BlackMagic comes to Glasgow

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Glasgow

This morning at the HUB in Glasgow’s Media Centre, Holdan alongside CVP were showing off some new Blackmagic Design kit.

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The Blackmagic Van was very impressive, this is where BM excel is the ability to fit quality switching gear and sell it at amazing prices.

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Colin form CVP was looking at the URSA with it’s 35mm Prime lens. HDW ” This is my first look at URSA and the large LCD is not only impressive but sharper than I was expecting.”

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Gill and Sam were up from Holdan’s  and reported a steady stream of traffic coming to view the Blackmagic gear.

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Sony’s new Catalyst Prepare £124.95

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Just in the nick of time Sony’s Catalyst Prepare arrives allowing you to batch capture all your XAVC LongGOP 1920 x 1080 50p footage to Apple ProRes 422 HQ. Got to be honest I like this programme and it gets all my LongG footage into FCPX…NOW…not when Apple decide to include it !

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Firstly you import your footage at this stage you can set in and out points, very useful, and rename your clip in my case SVC01X180…a far better way of keeping tabs on your footage.

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Next before batch export you set…ProRes, 422 HQ and Rec.709 and all your clips arrive as the same, way beyond Catalyst Browse.

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In my experience the importer had problems importing all my 52 clips and got stuck at clip 28…good news is that it did not fold, I simply stopped the import left clip 28 out and brought in 10 clips at a time which seemed to do the trick, after importing the rest of the clips I went back to clip 28 and it came in fine !

If you open the destination folder while importing you can watch the clips being rendered thats how I noticed it had stuck at clip 28.

Catalyst Prepare has a lot more to offer like transcoding to 422 HQ 2048 x 1080 50p but for now I am very happy with the program and slightly less happy parting with £124.95 but it does the job and more.

Heres a link to the UK download  http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/catalystprepare

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Sony PXW-X180 “Now in post”

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Photo : Taken with the Sony A7s with a 24-70 f4 lens in 2 exposures for HDR rendering in Photoshop.

I decided to take the Sony PXW-X180 up to the world famous Kelpies to give it a run through, all went well apart from the SD card adapter which seems to be faulty so everything had to be recorded onto a 32G SxS card.

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My thanks to Graeme and his son Gavin for assisting me today.

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We had great weather for November and it was only when I decided to return that same evening to get some low light footage that the rain appeared. The footage is now in post awaiting me to edit it, I hope to have the review posted some time this week.

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New XQD media version “G”

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The new G Series is compliant to XQD Format Version 2, both PCI Express Gen.2 and USB3.0 interface are supported on a newly-developed controller for high performance.
The G Series delivers increased read 400MB/s*1 and write 350MB/s*1 speeds, which is three times the speed of the previous N Series cards.

Sony’s unique media technology enables these G Series cards to provide efficient data writing, dependable recording of 4K video while avoiding speed degradation.
The larger capacity 128GB model expands the line-up allowing up to 40 minutes of 4K XAVC Intra 422 60p (600Mbps) recording with Sony’s 4K video cameras.

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Sony PXW-FS7 things you should know…”Adapters”

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Adapters

For those of us contemplating the arrival of the Sony PXW-FS7 here are a few tips when it comes to adapters…Some of you may be contemplating buying adapters for the FS7 but beware…read the small print first.

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Firstly I was reminded that the FS& is not full frame and is in fact Super 35mm so the Metabones Speedboster will indeed be fine.

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Metabones EF to NEX Speed Booster ULTRA

  1. This Speed Booster ULTRA is designed to cover an APS-C (23.6 x 15.7) image circle which is not big enough to cover a full-size 36mm x 24mm sensor. (Remember the FS7 is 23.6 x 13.3)
  2. Dan Chung “Also beware the EF Speedbooster Ultra can be buggy with FS7 – sometimes not recognised”.

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Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Smart Adapter (Mark IV)

1. A7S (Mark IV supports auto “APS-C Size Capture” with EF-S lens)

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Just when you think you can upgrade to the Sony “A” lens system you read the small print to learn this adapter won’t allow any lens to open any greater than f3.5 making those f2.8 “A” lenses redundant ?

1. Aperture setting for video capture is fixed at the maximum aperture of the lens or F3.5, whichever is lower (AF-C).

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Strangely enough the Sony adapter at £159 almost half the price of the one above seems to have no such restrictions.

From what I gather the FS7s are due to arrive at the end of October in limited quantities…watch this space.

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Hoping for new categories at BAFTA Scotland

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THE Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance is hoping there might be three new categories on the horizon at future BAFTA Scotland Award ceremonies after an open letter to the head of the film body. BAFTA Scotland have confirmed they will raise the letter as part of the agenda at an upcoming committee meeting in December.

Said an Alliance spokesperson: “Whilst we do not disagree in any way with those who have received nominations in recent years at the British Academy Scotland Awards, it would be great if independent films and filmmakers could compete on a level playing field at the same ceremony and receive the recognition they potentially deserve. These are often films and filmmakers who have been widely celebrated at events/screenings both at home and around the world.”

Established in 2011 by Andrew O’Donnell and Chris Quick, the Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance was initially launched as an online directory for film and television professionals working in Glasgow. In 2012, the alliance expanded into networking events when they were invited by Stephen Paton of Production Attic Ltd to form what would become the Glasgow Creative Network. In the same year, Mr Quick, a member of BAFTA Scotland also led the successful campaign to get the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards recognised by IMDB.

Said Mr Quick: “We are delighted that our proposal will be given the chance to be reviewed and we thank BAFTA Scotland for making this possible. Whilst there is still a lot of work to do and many details to be discussed by the committee, I think we can say with some accuracy that a step in the right direction has been made and we look forward to the outcome of the meeting.”

The awards proposal is due to be discussed by the BAFTA Scotland committee at its next meeting on Tuesday 9th December 2014.

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The Health and Safety Video

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H&S

As a major part of our productions Health and Safety is close to my heart, as usual H&S can be well over the top as can be seen by some rural councils in recent years.

19th century regulation limited child labour and working time in factories and mines, but employers were not always liable for accidents until 1937.

Today employees are induced into companies procedures usually by a H&S officer talking with a flip chart or you may get induced by one of our USB presentations made specially for the company itself.

Air New Zeland have taken this one step forward and produced this fantastic H&S promo…worth a watch.

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Sony A7s with a Rokinon 24mm T1.5

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Aurora

The real time pictures from the Sony A7s of an Aurora are truly stunning from Anders Mildestveit, worth a view.

Aurora Borealis in Tromsø from Anders Mildestveit on Vimeo.

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Sony PXW-X180 Pre Review

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PXW-X180

Sony Broadcast have sent me their new PXW-X180 camcorders to review, like the PXW-X70 it won’t be a full video review but I will make sure I get footage online ASAP.

This camera is a direct competitor for the Panasonic PX270 especially in Long GOP mode it will be interesting to see how Sony compares with the PX270.

If you have any questions about this camera send me your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

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The GAFFGUN for $249

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Seems like a simple device …so why has it taken so long to be invented…the times I could have done with a GAFFGUN. This device is not cheap at $249 but I like to see it as a one off purchase and the time it will save taping cables is worth the money…if it works.

I would like this company to send me a unit to test for myself, I will let you know how I get on.

Join the Revolution from GaffGun on Vimeo.

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