6000 frame Timelapse…Fantastic

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Russian photo blogger Dmitry Pisanko spent months digging through 100GB worth of archives from the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory of NASA, before compiling his selected photos into 6000 frames to produce a breathtaking, four-minute time-lapse video.

The images were gathered from the International Space Station that completes around 15 orbits a day, capturing the stunning aerial view of Earth and its gorgeous sights, such as the Northern Lights swirling beautifully in the atmosphere.

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Its A Funny Old Week…ITV…tonight at 9.30pm

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Been busy this week, starting at Newcastle on a corporate shoot then Glasgow City centre to film an insert for Jason Manfords new ITV show, Its a Funney Old Week.

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Using my Sony PXW-FS7 with Ian my soundman using a boom mic and a radio mic via his sound mixer. Takes the pressure off a job when you have a professional sound man.

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I was using two lenses on the day the Sony 10-18mm and the 28-105mm f4 lens, camera set to 1080 25p XAVC-I. Ian my soundman really appreciated the smallHD 502 monitor to make sure his boom mic was out of shot.

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I have also added a bigger Red REC button to my FS7 handle as once again Sony insist on making these record buttons flush which can cause a miss fire. Sony has never recessed any other REC buttons so why start with the FS7 ?

The shoot went well and more importantly the weather was kind to us, you can see my efforts tonight on ITV at 9.30pm. Just a wee credit to my director Alex he was a joy to work with and we both fired ideas in unison. Second camera operator Freddie kept us well hydrated, thanks Freddie.


Once again anyone wanting an FS7-RED REC button email me at hdwarrior@me.com (£5 plus P&P).

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Sony PXW-X70 4K Upgrade package CBKZ-X70FX = £360 plus vat

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This is Sony’s idea of a user friendly 4K upgrade path…

CBKZ-X70FX is the 4K Upgrade Option for PXW-X70. This option allows X70 to activate 4K(QFHD) XAVC Long GOP recording capability.
In this guide, the way to install the option on the PXW-X70 is described. Follow the steps below for the installation.

  1. Register with the dedicated website “eCSite.”
  2. Acquire the Install Key from “eCSite.”
  3. Install the option on the PXW-X70 by the install key.


• To use the 4K (QFHD) recording function, the software version of the PXW-X70 needs to be Ver. 2.00 or later. Confirm the software version of the camcorder you are using.

• To confirm the software version, operate the camcorder as follows:

Press the MENU button  select the (OTHERS) menu  [VERSION DISPLAY].

• When the software version is earlier than Ver. 2.00, update the software first. For details on how to update, see the Sony Website for professional products.


Enter the website below and complete the registration by following the on-screen instructions. If you have already registered, proceed to the next step, “Acquiring the Install Key.”

https://www.ecspert.sony.biz/ecsite/center/ registUserInfo?action=regulationsDirect

  • You need your user ID, name, e-mail address, company name, and country/area information to register.
  • You will receive an approval e-mail containing a password. It may take awhile until you receive the e-mail.
  • Carefully keep the registered user ID and password


  • Acquiring the Install Key
    •   Access “eCSite” and select “Enter The Site.”  https://www.ecspert.sony.biz
    •  Input the “User ID” and “Password” you have registered, and select “Login.”
    •  Select “Install Key Request” in the top left of the screen.
    • Select “XDCAM-Camcorders” from the “Category” pull-down menu
    • Select “CBKZ-X70FX” from the “Model Number” pull-down menu, and select “Search.”

      Confirm that “CBKZ-X70FX” and “4K UPGRADE LICENSE” are shown in the “Model Name” and “Description” fields respectively.

      Input “Purchase Key” and “Unique Device ID,” and select “Next.”

      • The purchase key is the alphanumeric code shown in the SOFTWAREPURCHASE KEY NOTIFICATION e.g.  2AC3BD3820B1
      • You can check the unique device ID by operating the camcorder as follows:Press the MENU button – select the (OTHERS) menu – [OPTION].Check your input on the “Confirmation” screen.Note

        • The install key is issued even if you input the “Unique Device ID” incorrectly, however, you cannot install the option (4K (QFHD) recording function) on the camcorder. Be sure to check the input and to correct it if it is incorrect.

