Interview with cameraman Mark McKillop filming BBC Drama “River City”

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Mark and I worked for the same video company (Flashback Video) over 30 years ago and this is almost the first time we have met in all this time.

I got to film in the Oyster cafe for the afternoon with my two GH5s running at 4K 50p, I had my FZ2000 filming a wide shot of both of us, seen below.

Between Mark and myself is the first camera we ever used in out careers the three tube JVC KY1900.

Surprisingly they were using Sony PXW-X500 XDCAM camcorders using three 2/3-inch type Full HD CCD sensors. I thought it might have been Sony FS7’s or F55’s for a more filmic look.

Mark with his dog Timber.

Mark with second cameraman Ray Houston another friend from my freelance days at STV.

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End of the week preview…A Taste of NEW YORK

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Peter “This is the third episode of our independent “A Taste of New York“ time lapse series. In September 2016 we visited this awesome city to try out some new time lapse stuff.
It took us 10 days, a lot of burgers and one helicopter ride to produce this video. 10 days is very little time to discover this city of endless opportunities, so we hardly slept anything and shot day and night for this time lapse film. The city that never sleeps indeed!”

The Taxi shot:
Over the 10 days we took photos of yellow cabs whenever we had time to from as many different angles as possible. So we gathered 2000 (!) photos in total we had to sort afterwards and compile to a hyperlapse around a cab in post production. It took us 5 whole days in post production to get this one shot.

Technical Details:
In 10 days we shot 65.000 Photos taking up 2,6 TB of our hard drives. The final 3 minute video took 36h to render on the best equipped iMac available.

Equipment used:
+ Sony a7rII
+ Sony a6300
+ 2x Canon 6D
+ Canon 11-24mm F4
+ Canon 24-105mm F4
+ Tamron 150-600mm
+ Tamron 24-70mm F2,8
+ Zeiss 24-70mm F4
+ Emotimo Spectrum
+ Pocketslider
+ Edelkrone SliderPlus
+ Came TV Single
+ several tripods from Sachtler, Manfrotto and Togopod

A Taste of New York from FilmSpektakel on Vimeo.

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River City behind the scenes coming soon on HD Warrior

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I was invited by Mark McKillop to visit behind the scenes of one of BBC Scotland’s long running soaps, River City.

I actually worked with Mark in 1982 at a company called Flashback Video.

I managed to use the well known “Oyster Cafe” for my interview with Mark, everything you see has been built from the ground up as a permanent set to film River City.

The interview was produced on two GH5’s running at 4K 50p and a third wide camera the FZ2000 running in HD 200Mbps. It will be edited on an HD timeline.

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Sony E Series 18-110mm F4 G Lens Review from Cinema 5D

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HDW : This should have been the standard kit lens on the Sony FS7 from day one in my opinion. It was only through users moaning to Sony that this lens was eventually produced.

Sebastian Wöber is a director and DP, studied at Filmacademy Vienna and is passionate about harnessing the potential of filmmaking tech to create powerful cinematic work with limited resources. He is co-owner of cinema5D.

Sebastian “Pros and Cons I found during my Sony 18-110mm review”

Pros

  • Stunning 4K at F/4 – Very good optical quality with Sony cameras due to lens compensation
  • No focus shift during zoom
  • Lens elements are internal
  • Almost no breathing
  • Manual operation of focus, zoom and aperture
  • Good optical image stabilizer
  • Quick-release tripod mount is convenient
  • Cinema-standard gearing on focus ring
  • Lightweight and robust
  • Very small in comparison to other lenses with similar functionality

Cons

    • Near limit of 0.95m (37.4″) is very inconvenient
    • Servo zoom rocker is flimsy and not smooth enough

You can see Sebastian’s full review here https://www.cinema5d.com/sony-18-110mm-review-versatile-video-cine-zoom/

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ADVERT…Blackmagic Design Mini Ursa Pro £3875 plus vat

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We’re excited to offer you this VERY special deal on a new Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro.  Stock is extremely limited and when they’ve gone – they’ve gone.  As well as offering this amazing price on the stunning Ursa Mini Pro we have teamed up with Hitachi Personal Finance to offer you 12 months buy now pay later.

If you missed out on this offer earlier in the year don’t worry – we’re brining it back whilst LIMITED stocks last.  Get yourself a Ursa Mini and a 512GB CFAST 2 card for the low combined price of £3875 +VAT – you’ll need to call us today on 020 8275 1070 for this deal as stocks genuinely are very limited!

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3 camera shoot at Celtic Park

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Recently we produced a 3 camera interview at Celtic Park with Celtic supporters liaison officer John Paul Taylor. We used two GH5s set to 4K 50p and a wide shot from the FZ2000. The final production was produced on an HD timeline taking advantage of the 4K footage for cut in shots.

This was produced for zero budget as it was a company project but we are open to doing similar work for all media outlets with a budget. Email us at smallvideo@mac.com

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8K Weapon used on the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” behind the scenes

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 will be the first film to shoot using the RED Weapon 8K camera. As the release states, the 8K Weapon “captures 8K at 75 frames per second, 6K at 100 fps, or 4K at 150 fps with REDCODE® RAW,” and features “interchangeable lens mounts, an intelligent OLPF system, and in-camera 3D-LUT outputs.”  This translates into an enhanced resolution and higher frame-rates, making the movie appear clearer.

Just a pity you can’t view it in 8K when it comes out on Blu Ray.

As you can see from above the major difference between 4K and 8K and we all think 4K is good. Q. How do they film the blue chap against a blue key, as seen in the clip below and get away with it…masking I presume ?

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Davinci Resolve 14…Now with Fairlight Audio.. upgrade to Resolve Studio for £239

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DaVinci Resolve 14 completely redefines post production workflows! Assistant editors can prepare footage while editors cut the picture, colorists grade the shots, and sound editors mix and finish audio, all in the same project at the same time! You no longer have to waste time conforming and you no longer have to wait for a locked edit before starting color and audio work! That means picture editors, colorists, and sound editors can now work in parallel, leaving more time for everyone to be creative!

The one major drawback of Final Cut Pro is the lack of audio tools could Resolve be the answer. Here is a recent video from the Newsshooter team at NAB 2017.

DavInci Resolve 14 now with Fairlight Audio- Newsshooter at NAB 2017 from Newsshooter on Vimeo.

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Sennheiser MKE2 Elements for GoPro Hero 4 £179

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Add that missing element. – Looking for amazing audio to accompany your beautiful video? The MKE 2 elements Action Mic for GoPro® HERO4 cameras, will make all the difference. It is ready when you are. No matter what you’re into: mountain biking, winter sports or surfing that big wave, the MKE 2 elements Action Mic will provide you with that extra dimension. Enabling you to share your experiences, not only with beautiful video but amazing audio too.

Mountain biking, surfing, snowboarding… GoPro cameras are excellent at capturing spectacular video with amazing visual quality. With the MKE 2 elements Action Mic you now have a rugged solution at your hands that enables you to capture the thrill of the moment in a sound quality that is just as incredible. Featuring great Sennheiser technology, made fit for the most extreme situations a mic can face, the MKE 2 elements Action Mic will help you tell the whole tale.

A great detailed description from NewsShooter at NAB 2017

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NEW from NAB 2017… V lock batteries that charge in 20 minutes

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One good bit of news from NAB 2017 is the new V lock battery system that can charge your 130Wh V locks in only 20 minutes. The 130Wh battery is expected to retail for under $800US (£620), which sounds like a lot, but you have to remember it is claimed to last seven times longer than other batteries, I assume the price does not include the charger ?

Here is a video from the boys at NewsShooter

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