FREE Sidewinder worth £215 plus vat before 9th October

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This is an offer you can’t refuse…a FREE Sidewinder worth £215 plus vat from Production Gear, H Preston Media or participating reseller when you buy a SmallHD monitor.

Buy the SmallHD 502 SDI/HDMI or the 501 HDMI only, before the 9th October 2015 and get a FREE Sidefinder.

Watch my recent review…

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New 4K YouTube footage filmed with the Panasonic DVX-200

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Panasonic AG-DVX200

Some more footage emerges from Japan using engineering samples from the Panasonic DVX200. Panasonic seem to be throwing endless amounts of money producing well shot footage.

Panasonic “The first official footage of Panasonic’s new AG-DVX200 4K camcorder, that was shot by two engineering samples of DVX200.
4K monitoring was used by a new FZ-Y1CH TOUGHPAD 4K that is the world’s first tablet PC equipped 20” 4K resolution LCD touch panel and HDMI 2.0 input.

Recording format/mode: UHD (3840 x 2160) 29.97p / MOV (100Mbps, SD card recording) and VFR120p on FHD (1920 x 1080) 29.97p / MOV (50Mbps, SD card recording)

V-Log L (Beta version) was used over full length. (Grading tool : DaVinci Resolve)”

This is the YouTube version make sure you watch it in 4K.

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8K Eighty five inch television on sale…October 2015…£86K

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Once again there is no enthusiasm for 8K but Japan is driving forward with an 85″ Sharp television in October this year. The best of it is the Japanese who are always the early adopters of new technology don’t have enough space in their houses for an 85″ screen which could seriously limit sales.


In the UK alone the majority of TV sales are with HD ready televisions with about 1% of the market selling 4K to an audience of zero ! Its laughable when we have no 4K DVDs or TV channels that are even contemplating 4K let alone  8K.


Both Canon and Ikegami are working on an 8K cameras but once again 8K for editing down to 4K or even HD will look spectacular but is there a need for it.


With my example below you can see how the security services would welcome 8K surveillance cameras.

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Take this 8K picture out of 16 full HD pictures you can crop at 100% to identify people in a protest.


So why is there a push for 8K when there is such a limited market, we are already seeing 6K productions coming out in the cinema filmed on a 6K RED Weapon like The Martain.


Camera manufacturers are into every marketplace and the more HiEnd the production the better publicity they can make from it.

Digital Cinema is the one place RED have got their teeth into and you only have to look at their web site to see a ton of major films and TV productions being made with RED cameras.

Personally I think 8K is positioned firmly at the digital cinema marketplace though it is very limited and RED won’t want to give up their stronghold without a fight.

Heres a look at a 10K video that I have shown before but its so good a second look won’t go wrong…

10328×7760 – A 10K Timelapse Demo from SCIENTIFANTASTIC on Vimeo.

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A look at a new Hi-End stabiliser from Sachtler

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This is an interesting take on the update of the now dated “Steadycam” type vest and arm. Many shooters including myself have moved on to the DJI Ronin for our productions. The artemis from Sachtler is more for hi-end productions but very interesting to watch.

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My thanks to Cinema 5D for producing this video at IBC 2015…

Sachtler Artemis Trinity – Mechanical Stabilizer / Electronic Gimbal Combination from cinema5D on Vimeo.

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FREE V-LOG for GH-4 users and its not a hack !

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I don’t need V-LOG but would like to try it out for journalistic purposes, at £79 many GH-4 users are hacked off that Panasonic are charging them for  the addition of V-LOG.

This morning I got an email from one of my readers telling me that Panasonic had goofed up the new v2.3 FW by allowing you to download it and by using Panasonics image App, you can store the V-LOG settings to C1 on your GH4. As usual I thought this was too good to be true but it works.

Needless to say FW v2.3 is no longer available at Panasonics web site but fear not its freely available at various web sites.

V LOG via GH4

Remember although the GH4 is set to C1 you can record video from this setting and it works in both HD and 4K mode.

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Had this been a hack I would not have publicised it but as it is a genuine cock up by Panasonic. I would like to thank the person who discovered this mistake and had the brains to try it out. Note: You load this into your GH4 knowing that the next FW from Panasonic will no doubt disable the free V-LOG V2.3 from working.

One of my readers makes a great point…”Glad I’ve had a chance to try the V-Log via the workaround. It’s certainly helping me decide whether or not I’d buy the official activation key. Why? Shooting Log is difficult. It’s harder to focus and expose correctly. Not only that – I’m having trouble finding any V-Log LUT’s that can be used with LUT Buddy in FCP7.
If Panasonic sold the activation code with a set of LUT’s then that would be a good incentive for those who do find V-Log useful – to pay up.”

The link that points you towards the software is here…Note: Use Firefox as Safari won’t work properly.

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From the FS7 perspective…”Is the Sony PXW-FS5 going to be a good second camera”

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As you know I am lucky enough to own a Sony PXW-FS7, its been interesting to watch the reaction to Sonys new FS5 camera. The main gripe seems to be lack of 10bit 422 especially in 4K.

It depends where you are coming from when you are viewing the good and bad points of a new camera, as an FS7 owner I’ve got all the 10bit 422 XAVC I frame rates right up to true 4K.

As a person looking to buy into the FS5 from lets say a DSLR stance, things might look different. Lets say you have a Panasonic GH4 would moving over to the Sony FS5 bring you any benefits.

The form factor alone between the GH4 and FS5…The GH4 will always look like a photographic camera no matter how much metal work you add to it. What about picture quality…the GH4 films 4K 25p (8bit 420) at 100Mbps onto a micro four third chip and gets noisy at around 2000ISO. The FS5 shares the same chip as the F5 and FS7 so we are looking at a super 35mm chip and films 4K 25p (8bit 420) at 100Mbps so the only difference will be a lot less noise on the FS5 at higher ISOs.


The GH4 with YAGH is cumbersome to say the least, you soon get sick of the umbilical cord between the camera and the power supply I hope Panasonic address this in the GH5.


With the YAGH comes two phantom powered XLR inputs plus SDI and a full size HDMI. I was delighted with my GH4/YAGH but the 4pin power XLR cable is like going back in time to the 1980s.

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The Sony FS5 has both phantom powered XLRs on the camera, as it should be and looks the part.

FS7 and 5

I love the smaller body of the FS5 but I know my clients who use me for broadcast work would not want 1080 25p Long GOP although its 10bit 422. Sadly it seems to be down to their editing facilities, probably an older AVID. Thats a small negative thats out weighed by all the major strengths of the FS5…

1920 x 1080 50p 422 10bit onto far cheaper SDXC cards.

Same lenses as the FS7

Far easier for run and gun than the FS7

250fps slow motion versus 150 fps on the FS7 (PAL)

A wee note to all you concerned about 4K on the FS5…Oh no its only 8bit 420 “what a disaster”. 4K 8bit 420 was explained to me by a Panasonic engineer. 8bit 420 on 4K is not the same as 8bit 420 on HD why…you have 4 times the picture area in 4K and if you stick to the same old rules by editing 4K onto a 422 HD timeline then your 4K 420 8bit picture compresses down to an effective 444 10 bit picture on your HD timeline.

Apart from high end drama who don’t care for anything less than a Sony F55 no one is outputting 4K direct to our clients so lets not get our nickers in a twist over 422 v 420 when you will be editing onto a 422 HD timeline for 99% of all your corporate work.

Alister Chapmans take…”The FS7 can produce a better 4K image because of XAVC-I which is 10 bit 422 compared to the 8 bit 4K of the FS5. But 8 bit is great provided you don’t want to do heavy grading. In HD both are pretty much the same.”

Its the old story if you need 422 10bit 4K footage then you buy the FS7 but if you need a fantastic companion to your FS7 and can’t justify the cost of a second FS7 the FS5 will fit the bill. Most of my corporate filming is done on HD, having two perfectly matched cameras both filming 10 bit 422 in HD would allow so much more scope…and you only need to buy the body… job done.

