Marionville Models in Livingston…Six filter ND & PL Osmo set for £99

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Filter set

On Friday we set off to Marionville Models in Livingston to get a cracking set of six filters for my DJI OSMO at the brilliant price of £99 the same filter set is advertised on Amazon for £169.


You will be treated by the antics of the owners Samoid pup on entry. The latest firmware for the Osmo cuts the fan off during filming.





Marionville Models
Unit 2 Eliburn Industrial Park
Appleton Park Way
EH54 6GQ

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm T 01506-429914


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HDR, 8K sensors and UHD Blu-Ray “The next big push from Japan”

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Once again we are about to be told by all the vendors that we must keep up with the times and enter HDR Video or 8K cameras…

Only this week SmallHD are showing off some nice new HDR monitors.


High Dynamic Range to give it its expanded name is the ability of a monitor to show the full spectrum of not only colour but the ability to show far better detail in the overall blacks and whites, giving the viewer a far more realistic picture. Most domestic TVs are around 450nits while the new range of HDR TVs are around the 1000nit mark. A nit is a unit of visible-light intensity.


We now have projected 8K camcorders arriving soon as well as 8K DSLRs, this is the picture Japan wants you to take on board as its their future also. We are all going down the 8K route like it or not.

I can see a great reason for 8k with virtual zoom on an HD camera similar to the feature seen on the JVC LS300 giving you a 4x virtual zoom at 8K.

Premiere_CC_8K v2

Premiere Pro is being upgraded to edit 8K footage, Adobe has revealed new features across its Creative Cloud tools for video editing, motion graphics, audio and collaboration. Media and entertainment companies are combining these advanced content creation capabilities with Adobe Primetime to help deliver TV and video content across screens.

Other feature highlights coming soon to Creative Cloud include:

  • Edit immediately during ingest allows Premiere Pro CC users to get straight to work, while importing their video and audio files in the background.
  • Powerful proxy workflows in Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Media Encoder CC enable users to easily work with heavy 8K, HDR and HFR media, so editors can switch between native and proxy formats freely – even on lightweight machines.
  • Enhanced Lumetri™ Color tools within Premiere Pro CC adds HSL Secondaries to expand the editor’s toolkit for making color correction and adjustment easier for all filmmakers.
  • New video and audio preview engine in After Effects CC delivers superior playback of cached frames for a smooth experience.
  • Easier and more efficient Character Animator includes a simplified puppet creation process that enables users to easily tag puppet layers easily and record multiple takes of a character’s movement. Users can animate puppets to respond to motion and trigger animation accordingly.
  • New Essential Sound panel in Audition CC enables anyone to mix audio content with professional results.
  • Quickly find Adobe Stock assets with new filtered search in Creative Cloud Libraries. Licensed assets in your library are now badged for easy identification, videos are displayed with duration and format information, and saved videos are linked to video previews on the Adobe Stock site

Lets hope Adobe update Encore to allow us to burn 4K and 8K Blu-Ray disks.

Panasonic-DRM-UBZ1 copy

We are only this year getting our hands on 4K Blu-Ray players but I have yet to source a 4K BR burner.

Not many people are tooled up for 4K let alone 8K but the numbers keep doubling year in year out even although theres very little use at this time for 8K.

Torture Test – HDR Production Monitors by SmallHD from SmallHD on Vimeo.

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The new Canon MS-200S-SH… £4,370 (Video added)

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Canon camera

The rush is on from all camera manufacturers to make a small HD camera, with all those medical hospital productions like 24 hours in A&E this is the new market for such cameras.

The ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose Camera is equipped with the advanced 16:9 Super 35mm Canon CMOS Image Sensor, the same sensor used in our Cinema EOS cameras.

The large 8.29 megapixel sensor is sensitive in low light, helping to minimize noise, capturing independent Red, Green, and Blue channels for Full HD 1920×1080 video. This large sensor format allows for depth of field control and has dynamic range characteristics reminiscent of film, for truly arresting images.

The ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose Camera allows users to capture subjects even under some of the most challenging low light conditions, helping to deliver an optimum balance between image quality and sensitivity, making it ideal for a wide range of night time and low light applications.

The combined performance of the camera’s Canon Super 35mm CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor achieve a very high signal-to-noise ratio that enables recordings with great detail and dynamic range even in minimal light. This advanced performance yields a maximum ISO speed of 204,000 and a wide dynamic range with up to 12 stops.

The high-dynamic-range shooting ability of the ME200S-SH camera helps diminish the loss of dark detail at a low luminous intensity, which tends to arise when shooting under low luminous intensity conditions, and overexposure of the high-brightness areas. The camera’s wide dynamic range of 600% helps to suppress brightness while maintaining seamless gradations

In addition, Canon Log Gamma helps to preserve shadow and highlight detail, for maximum editing and grading in post-production. Contrast and sharpness are subdued with characteristics similar to negative film. Canon Log Gamma emphasizes rich gradients from mid-range to highlights and realizes 12-stops of Dynamic Range (DR). At ISO 850 and above, Canon Log Gamma enables 5.3 stops of latitude above optimal exposure (and 6.7 stops below), broadening the available dynamic range in color grading.

Canon back

Sensor Super 35mm CMOS   Total Pixels Approx. 9.84 (4206 x 2340)  Effective Pixels Approx. 8.29M (3840 x 2160)
Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280×720   Min. Sub. Ileum.  0.015 lux or less (at 56dB, F1.2, 29.97P, 1/30 sec shutter)

Color Filter Array RGB Bayer

Canon front

The ME200S-SH camera’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology helps provide smooth and consistent autofocus, so that focus transitions are natural looking and subjects can remain focused even as they move- particularly helpful in remote or gimbal shooting situations.

Even in unpredictable shooting conditions, the camera can maintain focus within the center portion of the frame, and is compatible with select Canon EF autofocus lenses.

The camera’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology features a Super 35mm CMOS sensor that consists of an array of pixels that each feature two separate photodiodes. By continuously comparing their outputs during AF mode, phase-difference autofocus helps ensure non-blurred images and smooth focus transitions even when the talent and/or camera are moving. This feature places a high priority on maintaining sharp focus while, providing a natural, smooth autofocus movement.

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Canon first with 18-80mm T4.4 L IS 4K servo lens £4,700

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Canon lens v2

When we started down this large sensor road with the Panasonic AF101 it was all about prime lenses, we have now matured and see the major benefit of servo zoom lenses, the only problem being till today they have not been wide enough taking the Sony 28-135mm as a good example or within reasonable budget.

We have been banging on about a wider lens for our PXW-FS7 or C300 and now Canon have produced the goods though you will still need to use a Canon adapter to E mount to use it directly on the FS7.

At £4,700 this is not unreasonable for a 4K high quality servo zoom S35mm lens. The zoom handle is an extra £430.


  • Canon EF mount compatibility provides support for fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS auto focus, camera-to-lens servo power supply, automatic lens metadata acquisition for easy post-processing, and lens functions such as peripheral illumination correction.
  • Purpose-built video lens with a focal length of 18-80mm and optical zoom of 4.4x
  • High-end features make the Canon CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S ideal for professional or advanced videographers
  • Optional Canon ZSG-C10 remote zoom grip (sold separately) offers fluid zoom control, a dedicated one-shot AF button, and the flexibility to use handheld, shoulder-mounted or with a tripod
  • Superior Canon optics provide stable brightness levels of T4.4 (F4) across the entire zoom range
  • DC & USM motors for fast, fluid and quiet servo zoom and focus control
  • 3 modes of image stabilisation for crisp, clear video
  • Easy to use and work with, weighing a drone-friendly 1.2kg
  • 9-leaf iris helps create beautiful, cinematic bokeh effects
  • High optical resolving power and optomechanical design to meet all 4K shooting requirements
  • Significantly reduced ‘focus breathing’ means less distortion and more consistent shooting

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Panasonic GH5 rumour

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GH5 copy

GH5 will probably be a 6K camera

6k recording at 30fps and 4K at 60fps
– Each 6K frame has 18 Million Pixels. this means you can screen grab 18MP photos from each 6K recorded frame
– If the camera records 6K than the Four Thirds sensor will have 20+ Megapixels in “normal still photo mode”.

