ADVERT…Production Gear have the new Rode Newsshooter Kits in stock £409

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If you produce news for television you can’t be without one of these especially since the RODE version is 100% digital and takes Sony “L” batteries. A word of warning for my professional colleagues, the receiver needs one extra accessory called a VXLR to go from 3.5 mini jack to XLR, make sure you order one with your kit.

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NEW MOVI PRO $6,500

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We know the stress modern day productions put on crews to deliver top quality content more quickly than ever before. MōVI Ring Pro features a built-in stand that allows the operator to quickly set the system down almost anywhere. This reduces operator fatigue and keeps you fresh.

MōVI Pro is designed from the ground up to minimize downtime on set. Hot swappable intelligent batteries power the MōVI Pro, camera, and all accessories to keep you shooting all day long… with only one type of batteries to charge.

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MōVI Pro Batteries strike just the right balance between size, performance, and usability. They give users instant status information via an integrated ‘fuel gauge’ and feature a host of battery management and protections built into the pack. We include 2 batteries and 2 chargers with every MōVI Pro to keep you shooting.

MōVI Pro features internal wiring to prevent damage/snags during usage. Additionally, we have strain relieved and enclosed all connections to ensure maximum reliability in a variety of weather conditions.

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Reinventing cinema lighting with drones

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‘THE LIGHT’ is the second creative short film collaboration between Tim Sessler and Brandon Bray. After our last collaboration on ‘BALANCE,’ we wanted to focus on a more narrative piece but really push the abstract while letting the visuals do most of the storytelling. While BALANCE explored aerial cinematography in a new and artistic way, ‘THE LIGHT’ is really about attempting to make light a character, and using it in a new and innovative way.

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Over the past year we’ve seen an increase in interesting use of “drone lighting”.  People attaching remote flashes to small quadcopters or creating impressive work, like Reuben Wus landscape photography with a tiny 200W light.

The issue with most of these systems is that they are far from being usable for motion picture. Even our first test with small prototype lights resulted in pushing Sony’s a7s II to extremely high ISOs, as high as 32,000. While the results of the drone light were absolutely stunning and created a bizarre effect that seemed to combine the moving shadows (that we otherwise only know from timelapse footage) and live action – we needed to create a much stronger light source to capture our vision with a proper cinema camera.

After multiple prototypes we finally arrived at our first light that got us into a realm of usable exposure. Using 60 feet of high powered 2835-480 LED light strips – giving both a 360 degree spread as well as a separate top down light, we had our first working drone light with about an 80,000 lumen output.

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RODELink Newsshooter Kit now available £402

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The receiver (RX-CAM) features an OLED display with information on level, battery status (receiver and transmitter), mute and channel selection. The unit can be mounted on a standard camera shoe mount, 3/8″ thread or belt-clip, and for added versatility the shoe mount can be located in one of two positions.

The transmitter (TX-XLR) easily connects to handheld presentation microphones as well as shotgun microphones, with a 3.5mm input and headphone output.

Using a Series II 2.4GHz digital transmission with 128-bit encryption, the RØDELink Newsshooter and Filmmaker Kits are able to constantly monitor and hop between frequencies to maintain the strongest possible signal level at a range of up to 100 metres* (over 100 yards)

Newsshooter at IBC 2015: RodeLink Newsshooter Kit from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

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DJI Phantom 4 drone with 24-carat gold plating goes on sale for £20k

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How stupid is this….when drones are so vulnerable why would you spend £20K on one, could you imagine loosing or crashing this drone.

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FCPX major update 10.3 and new MacBook Pro with touch bar

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The all new interface and runs as sweet as a nut and using OSX 10.12.1 Sierra on my two iMacs.

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NOTE : In a dual monitor setup your Photos/Audio and Titles/Generators have moved position from above the timeline/VU meters to this new position, this is not explained in the link below.

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Another annoying feature is by default your VU meters are absent so you need to click on the wee meters beside the timecode to activate the far more useful bigger VU meters.

 

For a quick overview of the new components visit this web site (Note : Single monitor setups).

http://fcpxbook.com/updates/103/

Look at the new MacBook Pro and how easy now integrates with FCPX.

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KIPON announce the Canon EF to Sony adapter with built in ND $430

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Chinese lens and accessory maker Kipon has introduced an adapter that includes a variable neutral density filter, primarily for video shooters. The filter is placed between a Canon EF-S mount and a Sony E-mount body. The Kipon EF-S/E AF ND retains the autofocus and image stabilisation features of the lens, according to the company, and EXIF data is communicated so it can be recorded in the image files. The adapter also allows manual focusing of the lens to trigger MF assistance features of the camera – such as peaking or magnification.

Kipon has produced adapters that contain graduated neutral density filters before but this is the first that has a variable ND filter. The filter is turned via a wheel that sticks out of the barrel and is marked with values between 1.5 and 7 f-stops. The idea of the adapter is that wide apertures can be used with shutter speeds appropriate for shooting video – as well as for stills shooters who want a shallow depth of field outdoors on bright days.

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The adapter features an EF-S mount, so that it can use both EF and EF-S lenses but covers the full frame image circle for use on a7 series cameras.

The company suggests that the selling price should be 45,000 yen before tax, which is approximately $430.

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Sweden’s new rules mean drones need a surveillance licence

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Sweden’s Supreme Administrative Court has issued a ruling that classifies drone photography as surveillance, thus meaning operators of drones with cameras would need to obtain a surveillance license – an unlikely case for members of the public. Swedish drone owners are understandably upset with the ruling, stating that it will effectively kill an entire industry. Local media outlets also find it troubling, since no exceptions are made for journalistic applications.

UAS Sweden, an organization of Swedish drone operators, plans to try to convince lawmakers that the decision is an overreaction that will have a tremendous negative impact on their industry. Either way, the policy will likely be difficult to enforce. Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet points out that local police seem unlikely to prioritize any reports of suspected unauthorized surveillance.

Meanwhile have a look at Philip Blooms video on the Mavic Pro shot in his garden in “tripod mode”

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Transparent TV from Panasonic…WOW FACTOR

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I did not think this was possible a transparent tv but the boffins at Panasonic have brought this from Si-Fi to reality. Watch the video…

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New Quick Release from SmallRig

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I received this Quick Release plate from SmallRig about two weeks ago and have been putting it through its paces.

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The large Quick Release arm is well made and very responsive, you have to turn it a full 180º to release the tripod plate but thats no great hardship.

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Its refreshing to have a QR plate that allows quick access rather than the usual two position press a button as seen in most QR setups.

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I love the small foot print that you get with the smaller tripod plate, great for my Panasonic GX8.

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This is my poppadom shot taken with my GX8 and 18-30mm f1.4 Sigma ART lens on a Canon mount Metabones adapter taking the f1.4 to f1.1

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