Latest info from Alister Chapman from IBC…

So far I can tell you: It’s 10 bit 422 in HD, it 8 bit 4:2:0 in UHD. The 8 bit is actually quite good and can be graded, but you really need to get the exposure just right with the 8 bit. It’s the same sensor as the F5, so similar noise and grain. There are still questions over the native ISO. The cameras that are here at 3200 ISO look nice and clean. It looks like this will be the native ISO for S-Log2/3 but other gammas will have lower ISO’s. The cameras at IBC are still very much development models and the final image quality is still being worked on. The electronic variable ND is fantastic. It does not introduce any artefacts. In essence you have two ND filter states: No ND filter, where the ND filter system is raised clear of the sensor and ND ON where the variable ND is in front of the sensor. Once the ND is in place you then have 3 preset ND settings (which are programmable) and set by the filter wheel. You can set a max and min and then ramp between the two. The remote is standard LANC, so all your existing LANC accessories will work with the FS5. Super Slow mo is just the same as the FS700, so full sensor scan at up to 240fps. At 480 fps it’s only half resolution vertically, at 960 fps I believe it’s half vertical and half horizontal resolution, but it’s also very grainy. The variable ND is currently manual only but an auto function will be added in a firmware update. 

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IBC 2015 “Day 2” more from Sony, Panasonic, Zeiss and DJI.

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The big news from IBC 2015 has to be cameras, Sony threw a large spanner in the works with their PXW-FS5 announcement.

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Panasonic are celebrating their new DVX-200 sexy red 4K camcorder with a fixed 13x Leica lens recording onto SDXC class 10 speed 3 media.

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Sony have managed to cut down the FS-7 into a smaller body, adding 250fps slow motion and recording onto SDHC cards, the FS-5 with far smaller form factor is a welcome addition to the XDCAM range of super 35mm camcorders. Not so welcome is its lack of 10 bit 422 in UHD.

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Also announced is the long awaited Sony A7s Mk11 with 4K internal recording, 5 axis SteadyShot and the ability to use any user preset button as the record button. Sadly yet again Sony has omitted to allow the main on/off button on the front of the main hand grip as one of the obvious positions.

ZEISS Milvus Objektivfamilie

They do come up with some strange names for their lenses…the new Milvus range from Zeiss.

21mm f2.8   £1049

35mm f2      £865

50mm f1.4   £880

50mm f2     £740

85mm f1.4  £1321

100mm f2  £1048 all pricing excludes vat.

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Drone maker DJI has announced a pair of Micro Four Thirds aerial cameras including a model that can shoot lossless 4K Raw footage. The Zenmuse X5 and X5R are built around 16MP Four Thirds sensors and are compatible with a handful of small, wide Micro Four Thirds lenses and can be flown on the company’s Inspire 1 drones.

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IBC 2015 with Sonys new blockbuster the PXW-FS5 (Price €5800 £4200 plus vat with no lens)

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IBC 2015 in the heart of Amsterdam is second only to NAB, Las Vegas, closely followed by BVE in London. This post will be added to during the day as more new products are added.

First up is the new camcorder from Sony the PXW-FS-5 this is a cracking addition to Sonys 4K range of camcorders.

At a list price of £4200 plus vat with no lens or £4600 plus vat with lens once again its a no brainer.


Despite its amazingly light 0.8kg body, the FS5 is more than tough enough for the rigors of real-world shooting. The main frame is magnesium, for high rigidity and light weight. Cooling is an urgent requirement in a 4K camera, all the more so in a camera as compact as the FS5. An advanced cooling system design features a vertical heat sink placed directly beside the image sensor and main circuit board to maximise its effectiveness. An air duct cools the heat sink while isolating the electrical components from exposure to dust.

Sony 4K

4K resolution 11.6 million total pixels and 8.8 million effective pixels deliver 4K resolution. Even if you’re delivering in HD, your recordings will capture detail and image texture that HD sensors simply cannot see.

Super 35 size sensor offers “bokeh,” the defocused backgrounds made possible by shallow depth of field, as well as excellent low-light sensitivity and an expansive field of view.

