The art of reflecting light

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Loved this very interesting way the lighting gaffer uses the Panibeam 1200W light to reflect light into a room preventing a whole load of lights inside the room itself…very clever. This is a video from my good friend Rick Young at Movie Machine.

The biggest beam available, the sun, sends out light that is almost perfectly parallel. In order to achieve a similar and as-close-as-possible effect, luminaires with an almost parallel beam and a homogenic light distribution is needed.

The quality of the light – from hard to soft – and the precisely defined shadows are achieved through the use of the calculated high tech reflectors, the PANIFLECTORS.

Seven different types of reflectors in various sizes, available in vertical and horizontal shapes such as ellipses, circles, beams or arcs, provide the neccessary tools for any lighting application.

Most of the time, no additional shutters, flags or filters are required, which reduces the amount of gripping equipment, but also greatly improves the efficiency of the entire system.

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– See more at : http://www.moviemachine.tv/video/the-beauty-of-reflected-light-a-new-way-of-lighting/113798497/#sthash.BZsMuLol.dpuf

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FCPX 10.1.4 Update (Good and Bad news)

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Finally support for native MFX files and AVC Long GOP files for Panasonic users…not before time !

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For months now PX270 owners were left in the dark from Apple, unable to import Long GOP 50 files from the Panasonic PX270. Today PX270 owners are rejoicing but the same can’t be said for Sony’s XAVC codec.

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I have fresh footage shot this afternoon on the Sony PXW-X70 camcorder and before this update was announced I imported all my footage via Sony’s Catalyst Prepare software, after installing both the FCPX 10.1.4 update and the new Pro Video Formats 2 from Apple I still can’t import my XAVC 1080 50p 50MB/s footage.

I may be cynical but with the £124 Catalyst Prepare software selling world wide is their a rush for Apple to support XAVC…Note. My XAVC-S footage from my Sony A7s imports fine.

This may be a bug in my system can any other XAVC via the PXW-X70 confirm my findings.

Interestingly as an after thought this must be the first FCPX update that has no reference to the new OS X Yosemite, i.e. making it more compatible so we all must assume that FCPX is 100% compatible or is that a bad assumption ?

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Micro Studio has it’s 1st Major Client

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Our first major client sent Rachel McTavish a well known television presenter to our Micro Studio in the Southside of Glasgow to present in front of our green screen.

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Without any hesitation I produced the section with our Sony PXW-X70 camera producing 1080 50p… 50MB/s 422, 10bit footage, the client was delighted with the result.

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Rachel was a true professional and was delighted with our DV Prompter software and the new Datavideo WR-450 remote control.

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This bluetooth remote is distributed exclusively by Holdan and allows you to start, pause, vary speed and move up and down to certain markers set in the software.

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We use an iPad with a 10″ retina display and DV Prompter software, downloadable FREE from the Apple APP store.

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We also monitor our output from the Sony X70 from the HD-SDI socket onto our JVC DTV21G11 Full HD 1920 x 1080 HD resolution LCD IPS panel.

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Once the footage is recorded it’s taken upstairs to our edit suite to be transcoded from XAVC to ProRes 422 HQ 1080 25p. The files are taken off the computer to the clients hard drive and sent to our client in Aberdeen for next day delivery…job done in one hour studio time !

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Sony PXW-FS7 at CVP Glasgow

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Today I went over to CVP to see the new Sony PXW-FS7 camcorder and to try it on my shoulder.

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First thoughts…Sits well on the shoulder and the strange pistol grip will be an asset with the Sony FE 28-135mm f4 G PZ OSS lens, CVP had a Canon and a Carl Zeiss lens for the camera because the Sony servo zoom lens is not yet available.

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There was a constant stream of interested production crews looking at the FS7.

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This was CVP’s own demo camera and the viewfinder is nice and sharp, the hot shoe allows the Sony SMAD-P3 adapter to power the new D11 radio mic receiver as seen on the camera.

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We also saw the Metabones electronic lens adapter being used with both Canon EF lenses and Carl Zeiss lenses.

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A good day had by all and my thanks as always to Colin and Danny for their hospitality at CVP Glasgow.

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This wee chap was sitting on the sidelines the Sony Action Cam…I thought I had this on order from Sony for buying the PXW-X70 but I have had a few readers telling me that they can’t finish the web order process to claim the camera, mic or radio mic receiver. Sony need to look into this as professional customers are being denied the FREE goods that they are entitled to.

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Panasonic HC-X1000 Review…Ongoing

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Out and about with the Panasonic HC-X1000 in 4K mode today. In 4K mode 3840 x 2160 50P at 150MB/s you get truly stunning HD pictures almost the best I have seen out of a 1/2.3″ sensor.

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This is a video still of one of my dogs and not only are the colours accurate but the lack of noise reduction seen in many 1/3″ cameras is fantastic.

