The new Celtic Christmas advert 2017 shot on a Sony FS7

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Courtesy of Celtic FC

Just arrived on Celtics Facebook page is the 2017 Christmas advert filmed by DoP Jerry Kelly on his Sony FS7 with Cooke prime lenses. The advert was produced by Arteus Media from Glasgow.

I started off by asking Jerry “How do you like using the Sony FS7, what made you choose it over a Canon C300 Mk11”

Jerry “I bought the FS7 when it first came out, because it is more practical and versatile than the c300. I teach classes on the FS7, and love using it for docs and commercials. It has many interesting functions, as well as easy 4K, and beautiful slo mo.”

Q’ “I assume you did not take to the FS7 chimney VF which is why you chose a Zacuto Gratical.”

Jerry “Absolutely right!  It is the weak link of the FS7, so I bought a gratical vf, and use the screen from the FS7 for menus, and as a quick directors monitor. It is worrying that if the fragile cable from the FS7 viewfinder goes awry, you are left with no way of seeing the images.”

Q “Why did you choose Cooke over other primes, what Cooke primes do you own ?”

“I only own Canon lenses, but hired the Cooke’s in from Progressive broadcast hire, to give this shoot a filmic look. They give glossy, soft images.”

DoP Jerry Kelly with his Sony FS7

Q. How do you like the XQD memory and is it all Sony you use. Jerry “The XQD cards are very sturdy and stable- which is ideal for multiple use.”

Q. “Do you own any Sony power zoom lenses.” Jerry “I haven’t bought one because they are not of good quality for the price. I occasionally hire one from Progressive for Ob/docs, and I’m hoping to buy a short Canon zoom in the new year.”

Q. Did you film in S-log or baked it”  Jerry “We filmed in S- log, so that Arteus could have more to grade with, and deal with the blue screen.”

Q. How long was each days shoot.” Jerry “We had a day of meetings and recce of locations, then did 2 x 12 hour days for the shoot. We had to work round the very tight schedules of the Celtic players!”

Q . “Did you do much hand held shooting.” Jerry “Most of it was hand held, for speed and flexibility. The cockpit shot was on my Sachtler tripod”

Q. Did you enjoy the shoot. ”  Jerry “Hectic but very enjoyable! Great director, Adrian, and top cam assistant, Chris ( who is a huge Celtic fan).

Actor John McQuiston

It took 2 long hard days to film over and around Glasgow, in fact there is a behind the scenes video thanks to Celtic TV.

It also star’s a good actor pal of mine John McQuiston


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When an air bag deploys while filming in a car

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Health and Safety especially in a moving car is something most of us don’t think twice about especially if you are filming a section for television, this will make you think twice.

I have produced over 20 DVDs about H&S in factory’s around the UK.

Handheld Filming in Vehicles (Free Driving) from ICG Local 600 on Vimeo.

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Panasonic G9 “major backwards step for video users”

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I was hoping to get one of these for a “B” camera while using video but I could not contemplate this as it stands. What a backwards step by Panasonic making it video time restricted especially when using 4K 50p.

What earthly use is 10minutes to anyone.

I do realise this is promoted as a photographic camera but why have any video features if you are going to restrict it to a stupid figure of 10 minutes, bad call Panasonic.

I thought Panasonic were no longer time restricting their cameras beyond the GH5 because they had learned a lesson with the GH4.

Q. Is this a design flaw or can it be removed with a future FW update.

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Sharp’s Super 35mm 8K camcorder $77,352 USD

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I have never before seen or bought a professional Sharp camcorder yet they have just announced this 8K camera. At $77 thousand US dollars I doubt they will be shifting many units.

  • 1. World’s first camcorder integrating capabilities for video shooting and recording, playback, and line output for 8K (60p).
  • 2. Compatible with 8K (60p) shooting thanks to a large, Super 35-mm-equivalent CMOS image sensor with 33 million pixels.
  • 3. Realizes 4:2:2 sampling*6 and 10-bit recording of 8K (60p) images. A compression method that exerts low burden on the CPU makes editing more efficient and allows approximately 40 minutes of continuous recording (when using 2TB SSD pack).
  • 4. Real-time output of uncompressed 8K (60P) images can be performed simultaneously with recording (equipped with quad-link 12G-SDI output terminal), making possible live 8K transmissions and replay output after recording.
  • 5. Built-in SSD back slot for recording media. Realizes one-person operation at 8K shooting with V-mount battery drive.

