Panasonic’s Break from Tradition with the new DVX-200 4K camcorder (£3500)

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The Panasonic DVX-200 is striking because of its red body and superb design qualities but this is not the first time Panasonic have broken away from tradition, John Preston from H Preston Media reminded me of the Panasonic V3.


The V3 goes all the way back to 1986 thats 29 years ago and had 3 half inch Newvicon tubes, a signal to noise ratio of -54dB and a 1.5″ black and white viewfinder. It provided 570 lines resolution and a minimum illumination of 30 lux.

This was the bad boy of low light, John remembers selling 5 Panasonic V3’s to the local constabulary only to get all 5 back a week later because of their shocking low light capabilities.


This is probably one of Panasonic’s best looking hand held camcorders to date, I have moaned on about boring black and grey cameras for years and Panasonic have obviously listened.


How it performs is another question but with its newly-developed 4/3” large-format MOS sensor it should be good in low light and have a reasonable shallow depth of field. Remember the Panasonic HC-X1000 has a 1/2.3″ sensor so there should be a vast improvement in low light performance over the semi pro HC-X1000 in which the DVX-200 is being compared to.

Apart from its striking looks the DVX-200 should in my opinion be equal to or out perform the Panasonic GH4 in 4K mode not to mention the five-axis Hybrid Image Stabilizer and 4x correction-area Image Stabilised lens.

Having the ability to zoom from 29.5 mm ~ 384.9 mm, 4K and 28 mm ~ 365.3mm, in HD (35 mm equivalent) is a major bonus for a 4K professional camcorder.

Lets not forget the other major advantage of the DVX-200, low cost media in the form of SDXC C10 S3 cards, Transcend 64G are £25 each while the 128G is £55 which is a major advantage over Sonys XQD cards 128G = £420 !

This will be the first true 4K run and gun camcorder and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

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Importing Sony’s XAVC footage into FCPX v10.2

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Firstly if you stick to the rules you can import Sony’s XAVC L footage into FCPX v10.2 via an FS7.


You can’t import directly into FCPX 10.2 via Sony’s FS7 4K XAVC L via FCPX 10.2 or you get a green screen like this. (above), you need to use Catalyst Browse/Prepare or Edit Ready.


You also can’t import XAVC HD (Long GOP) footage from Sonys PXW-X70..all you get is audio and small JPEG images. (above). Once again you need Sony’s Catalyst Browse (FREE).


You can import XAVC Long GOP HD footage from your FS7 as you can see above.


XAVC I frame has always available to FCPX both on HD and 4K via your FS7


XAVC I frame 3840 x 2160 50p 500Mbps via Sony’s XQD G series card.

Both Peter from FCP.Co and myself worked on this last evening into the small hours.

Here are the facts to date when importing Sony’s XAVC footage into FCPX 10.2

XAVC S seen in Sonys A7s footage has always been supported in FCPX for a while now.
XAVC I seen in Sonys FS7 has also been supported both HD and 4K footage.
XAVC L seen in the Sony FS7 is only supported up to HD, 4K footage is not yet supported.
XAVC HD (Long GOP) as seen in the Sony X70 is not yet supported (HD only).
There is no need to download the PDZK-LT2 plugin if you are working with FCPX 10.2.
Sonys Catalyst Prepare does not transcode 4K L GOP footage as there are no presets for 4K PreRes (This may change)
Edit Ready is the best overall solution to transcode both HD and 4K Sony Long GOP footage to PreRes.

It’s not advisable to mix and match I frame and Long GOP footage on the same card.

I am sure Apple and Sony are working on a fix for this lets hope a solution will be available sooner rather than later.

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NAB 2015 News…Panasonic pull a blinder 4K AG-DVX-200 (£3500) Updated

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Delivering a shallow depth of field and a wide field of view, the DVX200 is the ideal companion camera to the company’s groundbreaking VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder. With an integrated lens design, the DVX200 will excel in independent film and documentary production, as well as event videography.

Just in : The DVX-200 is 420 8bit recording with a 422 10bit HDMI output. The camera records a maximum data rate of 200Mbps to the SDXC card C10 U3 (Official from Panasonic)

The DVX200 will be optimized for 4K/HD production, and shares the esteemed VariCam family characteristics of filmic tonality and colorimetry, with natural, subtle rendering of skin flesh tones, and a V-Log curve emulating the natural grey-scale rendition of the VariCam 35. The camcorder will incorporate a newly-developed 4/3” large-format MOS sensor and offer variable frame rate recording up to 120fps in FHD mode, enhancing the DVX200’s utility in sports and VFX production.


