SONY UK deliver amazing news about the FS100 and NX70

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I sent an email off to Sony Broadcast UK last week asking about the discrepancy between the FS100 specs in the US and the UK.

In the US you can get 8bit 4:4:4 out of the HDMI socket while in the UK it was claimed to be 4:2:2, I decided this was nonsense and today came back the amazing reply…

Regarding this question, we would like to answer as follows.

 Simple version:

Q. What is the signal of HDMI output?

A. It is “YC422 8bit” which is one of the HDMI output standard (EE/PB).

     (Both FS100 and NX70)

 

Detailed version:

Q. What is the signal of HDMI output?

A. It is both “RGB444 8bit” and “YC422 8bit” which are one of the

    HDMI output standard (EE/PB).

* Both are automatically changed according to connecting equipment.

  Basically, “YC422 8bit” is output. If connecting equipment can receive

  only RGB, “RGB444 8bit” is output.

(Both FS100 and NX70)

 

 HDMI is very flexible for the resolution and bit, it can have 4:2:0, 4:2:2 and 4:4:4.

 On the other hand, the data of the image created by the FS100/NX70 processor is just 4:2:2.

 Then it is lifted up to 4:4:4 in the HDMI processor if the connected device is 444 capable.

(In fact, nobody knows the 444 HDMI device.)

But the picture quality is 422 (422 is just in 444 bucket).

As I read it and I am still a bit confused…You can get 4:2:0, 4:2:2 or 4:4:4 out of the HDMI socket but this depends whats plugged into the FS100 or the NX70.

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Steve Jobs resigns

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What can I say but…thanks Steve without your vision Apple would not be the company it is today. Personally I think Mr Jobs needs to take a back seat due to on-going health problems which is a great shame.

I wish him all the best and hope he makes a good recovery.

 

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CVPs Open Day in Glasgow

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I had a superb day yesterday at the CVP Open Day at the BBC in Glasgow, Colin and the boys put on a great show which was appreciated by all the various production staff that attended.

The morning session was packed out as you can see with an excellent talk from CVPs technical expert Phil Myers followed by an interesting talk from BBC Scotland’s Dave Chalmers talking about HD acquisition.

I bumped into two cameramen friends, Ian Douglas and Ian Bodie who were very interested to see what CVP had to offer. Ian Bodie and myself worked for Clyde Cable Vision many moons ago.

This was my first encounter with CVPs 85 page magazine called the IRIS which retails for £5.95, it’s an excellent read and well recommended if you want to keep up to date with everything from Large Sensor cameras to Final Cut Pro. You can view an online version at…

www.theirismag.com

I am producing a video about todays exploits so bear with me as I chop on my FCP-7 timeline, I hope to have the video available later on this week.

 

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CineSkates

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CineSkates Camera Sliders from Cinetics on Vimeo.

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CVP Camera Day at BBC Scotland…Wednesday 24th August 2011

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One more day till the Glasgow Camera Day at BBC Scotland where you will entertained and educated all about Going HD-Going Tapeless.

There are two spots, Wednesday morning and afternoon, both consist of Phil Myers telling us all about Large Sensor Cameras and then onto ENG camcorders all tapeless !

HD Warrior has been invited to produce a web video, you will see the Sony FS100 being used in the field along with various lenses as a run and gun which may give you ideas for future productions you may have in mind. Remember CVP are here to help with any of your production needs big or small.

Details can be found here : http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/index.php?t=events/19/

 

 

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Sony NX70…Lens Hood Customisation

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I was emailed by one of my regulars Mike Beckett who told me… “Just a word of warning, I tried the 37mm version of this fader ND on my NX70, and it vignettes at wide angle, and doesn’t fit under the hood.A real pity, because it’s a very nice piece of kit.”

This got me thinking and today I had a good look at the NX70 lens hood, here are my findings and exclusive customisation.

