Sony’s new AXS-R7 Recorder…full specs now avaliable

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Sonys RAW recorder

As many suspected, Sony’s new AXS-R7 Recorder does a lot more than 4K RAW, full resolution 120p recording, and 30 second caching. Why else would it be larger than its older brother, the R5?

I would rather direct you to this web site than pretend its my own work as I am truly not into this spec of camera or recorder, no point writing a blog if you are not honest with your readership.

Read the rest on Film & Digital Times here…


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The master of lighting Dedo Weigert let’s us into some cinematic secrets.

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Another fascinating documentary, looking into professional lighting by Rick Young on Movie Machine. Dedolight have been referred to as the most innovative lighting system ever developed for motion picture and television. These lights are rugged, dimmable, can be dropped without destroying the lamp, many are bi-colour and many feature an internal focussing system – allowing for a strong clean beam without stray light.

The dedolight system has been recognised by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with a Technical Achievement Award in 1990; a Cinec award in 2002, and an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award and Emmy Award in 2003.

Simply put, for the cinematographer the tools offered by dedolight are a must. These lights have been used widely for feature film production, commercials, documentaries, in television studios, and for still and DSLR work. Dedolights are used wherever quality images are required.

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8K transmission from Japanese Television NHK at the Rio Olympic Games 2016

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I was informed two years ago at IBC that 8K TV was fifteen years away and now NHK are filming the Rio Olympic games on 8K cameras and streaming the pictures live to Japan.


Live streaming of 8K material is no mean feat , remembering the BBC R&D were streaming the Glasgow Commonwealth games 2 years ago.

BBC R&D from Philip Johnston on Vimeo.



Big centre stage events like the Olympic Games have always been a good test bed for future developments in television.



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Osmo Pro X5 camera… “Ongoing First Thoughts”

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Having shelled out a good few bob for a DJI Osmo Pro X5 camera, lens and handle plus batteries I was less than impressed with the fan noise during filming. Especially when they have fixed this on the X3 camera.

Osmo pro

The noise during filming makes the camera unless in an open mic situation on a film set. I do hope DJI are onto this and can come up with a solution ASAP.

I do like the ability to focus a lot closer with the X5 and the shallow depth of field compared to the X3 (closest focus = 1.5m)  but was hoping for more control over the cameras ISO, rather than the usual 100-200-400 etc. some steps in-between would be nice.

Another urgent issue that needs addressing is the ability to switch off the front red LED tally light, this is not an issue with the X3 as it has no tally light.

Where the OSMO Pro strikes in my opinion is in low light, that micro 4/3rd sensor gives you a fantastic advantage over the X3 in low light quality.


NOTE : I asked DJI if they could reduce or stop the fan during record mode ?  REPLY…”We’re very sorry. The reason is that X5 generates more heat than X3,  so the fan cannot be stopped or it will overheat.”

I will experiment with a radio mic today.

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NEW Firmware for the Canon C300 Mk11

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C300 FW

Firmware Version incorporates the following update:

  1. Adds Canon Log 3.
  2. Reduces Canon Log 2 noise in dark areas.
  3. Enables magnification to be used even during recording.
  4. The following features are enabled when these lenses are attached: CN7x17 KAS S/E1*3, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S or CN20x50 IAS H/E1:
    • Enables autofocus using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF function. (Not applicable to the CN20x50 IAS H/E1 lens)
    • Enables the joystick on the camera’s grip unit to be set to operate the zoom.
    • Enables control of iris to be set to manual operation, and control of focus, zoom and iris using the separately-sold Remote Controller RC-V100.
    • Enables automatic aperture and push auto iris functions.
    • Enables retrieval of metadata, such as the model name and the focal distance of the lens attached, and display of metadata on the camera.
  5. Enables Dual Pixel Function when these lenses are attached: CN7x17 KAS S/E1 lens, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S lens or any of the EF cinema prime lenses.
  6. Adds peripheral illumination/chromatic aberration correction for the following lenses:
    • COMPACT-SERVO lenses: CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S
    • CINE-SERVO lenses: CN20x50 IAS H/E1
    • EF lenses: EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.
  7. Enhances menu operations so that settings related to resolution/color sampling, etc. are retained to the extent possible when changing recording settings such as the frame rate.
  8. Supports ACESproxy (ACES 1.0).
  9. Alleviates the black-dot phenomenon that appears in the periphery of high-brightness light sources