        Select “OK” after you have checked the input.

      • The message “Completed your Install key request” is displayed.
      • You will receive the following as individual attachments to tworespective e-mails.
        – Install key notification (a PDF file)
        – Install key list (a file without an extension)e.g.) CBKZ-X70FXINSTALLKEY_20150301123401234

    Installing the Option on the Camcorder

    1 Use a PC to copy the ”Install key list” (a file without an extension) you have received via e-mail onto the root directory of a Memory Stick or an SD card.

    2 Insert the Memory Stick or SD card that contains the install key list into the memory card slot A of the camcorder.

    3 Press the MENU button of the camcorder  select the (OTHERS) menu  [OPTION]  [INSTALL OPTION]  [OK].

    4 Select [OK] again.

    • The camcorder reboots and installing the option completes.


    • If you have failed to install the option because the unique device ID you input was incorrect, or etc., please contact us from the “Contact us” portion of the web site shown below.

    Sony Professional products web site home page: U.S.A.: http://pro.sony.com Canada: http://www.sonybiz.ca Latin America: http://sonypro-latin.com Europe, Middle East, and Africa:

    http://www.pro.sony.eu Japan: http://www.sonybsc.com Asia Pacific: http://pro.sony-asia.com Korea: http://bp.sony.co.kr China: http://pro.sony.com.cn

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New the Sony A7R II with internal 4K recording.

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Our guest blogger Peter Loughran has some interesting information about the newly announced Sony A7R II.

Peter “The newly announced Sony A7R II which features the world’s first back-illuminated 35mm full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor with 42.4 megapixels and no Anti-Aliasing filter, Fast Hybrid AF system (the A7R II features on-sensor phase-detect AF), 5-axis IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation …works with any lens, even non-stabilised and adapted Canon, Nikon etc.), 3.5 times faster sensor readout (little or no rolling shutter?), upgraded durable reduced-vibration mechanical shutter and/or fully electronic shutter option (for silent requirements and critical sharpness in stills mode…the mechanical shutter on the original A7R is notorious for its image-spoiling vibration and poor durability), and (at last!) …drum roll please …4K video with INTERNAL RECORDING! (XAVC-S 4K recording at maximum 100 Mbps bit rate [Full HD recording at 50 Mbps] to UHS-I compliant SD cards). Video can be recorded from the full-frame width or from a ‘Super 35mm’ crop area of the sensor which “processes readout data from every pixel without pixel binning” so effectively oversampling the image then down-sampling to the 4K format (similar to how the Samsung NX1 works) so should result in highly detailed images. Various video settings available including Picture Profile, S-Log2 Gamma and S-Gamut.
Video frame rates max out at 30fps in 4K, 60fps in Full HD 1080p and 120fps in HD 720p so not as good for slo-mo as the Samsung NX1 which can shoot good quality Full HD at up to 120fps (unlike the GH4s poor quality [oddball max 96fps] which I find unusable).
Clean HDMI out is available (uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit) and can be used whilst recording internally.
The EVF (XGA OLED Tru-Finder) has been upgraded but, sadly, the upgraded rear LCD monitor remains tilt-only (not fully articulated) and still lacks touch-screen functionality. USB remains at USB 2.0 (why?) and the camera has a single memory card slot and no internal flash.
Overall the feature set of this camera appears to eclipse most others for those of us who desire a ‘hybrid’ camera system which can shoot both high quality stills and high quality video (including 4K recorded internally …no need for clumsy, ridiculous, expensive external recorders and flaky HDMI connections!).
It’s arrival (assuming the real world performance is as advertised) means that the A7s, with it’s low (stills) resolution, slow autofocus, no IBIS etc. starts to look very much like a one-trick pony …extreme low light performance where, I suspect, it will still reign supreme for those who need that specific capability and don’t mind having to use an external recorder for 4K.
Also of potential interest to users of the forthcoming A7R II (and any camera using HDMI out) is the just announced Sony CLM-FHD5, A compact 5.0 inch type Full HD (1920x1080p) LCD monitor with various video-specific shooting assist functions.
It appears that many of the A7R II function buttons are customisable but whether or not the shutter button (or another function button?) can be configured to act as video start/stop remains to be seen …if not there may be a greater market for your “Wee RED REC button” as the cameras video record button looks to be the same as on the A7s.”
More info here:


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Our new educational DVD on Type One Diabetes

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Finally after almost 3 years in the making we have a finished DVD on type one diabetes. This DVD has gone through many stages to get here but the final 50m video is a testimony to the Canon C300.


