Glidetrack…The Documentary

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After a few months filming and editing I have finally finished my documentary about Alastair Brown, the owner of Glidetrack.


Alastair has spent the last 8 years building up Glidetrack literally from his house to his own premises in Paisley, Glasgow.


The new carriage that makes the slider what it is…what can I say…fantastic…it can’t get any smoother.


This was the shoot that convinced me to sell my Canon C300 as I was getting tired of filming 720 50p when the GH3 beside it could film 1080 50p @ 50 Mbps.


We are now on two GH4’s filming 1080 50p @ 100Mbps what more can I say.

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3 camera shoot…2 GH4s and one GH3 (UPDATED : With Video)

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A well known Glasgow Labour MP, Jim Murphy, was our port of call this morning at his office to talk about his new book…”The 10 Football Matches That Changed the World”


Using 3 Lumix cameras, 2 GH4’s and 1 GH3 we produced a rather tasty 3 camera shoot talking about Jims new book.



One GH4 had a 12-35mm f2.8 lens set at f4, the YAGH adapter set to stereo with Ch1 on radio mic and Ch2 Sennheiser Gun mic and the Ledgo ring light for light. The bonus for me was the adapters SDI output allowing me to not only monitor Jim’s main camera but with a neat trick via button 5 of the Sony PVM-740 you can zoom into the picture checking focus.


The radio mic was our new Sony UWD-P11 hybrid digital radio mic, this was a good test and it was as clean as a whistle.


The 2nd main camera (GH4) had a 50mm f1.4 Leica lens set to f4 while the reverse shot (GH3) had a 35-100mm f2.8 lens.

Jim and Scott

Jim and my son Scott who produced this and also interviewed Jim about the book and various football related topics.

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NEW Lumix DMC-FZ1000 with 4K recording at 25p

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Panasonic announced today the new LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 (FZ1000) — the world’s first digital compact camera to offer 4K video recording capability*. The FZ1000 boasts a one-inch, High Sensitivity MOS Sensor and 4K video recording capability. The latest member of the popular LUMIX FZ series, the FZ1000 will be available select channel partners in late July with an MSRP of $899.99.

The integration of a newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 16x optical zoom lens achieves high resolution edge to edge. It also produces stunningly beautiful defocus together with the large-sized MOS Sensor.

The 1-inch large 20.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor dramatically improves S/N (signal to noise) ratio, making it possible to capture a clear image with minimum noise even when it is shot at a high ISO. The Venus Engine is also newly developed to feature multiple noise reduction systems such as Multi Process NR, Random Filter and Aperture Filter, to achieve high color reproduction and high image quality with a natural look.

The FZ1000 incorporates 4K (QFHD 4K: 3840×2160, up to 30 fps in MP4) video recording capability for the first time with a digital compact camera*1. Panasonic is also proposing a new solution to capture 3840×2160 8-megapixel equivalent images from the 4K video footage which is normally difficult to photograph. Also, videos can be recorded in full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format or MP4 at 60p. A powerful 16x optical zoom with 5-step speed control enables smooth zoom adjustment even while video recording. The 5-axis HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)+ with Active Mode effectively compensates for vibration. Creative Video mode, High Speed video in full-HD at 120fps, Time Lapse Shot and Stop Motion Animation are all available for a variety of video effects..

The FZ1000 also features DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, for its focusing accuracy and improved Light Speed AF of approx. 0.09 sec*2. Together with the quick start-up time of approx.0.66 sec, the DMC-FZ1000 never misses a shooting opportunity. High speed burst shooting can be shot at 12 fps in 20.1-megapixel full resolution. It also offers a max.1/4,000 (mechanical) and 1/16,000 (electronic) shutter speed.

The FZ1000 boasts a high-precision, high-speed OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) LVF (Live View Finder). With 0.39-inch 2,359k-dot high resolution in 4:3 aspect ratio, the new LVF boasts approx.1.88x / 0.7x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view. The 3.0-inch 921k-dot free-angle LCD with its wide-viewing angle rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down. Operability is also improved with a newly added zoom lever, zoom ring and drive mode dial for more intuitive operation. For more creative freedom, Creative Control, Creative Panorama and Photo Style are available.

The FZ1000 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC (Near Field Communication) to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with a simple operation. The FZ1000 also comes with a 3.5mm jack for an external microphone connection. In addition, RAW data can be processed in camera.

*1 As of June 12, 2014
*2 Based on the CIPA standard, when using Live View Finder.

1. Bright Leica DC Lens 25-400mm F2.8-4.0
Panasonic newly developed LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens system (F2.8-F4.0) with 16x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-400mm). Comprised of 15 elements in 11 groups, including 4 ED lenses and 5 aspherical lenses with 8 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit achieves high MTF value.

