A Cracking 1m tribute to a great man…Robin Williams

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I have been working in the NHS for over 20 years as an independent producer/filmmaker and sadly doctors like “Patch Adams” are few and far between. Doctors need to lighten up especially hospital doctors, Patch Adams was a true story of a man who came to medicine later on in life who saw his peers for what they were “depressing both in looks and in manner”.

Robin Williams fitted this role as an upbeat slightly crazy doctor to a tee and is one of my all time favourite films, this should be shown to all 5th year medical students as part of their “socialising skills”.

It takes great skill to edit a one minute tribute to someone and out of all his films choose a section of dialogue that sums up Robin himself thats why I have decided to run this…in honour of a great actor and honour of a great tribute.

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Updated iPad Prompter software…Teleprompt+3 (£17)

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Prompting is relatively cheap these days once you factor two iPads into the equation the mirror (Datavideo TP-300 see HOLDAN website for details)  is £245 plus vat. The TP-300 has a control switch which is dedicated to work with DV Prompter (Apple APP) but I have found this software very buggy and crashes unexpectedly. The newly updated iPad prompting software Teleprompt+3 brings this software firmly into pole position and has a lot of features not seen on DV Prompter.


You can use Dropbox to import your scripts or cut and paste an email. My setup is to run the software on an iPad mini while mirroring your text on the iPad which sits underneath a 45 degree mirror.


Choose coloured text and highlight important text with other colours, you get Estimated time…Actual time…Elapsed time and Remaining time along the top of the screen. If you are using a 45 degree mirror you can’t avoid mirroring your text this can be a pig to edit if you don’t use a second unit like an iPad mini or iPhone which keeps the text un-mirrored and also controls speed etc.


A new feature of Teleprompt +3 is the ability to quick edit so if you need to change a word or spelling mistake you are not forced back out of the prompting screen back to the editor. The previous version of Teleprompt was unreliable and a pig to sync up to your iPad mini or iPhone. My preference is to use an iPad mini for control and the iPad to prompt, the iPhone works well but it’s all down to screen size, especially in edit mode. Lastly but more importantly the scrolling of the text is very smooth and infinitely variable.

Telepronpt+3 is overall far more user-friendly and logical in the way it works than competitors software with the addition of the quick edit mode is miles ahead of the competition.

For £17 Teleprompt +3 is a scoop and one copy of the software allows you to run the software on various IOS devices. Available from the Apple APP Store.

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CVP’s Let’s get glossy in Glasgow

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Today (Tuesday) I went along to the afternoon seminar at the Marriott Hotel in the centre of Glasgow to hear Tom Barnes a photographer from London.



Tom had an 85mm T1.3 Canon Cinema lens on the Sony A7s pointing towards the model the ISO is cracking but lack of 4K internal recording is a bit of a downer for me as it’s pitted against the GH4 which does record 4K internally and 10bit 422 externally.



The seminar was a bit too dark for my liking, I do like to see the person’s face especially if they are talking to me.


Fortunately I had my GH4 and the 42.5mm f1.2 lens with me as this picture was taken at ISO 2000, f1.2 @ 1/25 of a second.



Tom is an exceptional photographer seen here in his London studio using a medium Format, Mamiya DM-40 with Schneider lens.



The CVP event was well attended and my thanks to Colin and Danny for their hospitality as usual.


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Coming soon…Cambo rigs Review and the Panasonic AG-WM30 Wi-Fi dongle

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Cambo announce new Panasonic GH4 Video Rig

The Cambo GH4 Rig features a single handgrip with a padded shoulder support and counterbalance. The camera platform has 1/4” fitting, which can be angled left/right and tilted up/down.

A unique feature of the GH4 rig is the ability to change the position of the padded shoulder support. This enables you to sit the shoulder support on and ‘inline’ with your shoulder, or in a ‘brace’ position pushed against the front of the chest, or positioned over and around your back. The reach of the grip can be adjusted and swivelled into the right position. You can even adjust the position of the camera so the shooter can look direct through the viewfinder or have enough room to add a 3x loupe.


Camera connectivity is becoming increasingly important as the need for an ever faster workflow grows. The AJ-PX270 features a wired and wireless LAN (via an optional, AG-WM30 Wireless dongle) that supports the existing Panasonic network functions such as remote proxy viewing, metadata viewing and amendment, and live uplink and playlist solutions. Further expansion of the AJ-PX270 network workflow is planned, which will include connection over a mobile 3G/4G/LTE network. Thanks to these network features, users of the AJ-PX270 can easily uplink low-bit rate proxy data and full quality broadcast content. The handheld camera’s network function makes the production workflow more efficient and accelerates the broadcast workflow from shooting to on-air

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Ronford-Baker tripods

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My good friend Rick has produced a video about a little known company called Ronford-Baker who make world class tripods, I say little known as I have never heard of them myself till today.

