Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


This was a new IBC for me, it’s the first time using a DSLR for mainstream video work…why ? Trade shows are famous for bad lighting and walking miles daily to get interviews.

Four days before IBC my Lumix GH3 arrived, as usual my wife and dogs became test subjects and I was blown away by quality of the 1080 50p pictures, this camera was better than my previous AF101 without the bulk and weight.

I brought my Canon C300 and Sony NX30 as well as my Lumix GH3 with a 12-35mm f2.8 lens, during day one I needed to bring the C300 with me as IBC is notorious for kit being taken in fact one supplier got a C300 stolen on day one !

Carting the C300 round the show was becoming tedious so I asked my friend Nick from Ianiro if he had any room in his cupboard and took my C300 and NX30.

My interviews were now all down to the Lumix GH3 with my Tascam DR60 and Ledgo LG-B150 camera light. Someone asked me why was I using the DR60 when I had the Lumix gun mic on the GH3…simple the Sennheiser MKH-418 with my Rycote softie and suspended handle gave me far tighter, cleaner sound.

UPDATE : Just checked my footage back on my hotel LCD and I am bowled over with the quality, Panasonic have done a cracking job on the GH3.


Rycote have limited edition wind jammers along the animal theme, this one sporting the dalmatian look…fantastic, this has to be my best at show sound accessory of IBC 2013.

Panasonic 4K

Secondly was the 4K tablet from Panasonic, just wait till you see my video report on this stunning piece of kit, my best gadget of IBC 2013.


Ianiro are the inventors of the RED HEAD and by sheer chance the lady who is herself Fabrizia Ianiro is also a beautiful red head has taken the company from strength to strength.


Ianiro have successfully re-invented an old classic like the RED HEAD with a 650W LED light output with the power of only 80W and no burnt fingers when you take out the 3200K filter, this is my star lighting product of IBC 2013.


I also had a look at some sexy LED lighting at the Ledgo stand, I have produced a series of videos for Ledgo and they are really nice to work for. I was so impressed with their LG-R332 ring light I bought one.

Both Panasonic and Sony had new camcorders on offer but my choice of camcorder of 2013 was not the Sony 4K Z100 though was a good contender, nor the well designed Panasonic 270 P2 camcorder but the Sony PMW-300.


The Sony PMW-300 will take the recently retired PMW- EX3 up to a new level with 422, 50Mbps, interchangeable lens and a vastly improved viewfinder using XQD cards as well as SxS with an upgrade to XAVC in 2014.

This will be the most useful addition to Sony’s armoury and become a excellent run and gun camcorder for video professionals who need a good all round workhorse.


This was a good show this year with a lot of well kent faces from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC the names go on to relativly new comers to video cameras like BlackMagic Design who in my opinion had the biggest and most impressive stand of IBC this year.

This company just keeps coming out with the goods time after time with a selection of hardware to die for, even the glossy brochure is impressive, well done BlackMagic.


One last memory of IBC 2013, in the “Future Zone” we were shown this demonstration of an integrated television/wall, so integrated that the wallpaper is part of the effect so no more mounting OLEDs on the wall, just get the builder to build the wall round the TV…interesting ! This will be fine till you plan to move !!



Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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