NEW from Blind Spot Gear the “Tile Light” £445 incl vat.

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I went to Blind Spot’s HQ in the West end of Glasgow during the year to see the new “Tile Light” they were developing. The one thing that does not come across is how bright this wee LED light is.

Billy showed me the new Tile Light…A single surface emitter technology is powered by embedded high-density blue emitting LEDs that excite a layer of phosphor diffusion.

Open the window on to the world with the Tile Light. A portable, battery powered light for cinematography. With a large beam angle of 120 degrees the Tile creates a large even pool of light that makes everything look it’s best. Combine beauty, flexibility, portability and strength.

The lads, James Campbell, chief cartographer, Billy Campbell chief explorer and Alan Easdale chief inventor.

Everything you get in the box.

Lights
– 1 x Tile Lamp
Included accessories
– 1 x Remote Dimmer
– 1 x Dimmer Extension Cable
– 1 x International AC
– 1 x Battery Adapter
– 1 x Battery (NP-f550)
– 1 x CTO Gel
– 1 x USB Battery Charger
– 1 x Ball Mount
– 1 x Hot Shoe Adapter
– 1 x Lamp Bag

Billy “It’s been one heck of a journey for us here at Blind Spot Gear, true to our word it was only short wait from when we last saw each other. Our brand new groundbreaking TLCI-92 trans-technological fusion ‘Tile Light’ is finished. We took delivery of the first batch last week.”

Further info from https://www.blindspotgear.com/tile

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Drone misuse is becoming a major problem.

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Only last week a drone was caught flying too close to Gatwick Airport and led to the closure of the runway forcing five flights to be diverted, this type of irresponsible behaviour is not acceptable. The sooner drones have the ability to auto transmit their owners details the better.

An airport spokesman said the runway had been closed for two periods on Sunday – of nine and five minutes – after the drone was sighted.

Easyjet said four of its flights were diverted, while British Airways said one aircraft was diverted to Bournemouth.

Other flights were put into holding patterns as a precaution. Sussex Police is investigating.

Despite present drone regulations in the US, identifying the operator of any given drone in the sky is nearly impossible, making it difficult for law enforcement to deal with drones that are being misused. To address this issue, the Federal Aviation Administration has developed the new UAS Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), which just recently wrapped up its first meeting.

According to the FAA, this initial meeting was used to discuss law enforcement concerns related to drones, to present regulations concerning drone tracking and identification, as well as possible legal issues and air traffic drone management. Existing drone ID tech was reviewed, and ‘preliminary…identification parameters’ were created.

Chris on Arran chose a very quiet place to fly his drone while I was producing my Panasonic FZ2000 review

Speaking on the behalf of unnamed sources, Recode reports that law enforcement agencies are concerned about their inability to identify drones from the ground; this concern has reportedly delayed an FAA proposal related to flying drones over people. The FAA is said to be using this committee to develop a system in which law enforcement will be able to identify a drone from the ground, addressing the agencies’ concerns.

Such a system may involve the drone itself broadcasting its identification to a law enforcement system, enabling police to ID the drone’s operator or, at the very least, its owner. Such an identification system would likely require small non-commercial drones to be registered, however, marking a deviation from current drone regulations.

At the moment, only commercial drones must be registered with the FAA.

In November 2016, the UK’s drone code was revised and updated to help pilots ensure they fly their gadgets safely. The revised code consists of five basic rules.

  • Don’t fly near airports or airfields
  • Remember to stay below 120m (400ft) and at least 50m (150ft) away from people
  • Observe your drone at all times
  • Never fly near aircraft
  • Enjoy responsibly

 

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Video Assist 4K updated to Firmware 2.5 with Professional Video Scopes

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For the lucky ones who have bought into Blackmagic’s 7″ Video Assist 4K we now have scopes. Blackmagic Video Assist features high speed SD card recorders for HD or Ultra HD recording in incredible 10-bit 4:2:2 quality ProRes, DNxHD and DNxHR files in Quicktime and MXF formats. Blackmagic Video Assist works with any camera that needs better quality monitoring and professional format file recording!

The 7” Blackmagic Video Assist 4K with HD and Ultra HD recording, low noise balanced analog mini XLR mic inputs, a built in speaker and more, featuring 3D LUTs, false color, focus peaking and 6G-SDI and HDMI connections so you can add professional monitoring and recording to any camera!

When you update your Video Assist 4K to FW version 2.5 all you need to do is touch the Histogram and that will enable the new Scope features as shown above.

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RED’s major announcement July 6th 2017 became a mobile phone

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Some people are speculating a GH5 type camera but not at a GH5 price ! Here is the info Red users got on line on Tuesday evening…boring it ended up being a mobile phone.

Stay tuned for further information on the 6th of July.

This is going to make you empty your pockets of your $1600 for the new mobile…NOT !

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Summer Promotions from Black Magic Design

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I just bought a second hand Video Assist 4K to use with my Panasonic GH5’s. I love the Video Assist 4K thought to be truthful they are heavy on battery power, I tend to use them on mains power when I can. Stupidly like many companies they use the Canon LP-E6 Lithium-Ion batteries that are not beefy enough for the job instead of using good old Sony “L” batteries.

Both my site partners H Preston Media and Production Gear sell these monitors.

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THE PUREST PICTURE by photographer Robin du Puy

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Spa challenged me to experiment with a unique medium: photography through a liquid lens made of Spa water. Although liquid lenses are not new, they have not been used for photography up until now. For this project a one of a kind camera was built by the scientists at Etulipa.

