Sonys lame NAB 2016 Press conference

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Sony shocker

Sony have to get their act together, why is Europe seeing this instead of content, this happened last year and I was very scathing a year ago.

They announce one 4K shoulder mount camcorder seen below and a high frame rate 4K camera HDC-4800  for broadcasters. NO new 18-105mm G lens…thanks for listening as usual Sony. A complete waste of time. PS what was the idea of inviting a lot of photographers to this ???



Though Sony’s PR company sent me this last night…

  1. Sony unveils world’s first 4K XDCAM shoulder camcorder with 2/3-type image sensor
  2. Sony Unveils 4K 8x Super Motion Camera System with Replay Server Function, built for sports live production
  3. Sony Professional Europe introduces Media Backbone Hive, its state of the art omni-media network production system
  4. Sony Unveils Second Generation of Optical Disc Archive
  5. Sony introduces the PVM-X550, a 55” quad-view large screen TRIMASTER EL™ 4K OLED monitor
  6. Sony bolsters its ground-breaking, interoperable IP Live Production System with a range of new solutions
  7. Sony goes Beyond Definition at NAB 2016
  8. Sony and Grass Valley collaborate to drive common IP standards in the industry
  9. Sony showcases 4K IP Live and ASPEN interoperability incollaboration with Evertz
  10. Sony takes 4K High Dynamic Range production to the next level

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NAB 2016 Sony’s new 4K XDCAM PXW-Z450

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Sony 450

This is the 4K camcorder that many older pro cameramen have been waiting for, the good old shoulder mount. This will prove popular as a good all rounder for freelance broadcast ENG camera men and women. The price has yet to surface but I don’t think you will get any change from £25-£30K.

The PXW-Z450 is an advanced 4K shoulder camcorder that records 4K QFHD (3840×2160) at 50p/59.94p, as well as a variety of HD formats including XAVC Intra, XAVC Long GOP, MPEG HD 422 and MPEG HD 420. Thanks to a specially-developed 4K 2/3-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, the PXW-Z450 is ideal for a wide variety of 4K operations, allowing you to use a wide range of commercially-available B4 mount lenses without having to use an adapter. The camcorder offers the same advanced features as the PXW-X400 Full HD camcorder, with exceptional weight balance and low power consumption, alongside excellent networking features such as built-in wireless module, embedded RJ-45 Ethernet 100B-T connector and Near Field Communication (NFC) function for easy Wireless LAN setup and operation via a mobile or tablet with Sony’s Content Browser Mobile™ application.

Sony 450 v2


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Our man at NAB 2016…Simon Beer from Production Gear

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Simon has flown specially to see the new kit coming out at NAB and to talk to suppliers, while doing so he will give HD Warrior some exclusive coverage from the shop floor.

I arrived in Vegas on Friday evening after a 3 hour delay on my 10 hour flight.  A brief Mexican meal followed by an early night has set me straight for Saturday and my body and mind are fortunately now working on US time.
Everywhere you turn are familiar faces, the show really had come to town.  Vegas is a vast party town and on these two rest and respite days before the show many NAB attendees seem to be enjoying what Vegas offers.
Vegas is an oasis in the middle of the desert.  A triumph to engineering.  The briefest of drives however takes you back to nature and some truly stunning landscapes.
For me the best part of Vegas (show excluded) is to take the opportunity to head out to the desert and explore.  So at 8am on Saturday after a hearty breakfast myself and a fellow Brit headed back to the airport and for $60 dollars rented what can only be viewed as a American classic – a convertible Mustang.
30 Minutes away is the fabulous Redrock Canyon, the views are breathtaking and are a remedy to the loud, brash place that Vegas is.  Signs warn you not to feed the wild horses and burros and the sharp hazards posed by the hardy desert plants and cacti are all too obvious.
Heading back into Vegas by taxi after dropping the car back off at 7pm we were set to join two more Brits for dinner.  Over a pizza talk turned back to the show and what’s possibly going to be announced in the coming days.
Stay tuned for (hopefully) some exciting announcements…




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Photography from Space by Jeff Willliams

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Astronaut Jeff Williams aboard the International Space Station highlights a favorite activity of crew members while aboard: Earth photography. On his fourth space mission and third Expedition on the ISS, Williams demonstrates the cameras and lenses used to capture still and video imagery of the station and its various visiting vehicle spacecraft like the Soyuz, Progress and Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo craft.

Pic from space

He then floats into the Cupola – his favorite “window on the world” from which breathtaking views of the Earth are taken and shared with everyone on Earth.


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Marionville Models in Livingston…Six filter ND & PL Osmo set for £99

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Filter set

On Friday we set off to Marionville Models in Livingston to get a cracking set of six filters for my DJI OSMO at the brilliant price of £99 the same filter set is advertised on Amazon for £169.


