JVC are on the ball…lens issue has already been fixed.

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As usual eagle eyed end users pick up on an issue that JVC were aware of with the zoom lens going slightly soft at the tight end. I first noticed this in the edit suite and contacted Kris Hill who told me it was a known issue and had been fixed. I had a pre production HM600 and I have to say if this is as bad as it gets JVC are onto a winner with this camcorder.

1. Zoomed in and pre focus.

2. Pulling back and slight softness which rectifies itself.

And to answer Michael Warren’s post in DVINFO.NET

“The Philip Johnston review is interesting. I notice the image is very soft at the telephoto end when he’s filming the crane at 12:41. I hope that is not typical, but was rather either that he just wasn’t focused properly, or it was in digital zoom (which is actually what it looked like to me).”

This camera does not have a digital zoom facility, it’s 23x optical from top to tail and I pre focused the lens, the AF had it been engaged may have compensated for this but we will never know.

 

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Rick Young looks over the new FCPX 10.0.6

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Dual Viewers
Compare shots and match action by enabling a second viewer on demand, which displays the media you skim, select, and play in your Event Browser. You can choose to show video scopes for both viewers, making it easy to grade and match footage.

Multichannel Audio Editing
Edit multichannel audio faster than ever. A simple keystroke reveals separate audio channels when you need them and collapses them when you don’t — right in the timeline. Easily disable individual channels or select ranges for fine control of timing and volume. And access the Inspector to view details of any audio file, rename individual channels, or hide them in the timeline.

Import RED media directly into Final Cut Pro X and start editing right away with native support for .r3d files. Convert to either ProRes 4444 or ProRes Proxy in the background while you work, and use the optional REDROCKET card to accelerate transcode, render, and playback. Even adjust essential debayer and color settings to get the look you need without leaving Final Cut Pro.

Unified Import
Use the new single-window interface to import from all sources, including file-based video cameras, DSLRs, external hard drives, and network locations. Choose the customizable List view to display a variety of clip metadata, or switch to Filmstrip view for a visual representation of all your footage. Even add commonly used locations to the Favorites sidebar for fast access.

Streamlined Share
Deliver your work faster than ever from Final Cut Pro. Choose from export presets optimized for a wide range of uses — including iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Or build custom settings in Compressor and easily access them in Final Cut Pro. Export an entire project, a single clip, or a selected range in your project or event. Bundle multiple destinations to deliver different versions of the same project in a single step. And add Chapter Markers right in Final Cut Pro to quickly move between sections within a QuickTime file, DVD, or Blu-ray disc.

  • RED Camera Support
  • MXF Plug-in Support

Work natively with MXF files using third-party plug-ins by developers including Hamburg Pro Media and Calibrated Software. Import MXF files from your media library, archive, or other video source and export directly from Final Cut Pro in the MXF format.

Copy and Paste Attributes
Easily copy and paste specific attributes between multiple clips. A new interface allows you to see the source clip and choose exactly which effects you want to transfer.

Flexible Clip Connections
Control how Connected Clips respond to changes in your timeline.
Choose to keep them connected to clips as you edit or — with a simple modifier key — have them remain in place when slipping, sliding, or moving clips in the Primary Storyline.

XML 1.2 with Metadata Import and Export
Enjoy richer integration when moving projects and media between applications. XML 1.2 includes new standard metadata fields such as Reel. And Final Cut Pro X XML now includes custom project and media metadata, so you can import from — and export to — third-party apps and media asset management systems.

Multicam
Edit multicam projects faster than ever before with a collection of innovative features. Select videos and photos, then create a Multicam Clip by automatically syncing different angles based on time of day, timecode, markers, or audio waveforms. You can change, add, or delete camera angles at any time and work with different formats, frame sizes, and frame rates without conversion. When it’s time to cut your multicam project, simply click in the Angle Viewer or use keyboard shortcuts to switch between video and audio on the fly. You can even combine audio channels from multiple cameras with a click.

New Range Selection Functions
Speed up your workflow by creating, preserving, and exporting ranges in the Event Browser. You can even maintain multiple ranges on a single source clip.

  • One-Step Freeze Frame
  • Create a freeze frame from your timeline or from source media in your event and add it to your project with a single keystroke.
  • Drop Shadow

Add dimension to text and objects by applying a drop shadow right in Final Cut Pro. Use intuitive onscreen controls to adjust position, edge falloff, angle, and more. Or access the Inspector for a complete set of adjustments. A 3D-lighting model dynamically adjusts shadow orientation for a realistic perspective.

