The all new Canon CF35 full frame SDOF concept camcorder…

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It can’t be difficult to make it happen…the all new Canon 21MP full frame CMOS sensor CF35…

I am not a big fan of cross pollination yet Canon have decided that almost all DSLRs are going to have the facility to record in HD. Why not go the whole hog and produce a full frame film look camera that would satisfy the hunger for a growing band of video/film makers who need the Shalow Depth Of Field (SDOF) that the 35mm sensor gives along with 35mm Canon lenses with the need for more professional facilities like XLR sound inputs etc.

This is my photoshop prototype of the Canon CF35…A 21MP full frame CMOS sensor camcorder from Canon, with dual compact flash slots, takes all Canon 35mm lenses, full 1920 HD and 720P, takes 15MP photographs while filming, dual XLR connectors, HD-SDI output, new LCOS hi-rez viewfinder and optional EHDZ-9P hi-rez camera/field monitor with built in CF recorder.

Canon would like a better hold of the marketplace over the likes of Sony, JVC and Panasonic. So far we have seen full 1920 HD camcorders or 35mm still cameras with HD recording and 3.5mm jack mic inputs (EOS 5D Mk11). Canon you have the top hand you know all about video and 35mm digital, now more than ever is the time to produce a proper solid state film look (SDOF) camera at a reasonable cost say £6000.

“You saw it here first”

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Grays of Westminster for Nikon users

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grays-bannergray-levettIs this not just like Olivanders shop from Harry Potter…everything in the shop that fits a Nikon is here. Why am I highlighting it well I know we have some American buddies who look at my site and this shop is a must if you ever visit London, also most professional video camera operators use Nikon and Canon digital stills cameras.

It helps to be a Nikon user as you won’t find any other camera manufacturer displayed in this wonderful shop. You will even meet Mr Gray Levett the Olivander of Nikon himself.

www.graysofwestminster.com

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CVP showing new JVC GY-HM700 in stock…

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JVC GY-HM700Our friends at CVP are showing the new JVC GY-HM700 now in stock for next day delivery at £5620.63 inc 15% vat.

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Petrol inflatable camera bag…

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The Petrol Inflatable Airline Bag is uniquely designed to safeguard a camera against accidental damage from other cargo or jostling during a flight. There’s no longer need to pad and cover valuable equipment with airline blankets or extra pillows. The top of the bag unzips smoothly and opens wide to offer enough room for a full-size broadcast camera without disturbing the viewfinder and lens. An exterior side pocket holds a coiled tube that connects to an exterior inflation valve. The user simply blows into the tube to fill the bag’s internal inflation system. Inside, the contents are surrounded by soft fabric backed by a firm, protective cushion of air. The inflation system is removable and can be easily replaced. When inflated, the bag can be safely stored in the airplane’s overhead compartment, or inside a hard case or standard camera bag. Additional features include Petrol’s nylon shoulder strap and easy-glide dual-directional zippers. The exterior is constructed of water-resistant blue Cordura and heavy-duty black ballistic nylon.

U.S. list price for Inflatable Airline Bag (PIAB) is $259. For further information,  go to http://www.petrolbags.com

Editor “Now that’s what I call a great idea…how it’s not been thought of in the past beats me. Sadly by the time we see this bag in the UK it will cost upwards of £259”. 

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NAB 2009 preview

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tascam-audio-rec-v2NAB comes but once a year…If there is anything that NAB is good for it’s presenting us with new toys. NAB 20-23 April 2009 is where all the broadcasters head once a year to see the new kit from various exhibitors.

Right : Tascam are showing off their new hand held stereo audio recorder the DR-07. It records to SD cards in WAV or MP3 formats. Features include pitch and looping functions. The dual mics are electret condensers. You can download recorder files via a USB 2.0 port. The DR-07 ships with a 2GB card and windscreen. No price yet.

 

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Sony XVR-Z5 v EX-3 video review Wednesday

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sony-z5-v2Tomorrow (Tuesday) will see the editing done then some tweeks and some interesting findings…low light issues against the EX-3. Only here will you be able to make your mind up wether to add this camera as a good second partner to your EX-3.  Come back on Wednesday afternoon (8th April 09) to find out.

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Ripple Training “Training for FC Studio 2”

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free-tutorialIf you want to learn some of the more inner secrets of Final Cut Studio 2 then look no further than Ripple Training. My early days plodding around Motion was a nightmare. Motion 3 with 3D elements is a bigger nightmare but the chaps at Ripple Training take your hand and walk you through the various steps and protocols. I have to dip into my Ripple DVDs now and again for a refresher course but I can tell you I am so glad I have my DVDs for reference. Ripple also do various free tutorials on their web site, why not give them a look.

http://www.rippletraining.com/engine/index.php?

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Sony HVR-Z5E v EX-3 Review coming soon…

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z5-v-ex3Sony recently brought out the second generation “Z” camcorder and added a 20x wide angle zoom and an option to record to compact flash card. I have one of these camcorders for a couple of days plus some user testimonials. As usual I will compare this camera against the EX-3. 

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Frank Glencairn “His work speaks for itself”

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UNZEIT Directors Cut By Frank Glencairn
View in HD  Download 360p Version  Visit Frank Glencairn’s ExposureRoom Videos Page

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Alternative media storage for Sony Ex-1, Ex-3

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Can I start by putting my hand up to owning two of these cards, two express readers and two Transend 16G SDHC cards (Class 6).  The MxM expresscard/34 will record at 1920 x 1080 mb/s HQ in the same way as your SxS Pro memory card will record. This is the most popular format the majority of video operators will record at. By utilizing a combination of MxM expresscard/34 and a reasonably priced SDHC memory card, film makers and videographers on location can now shoot for days, without the unnecessary and costly need of extra equipment to safeguard their footage to eg laptops or pcs. They can offload at their convenience at a later stage and reduce interruptions during the filming process.mxm-card

Why should I use a MxM card instead of Sony SxS card? 

The biggest consideration to use the MxM cards is the price. To be able to record using a modestly priced adapter, onto commodity priced SDHC cards has dropped the cost per hour of footage to between 1/6th and 1/8th of SxS. This has led producers to be able to complete shoots without the need to offload to Laptop. Some producers are completing several days of shooting and downloading when they return to the studio. Others are handing over the SDHC cards at the end of the shoot, in the same way they did with tape.

Which firmware should I have to use MxM cards? 
An MxM card will only work with firmware 1.11_0531 and 1.12 on EX1/EX3. All cameras produced post August 2008 come with this update. If your camera does not have this update you will have to go back to Sony to have the firmware updated. There are links on the internet which show you how to update manually, but we highly recommend you use a Sony repair centre to complete it.

mxm-card-holderThe company in Australia also now produce very low cost card storage solutions you can buy plastic box holders to keep the dust out and is a pleasant change from the Sony blue box.

So what does it all cost ?

$19 for postage, $45 for 1 MxM card and an orange box (Note. Australian dollars) Around £75 including 16G SDHC card.

The alternative ?

Sony 16G card with blue box CVP price £516.35 (See link)

UK distributer of MxM express cards

H Preston Media have these cards in stock for £50 (See link)

http://mxmexpress.com/

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