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Hands on with one of the UK’s first Freefly Systems MIMIC

As many of you know, I was one of the early adopters of the Freefly Systems MoVI M10 when it was released in 2013. I remember extending my stay in Amsterdam at IBC to get some one-on-one time with the then unreleased M10. I fell in love with it, and clicked “Buy Now.” It was one of my biggest equipment purchases, especially after I added all the peripheral equipment.

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Philip answers – “Should I go to IBC?”

I can’t tell you a definitive yes or no here but I can at least help give you some valuable information to help you make your mind up.

First off, Is someone paying for you to go? Then the answer is simple, yes! Never turn down a freebie like this. Most of my hesitations about going are pretty much all based on it being self funded. Is it worthwhile? What will you get out of it? Is it better than BVE or NAB? Well most of these questions are subjective and are different depending on you.

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Camera Confidential by Christian Parkinson

Camera confidential is the book I wish somebody had handed to me as a fresh faced twenty five year old jumping on a plane for my first foreign assignment. In twelve years working across the globe I’ve made a lot of mistakes and have been forced to learn the hard way.


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Systems. Now for me, the word ‘systems’ conjures up images of either wizard-like gadgets all working mysteriously together to get a Mr B. Aldrin near the moon, or those nebulous things which are to blame when your card won’t cover the restaurant bill.

The world of the system is strange and otherworldly to us, intangible and yet at the same time attractive. I mean, stick the word ‘system’ on just about anything and it instantly becomes somehow better, more niche, more desirable. For example think of the raise in cred of some pimply yoof who pops out to spend his uni grant on a telly and comes home with a ‘cinema system’ – or the uber-cool of owning a VHS ‘home video system’ back in the day, where you rented the latest blockbuster and happily sat watching hazily indistinct figures trying to tell you something vitally important through a blizzard of snow. But who cared? It was a system. It did stuff. It was cool.

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Sony’s PMW-200 – a worthy successor to the much-loved EX1?

I like the EX 1 – I LIKE it– it has always been, to paraphrase the corporate world, ‘fit for purpose’ in my view. Small, manageable, a breeze to use, feature rich and unfailingly reliable, it has been my right hand man and saviour of many a shoot.  But, ‘tempus fugits’, and it has now […]

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Optical Disc Archive

For many people outside the broadcast and professional industry, linear tape and optical disc media have long been seen as relics of the 1980’s and 1990’s, having been replaced in more recent times by hard-drives and solid-state media. History is a great testament to that fact – you only have to look at the evolution […]

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Sony’s NewF cameras revealed: PMW-F5 & PMW-F55

For the last few weeks it’s been public knowledge that “TheNewF” is on its way and during this time we’ve been ‘allowed’ to release only a few snippets of information about it; things like “High Frame Rate”, “4K”, “4:2:2”,  “50Mb/s”. Based on this you’d be forgiven for anticipating that Sony are about to launch an […]

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Sony 50Mb/s range expands with new PMW-150 camcorder

In a perhaps unsurprising move Sony have today announced the introduction of their third 50Mb/s handheld HD camcorder in the form of the PMW-150. The camera slots neatly into their line-up in between the PMW-100 and 200 (no surprise there!) and features 3 x 1/3″ Exmor CMOS sensors, integrated 20x zoom lens with three independent […]

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October Fest: The Sony NEX-EA50EH joins the party!

This new Sony camcorder is aimed directly at the DSLR-Video market which has been dominated by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Mark III for the last few years. It’s clear that Sony have been working hard to conjure up a package that will enable them to regain lost ground, as the NEX-EA50H features all […]

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A Quick Hands-On with the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

This morning Craig from Blackmagic popped in to the CVP Midlands showroom in order to let us have a quick ‘play’ with a prototype of their Cinema Camera Since it’s one of the most eagerly awaited products of recent years I thought I’d better share my observations with you! The first thing that everyone at […]