Panasonic GH5 Firmware V2.6

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Expanded compatibility with Profoto wireless transmitters- Profoto wireless transmitters “Air Remote TTL-O/P” and “Profoto Connect-O/P” can be used.* All functions may not be available depending on the situation.

Improved AF performance- [AF-ON: Near Shift] and [AF-ON: Far Shift] functions have been added. [AF-ON: Near Shift] preferably focuses on a subject nearby while [AF-ON: Far Shift] preferably focuses on a subject far away.- Focus Peaking function is available in any AF mode.- It is possible to set continuous AF on the live view screen in Creative Video mode or in other video recording mode when the video recording area is displayed.

Other added functions- [AWBw] has been added to WB mode.- [Highlight Weighted] has been added to metering mode.- [Exposure Offset Adjust.] has been added to Custom menu, which enables adjustment of the standard exposure value for all metering modes.- [0.5SEC] has been added for an option of [Duration Time (photo)] in [Auto Review].

Other improvements- AE can be locked with the [AF/AE LOCK] button when ISO Auto is set in M mode.- [MODE1] has been added to the Live View Boost function, which increases the frame rate for smooth image display to enable easier manual focusing.

Improved operational stability- There were cases where Backup Recording using the Double Card Slot Function stopped during writing. This bug has been fixed.- There were cases where the images shot vertically did not rotate on playback. This bug has been fixed.- Operational stability of image stabilizer has been improved. (When [Image Stabilizer] > [E-Stabilization(Video)] and [Boost I.S.(Video)] is ON. ).

Here is the URL https://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/index.html

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How Apple FCPX have destroyed the meaning of the word Archive

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If you are running with FCPX you will know all too well every time they update from one version to another it tells you that “If you update this library it will no longer work with any previous version of FCPX”.

I think this is appalling as I recently updated my studio iMac to OS 10.14.6 and FCPX to 10.4.7 avoiding installing OS Catalina.

I knew by doing this that all my libraries would need updated though to this date I do not understand why we need to go through this process time and again. Its making FCPX very archive unfriendly.

My second iMac running FCPX 10.4.6 was also updated not realising the problems it would cause due to Apple falling out with NVIDIA. My NVIDIA Cuda drivers no longer work with the new FCPX and I had to restore it back to 10.4.6

To compound my problems I have a hard drive that will no longer work with 10.4.6 that my son uses so he is forced to now use 10.4.7 on my own setup.

I did back up his FCPX hard drive to a second 8TB “G” RAID drive but that has gone faulty leaving me with no second working system on FCPX 10.4.6

This is the second and last G RAID Thunderbolt drive to fail on me this year and I will never buy any more G RAID drives as they are appalling.

As things stand I have backed up my sons FCPX library to another 16TB Lacie drive and works fine on my system.

I have been using FCPX on my 27″ iMacs for about 3-4 years with no great problems. One uses a Radeon graphics card while the older one uses the NVIDIA card. The main problems with iMacs are virtually no upgrade ability for swapping graphics cards as they are almost impossible to get into without breaking the front magnetic glass case.

Apple iMacs are great until you need to update anything like the lack of memory in the Macintosh HD drive or graphics card. Memory can usually be accessed via a small port on the back of them.

This obsession of Apple making everything fit nicely in a smooth aluminium non upgradible box with a “choose before you buy attitude” ie. Choose your HD and graphics card in advance is becoming a joke.

The best laugh is the SD card slot on the back of the iMac who’s bright idea was this, certainly not someone who uses the iMac for serious video or photographic work.

“Why should you need to update all your library’s every time you update your software”. One reader tells me I am on the wrong platform as the PC is far easier and far more upgradable. Yes I will give him marks for upgradable but easier ?

Sadly I do think Apple has lost its way since the early days of Final Cut Studio, a platform made for professionals and worked flawlessly.

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Taking the CAA Drone test to avoid a £1000 fine

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Today I became the proud owner of my Drone Operator ID by passing my online test via the CAA web site.

Some people have found it hard to find the site but it’s on the CAA landing page under the word Drones.

Once you press on the Drones button you are directed to this page and its simple from here on in.

The test…I was very apprehensive at doing the test as me and exams don’t mix. The pass mark is 16 out of 20 and I got 16. You can sit the test as many times as you like but I prefer to be honest and sat it once. Its not hard as its multiple choice and a lot of common sense. You only need to know to basics of drone usage which most drone pilots even rookies like me get to know. There is nothing mega taxing in the 20 questions, you just have to pick the correct 20 answers.

I am a member of the FPV UK and was told by another drone pilot that you do not need to do the CAA test if you are a FPV member.

FPV UK “Our members are exempt until the end of January 2020”

“Before then we will offer our members a simple way to register through us.  This is entirely optional.  If you don’t want to register then simply don’t use this new facility (and don’t pay us £9).
In fact if you tried to register through us and you are already registered directly with the CAA it would be rejected and your money would be returned.”

My take on this is that FPV members have a couple of months extra to play with rather than the deadline of the end of November 2019 via the CAA.

After November 2019 drone users face fines of up to £1,000 if the fly their device without passing an online test or registering as an operator.

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