Cinema 5D “Virtual Show”

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Due to COVID-19 all this years major video shows have been cancelled so Cinema 5D decided to produce a “Virtual Show” and I think it works very well.

Here is a sample of the new 499 euro kit from SWIT…

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“BBC MOTD” Why is Ian Wrights camera so much better

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I can’t understand this…why would you give a co presenter like Ian Wright better kit than the presenter.

This is interesting because of Social Distancing all three presenters are coming from their homes either from iPhone, Android or a web cam. Q. Why is the main presenter Gary Lineker’s picture the worst.

Someone from the BBC will have supplied the lighting and Gary’s black background does not help things but Ian Wright’s picture is way beyond both Gary’s and Alan Shearer’s…WHY ?

Some say its a better camera and better bandwidth, but I would like someone from MOTD to get back to me as to why Ian’s picture is so much better.

Update : Some people say its down to bandwidth but a lot of its down to lighting, background (ie NOT BLACK) and I am sure Ian Wright has a DSLR rather than a mobile device.

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Panasonic HC-X2000 Review in Lockdown

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It may be a Lockdown but we can still produce a review of a camcorder. I say we as I have enlisted my good friend Chris Attkins to help with this one.

Chris has helped me on many occasions with reviews as we are both technically equal and Chris was a senior cameraman at Scottish Television.

So don’t think its all back of the garden footage although my two girls do give me a hand with the 100fps slow motion on this shoot.

If you have any features you would like to see in this review please leave me your comments below thanks

I have already matched the Panasonic X2000 to my GH5 and this will be demonstrated in the review.

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Crumple Pop’s new plugin for FCPX (Levelmatic)

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Crumple Pop are running away with useful audio plugins for FCPX, Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve and Audition.

Common problem in audio is someone speaks too loud or has a weak voice making the audio uneven and in most cases unwatchable.

This is the best times to experiment with audio plugins when you are in Lockdown. This should be a number one plugin with YouTubers as their sound is usually all over the place.

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Panasonic HC-X1500 First Impressions from Chris Attkins

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Chris was all set to buy the new Sony Z90 but the camcorder became unavailable during ordering (A blessing). As Chris always does he phoned me to ask my opinion on his predicament and I told him about Panasonics new line of 4K 50p camcorders homing in on the HC-X2000.

It was the size that tickled Chris as he admits he is getting older and does not want to lug about a heavy camcorder.

Chris was an ex senior cameraman at Scottish Television and ran a successful video production company called Flashback Video during 1980. The company finished up during the year 2000.

Chris and his wife Jan work as a team, Jan loves the size of the new Panasonic HC-X1500 and looks forward to filming a lot more events on Arran.

The camcorders only arrived on Friday and by the end of Saturday Chris had his first impressions video produced.

The cameras get a glowing report and Chris was very impressed with the steady shot and the autofocus. Here are his first impressions…

Here is a link for the manual for the X1500 and the X2000

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A tribute to my good friend Hamish Wilson. (Updated)

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Hamish Wilson 1942 – 2020
From Lorne Boswell of Equity…
“Sorry to hear of Hamish’s death last Thursday.
He led a full life and touched many people. He was one of life’s enthusiasts and succeeded at most everything he turned his hand to. Trained at the RSAMD, his early career as an actor included Greyfriars Bobby (1961), Vital Spark (‘66), Softly Softly (‘67), Dr Who (‘68) The Mind Robber. He worked for Equity for a bit in Glasgow and London. His latter working years were as a Radio Drama Producer for the BBC where he produced hundreds of network dramas for Radio 3 and 4. He returned to acting after retiring from the BBC and appeared in Taggart, Monarch of the Glen and many others. Time in his company was always enjoyable and often informative.
He succumbed to this dreaded virus. We won’t be able to gather for his funeral. Remember that mischievous grin and raise a glass to him. RIP.”

