The Glen Cinema Disaster 1929 as part of a local documentary

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On 31st December 1929 one of Paisley’s saddest chapters in the Town’s history  took place in the Glen Cinema.

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At an afternoon show, a cannister of film started to smoulder, causing smoke to enter the main cinema. In the panic to leave the cinema 71 children perished, crushed in their desperate attempts to get out.

Cellulose Nitrate was the base of the old film stock which was highly flammable not only that the lamps used in those days were arc lamps which were very hot to give such intense light, that was long before safety film appeared in the early nineteen forty’s which was made from Cellulose acetate film.

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Eighty five years later Stuart McKenzie has embarked on a documentary about Paisley old and new and the disaster plays a big part as his late father was one of the children who survived the Glen Cinema Disaster.

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Stuart was one of the early adopters of a Glidetrack slider so my part in this story was to film Stuart filming the Memorial erected to  commemorate the 70 children who died in the disaster.

My documentary is about Alistair Brown the founder and MD of Glidetrack and Stuart gave me a cracking testimonial about Glidetrack.

The kit I am filming with is a Panasonic GH3, Tascam DR60, Manfrotto mini arm and Manfrotto MVH500 video head. Having the Tascam DR60 takes the pressure off buying the sound adapter (DMW-YAGH) which needs a 4pin power input unlike the Tascam which is self powered.

I find this setup the best for doing interviews as the DR60 screwed underneath the GH3 makes the camera less stable, I found this out at IBC last year though I still plan to sit down and design a plate for the DR60 that will be more fit for purpose.

Allen-&-Stuart

My thanks to Allen a very competent broadcast cameraman himself for taking the background pictures.

 

 

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Panasonic GH4…1st thoughts and disappointments

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Having had time to read the official specifications of the Panasonic GH4 its certainly packed with a host of video features like syncro scan, not something I was expecting but a pleasant surprise.

One major disappointment was the 4:2:0 8bit internal processing, the same as the GH3, the least I was expecting from a 4K enabled camera was 4:2:2, you do get 4:2:2 10bit out of the SDI socket but I personally do not want to hook up an external recorder ! There is a possibility that the boys at Magic Lantern will reverse engineer this at some point but you do have to ask why Panasonic don’t give us 10bit from day one !

The addition of a 4 pin power XLR on the optional adapter unit should have given me a major clue on powering this beast, I certainly don’t want to go backwards wearing a battery belt so your option is a cage with a “V” lock adapter attached or a “V” lock battery plate with a longish cable !

My main gripe is what was the point producing a GH4 knowing how small it is then deliberately crippling it with external units like 12v batteries and external recorders that will be bigger than the camera itself.

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The GH4′s HDMI 1.4a connector allows it to output 4K or 1080 streams. The bit-rate and amount of color information varies, depending on how the camera is used. By default, the HDMI outputs 8-bit 4:2:2, either for monitoring or for sending to an external recorder, leaving you with the option of using the 8-bit 4:2:0 files from the camera as more convenient proxies during the editing process. Alternatively, if you take the SD card out of the camera, you can use the GH4 as a camera head – which gives you access to a 10-bit 4:2:2 stream.

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The camera is designed to use SDHC and SDXC cards with a UHS I bus and Panasonic only promises the camera’s full capability when used with cards conforming to the U3 speed class, which guarantees 30MB/s (240Mbps) sustained write speeds.

Looking around the internet this morning (Saturday 8th Feb 2014) I can only see adverts for Kingston SDXC speed 3 cards, £48 for a 64G card seems to be very reasonable considering a 64G XQD card is still £365.

Availability…I was hoping to get my hands on a GH4 before BVE (Last week in February) but Panasonic are not taking any pre orders till the 17th March which means we may be looking at April before the camera appears.

In conclusion…

For practical video work I have no doubt that the GH4 on its own will out perform my GH3, the addition of the XLR adapter is a major bonus but I would have preferred an all in one solution without the need for the 4 pin DC power socket but taking that aside most of the time this camera will be filming interviews so on a tripod the extra 12v battery pack may not be such an issue. Having the SDI out is a major bonus for monitoring purposes though we are just as comfortable with HDMI theses days.

Q. Will I buy a GH4 the answer is yes…will I buy the YAGH XLR adapter…the jury is out.

Photographer

Just watched a video about photographer Daniel Berehulak in Kenya using a prototype GH4 along side Danial is Takehito Miyatake a photographer from Japan.

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We forget the GH4 is also a very competent photographic tool and Danial shows how good the dynamic range is in this picture…fantastic.

