Why Shoot 4K?

4K currently for the consumer is some what of a ‘fad’, there are some great 4K products on the market.. but what do you watch on them? 4k Amazon? 4K Youtube? This would be great but I just can’t see it work out too well at the moment this is due to ISP providers in the UK capping downloads – the UK currently doesn’t even appear in the top 10 broadband in the world!

Shooting Music Videos On A Budget – The Panasonic GH4

Shooting a high quality music video doesn’t have to cost the earth, and there is plenty of great kit out there to help you achieve polished, broadcast quality looks.

I’ll be taking a look at some of these awesome tools in a series of posts looking into ways to shoot music videos on a budget.

DJI launches the OSMO…

Two weeks ago we received a very cryptic message from DJI inviting us to a ‘product launch’ – but what product was this going to be?

We arrived at the launch a bit confused, not helped by the fact they were serving a strange looking blue cocktail in-keeping with their brand colour, each to their own! We then gathered round and saw a complex animation which was projected on a transparent screen whilst a man behind the screen was acting out the video through dance.

PXW-X200 Footage!

Just over two months ago we began the quest to find Richard Forne the perfect camera for him..

After having discussed quite a few options and finding out the things which Richard needed – he was finding it hard to choose one as there are so many great cameras around at the moment, comparing himself to a ‘kid in a candy shop’

One of the cameras that were up for consideration was the Panasonic HC X1000 – this was based on its ability to shoot 4K 50p but when Richard got his hands on it he found it wasn’t practical for his needs.

Transvideo StarliteRF review!

Earlier this month at IBC, I stumbled upon Transvideo’s new StarliteRF Monitor. It looks identical to the StarliteHD but has the added feature of a zero delay wireless video receiver built in.

The first thing that impressed me was the overall size of the unit. I’m not too sure about the exact measurements but you can compare it to the diagonal size of an iPhone 6 (not 6+) and a little thinner than a pack of cigarettes. This is very small when considering it is both a monitor and a wireless receiver.

Leica 007 – “Now there’s a name to die for”

Well we couldn’t do a write up on the 007 without adding a James Bond pun, or two…

The Leica S (Typ 007)

For the first time, the combination of the highest burst rate, extreme sensor sensitivity and comprehensive capture modes for still pictures – and now also video in exceptional quality – provides photographers with the opportunity to exploit the superior imaging capabilities of medium format for productions that demand maximum mobility and drive.

URSA Mini Update from IBC!

We met up with Simon Westland from Blackmagic and spoke to him about all the new developments with the URSA Mini since it was released in April at NAB.

Firstly though we asked the all important question, when are you going to be shipping them?

  • 4K September 2015
  • 4.6K October 2015
  • B4 mount for URSA mini November 2015 – yes a new mount was released! We will talk about this a bit more later on in the blog.

Sony Announces the PXW-FS5 at IBC 2015

Sony have been teasing us over the past few days by releasing an image suggesting a new item to the Sony line up, on the 8th September they announced it would be called the FS5, and today we finally got a chance to meet it..

Weighing in at a remarkable 0.8kg (body only) this camera is less than half of the FS7! We met up with Darren Thompson-Allott from Sony who answered all of our questions on this great new addition to the Sony Family.

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.