The camera works as follows: a drop of Spa water is placed on a glass slide with telfon coating to prevent the drop from spreading and becoming flat. An electric current shapes the drop in order to focus the image. Via a 45 degree angled mirror light is directed into the lens while an industrial film sensor captured the image.

Mini-documentary:
Director: Maarten Groen (DPPLR)
Featuring: Robin de Puy
DP: Myrthe Mosterman
Concept: Rienk de Vries, Niels Bredemeijer (JWT Amsterdam)

SPA – The Purest Picture from DPPLR on Vimeo.

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Fantastic Drone piloting plus a “how it’s done video”

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The drone video filmed at Santa Monica’s famed Muscle Beach. It was posted by Vimeo user Robert McIntosh, whose page features a ton more awesome drone videos. A bit of research reveals that he shoots most of his footage with a 250 mm mini quadcoptor that is likely custom-built – with an action camera mounted to it. The small size explains its uncanny ability to squeeze through tight spaces mid-flight.

The sound effects in the drone footage add to the video, but McIntosh’s flight skills and the resulting footage are nothing short of breathtaking.

Muscle-Up from Robert McIntosh on Vimeo.

Raw Clip Before Stabilization from Robert McIntosh on Vimeo.

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Before you buy your 8K Weapon…look at this video

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Its far from cheap buying a Red camera but some of the prices are mind blowing. Below is an article by Vincent Larforet a very successful photographer in the USA who extols the virtues of his 8K Red Weapon. I was sent a link to this video (below) which is why most people rent these cameras, be warned, don’t lose a cable !

Now to be fair the only manufacture other than Red to bring an 8K camera to market so far has been Sony.

So you want to buy an 8K Red camera, look at this video first…

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ADVERT…C200 Open Day at H Preston Media

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Canon C200 Open Day Wednesday the 28th of June from 10am till 4pm. We are taking pre orders now and you will get a Free Canon Battery.

Address…H Preston Media 103, Worcester Road, Malvern, Worcs. WR14 1EP…Tel:-01684 575486.

Meet Barry Griffin Customer Marketing Executive Pro Video Channel at Canon (UK) Ltd.

H Preston have a large show room full of new and second hand equipment situated in Malvern, Worcestershire. H Preston welcome enquiries from educational organisations and are approved educational suppliers of equipment and advice.

H Preston accept all major credit cards, Pay Pal and extensively use an international courier firm to deliver worldwide.

We pledge to match the price on most products offered by a UK based dealer that are selling officially imported or manufactured UK stock with full manufacturer warranty and is authorised to do so by the relevant manufacturer in the UK. Please email the details of where you have found the cheaper item and how much for to jpreston@hpreston.co.uk and we will get back to you with our very best deal.

Remember we are one of a few companies to offer good part exchanges for your older (working) video equipment.

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RED Digital Weapon with 8K Helium sensor by Vincent Laforet

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This is why 8K matters, Vincent Laforet tells us why he has switched over to the RED Weapon with 8K Helium sensor. At over $49.5K dollars this technology is not cheap but when you are at the top of your trade price is no option.

Vincent Laforet is among the most influential pioneers working in contemporary photography and film today. His unique commercials for such well-known brands as Apple, Nike, General Electric, CNN, and Canon, and his groundbreaking photography for magazines such as National Geographic, Vanity Fair, and Sports Illustrated, to name just a few, cover a broad spectrum of subjects and narratives. Yet a common thread runs through his work: It always features cutting-edge technologies that make the photographs and films inventive, iconic and unforgettable.

A few weeks ago, a portrait I shot got a bit of attention from the press at the Cinegear convention that takes place every year at Paramount Studios.

Here’s a link to the JPEG of the 8K image which I hope doesn’t blow up my account with DropBox here.

Cinegear is an event that brings together all of the leading tech for the cinema industry – it’s a wonderful event to attend and I can’t recommend it enough.

The Key here is that a STILL image garnered attention at a CINEMA event …   why, well obviously it was shot on a motion camera at 8K – in this case the RED WEAPON 8K camera which is capable of capturing 36 megapixel stills in full RAW up to 60 times per second.     And when you slow down to look at the quality of this image… it kind of speaks to the future of where we all are headed.

And don’t forget the RED 8K Weapon is capable of recording 30 seconds back in time … that’s 1800 full RAW 36 MP frames at the touch of a button … think about it.

And yes – you can use your Canon, Leica, Nikon and the majority of cinema lenses on this camera to pursue your visual dreams – whether they be in motion or still … why choose if you can get both?    And you can control every function on this camera literally with you iPhone as well with apps like FoolControl…

While many will see the cost of a RED system as initially out of their reach, I would remind you of the 2 megapixel Kodak camera that shot 2 frames per second in 1999 …  and of the iPhone that came out almost 10 years ago that obliterated that camera in many ways 7 years later.   It’s just a matter of time before this technology makes it way into all of our hands as prices and mass adoption takes hold.   And there are already plenty of much more affordable entry level systems that RED provides – I call them the gateway drugs to be perfectly honest.  Once you see the quality coming off of these sensors … just as with still cameras you want more an more Megapixels and frames per second.  FULL STOP.

While we can’t readily imagine a RED camera being sold on the shelves of Best Buy just yet … give it time.    Mark my words and call me crazy … but the tech will definitely make its way onto consumer shelves much more quickly than many of us are anticipating.   History has already proven this trend, and cycles are only speeding up…

The Convergence of Stills & Motion at 8K from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

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