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New Sony PMW-500 Firmware – V1.11

Sony PMW-500 V1.11 Firmware (August 2011) New features & Functionality Card Slot A or B selection by Assignable Switch R/G/B Gamma setting in Service Menu Improvement of instant Record Start/Stop operation Improvement of Signal-to-Noise ratio on Blue channel (similar to PDW-700) Bug fix:  “Media Error” may occur when alternating between Play and Record in Pool […]

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Snapshot – Sony XDCAM Firmware & Software Applications

As more of our customers migrate to file-based acquisition tools the demands on them to keep their investment up to date is a kin to updating your PC or Mac on a regular basis – whether it be to add new features and functionality or in most cases fix known issues. Here at CVP we […]

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Sony XDCAM Software Alert !

Sony XDCAM Browser V1.3 software New features & Functionality Support for the XDCAM Drive Software Version 3.0 Ability to create still images from video clips Playback of high-resolution audio/video data when connected via FAM interface Improved flash band detection and correction from video clips created by using an electronic shutter (Video clips recorded in the […]

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3D – The great white hope?

If we’re to believe all we’re being told, there’s a new dimension about to be added to our world. 3D is no longer going to be solely the preserve of cinemas – we’re all going to be watching it. On telly. In our homes. Every day. Now that’s fantastic news for all of us involved […]

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What is a Matte Box?

A Matte Box is a very simple but essential piece of equipment which sits immediately in front of the camera lens and serves 2 main purposes: A matte box allows the operator to drastically reduce or eliminate unwanted lens flare by preventing stray light from outside the camera’s field of view to enter the lens. […]

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Eighteen year old wins McBAFTA

…and he’s lovin’ it! It’s amazing what you can discover just by trawling through the customer database of the UK’s most dynamic broadcast and professional solutions provider. You’d expect to find that the CVP Group supplies kit to many big-name production companies, facilities houses and broadcasters. You’d expect their list of customers to include individuals […]

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Borrow money to fund growth

We ask “Can it really make sense to borrow money to fund growth?” or is the Never Never only for people in dire financial straits? My dear old father-in-law used to delight in telling me that he’d never bought anything he couldn’t afford: “I’d never borrow money to buy anything – like a car for […]

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Which NLE System should you choose

Thank God for people like Chris Brumwell, that’s what I say. Because when it comes to choosing which edit system is going to be right for you, you need someone that A) knows the various solution options inside out, B) knows the landscape that will determine your constraints, and C) is capable of explaining what […]

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Essential kit for the one-man documentary maker

So, your mind’s made up – you’re going to go it alone! There’s no reason why not – you know your way around a camera, and frankly, to take a soundman with you would be overkill – and expensive! No, you’re fully focused on the task in hand – you just need to calmly thing […]

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Hey Lois, look what I did on my holidays!…

If you’re the kind of guy (or girl) that likes to wear your red pants over your blue tights – if you’re into extraordinary feats of derring-do – or if you’re just into saving the world in spectacular fashion at regular intervals either by defying gravity, or any of the other traditionally accepted laws of […]