Sony FX9 updated firmware v2.0 brings 4K 50p to full frame camera

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Sony FX9 full-frame cinema camera was introduced in 2019 and Sony was promoting the camera as a combination of FS7’s form factor and VENICE colour science.

When releasing the FX9, Sony also announced the camera will receive important firmware updates in the future that will unlock some features of the camera.

Version 2.0 of FX9 firmware supports 4K 60p/50p recording through oversampling from a 5K cropped area of 6K full-frame sensor. The 5K cropped area will be about 122% larger than the super35 crop mode.

Version 2.0 also enables the output of a 4K 16-bit RAW signal to an external recorder with the optional XDCA-FX9 accessory. This additional bit depth beyond the camera’s internal 10-bit recording is suitable for projects requiring more intensive post-production.

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Lockdown Review of the Panasonic HC-X2000

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Firstly this is my own Panasonic HC-X2000, not one borrowed from Panasonic, so what I say in this review are my own opinions.

I had a GH5S that to be honest did not match my three GH5 cameras nor did it allow you to transfer the camera settings which was the final nail in its coffin, not to mention not having an OIS in camera was a very poor design feature.

I traded the GH5S plus 2 lenses and paid WEX £10 to complete the deal. The annoying part of the GH5 is not being able to use a servo zoom with a decent range, hence the attraction of the Panasonic HC-X2000.

The first thing I did was match the HC-X2000 to my GH5 and choosing SCENE FILE F2 called FLU, I changed it to ORC (One Roving Cook) a program I produce regularly for YouTube.

I tried CINE D and CINE V on both cameras but still prefer Like 709 (REC 709) on the GH5 and FLU on the X2000.

Chris had a great idea, rather than mess about with the matrix why not not set a value in the RB gain WB function.

Setting this B GAIN AWB A to -8 means that if I use the Panasonic GH5 and set my AW to ChA it should be a lot closer to the GH5 in colour.

Enough of the technical stuff here is the final version of my Lockdown video review of the Panasonic HC-X2000

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Review of the Panasonic HC-X2000 coming soon

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In Glasgow City Centre filming with the Panasonic HC-X2000 at 30dBs recording 4K 50p 200Mbps. 30dBs I hear you cry…this is not 30dBs as you know it, Panasonic have produced some amazing magic in this wee camcorder and 30dBs is now usable.

Fortunately Panasonic decided to give us a mounting point on the handle for my magic arm, holding my iPhone 11 Pro in order to film the LCD screen. I was going to use the DJI Osmo Action but it was far too wide.

I hope to get the review out this Friday morning.

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Canon C300 Mk3 Price £10,499

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In 2012 I bought the Canon C300 and it was worth every penny…the pictures this camera produces are truly stunning. The C300 was only 1080p and back in 2012 4K was not an option for me personally.

Eight years later Canon announce the C300 Mk3 now with 4K at 120fps.

Тhе lаtеѕt аddіtіоn tо thе Сіnеmа ЕОЅ rаngе оffеrѕ thе ultіmаtе іn Ѕuреr 35mm 4К іmаgеrу. Wіth а nеw ѕеnѕоr орtіmіѕеd fоr НDR асquіѕіtіоn, соmрrеhеnѕіvе rесоrdіng fоrmаtѕ uѕіng bоth соmрrеѕѕеd аnd Rаw соdесѕ, аn іnduѕtrу-lеаdіng аutоfосuѕ аnd іnсrеdіblе nеw hіgh-frаmеrаtе rесоrdіng іn 4К, thе С300 Мk 3 іѕ thе реrfесt tооl fоr brоаdсаѕt, dосumеntаrу аnd nаrrаtіvе fіlmmаkіng рrоduсtіоnѕ. Тhе nехt gеnеrаtіоn ЕОЅ С300 Маrk ІІІ іnсоrроrаtеѕ Саnоn’ѕ nеwlу dеvеlореd 4К Ѕuреr 35mm DGО ѕеnѕоr, wіth 4К 120Р ѕlоw mоtіоn, Ніgh Dуnаmіс Rаngе аnd Duаl Ріхеl СМОЅ АF іntо thе ѕаmе bоdу аѕ thе ЕОЅ С500 Маrk ІІ.

Frame rates…4K in 25P/30P/50P/60P & 4K 120fps in Super 35mm, 2K/HD in 25P/30P/50P/60P & 120fps in Super 35mm, 2K/HD in 180fps in Super 16mm.

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Cinema 5D “Virtual Show”

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Due to COVID-19 all this years major video shows have been cancelled so Cinema 5D decided to produce a “Virtual Show” and I think it works very well.

Here is a sample of the new 499 euro kit from SWIT…

www.cinema5d.com

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“BBC MOTD” Why is Ian Wrights camera so much better

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I can’t understand this…why would you give a co presenter like Ian Wright better kit than the presenter.