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The GH4 and the Commonwealth Games 2014

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I decided to use the Commonwealth Games as an excuse to let me find out a lot more about the GH4s photographic capabilities…it did not disappoint.



Lumix 12-35mm f2.8 @ ISO200, f4, 1/100, 30mm (35mm Focal Length = 65mm)   (Note : picture above)



Lumix 7-14mm f4 @ ISO200, f5, 1/200, 7mm (35mm FL = 15mm)



Lumix 12-35mm f2.8 @ ISO200, f2.8, 1/80, 26mm (35mm FL = 56mm)



Lumix 12-35mm f2.8 @ ISO200, f2.8, 1/80, 16mm (35mm FL = 34mm)



Lumix 7-14mm f4 @ ISO200, f7, 1/400, 14mm (35mm FL = 30mm)



Lumix 35-100mm f2.8 @ ISO250, f4, 1/1000, 89mm (35mm FL = 193mm)




Lumix 7-14mm f2.8 @ ISO500, f7.1, 1/400, 7mm (35mm FL = 15mm)




Lumix 7-14mm f2.8 @ ISO250, f5.6, 1/1000, 7mm (35mm FL = 15mm)



Lumix 35-100mm f2.8 @ ISO500, f5.6, 1/800, 60mm (35mm FL = 130mm)



Lumix 35-100mm f2.8 @ ISO500, f4.5, 1/1300, 100mm (35mm FL = 217mm)



Lumix 35-100mm f2.8 @ ISO500, f4, 1/1300, 100mm (35mm FL = 217mm)




LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm, f1.4 @ ISO640, f1.4, 1/50, 25mm (35mm FL = 54mm)


The GH4 is in my opinion is as good if not better than a few Nikon and Canon cameras I could mention, its size and lack of weight with its petite lens system is a joy to use let alone the class 10 speed 3 SDXC cards allowing 12fps constant speed for at least 6 seconds beating cameras 2-3 times its price and weight.

Wi-Fi allows you to compose your recorded media on your smartphone giving you an instant upload to various social media networks.

I have intertwined some of the hard working professional cameramen (did not see any ladies I’m afraid) if you spot yourself send me an email to hdwarrior@me.com and I will email you a copy of your picture.

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First thoughts on the new Sony PXW-X70

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  • 4K ready 1.0 type Exmor R CMOS sensor for a wide range of shooting conditions

    The PXW-X70 incorporates a 4K-ready 1.0 type Exmor R CMOS sensor to achieve high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range. The sensor has 14,2 million effective pixels enhancing shooting under severe lighting conditions and providing more freedom of creative expression.

  • High sensitivity and high resolution

    Thanks to the 1.0 Exmor R CMOS sensor, the PXW-X70 has high sensitivity 1.67 stops brighter than a 1/2.88-inch sensor. The camcorder also has higher resolution than any other camcorder in its price range. The 1.0 sensor is brighter and offers more bokeh with a shallow depth of field than 1/3-inch or 1/4.7-inch sensors.

  • Advanced BIONZ X image processing engine

    An evolved BIONZ engine achieves more lifelike images, and enables the addition of new features that take advantage of faster processing.

  • Compact body

    The palm-sized PXW-X70 is ergonomically designed to provide a lightweight and easy-to-use experience.


  • Wi-Fi/NFC (Near Field Communication) with Content Browser Mobile™

    The PXW-X70 can be remotely controlled from a smartphone or tablet computer (iOS 4.3 through 7.0 or Android 2.3 through 4.3) via a Wi-Fi connection, and recorded video files can be transferred from camcorder to smartphone in MP4 format.* One-touch authentication is also possible with smartphones that offer NFC connectivity. The required Content Browser Mobile™ mobile smartphone application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or App Store.

    * Wi-Fi operation cannot be guaranteed with all smartphones and tablet computers.

  • Multi-format recording and 4K ready

    The PXW-X70 records XAVC Long GOP 422 10-bit 1920 x 1080 50p/60p/50i/60i/ 30p/25p/24p at 50 Mbps and 35 Mbps, 1920 x 1080 50i/60i at 25 Mbps, as well as 1280 x720 50p/60p at 50 Mbps. It is also possible to record AVCHD 420 8-bit at 1920 x 1080 and 1280 x720 and DV. The PXW-X70 is also 4K ready and can handle 4K recordings with a future upgrade.

