Drone simulated hitting an aircraft wing at 238

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University of Dayton Research Institute impact tests prove large aircraft won’t always win in collision with small drones.

When a large military helicopter collided midair with a small quadcopter last year, the helicopter sustained only minor damage and returned safely home; the drone was destroyed. But tests performed at the University of Dayton Research Institute show that bigger may not always be better in contests between manned aircraft and even small UAVs.

In a test designed to mimic a midair collision at 238 miles per hour, researchers in UDRI’s Impact Physics group launched a 2.1-pound DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter at the wing of a Mooney M20 aircraft. The drone did not shatter on impact, but tore open the leading edge of the wing as it bore into the structure, damaging its main spar. “While the quadcopter broke apart, its energy and mass hung together to create significant damage to the wing,” said Kevin Poormon, group leader for impact physics at UDRI.

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GoPro Hero 7 Black “The honest opinion…MAJOR PROBLEMS” UPDATED 2019

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My first impressions of the Hero 7 are as follows…

To get the firmware into the Hero 7 you firstly need to charge the battery in the camera, not something I recommend. I never charge any batteries in any cameras and the Hero 7 is no exception, it gets physically hot as does the battery so I opted for GoPro’s own dual charger as it comes with a spare battery.

Talking of batteries I find them surprisingly big for the intended slot, if that plastic tab breaks you will not be able to remove the battery, this was a shocking find as the batteries for the Hero 4 were fine, the tolerances are far too tight.

My firmware update would not apply for the first hour of having the 7, causing me a lot of anguish then I remembered you can apply the software manually via the micro SD card.

I tried this after resetting the camera back to default once again but still no joy.

Finally via my iPhone Ten I got the firmware 01.51 to go into the Go Pro but not a smooth as process as I was expecting.

To setup the Go Pro with the iPhone on the other hand was a lot less clunky than I experienced in the past with my Go Pro 4.

Strangely for all the extra processing power you still get a blank screen on the iPhone when you hit the record button something that really annoyed me in the past, the only consolation is that you now get a live feed on the small screen that comes with the Hero 7, possibly something to do with Protune being switched on.

The Hero 7 keeps freezing so I am sending it back, meanwhile I will show you a video from a chap in the states who has had all the same problems as me.

Sadly the footage out of the Hero 7 Black at 4K 50p were the best I have seen from any GoPro but the software bugs outweigh the joy of using it.

UPDATE As of January 2019 we are now on firmware version 1.70 the FW via the iPhone is a lot easier and the freezing issue seems to have been resolved. One thing I did not mention was how good the gimbal-like stabilisation is.

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Scrolling Slideshow from $39 introductory offer (Till October 12th)

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There’s always a question on blogs, Facebook or Twitter on how to make a series of stills look good. This new FCPX set of plugins from Idustrial Revolution enables the building of a stylish scrolling display of stills or video.

Ken Burns style moves on images look good, but what about making a slideshow look even better. Idustrial Revolution has just released XEffects Scrolling Slideshow, a pack of effects, titles and transitions that combine to make a stylish self animating display.

The plugins, normally priced at $49 are on sale at $39 until October 12th 2018.

Rather than this design being offered as a Motion project, the different elements have been broken down into FCPX effects, titles and transitions.

The plugins have been designed so that the moves for the images and text match. Positive numbers in the inspector controls for up, negative for down.

This means that everything is ‘live’ on the timeline so it can all be tweaked instantly for timing or that final change to get the look right.

It also means that clumsy Drop Zones are avoided, so it is easier to incorporate footage and that retains its audio as well.

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BT or Virgin…Who do you choose for your fast fibre broadband ?

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Just passing on my findings after giving up BT Superfast Fibre 2 and was horrified to discover all is not so rosey at Virgin Media.

Virgin Fibre…Great download speed of 200 Mbps but a poor upload of 12 Mbps, its only when you get the 350Mbps fast fibre that you get 20Mbps upload speed, but not many places can get 350 Mbps at the moment.

When I was with BT Superfast fibre my download speeds were 67 Mbps and upload speeds of 18.7 Mbps.

I contacted Virgin to ask why my upload speed was capped at 12 Mbps and was told I should have 20 Mbps, not true.

Looking at their web site its 12 Mbps for the 200 Mbps package.

You get the advert on the telly that its fibre to your front door, bollocks, its fibre to the box at the end of your street called the cabinet, followed by a bog standard RG59 cable with a copper core the front of your house and round your property into the living room.

The sales team tell you that BT is only copper so it can’t reach fast speeds of 200 Mbps which is true but its a major kick in the balls when you discover that BT without boasting about it is in fact faster at uploading without paying a hefty premium for it.

