DJI OSMO bad firmware

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The DJI Osmo is potentially a great piece of kit but until DJI get their act together the Osmo is a bit hit or miss.

DJI “The Osmo firmware v1.1.1.50 released on the 6th November occasionally caused problems of system instability and abnormal filming behavior, and our team is working around the clock to resolve these issues.

Meanwhile, we are releasing firmware v1.2.1.60 for users to restore the Osmo to the factory default firmware. The firmware version ‘v1.0.1.19+’ should be displayed in the DJI GO app after the restoration is complete.”

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Unfortunately the original software is worse as it causes blank screens and communication problems between the Osmo and the tablet.

Osmo plus screen

DJI need to resolve the slanty horizon problem ASAP and can I just add you need more than one battery when purchasing an Osmo as you are lucky to get 50 mins per charge.

Note. If you are using a radio mic you must test it first to check the output of the receiver is loud enough for the input of the Osmo.

On the whole the Osmo is a great tool when used in full HD 50p, hopefully DJI will have a new firmware up before the end of November.

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5 Training Films on the Sony PXW-FS7 over at XDCAM USER

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Just had a wee peek at Alisters training films for the FS7 and as usual the man is the master. All this vital information for free…fantastic.

I hope he does one for the FS5 in fact a tutorial in matching an FS5 to a FS7 would do the trick.

Ali Chapman

Here is a look at 1 off 5, here is the link to the other 4…

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JVC GY-LS300 V2 Firmware update

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JVC Professional have sent me a LS300 with V2 firmware to try out. There are at least 7 major updates plus various FTP and WiFi additions.

One of the major updated features is ground breaking…Digital Zoom via Variable Scan Mapping (VSM). This one feature alone is in my opinion what sets JVC engineers apart from the rest of the competition, other companies give you centre scan which is a 2x crop via a user button.

JVC decided to link the zoom control on the hand grip with the VSM so you can digitally zoom with a “PRIME” lens and let me tell you it works a treat…is beyond genius. There is NO and I mean NO artefacts or pixelation and best of all no reduction in f stops.

This is only one of 7 new updated features I will be covering in my LS300 update video. I am poping into Glasgow tomorrow to get most of the filming done and using the DJI Osmo for my pieces to camera with a radio mic plugged into the Ozmo.

LS300 for HRD_HDR to PS

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Vintage Leica R6.2 for sale (As New) kit cost £3500

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A good friend of mine bought this Leica 8 years ago, brand spanking new, hardly used it and paid a whopping £3500.

Its NOT digital and takes 35mm film but it may be of interest to someone looking for a fantastic 35mm camera which is as good as new. The glass alone may be of interest to DSLR users.

Price, sadly he knows its not going to fetch anything near the price bought new but if you are genuinely interested give me an offer and I will pass it onto my friend.

Email Philip at with the words LEICA R6.2 offer, in the subject line.

Leica plus zoom

Details…Leica R6.2 35mm camera with 2 lenses a 50mm f2 and a 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 Leica zoom.

The Leica R6.2 stands for creative photography even under the toughest conditions. With its all-metal body and the battery-independent shutter, the Leica R6.2 is rugged enough for any adventure.
– Individual freedom for creative photography through simple manual adjustment of aperture and shutter speed.
– Supreme mastery of difficult light conditions thanks to two exposure metering methods available at the flick of a switch.
– Dependable functioning even under extreme temperatures from 25C to + 60C thanks to reliable battery-independent shutter with optimum running qualities.

  • Metering modes: center-weighted averaging or a central 7mm spot
  • Metering: via a match-diode display in the viewfinder
  • Autoexposure: none
  • Shutter speeds: 1-1/1000 +B, with X sync at 1/100
  • Motor drive option
  • Mirror-lock-up (the first Leica since the original Leicaflex to have one) *Interchangeable focusing screens
  • TTL flash metering with Metz SCA compatible flash units
  • Depth-of-field preview
  • Self-timer
  • Viewfinder diopter adjustment

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Sony PXW-FS5 arrives at Small Video Productions

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Finally our Sony PXW-FS5 has arrived, this will compliment our FS7 and bring a lot of benefits.

Why would you want an FS5 if you already have an FS7 ? A second camera for a start, the FS5 produces full HD 50p, 10bit 422 footage in L-GOP mode which is a major plus for this camera.

Another plus point is SDXC cards, XQD cards are far too expensive and Sony’s decision to move over to SD cards was genius.

Size is also a major consideration as the FS7 is a bruit to use in run and gun mode, its the cameras petitness that finally clinched it for me.