You will be treated by the antics of the owners Samoid pup on entry. The latest firmware for the Osmo cuts the fan off during filming.





Marionville Models
Unit 2 Eliburn Industrial Park
Appleton Park Way
EH54 6GQ

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm T 01506-429914


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HDR, 8K sensors and UHD Blu-Ray “The next big push from Japan”

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Once again we are about to be told by all the vendors that we must keep up with the times and enter HDR Video or 8K cameras…

Only this week SmallHD are showing off some nice new HDR monitors.


High Dynamic Range to give it its expanded name is the ability of a monitor to show the full spectrum of not only colour but the ability to show far better detail in the overall blacks and whites, giving the viewer a far more realistic picture. Most domestic TVs are around 450nits while the new range of HDR TVs are around the 1000nit mark. A nit is a unit of visible-light intensity.


We now have projected 8K camcorders arriving soon as well as 8K DSLRs, this is the picture Japan wants you to take on board as its their future also. We are all going down the 8K route like it or not.

I can see a great reason for 8k with virtual zoom on an HD camera similar to the feature seen on the JVC LS300 giving you a 4x virtual zoom at 8K.

Premiere_CC_8K v2

Premiere Pro is being upgraded to edit 8K footage, Adobe has revealed new features across its Creative Cloud tools for video editing, motion graphics, audio and collaboration. Media and entertainment companies are combining these advanced content creation capabilities with Adobe Primetime to help deliver TV and video content across screens.

Other feature highlights coming soon to Creative Cloud include:

  • Edit immediately during ingest allows Premiere Pro CC users to get straight to work, while importing their video and audio files in the background.
  • Powerful proxy workflows in Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Media Encoder CC enable users to easily work with heavy 8K, HDR and HFR media, so editors can switch between native and proxy formats freely – even on lightweight machines.
  • Enhanced Lumetri™ Color tools within Premiere Pro CC adds HSL Secondaries to expand the editor’s toolkit for making color correction and adjustment easier for all filmmakers.
  • New video and audio preview engine in After Effects CC delivers superior playback of cached frames for a smooth experience.
  • Easier and more efficient Character Animator includes a simplified puppet creation process that enables users to easily tag puppet layers easily and record multiple takes of a character’s movement. Users can animate puppets to respond to motion and trigger animation accordingly.
  • New Essential Sound panel in Audition CC enables anyone to mix audio content with professional results.
  • Quickly find Adobe Stock assets with new filtered search in Creative Cloud Libraries. Licensed assets in your library are now badged for easy identification, videos are displayed with duration and format information, and saved videos are linked to video previews on the Adobe Stock site

Lets hope Adobe update Encore to allow us to burn 4K and 8K Blu-Ray disks.

Panasonic-DRM-UBZ1 copy

We are only this year getting our hands on 4K Blu-Ray players but I have yet to source a 4K BR burner.

Not many people are tooled up for 4K let alone 8K but the numbers keep doubling year in year out even although theres very little use at this time for 8K.

Torture Test – HDR Production Monitors by SmallHD from SmallHD on Vimeo.

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The new Canon MS-200S-SH… £4,370 (Video added)

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Canon camera

The rush is on from all camera manufacturers to make a small HD camera, with all those medical hospital productions like 24 hours in A&E this is the new market for such cameras.

The ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose Camera is equipped with the advanced 16:9 Super 35mm Canon CMOS Image Sensor, the same sensor used in our Cinema EOS cameras.

The large 8.29 megapixel sensor is sensitive in low light, helping to minimize noise, capturing independent Red, Green, and Blue channels for Full HD 1920×1080 video. This large sensor format allows for depth of field control and has dynamic range characteristics reminiscent of film, for truly arresting images.

The ME200S-SH Multi-Purpose Camera allows users to capture subjects even under some of the most challenging low light conditions, helping to deliver an optimum balance between image quality and sensitivity, making it ideal for a wide range of night time and low light applications.

The combined performance of the camera’s Canon Super 35mm CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor achieve a very high signal-to-noise ratio that enables recordings with great detail and dynamic range even in minimal light. This advanced performance yields a maximum ISO speed of 204,000 and a wide dynamic range with up to 12 stops.

The high-dynamic-range shooting ability of the ME200S-SH camera helps diminish the loss of dark detail at a low luminous intensity, which tends to arise when shooting under low luminous intensity conditions, and overexposure of the high-brightness areas. The camera’s wide dynamic range of 600% helps to suppress brightness while maintaining seamless gradations

In addition, Canon Log Gamma helps to preserve shadow and highlight detail, for maximum editing and grading in post-production. Contrast and sharpness are subdued with characteristics similar to negative film. Canon Log Gamma emphasizes rich gradients from mid-range to highlights and realizes 12-stops of Dynamic Range (DR). At ISO 850 and above, Canon Log Gamma enables 5.3 stops of latitude above optimal exposure (and 6.7 stops below), broadening the available dynamic range in color grading.

