Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


Rick Young and myself

There are two new camcorders this year at BVE, the PX270 from Panasonic and the HM850 from JVC.


Starting with the PX270…10bit, 4:2:2, micro P2 and a new pro menu system, Panasonic have worked hard to produce a fantastic hand held camcorder that meets all the same specifications as a full blown shoulder mount.

The pictures are clean and crisp with a very useful 22x zoom (28mm-616mm)

I recorded some 1080 50i footage onto a SDHC card at both AVC-Long G50 and AVC-Long G25 with no discernible difference in picture quality, this is due to the efficiency of the ULTRA codec.


The long awaited shoulder mount JVC KY-HM850 was on show now delivering 1080 50p at 50Mbps. This would make a good partner for the HM650. We spoke about reviewing the camera during March so I can give you a better idea on the picture quality when I get one to film with.





As you can see I have produced a show video which includes Richard Payne of Holdan, Production Gear, Panasonic, Sony and JVC.


When you phone Holdan’s the bright and breezy voice at the other end is the lovely Jamie.


The Holdan stand was interesting especially the fantastic easy to setup and light green screen. This uses two polls of LED lights which give an overall even brightness. It works a treat and although the cloth plays a part in the magic this is by far the best green screen I have seen in a long time.


Simon and Steven at Production Gear were showing off the B Steady stabilisation system alongside the 4K Blackmagic cinema camera.



I had the Blackmagic cinema camera on my B Steady how it compares to a MOVI I don’t know as I never got to play with one though the B Steady is about half the price of a MOVI.


Another two readers of HD Warrior.


Just in time for the “say no” campaign Rycote have just brought out this UK wind jammer…not one to use with Alex Salmond.


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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