The new handheld 4K camcorder will offer an array of professional features including a newly-designed Leica Dicomar 4K F2.8~F4.5 zoom lens (4K/24p: 29.5 mm ~ 384.9 mm, HD: 28 mm ~ 365.3mm, 35 mm equivalent), time-code in/out, 3G HD-SDI and HDMI 2.0 (4K) video outs, easy focus and zooming, and programmable user buttons.

The DVX200 will record 4K (4096 × 2160) / 24p, UHD (3840 × 2160) / HD (1920 × 1080) 60p / 50p / 30p / 25p / 24p in either MP4 / MOV file formats. There are two SD card** slots, facilitating backup and relay recording. For professionals working worldwide, the camera’s master frame rate is selectable between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz.


The DVX200’s three manual operation lens rings—13x zoom (Cam driven), focus and iris—will provide a comfortable manual control similar to an interchangeable lens camera, but without the need for actual lens changes. The zoom ring’s solid feel and smooth action allow delicate ultra-slow zooming. In addition, the camera’s multi-step zoom control provides fast response and smooth zoom action, yielding the creative freedom every camera operator desires. The zoom control on the handle enables variable speed zoom, allowing fine zoom control even for low angle shots. The DVX200 also features an enhanced Image Stabilizer,

including a five-axis Hybrid Image Stabilizer and 4x correction-area Image Stabilizer that produces clear images without blurring, and a micro-drive focus unit that improves focus speed, tracking and capture performance, facilitating 4K focusing and shallow focus shooting.


The new Leica Dicomar 4K zoom lens with F2.8 aperture is an optimal choice for 4K video, with the ability to produce elegant imagery and subtle “bokeh” Also, Leica’s exacting quality standards serve to suppress the occurrence of ghosting and flare to a minimum. Since the DVX200 is an integrated-lens camcorder, there is no need to perform the flange back adjustments or shading corrections when changing lenses. Even with a large diameter lens, the DVX200’s weight and balance have been optimized to facilitate agile, mobile 4K acquisition. With superb center-of-gravity balance, the camcorder will be ideal for such flexible shooting applications as mounting on today’s popular stabilized camera rigs


The AG-DVX200 utilizes a front element lens / filter diameter of 72mm, a very common size. It is expected that many third party lens accessory manufacturers will announce items such as close-up lenses and other desired options.

The AG-DVX200 will feature next-generation ergonomics, with the battery positioned in the rear so as not to interfere during handheld shooting. The DVX200 comes with a rugged woven carbon,fiber-like finish, and the recording section is distinctively styled with crimson shading.


Note the 5 Axis Hybrid IS which has only been seen on the likes of the Sony A7II and works a treat. On the down side the DVX-200 uses a new Panasonic Li-ion battery.

EDITORS NOTE : Having just received the information about the recording specs, 420 8bit, you have to remember like the HC X1000, if you film in 4K with the DVX200 and edit it on an HD timeline the picture quality will be equivalent to 444 10bit.

The AG-DVX200 will be available in Fall 2015 with a suggested list price under $5000.

* UHD (3840×2160) resolution, when 60p mode is selected.

** Requires a SD card of UHS speed class 3 (U3) for 4K recording.

Here is the 1st look at the Panasonic DVX-200 from News

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NAB NEWS 2015 BlackMagic’s new URSA mini (£2,149)

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When we introduced our first Blackmagic Cinema Camera, we really designed it to be hand held, like how a DLSR is used, but its was a true digital film camera with wide dynamic range. Of course a lot of people wanted to use it shoulder mounted and tripod mounted and it was not as good for that kind of use.

Our URSA camera solved these issues, however URSA is designed for a larger crew so it has multiple screens, scopes, high performance and higher frame rates and more. This makes it larger and not as portable as the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera.


The result of all this work is URSA Mini. It’s a portable URSA based digital film camera, and while it does not have all the features of URSA, it has a lot and it uses the same sensors and core processing of URSA. It features magnesium alloy for its design so it’s very small and very lightweight which is perfect for portable and hand held use.

URSA Mini features the same 4K and 4.6K sensor options as URSA and is compatible with the new Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder. It features frame rates up to 60 fps, and it has a bright 5 inch full HD touch screen that folds out and angles. Like URSA, URSA Mini also has dual CFast card recorders so you can continue to record while changing cards and uses the same battery options.

URSA and URSA Mini shoot the same looking images so you can easily use both cameras on the same shoot and intercut the shots perfectly.


URSA Mini is a true digital film camera so it can be used on feature films, television shows, commercials, indies, documentaries, music videos and more. The stunning quality of the 4.6K sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range really lets you capture cinematic shots, while its small size is perfect for solo shooting or intimate handheld shots.

