NEW from smallHD the 702…”Bright enough to use in daylight”

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Full HD 7-inch LCD Monitor with 1000 NITs Brightness. Priced at $1499 which is still great value for money for a daylight viewing 7″ field monitor.

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Having just finished my review of the smallHD 502 I can promise you its sharp.

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A new angle on the battery…one way use your Canon LP-E6 batteries another way use your Sony L series battery, brilliant.

Here is my review of the smallHD 502 1920 x 1080 field monitor I have just finished for a company at IBC.

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Canons 8K roadmap from HD Warrior

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As predicted by HD Warrior many months ago we no sooner have 4K in the bag when Japan will decide 8K is the way forward. Canon, not known for their advanced sneek previews has published a paper telling us all about their future developments.

I suspect Canon have lost so much ground to the 4K Sony PXW-FS7 that they are now forced to let us know in advance about their 8K roadmap.

“Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. Through the Company’s proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that will contribute to the development of imaging culture.”

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“Canon, as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the further enhancement of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display under development, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera being developed will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance even at a frame rate of 60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with Canon’s extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development will achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display will make possible ultra-realistic imaging that enables the reproduction of subtle changes in light that were previously not possible. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

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Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS-series platform, which will realize compatibility with the Company’s diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera will be capable of producing will recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one’s eyes. The camera will facilitate a level of resolution that is more than sufficient for enlarged poster-sized printout while also enabling images to be cropped and trimmed without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

A stop is a unit of measurement used to express dynamic range, which refers to the difference between the brightest and darkest areas of an image that can be simultaneously captured.
Out of the 96 lenses that make up the EF lens lineup, 78 models (60 EF lenses and 18 EF Cinema Lenses) will be compatible with the 8K camera under development.
Out of the 96 lenses that make up the EF lens lineup, 60 models will be compatible with the SLR camera under development.”

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Hungarian camerawoman deliberately trips up migrant is now out of a job

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The first lesson while filming the news is “don’t get involved”. The video footage below apparently shows this camerawoman deliberately sticking her leg out tripping a father with his son clutched to his arms.

Since this act of stupidity the camerawoman has been sacked.

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A new camcorder from Sony…the PXW-FS70 at a guess

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This is a teaser set by Sony for the up and coming IBC 2015 video show. As soon as I saw the outline of this camera I envisaged the X70 in a new form factor. The PXW-X70 has been a good seller for Sony so it makes sense to bring out a more professional version. Remember the X70 was a bastardised AX100 from the domestic line.

Take away the XLR unit and the fold out LCD and add the following…

1. A new LCD higher up on the handle

2. Interchangeable lenses

3. Use the space from the LCD to add 2 XQD card slots and more manual switches plus sound controls.

4. Add XLRs to the body

5. Using the same codecs as the FS7 with I frame and L-GOP.

This is only an educated guess but I am betting its a cross between an X70 and some features from the FS7.


Either Alister is giving me a red herring or he is genuinely telling me I am off on the wrong foot…OK its a cut down FS7 !

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Why I chose HD over 4K at the Groucho club

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A couple of readers have been a bit miffed over my choice of HD rather than 4K when filming Tuesdays interviews at the Panasonic event in London.

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All the footage on the internet around the DVX-200 is 3040 x 2160 (16:9 4K) edited down to HD. We all know how the camera performs in 4K but no one had seen original HD footage from the Panasonic DVX-200 and thats how a lot of end users will be using this camera.

The majority of run and gun filmmakers in the UK are editing on HD, UK broadcasters are still outputting SD ! It makes complete sense as a filmmaker to show off the DVX-200 filming in HD as many end users will start with HD footage but still have the ability to upgrade to 4K in the future.


Please remember this is not a review, I do admit it might have been more useful to have recorded at least one interview in 4K but when the clock is against you its easy to forget.

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Further thoughts on the Panasonic DVX-200…Performance (Updated)

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There no point owning a Ferrari to discover it has the engine of Skoda. The new Panasonic DVX-200 has a similar chip to the GH4* (* Its an updated m4/3 chip) giving you the best of both worlds. Panasonic have taken the success of the GH4 and designed a professional camcorder around it…fantastic.

Update : “That would be an expensive GH4” one pundit cried, the GH4 with YAGH was around the £3,300 mark so to pay around £4K for better ergonomics and all the bells and whistles the GH4 does not afford like dual record is not that much off the mark.

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This was well attended with journalists and bloggers from all over Europe, there were four Panasonic DVX-200 camcorders on offer.

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The one I choose was set to 3840 x 2160 50p but one of the bloggers had noted there was no HD footage shot with the DVX-200 yet so I changed my settings to 1920 x 1080 50p at 200 Mbps ALL-Intra.

