Life’s not always a bed of roses…Support if you can please

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This is the film clip from the upcoming and in production documentary ‘Windows and Corridors’.
Kiaren Grae is awaiting an urgent liver transplant that could happen any day. He is very ill…..and very brave. It was at his urging that I decided to do this documentary. I am his Dad. He wants to raise the awareness of everyone to the idea of organ donor registration. I think this music clip could do the job very well. Please pass it on to everyone you can and help Kiaren achieve his idea. If you are interested in the subject then we hope you will talk with your families about it.

I just know I love this young man and his equally extraordinary brother Daniel who wrote and sang this incredible song. Thanks to you too Travis [guitar] and of course the ever present and fantabulous Mr Donny Gall on drums. The band is called ‘Mondays Not Home’ [check myspace]. What a fantastic recording session….both my sons together for the VERY FIRST TIME in their lives. Extraordinary energy.
The electric rhythm and lead guitars are by my great friend Mike Foster of Avalanche [USA] The bass guitar is played by a great lady player called Stephanie Krowka

All camera work is by me using the JVC GZ-HD7 using all the manual functions. The lighting is [fluorescent] ambient light in all the hospital footage. Some indoor shots are lit with my small light kit, others are natural window light.I edited on Sony Vegas Pro 8 with the Sony colour correction plug-in. I wish I could afford Magic Bullet Looks as I think it would have helped the footage considerably. Maybe I will rework the correction later on. Viewer thoughts on this clip would be most helpful as I am a real beginner in both the editing role and camera operation.
Please leave your thoughts, it is an important thing for Kiaren to be able to read your letters of support.

David Pendragon, Australia
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David is just like me and you a dad and a film maker, we all share the same passion but in David’s case he has a very ill son who needs an urgent liver transplant. My involvement is to highlight his plight and hope someone sees his well produced documentary and can help in some way. As a father of a child with type 1 diabetes I have some idea what he is going through.

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Sony mobile storage unit for SxS media

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The Sony Mobile Storage Unit is a portable, self-contained, high-speed, mass storage device that allows virtually unlimited back-up of SxS PRO Memory Card content.

  • One-Touch Copy and Verification of SxS PRO™ Memory Cards
  • Fast Transfer of Video Content (Estimated up to 10X Real Time)
  • Removable 240GB Hard Drive Cartridges (PXU-HC240)
  • Uses the same BPU30 Battery as XDCAM EX camcorders
  • Estimated Availability: Fall 2009

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Review of the JVC GY-HM700

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Review of the JVC GY-HM700 By Philip Johnston
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Larry’s Tip of the Day

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JVC GY-HM700 Video review due Saturday (Due to early baby)

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Sorry but my niece Jill had her baby 3 days early and put everything back a day, glad to report that baby Charlotte is doing well (5lbs 5ozs) and mum is also doing well.

Look under “VIDEO REVIEW TAB” at the top of the page for the video review of the HM700

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Apple are starting to loose the plot

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macpro-15-batteryApple are loosing the plot with the new MacBook Pros, the 13″ and 15″ have gone from express card slots to SD card slots a retrograde step in my opinion. With the express card slot you could use Sony’s SxS cards directly but no more. In my opinion Apple have teamed up with JVC giving them direct access to their SDHC Quicktime recording systems, surly you can’t design a laptop with one camcorder manufacturer in mind. This is ludicrous most of us can and buy multi card readers so their is no need for an SD card slot in any MacBook Pro.

Another backwards step is the inclusion of the so called 7 hour internal battery, fine if you get at least 6 hours running time but you are gubbed when your battery runs out. I use my MacBook Pro for Autocue work and will not buy a laptop with an internal battery. 7 hours becomes 6 becomes 5 becomes a disaster.

I have seen Apple go from bad to worse over the last 3 MacBook Pro designs with the exclusion of firewire 400 port, no external video adapter after the MacAir, no express card slot and now no external battery.

Who are Apple talking to…certainly not video professionals, I only hope Steve Jobbs gets better soon and kicks ass back at Apple HQ…Apple are not usually associated with the word retrograde. Once again we see no availability for Blu-ray drives in the MacBook Pro.

This kind of stupidity does not bode well for the next version of DVD Studio Pro… there are a lot of us waiting in the wings for Apple to include Blu-ray authoring but nothing so far suggests that Apple will go down this road and if that is the case they leave a rather wide door open for Adobe’s CS4 Encore.

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Apple announce the new iPhone

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Two new tutorials for you to watch see tutorial tab above

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JVC GY-HM700 Review this week

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I have spent a crazy two days reviewing the JVC HM700 camcorder, thanks to Mitcorp, Glasgow for their demonstration model. It’s a camcorder I thought I would like due to the fact I have had 3 JVC camcorders in the past and without exception have been great camcorders.

For those of you wanting to know does it work with the MxM cards ? All will be revealed in my extensive review. I decided to go to Edinburgh to film some outdoor shots and got more than I bargained for.

How does it compare against the Sony EX-3 in low light ?  What do the 3 different colours mean ? Watch this space.

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Could Canon upstage Red with a film like camcorder ?

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canon-logo-refSo where now, we have had our pickings from Panasonic, JVC and Sony with solid state camcorders but we might ask where is Canon. We have not had a sniff from Canon for ages, apart from the odd tweak here or there.

I think Canon are biding their time and will WoW us with a complete rethink and finally go solid state. Canon are not stupid they have seen how the market is moving and it’s all in their favor…why ?

Look at the Canon 5D Mk2 Digital SLR with it’s new firmware allowing manual exposure control including ISO, shutter speed and aperture. You don’t have to spend a lot of time with a digital SLR camera that is designed to take photographs to realize it’s short comings as a video camera.

I was told only today that the good old BBC have bought the first consignment of Panasonic Lumix GH1 cameras and you can be assured it’s not for it’s photographic qualities though I do despair that an organization renowned for it’s quality programming is going down this road. Maybe someone from the BBC will write to us as to why they are buying so many Lumix GH1 cameras.

Canon on the other hand have many facets not least the broadcast lens division, pro camcorder division and pro SLR camera division, you would think that Canon would realize a big gap in the market for a quality solid state camcorder with shallow depth of field, a camcorder that will take all their SLR lens range…am I dreaming, well it’s not everyones cup of tea but Canon would sell tones of these camcorders and first in the que would be Mr Bloom himself.

A word of caution Canon please do not be stupid enough to bring out expensive dedicated solid state memory card when we have SDHC cards that are cheap and great for archive.

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