AutoCue iPhone teleprompter £599

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A complete hardware package enabling you to turn an iPhone into a teleprompter (phone not included).

iPhone slots into a custom-made mounting plate to hold it securely in position beneath the broadcast quality prompter glass. This mount can be fitted in landscape or portrait mode.

The custom-made iPhone prompting plate can also be mounted in a straight-read configuration beneath the camera. When teamed with the optional pistol grip this is an ultra-lightweight, portable solution.

The remainder of the teleprompter hardware is the same as the SSP7 & QStart prompting package.

Designed to be used with the teleprompting software available for download from the iPhone App Store. Please note that this software is not designed or licensed by Autocue or QTV.

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LED 600 from DataVision £499 plus vat & delivery

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DV Stuff!
3 South House, The Bond Estate
Bond Avenue, Bletchley
Milton Keynes MK1 1SW  UK

Tel:  0845 299 6057 extn: 1
Mobile: 07980 744714

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Teletest to launch a 3D Camera Rig at BVE 2010

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3D seems to be the big show stopper this year at BVE 2010. Teletest are launching their “affordable” 3D camera rig as seen above using two Sony EX-3s, I can assume the rig will fit most hand held camcorders. I don’t know a lot about 3D camera rigs but having  two cameras at 90º looks to be overly complicated unless there is some way of viewing both outputs on the one screen.

Once again we are being made to believe that 3D has come of age and the next step mark my words will be a rig for the HD DSLR !

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The “Dark Side” Beckons but why so expensive in the UK…by Alister Chapman

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Well I have been sitting on the side lines watching the vDSLR develop and evolve. They certainly have a place, but are not without issues such as form factor, moire, overheating to name a few. The fact remains though, that for not a lot of dosh you can get a camera that will give a shallow DoF, can be used where you perhaps shouldn’t be using a video camera and with care can produce beautiful video. I was all ready to buy a Canon 7D when along comes the 550D (rebel T2i). Half  the price yet with all the video modes and frame rates you could ever want. So I looked around for a body only (I have a bunch of EFS lenses) and found that Amazon.com have it on pre-order for $799…. Bargain! So checked on Amazon.co.uk and… hang on… is that right???? Its £899! If thats the case I’m going to wait till I go to NAB in April and pick one up then.

HDW : Alister remember it’s RIP OFF BRITAIN we are living in, lets wait till we see the price of the Apple iPad, it’s no secret other than to Apple themselves that we will NOT get £ for $ in other words an iPad in the USA starts at $499 which should be £ 318 in the UK but I bet we will see the starting price of the iPad at £499 !

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Canon HD DSLR Masterclass by Philip Bloom in LA 6th March 2010

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World renowned filmmaker and Canon HD DSLR expert, Philip Bloom will be in Los Angeles on Saturday March 6th, 2010 to present the Canon HD DSLR Master Class.

Philip will be showing many examples of his filmmaking and will be sharing his experiences of shooting the pick-ups shots for ‘Red Tails’ a Lucas Films production.

Philip will be explaining and demonstrating all aspects of Canon EOS based filmmaking, workflow and output, including:

  • Main differences between EOS 1D Mk iv , 5D Mk ii and 7D for movie shooting
  • In camera settings to maximize image quality in post
  • Lens selection
  • Stabilization platforms and accessories
  • Exposure and shutter speed options
  • Focusing and framing tips
  • Audio
  • Codecs and transcoding options
  • Editing and Color correction
  • Output for Web, BluRay, HDCAM SR and film

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Canon to release FCP plug-in during March 2010 (Beta evaluation)

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Canon has announced the development of a plug-in that will allow EOS MOVIE footage shot on EOS DSLRs to be edited more quickly and easily in Apple’s Final Cut Pro editing package.

Canon has revealed that a free Beta release of the plug-in will be available to download for testing and evaluation in March 2010.

What’s known as ‘EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro’ is being developed to provide an even smoother workflow for EOS MOVIE users who edit using the Final Cut Pro software suite. The plug-in will enable the ‘log and transfer’ of video footage from the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV DSLRs – all of which offer full 1080p High Definition video recording.

The plug-in will convert EOS MOVIE footage to Apple’s high quality ProRes 4:2:2 codec at approximately twice the speed of Apple’s standard conversion. Additionally, users will also be able to add timecode, reel names and metadata to footage quickly and easily – further enhancing the experience of EOS MOVIE users when editing their footage.

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Phil Bloom…Boom !!!