Once again my thanks to John Preston for supplying us the Sony PXW-FS5, John tells us that although stock is limited it’s no way near as bad as the FS7 was initially…so get ordering.

Having a further play tonight and noticed centre scan, this is using the 4K chip and effectively giving you a 2x electronic extender with the added bonus of no light loss and no artefacts.

FS5 v9b

Assuming Glasgow gets a free day of rain I hope to do a comparison video between the FS5 and the FS7. Any questions as usual I will be happy to answer them.

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The Rory Peck awards 2015

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Who was Rory Peck…

Rory covered the first Gulf War, the wars in Bosnia and Afghanistan and the many armed conflicts that followed the dissolution of the Soviet Union, where he moved with his wife Juliet and their four children after covering the coup against Gorbachev.

He was one of a growing band of cameraman who worked independently, supplying footage to a range of organisations including the BBC and ARD, and was a founder partner of FrontlineTelevision News, a London-based co-operative of freelance cameramen, which he set up with Vaughan Smith, Peter Jouvenal and Nicholas Della Casa in 1989.

Rory was killed in Moscow in October 1993.  He had been filming a vicious gun battle outside the Ostankino television station during Russia’s October coup and was caught in crossfire. He was posthumously awarded the Order for Personal Courage by Yeltsin.

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The Rory Peck Awards this evening honoured the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs at a twentieth anniversary event hosted by Sky News Special Correspondent, Alex Crawford. The night’s four awards were presented to freelancers from northern Iraq, Pakistan and Syria, demonstrating how much the news industry is relying on local freelancers for its coverage of on-going conflicts and hard to reach stories. The ceremony also highlighted the work of the Rory Peck Trust and its support of freelance journalists worldwide.

The Rory Peck Award for News, was won by 27 year old Syrian freelancer, Zein Al-Rifai, for his coverage of the on-going conflict in his home city of Aleppo. Aleppo: Life in Ruinscommissioned and broadcast by AFPTV and shot between June 2014 and February 2015, shows the consequences of the almost daily barrel-bombing and the day-to-day reality of peoples’ lives in the rebel-held area of the city. Judges said Zein’s impactful footage, whilst showing injuries, death and grief  “never loses sight of the humanity – of what makes people continue to soldier on – in the worst of circumstances.”  The award was presented by BBC Chief International Correspondent, Lyse Doucet.

The Rory Peck Award for News Features was presented to Iraqi freelancer Zmnako Ismael for On the Road with Yazidis Fleeing Islamic State, a self-funded entry broadcast by Channel 4 News.  Zmnako filmed the exodus of tens of thousands of Yazidis from Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq during two days in August 2014, travelling the entire route from the Newroz refugee camp in Syria to the mountain and back, Judges described his footage as “incredibly moving”. “You felt completely immersed in that incredible story of what felt like an almost biblical exodus. It was beautifully shot and left a real impression.” The award was presented by freelance journalist and former Rory Peck winner, Sorious Somoura.

The Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs was presented to Pakistani freelance cameraman Haider Ali. Haider won for Pakistan’s Hidden Shame which reveals how tens of thousands of vulnerable young boys across Pakistan have become the victims of paedophile predators, many of them bus and truck drivers who have openly admitted to sex with the boys. Judges said the film was shocking and powerful, “It made a huge impact, the camera just quietly letting people talk. It was sympathetic and unobtrusive, I felt we were with those kids.” The film was produced by Clover Films for Channel 4.

This year’s Martin Adler Prize, sponsored by Hexagon, was awarded to Hassan Ashwor, a freelance fixer based in Dohuk, Northern Iraq. Hassan, has become a key contact for visiting journalists and human rights organisations, especially those investigating atrocities perpetrated against the Yazidi community by Islamic State. The Martin Adler Prize honours a local freelancer who has made a significant contribution to newsgathering under challenging and difficult circumstances within their own country.

Tina Carr, Director of the Rory Peck Trust, said, “After twenty years, the mission of the Rory Peck Trust continues: to provide practical and financial support to freelance journalists and their families worldwide. Tonight’s award winners and finalists demonstrate why – they bring us stories that are hard to reach and difficult to tell, and without their talent, determination and bravery our understanding of the world suffers. As journalists continue to be targeted all over the world, freelancers remain the most vulnerable. They deserve our recognition, support and protection more than ever.”

