Rycote PCS Boom Pole Connector £77

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During this Pandemic £77 would seem a small amount of money to spend for your own and the presenters safety.

A lot of presenters are for obvious reasons are using boom poles at the moment but as everyone who uses these tools knows only too well what a pain in the butt it is to screw and unscrew the gun mic, hence the quick release from Rycote.

What amazes me is the lack of twin radio mics being used in these live reports. When I worked for news I had a minimum of 2 radio mics. One lapel mic and one short shotgun with a transmitter and or boom pole.

In the above situation you can eliminate the lag of the question and answer if the presenter wore a lapel mic.

Here is a video of this bit of kit brought out during 2018 from Rycote which would eliminate the need to screw and unscrew a short shotgun mic for interview use. I do get the point that the boom is being used for social distancing.

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RODE Reporter mic for Sale £60 ono

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I bought this mic for a job which never materialised and has never been used. Selling it for £60 ono plus postage and tracking. Still in the original box, sells for £136 from WEX.

As usual email me at smallvideo@me.com if you are interested.

Accept PayPal or direct payment into my bank account.

Designed for handheld interview and presentation applications, the Reporter features an omnidirectional dynamic capsule that is designed to allow the user freedom of use, without the technique related issues typical of directional end-address microphones.

Additionally its frequency response has been specially tailored for voice reproduction, to maximise intelligibility and deliver crisp, clear results in almost any condition.

The microphone features a durable die-cast aluminium alloy body coated in a discrete matte black anti-glare finish. An innovative multi-layer mesh basket protects the microphone from environmental noise without the need for a bulky and distracting foam wind shield.

It is supplied with a removable microphone ‘flag’ that can accommodate high-visibility branding.

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Eurovision 2018 “Behind the Scenes”

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Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most viewed broadcast based events, with more than 200 million people watching the Grand Final around the world. This live television production is highly sophisticated and features some of the highest production values in modern broadcasting. Many of the complicated shots and camera movements are programmed by computer. However, there are the shots that only can be achieved by a human being, and that are the closeup dynamic Steadicam shots. Those shots are based on planned and improvised camera movements which are performed by the most skilled Steadicam operators.  There is a zero tolerance for cinematography related glitches, which means that the best operators are selected for the job. This is the 2018 Eurovision production behind the scenes.

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Sony FX9 updated firmware v2.0 brings 4K 50p to full frame camera

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Sony FX9 full-frame cinema camera was introduced in 2019 and Sony was promoting the camera as a combination of FS7’s form factor and VENICE colour science.

When releasing the FX9, Sony also announced the camera will receive important firmware updates in the future that will unlock some features of the camera.

Version 2.0 of FX9 firmware supports 4K 60p/50p recording through oversampling from a 5K cropped area of 6K full-frame sensor. The 5K cropped area will be about 122% larger than the super35 crop mode.

Version 2.0 also enables the output of a 4K 16-bit RAW signal to an external recorder with the optional XDCA-FX9 accessory. This additional bit depth beyond the camera’s internal 10-bit recording is suitable for projects requiring more intensive post-production.

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Lockdown Review of the Panasonic HC-X2000

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Firstly this is my own Panasonic HC-X2000, not one borrowed from Panasonic, so what I say in this review are my own opinions.

I had a GH5S that to be honest did not match my three GH5 cameras nor did it allow you to transfer the camera settings which was the final nail in its coffin, not to mention not having an OIS in camera was a very poor design feature.

I traded the GH5S plus 2 lenses and paid WEX £10 to complete the deal. The annoying part of the GH5 is not being able to use a servo zoom with a decent range, hence the attraction of the Panasonic HC-X2000.

The first thing I did was match the HC-X2000 to my GH5 and choosing SCENE FILE F2 called FLU, I changed it to ORC (One Roving Cook) a program I produce regularly for YouTube.

I tried CINE D and CINE V on both cameras but still prefer Like 709 (REC 709) on the GH5 and FLU on the X2000.

Chris had a great idea, rather than mess about with the matrix why not not set a value in the RB gain WB function.

Setting this B GAIN AWB A to -8 means that if I use the Panasonic GH5 and set my AW to ChA it should be a lot closer to the GH5 in colour.

