NEW at NAB 2016 FUJINON Premier PL 20-120mm Cabrio XK (XK6x20) zoom ($15K not confirmed)

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At the upcoming NAB Show, the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America will introduce its FUJINON Premier PL 20-120mm Cabrio XK (XK6x20) zoom; destined to be the next ‘go to’ lens for cine operations big and small.
Designed for the video production and PL cine markets, this 20-120mm Cabrio features a T stop of T3.5 end-to-end, a 20-120mm focal range, and industry-proven Cabrio flexibility – at an affordable price. It is also equipped with a unique detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as an ENG-style or standard PL lens. Weighing just 2.9kgs, the new Cabrio can be seen along with the complete FUJINON line up at Booth C7125 during the NAB Show, which runs this month, from April 16-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“This Cabrio XK zoom delivers precise optics, a consistent T stop of T3.5 throughout the entire focal length range, and smooth servo operations in a compact package – making it ideal for both run & gun-style and cinema-style shoots,” said Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM. “Remove the detachable servo drive, and it can easily accept industry-standard cine motors and matte boxes. Whether you’re from a film or video background, the PL 20-120mm Cabrio XK offers remarkable quality and unprecedented flexibility.”

The 20-120mm Cabrio XK covers a S35-sized sensor (Super 35 format) on a digital cinema-style camera. “While sensors on standard broadcast cameras are all the same size, sensors on digital cameras vary greatly,” Calabro explained. “This new zoom lens ensures that the image captured will cover large sensors on the most popular PL cameras.”

The 20-120mm Cabrio is also fitted with a nine-blade iris, to capture the most natural looking imagery possible. It comes equipped with all the lens data outputs that are required by today’s cine-style shooters. “LDS and /i Tech metadata compatibility are very useful when you need to record the position information of zoom, iris, and focus for computer animation and similar postproduction operations,” said Calabro. “The digital servo on this lens has 16-bit encoding, so operators can be assured that the lens data outputs are extremely accurate.”

Two more pluses: The 20-120mm Cabrio XK can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers, as well as existing FUJINON wired units. Meanwhile, the zoom’s barrel markings are luminous for visibility in dark shooting situations – a nice-to-have touch that reflects the company’s deep understanding of real-life cinema shooting conditions. Distances are listed in feet or meters.

“The PL 20-120mm Cabrio XK offers a remarkable degree of optical precision and zoom performance in a robust, lightweight, and affordable package,” concluded Calabro.

HDW ” At $15k this would be a great lens for all major S35mm camcorders”

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BBC Scotland is “Dysfunctional” say big guns in the film industry

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ONE is the Scottish film writer and director behind much-loved classics such as Gregory’s Girl and Local Hero, the other a leading Scottish producer whose international credits include the recent Oscar-winner Mad Max film starring Tom Hardy. And both are at war with the BBC Scotland.

Bill Forsyth and Iain Smith have branded the BBC “dysfunctional” and “unprofessional” after more than two years of trying to produce a TV series with the corporation – in which a script went through the hands of numerous executives before being rejected without explanation.

HDW “No surprise there then” you can read the rest of this very interesting article here…

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NAB 2016 News “Chuck Lorre will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame”

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The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced today that legendary executive producer/writer Chuck Lorre — the creative force behind the Warner Bros. Television hit broadcast comedies “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mom,” “Mike & Molly” and “Two and a Half Men” for CBS — will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2016 NAB Show Television Luncheon on Monday, April 18, in Las Vegas.

As a writer, creator and executive producer, Lorre has been the driving force behind some of the top comedies on television. He is co-creator/executive producer of the blockbuster hit “The Big Bang Theory,” TV’s #1 entertainment series among Total Viewers and #1 comedy among Adults 18–49, as well as the critically acclaimed “Mom,” starring Anna Faris and Allison Janney, which was honored as a recipient at the Television Academy Honors in 2014.

