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Canon XF705 4K Camcorder Announced

Canon have today added a new flagship professional camcorder to their XF line up, the XF 705 the world’s first 4K UHD 4:2:2 10-bit camera with H.265 / HEVC support. Released in the 20th anniversary year of Canon professional video cameras, the all-in-one, compact XF705 features a 15x optical zoom 4K UHD lens with a 5-axis […]

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Low Light King

Nikon or Canon? The debate rages on amongst fans of each, and if you’re in the aviation community you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a straight race between the two. But after a discussion with Andrew Whyte recently, I was left wondering if there might be a third way. Andrew is well known for […]

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My first week with the new Kino Flo Select 30 LED

I have been a Lighting Cameraman now for 21 years working in all forms of Television Production, and the one thing I can say that has happened to the TV industry over this time is that it has become much quicker! With tapeless workflow post production has become faster. With smaller HD cameras that are […]

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I think this could be one of the most important sets of images I’ve taken

Picture of John, why is it so important? Turn back the clocks a couple of years, I was a music photographer solely shooting musicians, no problem there but I felt there was something missing, something creative and fun, work had started to feel a little too much like work. I had started reading about ‘personal […]

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DitoGear T’Rantula GO – Is it the right piece of kit for me?

Camera movement is naturally a major component of moving picture. As a creative like you, I am always interested in how movement of the camera will help drive story, add drama or inform an audience. Some movements are real time and immediate, like when I am using my Movi or Zacuto Recoil. Other cameras like […]

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Audio is 50% of your film…

  Has anyone ever said how important audio is when if comes to video? “Audio is 50% of your film” is the second most tediously repeated phrase you hear after “The best camera is the one you have on you…” and yes, quite often it is me saying it! We all know DSLRs generally have […]

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So, you’ve bought your colour chart… Now what?!

Colour charts are a huge help on any shoot. In a world of ever changing cameras, sensors, colour spaces and gamma curves, the humble colour chart is a talisman of consistency and reliability. It’s whole reason for existing is to stay the same, to never change and, therefore, to always give you a definitive reference […]

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Steps to consider when working with a band

Bands are difficult, and when saying that I mean no offence; I’ve worked with bands for years and so know the things to look out for to help you prepare in advance and make your shoot run smoothly (or as smoothly as possible) There are so many things to consider when working with musicians (solo […]

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A GH4 Lovers Midnight Dalliance With the A7s

Knowing I am a devout GH4 user, the good people at CVP gave me the opportunity to dip my toes into the appealing waters of the full frame wonders of the Sony A7s and provide a retrospective on my decision to go down the micro four thirds route with the GH4. A little disclaimer… I […]

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30 Years of CVP, here’s the story…

The Story of CVP Once upon a time in a small town near Birmingham… (1986 to be precise) …A freelance cameraman called Phil Baxter began filming wedding videos, he advertised in a local newspaper under the company name ‘Creative Video Productions’, the phone number attached to the advert was the phone number for his mothers […]