All three interviews were filmed in HD and at 6dBs which is why they are a tad noisy in the blacks, I was not there to produce a review of the DVX-200 just an overview and a play with the camera.

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I phoned Panasonic the following day with my concerns as I know from owning a GH4 6dBs should not contain any noise in the blacks, Panasonic reminded me that these were still pre production models and are still being fine tuned back at the factory.


One other annoyance was the eye sensor on the viewfinder as you brought the DVX-200 towards your shoulder the LCD switched off but Technical Product Manager Luc Barra has already informed me this has been fixed in the next FW update.

NigelNigel Wilkes, Group Manager at Panasonic AV IP Business Unit for Pro AV / Broadcast Products told me they were a bit sceptical at first with a 4K camera that had a fixed lens. I can assure you the 13x Leica built lens is a cracker and one of the major features on the camera. Having a fixed lens actually suites more end users who will be using the camera for run and gun.


Update: The 13x lens is par focal and the only exception to this is in macro mode…The 13x zoom lens on the DVX200 has a focal length of f=12.8mm to 167mm ( 35mm equivalent: 28.0mm to 365.3mm (FHD) this changes to 29.5mm in 4K 24p, 30.6mm in UHD 25/30p and 37.2mm in UHD 50/60p.

Last thoughts…

I love the camera, its well built has the same ergonomics as the PX270, produces a good solid picture and has LOG features for those who are willing to increase their workflow. Remember I will be getting a DVX-200 to review from Holdan very soon, so I can make my final judgements on a more updated firmware.

Meantime enjoy this 7m video I have produced…

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A Day at the Groucho Club, London with the Panasonic DVX-200

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Panasonic treated us to a fantastic day at the Groucho club in the heart of Soho in London. The day started with some DoPs that had filmed with the camera.


One of my all time favourite comedians is Groucho Marks, known for his wonderful humour and shot in the good old days of black and white films.

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Nigel Wilkes was on hand to oversee some of the filming in China town, we had about 30m each with the camera. I used my time to film a couple of interviews with the camera.

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First pictures from the Panasonic DVX-200 filmed at the Groucho club in London.


I will give you some thoughts on the DVX-200 tomorrow.

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Hands on with the new Panasonic DVX-200

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Heading down to London to get my first look at the new 4K DVX-200. As I type I am getting ready for my 4 hour train journey down to the big smoke. Panasonic have asked a select party of bloggers to meet in London city centre on Tuesday to have a hands on with the DVX-200.

As usual HD Warrior will be recording it both photographically and video on a GH4 and an FZ1000. We used the FZ1000 at the Spirit of Edradour and was very impressed with the quality, its a fast no nonsense camera for photographs and as long as you use one of Sonys UWP-D radio mics you can monitor your sound via the receiver itself.


There is still time to ask Panasonic questions, I will check my comments on this page on Tuesday morning, if you have any questions leave them and I will ask Panasonic on your behalf.

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Shot doing their job !…A hard lesson for all of us in the broadcast industry

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This is probably one of the most horrific news stories I have reported on HD Warrior and it has consequences for all of us working in television news. Many a time news editors send a crew to cover a live incident and inevitably its a crew of two or three if your lucky.

I have reported on this in the past but health and safety of news crews is at breaking point and this is a fine example of not enough people on the job due to limited budgets.

If Alison and Adam had one extra crew member overseeing their news broadcast this might have been a different outcome.

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We all think we are safe when the camera appears and for the majority of broadcasts everything is fine. The problem is we have many different ways to send back live footage today which does not always rely on a sat truck being there. At least the sat truck gives you an extra person, someone to oversee the production.

Its all down to numbers…

1. Number of people allocated to a live shoot

2. The “cost” of having an extra person on the shoot

Television stations seriously need to re-think this VJ mentality where one person turns up to a shoot as well as the amount of crew deployed to a live shoot.

I have said this in the past and I will say it again we are now seriously understaffed in the broadcast industry especially in the news department…its all down to cost. We have shaved staff levels beyond the minimum safe level and I would like to see a minimum of three crew members at any live news event…”safety in numbers”.

I am asked at least once a month to film at a live event and I always factor in my son, Scott, who comes out of my budget, we work well together and as far as I am concerned brings a far higher level of security to the job.

The main thing to take out of this shocking news story is the sheer professionalism both Alison and Adam showed when approached by the gun man, they were so intent on their job they never saw him.

I would like to say how shocked and sad I was to hear this news and my heart goes out to Alison and Adams close family and friends.

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A new solution to those annoying DSLR camera plate designs…Quick Release ONE from Edelkrone £95

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At last someone has got their head screwed on and designed a universal quick release system for DSLRs. The Edelkrone QR-ONE only relies on the 1/4″ screw itself so you never need to find that illusive camera plate that only fits on one tripod.

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The video tells the story…simple but effective, a great product for those of us who use more than one make of tripod.

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