Canon back

Sensor Super 35mm CMOS   Total Pixels Approx. 9.84 (4206 x 2340)  Effective Pixels Approx. 8.29M (3840 x 2160)
Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1280×720   Min. Sub. Ileum.  0.015 lux or less (at 56dB, F1.2, 29.97P, 1/30 sec shutter)

Color Filter Array RGB Bayer

Canon front

The ME200S-SH camera’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology helps provide smooth and consistent autofocus, so that focus transitions are natural looking and subjects can remain focused even as they move- particularly helpful in remote or gimbal shooting situations.

Even in unpredictable shooting conditions, the camera can maintain focus within the center portion of the frame, and is compatible with select Canon EF autofocus lenses.

The camera’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology features a Super 35mm CMOS sensor that consists of an array of pixels that each feature two separate photodiodes. By continuously comparing their outputs during AF mode, phase-difference autofocus helps ensure non-blurred images and smooth focus transitions even when the talent and/or camera are moving. This feature places a high priority on maintaining sharp focus while, providing a natural, smooth autofocus movement.

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Canon first with 18-80mm T4.4 L IS 4K servo lens £4,700

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Canon lens v2

When we started down this large sensor road with the Panasonic AF101 it was all about prime lenses, we have now matured and see the major benefit of servo zoom lenses, the only problem being till today they have not been wide enough taking the Sony 28-135mm as a good example or within reasonable budget.

We have been banging on about a wider lens for our PXW-FS7 or C300 and now Canon have produced the goods though you will still need to use a Canon adapter to E mount to use it directly on the FS7.

At £4,700 this is not unreasonable for a 4K high quality servo zoom S35mm lens. The zoom handle is an extra £430.


  • Canon EF mount compatibility provides support for fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS auto focus, camera-to-lens servo power supply, automatic lens metadata acquisition for easy post-processing, and lens functions such as peripheral illumination correction.
  • Purpose-built video lens with a focal length of 18-80mm and optical zoom of 4.4x
  • High-end features make the Canon CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S ideal for professional or advanced videographers
  • Optional Canon ZSG-C10 remote zoom grip (sold separately) offers fluid zoom control, a dedicated one-shot AF button, and the flexibility to use handheld, shoulder-mounted or with a tripod
  • Superior Canon optics provide stable brightness levels of T4.4 (F4) across the entire zoom range
  • DC & USM motors for fast, fluid and quiet servo zoom and focus control
  • 3 modes of image stabilisation for crisp, clear video
  • Easy to use and work with, weighing a drone-friendly 1.2kg
  • 9-leaf iris helps create beautiful, cinematic bokeh effects
  • High optical resolving power and optomechanical design to meet all 4K shooting requirements
  • Significantly reduced ‘focus breathing’ means less distortion and more consistent shooting

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Panasonic GH5 rumour

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GH5 copy

GH5 will probably be a 6K camera

6k recording at 30fps and 4K at 60fps
– Each 6K frame has 18 Million Pixels. this means you can screen grab 18MP photos from each 6K recorded frame
– If the camera records 6K than the Four Thirds sensor will have 20+ Megapixels in “normal still photo mode”.

Even at 4K 50p a GH5 will be a stunning camera let alone 6K 25p

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Lytro Cinema”The Future of Television Production”

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As a photographic concept the Lytro camera never quite made the grade it was far too dear at £1299 but has dropped down to £375 but cameras like the Panasonic GX8, GH4 have kind of caught up with fixing the focus in post.


The cinema version of this camera has amazing potential apart from its size (huge)…It reminds me of the camera in Willie Wonka’s Chocolate factory.

Lytro Cinema captures all the rays of light within a scene, providing a rich amount of Light Field data. Every pixel has color properties, directional properties, and its exact placement in space.

Lytro Cinema is defying the traditional physics of on set capture by virtualizing creative camera decisions. Infinite creative choices can be generated in post-production including unprecedented control over focus, perspective, aperture and shutter angle – recreating impossible shots.

The highest resolution video sensor ever designed, 755 RAW megapixels at up to 300 FPS. Up to 16 stops of dynamic range and wide colour gamut integrated high resolution active scanning.


Lytro Cinema will be available for production in Q3 2016 to exclusive partners on a subscription basis. For more information on Lytro Cinema, visit

Watch the future of television in this short video its fascinating..

Lytro Cinema from Lytro on Vimeo.

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