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This wee camera is out performing many 1/3″ cameras twice its size though remember it has a 1/2.3″ chip…in 4K alone, I have a few more tests and filming to do plus I am keen to see how it performs in HD 200MB/s mode.

I am ultra impressed with the 4K 50p pictures on the HD timeline, this is a common theme with 4K capable cameras giving you wonderful HD pictures but the 50p mode is a killer, not many 4K cameras produce 50p pictures and Panasonic have cracked it with this blend of stunning 4K 50p and a little known secret 4:2:0 8bit pictures.

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Double click on this pigeon to see the 1920 x 1080 still frame.

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Sony A7II with 24.3MP and 5 Axis image stabilisation

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Sony has released the α7 II (ILCE-7M2), the next in the α7 series of interchangeable-lens models and the world’s first camera with optical 5-axis image stabilization designed for a full-frame image sensor.

The camera offers outstanding image quality in a compact size and light build, and it carries on the traditions of the α7 series, which includes the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens full-frame camera (α7R). A 24.3 effective megapixel 35 mm full-frame Exmor  CMOS sensor moves along five axes to compensate for camera shake, providing optical image stabilization equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction for still images. Shooting sharp handheld stills and video is now possible under conditions that may have required a tripod in the past. In this and other scenarios, users can enjoy beautifully rendered images from the full-frame sensor with the convenience of image stabilization. In-camera image stabilization also offers sharper images for those using A-mount lenses on an optional lens adapter.

World’s first full-frame camera with optical 5-axis image stabilization

Detects and corrects various camera shake along five axes for still images and video, including angular shake (pitch and yaw) that tends to occur when shooting with a telephoto lens, shift shake (along the X and Y axes) that becomes noticeable as photographing magnification increases, and rotational shake (roll) that often affects shots at night or when recording video.

The full-frame image sensor moves to compensate for these kinds of camera shake. For still images, stabilization is equivalent to up to 4.5 steps faster shutter speed of correction.

Optical 5-axis image stabilization ideal for a variety of αTM lenses

Handheld low-light shooting at slower shutter speeds becomes possible, allowing for greater creativity and mobility without the need for a tripod. The camera’s in-body image stabilization is therefore effective even in combination with E-mount lenses without Optical SteadyShot (OSS). For A-mount lenses as well (using an optional mount adapter such as LA-EA4 or LA-EA3), camera shake is compensated for along five axes within the camera body. Users can thus make the most of the beautiful rendering power of various α lenses with the α7 II.

Verify image stabilization results with live view functionality

Monitor the corrected image in real-time on the camera’s LCD screen or in the OLED viewfinder, thus allowing for fine-tuned framing and focusing even when using a telephoto or macro lens.

Speedy, accurate autofocus with Fast Hybrid AF

Wide AF coverage with the employment of a 117-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor (in combination with a 25-point contrast detection AF points)

117-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor and 25 contrast detection AF points are placed over a wide area of the screen, making use of the superb tracking capabilities of the phase detection AF and therefore enabling clear capture of moving subjects that might otherwise evade focus.

30% faster AF responsiveness

A more advanced algorithm is used to detect the subject position, enabling optimal lens drive. In a variety of scenarios, autofocus is very responsive – 30% faster than in previous models.

1.5 times the tracking ability of previous models4 with an improved motion-prediction algorithm

An improved, original Sony algorithm for the prediction of moving bodies results in a 1.5 times improvement in performance in tracking a subject and predicting its next movement. Additionally, AF and automatic exposure (AE) continue to track the subject during high-speed continuous shooting (up to 5 fps), so that a sudden movement or expression of the subject is never missed. Finally, greatly improved tracking ability and subject capture are made possible through the advances in image analysis technology with “lock-on AF,” a feature that optimizes focusing on the subject in accordance with its size.

Superior image quality and enriched video recording functionalities with the full-frame sensor and BIONZ XTM image processing engine

35 mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor for high resolution and sensitivity, with minimal noise

The camera is equipped with a full-frame Exmor CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.3 effective megapixels. High resolution and larger pixels enhance sensitivity and reduce image noise to release the full potential of lens’ optical performance. Images are rendered beautifully and bokeh effects attainable only with full-frame sensors become possible.

BIONZ X image processing engine for superb detail and natural textures, less noise

Loaded with an advanced BIONZ X image processing engine. The fast processing enabled by this engine enhances images in several ways, through “detail reproduction technology,” which recreates natural-looking textures even in the minute details of an image; “diffraction-reducing technology,” which prevents loss of detail when aperture stopped down; and “area-specific noise reduction,” which greatly reduces noise while maintaining exceptional detail and texture even under low light conditions such as night time and indoors.

Supports high bit rate XAVC-S recording

In addition to recording in AVCHD Ver. 2.0 Full HD (1920×1080) 60p (50p)/60i (50i)/24p, the camera records in XAVC-S, a consumer format derived from the professional XAVC format. This offers outstanding Full HD video quality at a high bit rate of 50 Mbps. Long GOP compression is used, targeting differences between frames, along with the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec for video. Regarding audio recording, linear PCM is used and files are saved in the MP4 format.