2. Large 1-inch 20.1MP MOS Sensor for Amazing Defocus Control
The DMC-FZ1000 incorporates a 1-inch large High Sensitivity MOS Sensor with 20.1-megapixel high resolution. The new 1-inch sensor is 4x larger than conventional 1/2.3-inch sensor in size. This new large MOS Sensor improves S/N ratio, resulting in dramatic reduction of noise even when shooting at ISO 12,800.

The Venus Engine image processor was developed for the DMC-FZ1000 to dramatically boost its performance with a new quad-core CPU providing high speed signal processing required for rich 4K video recording . The advanced Multi-process NR (Noise Reduction) applies effective noise reduction and detail processing according to each component frequency. Plus, newly added Random Filter granulates chromatic noise to be blended into the image even more naturally.


3. The World’s First Digital Compact Camera Recording High Quality Video in 4K
The LUMIX FZ1000 is not only for capturing still images but also high quality video in 4K. It features outstanding 4K video recording capability (QFHD 4K: 3840×2160, up to 30 fps (NTSC) / in MP4*3. Users can enjoy recording video in ultra high definition and even grab an 8-megapixel frame as still image. After recording video in 4K, users can cut out a single frame to choose the best still image in rich resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. The FZ1000 should be used with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3). The UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) guarantees a constant minimum write speed of 30MB/s to respond to market needs for 4K video.

*3 4K video can be recorded up to 29 minutes 59 seconds. Use SDXC/SDHC Memory Card compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bitrate video recording mode of 100 Mbps or greater.

4. Super-fast LUMIX DFD Focusing Technology
For even faster response and higher mobility, the FZ1000 newly integrates a dedicated motor into the focus system to achieve extremely fast focusing. In addition, the Light Speed AF is further enhanced with an adoption of DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology which even shortens the time to set focus. It calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharpness level while consulting the data of optical characteristics of the current lens in a moment. As a result, the DMC-FZ1000 achieves ultra high speed AF of approx.0.09 sec*4 at wide end and even approx.0.17 sec at tele-end.*5 Together with the quick start-up of approx.0.66 sec and short release time lag, the DMC-FZ1000 never lets photographers miss fleeting shooting opportunities.

*4 Based on the CIPA standard, when using Live View Finder.
*5 Panasonic in-house examination (infinity to 2m shooting time lag)

5. Integrated Smartphone/Tablet Wi-Fi® for Remote Imaging Control
The FZ1000 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology camera to offer more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing. With the Panasonic “Image App”, remote shooting of both stills and video is possible by using the smartphone/tablet for a remote shutter with a monitor. You can release the shutter, zoom, focus and set shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation with a smartphone / tablet.

6. Other Features

3cm Macro Shooting…Stunning macro shots can be shot with minimum focusing distance of 3cm.

Highlight/Shadow Control…The Live View function is also advanced digitally making it possible to adjust highlight / shadow separately with the front/rear dial. 3 patterns of settings can be customized in addition to 3 patterns of preset.

RAW data development in Camera…The FZ1000 is capable of processing RAW images in camera.

Level Gauge…The DMC-FZ1000 is equipped with Level Gauge to detect the horizontal / vertical angle of view.

iA+ (Intelligent Auto Plus) Mode for Photo and Video…For beginners, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode supports taking beautiful pictures with a variety of shooting-assist functions including AF Tracking, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, Intelligent ISO Control and Food Recognition.

Optional Accessories
A GN58 powerful External Flash (DMW-FL580L) is newly added to the LUMIX optional accessories which allow high speed charging of approx.1.7 sec. Not only wireless control but also LED video light functions are available. The Stereo / Shotgun Microphone (DMW-MS2) which enables stereo/shotgun switch. The 62mm diameter of ND Filter (DMW-LND62), PL Filter (DMW-LPL62) and MC Protector (DMW-LMCH62) are also offered for more creative freedom.

  • The “AVCHD” is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
  • “AVCHD Progressive”, “AVCHD”, the “AVCHD Progressive” Logo and the “AVCHD” Logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
  • Android and Google Play are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc.
  • IOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license.
  • All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.
  • This unit is compatible with both SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards. You can only use SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (When using an SDHC/SDXC Memory Card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)
  • SDHC Memory Cards and SDXC Memory Cards can be used only in equipment that is compatible with their respective formats.
  • If the computer being used does not support SDXC Memory Cards, a message prompting you to format may appear. (Doing so will cause recorded images to be erased so do not choose to format.) If the card is not recognized, please refer to the below support site.
  • Some accessories are not available in some countries.


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TV Bay show at Manchester today

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The TV-BAY show was at Manchester today.