URSA Mini has multiple mounting points so it can be easily accessorized with lenses, rails, matte boxes and more. There is an optional Blackmagic URSA Mini Shoulder Kit, which features a shoulder pad with a quick release mount built into it so it can go from handheld to shoulder or to a tripod without changing any of the rig. The shoulder kit has been designed specifically for URSA Mini so when its used and the Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder is added, this camera looks amazing!


It has an included side handle as standard that has a LANC based record, focus and iris buttons, however when the shoulder kit is used, you can relocate that handle to one of the front rosettes and really hold the camera well on your shoulder. It’s a great shoulder mounted camera rig!

There are 4 models of URSA Mini as there is two lens mounts and two sensor options. URSA Mini 4K EF is $2,995, URSA Mini 4K PL is $3,495. With the new 4.6K sensor, URSA Mini 4.6K EF is $4,995 and URSA Mini 4.6K PL is $5,495. URSA Mini will be available late July.

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BlackMagic deliver again with the Micro Studio Camera 4K (£929)

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With such a small Micro Cinema Camera design, we quickly realized that if we removed the built in recorder and digital film sensor cooling and replaced with SDI connections and a 4K video image sensor, we could build a really small studio camera for live production!

The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K looks the same as the new Micro Cinema Camera but it’s really a completely different camera because its a broadcast quality Ultra HD studio camera!

Although you can use it with an external recorder as a production camera, it’s really designed to be used in live production with a live production switcher. It has an Ultra HD sensor so it works in native Ultra HD and of course with a sensor at that high resolution, it makes an incredible HD camera also!

Because it’s a live camera, it’s features are almost identical to our Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K. It has SDI in and out, a built in color corrector and all the control to the camera can be sent via the SDI input so it uses the same SDI control protocol as our studio cameras and ATEM switchers. It uses 6G-SDI, so supports all Ultra HD frame rates up to 30 fps, but it does 1080 HD frame rates up to 60 fps using the full sensor size.


It includes an expansion connector, but it’s also different. This camera has a PTZ serial connection out and this can be used for controlling a remote head. Any pan, tilt and zoom commands sent to the camera via SDI from the switcher will be output on this PTZ connection and if you have a zoomable MFT lens, it will adjust the zoom on the lens as well


Also on the expansion connector is a B4 lens control connection so we can control broadcast lenses. We have been asked for this a lot by high end broadcasters and now with this camera and the B4 lens connection you can use add accessories to turn this camera into a fully featured studio camera. Imagine using it as a full sized studio camera with external monitor and broadcast lens. Or using it on set concealed so you can get all kinds of exciting and interesting camera angles!

The Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4K will be available in July for $1,295.

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NAB 2015 NEWS – BlackMagic Micro Cinema Camera Poster

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No guessing what BlackMagic are bringing out this fine day at NAB…The BlackMagic Micro Cinema Camera with its 4.6K Super 16mm sensor…plus a more compact lighter Ursa mini  more to follow.

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NAB 2015 from the Sony stand

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The PXW-X320 is a high-performance SxS memory camcorder which inherits field-proven operability from the reputable PMW-320. The PXW-X320 has become a part of the XDCAM HD422 family, comes equipped with cutting-edge imaging technology – three 1/2-inch-type Full-HD Exmor CMOS sensors with an extremely high S/N ratio – with Flash Band Reducer feature to provide outstanding picture quality.

The PXW-X320 supports XAVC offering high quality content creation in the HD domain. In addition to XAVC, MPEG HD422, MPEG HD, MPEG IMX, and DVCAM are supported. Two HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, i.LINK™, and composite outputs provide a wide range of AV and IT interfaces. The PXW-X320 also supports wireless operation using an optional adapter, the CBK-WA101. This enables easy and quick clip data transmission to broadcast stations, saving the time and transportation cost of shot clip delivery.


Catalyst Edit focuses on video editing while you focus on creativityThe flexible timeline makes cutting 4K, XAVC, and Sony RAW files as fast and easy as HD. Take advantage of your camera’s wide color gamut and high dynamic range to deliver the full emotional experience. The streamlined Catalyst Edit multichannel audio workflow simplifies complex audio production, from camera to delivery. Tight Catalyst Prepare integration combines powerful media ingest with fast editing for maximum efficiency. For Mac and Windows, its contemporary, touch-friendly interface helps accelerate your workflow. Experience focused, fast cutting for 4K, RAW, and HD video with Catalyst Edit.Catalyst Prepare bridges the gap between acquisition and editing

Use it to move the media preparation process and “data wrangling” out of the edit bay. With Catalyst Prepare you deliver the correct media to streamline postproduction and keep your creative energy focused on your vision.


World’s first 4K system camera with three authentic 4K image sensors

The new HDC-4300 is the world’s first camera to use three 2/3-inch 4K image sensors. It provides the ability to use the high magnification wide zoom range lenses currently employed by HD 2/3-inch systems while maintaining an adequate depth of field to accurately show all the action during live event broadcasting.

Not the most exiting start to NAB, Sony have cameras for everyone and this shallow NAB presentation proves it. Why invent a 4K system camera when most broadcasters are still using HD system cameras and down converting their output to SD ? With sparse HD transmission in the UK I feel there is little need for 4K in this field…yet !

Catalyst Edit…Another first for Sony, is the bell toiling for Vegas or are Sony hoping to take FCPX, AVID and Adobe head on, this must be the strangest progression of the Catalyst branding yet, unless as it has been pointed out you are stuck with Adobe’s CS6 and you own a PXW-X70, Catalyst Edit might just be a saviour !

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DJI Phantom 3 from £899

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There are two versions of the Phantom 3, firstly the Advanced as above and the Professional (below). If you only need HD the Advanced model is for you while the Professional model has a 4K 25p camera.


The shots these copters are producing are truly stunning, in fact the one nugget of information I did not know was that the CAA has no jurisdiction inside a building…but you better be a dammed good pilot, if your Phantom hits someone and your not insured…OUCH !

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A solution for Sony FS7 owners who need HD-SDI down converted to SD (£350 plus vat)

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Once again this came about because the Sony FS7 only outputs UHD and HD from the HD-SDI sockets. I was filming a job during the week which ended with the need to produce a live link. I was assured there was an HD feed but sadly that was not the case. Out came the Sony X70 422 10bit camera with an SD feed straight from the HD-SDI socket. Having looked into it and some sage advice from Stuart from Holdan I  ordered the data video DAC-70. This will be a very useful tool as you can input SDI-HDMI sources and output to either SDI or HDMI in both HD or in my case SD.


Video Input formats

  • SD-SDI: 525i, 625i
  • 3G-SDI: 080p60/50, 1080p59.94
  • HD-SDI: 1080i60/50, 1080p30/25/24, 1080p29.97, 1080p23.98, 1080i59.94, 720p60/50, 720p59.94
  • HDMI: (YUV/RGB): 1080p60/50, 1080p59.94, 1080p30/25/24, 1080p29.97, 1080p23.98, 1080i60/50, 1080i59.94, 720p59.94, 720p60/50, 576p, 480p, VGA, 1600×1200@60Hz, 1400×1050@60Hz, 1366×768@60Hz, 1280×1024@60Hz, 1024×768@60Hz, 800×600@60Hz

Video Output formats

  • SDI / HDMI (YUV: 4:2:2): 1080p60/50, 1080p59.94, 1080p23.98/29.97/24/25/30, 1080i60/50, 1080i59.94, 720P60/50, 720P59.94, 525i, 625i

Supported Audio formats

  • SDI embedded Audio: Up to 8-CH, PCM 48KHz
  • HDMI embedded Audio: up to 8-CH, PCM 96KHz
    – Stereo audio input: 2-CH, PCM 48KHz


Holdan “The one mini converter that should be in every kit bag. Whatever kit freelancers or clients ask you to use for a shoot, this device will get you out of jail: up, down and cross convert; ingest VGA signals into an SDI workflow; embed stereo audio into a video feed.”

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Canon XC-10…A 4K fixed lens 10x zoom for £1920

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I like the look of this camera and at £1920 I think this will be the new C100. The 10x fixed lens is fine by me, mainly for a dust free sensor but its not a constant aperture lens in fact its f2.8 to 5.6 which is two stops of a difference…shame.


You can record onto SD cards for full 1080 50p HD 422 8 bit or CFast cards for 4k 1080 25p at 422 8 bit, once again quality at 4K is compromised running at 8 bit .


Love the handle obviously taken from the C300 and the petiteness of the camera overall. The 10x optical zoom is 24.1-241 mm (still images) and 27.3-273 mm (video).


I suspect the XLR unit for the C300 MarkII may fit onto the hot shoe for professional audio connections but as with Canon of old, don’t hold your breath.


Its got one ND filter, no specs yet and a 3.0” VGA+, 1.03 million dots (3:2), capacitive touch panel, vari-angle supported LCD. I think this camera would be a great “B” camera for a C300, C100 and the C300 MkII in 4K 25p mode.

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