This is the NX70 with a 37mm Polarising filter screwed onto the front unfortunately as Mike commented the filter will not allow the lens hood to fit on front of the camera. This is because of one design flaw in the Sony lens hood and that is two bars of plastic that extrude to hit against the filter itself.

The answer is to grind the two plastic bars down as they seem to serve no purpose other that to exclude filters being used. The lens hood has 8 screws, 4 on the front…which you can remove with a small jewellers screw driver.

Then you have to remove a further 4 screws as shown…

You are finally left with the back plate…

Turning it round you can clearly see the 2 offending plastic bars that extrude but seem to serve no useful purpose, using a small cordless engraving tool I grinded down the plastic bars as shown above.

Hey Presto an NX70 lens hood that can also accept a screw in filter behind it…Note : My 37mm Polariser did show some vignetting to the right of frame at the wide end.

 

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The man is a pure genius

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Flying soon to and through US with a mini Glider to reduce weight. Also with me a FaderND for Panasonic Lumix GH1 and other gadgets. More info and tips on our blog: cameraeducator.blogspot.com

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A solution for the Canon 5DMk11…”A new filter for Moire and Aliasing” $385

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This new filter could breath new life into those tired shots that you never dare shoot with a DSLR like hair, netting, bricks and many more because as soon as you pan or tilt you get moire patterning or aliasing, both can lead to a good shot being wasted, until now.

Dr Davik Cubanski from Pennsylvania in the USA has developed a new filter that guarentees a 75% reduction in moire and aliasing when using his filter. The filter will cost $385 which is a snip if your a professional film maker using Canon 5DMk11 DSLRs for commercial filming work.

The three downsides to using this filter is a slight loss of light about one third of a stop, your focus plane is shifted slightly so you can not use the numbers on the lens but as most people don’t use them anyway it won’t be a major problem and lastly you are restricted to using 24mm lens at its widest which for some people may just be too restricting.

The unit slips into the front of the camera with the mirror in the up position, personally I would have 2 cameras, one for video only work and one for photography, this is why Canon have never addressed this issue as a permanent solution as this filter would start to compromise the main intention of the camera and photography is a DSLRs number one priority.

Optical Anti-Aliasing Filter for the Canon 5Dmk2 from Glenn Przyborski on Vimeo.

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UK Final Cut Users Group in Glasgow “22nd September 11”

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Make a date if you live in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and you edit with Final Cut or Premiere Pro, the UK Final Cut Users Group (UKFCUG) are holding a seminar at the Thistle Hotel on Thursday 22nd September 2011 thats one week after I come back from IBC with all the news, fresh ideas and some new toys.

I have been invited as a guest speaker along side Rick Young to talk about editing, production, lenses and lighting.

The only downside for us Scots is the price, yes unfortunatly you have to dip into your deep pockets to retreive a fiver, yes a whole fiver, but for a fiver you get an evening packed with hints tips and much much more.

It all kicks off at 6.30pm and goes onto 10.30pm thats 4 hours of everything to do with filming and editing a snip at a fiver. You will also here from Alister Brown the inventor of the “ORIGINAL” and “BEST” and “UPDATED” Hybrid Slider from Glidetrack.

A fantastic evening for anyone interested in video production work…NOT TO BE MISSED !

MORE DETAILS HERE…

http://www.macvideo.tv/ukfcug/Glasgow/

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Sony FS100 HDMI is RGB 4:4:4 in the US and 4:2:2 in the UK

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As you can see for yourself the WORKFLOW part of the USA Sony FS100 brochure states RGB 4:4:4 from the HDMI socket while the UK version states 4:2:2.

This is causing a great debate and confusion amongst my readership who surprisingly come from all parts of the globe and the US chaps are telling me that the Sony FS100 is 4:4:4 while it is clear that the UK info from Sony tells a different story.

It won’t be the first time that the same camcorder has slightly different specs depending where in the world it is sold in fact I remember the good old days of DV when the firewire input was disabled in the UK to save paying extra import duties.

Sony Broadcast UK are on the case I hope to get a definitive reply via Japan later on today.

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