New XQD media version “G”

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The new G Series is compliant to XQD Format Version 2, both PCI Express Gen.2 and USB3.0 interface are supported on a newly-developed controller for high performance.
The G Series delivers increased read 400MB/s*1 and write 350MB/s*1 speeds, which is three times the speed of the previous N Series cards.

Sony’s unique media technology enables these G Series cards to provide efficient data writing, dependable recording of 4K video while avoiding speed degradation.
The larger capacity 128GB model expands the line-up allowing up to 40 minutes of 4K XAVC Intra 422 60p (600Mbps) recording with Sony’s 4K video cameras.




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Sony PXW-FS7 things you should know…”Adapters”

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For those of us contemplating the arrival of the Sony PXW-FS7 here are a few tips when it comes to adapters…Some of you may be contemplating buying adapters for the FS7 but beware…read the small print first.


Firstly I was reminded that the FS& is not full frame and is in fact Super 35mm so the Metabones Speedboster will indeed be fine.


Metabones EF to NEX Speed Booster ULTRA

  1. This Speed Booster ULTRA is designed to cover an APS-C (23.6 x 15.7) image circle which is not big enough to cover a full-size 36mm x 24mm sensor. (Remember the FS7 is 23.6 x 13.3)
  2. Dan Chung “Also beware the EF Speedbooster Ultra can be buggy with FS7 – sometimes not recognised”.


Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Smart Adapter (Mark IV)

1. A7S (Mark IV supports auto “APS-C Size Capture” with EF-S lens)


Just when you think you can upgrade to the Sony “A” lens system you read the small print to learn this adapter won’t allow any lens to open any greater than f3.5 making those f2.8 “A” lenses redundant ?

1. Aperture setting for video capture is fixed at the maximum aperture of the lens or F3.5, whichever is lower (AF-C).


Strangely enough the Sony adapter at £159 almost half the price of the one above seems to have no such restrictions.

From what I gather the FS7s are due to arrive at the end of October in limited quantities…watch this space.

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Hoping for new categories at BAFTA Scotland

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THE Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance is hoping there might be three new categories on the horizon at future BAFTA Scotland Award ceremonies after an open letter to the head of the film body. BAFTA Scotland have confirmed they will raise the letter as part of the agenda at an upcoming committee meeting in December.

Said an Alliance spokesperson: “Whilst we do not disagree in any way with those who have received nominations in recent years at the British Academy Scotland Awards, it would be great if independent films and filmmakers could compete on a level playing field at the same ceremony and receive the recognition they potentially deserve. These are often films and filmmakers who have been widely celebrated at events/screenings both at home and around the world.”

Established in 2011 by Andrew O’Donnell and Chris Quick, the Glasgow Filmmakers Alliance was initially launched as an online directory for film and television professionals working in Glasgow. In 2012, the alliance expanded into networking events when they were invited by Stephen Paton of Production Attic Ltd to form what would become the Glasgow Creative Network. In the same year, Mr Quick, a member of BAFTA Scotland also led the successful campaign to get the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards recognised by IMDB.

Said Mr Quick: “We are delighted that our proposal will be given the chance to be reviewed and we thank BAFTA Scotland for making this possible. Whilst there is still a lot of work to do and many details to be discussed by the committee, I think we can say with some accuracy that a step in the right direction has been made and we look forward to the outcome of the meeting.”

The awards proposal is due to be discussed by the BAFTA Scotland committee at its next meeting on Tuesday 9th December 2014.



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The Health and Safety Video

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As a major part of our productions Health and Safety is close to my heart, as usual H&S can be well over the top as can be seen by some rural councils in recent years.

19th century regulation limited child labour and working time in factories and mines, but employers were not always liable for accidents until 1937.

Today employees are induced into companies procedures usually by a H&S officer talking with a flip chart or you may get induced by one of our USB presentations made specially for the company itself.

Air New Zeland have taken this one step forward and produced this fantastic H&S promo…worth a watch.

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Sony A7s with a Rokinon 24mm T1.5

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The real time pictures from the Sony A7s of an Aurora are truly stunning from Anders Mildestveit, worth a view.

Aurora Borealis in Tromsø from Anders Mildestveit on Vimeo.

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Sony PXW-X180 Pre Review

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Sony Broadcast have sent me their new PXW-X180 camcorders to review, like the PXW-X70 it won’t be a full video review but I will make sure I get footage online ASAP.

This camera is a direct competitor for the Panasonic PX270 especially in Long GOP mode it will be interesting to see how Sony compares with the PX270.

If you have any questions about this camera send me your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

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The GAFFGUN for $249

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Seems like a simple device …so why has it taken so long to be invented…the times I could have done with a GAFFGUN. This device is not cheap at $249 but I like to see it as a one off purchase and the time it will save taping cables is worth the money…if it works.

I would like this company to send me a unit to test for myself, I will let you know how I get on.

Join the Revolution from GaffGun on Vimeo.

