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Dan Chung & Matt Allard On This Weeks Go Creative Show

By Technical Editor Matt Allard

Dan Chung And Matt Allard talk InterBee and Sony FS7

Dan Chung And Matt Allard talk InterBee and Sony FS7

This week on the Go Creative Show all the news from Inter BEE 2014 with Newsshooter’s own Technical Editor Matt Allard. New cameras, gimbals, recorders, mixers, lights and more. Plus Dan Chung joins Ben for an in-depth discussion about his experiences with the Sony FS7. How does it perform in the real world, is it a C300 killer? You’ll be surprised what Dan has to say.

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Posted on November 27th, 2014 by admin | Category: Uncategorized | Permalink | Comments (0)

InterBee 2014- EneClean Shows A Silent, Eco Friendly Alternative To A Generator

By Technical Editor Matt Allard

The EneClean portable battery solution

The EneClean portable battery solution

While walking around the show floor at InterBee I stumbled across a great alternative to a traditional generator. The EneClean portable battery solution uses a large rechargable Lithium Ion phosphate battery inside a pelican case. Unlike a traditional generator it runs silent making it perfect for live location work or where controlling ambient noise levels is critical. The example below provides up to 350W of continuous power and was shown running a Litepanels Sola 9 which is a 1K HMI light source. The Sola 9 draws 190W and can be run at full power for more than 4 hours continuously.

Powering a Litepanels Sola 9 HMI

Powering a Litepanels Sola 9 HMI

The EneClean batteries can be swapped in and out very easily. Replacement or extra batteries can also be ordered. The battery itself can be recharged every day for more than a year before it would need to be replaced. It takes approximately 8 hours to recharge from empty to full.

The battery can be replaced or taken out

The battery can be replaced or taken out

Where I could also see this product being used is in disaster zones by news crews. Often in disasters fuel is hard to come by which makes using generators problematic. With an EneClean you could re charge camera batteries, phones, computers and use lights for long periods of time without the need for mains power. With a few extra batteries you could theoretically have a reliable power source for days on end depending on what you were powering or charging with the battery.

The only downsides are they only sell a 100w model so you could only use it in countries like Japan and the US. Another factor to consider is this unit cannot be flown on a plane because it far exceeds the safe level of Lithium Ion that you are allowed to carry. This would mean for News organisations they would have to have the units located in in various countries.

Powering a Litepanels Sola 9 HMI

Powering a Litepanels Sola 9 HMI

The 350W version weighs 24KG and costs $5000US. Extra batteries are $2000US. EneClean offers a wide range of sizes and configurations up to a battery that outputs 1500W and can provide 2880WH of power.

For more information you can visit the Lohas website.

Posted on November 27th, 2014 by admin | Category: Batteries, documentary, Interbee, Remote Power Supplies, Uncategorized | Permalink | Comments (0)

InterBee 2014- NHK SHOW WORLD’S FIRST 8K 3D FILM

By Technical Editor Matt Allard

While all the attention is currently focused on 4K, Japanese broadcaster NHK is continuing to push the boundaries of 8K. At InterBee in Tokyo they showed the World’s first 8K 3D film. The 4 minute 3D fantasy film “Wish” was captured with a twin-lens stereoscopic filming system using two Astrodesign 8K cameras.

8K 3D

8K 3D

NHK were showing the film on a 200 inch 8K screen with 22.2- Channel audio. NHK Media Technology’s division of management and planning Mr.Koei Kezuka said “This demonstration will take us another step closer to the future.”

The 200 Inch 8K Screen

The 200 Inch 8K Screen

The Japanese broadcaster was also showing a live 8K feed.

NHK 8K Live Feed

NHK 8K Live Feed

We may still be very much in a HD world, but with the implementation of 4K and a future push towards 8K , I wonder when the amount of resolution becomes too much for the human eye to be able to tell the difference.

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Posted on November 27th, 2014 by admin | Category: 8K, Uncategorized | Permalink | Comments (0)

RTE video journalist Philip Bromwell shoots the news on his iPhone 6+

Guest post by Philip Bromwell:

Wow. So you’re really going to film the whole thing on your phone?”, says the Dublin City Librarian with a quizzical smile.

