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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3 days left to claim £295 worth of GH4 accessories

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It’s a great deal but I am aware that many of you are still awaiting stock, let alone being able to buy a GH4, I hope Panasonic take this into account and extend this period by at least another month.



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JVC showing off four 4K cameras

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Rick “JVC have come out fighting with four 4K cameras heres a video produced by Rick Young at Movie Machine.
At NAB 2014 JVC showed 4 different 4K cameras. While they referred to these as concept cameras, it was also stated that some of these 4K cameras will be available later in 2014. Sounds like these concept cameras are fairly far along in terms of development – and not that far off from production.
We look forward to seeing what the JVC 4K cameras offer. At this stage, here is what we know about the 4 different models.”

Movie Machine…

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What a Weekend

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Starting off with Friday at Edinburgh filming up at Calton Hill with the GH4s and then onto Princess street to film the trams.


The new Edinburgh tram system will be online on the 31st of May 2014, I hope to bring you the press day with some interesting footage filmed with both GH4s for my GH4 User Review.


At the end of my day in Edinburgh came the very sad news that the Glasgow School of Art had become victim to a fire, a school known throughout the world for its Charles Rennie Mackintosh building.


Decided to whizz down to Norwich in the county of Norfolk…370 miles from Glasgow to pick up my new Lumix 7-14mm f4 WA Zoom lens and a bargain.



This in indeed a cracking photographic shop…WEX is not just an online shop but has a  7 days a week showroom including bank holidays…A photographer’s Aladdin’s cave.


In the end of line bin I got this new Sony NP-F960 “L” battery for a fiver…it still sells for £164 in some internet retailers. This will power my LEDGO camera light for about 4 hours…a bargain indeed !

In between editing for a client I am filming for the GH4 User Review using my 2 GH4s one with YAGH and the other to film my PTC’s with.

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Wildlife Camera Operator Course

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What is 4K? How can you get great wildlife footage from a DSLR? What does broadcast quality mean? How can you get amazing aerial shots on a budget? What do you need to take slow motion video?

Whether you are hoping for a career as a professional wildlife camera operator or want to film wildlife as a fascinating hobby, this course will arm you with the knowledge and techniques to create stunning shots and sequences. As camera technology advances apace it can be difficult to know what equipment to use (and then how to use it!), with a high tutor to student ratio, this course is unique in content and value for money.


The weekend introduces the latest technology and camera systems for those who may upgrade their equipment in the future or have yet to buy a camcorder. The knowledge gained will help you choose and use the right gear for your purposes and will save you wasting money on unnecessary or inappropriate technology. The Creative Camerawork element will help you improve your techniques under expert instruction.


The course starts with a discussion about the latest camera technology and is then split into hands-on workshops exploring various aspects of camera use in wildlife film-making, including: wide angle, telephoto, macro, scopes, slow motion, time lapse, 3D, aerial solutions and creative techniques. It is taught by wildlife film-maker Mike Linley, Piers Warren – Principal of Wildeye, independent wildlife filmmaker Adrian Cale, Simon Beer – a video camera specialist from Production Gear Ltd.and high speed camera specialist Jonathan Jones.

The location is Whitwell Hall Country Centre in the centre of Norfolk, UK. Accommodation is shared rooms (or there are nearby bed and breakfasts/hotels if you prefer), and there will be excellent home-cooked food.


Friday: Aim to arrive by 6pm if possible

7pm – evening meal served (no problem if you arrive later)
8.30pm – introductory chat – who we are, who you are, and what we will be doing this weekend.
10pm – time to relax, chat with new friends, and watch wildlife films in the viewing lounge.


8am – breakfast
9am – introduction to the different types of formats and cameras suitable for wildlife filming
11am – tea break.
11.30am – Workshop 1: Macro – using special macro lenses you can get huge close-ups without having to get too close to the subject. This is also an opportunity to practise using sets and lighting techniques with some of our photogenic subjects such as leopard geckos, giant spiny stick insects, chameleons and more.
1pm – lunch
2pm – back to basics – a run through all the controls and functions of modern camcorders including a guide to photographic techniques such as white balance, exposure etc.
2.30pm – Workshop 2: New Technology – Immerse yourself in the very latest innovations changing the face of wildlife filmmaking, including hands on experiences with RED 4K cameras, Video DSLRS and learn how to use prime and zoom lenses to get the most from them.  Shoot and process 3D with compact GoPro cameras.
4pm – tea break
4.30pm – support systems (tripods, clamps, beanbags etc) and fieldcraft accessories
5pm – 
Workshop 3: Time Lapse and Scopes – using DSLRs to create amazing time lapse sequences. Plus the use of digital video microscopes.


8am – breakfast
9am – choosing the right equipment for the right situation – examples from recent productions
9.30am – Workshop 4: Slow motion – the use of high speed cameras for slow motion effects.
11am – tea break.
11.30am – Workshop 5: Creative Camerawork – composing shots, perfecting pans, shooting for sequences – practising techniques that will improve your footage immensely.
1pm – lunch
2pm – Workshop 6: Aerials – get hands on experience of aerial filmmaking with lightweight small unmanned aircraft – we are the only wildlife filmmaking course taking you to new heights!
3.30pm – Viewing favourite sequences from the weekend.
4pm – course ends

If you would like to book a fantastic weekend why not follow this link…

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