Even at 4K 50p a GH5 will be a stunning camera let alone 6K 25p

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Lytro Cinema”The Future of Television Production”

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As a photographic concept the Lytro camera never quite made the grade it was far too dear at £1299 but has dropped down to £375 but cameras like the Panasonic GX8, GH4 have kind of caught up with fixing the focus in post.


The cinema version of this camera has amazing potential apart from its size (huge)…It reminds me of the camera in Willie Wonka’s Chocolate factory.

Lytro Cinema captures all the rays of light within a scene, providing a rich amount of Light Field data. Every pixel has color properties, directional properties, and its exact placement in space.

Lytro Cinema is defying the traditional physics of on set capture by virtualizing creative camera decisions. Infinite creative choices can be generated in post-production including unprecedented control over focus, perspective, aperture and shutter angle – recreating impossible shots.

The highest resolution video sensor ever designed, 755 RAW megapixels at up to 300 FPS. Up to 16 stops of dynamic range and wide colour gamut integrated high resolution active scanning.


Lytro Cinema will be available for production in Q3 2016 to exclusive partners on a subscription basis. For more information on Lytro Cinema, visit

Watch the future of television in this short video its fascinating..

Lytro Cinema from Lytro on Vimeo.

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Sony is rumoured to be bringing out a wider PZ lens 18-105 for NAB 2016

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Rumour has it that Sony are to announce an 18-105 PZ lens this month at NAB 2016…long overdue in my opinion. If its true FS7 and FS5 owners will be rejoicing.

SONY ALPHA RUMOURS “Just heard from an industry source that Sony are producing an updated G-Master E PZ Cine Lens 18-105mm due around Nab 2016 (Editos’r note: Updated version of the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens)
My Source was not sure of the final f-stop except that it would be Parafocal and maintain the same f-stop throughout the zoom range. Their own personal feeling was that would still be about f3- f4 but with improved image resolution and performance to warrant the G moniker.”

NAB Update : If its going to happen it will be this Sunday the 17th April 2016 at the Sony NAB press conference where Sony have invited a lot of photographers.

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NAB 2016 NEWS…SmallHD go bigger with production monitors 17″..24″..32″

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SmallHD title v2

Small HD have now produced a cracking set of production monitors from 17″ 24″ and 32″ all with daylight bright screens the best having a whopping 1500nits (32″).

The need for on set HDR preview is on the horizon. With 10-bit, 1000 NIT+ displays (17″ and 24″), SmallHDR monitors are the first production monitors worthy of the challenge.


As you can see the new Small HD monitors can use streaming kits like the zero latency Teradek Bolt for line of sight monitoring by the production staff.


These monitors are extremely well made with SDI and HDMI sockets plus 4pin XLRs for power.

Car tyre v2

As usual the boys at Small HD put everything to the test with a monitor standing the riggers of a car on top of it.

SmallHD 1703 HDR 17″ Specs

  • 17″, 1920×1080 Display
  • HDR Preview
  • SDI and HDMI Video I/O
  • Bright 1000 cd/m² Panel
  • Colorflow 3D LUT Processing
  • 10-Bit Color Intelligence Engine
  • Page Builder OS
  • RapidRail Shoe-Mount System
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 1 x IEC AC input, 1 x 4-pin XLR
  • 1 x 12 VDC LEMO, 3 x USB (0.5 A max output)
  • Prices to follow after NAB