Enough of the technical stuff here is the final version of my Lockdown video review of the Panasonic HC-X2000

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Review of the Panasonic HC-X2000 coming soon

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In Glasgow City Centre filming with the Panasonic HC-X2000 at 30dBs recording 4K 50p 200Mbps. 30dBs I hear you cry…this is not 30dBs as you know it, Panasonic have produced some amazing magic in this wee camcorder and 30dBs is now usable.

Fortunately Panasonic decided to give us a mounting point on the handle for my magic arm, holding my iPhone 11 Pro in order to film the LCD screen. I was going to use the DJI Osmo Action but it was far too wide.

I hope to get the review out this Friday morning.

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Canon C300 Mk3 Price £10,499

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In 2012 I bought the Canon C300 and it was worth every penny…the pictures this camera produces are truly stunning. The C300 was only 1080p and back in 2012 4K was not an option for me personally.

Eight years later Canon announce the C300 Mk3 now with 4K at 120fps.

Тhе lаtеѕt аddіtіоn tо thе Сіnеmа ЕОЅ rаngе оffеrѕ thе ultіmаtе іn Ѕuреr 35mm 4К іmаgеrу. Wіth а nеw ѕеnѕоr орtіmіѕеd fоr НDR асquіѕіtіоn, соmрrеhеnѕіvе rесоrdіng fоrmаtѕ uѕіng bоth соmрrеѕѕеd аnd Rаw соdесѕ, аn іnduѕtrу-lеаdіng аutоfосuѕ аnd іnсrеdіblе nеw hіgh-frаmеrаtе rесоrdіng іn 4К, thе С300 Мk 3 іѕ thе реrfесt tооl fоr brоаdсаѕt, dосumеntаrу аnd nаrrаtіvе fіlmmаkіng рrоduсtіоnѕ. Тhе nехt gеnеrаtіоn ЕОЅ С300 Маrk ІІІ іnсоrроrаtеѕ Саnоn’ѕ nеwlу dеvеlореd 4К Ѕuреr 35mm DGО ѕеnѕоr, wіth 4К 120Р ѕlоw mоtіоn, Ніgh Dуnаmіс Rаngе аnd Duаl Ріхеl СМОЅ АF іntо thе ѕаmе bоdу аѕ thе ЕОЅ С500 Маrk ІІ.

Frame rates…4K in 25P/30P/50P/60P & 4K 120fps in Super 35mm, 2K/HD in 25P/30P/50P/60P & 120fps in Super 35mm, 2K/HD in 180fps in Super 16mm.

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Cinema 5D “Virtual Show”

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Due to COVID-19 all this years major video shows have been cancelled so Cinema 5D decided to produce a “Virtual Show” and I think it works very well.

Here is a sample of the new 499 euro kit from SWIT…


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“BBC MOTD” Why is Ian Wrights camera so much better

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I can’t understand this…why would you give a co presenter like Ian Wright better kit than the presenter.

This is interesting because of Social Distancing all three presenters are coming from their homes either from iPhone, Android or a web cam. Q. Why is the main presenter Gary Lineker’s picture the worst.

Someone from the BBC will have supplied the lighting and Gary’s black background does not help things but Ian Wright’s picture is way beyond both Gary’s and Alan Shearer’s…WHY ?

Some say its a better camera and better bandwidth, but I would like someone from MOTD to get back to me as to why Ian’s picture is so much better.

Update : Some people say its down to bandwidth but a lot of its down to lighting, background (ie NOT BLACK) and I am sure Ian Wright has a DSLR rather than a mobile device.

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Panasonic HC-X2000 Review in Lockdown

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It may be a Lockdown but we can still produce a review of a camcorder. I say we as I have enlisted my good friend Chris Attkins to help with this one.

Chris has helped me on many occasions with reviews as we are both technically equal and Chris was a senior cameraman at Scottish Television.

So don’t think its all back of the garden footage although my two girls do give me a hand with the 100fps slow motion on this shoot.

If you have any features you would like to see in this review please leave me your comments below thanks

I have already matched the Panasonic X2000 to my GH5 and this will be demonstrated in the review.

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