2017 the year that 4K 50p frame rate became a standard part of your kit

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Thanks to cameras like the Panasonic GH5, 4K 50p (420 8bit) has become part of your shooting kit, without spending a fortune.

Using my Metabones Speed Booster EF-MFT mount 0.64x adapter and the Sigma 18-35 f1.8 lens to give me some great shallow depth of field shots.

People have often asked me why I got rid of my Sony FS7, simple to me it became a monster. Though it was my first camera to film 4K 50p (422 10bit), once you have tasted this quality its hard to step back.

Though the Sony FS7 did lead to some decent work early days (2015), this was a job for BBC Newsnight with Laura Kuenssberg reporting on the Scottish YES campaign. I remember this job well as the contracted edit facility company mistakingly uploaded the footage via my XQD card reader at USB speed one causing a major upload time problem. The job took so long to upload it left little time for the final edit.

Back to 2017 the year of the first major mirrorless camera to implement 4K 50p as standard, the GH5 has been a great workhorse for me so much so we now have three GH5s. There is no doubt that Panasonic have blown away the need to spend mega bucks on kit with the availability of the GH5.

You can shoot 4K 422 10bit at 25p on the GH5 but rumour has it that a new low light GH5 due to be launched early January will finally shoot 4K 50p 422 10bit.

Interesting fact just in… The Panasonic GH5 is the most rented new gear of 2017 at Lensrentals

 

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ADVERT…Boxing Day Sale at H. Preston Media

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Why not head over to H. Preston Media at Malvern for their Boxing Day Sale. Pick up a new Panasonic EVA-1 for £5,374 plus vat, phone Andy or John on 01684-575486 or email John at jpreston@hpreston.co.uk

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Video Review of the Vary-i with GH5 cage

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Vary-i came back to me with their updated viewfinder for the GH5 which now comes with a very useful cage.

As you can see from above I have taken full advantage of the cage by using a DGI Osmo accessory called a universal mount (£20) which comes with a shoe that can finally mount my second radio mic receiver.

As usual due to lack of thought in Panasonic’s design team the only snag to the 260 degree rotation of the viewfinder is the audio cable for monitoring headphones, if used, but the same goes for the LCD itself. It would have been far more sensible to have put that socket on the card reader side of the GH5, or sent a second feed to a socket on the XLR unit.

Contact details www.vary-i.com

Enough of me banging on here is the video review (updated to include a GH5S)…

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An early Christmas present from Production Gear

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Here is a bargain for all your “V” lock gear, two 95WH IDX batteries and n IDX charger all for £370 plus vat. Call the boys and girl at Production Gear on 020 8275 1070

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Sony Pro at the Glasgow Science Centre

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This morning I went to the Sony Pro Show at the Glasgow Science Centre

Alister Chapman was on hand to deliver a fascinating seminar about filming with HDR.

The boys from CVP were on hand Danny and Colin just in case you fancied an early Christmas camcorder.

Glad to see the X70 at the show this basically is the Z90 without 4K and HDR.

Scott looking at the new Sony PXW-X90

 

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Sony Pro Tour at the Glasgow Science Centre

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Learn more about our handheld camcorder range and event production tools with insight and advice from our Sony team. This roadshow will include the opportunity to get hands with the latest kit, and seminars on ‘HDR for all’ delivered by Independent Certified Experts.

Venue Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

More info from this link http://m.info.pro.sony.eu/webApp/APP919?id=0

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The new Celtic Christmas advert 2017 shot on a Sony FS7

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Courtesy of Celtic FC

Just arrived on Celtics Facebook page is the 2017 Christmas advert filmed by DoP Jerry Kelly on his Sony FS7 with Cooke prime lenses. The advert was produced by Arteus Media from Glasgow.

I started off by asking Jerry “How do you like using the Sony FS7, what made you choose it over a Canon C300 Mk11”

Jerry “I bought the FS7 when it first came out, because it is more practical and versatile than the c300. I teach classes on the FS7, and love using it for docs and commercials. It has many interesting functions, as well as easy 4K, and beautiful slo mo.”