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GH4 Announced at 4am this morning (Around £1250)

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  • 4K from a nearly full pixel readout of the sensor, internal recording
  • Uncompressed 10bit 4:2:2 1080p via HDMI
  • 96fps slow-motion
  • More than double the bitrate of the GH3 in 1080p with 200Mbit ALL-I and 100Mbit IPB
  • 1036k pixel OLED screen and 2360k dot EVF
  • Small form factor, lightweight
  • Small price for the spec and accessible to broad range of artists and filmmakers, from consumers up to pros
  • Choice of broadcast safe luma ranges or full range (0-255)
  • XLR and HD-SDI (via external add-on)
  • PL mount lens compatible (i.e. with Hot Rod Cameras adapter)
  • Uncompressed 10bit 4K and 2K via external add-on
  • Efficient H.264 compression of 4K compared to Canon 1D C MJPEG
  • Reduced rolling shutter (50ms sensor readout compared to 100ms on GH3)
  • Improved dynamic range
  • Improved low light performance
  • PAL / NTSC switchable (“world cam”)
  • Zebras and focus peaking
  • Time Code
  • Synchro Scan
  • Cinema-gamma mode
  • Articulated screen
  • Full manual audio control
  • Convenient Quicktime MOV file format
  • 1080/60p
  • Very fast AF for stills (0.07 sec)
  • Improved AF in low light
  • New mechanical shutter with longer lifespan and 1/8000
  • Very fast 40fps burst mode
  • Silent electronic shutter at full resolution and in raw
  • Timelapse and stop-motion animation modes
  • Gradation curve (for in-camera adjustment of shadow and highlights)
  • Responsive (quad core CPU based)
  • Very good quality stills for a cinema camera
  • Wireless control over WiFI
  • Near Field Comms
  • Weather sealed, even splash proof
  • Extensive lens range
  • Metabones Speed Booster compatible

Interface

Rather disappointing that Panasonic did not disclose the price of the GH4 or the YAGH interface unit in fact my worry is that the YAGH unit will only take a 4pin DC power cable as there seems to be no where to slot an external battery into.

This has been confirmed it does indeed need a 12v “V” lock battery if using the YAGH not very convenient in my opinion. No pricing but some are speculating a price of around £650 for the YAGH and £1250 for the camera.

The boys over at EOS HD put it in a nutshell…”Think about what would connect to this unit… A very high spec 4K recorder / monitor like the Odyssey 7Q, a V-lock battery and some chunky pro audio equipment via XLR. Is there any point shrinking this add-on down to the size of a consumer DSLR battery grip when you have all this hanging off it ?”

The other very disappointing news is the 8bit 4:2:0 internal processing though you can get 4:2:2 10bit via the SDI socket but onv=ce again a compromise and something else to hang off the camera if you want the extra quality.

Note on Availability: Panasonic announced this camera on February 6, 2014, and we will begin accepting pre-orders on March 17, 2014.

Here is a short video produced in 4K make sure you watch it in full screen mode.

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More updated Panasonic GH4 pictures…”Speechless”

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Wow what an accessory add on this is turning out to be, it even has holes for rails…fantastic !

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Finally we get to see the XLR side with a 4 pin professional power socket and 4 HD-SDI outputs and a timecode input this is indeed a professionally specified DSLR, Panasonic can be proud of this achievement, taking the GH3 and revamping the whole camera up to professional video standards and beyond.

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Once again everything on this camera accessory tells us Panasonic have stepped up several gears, line, mic and 48v phantom power with a neat selection between Stereo and mono.

I do wonder looking at this accessory if it will also work with the GH3 now that would be a smart move by Panasonic if that is indeed the case ?

This will be hard to beat… I think Canon and Nikon must be sick but all the professional camcorder manufacturers will find this hard to beat…2014 is Panasonic’s crowning glory and I can’t wait to get my very own GH4 plus XLR/HD-SDI accessory, all this and 4K as well…I am truly speechless…WELL DONE PANASONIC !!!

Thanks once again to 4/3 Rumours for this update.

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The future of BBC News…Just when you thought it could not get any worse

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BBC-iPhone

I dispare at the nonsense going on behind the scenes at the BBC…producing a training video on how to use an iPhone for major news work is just cheap and nasty television.

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Only the other day I was dropping off my father to witness a live BBC Scotland interview with John Swinney who was absolutely jaundiced due to a very poor white balance. We have BI coloured LED lighting BBC…USE THEM !

To watch jello vision via a person off the street is one thing but to get so called “professional” footage shot on an iPhone is taking television standards down the preverbal pan hole.

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Why do companies like JVC, Sony, Panasonic and Canon bother to product WiFi enabled camcorders if you are just going to ignore the technology and use iPhone crud.