Enhanced Compound Clips
Compound Clips are now automatically saved to the Event Browser, making it easy to consolidate edits and reuse them in multiple projects. And Compound Clips work just like Multicam Clips, so changes you make in the Event Browser instantly appear wherever the clips are used.

Ricks new book due out any day now, will be reviewed by HD Warrior as soon as we get a copy. PS. I exported a video to Blu-ray and it worked flawlessly, remember it has to MPEG the video first so it does take a bit longer to do. Note : As per FCP-7 the FCPX chapter marks are not recognised in Encore CS6 which is a real pity.

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Exclusive 1st Review of the new JVC GY-HM600

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You can now watch this video in 720p HD

My thanks to Kris Hill (JVC UK Sales Manager) for monitoring some of your questions, it’s very refreshing when such a big company like JVC takes the time and effort to answer your technical questions in person.

JVC’s GY-HM600 camcorder is designed for fast-paced ENG, offering exceptional imagery and features for news, sports and independent production. It features three 1/3-inch 12-bit full-HD CMOS sensors (1920 x 1080) and offers superb low light performance of F12 at 2000 lux. It also has a long (23x) wide angle autofocus zoom lens, a 15-second pre-record function,  professional layout, and extensive video settings and encoding formats to deliver smooth file interoperability from acquisition to air.

The lightweight camera records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), AVCHD and H.264, to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards. In addition to relay mode for uninterrupted recording, the GY-HM600 allows simultaneous recording to both memory cards for instant backup or client copy. It is the perfect tool for super-fast news and media coverage.

 

The manual can be downloaded here…

http://manual3.jvckenwood.com/pro/mobile/global/

 

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The new Sony large sensor camera the F ?

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It’s now obvious to most of us that we are getting another large sensor camera from Sony, probably one that gives you all the best features of the F3 plus 50-100Mbps and a decent viewfinder. Don’t see it being 4K but Sony need to make ground up from Canon’s C500…who knows.

CVP seem to not only know but have official information from Sony…

 

 

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Video Review of the JVC GY-HM600 (Delayed till Tuesday)

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With all my problems editing with FCP I have one more day to finish off the HM600 Review, then I will post it on Tuesday and yes it will be in HD !

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FCPX Major Problem plus a temporary solution !

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Firstly if you do get this error message export (share) your work out onto another hard drive so you do not lose the work up till this error message…DO NOT CHOOSE QUIT BEFORE EXPORTING !

How am I to take this program seriously when it throws up crap like this, then trawling the internet get no answer to my problem other than a lot more users are experiencing this error message. Apple have shafted us big time with this program, they brought it to market long before it was ready and from updating fairly regularly… tweeking out the bugs… we are lefty hanging with a very buggy NLE that once again is not fit for purpose.

If any of you have seen this and fixed it I would appreciate a reply other than the following…

It seems to be a reoccuring issue for many users and the error is pretty bland and unhelpful.

Some seem to have targeted it as an issue with project corruption.

Another got it fixed by: “It turned out I had duplicates of all my events in the events folder. When I moved the dupes to a new junk folder, everything worked. I compared them all before deleting the dupes.”

Some get the message randomly and it doesn’t come back in same project.

FCPX needs more work 🙁

HDW: I was sent a link from AARON BERARDI who also came across this problem and his advice worked for me, thanks Aaron. Note : To make this change you will have to unlock the padlock on the right this will ask you for your password. Fortunately this bought me enough time to finnish editing my JVC HM600 review but I am now back to square one !

UPDATE : As reported by Aaron I had a look at the FC Projects file and removed one duplicate Backup file (Final Cut Projects/YourProjectName/Backups) and everyone worked again, I only hope with the new 10.0.6 this bug has been fixed.

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Gekko lite review

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Great overview of the Canon C100 and C500 from Rick Young

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My good friend Rick Young has just posted this great overview of the new Canon C100 and C500 EOS cameras. I love my C300 it’s by far the best interview camera ever made the picture quality is outstanding.

I am now glad I pushed out the boat to get a C300 it produces the best cinematic, low noise pictures I have ever seen and the Canon lens system is a joy to use.

I hope to get to BVE North this year and having a look at the C100 for myself, I am still a bit dubious about it’s picture compared to the C300.