Our good friend John Preston showing off a few bargains and new Sony kit


As usual Philip Bloom steals the punters with his talk about “Do we need 4K”


My good friend Larry Jordan talking about workflows and computer editing…My thanks to Charles Woods and John Preston for supplying the pictures.

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Anyone got an Ultra Studio 4K…10.1.1 has just be released (Update)

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I noticed the new 10.1.1 drivers up on the Black Magic site today and fixes for audio problems you get with V10.1….yee ha !

What’s new in Desktop Video 10.1.1

• Audio fixes on all inputs and outputs.

• 10-bit RGB support on HDMI in all HD modes.

• Fixes for Avid Media Composer Title Tool and timeline output.

• Fixes for output flicker and issue when replacing clips of different formats in ProTools 11.

• General performance and stability improvements.


I am doing some more testing today…The Conclusion


My friend Aliaster brought his two PX270s over and all three caused a green/purple out of the HDMI socket and the same HDMI lead out of my GH4 was fine so my conclusion is the signal coming out of the PX270 is non standard…taking the HDMI direct to a monitor is fine and taking the SDI out of the PX270 into the Ultra Studio 4K is also fine.

Something has been tampered with between v10.1 and 10.1.1 of the Black Magic software as the HDMI (Video) was fine in 10.1 some people are speculating this new feature “10-bit RGB support on HDMI in all HD modes”.

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Working for tv2 Norway using the Panasonic PX270 camcorder

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We arrived at Celtic Park on Thursday about 11am after picking up Sigve from the airport. Sigve Kvamme was our Norwegian sports reporter a young bright lad.


The chap we were here to see was Ronnie Delia who at this time was rumoured to be Glasgow Celtic’s new football manager.


While we were hanging around I bumped into STV’s top camerawomen Jen with her new Sony PMW-400 loaded with two 32G SxS cards.


As people were short on the ground we began interviewing each others reporters…firstly STV’s sports reporter Raman Bhardwaj


Then Sky’s Sports reporter Charles Paterson in their Satellite truck.


Scott my son who was assisting me and a football genius was in his element talking to Sigve and Charles.


As we were filming VOX pops in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow city centre, Sigve got a call to head up to Blythswood Square where Charles and cameraman were there to interview Sigve.

Here is the amended edit from yesterday… I edited out a young chap who took an unofficial day off work.


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Bentley Cars use iPhone 5s for gimmick viral add campaign

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Once again we see major clients like Bentley agreeing to have an add campaign shot with a camera not fit for purpose. A lot of frigging has gone on behind the scenes to make this happen hence the black and white “look” but in my opinion web hits versus stunning 4K footage shot on the likes of a Sony F55…no comparison.

When your business is built around top quality engineering why compromise your product using a £600 smartphone camera.

Bentley “The film highlights the fusion of luxury, performance and technology within the Bentley Mulsanne and reveals the manner in which Intelligent Details was filmed, assembled and edited using the in-car connectivity and entertainment platform.”…iPad with keyboard.

I don’t get the point, if your customer base are people at the top of their professions why do you need to produce a viral video to get to the masses…when 99.9% can’t afford your product ?

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NEW…Sony PXW-X160 with 25x Optical zoom

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Main features of the PXW-X160Newly developed 25x optical zoom G Lens with 26 mm wide angle

This new lens delivers uncompromised Sony G Lens quality and a 26 mm angle of view at the wide end of its 25x zoom range (35 mm equivalent: 26 mm to 650 mm). That’s more than enough range for a wide variety of shooting situations. Independent manual zoom and focus rings with end-stop and iris control are provided, and a slide mechanism on the focus ring enables easy switching between auto and manual focusing.

Innovative Sony image sensor, image processor, and lens achieve outstanding image quality

Sony’s  Exmor™ 3CMOS Sensor system provides independent 1/3” CMOS image sensors for the red, blue, and green colour channels, each with 2.07 effective megapixels (16:9). The result is high resolution and sensitivity that contribute to superior colour reproduction.  An advanced image processor that features sophisticated noise reduction and distortion compensation is instrumental in delivering superb detail and texture reproduction, with image quality settings rivalling high-end broadcast camcorders.

Compatible with XAVC and a range of other recording formats

In addition to XAVC Intra/Long GOP, the PXW-X160 can record in MPEG2, AVCHD, and DV format. The MXF file format is used for XAVC recording, efficiently compressing full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit with Intra-frame compression at 112 Mbps, or high-efficiency Long-GOP compression at 50/35/25 Mbps.