Lorre is also executive producer of “Mike & Molly,” starring Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy, which completes its six-year run this spring, and he was previously co-creator/executive producer of the hit “Two and a Half Men,” which aired for twelve seasons and was one of TV’s longest-running comedies. Before that, Lorre created hits such as “Cybill,” “Dharma & Greg” and “Grace Under Fire,” and he also served as co-executive producer on “Roseanne.”

“An artist in the prime of his career, Chuck Lorre is a legendary television writer and producer,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Television Marcellus Alexander. “His biting wit and memorable characters have become a part of our culture and defined an era of scripted comedies for Warner Bros. Television and CBS – comedies that remind us, on a weekly basis, of the scale and power of broadcast television.”

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In 2015, Lorre harnessed that power by spearheading the establishment of “The Big Bang Theory” Scholarship Endowment at UCLA to support undergraduate students in need of financial aid who are pursuing their higher education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The endowment has raised more than $4 million and supports a class of 20 scholars for the 2015–16 academic year, with an additional five scholars to be added in each future year — in perpetuity.

Throughout his career, Lorre has become known for expressing his thoughts and views through personal messages in the split-second vanity cards which appear at the end of episodes of his shows. Select cards were compiled into a book, released in 2012, titled “What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Bitter.” All of Lorre’s proceeds from the sale of the book benefit many health care–related charities and educational efforts.

Lorre got his start as a guitarist/singer, touring the country and writing pop songs, including Debbie Harry’s Top 40 hit “French Kissin’ in the USA,” before turning his attention to television. He wrote animation scripts for DIC and Marvel Productions, then wrote and produced themes and scores for several animated series, including “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” A spec primetime script soon led to freelance work on the syndicated comedy “Charles in Charge” and, eventually, a staff job on “My Two Dads.”

In recognition of his career accomplishments, Lorre has received numerous industry accolades, including the NATPE Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, Television Showman of the Year at the 46th Annual ICG Publicists Awards Ceremony and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2012, he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

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Matt Davis 1966-2016 (49 years of age) “A true gent”

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I met Matt five years ago at an UKFCUG that Rick Young was presenting in Glasgow, a lovely man. You can’t say enough about someone in one blog article but Matt was one of the decent chaps, lovely manner and always ready to help you.  He was a great cameraman and editor and will be sorely missed by his wife Ruby his son Michael and brother Jon and all his colleagues over the last few years, including his work companion Rick.

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MDMA Ltd Director/Editor · February 2006 to 2016

Corporate video production, specialising in Conference and Event/Experience Marketing. I provide broadcast HD quality filming, on-site editing, high quality video encoding for the web. XDCAM, DSLR video, lighting and chromakey equipment available. I now offer a voiceover service, including ‘Voice of God’ announcements for conferences and events.
Sony: Independent Certified Expert
November 2010 to present
Creating videos for the FS100 and training materials for Sony’s XDCAM product line.
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As a wee aside Matt told me the Sony PXW-Z100 was so new that Sony would not allow him to shoot any footage with the pre production model which is why most of this is via green screen.

Sony PXW Z100 – First Impressions from Matt Davis on Vimeo.

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Cinemartin’s news…External 4K monitor/recorder

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Cinemartin, the team that develops the leading video converter / transcoding encoders for Microsoft Windows O.S. (Cinemartin Cinec) as well as the plugin’s for Adobe Premiere – After Effects (Plin PR, Plin AE), Master Bundle solutions including the fastest HEVC H.265 encoders using a IP Join venture with NVIDIA (Nvidia HEVC H.265 P-Mod encoder), the advanced & high effective standalone Video Denoiser, MyBD: the Blu ray disc converter / decoder, and FLEC the X-Y adjustable universal 15mm baseplate for cameras and as well as the 4K portable  4K Recorder – Monitor – Computer; NEXT 4K, now is proud to announce MiniM & TEO.