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The 4K debate (Updated)

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No one can deny that a 4K picture is impressive but it is far from the lions share as far as broadcast television and production companies are concerned. Japan needs to sell video junkies like ourselves the next best thing and that as far as Japan is concerned is 4K.

My clients don’t know or care what I shoot on, 4K, Special K, it just does not hit their radar. I have been shooting on HD for almost 5 years now and my clients are none the wiser, if I was stupid enough to shoot onto 4K they  would not even notice.

The BBC have a policy of not shooting 4K because it is far too expensive to post produce, most production companies tied in with local broadcasters are still shooting DVCAM.

So where is this 4K myth coming from…the need to convince the end user that 2K is old hat and 4K is the new buzz word, that’s why camcorders like the Sony FS700 are 4K ready…all part of the 4K hype though I am well assured that NYC is a 4K town which makes sense as NY is so good they named it twice…2x2K = 4K.

4K cameras can be attributed to Red Digital Cinema, they were certainly my first glance into the 4K world, since Red, Sony and Canon have produced 4K versions like the Sony FS700 (Upgrade), Sony F65 and the Canon C500.

For film work and cinema presentations 4k and 8K are perfect but films do get bigger budgets to accommodate the lengthy expensive editing workflows, I also agree the better the picture you start off with etc. the better the end result, even downscaled onto SD but there comes a limit to primary quality like 4K hampering your workflow and extra expensive hardware needed to monitor a 4K picture.

Most of you reading this will be familiar with HD pictures, but many of you won’t have even seen a 4K monitor let alone a 4K camera, only Sony technicians have seen 4K out of an FS700, so whats the big deal.

The biggest part of the pie in Europe is still SD followed by 2K, the general punter in his home is watching an SD picture on an HD ready LCD with little to no take up on HD.

It’s the pied piper all over again, just watch the video manufacturers choose carefully their star blogger who will convince us all that 4K is here to stay and unless you grasp the nettle you will be left behind.

Lets see how many of the lemmings take to the water and drown under the overwhelming workflow problems 4K has to offer.

4K is the future that I have no doubt but you have to take into account your SD audience still struggling to get past the numbers on the telly tickets HD Ready 720p or Full HD 1080p…meaningless numbers to the average Joe.

For the first time this year a client specified 1080 50i footage, that’s one client in five years and I am only one small production cog in an enormous creative wheel.

The right to reply…

Katsunori Yamanouchi, VP Sony Pro Europe…“While some markets are mature and are beginning to explore 4K, others still need to convert from SD to HD. For Sony the critical issue is to accommodate the diversity.”

“I am proud to say that the broadcasting business is in my blood,” he says. “This is a period of an ever increasing pace of change in which neither technology nor customers are standing still.

“The TV of tomorrow is almost unrecognisable from the TV of the last century. Next-generation TV means much more than just picture quality. It means IP-connected and enabling the consumer to access a huge range of online content and services as well as stunning 4K resolution and 3D viewing – this is a long way from what we had in mind when HD was first introduced a decade ago.

“In this emerging 4K world, I believe Sony has been the driving force. We launched the world’s first 4K cinema projection system and followed that with a world first 4K home projector. Over 30 major films have been shot or are in production with the F65 and we are now bringing 4K to the home.”

 

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4K GoPro

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The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever. No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than previous models. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197′ (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, the HERO3: Black Edition is the world’s most versatile camera. Built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App compatibility and the included Wi-Fi Remote (normally a separate $79.99 accessory) make the HERO3: Black Edition all the more versatile, still.

The HERO3: Black Edition captures professional, cinema-quality video at 2X the resolution and 2X the frame-rate of previous models while delivering 2X better low light performance. Slow-motion aficionados and industry professionals will love the HERO3: Black Edition’s 1080p-60, 720p-120, WVGA-240, 960p-100 and 1440p-48 video modes while those desiring a cinematic look will appreciate the ultra-high resolution 2.7kp-24 and 4kp-12 (Protune only) video modes.

The HERO3’s reduced-distortion, 6-element aspherical lens combines with user-selectable Ultra-wide, Medium and Narrow field-of-views to deliver more perspective-capture options than ever before. Add the totally updated flat-lens waterproof housing that delivers stunning image sharpness both above and below water and you’ve got one of the most powerful and durable image capture solutions on the planet.

 

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