  • Dual media slots, “Simul” or “Relay” recording, and independent record control

    The PXW-X70 is equipped with two memory card slots. The camcorder is compatible with Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and Memory Stick XC-HG Duo media, as well as SDXC and SDHC cards. Two media slots can record in either “Simul” or “Relay” mode. “Simul” mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards, while “Relay” mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full. The user can set up the two Start/Stop buttons on the PXW-X70, one on the grip and one on the camcorder body, to independently start and stop recording on different memory cards while recording in Simul mode.

  • ND filter control mechanism

    The PXW-X70 is equipped with a variable ND Filter function, allowing you to choose four conventional mechanical ND filter positions from 1/4ND, 1/16 to 1/64ND.


  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens

    The PXW-X70 is supplied with a fixed 29 mm wide-angle ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens. Ideal for capturing grand landscapes, it also provides up to 12x optical zoom.

  • Clear Image Zoom

    The 12x optical zoom can be doubled to 24x with Clear Image Zoom, maintaining full resolution using Super Resolution Technology. In addition, Digital Extender can double this range again, up to 48x zoom. Super Resolution Technology is a Sony original intelligent interpolation which analyses the input image and increases the resolution of the image.

  • Lens ring

    The lens ring enables smooth, natural adjustment of focusing or zooming, depending on which mode is selected.

  • Manual controls

    The manual dial and buttons on the side of the body allow swift and easy adjustment of IRIS (aperture), GAIN/ISO and shutter speed.

  • Slow & Quick Motion

    Smooth slow or quick motion with full HD quality is available without any extra processing. 2x slow motion can be easily achieved by setting the recording format to 25p and the frame rate to 50 fps. The frame rate can also be set to 1 fps for 50x quick motion. In order to go into the S&Q Motion mode, the camera needs to be in XAVC & AVCHD mode (Not DV mode) and Manual mode.

  • Picture Profile

    You can fine-tune the look of movies before shooting by adjusting gradation (black level, gamma and black gamma), adjustment ( mode, intensity, tone and depth), basic (gamma and mode) and more. Adjusted parameters can be saved along with other settings as a profile, and up to seven profiles can be stored for later recall.

  • 99 Camera Profiles

    It is possible to save up to 99 camera settings under different profile numbers. User can copy the settings from one PXW-X70 to another PXW-X70 so that user can shoot with multiple cameras in the same settings (only works with same model camcorders). Also, users can save camera settings for each scene, so that it is possible to recall proper settings for the scene immediately.


  • Multi Interface Shoe (MI Shoe) for flexible connection without XLR cable

    The MI Shoe* on top of the PXW-X70 has several possibilities to be used to attach the supplied handle, which will allow Rec Start/Stop, Zoom & Audio Control. Using the MI Shoe connection and the optional adapter SMAD-P3, the audio signal from a UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 wireless microphone package can be input from the wireless microphone receiver to the PXW-X70 without an XLR cable. The power can be supplied from the PXW-X70 to the receiver and a battery is not required for the receiver operation.

    * It is not recommended to use the HVL-LBPC light with the MI Shoe as the battery requirement is too high. When the handle is attached to the MI Shoe, it is not possible to use the MI Shoe to control the DWZ-D receiver.

  • Viewfinder includes amazing OLED technology

    This 0.39-inch OLED viewfinder offers superb OLED brightness, contrast and response. The high resolution (1,440K dot) of the viewfinder allows better precision of manual focus operations and eliminates any colour-breaking phenomenon.

  • High resolution LCD

    The PXW-X70 incorporates a 3.5-inch 1,555K dot LCD, offering high resolution and flexible composition options.

  • Wide choice of connections

    The camcorder offers numerous connections to suit the broadcast workflow, including 3G HD-SDI, HDMI®, USB and composite output. The Rec Trigger signal can be sent through SDI and HDMI to link an external recording device.


HDW : Not since the NX70 has Sony produced a camera that excites me more than the X70. Finally Sony have been listening even down to the dual screw knobs on the handle itself.

1080 50p at 50Mbps 422 10bit should by all accounts produce a stunning picture, more importantly one that is “Broadcast” spec in a hand held format. For those of us using NX30’s it’s a blessing that Sony have adopted the L-Ion “V” battery pack not to mention the ND filters a feature missing on both the NX30 and NX70 camcorders.

Coming from a 4K ready 1″ sensor hopefully means very little noise at 0dB and lets hope a smooth variable zoom from day one.

This camera is seriously tempting for the majority of work I do and for £2300 its a snip for a 10bit 422 camcorder.

