Why I have stayed away from Skype on my 27″ iMac

Categories: Miscellaneous 4 Comments

As seen from the same angle as my GH5

When you are limited to using an inbuilt static camera on your iMac its no wonder you stay away from Skype for demo purposes.

Static iMac shot

This is the HD camera in my 4 year old iMac and its appalling. Apple sell you great all in one computers like the 27″ iMac but compromise on the build of the in built camera.


This is the Logitech c920 HD camera (£59 on Amazon) that works with the iMac as long as you use an APP called WEBCAM SETTINGS (£7.99 Apple APP store). I am using Mojave on OS 10.14.3 and it works fine. Dont be put off by the bad reviews and its also 5 years old.

Logitech have their own app for the camera but it does not allow you the most important feature in WEBCAM SETTINGS the ability to adjust the GAIN. In advanced settings you can also focus the C920 manually. The best news is portability, your no longer stuck with a static camera position, you also get very useful 1.5m of cable.

iMac is a lot more fluffy than the Logitech c920

The Logitech c920 is a far superior picture in all ways the main one having the control over the gain and the ability to set manual focus and a good white balance.

I needed a camera to sit on top of the GH5 so I can use the GH5 shots in the main edit

I must thank this You Tubber Andrew Strugnell for showing me how good the c920 is on an iMac and remember this You Tube video is 7 years old.

For all your video production needs in Scotland, get in touch with Small Video Productions

Cinemartin gone bankrupt, very sad news

Categories: Miscellaneous 1 Comment

Via Cinemartin’s Facebook page. “Bad news, we are about to close due to bankrupt. Our tie mother company leaves us with no other option.
End of Cinemartin probably by 1 April, the joke day, but our end as a filmmaking company.”

“Thank you for all your efforts and grattittude.
Soon we will make the public announcement”

HD Warrior were one of the first blogs to produce a review about their 7″ monitor which I still use.


The Cinemartin boys from Spain will be missed by many of us who were looking forward to their 8K FRAN camera, possibly a giant step too far.

For all your video production needs in Scotland, get in touch with Small Video Productions

Big changes for HD Warrior my new Video Podcast starting with the Panasonic S1

Categories: Miscellaneous 3 Comments


Once a month I will be producing a video Podcast, this month I will be starting with the new full frame Panasonic S1

My good friend Rick Young has this very camera coming tomorrow and he will be giving me his first thoughts on the Panasonic S1 at the end of this week.

For all your video production needs in Scotland, get in touch with Small Video Productions

Well done JVC awarded “Best Camcorder 2018” for the GY-HM180 4K camcorder

Categories: Miscellaneous No Comments

Great news for JVC, John Kelly receiving the award from the quarterly international magazine for professional filmmakers for their 4K GY-HM180 camcorder.

For all your video production needs in Scotland, get in touch with Small Video Productions

RODECaster PRO with Multitrack added via firmware 1.1.0

Categories: Miscellaneous No Comments


The first major firmware update for the RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio has arrived. Update 1.1.0 introduces a stack of new features to the RODECaster Pro, including the much-anticipated multitrack functionality, as well as an updated user interface and mix-minus on the USB output.

I was excited at this when it was mentioned over a month ago as I prefer to record all my tracks separately, but it comes at a cost. For those who use Mac programs such as Garage Band 10 (I don’t) I think you can get this to work. Rode don’t hide the fact that it works with a £55 audio program called REAPER but its overly complicated in my opinion.

The fly in this ointment is that it only gives you multitrack via USB in other words you need a laptop plugged into the output if it is to work for you expanding the gear needed to make this very slick, self contained audio mixer work in multitrack mode, such a shame in my opinion.

Why RODE could not have made this feature self contained beats me when you are not limited by the micro SD card, after all a 128G mSD card gives you 94 hours of record time so adding a few more tracks to this would have been easy rather than this cumbersome solution.

For all your video production needs in Scotland, get in touch with Small Video Productions


%d bloggers like this: