IN or OUT “Here is a video that makes a lot of sense for the undecided.”

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IN out

HD Warrior does not usually dip its toe into politics but the UK Referendum now only 3 days away is such an important issue for all of us I feel its time to address the main issues…this is done by Prof. Michael Dougan from Liverpool University who has studied the EU for the last 20 years and he makes no bones about his decision of staying with the UK. It only lasts 24m but will be the best 24m you will spend if you are undecided. PS. HD Warrior is for the IN campaign…the only issue I have with this video is its recorded interlaced video which looks terrible on the internet I wish producers would understand that 25i looks bad on the internet when 95% of UK professional camcorders can now record 25p.

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If your into prompting this box will be right up your street !

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DVP-100_rear copy

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H Preston Media- Sony stock levels UPDATE

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The new Sony PXW-Z150 and PXW-FS5 arrives into Malvern on Monday morning.

To deliver imaging performance previously impossible for a compact camcorder, Sony has developed the world’s first 1.0 type stacked CMOS image sensor for professional video applications. A 2x increase in read-out speed, compared to a conventional 1.0 type sensor, enables beautiful 5x slow motion image capture up to 120fps in Full HD and high resolution 4K recording with full pixel readout without binning.

The Z150’s single 20 megapixel* 1.0 type large size sensor gives you low noise and less blur because more light reaches the sensor, offering clear and steady pictures even in a dark scene with minimum illumination 1.7 lux**. The large sensor size also enables beautiful background defocusing (bokeh) to enable you to focus on what you want to show and defocus the rest of the image.


Pick it up. Wrap your hand around the sculpted Smart Grip. Line up a shot. You’ll immediately understand why Sony created the PXW-FS5. It’s the next step in Sony’s handheld revolution. Small as it is, the camera delivers uncompromising performance with Sony’s Super35 sensor, 4K onboard recording and wireless streaming. And with the CBK-FS5RIF software license, you can access the power of external RAW recording (license and RAW recorder both sold separately). The PXW-FS5. Just wait until you get your hands on it.

Both cameras will be in stock in H Preston Media from Monday  Phone 01684-575486 option 1 ask for John or Andy.

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USA 4K upgrade price £173 ?…. £273 dearer in the UK for the same paperwork !!!

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Sony X70 UK v USA

It has been brought to my attention the price difference between the Sony USA price for the 4K upgrade licence for the Sony PXW-X70 and the outrageous UK price for the exact same paperwork.

You could in theory get a friend to buy the USA paperwork and email the contents over to you saving you a massive £273.

Sony-pxwx70 v2

As usual Sony Broadcast can’t give any reason for the discrepancy but its in my opinion a disgrace that once again UK professionals get the raw end of a bad deal that should never have been £446 for 60mbps 4K upgrade, for a camera that was brought to market too soon. It took a year to bring out the 4K upgrade that comes FREE with the 100mbps domestic version of the same camera.


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Micro Review of the new Z-Axis for the DJI Osmo

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Z Review v5

DJI must have been getting some complaints from Osmo users about the bumpy pictures especially from a walking point of view so for an extra £110 you can add the Z-Axis making it a smooth as steadycam.

Z axis 2 copy3

Battery power is limiting but I have three in my kit which is more than I ever need in a days shoot, remembering you don’t use the Oslo constantly during a shoot.

Osmo plus scott bigger

People complain about the sound from the Osmo which is fine as long as you take it away from the Osmo itself i.e. Via a radio mic. Watch my edited review on the JVC-LS300 Firmware update to see the Osmo used with a radio mic (Rt 3.25s). You can also see how the Osmo worked before the Z -Axis was installed.

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SWIT Dual battery charger for sale £60 (Canon batteries C300 etc) SOLD

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I have had this charger sitting in a box since my Canon C300. The Swit S-3602C dual channel sequential charger is compatible with Canon DV batteries used on cameras such as the Canon XF300/305, XF100/105, EOS C300 etc. It still sells online for £126 incl vat.

The price of £60 does not include postage of £7.25 (Special Delivery)

If you are interested in a bargain why not drop me a line to and we can use PayPal or bank transfer.

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The DXL from Panavision (Rental only)

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Sensor Type…16-bit, 35.5 Megapixel CMOS

Resolution…8192 x 4320

Sensor Size…Large Format: 40.96mm x 21.60mm (Diagonal: 46.31mm)

Dynamic Range…15 stops

Max Frame Rate…60 fps at 8K Full Frame (8192 x 4320), 75 fps at 8K 2.4:1 (8192 x 3456)

Recording Codec…8K RAW with simultaneous 4K proxy (ProRes or DNx)

Recording Media…SSD (up to 1 hour on a single magazine)

File Type   .r3d (supported in RED SDK)

Conor Profile…Light Iron Color (compatible with all popular gamuts and transfer curves)

Weight…10 lbs.

Additional Features

6 independent video outputs
Supports 6 independent 1D LUTs or up to 4 independent 3D LUTs
Directly motorize Primo 70 lenses through wireless control
Built in wirelesss timecode for genlock (Ambient Control Network)
Dual menus (Operator side, Assistant side)
Advanced airflow system for superior temperature management
Custom cheeseplate with integrated electronics
Modular and tooless quick changeover accessories

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Sony FS5 Picture Profiles by Alister Chapman

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Tutorial for the Sony PXW-FS5 by Alister Chapman. Chapter1 : Picture Profiles.

