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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NEW the Panasonic AG-AC30 (update for the AC90)

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From a 12x zoom on the older AC90 to a 20x optical on the new AC30 this is a superb update from Panasonic. Speaking to the first person to get his hands on one, Richard Payne from Holden…

“I love the new feature of being able to press one user button to activate the slow motion feature of 100fps.”



“The video light is very usable and a lot brighter than you think.”

Its LED video light with 2 light filters included allows reliable shooting even in night-time scenes and dark places as the color conversion filter adapts color temperature whereas the diffusion filter softens the light source. The outstanding low-light characteristics of the camcorder is a result of the built-in, newly-designed 1/3.1-type BSI sensor which achieves a high image quality of 6.03M effective pixels. This enables bright, beautiful shots even in dark places.

The AG-AC30 is a handheld camcorder with superb low-light characteristics and many professional features and tools, enabling the user to capture beautiful zoom shots and large groups thanks to its wide focal range (zoom 20x and 29.5 mm wide angle).


Besides the Focus Assist Functions (Expand, Peaking, Area Mode Function) and the sophisticated Professional Assist Functions the camcorder has many more features to offer:

  • 20x Zoom Lens (F1.8 29.5-612mm)
  • 3 manual rings (Focus, Zoom and Iris)
  • Build-in, powerful LED video light
  • Simultaneous and relay recording on 2 SD cards
  • 2 XLR audio input and HDMI output
  • Several Focus Assist functions
  • Touch Panel: 460K dots 3.0-type LCD
  • Cam Remote: Focus IRIS & Zoom S/S
  • 5-axis hybrid OIS and Level Shot function


20x Zoom

The powerful 20x super-high-resolution zoom can be utilized for shooting scenes that you cannot get close to. Intelligent Resolution technology allows for shooting at high zoom rates while preserving the image resolution. The 29.5mm wide-angle (35mm equivalent) fits more people and more of the background into the frame which is especially handy when wanting to take a group photo in a small room.

To correct horizontal tilt and hand-shake blur the HYBRID O.I.S. + uses five-axis correction to thoroughly suppress blurring all the way from wide-angle to powerful zoom shots. It also achieves great effects when shooting while walking or in other motion. The included Level Shot function automatically detects and corrects the tilting of captured images.

The 3 manual rings of the camcorder (Focus, Zoom and Iris) add flexibility, provide control and adjust the light to get beautiful pictures regardless of the surrounding brightness.


The 2-Channel XLR Audio Input Terminals of the camcorder enable the use of professional-spec, high-performance microphones for recording high-quality sound. For more convenience, one input is positioned at the front of the camera and the other one at the back.


The double SD card slots enable concurrent recording onto two cards which provides an extra assurance in recording important events and for safeguarding against recording media crashes.



The 1,555K-dot-equivalent color viewfinder can be tilted for added convenience.

The versatile 3-type Slide-Retractable LCD of the camcorder has touch operation and serves as a high-definition, 460K-dot monitor and menu-setting touch panel. When not in use, it slides into the handle front for extra mobility and safety. It also rotates 270 degrees vertically for easy high-angle, low-angle and self-interview shooting.

We have obtained the first footage shot from the Panasonic AG-AC30 produced by Richard Payne, Holden.

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NEW Camera with 3.5x optical zoom from DJI $899

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DJI, the world’s leading aerial-imaging company, on Thursday announced the Zenmuse Z3, DJI’s first integrated aerial zoom camera optimized for still photography.

The Zenmuse Z3 will offer up to a 7x zoom. The camera incorporates DJI’s leading gimbal technology, which has been upgraded to work optimally with its zoom capabilities.

“The Zenmuse Z3 pushes the possibilities of use for industrial applications,” said Senior Product Manager Paul Pan. “Before this camera, the only way to zoom in on a subject or object was to fly closer to it. Now, pilots in a search-and-rescue situation, or conducting surveys or inspections, can maintain distance and still zoom in for sharp, detailed images.”


The zoom camera is aimed at providing new capabilities for industrial applications, such as inspection and surveying.

The Zenmuse Z3 is compatible with the Inspire 1, Matrice 100 and Matrice 600 drones and uses the company’s dedicated HD video downlink, Lightbridge and Lightbridge 2, providing up to 3.1 miles (5.0 kilometers) of HD transmission range.

The Zenmuse Z3 is fully integrated into the DJI GO app and provides a seamless user experience, including a live feed from the camera and the ability to change camera settings, swipe to zoom in and out, capture photos or video and to activate intelligent flight modes. Users may also choose to employ camera controls, such as capturing photos and video and zoom, through their drone’s remote controller.


The Zenmuse Z3 weighs 262-gram and achives up to a 7x zoom via a 3.5x optical zoom, combined with a 2x digital zoom. This gives the Zenmuse Z3 an effective zoom range of 22 millimeters to 77 millimeters. It has a maximum aperture of F2.8 and F5.2 at 22 millimeters and 77 millimeters, respectively.

