A cautionary word of warning…

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It still amazes me how many professional people buy video equipment today without a clear understanding of how it works and will tell all in sundry their camcorder is either duff or the memory is bad stock. Recently as of today I received that very sad tail but it came on the back of a misunderstanding of the medium being used.

Never and I mean NEVER… run a solid state camcorder continuously, example…a wedding ceremony. Some people have it in their head that by pausing their camcorder they will miss an important part of the ceremony well that might be true but if you loose power to the camcorder while recording you will loose everything from the last time you pressed record till the moment you loose power and in some cases that might just be the complete ceremony ! Pause where and when you can during any live event even if it means you have to re-sync your two camcorders during the edit.

There is at least two reasons for power failure during a recording, the mains power goes faulty or even a simple RCD can trip the power off or your battery is low to start with as you forget to swap a fresh battery at the start of the event. Todays L-ion batteries are so good I would always advocate a fresh battery before any major live event…do not rely on mains power.

What happens if you loose the power is quite simple you loose the table of contents or TOC and the footage is unreadable by normal means there is software that can possibly recover this but it’s far from perfect. Sony have a data recovery service but like all these services it’s not cheap.

Sony “Data is the most important part of any business and preserving it is essential. You need to make sure your data is secure, that you are using it efficiently and have effective plans in place to recover information should the unthinkable happen. As a Sony storage media customer, you can now take advantage of the added value services in data recovery, data conversion and data duplicationthrough our partnership with world-leading data management company Ontrack. With over twenty years experience in data recovery and undisputed technological expertise, Ontrack offers fast, high quality and cost effective services for businesses of all sizes looking to recover, convert or duplicate data. Best of all, these services are available for all brands of media and for all storage tape formats including AIT, S-AIT, LTO-Ultrium, DLT and DDS/DAT.”

Understand your equipment and how solid state is not infallible…always use fresh batteries before a live event and never “hot swap” a battery during a recording, this might just blow a fuse within your camcorder and will certainly loose all your data recorded onto your memory card at that moment in time.

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New LED lighting that takes Sony “V” mount batteries £399 from H Preston Media

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I am working on a Drama at the moment and using some fantastic new LED lights from H Preston Media called simply the CN-600HS, the best part is the ability to use Sony “V” lock batteries. These LED lights are amazing value for money at £399, they come with two filters, a remote dimmer control switch, a Sony V lock plate and a 12V 250V power converter.

The light above has a 3200K filter slid into place and being LED runs cold all day long, I had both lights running from 10am till 4pm and my 160W 12V battery had still 4 out of 5 LED power indicator lights showing. The CN-600HS lights are remarkable value for money and in case you are still not convinced they are well built…in fact better built than the LED lights I bought a year ago for twice the money and no “V” lock, remote or filters.

As standard the lights come with a clear diffuser the LED lights balanced for 5400K, a 3200K orange filter and a rose coloured filter for minus green filtering, this is useful for using your LED light with mixed lighting. I will give you an update tomorrow evening but so far I am more than delighted with my CN-600HS LED lights.

CN-600 LED lights from H Preston Media at this link…http://www.videokit.co.uk/344-led-lites?p=3

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