Initially I postponed the shoot till I had the C300 as its cinematic qualities were at that time..second to none.


The Canon C300 is the prime interview camera with a lovely shallow depth of field and no grain.


I used many lenses during the shoot but some of my favourite shots were with the Canon EF-S 60mm f2.8 USM Macro lens.


The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM, Canon fit was used for the majority of interviews.


There are 2 DVDs one about the clinical side of diabetes and one called Mini Features, covering various topics from Holidays to Ramadan. The dual DVD costs £15 plus £3 post and packing within the UK. If you know anyone who would like a copy you can email me at smallvideo@mac.com

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I am in the process of designing a new word press site to sell our educational DVDs on diabetes.

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The Wee RED REC button for the Sony A7s (£5)

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I developed this brilliant solution for the Sony A7s while looking at a $20 American alternative…my solution not only looks the business but is a lot cheaper.


The stupid design of the A7s record button makes it very hard to make a positive connection with your finger causing no end of problems from camera movement to unwanted recordings.

My solution brings a positive feel to the record button giving you a direct on and off….simple but effective !

I will supply 4 WEE RED REC buttons for £5 which includes 2 spare and UK postage…send me an email (hdwarrior@me.com) and I will send you a PAYPAL request…shipping worldwide.

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User Review of the DJI Ronin M

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I received my Ronin M just under 2 weeks ago from Production Gear, I was promised one of the first into the UK as I was producing a  video review.


We were filming part of an advert for the Harley Davidson Street Glide… 1,690cc four-stroke V-twin, six-speed transmission.


We had various cameras with us from two GoPro’s to the Sony PXW-FS7. I favour the Panasonic GH4 on the Ronin for practical reasons i.e. You don’t need to drill down menus to get settings like ISO etc.


This unit is caller RotoR which allows for some interesting selfies as it rotates. This was shot at Errol Aerodrome in Perthshire, Scotland, see details below.


Don, Gerry and Scott posing for a crew picture.


The interview was done with a Sony PXW-FS7 with a 10mm Sony lens.


Miller the cocker spaniel having a good look up the end of my 12mm f2.8 Lumix lens.


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Converting HD to SD via the Sony FS7 for a live link

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Recently we were sent to Edinburgh to meet up with MP Norman Lamb as part of a live insert for Channel 4 news talking about the late Charles Kennedy.


Fortunately the Scottish weather was kind to us and a BNC SDI cable was fed out of Scottish Televisions truck to my Sony FS7.


The Sony FS7 does not have any facility to feed an SD signal direct… so I had to use my Datavideo down converter the DAC-70 powered by a 12v “V” lock power supply.


On the back of the FS7 I also used the new small HD 502 1920 x 1080 field monitor. I used the HDMI socket from the FS7 as I wanted to keep my second SDI socket free in case of any problems.


This is not only a cracking unit but acts as a studio monitor on the back of my Sony FS7.


As you can see the FS7 has its loupe down to check focus, whilst I can confidently monitor pictures from the small HD.


The satellite engineer from Scottish Television, Alex was a great help and between us Channel 4 News were not disappointed.

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NEW camcorder from Sony…the HXR-NX100 (October 2015)

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The HXR-NX100 features a 1.0 type Exmor® R back-illuminated CMOS Sensor with 20 megapixels. The sensor, which is approximately the same size as a Super 16mm film frame, delivers high resolution, low noise and stunning picture quality even in low light conditions, as well as offering more depth of field control as demanded by today’s diverse shooting requirements. Stunning picture quality is further ensured by a fixed Sony G lens, offering 12x optical zoom from 29mm angle of view at wide end that can be increased to 24x with Clear Image Zoom, while retaining full resolution thanks to By Pixel Super Resolution Technology. Furthermore, zoom performance can be doubled at any point with a Digital Extender by up to 48x. These features, combined with built-in 4-step ND filter, mean the HXR-NX100 is well prepared to capture quality content in any environment.