Hamish and his grandson and lovely wife Dianna

I met Hamish while I was working at Radio Clyde and after I went out on my own during 1988 Hamish did a lot of our early voice overs. It was during 2005 when we produced Type 2 Diabetes the No Nonsense Guide that I am about to preview below. Hamish was a stickler for correctness and if something wasn’t right he would do it again. I got Hamish to read the whole script so we could use it as a guide track.

Unfortunately the last time I spoke to Hamish was about a year ago, I say unfortunately because I wish it had not been so long ago. Hamish used to stay about 5 minutes along the road from me till he and his lovely wife Dianna retired to Newton Stewart near Wigtown which is 95 miles away.

Wendy Padbury, Patrick Troughton (2nd doctor) A young Hamish Wilson (Image RGR)

The Mind Robber took place in June 1968, during production of the Mind Robber actor Frazer Hines contracted chickenpox and was hurriedly replaced by Hamish Wilson for episode 2.

His nom de plumb was the “arm chair general” as he was very much into virtual war on his computer and a ton of books on the subject. Its very sad to think I will no longer to be able to pick up the phone to my old friend who had the richest, warmest, chocolatey voice in the world of voice over artists. God bless you Hamish.

Hamish leaves a lovely wife Dianna and three very loving girls Emma, Alice and Abigail.

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(COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme

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This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed.

Who can apply

You can apply if you’re a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and you:

  • have submitted your Income Tax Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19
  • traded in the tax year 2019-20
  • are trading when you apply, or would be except for COVID-19
  • intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020-21
  • have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19

Your self-employed trading profits must also be less than £50,000 and more than half of your income come from self-employment. This is determined by at least one of the following conditions being true:

  • having trading profits/partnership trading profits in 2018-19 of less than £50,000 and these profits constitute more than half of your total taxable income
  • having average trading profits in 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 of less than £50,000 and these profits constitute more than half of your average taxable income in the same period

If you started trading between 2016-19, HMRC will only use those years for which you filed a Self-Assessment tax return.

If you have not submitted your Income Tax Self-Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19, you must do this by 23 April 2020.

HMRC will use data on 2018-19 returns already submitted to identify those eligible and will risk assess any late returns filed before the 23 April 2020 deadline in the usual way.

How much you’ll get

You’ll get a taxable grant which will be 80% of the average profits from the tax years (where applicable):

  • 2016 to 2017
  • 2017 to 2018
  • 2018 to 2019

To work out the average HMRC will add together the total trading profit for the 3 tax years (where applicable) then divide by 3 (where applicable), and use this to calculate a monthly amount.

It will be up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months.

We’ll pay the grant directly into your bank account, in one instalment.

How to apply

You cannot apply for this scheme yet.

HMRC will contact you if you are eligible for the scheme and invite you to apply online.

Individuals do not need to contact HMRC now and doing so will only delay the urgent work being undertaken to introduce the scheme.

You will access this scheme only through GOV.UK. If someone texts, calls or emails claiming to be from HMRC, saying that you can claim financial help or are owed a tax refund, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, it is a scam.

After you’ve applied

Once HMRC has received your claim and you are eligible for the grant, we will contact you to tell you how much you will get and the payment details.

If you claim tax credits you’ll need to include the grant in your claim as income.

Paul Lewis “UPDATED Nearly two million self-employed people will get no help from the scheme announced last night. It is wrong to say only 5% are left out. It is about a third including people who have started self employment this tax year and those who make too little to pay tax.”

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Unemployed for the first time in my life

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Not since 1988 have I been out of work and back then it was my choice. As you may appreciate all my work has either been postponed or cancelled.

Sadly this is the price you pay for being self employed and hopefully Boris will eventually get a package together to help all of us or in my case Nicola.

This is when you realise how every penny counts and I have taken this time to finally clear out my utility room (Was a Mini Studio). I found a box from WEX for a Panasonic 25mm f1.4 Leica DG Summilux Micro Four Thirds lens costing £399.

It brought it home to me how scatter cash you become when work is plenty and how useful that money would be now.