This is interesting because of Social Distancing all three presenters are coming from their homes either from iPhone, Android or a web cam. Q. Why is the main presenter Gary Lineker’s picture the worst.

Someone from the BBC will have supplied the lighting and Gary’s black background does not help things but Ian Wright’s picture is way beyond both Gary’s and Alan Shearer’s…WHY ?

Some say its a better camera and better bandwidth, but I would like someone from MOTD to get back to me as to why Ian’s picture is so much better.

Update : Some people say its down to bandwidth but a lot of its down to lighting, background (ie NOT BLACK) and I am sure Ian Wright has a DSLR rather than a mobile device.

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Panasonic HC-X2000 Review in Lockdown

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It may be a Lockdown but we can still produce a review of a camcorder. I say we as I have enlisted my good friend Chris Attkins to help with this one.

Chris has helped me on many occasions with reviews as we are both technically equal and Chris was a senior cameraman at Scottish Television.

So don’t think its all back of the garden footage although my two girls do give me a hand with the 100fps slow motion on this shoot.

If you have any features you would like to see in this review please leave me your comments below thanks

I have already matched the Panasonic X2000 to my GH5 and this will be demonstrated in the review.

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Crumple Pop’s new plugin for FCPX (Levelmatic)

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Crumple Pop are running away with useful audio plugins for FCPX, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve and Audition.

Common problem in audio is someone speaks too loud or has a weak voice making the audio uneven and in most cases unwatchable.

This is the best times to experiment with audio plugins when you are in Lockdown. This should be a number one plugin with YouTubers as their sound is usually all over the place.

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Panasonic HC-X1500 First Impressions from Chris Attkins

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Chris was all set to buy the new Sony Z90 but the camcorder became unavailable during ordering (A blessing). As Chris always does he phoned me to ask my opinion on his predicament and I told him about Panasonics new line of 4K 50p camcorders homing in on the HC-X2000.

It was the size that tickled Chris as he admits he is getting older and does not want to lug about a heavy camcorder.

Chris was an ex senior cameraman at Scottish Television and ran a successful video production company called Flashback Video during 1980. The company finished up during the year 2000.

Chris and his wife Jan work as a team, Jan loves the size of the new Panasonic HC-X1500 and looks forward to filming a lot more events on Arran.

The camcorders only arrived on Friday and by the end of Saturday Chris had his first impressions video produced.

The cameras get a glowing report and Chris was very impressed with the steady shot and the autofocus. Here are his first impressions…

Here is a link for the manual for the X1500 and the X2000

https://resource.holdan.co.uk/Panasonic/manuals/Panasonic_HC-X2000.pdf

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A tribute to my good friend Hamish Wilson. (Updated)

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Hamish Wilson 1942 – 2020
From Lorne Boswell of Equity…
“Sorry to hear of Hamish’s death last Thursday.
He led a full life and touched many people. He was one of life’s enthusiasts and succeeded at most everything he turned his hand to. Trained at the RSAMD, his early career as an actor included Greyfriars Bobby (1961), Vital Spark (‘66), Softly Softly (‘67), Dr Who (‘68) The Mind Robber. He worked for Equity for a bit in Glasgow and London. His latter working years were as a Radio Drama Producer for the BBC where he produced hundreds of network dramas for Radio 3 and 4. He returned to acting after retiring from the BBC and appeared in Taggart, Monarch of the Glen and many others. Time in his company was always enjoyable and often informative.
He succumbed to this dreaded virus. We won’t be able to gather for his funeral. Remember that mischievous grin and raise a glass to him. RIP.”

Hamish and his grandson and lovely wife Dianna

I met Hamish while I was working at Radio Clyde and after I went out on my own during 1988 Hamish did a lot of our early voice overs. It was during 2005 when we produced Type 2 Diabetes the No Nonsense Guide that I am about to preview below. Hamish was a stickler for correctness and if something wasn’t right he would do it again. I got Hamish to read the whole script so we could use it as a guide track.

Unfortunately the last time I spoke to Hamish was about a year ago, I say unfortunately because I wish it had not been so long ago. Hamish used to stay about 5 minutes along the road from me till he and his lovely wife Dianna retired to Newton Stewart near Wigtown which is 95 miles away.

Wendy Padbury, Patrick Troughton (2nd doctor) A young Hamish Wilson (Image RGR)

The Mind Robber took place in June 1968, during production of the Mind Robber actor Frazer Hines contracted chickenpox and was hurriedly replaced by Hamish Wilson for episode 2.

His nom de plumb was the “arm chair general” as he was very much into virtual war on his computer and a ton of books on the subject. Its very sad to think I will no longer to be able to pick up the phone to my old friend who had the richest, warmest, chocolatey voice in the world of voice over artists. God bless you Hamish.

Hamish leaves a lovely wife Dianna and three very loving girls Emma, Alice and Abigail.

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