Now this is a question I have been asked numerous times over the past few months, so I am ready with my answer.

I tell him that RTÉ (Ireland’s national broadcaster) has been exploring mobile journalism for some time now. I explain that I have taken on a particular responsibility for encouraging “mojo” in our newsroom and that yes, I plan to shoot this story on my phone.

Interviewing with the iPhone 6 Plus

Interviewing with the iPhone 6 Plus

I had been given an iPhone 6 Plus just a few days earlier. I had been reading the reviews of Apple’s “phablet” for several weeks before I got my hands on one. Or around one. Thankfully “the biggest ever iPhone” fits inside my Shoulderpod S1 smartphone rig. This tripod mount forms part of my “mojo” kit, along with an iRig-Pre, Lavelier clip mic, Mophie Juice Pack, Metz meccalight and a pair of headphones.

These kits were put together by Glen Mulcahy, my colleague and a mojo pioneer since the early days of the iPhone 4. He is the technical brains behind the work we have been doing at RTÉ. I bring twelve years of experience as a video journalist,  a genuine love for telling stories and a willingness to experiment with how we tell them.

Today the story was about how Dublin City Council had acquired a unique logbook kept by the ambulance service during the 1916 Easter Rising – one of the most pivotal weeks in Irish history. It is a fascinating find, although the story had rather limited filming potential.

That said, the shoot went well. As always, I used FiLMiC Pro to film the item. This is widely considered to be the essential app for journalists looking to shoot video on their iOS mobile device because it offers the ability to lock focus, exposure and white balance. Because the iPhone 6 Plus was just released I had to use a beta version of the since released 4.0 app. This is optimized for iOS8 and offers full manual control and lots of other exciting features. However with the clock ticking to the evening programme deadline, there wasn’t too much time to explore them.

A story like this also wasn’t really a test for the 6 Plus’s heralded optical image stabilisation. But several things did stand out. The pictures look great when viewed on the large and lovely full HD, 1920 x 1080 display. The extra battery life is really useful too – for the first time on a mojo shoot I was nowhere near needing to reach for the Mophie Juice Pack portable battery. My 6 Plus is the 128 Gb model, so managing storage wasn’t a concern either. Finally for a “big” phone, it is still a “small” camera – so you can get some great detail by getting close to the action.

Back in the newsroom, I recorded my voice track and edited the story on Avid Media Composer on my Mac. I prefer this workflow, although it would have been possible to edit the piece on the iPhone too (Pinnacle Studio is our go-to app for editing). I did use the 8mm Vintage Camera and iMovie apps on the phone to create the sequence at the end of the report though. I find the ease with which you can add production flourishes like this to be one of the most attractive advantages of shooting on a smartphone.

Another plus point is that with all the content on your phone you can use a visual storytelling app like Steller or Storehouse to create a multimedia version of your story. Having filed copy and sent a few stills to our online desk for the report to run on our website, I was also able to combine text, images and video to create a story for iPhone too. I love the elegant, sleek look of stories done this way – they are easy and fun to do too.

My regular Sony EX3 kit

My regular Sony EX3 kit

Of course, I didn’t have to film this story on my iPhone. I use a Sony EX3 for most of my work. But I certainly regard the phone as an extra tool in my camera toolbox and I have really enjoyed exploring its possibilities and shortcomings. Having filmed in some pretty tricky situations in the Middle East and Tibet this year, it is also reassuring to know that I have such a versatile alternative should I need it.

Over the past 12 months I have filmed complete news reports on an iPhone 4S, 5S (see the videos above) and now the 6 Plus. I have also been training other journalists here and in Europe on how to do the same. There is definitely (finally) a buzz around mobile newsgathering which will hopefully bring the best mojo practitioners in the world to Dublin in March 2015 for  “MoJoCon”, the first international mobile journalism conference. We’d love to see you there!

Philip Bromwell is a video and mobile journalist with RTÉ in Ireland (You can follow him on Twitter @philipbromwell)

Posted on November 26th, 2014 by Philip Bromwell | Category: IPhone | Permalink | Comments (3)

Inter BEE 2014: Canon show 8K capable 19.7 to 138mm servo zoom lens

By technical editor Matt Allard:

Canon were showing off a prototype 8K 7×19.7N KAS D Cinema servo lens at Inter BEE in Japan last week. Featuring a 19.7 to 138mm focal length range Canon told me it can resolve a 7,630 x 4,320 image and it based on the company’s own theories of optics and design. They say this continually improving lens image quality is possible thanks to the introduction of new technologies and optical materials.