Q’ “I assume you did not take to the FS7 chimney VF which is why you chose a Zacuto Gratical.”

Jerry “Absolutely right!  It is the weak link of the FS7, so I bought a gratical vf, and use the screen from the FS7 for menus, and as a quick directors monitor. It is worrying that if the fragile cable from the FS7 viewfinder goes awry, you are left with no way of seeing the images.”

Q “Why did you choose Cooke over other primes, what Cooke primes do you own ?”

“I only own Canon lenses, but hired the Cooke’s in from Progressive broadcast hire, to give this shoot a filmic look. They give glossy, soft images.”

DoP Jerry Kelly with his Sony FS7

Q. How do you like the XQD memory and is it all Sony you use. Jerry “The XQD cards are very sturdy and stable- which is ideal for multiple use.”

Q. “Do you own any Sony power zoom lenses.” Jerry “I haven’t bought one because they are not of good quality for the price. I occasionally hire one from Progressive for Ob/docs, and I’m hoping to buy a short Canon zoom in the new year.”

Q. Did you film in S-log or baked it”  Jerry “We filmed in S- log, so that Arteus could have more to grade with, and deal with the blue screen.”

Q. How long was each days shoot.” Jerry “We had a day of meetings and recce of locations, then did 2 x 12 hour days for the shoot. We had to work round the very tight schedules of the Celtic players!”

Q . “Did you do much hand held shooting.” Jerry “Most of it was hand held, for speed and flexibility. The cockpit shot was on my Sachtler tripod”

Q. Did you enjoy the shoot. ”  Jerry “Hectic but very enjoyable! Great director, Adrian, and top cam assistant, Chris ( who is a huge Celtic fan).

Actor John McQuiston

It took 2 long hard days to film over and around Glasgow, in fact there is a behind the scenes video thanks to Celtic TV.

It also star’s a good actor pal of mine John McQuiston

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When an air bag deploys while filming in a car

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Health and Safety especially in a moving car is something most of us don’t think twice about especially if you are filming a section for television, this will make you think twice.

I have produced over 20 DVDs about H&S in factory’s around the UK.

Handheld Filming in Vehicles (Free Driving) from ICG Local 600 on Vimeo.

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Panasonic G9 “major backwards step for video users”

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I was hoping to get one of these for a “B” camera while using video but I could not contemplate this as it stands. What a backwards step by Panasonic making it video time restricted especially when using 4K 50p.

What earthly use is 10minutes to anyone.

I do realise this is promoted as a photographic camera but why have any video features if you are going to restrict it to a stupid figure of 10 minutes, bad call Panasonic.

I thought Panasonic were no longer time restricting their cameras beyond the GH5 because they had learned a lesson with the GH4.

Q. Is this a design flaw or can it be removed with a future FW update.

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Sharp’s Super 35mm 8K camcorder $77,352 USD

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I have never before seen or bought a professional Sharp camcorder yet they have just announced this 8K camera. At $77 thousand US dollars I doubt they will be shifting many units.

  • 1. World’s first camcorder integrating capabilities for video shooting and recording, playback, and line output for 8K (60p).
  • 2. Compatible with 8K (60p) shooting thanks to a large, Super 35-mm-equivalent CMOS image sensor with 33 million pixels.
  • 3. Realizes 4:2:2 sampling*6 and 10-bit recording of 8K (60p) images. A compression method that exerts low burden on the CPU makes editing more efficient and allows approximately 40 minutes of continuous recording (when using 2TB SSD pack).
  • 4. Real-time output of uncompressed 8K (60P) images can be performed simultaneously with recording (equipped with quad-link 12G-SDI output terminal), making possible live 8K transmissions and replay output after recording.
  • 5. Built-in SSD back slot for recording media. Realizes one-person operation at 8K shooting with V-mount battery drive.

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