Sony have promised me a camera for review lets hope it comes before the winter sets in !

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BBC R&D at the Commonwealth Games 2014

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I got an invite on Monday to see the BBC R&D team at the Glasgow Science Centre as they were experimenting with 4K.





My thanks to Brandon Butterworth for the invite, here is a small 5m film I made…enjoy

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NEW Sony PXW-X70 camcorder (Approx £2000 plus vat) end of September

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Sony has today launched the 4K-ready PXW-X70, the first compact XDCAM professional camcorder ever produced. Expanding the popular file-based XDCAM family to a new smaller form factor and lower price point, Sony has combined stunning picture quality, speed of shooting and robust performance into a package which is ideal for a wide range of applications from news gathering and documentary to events work.

The PXW-X70 features a 1.0 type Exmor® R CMOS Sensor with a resolution of 20 megapixels. The sensor, which is even larger than the Super 16mm film frame, delivers high resolution and fantastic low light performance, as well as offering more depth of field control as demanded by today’s diverse shooting requirements. The new camcorder has the ability to record High Definition in XAVC Long GOP, enabling 422 10-bit sampling at 50 Mbit/s. This in-turn supports a broadcast-quality workflow, increasingly adopted by productions in many different professional applications.

This addition to the expanding next generation XDCAM family follows the recently announced PXW-X180 and PXW-X160 and builds upon Sony’s successful heritage of compact professional camcorders. The PXW-X70 is the first professional compact camcorder from Sony to include Wi-Fi-enabled control via Smart Phone or Tablet using the Content Browser Mobile application. An upcoming release will also provide customers with the ability to upgrade the PXW-X70 to record in 4K Ultra High Definition, with file transferring, and live video streaming capabilities.

“This first compact member of the XDCAM family brings the performance and workflow benefits associated with XAVC to an even wider range of shooting scenarios,” said Robbie Fleming, Product Marketing Manager, at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Over the past couple of years we’ve seen the broadcast industry really embrace the picture quality benefits associated with large sensors; the one-inch sensor at the heart of the PXW-X70 sets a new standard for colour, depth and texture in a professional compact camcorder. Coupled with the ability to upgrade to 4K, this represents a multipurpose, future-proof option for customers looking for a tough camcorder which doesn’t compromise on image.”

Key features of the PXW-X70

  • 1.0 type Exmor® R CMOS Sensor and Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* lens for stunning picture quality. High sensitivity and fantastic resolution with 14.2 million effective pixels delivers striking detail and colours, even in low light conditions. The lens offers a 12x Optical Zoom, which can be increased to 24x with Clear Image Zoom while retaining full resolution thanks to Super Resolution Technology. Zoom performance can be doubled at any point with a Digital Extender by up to 48x.
  • Compact, lightweight XDCAM camcorder packed with adaptable professional functions. The PXW-X70 weighs less than 1.4kg, including the XLR handle unit, battery (NP-FV70), lens hood and large eye-cup. It offers professional interfaces such as 3G-SDI and HDMI output connectors plus an XLR x 2 handle unit with zoom lever. Other professional features include a manual lens ring that can intuitively control zoom and focus, ergonomic palm grip with large zoom lever, two SD memory card slots for backup, simultaneous and relay recording, and a three-level switchable ND filter.
  • Breadth of recording format capabilities. Provides multiple choices depending on application required, including XAVC, AVCHD and DV® file-based recording. When recording in XAVC, the PXW-X70 uses the MXF file format, efficiently compressing full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 CODEC. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with high-efficiency Long-GOP compression at 50 Mbps, 35 Mbps or 25 Mbps.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi control functionality for monitoring and remote control versatility. Near Field Communication functions enable easy, one-touch wireless LAN connection to a smartphone or tablet, while the Content Browser Mobile application allows confirmation of shot angles and operation of the camcorder by remote, including field angle setting, spot focus and iris adjustment.
  • Upcoming announcements to add even greater, future-proof functionality. Sony is set to make upgrades to 4K and file transfer and streaming by Wi-Fi function available for the PXW-X70 in the coming months.

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BBC R&D evening plus Marti Pellow from Wet Wet Wet

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Watching the Commonwealth Games on a 4K TV is breath taking especially one thats the size of your living room wall…full report tomorrow.


Coming out of the Science Centre I heard a familiar sound…Wet Wet Wet, wee Marti was given it Laldie as they say in Glasgow, at 49 his voice is still packing in the crowds.



Local BBC sports celebrity Chick Young was on hand to capture the ambience.



Not quite sure why this was being filmed but the lads were doing a grand job.

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