Production models will be even more compact than current pictured prototypes, at a size of only 14x10x5 cm and about 700 gr of weight (pre-production models dimensions are of 14x13x6cm)

As a computer comes default with an original OEM Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit license. Latest version from Redmond company have great new features for multimedia power users. MiniM and TEO comes customised with software for Preview/Assist, Record, Transcode and Streaming, with a broad range of codecs, resolutions/framerates.

Are you a Mac user ? This devices are able to run Mac OS X latest version from either a pendrive or from the internal drive, as users can install Mac OS X as a dual boot with windows, or alone (via tonymacx86 guides)

As a display / monitor MiniM and TEO have the better quality a display panel a pro video/photo device can provide, with outstanding UHD and QHD native resolutions, with an uncutted AMOLED technology that provides true blacks and the best color palette out there, with colors that seems like the ones your eyes are seeing, with IZGO or IPS technology to provide extremely wide angle of views so that almost from any location you can see the picture / image from the monitor, as if you are sit just on the front.


Technology that will help you to provide better focusing, for your video or stills, in a 5.6 inches monitor and All In One turnkey device, providing a State of the Art Display, a True Cinema Quality 4K Recorder, a Fast Computer, and a Live Streaming device that can run even without WiFi (using a Phone SIM) to stream what you want to everyone you want all around the planet, all in realtime, WYSIWTG (What You See Is What They Get),  just at the palm of your hand, with given an introductory price of sub 2.000 US$ / 2.000 EUR for the QHD AMOLED IPS 5.6″ display, extremely powerfull upgradeable* 16GB DDR / 250 – 500 GB device.

Cinemartin TEO (QHD) is available as of now for preorder with delivery in June 2016 via Cinemartin TEO website, while UHD is available via Indiegogo and will be delivered in October 2016, if you can work with the QHD display until the UHD is available, Cinemartin reccommends for interested users to pre-order TEO QHD (which can be upgraded later at October / November 2016 for UHD). All pre-oders until June (April and May) will get a special price and free worlwide shipping.

# 5.6″ Inch AMOLED monitor
# 16.77 Millions of Colors
# World First 4K UHD and QHD native display resolutions
# HDMI INPUT (SDI input model might come later)
# IZGO and IPS
# 550 NIT’s
# LUT / 3DLUT support
# Assist tools (VectorScope, Colorgram, Waveform)
# 4K 8-10Bit up to 4:4:4 Recorder (uncompressed, dpx, mjpeg, prores)
# Intel Core Skylake computer 2.6 GHz up to 2.9 GHZ
# 16 to 32GB of DDR4 RAM at 2133 Mhz
# Supports Adobe Cloud Video/Photo apps, DaVinci Resolve 12 and more
# Uses partial RAM within SSD to provide +5.5 GBps R/W bandwidth (5500 MBps)
# Full of ports (usb3, usb 5V charge, hdmi, displayport, sdxc r/w card slot)
# Built in WiFi and bluetooth, as well as NFC and CIR.
# Win 10 pro by default, Mac El Capitan by simply plug a usb pendrives
# Canon or Sony battery powered for 3 hours. DC in as well. 12V – 14V
# Dimensions 14x10x5cm
# From < 2.000 US$ / EUR with Worldwide shipping (from USA or EU)

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Phantom 4 Pre-Order from Production Gear

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Phantom 4 – Pre-order now with no deposit!

Experience the exciting new DJI Phantom 4 now with our in house CAA qualified drone pilot at our offices and showroom located in Barnet, North London.

Call us to book an appointment and be the first to get hands on with the latest in quadcopter technology from DJI – 020 8275 1070.

Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm

Set within the historic 2500 acre Wrotham Park estate – just 13 miles from central London – we’ve plenty of room to take you through the controls of the Phantom 4 whilst offering easy access from the M25, Northern Line tube and overground.

We’re here every weekday and always ready to take you out and talk you through the different drone options. Simply call for an appointment.