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“Business for Filmmakers” a book by Den Lennie “Worth its weight in Gold”

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Den Lennie title v2

I started by asking Den about his early days in the video business. Den”At 16 I made it my mission to become a tv cameraman and attached myself  to  BBC Scotland in Edinburgh, tagging along on shoots in my holidays from school/college.  I spent a large amount of time with a cameraman called Jim Galbreath, and a Sound recordist called Ian Cowie.  They were my first true mentors and I owe then a great deal of gratitude for seeing something in me and encouraging me. I studied at Stevenson College and then Napier University on the BA in Photography Film and Television.” As a nice aside to this story Ian and Jim left the BBC and went to IBC, Amsterdam to look at new video kit , while Den on the other hand fell off a mountain badly hurting his shoulder, this set back Dens video career so opted for a career with MITCORP now CVP. Ian and Jim went to a demonstration day in MITCORP Edinburgh and Den met his old mentors looking for kit and gave both of them a managers discount as a thank you for helping him out in his early days.



Den like most of us started out at the bottom and worked his way up, his career started on the streets of Edinburgh. One of his early productions was a great documentary called “The Mortuary man”. Den “It was a film directed by my friend Mike Gribben in his final year at Napier about the chief mortuary officer at the Edinburgh City Mortuary.  I was already working at GMTV but took some time off to record sound and co-produde.  It was shot on 16mm and we recorded audio on an analogue Nagra.  Great experience and Channel 4 bough the film and aired it on a a special series called the Blue Light Zone commissioned by Stuart Cosgrove.  We were very proud of that.”

Can I just add there is nothing gruesome about the Mortuary Man its just a good TV documentary and worth watching.

The Mortuary Man from Shotover Productions on Vimeo.

Den “After a year backpacking in Austrlalia in 1993, I got his first job with Reuters Television in Edinburgh, as a trainee sound recordist on £9,000 per year an started working on a network Breakfast TV show called GMTV.  After 2 and half years learning to record sound, edit and begin shooting I applied for a job with the BBC and got it.  This was a post in East Anglia and I lasted 11 months before another opportunity came up to work on London’s flagship Independent News program London  Today/London Tonight.  This was brilliant, more money, company car and a 4 day working week and a lot of variety.  I’d gone from regional news in East Anglia, to shooting Tom Cruise, Kylie, U2 and a host of other celebrity news in the big smoke.”


I went freelance in January 2001- My first client was Twi shooting Sports features for Trans Word Sport that went out in 220 countries.  I then developed a range of clients shooting everything from Daytime TV  to Network travel shows.  I shot shows including, Watchdog, Tonight with Trevor McDonald, Wish You Were Here…?, Most Haunted Live,  Liquid News, A Place in the Sun, Holiday Showdown, and a number of other reality type shows.

In 1992-93 I took a year off film school and backpacked around.  Australia is an incredible continent full of stunning landscape and diverse geography. It’s  a filmmaker’s and photographers paradise.  The weather s pretty good too.  So after that trip I fell in love with the place and decided that one day I would make it my plan to live here.  The sun shines over 300 days per year in Sydney, and I like that very much. It’s a very positive place to live. Although it rains a lot in Sydney so reminds me of home.

Me book

I thought a wee bit of prior knowledge about Den would be appropriate before lunging into the book Den has written “Business for Filmmakers”. I also needed the time to read the book as being semi dyslexic reading is a chore for me.

Although I have a good 13 years ahead of Den, his business ethics are sound and you learn a ton of information from the book, especially how to treat the “free riders”  on page 36 Den warns us about taking on work from chancers who tell you that there will be more work in the pipeline if you do the first job for free…nonsense. Get rid of chancers at the starting block, they are nothing but parasites.

Almost as bad happened to me recently a chancer booked a studio session with my Sony FS7 with  prompter only to add a free voice over as part of his conditions…I soon told him where to go and he did !

People seem to think we are a charity and “while you are doing this you can also do that for free”,this type of treatment does not go on in other professions.

Back to the book, Den has kindly offered 5 free down loads of his book for your iPad, E reader etc. and is therefore open to anyone who has internet access. If you run a production company you cannot afford to miss this opportunity. I learned far more in this book than in my 25 years in the video industry. Well worth its weight in gold. I bought the book and asked Den if he would like me to review it as I was so impressed with its information.

You will also learn why your business is not earning enough as most of us are too scared to charge the going rate for our work, Den tells you how to rectify this by charging more and how to add weight to your conviction when pricing for work.

How do you get a FREE download…simple be one of the first five people to comment on this article and I will get a copy via Den off to you ASAP.

UPDATE : I have just sent Den the 5 winners emails.


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Sony 18-105 f4 lens on the A6300

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Sony A6300

Once again this lens performs a lot better on a camera with decent focusing, the A6300 has 425 phase-detection AF points ranged across the sensor. Remembering this is a Sony G lens so it should be a cut above average.

My A6300 arrived from Production Gear last week and the video facilities are fantastic with 4K 25p and full HD at 50p XAVC-S. You can attach the XLR unit but having no audio monitoring makes it almost pointless. This will be a feature added to the next model, though Sony have missed a trick with the XLR unit, they should have added audio monitoring on the XLR unit itself.

A6300 side

I bought this camera for its photographic and video capabilities, 24MP, 425 AF points and up to 6400ISO in low light.

6300 and me

These pictures were shot over a week apart but the real star of this shoot was my new lens.

new lens

The Sony “ZEISS” 16-70 f4 lens which can also be used with my Sony FS5

me and new lens

This time I used my Small HD monitor rather than the XLR unit.

Flori 6400

A picture of my dog taken at 6400 ISO with virtually no loss in detail.

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