“The work of tonight’s Rory Peck winners and finalists leaves a real impact on all of us because they take us on a journey behind the images.” said Michael Harrit, Marketing Director, Media Solutions, Sony Professional Solutions, Europe. “These are important stories that reveal the different sides of humanity and the world we live in today – they connect us on a human level with situations that are often far-removed from our own.  Filming in countries like Syria, northern Iraq and Pakistan is an ever-growing challenge that requires skill, creativity and courage, which is why we continue to support the Rory Peck Awards and the important work of the Rory Peck Trust”.

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Panasonic DVX-200 new firmware v1.25

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A new firmware update for the DVX-200 has surfaced from Panasonic.


  1. Addition of the fast scan mode to minimize skew image.
    • New mode (Fast Scan) is added to 4K24p, UHD29.97p, UHD23.98p and UHD25p.
  2. Reduction of black dot noise in 4K/UHD modes.
  3. Improvement of playback image aspect ratio.
    • Recording method is improved so that playback image is correctly in 16:9 when a 480i/576i SQUEEZE video is played.
  4. Correction of ISO gain value display in High-sensitivity mode

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New web site for Small Video Productions

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We seriously needed a new look and here is our new 2015 corporate web site for Small Video Productions

After some debate I decided to design the web site myself, after all if I want to change a graphic or add a new page I don’t need to wait for someone else to change it for me.

HD Warrior was to be a window for our work but it became more of a news, views and review site, and a lot of our work can’t be shown to the public by the nature of its content.

I have been delighted to pick up a few jobs this year from followers looking for work filmed in Scotland. Have a wee look at our new web site and let me know what you think.

Yip there are always people who are more literate than yourself telling me where to add apostrophes etc. and thank you for pointing out various mistakes on my web site.

Tonight I have just made the site iPad friendly, added a blog and generally faffed about with some extra information. It helps that my broadband is now top notch 76Mb BT Infinity, no more buffering and uploading HD videos is a dream.

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Some new products from Sony

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Sony’s newest addition to its PXW series of shoulder-mount camcorders – the PXW-X400 – delivers stronger network and wireless capabilities, improved weight balance, XAVC 50p recording*¹and pool feed functions to give ENG and field production professionals a versatile and high-performance tool.

“This new camcorder combines all the capabilities professional shooters need – enlarged connectivity for content faster to air, improved ergonomics for easier operation on the field, and high performance for efficient workflows – in a true news and broadcast production workhorse.” said Lucie Wendremaire, Product Marketing Manager, Sony Professional, Sony Europe.  “The various additions of features like XAVC 50p recording and pool feed make the PXW-X400 a perfect fit for today’s demanding field content creation requirements.”

The new camcorder’s Ethernet interface (RJ45 connector) enables direct connection to a network when wireless LAN is unstable or unavailable, for file transfer, live streaming and control from a web browser. A near-field communications (NFC) feature gives users a one-touch link between the camera and a mobile device. The Content Browser Mobile application enables users to preview or remotely control camcorder settings of various menu functions.

The pool feed function (HD/SD SDI) enables the recording of a 1.5G HD-SDI external signal on an SxS card, a useful function to record a distributed signal from another camera on-site without portable deck.

Redesigning the inner structure of camcorder body, Sony has drastically improved the weight balance and handling capabilities compared to predecessor models. The combination of the newly introduced manual lens and the well-balanced body resolve any front-heavy issues and dramatically reduce the load on the right-hand.

The camcorder’s “ONLINE button” lets users bypass a mobile device or the camera’s menu for direct on/off control over the following features: direct streaming transmission of AV signals from a PXW-X400 to assigned destinations; auto-uploading of proxy or high-resolution files to cloud services and FTP servers; and on/off control over Sony’s PWS-100RX1 network station enabling QoS live streaming while shooting.

The low-power (22W) camcorder PXW-X400 uses a 2/3” 3-chip CMOS image sensor and supports several HD and SD formats including XAVC. Lens options include a 20x Manual Focus Lens (PXW-X400KC model) and a 16x Auto Focus Lens*² (PXW-X400KF model). The PXW-X400 model is body-only with neither lens nor viewfinder. The new camcorder supports Sony’s new HDVF-series Full HD OLED Viewfinder (model HDVF-EL20/EL30) for a greater visual comfort, as well as the new URX-S03D, the first 2-channel portable slot-in receiver from the UWP-D Series, and a new bodypack transmitter, the UTX-B03HR, using a true diversity system and Sony Digital Audio Processing.

The PXW-X400 camcorder is planned to be available in February 2016.

*¹60p recording will be supported on only XAVC-Long format.