SmallHD 2403 HDR 24″ Specs

  • 24″, 1920 x 1080 Display
  • HDR Preview
  • SDI and HDMI Video I/O
  • Bright 1000 cd/m² Panel
  • Colorflow 3D LUT Processing
  • 10-Bit Color Intelligence Engine
  • Page Builder OS
  • RapidRail Shoe-Mount System
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 1 x IEC AC input, 1 x 4-pin XLR
  • 1 x 12 VDC LEMO, 3 x USB (0.5 A max output)

SmallHD 3203 HDR 32″ Specs

  • 32″, 1920 x 1080 Display
  • True HDR Rendering
  • SDI and HDMI Video I/O
  • Bright 1500 cd/m² Panel
  • Colorflow 3D LUT Processing
  • 10-Bit Color Intelligence Engine
  • Page Builder OS
  • RapidRail Shoe-Mount System
  • Aluminum Construction
  • 1 x IEC AC input, 1 x 4-pin XLR
  • 1 x 12 VDC LEMO, 3 x USB (0.5 A max output)
  • HDR Production Monitors by SmallHD from SmallHD on Vimeo.

    Small HD is distributed in the UK by Holdan.

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The work of photographer and animator Alexey Zakharov

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Photographer and animator Alexey Sakharov has done a cracking job on these old photographs bringing them literally back to life.

It’s a “photo-based animation project” that offers a “travel back in time with a little steampunk time machine,” Zakharov says. “The main part of this video was made with camera projection based on photos.”

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NAB 2016…Datavideo’s new KMU-100 delivers multiple HD scaled camera angles

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Datavideo v2

At NAB 2016, Datavideo has announced it will be showing its new KMU–100, which will accept the single 4K/UHD output of any existing camera and turn it into up to four 16×9 user-defined cropped windows that are sent out as four separate HD signals through HD-SDI.

According to Datavideo, these user defined windows can be scaled to zoom in on a particular subject that you would like to highlight on the 4K signal. An additional 4K camera could be connected to allow up to eight defined outputs from the two 4K signals. As an option, the Datavideo RMC–180 camera controller can be added to facilitate panning, tilting, and zooming to create the user defined windows on the 4K signal. The user can also set up these shots in advance and save them as presets, or you can do it in real-time.

One example cited by Davavideo is: If you wanted to broadcast a live three-piece band concert using a 4K camera, you would simply set up the 4K/UHD camera with a wide angle shot, then connect the camera output to the KMU–100. The, you could use the RMC–180 controller to select up to four 16×9 windows which could be positioned with a joystick as well as resized from any part of the original 4K signal. You can then have the following shots:

  • Wide angle of the band
  • A close up shot of the lead singer
  • Close up drummer and drum set
  • Close up of piano player

These 4 virtual camera signals (up to 1080p) could be connected to any HD-SDI video mixer (commonly but imprecisely known as “switcher”), giving the illusion of a multi camera production when in reality, you only have a single 4K camera.

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Video Inputs

  • Quad SDI, 6G-SDI or 12G-SDI
  • HDMI 2.0 video input with support for up to 2160p60. I just checked with Datavideo, and it supports 25p, 29.97p, 50p and 59.94p.
  • Display port video Input with support for up to 2160p60. I just checked with Datavideo, and it supports 25p, 29.97p, 50p and 59.94p.

SDI Video Output

  • 8x 3G-SDI, either 1080p, 720p or 1080i


  • 2x HDMI 1.4


  • SDI Audio Input (16 Channels)
  • SDI Audio Output (16 Channels)

Sync Input (Genlock)

  • blackburst or TriSync

Computer Interface

  • Ethernet RJ45 for control configuration and updates (for laptop)
  • RS–232 / RS–422 x 1

According to Datavideo, the KMU–100 will be shipping the summer of 2016. KMU–100 will be on display at NAB, 2016 – booth SL8011. As of publication time of this article, Datavideo has not yet stated the price of the KMU–100. Price to be confirmed.


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