Well done RODE

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RØDE is pleased to offer a full RØDECaster Pro kit (including a RØDECaster Pro, 2 x microphones, microphone stands, cables and headphones) to any NSW public school with a year 7-12 cohort. This will enable teachers to quickly record lessons as podcasts to distribute to students in the event that schools are closed due to the COVID-19 situation. The system is very easy to use, even for complete beginners, and RØDE will offer help and support to teachers to get the system up and running effectively.

I personally use the RodeCaster kit to record podcasts from my edit suite and can vouch as to how good it is. From its inception almost a year ago this brilliant piece of kit has evolved to a multitrack recorder with pre fade listen on all faders.

Well done RODE for making this cracking piece of kit available to the kids of New South Wales in Australia and may it be a lesson to other companies how to make a bad situation better by offering free kit when its most needed.

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Unprecedented

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I have never seen so many self employed camera men and women without work. Some of the biggest DOPs in the game are virtually unemployed due to COVID-19.

Work is drying up everywhere as are trade shows. NAB 2020 due in April has already been cancelled with a possible re schedule later this year.

Interestingly Cinema 5D have just announced a Virtual Trade Show (VTS) in place of NAB, a great idea.

Johnnie with Nela from Panasonic

Johnnie Behiri (Cinema 5D) “Hey Philip, as always, good to hear from you again! Well, NAB felt they had to cancel the biggest show in our industry WITHOUT giving the manufacturers and us the audience an alternative, so we’ve decided to “take faith in our hands” and cater for the industry with a proper plan. We will create A LOT of original “virtual show” content (Actual interviews with manufacturers) and some remote ones, plus, have a little studio where we can host people and talk about new (exciting) up coming products and analyse trends. (If things will get even tougher, it will be Nino and I talking, but of course we will be happy to have as many as possible guests). Also, as companies will stream live some announcements, we will share those too. In any case, we didn’t want lo leave the field only for them as it could become a “marketing gig”, so we are trying to put some sense into it all together! Thank you and warm greetings from Tokyo.”

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The Northern Lights filmed from a Boeing 777 (Timelapse)

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I have been busy last week and as you know the blog comes second to paying work.

I saw this on my YouTube subscription feed and thought I would share it with you not many people get to see the Northern Lights let alone film them.

This is from French pilot Guillaume Laffon who films a lot of his flights.

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JVC GY-HC550 Video Review Part 1

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I had a brainwave and decided to produce Part one of my video review as so many readers were looking forward to seeing footage from the JVC GY-HC550.

I will go over some issues in part two I had with the 550 and get some fresh 4K 50p 422 ProRes HQ footage in about two weeks from now.

Please get in touch via the comments page if you would like me to include any extra features to be covered in Part two.

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Roland V-8HD an 8 HDMI channel video mixer £1,600

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There are some fantastic HD vision mixers these days and the Roland V-8HD is no exception. At £1,600 this is a snip for an 8 channel HDMI vision mixer with preview built in.

It seems to me HD is at the final gate before 4K and 8K take over.

Years ago SD vision mixers were all the rage and HD was only an expensive pipe dream.

All HDMI workflow

Five-layer effects and keying engine

Up to 1080p50 Resolution Support

Multi-Format, HDCP Support

8-Bit, 4:2:2 Video Processing

Built-in multi-viewer preview monitor

Aux output for a different video feed

Technology-assisted automatic video switching

18-channel digital audio mixer with effects

Start & Stop Atomos recorders

Free iPad remote control app available

Ultra-mobile, lightweight, and efficient

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Still No Review of the JVC GY-HC550

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After a week and no review…? Whats going on. As you remember I had a major problem with my last iMac and it was replaced. We now have USB3 which is so much quicker than USB2.

After day one filming with 4K 50p 422 HQ and that was only about 5m of footage, not all usable footage, I got a real shock when ingesting the SSD camera footage from the camera. It was taking almost 2-3 minutes for about 1m of footage to ingest. Then I thought I had solved the problem I was using USB 1 C cable instead of USB 2 C cable.

It was better but USB 3 is 10x faster again now 2G of footage takes 10s to ingest.

If you have never produced a video review about video cameras there is a mountain of work from filming, editing, music and voice over not to mention graphics.

I am about half way but need more footage so I have sent an email to JVC hoping to get a camera next week to do a small bit of outdoor filming, weather dependant.

Please bear with me there is no urgency to get this job done after all the camera itself has already been delayed almost a year so what’s a further couple of weeks delay.

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A Proud picture from my birthday

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As you may realise from my last post it was my birthday recently and I invited all my colleagues I have worked with over the last 40 years to a bash in my local golf club.

Everyone in the picture above either works in TV or Video production.

An update on my JVC GY-HC550 review…I have ordered a new iMac as my other one is on its last legs. As soon as I have swapped over FCPX and all its effects the edit should not take long.
Tomorrow I will be back on the case and hope to have a review done by the end of this week.

My wonderful talented daughter-in-law Diane made this wonderful cake capturing the essence of my life so far as I am a big fan of outer space and TinTin.

My thanks to all who attended my birthday bash and now I can look forward to more blogging and video reviews.

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JVC GY-HC550 Review update

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Sorry its been a while since my last blog, the GY-HC550 is back at JVC and I should be editing it.

My 27″ iMac has been playing up this week with lots of beach balls so much so it’s depressing switching it on.

The weather in Glasgow last week has as usual been abysmal, limiting my exterior shots. I set up 2 interviews one with my cousin and his new 2 week old puppies and one with DOP Ron Seeth.

Ron is a DOP on BBC Scotlands “River City” has a passion for local radio and produces a weekly nostalgia show from a room in his house.

One of the few moments without rain testing the 20x servo zoom lens.

I will perceiver with my iMac but have to take time off tomorrow…for my birthday.

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Day TWO with the JVC GY-HC550

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Today was a 4K day and a lot more testing, I was a tad disappointed in my 4K shots till I discovered that I was viewing them in HD. After switching the output to 4K the pictures jumped out of the 55″ Samsung QLED TV.

I tried the face detection (FD) this afternoon and it works a treat, once again there are 3 flavours of FD…High, Middle and Low. So far I have only tested it in the High position.

I will be interested to see how face detection performs in the other two positions.

4K Frame taken from JVC GY-HC550 (Filming myself)

A note for using face detection you need eyes, nose and a mouth in your frame, I hid my mouth and it no longer had the square box round my face.

A further note you also need to set up a User Switch to activate it off and on. I used User Switch 7 on the 550.

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Day One with the JVC GY-HC550

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Spent the morning with the JVC HC550 at a local bird sanctuary.

You get 3 flavours of 4K 50p, Apple ProRes 422 HQ or Apple ProRes 422 or Apple ProRes 422 LT since firmware V.0110. Recording in 4K 50p you have to use the SSD drive there is no backup onto SDXC at 4K 50p.

I made such a basic error last night ingesting 4K footage with a USB-C cable that had USB 1 at the end and could not understand why my 1 minute of footage was taking 2m 37s to ingest till I woke up this morning and had a eureka moment to make sure my USB-C cable was indeed USB 2.

I assumed all USB-C cables were the same as USB-C is so new it must be USB 2 compliant…sadly they are not.

There you go I was lucky with the Scottish weather this morning to get a couple of hours filming in HD.
Tomorrow it will be the turn of 4K 50p assuming no rain off.

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