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NEW Panasonic G9…with 4K 50p…£1,500 January 2018

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Panasonic’s new Lumix DC-G9 is the company’s first mirrorless camera aimed specifically at professional stills photographers. Geared for high-speed capture at up to 20fps, the G9 offers the same 20MP Four Thirds sensor as the video-centric GH5, but with tweaked image processing for better JPEG image quality. If 20 Megapixels isn’t enough for you, the G9 is able to shift its sensor eight times to create an 80MP Raw image with ultra-high resolution.

The G9’s image stabilization is as good as you’ll find on any interchangeable lens cameras, capable of reducing shake by up to 6.5 stops. Panasonic claims that this system still offers that level of stabilization at wider focal lengths when using non-stabilized lenses, and maintains it at longer focal lengths with those with built-in IS, where it can use ‘Dual I.S. 2

There’s a refined ‘Depth from Defocus’ AF system on the G9, which offers 225 selectable points and improvements in both speed and subject tracking. The camera is capable of shooting bursts at 20 fps with continuous autofocus using its electronic shutter (9 fps with mechanical) and 60 fps with single AF (12 fps with mechanical). The buffer allows for up to 50 Raw images to be captured in a single burst.

Looking at the pins on the top of the camera Panasonic have deliberately not included the gold power pin seen on the GH5 for the XLR adaptor.

The G9 has a sturdy metal body that’s sealed against the elements and freezeproof to -10C/+14F. Direct controls include a lockable mode dial with a sub-dial for drive mode, an AF-point selection joystick and function switch for quickly swapping settings, similar to what’s found on some Olympus cameras. The OLED electronic viewfinder is downright enormous, with a maximum magnification of 0.83x equivalent and a resolution of 3.68 million dots. A 3″ fully articulating touchscreen LCD is also available. The camera has two SD memory card slots, both of which support UHS-II media. Ports include HDMI, microphone, headphone, flash sync, USB 3.0 (Micro B) and wired remote.

On the video front, the G9 can capture UHD 4K video at up to 50 fps, with a maximum bitrate of 150Mbps. It samples the full width of the sensor for all resolutions, which means no crop and higher quality. You can shoot slo-mo video at up to 60 fps in 4K and 180 fps at Full HD. The G9 can use its video capabilities to capture both 6K and 4K stills.

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Finally we get to see some Panasonic EVA-1 documentary footage from Newsshooter

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Here we get a great insight from Matthew Allard (ACS) filming a documentary with the Panasonic EVA-1… great footage.

Matthew “This review won’t be nearly as detailed as I would have liked, because I only had access to the camera for a few days. It is impossible to fully review a camera in a short period of time as you really do need to spend significant time with it over many weeks, if not months, to fully appreciate its strengths and weaknesses. I am, however, going to give you as much information and detail as I was able to get with my time with the camera. My review is based on using the camera in a news, documentary environment, but most of what I say is going to be relevant to anyone else using the camera for other purposes.

On the last day I had the camera I went out and shot a proper story, as it was important for me to see just how well the EVA1 performed in a real-world shooting scenario. Testing a camera under completely controlled conditions is never going to show its true strengths and weaknesses.”

Full story here

Some Monogatari – Shot on the Panasonic EVA1 from Newsshooter on Vimeo.

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The Panasonic EVA-1 arrives on time

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Today was EVA day though many children would swear it was halloween. As you can see many people are proudly showing off their new camcorders.

With final firmware and production sensor we await a flurry of news and reviews from around the UK and Europe.

Retail outlets have been a bit more conservative with their stocks as many people are awaiting the first reviews, from the lucky first owners.

The extra £329 in September did this camera no favours and not having a viewfinder for critical focus is another bone of contention.

As for me I will gladly wait to see how things go as my Panasonic GH5’s are producing some stunning 4K 50p footage, what more do you need !

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