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NEW Canon C100 Mk11

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Harnessing technology found in the flagship EOS C500, the EOS C100 Mark II boasts a powerful imaging engine which delivers outstanding performance. A Canon Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS sensor combines with a DIGIC DV 4 processor to deliver the rich colour and wide dynamic range synonymous with Cinema EOS cameras, while a new extended ISO range of 320 to 102,400 ensures superb performance, even in extreme low light conditions. The camera also features a new image processing system which enhances performance further by reducing moiré and aliasing, resulting in sharper, clearer images.

The EOS C100 Mark II includes Canon’s pioneering Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology as standard, which enables anyone to find focus and switch easily between multiple subjects in a single shot. Canon’s Face Detection AF technology is also supported and provides further creative control through the automatic recognition and focus tracking of faces.¹

Greater creative opportunities
The EOS C100 Mark II features two recording formats to suit the needs of different productions. Dual Format recording allows operators to simultaneously capture Full HD footage in both MP4 (up to 35Mbps) and AVCHD (up to 28Mbps) variants, using frame rates of up to 60P. Alternatively users can chose to record HD and SD footage to separate SD memory cards for maximum workflow flexibility and easy sharing. This range of options further expands the world of creative opportunities offered by the EOS C100 Mark II and also makes the capture of slow and fast motion action possible.

Integrated Wi-Fi connectivity – a first for the Cinema EOS series – ensures that sharing footage from the camera is now easier than ever thanks to ability to transfer files via FTP. In situations that demand a fast turn-around, such as news or events reporting, Dual Format recording allows operators to quickly share low resolution SD files directly from the camera whilst the security of an HD copy is maintained.


Uncompromising operation, wherever you are
Thanks to its robust, compact design, the EOS C100 Mark II is ideal for shooting in a wide range of applications, especially those involving a single shooter. Browser-based camera control via built-in Wi-Fi and support for Canon’s multi-functional RC-V100 remote control allow the camera to be positioned in locations that previously could not have been considered, enabling crews to maintain creative control even in the most awkward or obstructive situations.

The EOS C100 Mark II’s screen has been redesigned and now flips out to the side to provide greater monitoring possibilities, including allowing users to frame the shot whilst in front of the camera. A new OLED display delivers higher contrast, more vivid colours and faster response times, even in bright conditions. The camera also features an improved tiltable Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) and a larger eyecup to provide greater flexibility and accuracy during shooting. Additionally, a range of professional audio features accompany a microphone in the handle unit, while a new built-in microphone has been added to the camera body, enabling sound recording for continuity in the smallest possible camera configuration.


EF lenses – unlimited possibilities
As part of the EOS system, the EOS C100 Mark II is immediately compatible with – and optimised for – Canon’s world-renowned range of interchangeable EF lenses and 4K EF cinema lenses, providing both the power and versatility to meet virtually any creative challenge.

EOS C100 Mark II key features:

  • 8.3MP Super 35mm CMOS sensor, ISO 102,400
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Face Detection AF
  • Dual Format AVCHD/MP4 recording up to 1080/60p
  • OLED display; improved EVF
  • Built in Wi-Fi and remote control options

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Exclusive interview with Danny Macaskill…How the Ridge was filmed

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I was producing a two camera interview for the Discovery Channel yesterday with Danny Macaskill a professional street trails rider who decided to cycle up the “Ridge” in the Cuilins on the Isle of Skye.



Danny had a film crew from CUT MEDIA with him all eleven of them plus a German Shepherd, they used various cameras from a Canon C300, two Panasonic GH4’s, one mounted onto a  DJI S1000 Drone and one mounted onto a Movi 5 and a GoPro HERO 3+.



Here is one of the GH4 cameras being used on the Movi M5.



The  DJI S1000 Drone was kitted out with a GH4, Wi-Fi monitoring and a gimbal.


Danny is a great down to earth chap, Chelsea from the Discovery Channel interviewed Danny from Canada via my iPhone 5s on speaker phone and I got a great technical interview with Danny after the important work was finished. Once again the Sony PXW-X70 sat beautifully alongside the GH4 picture wise and I ran 2 64G SDXC cards simultaneously which worked a dream.



Here are some fans who were passing by on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 dirt track at Cathkin Braes.

Here is my 5m interview about how the Ridge was filmed…

Watch Danny’s film produced by CUT MEDIA “The Ridge” on You Tube


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Sony announce to HD Warrior v3 FW upgrade for PXW-Z100

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SONY BROADCAST UK “We are pleased to announce that the version N°3 of  PXW-Z100 firmware upgrade will be available the 30thOctober.

This free of charge firmware upgrade will be publish  in “Resources” area  on under the main page of PXW-Z100.”

The version 3 will include:

  • XAVC Long GOP* 4K(QFHD)/HD recording capability with max.150 Mbps on XQD media card
  • TC output from HDMI

*XAVC-L (long GOP) is a codec with MXF file wrapper, in QFHD is 4:2:0 with 8bit, in HD is 4:2:2 with 10bit.


The next firmware version should include AVCHD recording and will be available in January 2015.

The Direct Copy function we plan to update in first half of 2015.

We intend to email all our registered users with this information when the software is ready to download.

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