In 2009 Canon succeeded in developing a 10x zoom lens for the Japanese 8K SHV (Super Hi-Vision) system. Now in 2014 Canon has developed this 8K 7x large sensor zoom lens. According to Canon there is no loss of resolution or optical quality across the entire focal length and the lens provides a natural and high quality look.

Japanese broadcaster NHK has been using the 19.7-138mm for their 8K testing. These lenses are not available to the general public and even if they were I’m sure the price would be astronomically expensive.

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Posted on November 26th, 2014 by Matthew Allard | Category: 8K, Lenses | Permalink | Comments (0)

Inter BEE 2014: Deity Gear show Manga batteries and 15mm rod with battery inside

By Technical Editor Matt Allard:

Deity Gear, best known as makers of a popular C300/500 viewfinder loupe, were showing several new products at Inter BEE in Japan last week. There were two v-lock batteries featuring new lithium manganese technology. We had seen prototypes at other shows but these are now ready for sale.

The Deity Lithium Manganese battery on a Sony F55

The Deity Lithium Manganese battery on a Sony F55

Traditional Lithium-ion technology has been around a while but many struggle to power newer high draw cameras and lights which require a high load capacity. Enter Deity’s manganese based Manga 90 and 170 batteries that provide a continuous load of 12A and support load peaks up to 18A. These kinds of loads of regular Lithium-ion batteries will run the cells down faster and run the risk of damage when discharging. Conventional Lithium-Ion batteries are usually guaranteed for around 300 to 500 cycle charges, the Manga 90 and 170 are guaranteed for 1500 cycle charges.

Also on display were a range of carbon fibre 15mm and 19mm support rods. Made from Korean carbon they are available in a variety of lengths. Deity also had some nice cheese rods that are designed to allow more flexibility and mounting options than a traditional rod support.

Lastly there was a prototype 15mm carbon fibre rod with rechargable battery inside. A mini USB port on either end allows you to charge the battery and then use the 5V output to power items like a wireless transmitter. A D-tap version is also under development.

You can find out more on the Diety gear website.

Posted on November 26th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Batteries, Interbee, Rigs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Atomos Shogun 4K recorder production model feature run through

By technical editor Matt Allard:

At InterBee 2014 in Tokyo last week Atomos CEO Jeromy Young ran me through the features of the final production version of the Shogun 4K external recorder. He explained some design changes and gave me a comprehensive look of the menu and operating systems. The recorder should be landing at dealers this week if everything goes to schedule. Click on the video to learn more.

Atomos Shogun on top of a Nikon D4 at InterBEE 2014

Atomos Shogun on top of a Nikon D4 at InterBEE 2014

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Posted on November 24th, 2014 by Matthew Allard | Category: 4K, External recorders, Interbee | Permalink | Comments (2)

Inter BEE 2014: MTF show lens adapters for AJA Cion

By technical editor Matt Allard:

British lens convertor specialists MTF Services were at the Inter BEE show in Tokyo showing a range of lens adaptors for the upcoming AJA CION camera. The CION features a PL mount as standard but this can be exchanged thanks to a lens mount system that is based around a plate with four screws. The whole plate can be exchanged for one with a different lens mount and MTF has come up with Canon FD, Nikon G and Canon EF versions so far. The Canon FD and Nikon G adapters have mechanical iris control on the adaptors. MTF also have a version of the mount that utilises their Effect lens control system allows adjustment of aperture value for electronically controlled Canon EF lenses.

The plate system does make changing between different lens systems slower than using bayonet adapters on mounts like Sony’s NEX, FZ mount or Micro 4/3, but the advantage is that the Cion mount is very secure and feels more like part of the camera.

MTF also have other adapters available that include Arri Bayonet to PL and a B4 ENG lens to CION package.

For more information you can visit Lens Adaptor.com

Posted on November 24th, 2014 by Matthew Allard | Category: AJA Cion, Interbee, Lenses | Permalink | Comments (0)

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