In-house Expertise
Our in-house drone expert has held a CAA Permission for Aerial Work for two years and has been building and flying drones since 2012.  We’re the only re-sller within the M25 area with CAA Permission for Ariel work and the grounds, permissions and experience to facilitate practical hands on physical flight demonstrations and on hand to help and offer advice on:

  •     Drone Training
  •     Gaining CAA Permission for Aerial Work
  •     Dealing with clients expectations and site safety
  •     Writing your operations manual
  •     And more…

We’re on hand to help with every step from beginner to commercial drone pilot.

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One of Sony’s few recent cameras with a headphone socket… RX10 v3

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The NEW Sony RX10 one of the few Sony cameras to come with a headphone socket also takes the XLR-K1M and XLR-K2M XLR audio adapters. This makes this camera a great option for video journalists and bloggers like myself.

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NIK Collection is now FREE a great start for the Easter Holidays

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Starting immediately, Google’s Nik Collection of desktop image editing plug-ins is being offered free of charge. Nik’s Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine apps are all available as a free download from Google, a substantial savings over the previous $150 price.

This is stunning news, I bought into these APPS a few years ago and they are truly brilliant especially now they are FREE.

Download here

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Me and the dogs, today (Update)

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4 weeks later just a wee update, I am enjoying my dog walking again, not too far.


The tee shirt is is only to stay up to date with the times, not participating in any sport. My legs are not back to normal but many of my close friends say my voice has improved greatly. Still doing next to nothing but will continue the blog as I enjoy the blog and its not taxing unless I do it in the small hours but that won’t happen again. Thanks for all your best wishes and hope to get back to normal ASAP. I must thank my wife Susan who has been fantastic, my 2 boys Paul and Scott, my mother and father, my sister Martine and her husband Willie, my Aunt Isabel and Nancy.

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DJI OSMO updated FW v1.5.2.0

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    Tested it, so far the fan now turns off during filming, a lot better… but the slight delay in sound sync (About 2 frames)  has not yet been verified by myself, though they say its been fixed.

  1. Consumption reduced, increasing Osmo battery life to 90 minutes for a total recording time of 70 minutes (80 minutes with Wi-Fi off).
  2. Fan turns off automatically when recording video. To keep fan off during video recording, tap Mute Fan in the Audio Control menu. When activated, the fan will only restart to prevent critical overheating.
  3. Video downlink optimized for enhanced live streaming.
  4. Added Digital Zoom Control when recording video at 720p, 1080p and 2.7K. Put two fingers on the screen and pinch to zoom out, open your fingers to zoom in, or switch on Digital Zoom Control for fine control.
  5. Control of Osmo tilt and pan axis simultaneously added by setting the joystick control direction to Free.
  6. Fixed a problem of audio and video not being synchronized on some devices.
  7. Added Portrait option to optimize portrait photography.
  8. Optimized D-Log and D-Cinelike colors.
  9. Downloading of videos and photos to mobile devices now three times faster.
  10. Continuous photo capture by holding down shutter button added.
  11. Added a key combination to turn on/off the Osmo’s Wi-Fi. Press and hold the trigger, then pull down the powerswitch, then release both power switch and trigger. Wi-Fi is off when the system status LED blinks twice. Repeat to turn on Wi-Fi. The Osmo will operate for longer when taking timelapse photos without Wi-Fi.
  12. Note appears DJIGO when trying to connection Oslo that is already connected to another mobile device.
  13. DJIGO now displays the current photo instead of alive preview when shooting timelapses.
  14. Audio control optimized to avoid audio distortion when recording in noisy environments.
  15. Audio data loss when using some MicroSD cards underclass-10 or UHS-1 fixed
  16. Double capture of the same shot when shooting panorama  fixed.
  17. Gimbals drifting reduced.
  18. Joystick control optimized.
  19. Horizontal calibration data saves automatically after powering off.
  20. Single video recordings in high temperatures are capped at 30 minutes to ensure video quality.


  1. If firmware upgrade fails, restart Osmo and DJI GO app and retry. After update, auto calibrate the gimbal.
  2. If DJI GO on Android fails to display the firmware version after upgrade, restart it and connect your mobiledevice to the Internet before reconnecting to the Osmo.

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