The facts…

BT has faster upload speeds 18.7 Mbps on Superfast Fibre 2 but on an 18 months contract.

Virgin has a faster download speeds of 200 Mbps with a 12 months contract.

Strangely Virgins most popular package is the 100 Mbps with an upload speed of 6 Mbps and I think Virgin should at least keep up with the competition and boost upload speeds to equal BT.

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New firmware for the GH5, GH5S and G9 (End of October 2018)

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Panasonic has announced that they will release a major firmware update for its GH5, GH5s and G9 Micro Four Thirds cameras. The release date of the firmware updates scheduled  for October 2018.

All three cameras will benefit from the first improvement which is about the AF performance. This is about the cameras tracking performance in continuous AF and it will be improved by optimising the tracking algorithm.

Improvement of AF performance: GH5S, GH5, G9

  1. There were cases where focus point was shifted to the background while tracking the subject in AFC mode. The new firmware minimises this problem.
  2. Tracking performance in continuous AF has been improved by optimising the tracking algorithm.
  3. The subject is tracked even if it moves actively, such as in sports scenes where the focus previously shifted to the background.
  4. There were cases where focus point was shifted to the background while tracking the subject in video recording. The new firmware minimises this problem.
  5. The accuracy of detecting the subject has been improved by optimising the focus area settings and tracking speed. The point of focus remains on the subject instead of shifting to the background.

Improvement of stability during HDMI output: GH5S

  1. Operating stability during VFR (Variable Frame Rate) recording through HDMI output has been improved.

Improvement of video recording performance: GH5S, GH5

  1. [One Push AE] failed to operate when [SS/Gain Operation] is set to [ANGLE/ISO] while shooting in Creative Video M mode. This bug has been fixed.
  2. The image quality when using [V-LogL] for VFR recording in Creative Video mode has been improved.
  3. The image quality when set to [i.Dynamic (Intelligent Dynamic Range Control)] has been improved.

Improvement of operation under specific lighting conditions (fluorescent lights, etc) GH5S, G9

  1. There were cases where the camera did not catch up to the brightness change smoothly under specific lighting conditions such as fluorescent lights. The new firmware minimises this problem.

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NEW…Panasonic S1R Full Frame mirrorless camera

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There are 2 models to choose from the S1R and the S1.

Panasonic has announced the development of two Mirrorless camera models with a 35 mm full-frame image sensor: the S1R and the S1. Equipped with the world’s first*1 4K 60p/50p video recording function and a Dual I.S. image stabilisation system, these cameras form the new LUMIX S Series due for global release in early 2019.

Panasonic will also expand its line-up of LUMIX S Series compatible lenses, developing more than ten by 2020, including a 50mm/F1.4 prime lens, 24-105mm standard zoom lens, and 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens.

The key features of the newly developed S1R and S1 cameras are as follows:

1. Newly-developed 35 mm full-frame image sensor and image processing engine (Effective pixels: approximately 47M for the S1R and 24M for the S1)

2. World’s first*1 support for 4K 60p/50p video recording in a full-frame Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera

3. World’s first*1 full- frame camera equipped with Dual I.S. image stabilisation enabling handheld shots for dark or distant scenes that would previously have required additional equipment

4. A double slot for XQD memory cards and SD memory cards: a first for Panasonic

5. A rugged triaxial tilt LCD: emphasising ease of use and supporting professional photography and videography

6. Utilising Leica Camera’s L-Mount, making it possible to use alternative lenses that meet the L-Mount specifications of partners*4 Leica Camera and Sigma, increasing options for alternative lenses

Designed to incorporate an entire array of Panasonic technology refined over a century in the consumer electronics business and ten years developing Mirrorless cameras, the new S1R and S1 models will retain essential user-friendliness and robustness as tools for photography or videography by professionals.

For the existing LUMIX G series of Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless cameras, Panasonic will begin developing a Leica DG VARIO-SUMMILUX 10-25mm F1.7 lens that will achieve the world’s first*5 zoom with a constant aperture value of F1.7. In addition, support services for professional photographers and videographers will be available in selected European markets and the United States this year.

The GH5, G9, and GH5s high-end Mirrorless cameras that Panasonic has released since 2017 have already gained a solid reputation among professionals and high-level amateurs across the world for the quality of their pictures and ability to capture the vitality and beauty of life. This success is thanks to Panasonic’s world’s-first*6 support for 4K 60p/50p video recording, and the world’s fastest autofocus*7 function using the company’s proprietary DFD technology.

Panasonic will continue to reach the professional market through the introduction of the full-frame LUMIX S series and the greater reach of its support system, as well as continuing to support the Lumix G Micro Four Thirds System.

