Paul Joy “Premiere Pro CS5 v Final Cut-7″

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So last week I posted a video saying that there’s no way to do trim edits in Premiere using the keyboard, it turns out I was wrong. Here’s how you do it.

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Creative Video “Review the Panasonic AF101″

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This must be interesting viewing for the Sony Broadcast boys…watching Phil Myres (Ex Sony) talking about the new Panasonic AF101, Phil joined Creative Video a few weeks ago and by the looks of things has been thrown into the deep end …well done Mr Myres not a bad first attempt.

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www.101crew.co.uk “Website First Look”

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Here is a glimpse of the new 101CREW web site I am designing along with my webmaster Graeme. It is in it’s first draft but I think it looks rather sexy, I hope to cover all aspects of buying into the AF101 from battery power to pull focus to matte boxes. If you have any ideas yourself send me an email and I will be happy to include your input.

I think we have decided on a blog type interface and this may have advertising unlike HD Warrior, the site is being part sponsored by H Preston Media who will stock the majority of accessories mentioned on the web site. I already have a DP from New Zealand who has an AF102 on order, the camera has at least three numbers around the world from 100 (USA) 101 (Europe) and 102 (Australia & New Zealand).

I am looking for more DPs to tell me their stories, footage etc using the AF101, the type of glass used, workflows and what “meccano” you have attached to the body. So if you think you fit the bill give me an email at…hdwarrior@me.com

UPDATE … Sorry my web designer Graeme has been typed of his fingers and just managed to upload a holding page at  www.101crew.co.uk

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Panasonic Open Day Tomorrow…H Preston Media, Hampton

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Click here for details… http://www.videokit.co.uk/content/7-events

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Sky Sports Promo “Camera Combat”

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101CREW a new website for Panasonic AF101 owners coming January 2011

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Here is a great idea, a website dedicated to Panasonic AF101 owners and it’s produced by none other than me. You will get hints, tips, tutorials and videos all about the AF101, not only that we will have some cracking special offers on various accessories and other kit with the collaboration of H Preston Media.

You don’t have to be a customer of H Preston Media to enjoy this new web site but customers get a monthly 101CREW Eshot issue one is just out with issue 2 coming mid December discussing “Lenses for the AF101″.

It’s all about keeping the customer informed and updated with the latest information and it will be interesting to see what uses our fellow DPs have for the AF101. In the January Eshot we will have a look round the camera itself as I am expecting to see an AF101 by the end of December…cross fingers.

We will also be able to announce the USA company making the wireless Canon mount and have pictures and all the information to go with it.

Exciting times indeed a whole new industry is about to be unleashed into the video production marketplace and along with H Preston Media we will be the first to report on the UKs 1st production model of the new Panasonic AF101.

This must be the 1st camcorder in history to generate such a buzz not only on the internet but people clambering to be one of the first adopters.

Finally we have an alternative to the very popular HDSLR and with all the added bonus of XLRs, sound metering and controls, moire free buildings …”the positives just keep coming”.

Remember if you want to see the AF101 in the flesh then get to H Preston Media’s showroom in Hampton, Twickenham, West London on Tuesday the 7th of December for 4pm where you can get a hands on with the new camcorder.

Details here   http://www.videokit.co.uk/content/7-events

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Sony F3 Noise findings by Alister Chapman

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Alister “One of the tests I did with the PMW-F3 in Oslo was to look at the cameras noise and grain. There was nothing sophisticated about the test, simply shooting a few clips with the gain set at 0db, 9db and 18db. You can see the results on the left. I had to blow up the image by 200% as at 100% you could barely see any difference.

Even at +18db the noise level is remarkably low and I would not be afraid of using 18db of gain if I needed to. This lack of noise is one of the benefits of a large sensor with big pixels”.

Funnily enough when Philip Bloom and myself were looking over the Sony F3 at the London launch a couple of weeks ago Phil noticed that the camera was set to 12db to which I never paid much attention to at the time but looking back on it and the footage we shot on the day it was remarkably noiseless.

I have to agree with Alister’s findings that this camcorder even at 18db is unreal, I have never seen a camcorder to date that will give you usable pictures at 18db and if you are shooting low light moody productions this camcorder will fit the bill.

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Cineroid EVF for DSLR or AF101/F3…£645 from Creative Video

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This is an interesting little gadget, an independent EVF that claims higher resolution than your Canon DSLR, Panasonic AF101 and Sony’s F3. Now I have to remain on the fence with this one until I see one working in the flesh, maybe Creative Video could send me one to review.  Details are on Creative Video’s web site the price is £645 incl vat.

CVP link…http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/public/view_item_cat.php?catalogue_number=cineroid_EVF-4L

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The Voigtlander NOKTON 25mm f0.95 micro 4/3″lens for the Panasonic AF101

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Having just spent £800 on one lens for a camera that I do not have yet may seem a bit ludicrous but I want to be set up for the Panasonic AF101 when it ships later this month.

Remember all of you who are thinking of buying the AF101 it does not come with a lens so your options are…

Micro 4/3″

4/3″ to Micro 4/3″ using a Panasonic DMW-MA1 adaptor

Nikon to Micro 4/3″ adaptor from MTF (From stock)

PL to Micro 4/3″ adaptor from MTF (From stock)

Canon to micro 4/3″ wireless adaptor (Still in production)

You are not stuck for choice and I can vouch that the Panasonic 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 lens is very sharp indeed. The 25mm Nokton has a certain appeal and remember although this is a 25mm lens on a Micro 4/3″ you can double the focal length so rather than being 25mm it’s actually 50mm.

I took some test shots with the 25mm Nokton on a Panasonic G2 to let you see how it performs at different aperture settings, this would have the same effect used on the AF101. Firstly as with most lenses of this type you are pushing the boundaries at f0.95 though the “bokeh” or the amount of blur is exceptional though even at f2.8 Dill the dog has a lovely shallow depth of field.

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H Preston Media…Panasonic OPEN DAY…7th December 2010

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I hope by Tuesday of next week we will be well rid of the snow as H Preston Media holds their Panasonic Open Day. At around 4pm you can get a glimpse of the new Panasonic AF101 thats being specially delivered from Europe for the day.

There will be many Panasonic products on show from 10.30am including the new AG-3DA1 professional 3D camcorder, now for my money this is the way to shoot 3D. The pictures I saw during ProVideo 2010 were stunning and looked like Photoshop layers. This camera allows you to zoom unlike it’s domestic SD750.

If I were shooting a big budget 3D production this would be my choice as it performs like a conventional camcorder and is truly portable unlike the 45˚ mirror versions with two camcorders stuck at 90˚ to each other.

The other main reason for choosing this camera is it’s ability to record onto two SDHC cards, combining the two pictures gives you the 3D effect but a great feature is the ability to produce a 2D version very easily by only using the V2 or V1 from the timeline, this is truly versatile as you can easily deliver 3D and 2D versions of the same production.

Sadly this camcorder has not been given the publicity it richly deserves as the AF101 has stolen it’s limelight but you have a chance to see this camcorder at the Hampton Open Day on the 7th of December 2010.

Click here for map and address details…http://www.videokit.co.uk/content/7-events

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