Support for SxS, XQD, and SD memory cards plus Memory Stick

To provide compatibility with a variety of workflows, the PXW-X160 features two SxS memory card slots for high-speed read/write capability. An XQD card adaptor allows recording to XQD memory cards, and an SD card adaptor enables recording to SD memory cards for maximum economy when shooting for extended periods.

Variable ND filter

The PXW-X160 is the first professional Sony camcorders to feature a continuously variable ND filter. A new system that electronically controls density enables continuous adjustment from 1/4 ND to 1/128 ND via a simple dial operation. In conjunction with iris and shutter speed settings that control depth of field and brightness, this advanced filter facilitates shooting techniques such as the use of slow shutter in daylight and other bright conditions. For operators who prefer the conventional ND selector interface, the camcorder features  a dual ND filter control mechanism that provides both continuous electronic control and the standard four-position switch.

3.5 type LCD panel and 0.5 type OLED viewfinder

The PXW-X160 is equipped with a 3.5 type QHD LCD panel (960 x 540 x RGB, 16:9) that provides easy viewing in a wide range of lighting conditions. Both models also feature a 0.5 type OLED viewfinder (1024 x 768 x RGB, 3:4). High resolution makes precise manual focus easy. Compared to LCOS devices, there is no colour breakup and viewing comfort is significantly improved.

Multi-Interface Shoe

Compatible accessories attached to the Multi-Interface (MI) Shoe can be controlled from the PXW-X160. The HVL-LBPC video light, for example, can be switched on and off from the camcorder. Power and audio connections for a UWP-D11 or UWP-D12 wireless microphone receiver are made via the MI Shoe, minimizing the need for extra batteries and additional cabling.


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BBC Scotland staff in an all time low

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BBC Scotland has a nack for bringing the news to it’s own front door, firstly they fire Garry Robertson for no good reason other than his face no longer fits radio. This stupid decision has enraged BBC staff who are now contemplating a walk out.


Janet Boyle “An internal BBC survey has made ­worrying reading for top brass. Fed-up staff have told bosses they feel they are “grossly under-resourced” with claims of a culture of bullying. Staff are also believed to have decided to boycott internal appraisals, brought in by chief Ken McQuarrie, due later this year.

“There is a huge amount of shock over Gary being dumped because he has worked tirelessly, often on long shifts, for 15 years and is a very talented broadcaster.”

Morale at the BBC’s flagship offices in Glasgow is said to be at rock-bottom. Staff have questioned why big-hitters from London, such as Jim Naughtie, have been parachuted in to present programmes on Radio Scotland if budgets are tight.

One insider said: “You couldn’t make it up. They must have spent a small fortune getting these big names up and then they tell Gary they need to let him go because of cost.

“Gary is no junior member of staff. He’s presented our top current affair programme ably for years. He’s widely respected by his journalistic colleagues at the BBC in Scotland. To let him go in such an important year for Scotland is an incredibly bad move.”


BBC-frontSunday witnessed hundreds of ordinary members of the public take part in a protest against the BBC’s coverage of the independence referendum.

Estimates put attendance of the silent protest at around 350.  However despite the protest taking place yards from the BBC’s HQ in Glasgow, the event received no coverage.

The video below contains interviews with some who attended.

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Talent Fest UK 2014

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I got a phone call on Thursday afternoon asking me if I could step in and film highlights of Talent Fest UK 2014 in Glasgow city centre.


It was a no brainor as I needed such an event to cut my teeth with the GH4, this is the GH4 with YAGH and a Ledgo ring light set up in the one area to film interviews.


Scott was in the main hall filming the show with the Panasonic PX270 on my trusty Millar carbon fibre legs and Compas 25 head. This gives you a very smooth pan just the job for a fast moving talent show.


Shiver were also filming on Sunday, Shiver is the MediaCityUK, London and Leeds-based, factual arm of ITV Studios. They are one of the largest providers of factual and factual entertainment in the independent television sector in the whole of the UK.


Shiver had 6 Sony cameras at this event, two PMW-500s one seen hear with a Jib hired from Pro-Cam.


They were using a range of Sony PMW-200’s and PMW-300’s.


Nothing was missed, this young camerawoman was dedicated to film the judges.


This Jib was a serious monster though personally I would have chosen a Libec Jib as there were a lot of kids and this two ton tessie would not have taken any prisoners if it had hit someone. The young chap with the folded arms was on hand to make sure the Jib was clear of any straying children.


So how did the GH4 perform, as an interview tool fantastic, the YAGH is a great addition for sound work like this and the pictures once again…stunning. I love the fact that with 2 GH4’s I had the flexibility to work fast, doing interviews in one quiet corner and catching lovely cutaways with a full range of lenses from 7mm to 200mm.


Here is two frames from my day 2 interviews, double click to see the full 1920 x 1080 picture…fantastic

1080 v2


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