The products in development in this release will be exhibited at Photokina 2018*8.

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Part Three…Using a SmallRig L-Bracket

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In the last part of how to mount your accessories we take a look at the neatest L-Bracket from SmallRig.

Firstly I am not into cages nor lots of metalwork hindering the usability of a great small camera system.

Adding the cold shoe to the slide out (28mm) arm (Only useful for LED lights with a ball socket as shown below).

This is probably the best of both worlds allowing the RODE receiver to be anchored onto the GH5 hot shoe and the APUTURE AL-MX LED light onto the slide out arm. Note the Aputure L-Bracket does not allow the LCD to swivel 90 degrees on its axis.

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FOR SALE…Miller Compas 25 with Solo Eng 3 Stage Carbon Fibre Tripod + Bag £800 plus postage (UK ONLY) ono

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This tripod system was over £2,500 new 7 years ago and I am selling it for £800, it was mainly used with  my Sony FS7. Anyone buying this will be treating themselves to a bargain, it is as good as new. Please bear in mind this weighs in at 10KG including bag.

Contact me at smallvideo@mac.com stating Miller tripod deal. Usual payment via PayPal the price is £800 plus postage.

  • The Compass 25 fluid head with 4-14kg payload range enables a diverse choice of cameras and camera configurations to be used.
  • From HDV / DVCAM to XDCAM and ENG cameras the Compass 25 fluid head is one of the most versatile pan/tilt heads available.
  • The Compass 25 incorporates the best pan and tilt fluid drag range in its class combined with a selectable counterbalance system and 100mm ball levelling.
  • A quick release camera mounting system utilising the standard Euro camera plate allows it to integrate easily into existing camera support inventories.
  • Five selectable positions of high performance drag plus a zero position.

Note: Only to show the accessory bloc not these legs.

One of the features with the head is the accessory bloc which takes a magic arm for adding accessories like external recorders/monitors as seen below in a recent production on Arran.

Note. Using different legs.

Head Features:

  • Selectable counterbalance system for payloads between 4-14kg / 8.8-30.9 lbs
  • Five selectable positions of pan/tilt drag plus a zero position
  • Quick release, 70mm sliding camera platform with standard Euro camera plate
  • Pan/tilt locks utilising floating caliper disc brakes
  • Replaceable handle carrier rosettes
  • Functional, accessible controls with illuminated bubble level

The legs are for giants as their maximum height is over six feet five inches, you would need a set of steps to use the legs at this height. They go all the way down to nine inches off the ground when you have them in spread-eagle mode.

Leg Features:

  • Head Fitting: 100mm
  • Leg Section: 3 Section
  • Material: Carbon Fibre
  • Max Height Group: 6′ 5″
  • Max Payload: 19kg
  • All legs down 25″ (Spread-eagle 9″ off the ground)

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Card manufacturers need to be more consistent !

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Just had a call from one on my site sponsors asking me to highlight Sonys recording media chart for the Sony PXW-Z190 as customers are finding problems with certain media not filming 4K footage. The main problem with this is the card manufacturer themselves giving customers inconsistency in their card information.


Here are a few examples..

They are all SDXC cards, class 10 but in the case of Transend what does the 200x refer to !!! The only card suitable for 4K filming is the Lexar at U3.

Using the new V90 SD card association protocol (90Mbps). 4K up till now required a card to have a U3 rating with a 64G card. I do find this all very confusing as only the most recent Panasonic cards have the V rating on them.

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NEW …Sony HXR-NX200

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The Sony HXR-NX200 is a 20MP 1.0 Exmor R CMOS camcorder, capable of shooting 100Mbps 4k in XAVC S at 25p, or 1080p at 50p onto SD cards. The stabilised lens is 29mm to 348mm equivalent 12x optical servo zoom, opening up from F2.8 to F11. The lens has three rings to control focus, aperture and zoom, all of which can also be controlled automatically. Sony’s Clear Image zoom extends the zoom range to 18x in 4k and 24x in 1080p. It features a 1.56M dots LCD and viewfinder, built-in ND filters (2-6 stops), microphone and two phantom powered XLR-ports and uses Sony’s NP-F style batteries. Sony is also using a new natural color science. Here’s an overview:

  • 20MP 1.0 Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 4k 25p (100Mbps), 1080p 50p (60Mbps) XAVC S
  • 29mm – 348mm equiv. stabilised lens (12x optical, 18x Clear Image 4k, 24x Clear Image HD), F2.8 – 11
  • Three control rings on lens
  • Built-in ND filters and microphone
  • New picture profiles

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