAM-USER… http://www.xdcam-user.com/2016/08/sony-pxw-z150-review-with-picture-settings

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Olympus PRO micro 4/3 lenses…the best sharpest micro 4/3 lenses you can buy.

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12-40mm

The Olympus Pro micro4/3 lenses are a lot sharper and far better made than my Panasonic 12-35mm lens.

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It shows big time on the 7-14mm f2.8 Olympus Pro lens, this beats the Panasonic 12-14mm f4 lens hands down in sheer quality of glass, they also weigh a lot more.

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Both pictures taken with the Pansonic GH4 at the lens wide open f2.8, even at 12mm which has the equivalent 35mm FOV of a 24mm lens.

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One Roving Cook coming to a You Tube Channel near you.

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This is an idea I have had in my head for over five years now, teaching people how to cook from scratch using everyday ingredients bought from local supermarkets. There are a lot people who want to cook but think it’s too hard, especially those living alone and who may never have had the chance to learn.

I have two passions, filming and cooking and with my production skills I am combining both passions to produce a unique taste of Scotland, archiving the best locally produced family meals with a bit of humour added along the way.

How many times do you read a recipe book to discover you either don’t know what certain ingredients are or you can’t source them, this is where “One Roving Cook” delivers, all my recipes are simple and locally sourced in shops we all shop in.

Why “Roving”, simple I will take you to different kitchens throughout the series to meet and enjoy different characters and flavours from all round local Scottish family kitchens.

It will have a mixture of meals from healthy to the not so healthy.

I am not a professional cook as you all know but have been cooking the family meals for well over 25 years and have picked up a few ideas along the way, I got a great recipe from Doreen a professional catering cook while filming a child’s bar mitzvah many years ago.

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As you can see it’s not a professional kitchen and it will be shot with three cameras, the main one being a JVC LS300 with a 12-40mm f2.8 Olympus PRO lens, a Panasonic GH4 with a 7-14mm f2.8 Olympus PRO lens for static wide shot and a static remote controlled Panasonic DMC-FZ1000 with a 24-400mm f2.8-4 Leica zoom lens from the roof, all shooting 1080 50p.

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I would like to thank JVC at this point for giving me such a great deal on the LS300 and for helping part sponsor this program. I am still looking for sponsors from kitchen utensils to a major food retail outlet,  If you can point me in the right direction I would be most appreciated email me at  one_rovingcook@me.com

Would you like to invite me into your kitchen email me with your recipe. I will show you the pilot when we have produced one, hopefully this week.

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CAME TV Optimus 3-axis gimbal $1388

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Here is a brief overview of the new features/accessories added to the new CAME TV Optimus:

  • Battery unit now attached to the gimbal rather than the hand grip.
  • Wireless joystick remote is now added to the package.
  • Dual handle.
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life.
  • Device can be mounted and adjusted tool-less onto a double grip gimbal, jib or suction mount.
  • Additional battery included in the package.
  • 360 degree rotation on all axis.
  • Full inverted mode is now possible.

For more info on the CAME TV Optimus, follow the link. It is now available on B&H for $1388.00.

New CAME OPTIMUS Gimbal – Upgrade to The CAME SINGLE from cinema5D on Vimeo.

Sourced from CINEMA 5D

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Sony’s new AXS-R7 Recorder…full specs now avaliable

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Sonys RAW recorder

As many suspected, Sony’s new AXS-R7 Recorder does a lot more than 4K RAW, full resolution 120p recording, and 30 second caching. Why else would it be larger than its older brother, the R5?

I would rather direct you to this web site than pretend its my own work as I am truly not into this spec of camera or recorder, no point writing a blog if you are not honest with your readership.

Read the rest on Film & Digital Times here…

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The master of lighting Dedo Weigert let’s us into some cinematic secrets.

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Another fascinating documentary, looking into professional lighting by Rick Young on Movie Machine. Dedolight have been referred to as the most innovative lighting system ever developed for motion picture and television. These lights are rugged, dimmable, can be dropped without destroying the lamp, many are bi-colour and many feature an internal focussing system – allowing for a strong clean beam without stray light.

The dedolight system has been recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a Technical Achievement Award in 1990; a Cinec award in 2002, and an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award and Emmy Award in 2003.

Simply put, for the cinematographer the tools offered by dedolight are a must. These lights have been used widely for feature film production, commercials, documentaries, in television studios, and for still and DSLR work. Dedolights are used wherever quality images are required.

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8K transmission from Japanese Television NHK at the Rio Olympic Games 2016

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I was informed two years ago at IBC that 8K TV was fifteen years away and now NHK are filming the Rio Olympic games on 8K cameras and streaming the pictures live to Japan.

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Live streaming of 8K material is no mean feat , remembering the BBC R&D were streaming the Glasgow Commonwealth games 2 years ago.

BBC R&D from Philip Johnston on Vimeo.

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Big centre stage events like the Olympic Games have always been a good test bed for future developments in television.

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RIO – 8K from SCIENTIFANTASTIC on Vimeo.

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