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GH4 its official the XLR unit as promised

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The specs are
- 16,05 Megapixel sensor. It’s a new sensor with semi-conductor protection tech to reduce noise and improved dynamic range.
- quad core processor and venus Engine
- ISO up to 25,600.
- 12fps, 7,5 fps with continuous focusing
- GH4 uses the new UHS I class III SD card format
- Depth From Defocusing (uses Panasonic lens database to fine tune AF!)
- AF as fast as 0.07 seconds. 49 AF points.
- 4K video at 4096×2160 pixels and max frame rate of 96fps.
- Bit rate of up to 200Mbp
- Magnesium body
- Price not unveiled yet
- There is an optional Interface Unit (see image above). Has 2 XLR, 4 SDI, micro HDMi output, color bar signal, audio reference signal, external time control

Once again this is all thanks to 4/3 Rumours you can see other pictures on their web site but the XLR unit nails it for me.

Friday will be an exiting day…the official launch of the GH4 and just look at the XLR unit ! This finally turns the DSLR into a fully working fit for purpose video tool and if my GH3 is anything to go by…pictures to die for.

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New sightings with the Panasonic GH4

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As you can see the new 4K GH4 is almost as big as the Black Magic camera, due to being an early prototype it looks a bit home made, as they say “You can’t have your cake and eat it”.

On a more serious note seemingly the picture below is a GH4 prototype being used to produce a promo for the big launch on Friday.

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This was spotted on DEFY Products Facebook page posted on the 24th of January and claims to be an early pre production GH4…interesting.

More updated GH4 specs from 4/3 Rumours

1) It will have a quad core processor.
2) Sensor reading is 50% faster then GH3 so much less rolling shutter.
3) Maximum bitrate of 200Mbps ALI and 100Mbps IPB
4) 4K, you will have MOV + MP4 only.
5) In 1080p you will also have AVCHD.
6) The camera will have focus peaking and the user will be able to change the color. Focus Peaking will also work from smartphone through wifi.
7) Focusing will be faster and have more AF points (compared to GH3).

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NEW JVC GY-HM890 “Whats the difference between the 850 and the 890″

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Be first on-air and first on-line with JVC’s new GY-HM890E. This advanced 3-CMOS camera delivers pristine HD images to solid state memory while streaming via Wi-Fi or a plug-in GSM adapter. It features an interchangeable 20x Fujinon auto-focus lens, 4 channels of audio, dual memory card recording at up to 50 Mbps, an external HD-SDI pool feed input, together with a full complement of fibre and multicore studio options. It’s the most feature-rich HD camera JVC has ever offered.

Main features

  • 1/3-inch 12-bit CMOS sensors (1920 x 1080 x 3)
  • F12 sensitivity
  • Compact shoulder design with interchangeable lens options
  • Fujinon 20x optical zoom lens with AF/OIS included
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC memory card recording (HD+HD, HD+SD, HD+web, etc.)
  • Multiple file formats for native workflows: XDCAM EX™ (.mp4), Final Cut (.mov), AS-10 (.mxf), AVCHD (.mts), H.264 (.mov)
  • Virtually lossless H.264 50Mbps recording
  • 4-position ND filter (Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
  • 0.45-inch LCOS viewfinder
  • High-resolution 4.3-inch LCD monitor
  • Histogram display and expanded focus functions
  • Focus assist function
  • 12 assignable user buttons
  • Variable frame rate recording (over-cranking, under-cranking)
  • Wired remote control operation
  • Genlock input and TC input/output
  • 4-channel audio system
  • HD/SD-SDI external input for recording and streaming (pool feed)
  • Full complement of Fiber or Multicore studio accessories

Advanced communications capabilities

  • Secure FTP file transfer from shooting location
  • Tablet or smartphone camera control and monitoring
  • Metadata editing via network
  • Advanced streaming and cloud services
    - Delivers reliable HD streams without a backpack or microwave link
    - Single modem (unbonded) plugs directly into camera
    - Camera processor optimises stream bandwidth
    - Advanced content-aware error correction (up to 30% packet loss)
    - Stream and signal status in viewfinder
    - Compatible with advanced streaming services, powered by Zixi, for reliable live content delivery

Exclusive to the HM890…Pool Feed and Studio Operation

HD/SD-SDI Input (Digital Pool feed)
Digital audio and video signals from another camera or other SDI source can be recorded or streamed by the GY-HM890 thanks to its HD/SD-SDI pool feed input. This is especially useful at press conferences and other venues where the number of cameras allowed is limited. When recording from the SDI input, analog audio inputs are disabled.

Studio operation

KA-790 Studio Sled
KA-790 is a mechanical adapter for studio use for GY-HM890 and KA-M790. It supports the VF-HP790 LCD studio viewfinder on the top and stabilizes the entire system including an optional teleprompter. A hinged side panel makes it easy to remove the camera for shoulder use.