The HXR-NX100 is ergonomically designed to give a lightweight and easy-to-use form factor that ensures quality, reliability and peace of mind during any type of shoot. Three independent manual lens rings give simple access to zoom, focus and iris functions. The camcorder also provides a wide variety of connectivity options including HDMI, Multi/Micro USB, XLR terminals, REMOTE, Composite (BNC) and Multi Interface (MI) Shoe, which allows for a wide range of accessories without the need for cables, such as the HVL-LBPC Video Light and the UWP-D wireless microphone series.

Further extending the recording flexibility of the Sony NXCAM range, the HXR-NX100 is able to record in AVCHD, DV and XAVC S 50Mbps for multiple choices and high quality images. Operational flexibility is maximised by recording onto affordable and readily available consumer memory cards. The HXR-NX100 features dual media slots, which enables recording onto two memory cards either simultaneously or via a relay mode, where recording automatically switches when the first card is full.

“The HXR-NX100 brings the very best in resolution, depth of field control and low light performance thanks to its big 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, allowing content creators to capture beautiful images in any environment,” said Robbie Fleming, Product Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Its ergonomic design ensures comfortable handling and the ability to record in XAVC S 50Mbps means the camcorder delivers quality content across a range of shoots, such as events and corporate videos. In the HXR-NX100, professionals have a versatile camcorder that lets them concentrate on doing what they love, with minimum hassle.”


Key features of the HXR-NX100

  • 1.0 type Exmor® R CMOS Sensor and Sony G lens for stunning picture quality.High sensitivity and fantastic resolution with 20 megapixel sensor and sophisticated Sony G lens deliver striking detail, colours and wide dynamic range, even in low light conditions (minimum illumination 1.7 Lux *)

* NTSC model: 1/30 second shutter speed, Iris and gain Auto.       PAL model   : 1/25 second shutter speed, Iris and gain Auto

  • Maximum 48x zoom for wide range shooting.The lens offers a 12x Optical Zoom from 29mm angle of view at wide end, which can be increased to 24x with Clear Image Zoom while retaining full resolution thanks to By Pixel Super Resolution Technology. Zoom performance can be doubled at any point with a Digital Extender up to 48x.
  • Three independent manual lens rings, built-in 4-step ND filter and other professional functions.Manual lens rings ensure intuitive control of zoom, focus and iris and the built-in 4-step ND filter helps to control exposure in bright scenes. Other professional features include 0.24 type 1550K dots EVF and 3.5 type 1550K dots LCD for easy monitoring, and a wide variety of professional interfaces, including HDMI, Multi/Micro USB, XLR terminals, REMOTE, Composite (BNC) and Multi Interface (MI) Shoe, delivering a seamless integration for video light and wireless audio.
  • Breadth of recording format capabilities.  The camcorderprovides multiple choices including AVCHD and DV which are suitable for conventional workflow, and newly implemented XAVC S 50Mbps which delivers better image quality especially for professional needs.
  • Dual media slots for recording flexibility.Two memory card slots enable various recording options such as backup, simultaneous,relay and independent recording. The camcorder is compatible with SDXC and SDHC cards as well as Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2)and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo. “SIMUL” mode permits simultaneous recording to two memory cards, while “RELAY” mode automatically switches recording from the first to the second memory card when the first is full. The user can also use buttons on the camcorder to independently start and stop recording on different memory cards.


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Oversized lapel mic used on a BBC FIFA story…A Sennheiser MKE40-4

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Saw this interview during the FIFA scandal and was taken aback at the sheer size of this lapel mic…this is the kind of lapel mic on offer during the 1970s when miniaturisation was not possible.

Does anyone know anything about it as I am sure it was being used for a very good reason.


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