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14 stops of exposure latitude deliver powerful grayscale rendition without crushing shadow detail or blowing out highlight detail.

Exceptional sensitivity enables you to shoot well after sunset, without tons of lighting and grip.

Sony’s Exmor CMOS design provides high-speed full-pixel read- out capability (without pixel binning) and sophisticated camera processing to ensure jaggies and moiré are minimized.

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Key features of the PXW-FS5

  • Flexible handheld shooting with a compact 0.8kg lightweight body

The lightweight body with excellent weight balance ensures comfortable handheld shooting as well as an easy fit with a drone or gimbal. The one-touch rotatable grip enables instant switching between low or high angle shooting. Shooting parameters can be changed with one hand even during recording thanks to the multi-functional grip. In the same way the zoom can be operated with a single hand. The detachable handle, one-touch rotatable grip and flexible LCD panel support various shooting styles.

  • Creative expressive performance, including 4K shooting and 240fps high-speed shooting

The camcorder is equipped with an 11.6million pixel Super35 Exmor™ CMOS Sensor, enabling 4K XAVC long GoP high-definition video shooting. It is the world’s first Super35mm camcorder with a built-in electronic variable ND filter, supporting linear control from 1/4ND to 1/128ND and further expanding the depth of field representation. 1/10 times Super Slow Motion reproduction is possible thanks to the 10bit 4:2:2 full HD 240fps High Frame Rate, with no sensor cropping. Low light capabilities and background defocus are heightened by the high sensitivity and large sensor size. On top of this, the 14 stops of latitude in exposure deliver strong grayscale rendition without crushing shadows or blowing out light details.

  • Variety of shooting applications and rich network functions 

The camcorder is equipped with enhanced interfaces including 3G-SDI, 4K HDMI output, MI shoe, SD Dual card slots, Wi-Fi and wired LAN terminal, supporting various system configurations. The Clear Image Zoom allows users to zoom in at up to 2x, even with a fixed focal length lens.

Alister Chapman via Facebook FS5. Affordable, estimate around £3.5k in the dealers, available this year. XAVC-L in HD and 4K. Variable ND filter. 2x SD card slots (uses SDXC). Super slowmo like FS700 so records burst into an onboard memory that’s then written to the cards with start and end triggers. S-Log2/S-log3, MLUT’s but do remember that XAVC-L is 8 bit 4:2:0. It’s really very small and very light. Remove the handle and hand grip and it could be used for many mini-cam/dash-cam type applications.

FS7 & 5

Sony PXW-FS5 Launch film “Free Spirit” from Den Lennie on Vimeo.

To be continued…

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NEW from smallHD the 702…”Bright enough to use in daylight”

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Full HD 7-inch LCD Monitor with 1000 NITs Brightness. Priced at $1499 which is still great value for money for a daylight viewing 7″ field monitor.

702 on Ronin

Having just finished my review of the smallHD 502 I can promise you its sharp.

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A new angle on the battery…one way use your Canon LP-E6 batteries another way use your Sony L series battery, brilliant.

Here is my review of the smallHD 502 1920 x 1080 field monitor I have just finished for a company at IBC.

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Canons 8K roadmap from HD Warrior

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As predicted by HD Warrior many months ago we no sooner have 4K in the bag when Japan will decide 8K is the way forward. Canon, not known for their advanced sneek previews has published a paper telling us all about their future developments.

I suspect Canon have lost so much ground to the 4K Sony PXW-FS7 that they are now forced to let us know in advance about their 8K roadmap.

“Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Through the Company’s proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that will contribute to the development of imaging culture.”

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“Canon, as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

8K onwards

Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

A stop is a unit of measurement used to express dynamic range, which refers to the difference between the brightest and darkest areas of an image that can be simultaneously captured.
Out of the 96 lenses that make up the EF lens lineup, 78 models (60 EF lenses and 18 EF Cinema Lenses) will be compatible with the 8K camera under development.
Out of the 96 lenses that make up the EF lens lineup, 60 models will be compatible with the SLR camera under development.”

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