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.

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.

Birmingham City University Studio Facilities

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.

Canon CPS Roadshow at CVP HQ Studley

On Tuesday 22nd September the Canon CPS Roadshow officially started with the first stop being CVP HQ in Studley!

Firstly however I feel the need to mention the enormous amount of time spent setting up for the event, when I arrived on the Monday at 8.30am (slightly late for work I must confess, I should be in for 8am oops!) there was an enormous amount of people running in and out of the building carrying numerous strangely shaped objects.. This continued right until 8pm, at this point we had received every single delivery lorry in the west-midlands, I am sure of this!

Phil Baxter 1967 – 2013

It is with deepest sadness that we share the news today that Phil Baxter, the owner (alongside his wife Alison) and CEO of CVP passed away suddenly on Wednesday 4thSeptember.

Phil leaves behind a company that has gone from strength to strength since he started it in 1986. In recent years the company has grown to over 90 staff in six locations with a turnover of £55m. Phil’s desire for CVP to be the leading supplier of broadcast products and solutions, resulted in him creating the industries most comprehensive and informative website, a highly skilled service orientated workforce

When will I get my Blackmagic camera?

The word “Blackmagic” instantly implies that there might be something of a mystique surrounding either the company, their products or even both, so we probably shouldn’t be offended or even surprised to learn that despite constantly badgering Blackmagic for more and clearer information on behalf of our customers we are currently completely in the dark with respect to the true date on which the new Pocket Cinema Camera and 4K Cinema Camera will actually ship, let alone the volume of stock we are likely to receive when that day arrives.

Blackmagic announce 4K s35 Cinema Camera

Hot off the press from NAB 2013 is that Blackmagic Design have announced the expansion of their cinema camera range with new 4K models equipped with Super-35mm sensors and internal uncompressed RAW recording capability…

The BMCC 4K is anticipated to be available with EF mount and have a UK price of £2,699+VAT.

There’s also a Pocket Cinema Camera in the pipeline, equipped with a Super 16mm Full HD sensor and active mFT lens mount along with an anticipated price of around £699+VAT!

As covered first here..

As covered first here on CVP TV last NAB and IBC, the new Sony NXL-IP55 “studio over IP” solution is just about to start shipping… detailed presentation below. http: www.cvp.com goggle images uploaded 13603175865114cc921c656.pdf Please note that Sony have a limited set of “try before you buy” units for key customers – these customers will need to be qualified by CVP and Sony in advance. This is a key broadcast technology moving forward and for sure other key manufacturers will invest in []

Another Update from Grant at Blackmagic Design

Just as you’re probably (like us) beginning to fear that your eagerly awaited Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera will pehaps never materialise, Blackmagic Design’s CEO Grant Petty gives us hope that volume production may be about to start in earnest at long last…

“Hi,

Ok good news everyone as the test run of sensors have just been built into cameras and they look good. Very good. So we have just given the sensor supplier the go ahead to commence volume production of the sensors and we hope to start getting them within the next week to start building cameras. How many cameras? I am not sure