Get the UK software here…

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Rumours for IBC 2016 and “Why did HDW sell his FS7 ?”

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Canon Rumours are running a story about a 30MP Canon 5D Mk4 beyond this its anyones guess.


Another rumour is that IBC will finally bring us a 4K C100 to fend off the Sony FS5


Sony Alpha Rumours are now betting on an Alpha 99 with the following specs..

42 Megapixel sensor
499 AF points
Dual AF
4K video recording
Dual card slot
improved flash system+battery
will ship together with new 24-105 f/4.0


Last but not least why has HDW sold his Sony FS7, is he giving up the ghost. Don’t be daft, I am slim lining my production, acquiring cash for a camera that has not been used for over 3 months since my mini stroke. I am starting a new venture that I can reveal very soon which still involves me writing the HDW blog. A stroke is very debilitating and makes you very tired by 3pm as your brain needs a cat nap to repair itself. Fortunately I have outstanding work that can be done in the mornings.

I am realising a dream I have had kicking about my brain for over 5 years now and the stroke has focussed me into making it happen. It needs the money I got from the FS7 sale to kickstart it but all will be revealed soon.


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ADVERT … 12 months interest free credit with Canon C300 Mk11 cameras till the end of August

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H.Preston is offering 12 Months 0% Credit on all products over £500 throughout August…phone H Preston Media on 01684 575486

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XQD cards and Vocas FS7 VF bracket for sale plus delivery..All SOLD

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All five XQD cards sold

Vocas VF on FS7

Vocas VF bracket

I have sold my Vocas FS7 VF bracket as seen above.

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Sony FS7 FOR SALE (Body only) £6500 SOLD

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Finally I have to make a big decision to sell my trusty Sony FS7. I am not using this camera and with a slight change in my career path the money would come in very handy. This is a UK only sale I am afraid. Will come in its original box and accessories.

Still has its Prime Support as I never registered it. Also comes with SHAPE arm worth £234

If you are genuinely interested in this sale why not send me an email to

Please remember this is a first come first serve sale and any money transferred to my business account (£6500 plus delivery) (Not PayPal)

Note. I will also be selling my XQD cards and spare camera battery, more about this later on today.

As usual thanks for your interest the camera is now sold.


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Micro Review of the Datavideo DVP-100 £360 plus vat

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I don’t think there is any product on the market which looks less likely to impress than the DVP-100, yet within this wee box is a fully professional tele prompting system. It beats systems that are £1600 upwards and is very competitively priced at £360 plus vat.

How do you keep multiple teleprompters synchonized? DVP-100 is the solution. It’s a wireless teleprompting system compatible with Mac, PC, Android and iOS devices.


The dv Prompter Pro server creates its own WiFi hotspot ready for you to connect your devices and start prompting, once connected you can select if a device is to be a controller or a prompter screen and you can have an unlimited number of controllers or prompter screens.

The controller can create and load new scripts, control the scrolling and perform live edits on all prompter screens in real time. If you want to mirror the iPad just touch the screen and job done…wee things like this make prompting a bit less tedious.

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All scripts are stored on the dvPrompter server not the devices themselves. Value for money is beyond 5 stars, this is a fully functional professional prompter system which should wipe the competition in my opinion with a designer who knows his stuff. Remember you can have the script open on a laptop and LIVE EDIT into your script, this function alone is worth the £360 asking price !

Distributed by Holdan.

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