Full-featured video recording that suits professional workflows

Picture profiles enable convenient in-camera tone adjustment. The α7 II also supports the S-Log2 gamma function, which preserves a wide dynamic range, and a wide S-Gamut mode. Other features include Time Code/User Bit (useful in editing), Rec Control (for synced recording with compatible external recorders), marker display/settings, and dual video recording.

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Enhanced usability and reliability

Refined usability

Grip shape and height keep the camera steady even when using a large telephoto lens. The shutter button has been shifted toward the front, to a position that feels more natural. This, along with the button’s increased size, helps reduce camera shake. Shooting comfort and convenience were a priority in design. Ten customizable buttons can be assigned to any of 56 functions.

The tilting display features a White MagicTM LCD screen for exceptional visibility even under bright sunlight.

Sharp, high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ viewfinder for accurate previewing

An XGA OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder with a 2.36 million dot equivalent resolution and high contrast, enabling faithful reproduction of setting adjustments, fine-tuned focusing using magnified display or peaking features, and bokeh effects. The viewfinder also allows for clear review of previous shots. Because the camera is fully APS-C-compatible, it displays the entire view even when APS-C lenses are used.

Reliability that professionals can appreciate

Sturdy magnesium alloy construction of the top, front cover, and internal structures ensures that the camera is both durable and light. The robust mounting structure easily handles large telephoto lenses, heavy video lenses, and many others.

Main buttons and dials are also sealed to help keep out moisture and dust, and an interlocking double layered construction of media and port covers as well as body seams ensures greater moisture and dust resistance. Overall, the camera is designed to be used by photographers in any number of situations without having to worry about the safety of their cameras.

Quick startup time – 40% faster

After the camera is switched on, it is ready to shoot 40% sooner than current models.

Wi-Fi and NFC enabled for connectivity with mobile devices; support for PlayMemories Camera Apps that allow the camera to evolve even further

–      Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity for mobile linking

–      Features can be expanded with PlayMemories Camera Apps

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Gratical from Zacuto £2790 (CVP)

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Over two years in the making, Zacuto brought five different engineering companies together to bring this newest EVF concept to life. The Gratical HD Micro-OLED electronic viewfinder uses an extremely powerful FPGA dual core processor and Zacuto designed Micro-OLED displays to provide a hugely expanded contrast range.

Gratical HD Product Update from Zacuto on Vimeo.

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Once again Blackmagic Design let us down…again ! (Updated)

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We are now running Desktop Video 10.3 and once again this software version of Media Express v3.3.1 does not allow any SDI or HDMI output to the Media Express viewer. I have two cameras producing 1080 50p outputs from both SDI and HDMI and none of them show up on the Media Express browser window.

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I phoned Blackmagic’s UK division who were aware of the problem in fact the chap had set up this very scenario yesterday and confirmed the problem.

Hopefully BM will offer us a solution within the next week and bring back the much needed functionality Media Express.

Media Express for those of you who do not own a Blackmagic device allows you to capture analogue footage like Beta SP, HDV etc transcoding the footage for use in FCPX.

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Finally Blackmagic restore Media Express (ME) to its former glory in FW v 10.3.1 just out today (Thursday 20th November 2014) ME = 3.3.2.

I tested both SDI and HDMI with sound and pictures.

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Filming at Holdan

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I can’t say too much about this at the moment but we had a great time down at Holdan in Glossop during the week.

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This is a GoPro still from one of 3 cameras filming Tony and me.

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Holdan’s have their very own production studio along with a DMX lighting gallery, a Cambo Jib to die for where I placed our GoPro and a Cambo tracking dolly.

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The GH4 with YAGH worked a dream alongside the Sony A7s and the Sony PXW-X70 mounted on the tracking dolly.

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Using the Datavideo TP-500 DSLR iPad mini prompter with the Datavideo WR-450 Bluetooth remote control.

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Nigel with my prompt and Tony using the new Panasonic HC-X1000 4K camcorder. I must thank Nigel and Tony for their help over the last 3 days and for everyone at Holdan who were very accommodating and friendly.

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Panasonic HC-X1000 In-depth Review later this month

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The new Panasonic 4K HC-X1000 is just arriving on our shores and HD Warrior will receive one of the first production models to review.

The HC-X1000 is a 4K camcorder supporting various recording formats, like 4K/Cinema 4K/Full-HD, frame rates including 60p/50p/24p and a host of professional functions.

4K 50p is a spectacular achievement for a camcorder running onto SDXC cards. (Class 10 speed 3). It will be interesting to see how much time you get onto a 64G card.

UPDATE : The camera records 4K at 150MB/s therefore a 64G card will record 40 minutes.

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