*²Auto Focus capability will be available in May 2016.


Sony is introducing a new 2-channel slot-in receiver, URX-S03D, and a new bodypack transmitter, UTX-B03HR as part of the UWP-D Series, designed for compatibility with Sony’s XDCAM & HDCAM camcorders. The URX-S03D is the first two-channel slot-in portable receiver in the UWP-D series for Sony camcorders providing a true diversity system with stable RF transmission and High-quality sound.

Since its launch in 2014, the Sony UWP-D series has been used for many applications such as documentary use, electronic newsgathering and field production and by broadcasters for news production, achieving stable wireless transmission based on Sony’s cutting edge digital audio processing technologies.


URX-S03D, 2-channel slot-in wireless receiver


Stable RF transmission and High-quality sound

The true diversity reception system achieves highly stable reception thanks to its two receiving antennas and separate RF circuits for each channel. RF signals from the two antennas are compared and the stronger signal is automatically selected for output, allowing the URX-S03D to reduce possible interruptions in reception to a minimum. Sony’s Digital Audio Processing, which uses DSP (digital signal processing) for digital companding, further contributes to high quality sound.

Compatibility with Sony XDCAM and HDCAM camcorders

The URX-S03D fits in the slot of Sony’s XDCAM camcorders with 2-channel digital audio connections directly from the DSP. It can also be matched with the slot of an HDCAM camcorder with single channel audio connection. It can also monitor the AF/RF status of the URX-S03D via the viewfinder of supported Sony camcorders.

User-friendly functions

  • Automatic channel setting: scans and determines available channels and sends information to the transmitter to complete the channel setting automatically.
  • Clear channel scan, active channel scan and IR sync provide fast, easy, and safe channel setup
  • Large display and simple menu for easy operation


UTX-B03HR bodyback transmitter

The new UTX-B03HR is equipped with a new 4-pin microphone connector designed to withstand the rigors of ENG shooting. A standard broadcast lavalier microphone (ECM-77BC) can be used with the new connector.

– Sony’s Digital Audio Processing

– Compatibility with all UWP Series / WL-800 Series

– Extremely compact, lightweight, and robust metal body

– USB for power supply or charging batteries

– Switchable MIC/LINE input level and adjustable

– Attenuator (0 dB to 21 dB, 3-dB steps)


“The new addition to our UWP-D series has been designed to provide the professional with another option for a 2 channel wireless audio slot-in, integrating seamless audio when using Sony XDCAM or HDCAM camcorders, and we’re really excited for our customers to get their hands on them in the field.” said James Leach, European Marketing Manager, Sony Professional Solutions Europe.

The URX-S03D and UTX-B03HR can both be used with the NEW PXW-X400 Camcorder and are planned to be available in Early 2016.

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DJI OSMO arrives and is an instant success…£548 incl vat Production Gear

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Wow, wow and wow…the DJI Osmo is an instant success…why ? My son was filming a friends wedding today down at Seamill in the Ayrshire coast and asked me if I could help him with the ceremony. The DJI Osmo arrived in Production Gear on Wednesday, shipped it for Thursday and it was raining all that day.

The camera can film 4K 25p, I set it to 1080 50p, you can control the ISO, shutter speed and WB via your smart phone and there is a mic input which I will be trying out tomorrow. It comes with one battery that lasts about one hour needless to say I have a spare battery on order (End of November).

Keep the ISO as low as the lighting conditions allow as the maximum ISO 3200 is a tad noisy. The other noise comes from the fan in the X3 camera itself and the inbuilt mic is not so good. The way round this is to use a radio mic which plugs into the 3.5m jack on the handle of the Osmo, the sound is far better.

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Friday was the first day I had to play with my new Osmo but I was filming the wedding that afternoon so I decided to run a wee test at the wedding. For years I have dreamed of running around guests with a steadycam and today was payoff day.

There is a known bug at the moment where the horizon goes squint, I did encounter this a couple of times but re-started and things were fine, Simon from Production Gear tells me this will be cured in the next firmware.

The DJI has exceeded expectations, so much so I had to produce a 1.5m demo of my exploits. This new tool will be a major asset in my “box” of video tools…WOW !!!

A wee note : Sadly I sold my Ronin M as to be truthful I was not using it, the Ronin is such a specialised bit of kit. My tip when buying a Ronin is to get a carry case otherwise you will find yourself not using it, the DJI Osmo on the other hand is so small and comes with its very own case.

I think this 3 axis gimbal with X3 camera will become the defacto event tool for 2016.

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