When the camera zooms in, the smallest movements are magnified. Adding an additional layer of fine-tuning to the yaw control of the Z3 is a custom-designed reaction wheel. This works in tandem with the normal yaw motor to allow for more refined and controlled movement and greater stability.

The Zenmuse Z3 features the same highly refined Sony 1/2.3-inch sensor that is found on the Inspire 1 and the Phantom 4, leading the class in image quality. It can shoot still images at 12 megapixels with additional Adobe DNG Raw Support for maximum editing options in post-production. The camera also shoots video at up to 30 FPS in 4k resolution.


Flight time with the Zenmuse Z3 is up to 19 minutes on the Inspire 1. Pilots can extend flight time up to 30 minutes with the dual-battery-equipped M100 and up to 39 minutes with the M600.

The Zenmuse Z3 is priced at USD899 and will start shipping after July 28, 2016.

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Great NEWS Sony PXW-X70 4K Upgrade down in price to £235.20 via CVP

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Finally the UK or should I say CVP are selling the 4K upgrade for the PXW-X70 for £235.20 thats a drop of £210.80

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A Lighting tutorial from Blind Spot Gear

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At Blind Spot Gear we love to share our knowledge of lighting. This 5 minute lighting tutorial will teach you principles about lighting. The video includes, lighting definitions and examples, 3 point lighting, the inverse squared law explained, and tips and tricks.

About the Author 

Billy Campbell, Chief Explorer of Blind Spot Gear is a 2 time BAFTA winner and a Kodak award winning cinematographer.

Lighting is the most important element in cinematography. It is the task to which the cinematographer gives their primary attention. It is the light that shapes the reality in front of the lens, giving it depth or flatness, excitement or boredom, reality or artificiality. Cinematography attempts to create and sustain a mood captured on the screen. In this respect, lighting is at the heart of cinematography.

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3 Point Lighting 

Key Light

The key light is the main main source of light for a given character while at a certain place in the scene. There are no set rules on the placement of the key light. A traditional starting place is 45 degrees from the camera and 45 degrees off the floor, but the mood or location of the scene often leads the cinematographer to put it elsewhere.

Fill Light

A fill light is used to fill in the shadows created by the key light. It should not create additional shadows and therefore usually comes from fairly near the camera.

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Back Light

The third principle light is the back light, which is designed to separate the actors from the background. This adds three-dimensionality to the picture. This light is often omitted by cameramen who believe in realism and do no want an unmotivated source of light illuminating the picture.

Practical Light

If thereʹs one simple thing that you can do today to make your cinematography look more professional and polished, itʹs incorporating practical lights into your scenes. Practical lights are traditionally defined as any light where the light source is in frame – desk and floor lamps, televisions, computers, and strings of Christmas lights. In the example below a Scorpion Light has been placed on the same axis as the practical light just out of frame. The barn doors have been adjusted to keep the illumination from the Scorpion off the practical light and the back wall.

Lighting Tutorial Including 3 point lighting and more from Blind Spot Gear on Vimeo.

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Panasonics UHD DVD DMP-UB900 £599

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A lot of fellow videographers are still outputting their final footage to DVD mainly for weddings and children’s dance shows. 2016 was to be the year for UHD (Ultra High Definition) or 4K DVD players.

Some have questioned whether Blu-ray discs will have a future in a world increasingly enamored with streaming. The industry’s response is simple: Ultra HD Blu-ray player and discs provide the best possible picture quality for those who own high-performing UHD TVs. The picture quality of the 4K content from services such as Amazon and Netflix is highly dependent on the viewer’s broadband connection and the amount of network traffic inside and outside the viewer’s home.

With a constant bitrate in excess of 100Mbps second—four times the FCC’s definition of what constitutes broadband—Ultra Blu-ray promises a consistent, reliable, high level of performance currently unmatched by streaming.

At the same time, the industry has acknowledged the shifts in viewer habits with an Ultra Blu-ray feature called “copy and export.” As its name suggests, copy and export lets you make a bit-for-bit copy of an Ultra HD film or program and store it on an authorized hard drive. That means you can probably expect to see Ultra HD Blu-ray players with 1TB or more hard drives.

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Using the export feature, you’ll be able to transfer a file—presumably a lower-quality version of the content—to authorized mobile devices. But you can’t transfer it directly on your own to that device; it will have to go through a third-party service such as Vidity or UltraViolet. Both the movie studio and the player will have to implement this feature for it to work.

Just like current Blu-ray titles, Ultra Blu-ray discs can carry lower-quality content, such as 1080p programs or movies, but manufacturers must clearly state that in the tech specs box on the package. One advantage to doing this would be to include an entire series on a single disc. There will be three disc sizes: 50GB, 66GB, and 100GB, depending on the length of the program material and which extra features—wider color gamuts, HDR, etc—are included.

There are no UHD burners as yet which would be needed to deliver UHD weddings or dance shows, nor do we have burning software capable of UHD but maybe Apple will have this in their new version of FCPX anytime soon. You can deliver UHD in a USB stick and I have just discovered this software (PC only) called DRAX  that allows you to add chapters to your mp4 videos without ReRendering! (chapter titles too!)

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