VF-HP790 LCD Studio Viewfinder
The VF-HP790 is an 8.4-inch XGA (1024×768 pixels) LCD studio viewfinder compatible with GY-HM890. Designed to mount to the KA-790 Studio Sled, it is equipped with a large tally indicator and screen hood. A fully digital interface provides all of the camera’s viewfinder indications: safety markers, focus assist, power and clip management. The VF-HP790 is also provided with an HDSDI input for monitoring an external signal.

KA-M790 Multi-core studio interface unit
The KA-M790 is a small and compact interface unit that enables Studio/EFP operation.

HDW : If you don’t need the pool feed or the ability to fit into the studio configuration the GY-HM850 will give you all you need and more, once again JVC have given us high end video cameras and kept the media onto SDHC/SDXC cards.

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NEW JVC GY HM-850 and 890 shoulder mount camcorders (HM-850=£5200 plus vat)

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Both the GY-HM850 (£5200) and GY-HM890 (£6400) models utilise a very nicely-weighted shoulder-mount form factor, with the GY-HM890 also designed for use as an HD studio camera or multi-camera field production camera. It has a multi-pin connection that accommodates JVC fibre or multi-core camera modules and is compatible with a full range of studio components, including customised studio sled, zoom and focus controls, CCUs and 8.4-inch LCD viewfinder, as well as box-style lenses from Canon and Fujinon.

The GY-HM890 also includes an HD/SD-SDI pool feed input that can record and stream video and audio from another camera or SDI source during press conferences or other pool feed environments. The cameras also support LANC remote controllers as well as JVC’s proprietary wired remote control system.

Both camcorders feature three, 1/3-inch 2.07 effective megapixel CMOS sensors, capturing full 1920×1080 images. The imagers provide 12-bit processing, F12 sensitivity (50Hz) and excellent signal-to-noise ratio to produce superior colour reproduction. The new Fujinon wide angle 20x zoom lens features auto focus, built-in optical image stabilisation and chromatic aberration correction. The interchangeable 1/3-inch bayonet lens also includes manual focus and iris rings.

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“We believe the future is with the live video streaming and FTP service fully integrated into the camera, as demonstrated with the GY-HM850 and GY-HM890,” explained Gustav Emrich, European Product Manager, JVC Professional Products. “With the recent advancements in GSM availability and bandwidth, service providers can deliver reliable high-speed connections that can support HD streaming with a single modem. This technology is here now, and will continue to progress and improve.”

Continuing JVC’s commitment to native file workflows, the GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 record HD or SD footage as Final Cut Pro (.MOV), XDCAM EX (.MP4), AS-10 (.MXF), AVCHD (.MTS), or H.264 (.MOV) files for compatibility with most major NLE systems. Footage can be recorded using MPEG-2 or H.264 compression at a variety of bit rates, frame rates, and resolutions. Dual codecs offer simultaneous recording of a full HD file on one memory card and smaller, web friendly H.264 files on the other. Plus, a new H.264 Extreme High Quality (XHQ) recording mode, commonly used in HD SLRs, offers virtually lossless H.264 50 Mbps recording.

Dual SDHC/SDXC card slots allow simultaneous recording (for instant client copy/backup) or relay recording (for continuous shooting) to low cost, non-proprietary media. During simultaneous recording, one card can act as a continuous backup that overrides the pause function triggered by the operator. Relay recording allows virtually unlimited recording capability in the field.

Main features

  • 1/3-inch 12-bit CMOS sensors (1920 x 1080 x 3)
  • F12 sensitivity
  • Compact shoulder design with interchangeable lens options
  • Fujinon 20x optical zoom lens with AF/OIS included
  • Dual SDHC/SDXC memory card recording (HD+HD, HD+SD, HD+web, etc.)
  • Multiple file formats for native workflows: XDCAM EX™ (.mp4), Final Cut (.mov), AS-10 (.mxf), AVCHD (.mts), H.264 (.mov)
  • Virtually lossless H.264 50Mbps recording
  • 4-position ND filter (Clear, 1/4, 1/16, 1/64)
  • 0.45-inch LCOS viewfinder
  • High-resolution 4.3-inch LCD monitor
  • Histogram display and expanded focus functions
  • Focus assist function
  • 12 assignable user buttons
  • Variable frame rate recording (over-cranking, under-cranking)
  • Wired remote control operation
  • Genlock input and TC input/output
  • 4-channel audio system

Advanced communications capabilities

  • Secure FTP file transfer from shooting location
  • Tablet or smartphone camera control and monitoring
  • Metadata editing via network
  • Advanced streaming and cloud services
  • Delivers reliable HD streams without a backpack or microwave link
  • Single modem (unbonded) plugs directly into camera
  • Camera processor optimises stream bandwidth
  • Advanced content-aware error correction (up to 30% packet loss)
  • Stream and signal status in viewfinder
  • Compatible with advanced streaming services, powered by Zixi, for reliable live content delivery

 

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Just when you thought your job was good…take a look at this

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