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In true cinematic fashion Phil Bloom (Top right hand corner) is shot during the making of the last Filmfellas…see how good an actor Mr Bloom is… watch closely at his twitching eyebrows…guess who pulls the trigger ?…will Fairy get the blood stains out ?…Phil Bloom the Autopsy filmed with the new Canon 550 coming to a screen near you …watch the last webasode NOW…

http://philipbloom.co.uk/2010/02/11/filmfellas-dp-edition-the-end-of-filmfellas/

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Sonnet Qio Profesional Universal Media Reader/Writer $999

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Multiple Slots,
Quick Input and Output
Sonnet’s Qio (pronounced Cue-Eye-Oh) is a multi-tasking marvel. Qio reads from and writes to just about any memory card—P2, SxS, CompactFlash®, SDHC, and SATA storage systems with an eSATA interface, all at high speed. Replacing multiple standalone card readers, Qio’s dual P2, SxS, and CF slots enable you to offload files more efficiently(1), and the included adapter handles SDHC cards. Qio copies files between any cards, attached drives or host computer with aggregate bandwidth up to 250MB/sec., much faster than FireWire® or USB adapters are capable.
E4P SATA Host Controller Inside
Qio contains the heart and circuitry of the acclaimed Sonnet Tempo™ SATA E4P SATA controller card. Four eSATA connectors on the back of Qio enable you to connect two Sonnet Fusion F2 portable 2-drive RAID SATA storage systems to easily copy files between them. Qio’s support of port multipliers and integrated hardware RAID controllers also enables you to connect four drive enclosures like Sonnet’s Fusion D400QR5 and Fusion D500P with access up to 20 drives!
ExpressCard/34 and CardBus Adapter Compatibility
Qio’s SxS slots double as ExpressCard/34 slots, and the P2 slots are compatible with CardBus cards. If you’re a notebook user, this effectively sextuples the number of expansion card slots available to you. If you’re a desktop computer user, Qio enables you to swap adapter cards without cracking open the case. This added compatibility enables you to utilize WiwFi, FireWire, USB, Gigabit Ethernet, and other adapters as well(1). How is this possible? Qio’s included interface card extends the PCIe bus outside your computer—Qio effectively adds expansion slots to your computer! Qio is available with either a PCIe adapter card for desktops or an ExpressCard/34 adapter for notebooks. Additional interface cards are available separately.
Travel and Desktop Companion
Qio is small—about the size of three stacked CD cases—and takes up so little space, you can use it just about anywhere. Sharing the same 15cm (5.9″) by 16cm (6.2″) footprint as Sonnet’s Fusion F2 storage system, the Qio measures just 3cm (1.2″) tall. It’s rugged, too—its robust aluminum case withstands heavy use. For desktop use, a universal 12V output AC power supply with wall plugs for US, Japan, Europe, UK and Australia use is included that will power the Qio plus two attached F2s. For battery-powered operation(2), the included XLR 4-pin adapter cable can route battery power to the Qio plus attached Fusion F2’s. No matter where you use it, Qio will quickly become an essential tool.

Multiple Slots,
Quick Input and OutputSonnet’s Qio (pronounced Cue-Eye-Oh) is a multi-tasking marvel. Qio reads from and writes to just about any memory card—P2, SxS, CompactFlash®, SDHC, and SATA storage systems with an eSATA interface, all at high speed. Replacing multiple standalone card readers, Qio’s dual P2, SxS, and CF slots enable you to offload files more efficiently(1), and the included adapter handles SDHC cards. Qio copies files between any cards, attached drives or host computer with aggregate bandwidth up to 250MB/sec., much faster than FireWire® or USB adapters are capable.E4P SATA Host Controller InsideQio contains the heart and circuitry of the acclaimed Sonnet Tempo™ SATA E4P SATA controller card. Four eSATA connectors on the back of Qio enable you to connect two Sonnet Fusion F2 portable 2-drive RAID SATA storage systems to easily copy files between them. Qio’s support of port multipliers and integrated hardware RAID controllers also enables you to connect four drive enclosures like Sonnet’s Fusion D400QR5 and Fusion D500P with access up to 20 drives!ExpressCard/34 and CardBus Adapter CompatibilityQio’s SxS slots double as ExpressCard/34 slots, and the P2 slots are compatible with CardBus cards. If you’re a notebook user, this effectively sextuples the number of expansion card slots available to you. If you’re a desktop computer user, Qio enables you to swap adapter cards without cracking open the case. This added compatibility enables you to utilize WiwFi, FireWire, USB, Gigabit Ethernet, and other adapters as well(1). How is this possible? Qio’s included interface card extends the PCIe bus outside your computer—Qio effectively adds expansion slots to your computer! Qio is available with either a PCIe adapter card for desktops or an ExpressCard/34 adapter for notebooks. Additional interface cards are available separately.


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Aperture 3 can take five hours or more to update !

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Was not expecting this but when I upgraded to Aperture 3 I discovered to my surprise that it needs to upgrade all your thumbnails in your library which in my case took over 5 hours to complete. I started upgrading at 1pm and did not see the new updated programme till 6.15pm…just over 5 hours later. I think Apple should give you some warning about this as this could be critical to some photographers not being able to use Aperture for such a length of time. In previous versions this was done under the hood….YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED…this is an overnight upgrade !

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Shooting Driving Plates for “24” using Canon HD SLRs

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