YouTube taking the P when it comes to Gmail accounts

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When you have a Mac the last thing you need is another email account till you use YouTube.

My only Gmail account has now been embedded into my upload via FCPX and makes things very confusing. I have 2 YouTube accounts one for HD Warrior and one for One Roving Cook. Needless to say the email account YouTube has decided when things changed to Google plus was my One Roving Cook account, not appropriate for HD Warrior.

It makes auto uploading out of FCPX a nightmare so I have to upload manually. Why do organisations like Google assume I wanted my Gmail account as my default for YouTube. I have now created a Gmail account for HD Warrior just in case someone at Google or YouTube can get me out of this mess.

As for YouTube itself it’s far too complicated, changing the banner artwork is a nightmare. Even help videos about YouTube can and usually are out of date. One of the better YouTube tutorial channels is by David Walsh.

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YoloBox, Encoder, Switcher, Monitor and Recorder £852

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With encoder, switcher, monitor and record built in one, YoloBox is a studio and play device which allows you to do Full HD Live Stream, Multi-camera Production, Picture in Picture, Watermarks and many more.

For £852 you get a lot for your money the closest competitor is the Atomos Showgun 7 at £1,186 from WEX. If you just want a switcher, encoder the BlackMagic ATEM mini Pro at £654 may be an answer but you still need a recorder and a screen.

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Creators Best Friend a new £9.99 app that will save bags of time in FCPX and YouTube

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Who remembers creating a DVD in FCP, those good old chapter markers gave you definitive jump points within your DVD and were very accurate.

YouTube has a great feature called Video Chapters that allows creators to break up their videos into named chapters where Video Chapters were recently added to an already published video.

With this new app the easiest way to get these chapters is to add orange chapter markers to your Final Cut Pro X project, then use Creator’s Best Friend to make a list of timestamps and chapter titles for you.

I was given a chance to try this app out before it went to market and I added chapters to my video review on YouTube about the Panasonic X2000.

The beauty of this app is the ability to post produce your chapters from any video that you have uploaded as long as the video starts at zero on the timeline.

So for instance all you do is add the chapter markers plus wording in FCPX after the video is made and export an XML from the timeline. The app leaves you with the chapters as you can see from my example below but you copy and paste them into the Description part of either YouTube or Vimeo.

A note on Vimeo “Unlike the YouTube version you won’t get the chapters to work on an iPhone, works a dream on an iPad.”

As you can see you can now choose the bits you want to see on YouTube, especially good for Tutorials and Video Reviews.

This app is now available from the Apple Store for the great price of £9.99

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Canon R6 Reviewed with footage from Johnnie Behiri

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Finally we get an honest review and some long awaited footage from one of these new Canon cameras, the R6.

When you consider Canon started the ball rolling with the Canon 5D Mk2 early in 2009 they have not taken this path to anywhere near its final conclusion.

I have said it about the Canon R5, why would you be the world leader in photography and lenses to produce a camera with video features that no serious film producer can use.

The overheating problem in both these cameras has put the new Canon “R” cameras at the bottom of the video ladder.

You can read Johnnie’s honest review here

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12K Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro £8,095

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Once again Blackmagic break new barriers with a 12K camcorder. We are only just tinkering with 8K and now 12K.

It has a super35 sensor and shoots B-RAW full-sensor readout in 12K up to 60fps, 8K up to 110fps, or 4K in super16 crop mode up to 220fps. Apart from internal dual CFast and SD UHS-II card slots, there is a USB-C connector for recording on external drives. The camera comes with a PL lens mount which is interchangeable to EF or F mount. There is internal ND filter as well. The URSA Mini Pro 12K will be available in July 2020 for £8,095.

  • 12,288 x 6480 12K Super 35 sensor.
  • Use for feature films, VFX and high end TVC’s.
  • 14 stops of dynamic range and native 800 ISO.
  • New Blackmagic RAW for real time 12K editing.
  • Blackmagic RAW optimized for Metal, CUDA and OpenCL.
  • Generation 5 Color Science with new film curve.
  • Shoot up to 60 fps in 12K, 110 fps at 8K and 220 fps at 4K.
  • Dual card CFast recording at up to 900MB/s.
  • PL mount included, EF and F mounts available.
  • SuperSpeed USB-C for recording to external disks.
  • Includes DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production.
  • Compatible with new Blackmagic URSA Mini Recorder.

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Canon R5 pre production model is an exceptional photographic tool.

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I have been rather harsh with Canon’s R5 as its not just a video tool. This picture from Paul Zizka using a pre production R5 is exceptional.

With its 45MP full frame sensor and exceptional low light capabilities there is a lot more to this camera that I clearly ignored.

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Canon R5 “8K at a cost” Price £4200

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So we finally have an 8K mirrorless camera with a headphone socket I may add.

Before you rush out and spend your £4000 there are some serious flaws this camera is going to give you from day one.

For UK customers 8K 25P creates a lot of heat (There is no fan in this camera) and as the heat builds up in the camera you will get short recording times even as low as 15 minutes or less.

No one understands why Canon decided to go down this route as a filmmakers we need equipment we can rely on.

It seems to me Canon wanted to have the first interchangeable mirrorless camera filming in 8K to jump ahead of the competition but with no fan to cool things down have they jumped in too soon.

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You have to question why Canon did not look at the Panasonic S1H recording at 4K and ask themselves why Panasonic needed a fan in their camera.


Canon just issued an official statement regarding the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 overheating during video recording. The company says they used a magnesium alloy body and “overheat control” for better heat management. Canon didn’t want to include a fan to keep the body compact and weather-sealed.  The EOS R5 can only record up to 20 minutes in 8K and up to 15 minutes in 4K 120fps. After that, the camera needs up to 20 minutes to recover before starting to record again.

HDW…We can safely say the R5 won’t be finding itself on any blockbuster studio set anytime soon with that crippling 20 minute wait between takes.

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The new ZOOM H8 audio recorder $400

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Whether you’re capturing audio on location, recording music, or producing a podcast, the H8 color touchscreen adapts to your project’s needs with three App-driven interface options. All with the touch of your finger.

I have bought various audio devices in the past from a Tascam DR-44WL to a Zoom R16 and found them menacingly complicated to use. One of my more useful purchases was the Tascam DR-60D which was used with my GH4 at IBC 2013.

With the addition of the Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth module you can see your audio levels on your iPhone.

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ZOOM…The “New Normal” in live football

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Picture courtesy: AGF 

Zoom has been the way forward during the pandemic for many platforms from live TV to live football.

Many of us were not aware of zoom till we met COVID-19 and a worldwide lockdown became the normal. We needed a new way to meet each other and along came a ready made platform called zoom.

During a football game (see pic above) the screens requires no less than 23 men behind the scenes to make it happen.

Needless to say this will only be avaliable in the more affluent football grounds and my question is what happens if a stray ball hits the screen ?

I think this is a great way forward if you cant allow fans in the stadium.

Erik Yuan CEO of ZOOM, picture courtesy of

Needless to say Erik Yuan has made nearly $4 billion in 3 months as usage of his video conferencing software goes through the roof during the pandemic.

Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both, all while conducting live chats – and it lets you record those sessions to view later.

When people are talking about Zoom, you’ll usually hear the following phrases: Zoom Meeting and Zoom Room. A Zoom Meeting refers to a video conferencing meeting that’s hosted using Zoom. You can join these meetings via a webcam or phone. Meanwhile, a Zoom Room is the physical hardware setup that lets companies schedule and launch Zoom Meetings from their conference rooms.

Zoom Rooms require an additional subscription on top of a Zoom subscription and are an ideal solution for larger companies.

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