I saw this post from my friend Alister Chapman and as usual Alister puts it in a nutshell.

Alister “So basically if you are an employee on PAYE, you should have little to fear and the majority will at the very least get 80% of your normal salary (no matter what you might have in savings), a big broad wide system to keep people in work. Nice and generous.

If you are self employed you are fecked. Oh and we are going to ensure that many more self employed will lose all their work.

Self employed are NOT second class citizens.

We are going to close theaters, entertainment venues, cinemas, bars, clubs etc so 10’s of thousands more self employed people will lose their jobs with no safety net other than the equivalent of £94 per week from Universal Credit – If you are able to claim it, forget it if your partner still has a job or you have been sensible and saved for a rainy day.

This is creating a two tier system. All sorts of grants, loans, support for employers and employees, regardless of savings, whether you partner has a job but almost nothing for the hard working self employed that do amazing things for this country. Yet it is the self employed that ARE being the hardest hit. 

You don’t want to be near me right now, I am unbelievably angry.

Why the hell can’t businesses that use freelancers get a grant to cover 80% of the fees they normally pay to their freelancers so that they can get the same support as everybody else? We pay the same taxes as everyone else, we deserve the same level of protection as everyone.

Well said Alister lets hope Boris and Nicola read this and get their heads together and look after well over half the population.

Heres one for Alister I know he will appreciate this picture

So what am I doing to pass the time, I have been an educator most of my life, writing and producing educational videos on diabetes and health and safety so as I have become older I decided I wanted to pass on some family recipes and started a YouTube channel called “One Roving Cook”.

Only this week I took the bull by the horns to produce lunches for people self isolating, nothing grand, just good tips on feeding a family of four. These will be mini episodes about 5m long with 5 lunches in each episode, I am thinking off my feet ie. last week I went for some pasta at Tesco to use with some left over chicken…none. I had a wee brainwave in Tesco and bought a ready made pasta meal for two to which I added the extra chicken, so that made a £2.50 tasty meal for 4 people.

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Well done RODE

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RØDE is pleased to offer a full RØDECaster Pro kit (including a RØDECaster Pro, 2 x microphones, microphone stands, cables and headphones) to any NSW public school with a year 7-12 cohort. This will enable teachers to quickly record lessons as podcasts to distribute to students in the event that schools are closed due to the COVID-19 situation. The system is very easy to use, even for complete beginners, and RØDE will offer help and support to teachers to get the system up and running effectively.

I personally use the RodeCaster kit to record podcasts from my edit suite and can vouch as to how good it is. From its inception almost a year ago this brilliant piece of kit has evolved to a multitrack recorder with pre fade listen on all faders.

Well done RODE for making this cracking piece of kit available to the kids of New South Wales in Australia and may it be a lesson to other companies how to make a bad situation better by offering free kit when its most needed.

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I have never seen so many self employed camera men and women without work. Some of the biggest DOPs in the game are virtually unemployed due to COVID-19.

Work is drying up everywhere as are trade shows. NAB 2020 due in April has already been cancelled with a possible re schedule later this year.

Interestingly Cinema 5D have just announced a Virtual Trade Show (VTS) in place of NAB, a great idea.

Johnnie with Nela from Panasonic

Johnnie Behiri (Cinema 5D) “Hey Philip, as always, good to hear from you again! Well, NAB felt they had to cancel the biggest show in our industry WITHOUT giving the manufacturers and us the audience an alternative, so we’ve decided to “take faith in our hands” and cater for the industry with a proper plan. We will create A LOT of original “virtual show” content (Actual interviews with manufacturers) and some remote ones, plus, have a little studio where we can host people and talk about new (exciting) up coming products and analyse trends. (If things will get even tougher, it will be Nino and I talking, but of course we will be happy to have as many as possible guests). Also, as companies will stream live some announcements, we will share those too. In any case, we didn’t want lo leave the field only for them as it could become a “marketing gig”, so we are trying to put some sense into it all together! Thank you and warm greetings from Tokyo.”

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