12K Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro £8,095

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Once again Blackmagic break new barriers with a 12K camcorder. We are only just tinkering with 8K and now 12K.

It has a super35 sensor and shoots B-RAW full-sensor readout in 12K up to 60fps, 8K up to 110fps, or 4K in super16 crop mode up to 220fps. Apart from internal dual CFast and SD UHS-II card slots, there is a USB-C connector for recording on external drives. The camera comes with a PL lens mount which is interchangeable to EF or F mount. There is internal ND filter as well. The URSA Mini Pro 12K will be available in July 2020 for £8,095.

  • 12,288 x 6480 12K Super 35 sensor.
  • Use for feature films, VFX and high end TVC’s.
  • 14 stops of dynamic range and native 800 ISO.
  • New Blackmagic RAW for real time 12K editing.
  • Blackmagic RAW optimized for Metal, CUDA and OpenCL.
  • Generation 5 Color Science with new film curve.
  • Shoot up to 60 fps in 12K, 110 fps at 8K and 220 fps at 4K.
  • Dual card CFast recording at up to 900MB/s.
  • PL mount included, EF and F mounts available.
  • SuperSpeed USB-C for recording to external disks.
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production.
  • Compatible with new Blackmagic URSA Mini Recorder.

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Canon R5 pre production model is an exceptional photographic tool.

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I have been rather harsh with Canon’s R5 as its not just a video tool. This picture from Paul Zizka using a pre production R5 is exceptional.

With its 45MP full frame sensor and exceptional low light capabilities there is a lot more to this camera that I clearly ignored.

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Canon R5 “8K at a cost” Price £4200

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So we finally have an 8K mirrorless camera with a headphone socket I may add.

Before you rush out and spend your £4000 there are some serious flaws this camera is going to give you from day one.

For UK customers 8K 25P creates a lot of heat (There is no fan in this camera) and as the heat builds up in the camera you will get short recording times even as low as 15 minutes or less.

No one understands why Canon decided to go down this route as a filmmakers we need equipment we can rely on.

It seems to me Canon wanted to have the first interchangeable mirrorless camera filming in 8K to jump ahead of the competition but with no fan to cool things down have they jumped in too soon.

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You have to question why Canon did not look at the Panasonic S1H recording at 4K and ask themselves why Panasonic needed a fan in their camera.


Canon just issued an official statement regarding the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 overheating during video recording. The company says they used a magnesium alloy body and “overheat control” for better heat management. Canon didn’t want to include a fan to keep the body compact and weather-sealed.  The EOS R5 can only record up to 20 minutes in 8K and up to 15 minutes in 4K 120fps. After that, the camera needs up to 20 minutes to recover before starting to record again.

HDW…We can safely say the R5 won’t be finding itself on any blockbuster studio set anytime soon with that crippling 20 minute wait between takes.

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The new ZOOM H8 audio recorder $400

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Whether you’re capturing audio on location, recording music, or producing a podcast, the H8 color touchscreen adapts to your project’s needs with three App-driven interface options. All with the touch of your finger.

I have bought various audio devices in the past from a Tascam DR-44WL to a Zoom R16 and found them menacingly complicated to use. One of my more useful purchases was the Tascam DR-60D which was used with my GH4 at IBC 2013.

With the addition of the Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth module you can see your audio levels on your iPhone.

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ZOOM…The “New Normal” in live football

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Picture courtesy: AGF 

Zoom has been the way forward during the pandemic for many platforms from live TV to live football.

Many of us were not aware of zoom till we met COVID-19 and a worldwide lockdown became the normal. We needed a new way to meet each other and along came a ready made platform called zoom.

During a football game (see pic above) the screens requires no less than 23 men behind the scenes to make it happen.

Needless to say this will only be avaliable in the more affluent football grounds and my question is what happens if a stray ball hits the screen ?

I think this is a great way forward if you cant allow fans in the stadium.

Erik Yuan CEO of ZOOM, picture courtesy of TechCrunch.com

Needless to say Erik Yuan has made nearly $4 billion in 3 months as usage of his video conferencing software goes through the roof during the pandemic.

Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats – and it lets you record those sessions to view later.

When people are talking about Zoom, you’ll usually hear the following phrases: Zoom Meeting and Zoom Room. A Zoom Meeting refers to a video conferencing meeting that’s hosted using Zoom. You can join these meetings via a webcam or phone. Meanwhile, a Zoom Room is the physical hardware setup that lets companies schedule and launch Zoom Meetings from their conference rooms.

Zoom Rooms require an additional subscription on top of a Zoom subscription and are an ideal solution for larger companies.

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Panasonic G100 Vlogging camera…again with no headphone socket !

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The rage from Japan seems to be dedicated Vlogging cameras. Only someone has decided Vlogging is for people who live in Toytown.

Once again, sadly, Panasonic have decided that we are not getting a headphone socket. After the GH4, GH5, S1 and finally on the FZ2000… all with headphone sockets this camera returns to the dark ages.

Not only does it not have a headphone socket but we are back to a mini HDMI socket and to top it off you get 10 minutes record time in 4K25p or 20 minutes in full HD.

Sound has not only taken a back seat with this camera but the lack of recording time is crippling.

We are in the middle of a Worldwide Pandemic and Panasonic decides to make a camera with features that will cut out 50% of their buying market.

I looked at this as I liked the size of it “nice and compact” but as soon as I heard the words “NO HEADPHONE SOCKET” I switched off.

Who are Panasonic talking to when they make such stupid design decisions. Yet they proudly show off the external mic socket…only one problem chaps…if the sound going into the camera is duff no amount of post production is going to fix this. I will leave you with a video review from Gordon Laing from Camera Labs.

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Using crews during a pandemic

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I read an article from Alister Chapman on Facebook about the problem with crews during a pandemic.

Alister Chapman “The challenges of a very simple Covid shoot. So – you think – lets shoot outside, the safest place to work. That’s fine as long as the weather stays dry. Then you find that you have crew members that can only use public transport and your exterior location isn’t close to any public transport routes – move to a different location closer to a railway station. Trains are much less frequent and social distance means seats may not be available, so need much more start time flexibility.Ask your crew to bring their own lunch and drinks. But then once they have drunk those drinks where do they go for a bathroom break? Public toilets are mostly closed, cafe’s and bars are closed. This would normally be such a simple shoot to organise.”

David “So why not get another crew”

Alister ” I’d rather stick with the crew I know, a crew that’s always worked hard to deliver before this. I know some of them have been hit hard by this, so I want to do my bit to help them earn a living.”

HDW “Very commendable”

Colin “Rent a motor home as a home base”

Alaister “No budget for that, this is a simple small crew shoot where normally we would go to a local cafe or bar for breaks. A motor home is to small for a crew to all sit down inside together and you would also need someone to sanitise it between each user. It also assumes there is somewhere big enough to park it on site.”

HDW : The problem is you never know what underlying health problems others have until you arrange a shoot.
In my own case I have chrohn’s disease and my cameraman has type one diabetes so both of us are reliant on the ability to need public toilets as a minimum.
Type one’s tend to run their blood sugars a bit higher to give themselves leeway thus causing them to need the toilet more frequently.

I thought I would throw this picture in for good measure hairdressing during a shoot in Edradour, you just can’t socially distance yourself from people while cutting their hair.

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This collision happened in Feburary and is only being reported now.

Getting down to the nitty gritty the Canadian police helicopter was on a mission and the police drone was on the same mission, there was a collision but not enough damage to the helicopter that it could not land safely.

Here is a chap I follow on YouTube “Droning On” to explain what happened

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A fascinating look at recreating an early colour outside broadcast (OB)

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Photograph supplied with kind permission from Ron Seeth (Seen above operating the camera for Scottish Television)

A look at the early days in colour broadcasting in the UK this should appeal to my broadcast buddies.

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DPA Micro Shotgun Kit for interviews £435

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Hands up I do know who DPA are but I do remember seeing them at IBC a few years ago. DPA have come up with a genius interview kit for keeping the stress off the interviewers hand with a micro shotgun mic and boom kit best if you watch the video. It sounds very clear on the video.

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