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Overview of Sony PXW-200 replacement for PMW-200
Interview with Bill Drummond, Strategic Marketing Manager at Sony Professional, about the Sony PXW-200, the replacement for the highly successful PMW-200, As the successor of PMW-200, the PXW-X200 has a lot of attractive features, including dual SxS memory card slots for simultaneous recordings, cache recordings, Slow & Quick function, a 3.5 inch-type QHD (960 x 540) colour LCD panel and a 17x Fujinon professional HD zoom lens with three independent rings with end stops, able to zoom from 29.3mm to 499mm (35mm equivalent). The PXW-X200 also has a built-in wireless operation capability, and also offers remote control, file transfer, monitoring via smartphones and tablet devices, and streaming*. *A firmware version upgrade is required to activate this function. **Superb picture quality** Three 1/2-type Exmor™ CMOS sensors for high sensitivity and low noise images. **Multi-format recordings, including XAVC** Full HD XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP, as well as MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps MPEG HD 420 35 Mbps, MPEG IMX and DV. **Professional features** Includes dual SxS memory card slots for simultaneous recordings, cache recordings, Slow & Quick function and a 3.5 inch-type QHD (960 x 540) colour LCD panel. **17x Fujinon professional HD zoom lens** Independent focus, zoom and iris rings with end stops, able to zoom from 29.3mm to 499mm (35mm equivalent). **Wireless operation capability** Offers remote control, file transfer, monitoring via smartphones and tablet devices, and streaming*. * Streaming function requires firmware upgrade.
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DV Prompter: free prompting for iPhone, iPad & Android devices
Designed to work with the Datavideo affordable range of teleprompters, the DV Prompter software turns your iPhone, iPad or Android tablet into a full functioned prompting device. Simply send yourself an email with the text you to work with, copy this into the DV Prompter Software, and straight away you are scroll the text for professional prompting use. Datavideo provides provides Prompters in different sizes to accommodate different cameras sizes. Whether you shoot with a full ENG size camera or something smaller, the Datavideo TP500, TP300 and TP100, in combination with the DV Prompter software, will provide a prompting solution for you.
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Lens test: Tamron Superzoom to Wide 18-250mm
It was too tempting to pass up, a used lens for only £119, (Sterling) a Superzoom of 18-250mm. On my Super 35mm camera that would would equal, in photography terms 27-375mm. That's a very appealing Focal length. The big question is would the zoom perform. The lens manufacturer is Tamron, so much glass at so little cost - how good could it be? I've a particular need for the 28-380mm range in my work. I invested a lot of money in the Sony SCL-Z18X140 FZ mount lens a couple of years ago. This is a power zoom, built specifically for the Sony PMW-F3 with a zoom range of 18-252mm. This retails for £6500 ex-vat, and is large, heavy, and good quality all rolled into one. I shot with this lens (and many others) for more than year with the Sony PMW-F3. I still have my F3's - the big power zoom I sold recently for a good price! I sold it because it was too big and bulky. I can can get comparable results from high quality Nikon zooms, which I live by, and these also much faster apertures: Nikon 17-35mm F2.8, Nikon 28-70 F2.8, Nikon 80-200mm F2.8. The Nikon zooms perform great, however, with these comes the inconvenience of having to change lenses! The aperture range on the Sony monster zoom is T3.9/T6.8 The aperture range on the Tamron zoom is F3.5/6F6.3 One costs £6500 ex-vat; the other I can have used for £119. I buy the lens - for fun . I spend £119 on a Tamron superzoom just to see what I get. On seeing the results, my gut feeling is the Tamron will be useful for many things, particularly run and gun, event coverage type of work. Of course, the high quality Nikon glass is what I live by, however, for certain situations where a super zoom to wide is needed, the Tamron will fit the bill. Yes it is soft on the long end of the lens, though the centre remains sharp. The trick is to shoot with a lot of light and open the lens up 2 to 3 stops from wide open. I'll pump gain in on the F3 to help me achieve this. With the big sensor a little gain goes a long way. Then in post perhaps add a little sharpening, correct the images to make them look nice, and you'll never know what lens the images were shot with. Note: the current Tamron is 18-270mm; Sigma also make an 18-250mm lenses which is another one I'd like to check out. Got to love your lenses!
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ANOTHER NIGHT IN BARCELONA: FILMED WITH BM POCKET CAMERA

20/12/2014 - 2 years ago I shot a short film titled *One Night in Barcelona*. Filmed with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, this was test footage to see how well the camera would perform on the streets, in the bars of Barcelona, with only available light. Everything shot RAW, the test footage, in the context of the Spanish nightlife, showed just what could be achieved when filming in extreme low-light and pushing the RAW images with DaVinci Resolve. You can watch the film *One Night in Barcelona* by clicking the link below: http://www.moviemachine.tv/video/filmed ... /53404636/ Novermber 2014 and once again I find myself in Barcelona and I have with me a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Once again I’m on the streets documenting a night out in one of Europe's most beautiful cities. I'm filming RAW, I use a single lens - a Nikon 17-35mm F2.8, everything is filmed using a single 64GB card and one single battery. This is test footage cut together to see how the images look in the context of an evening out on the town. I have to say I am totally impressed with the results! The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has a look to it, when pushing the exposure it doesn’t look like noise in the image, it looks like grain. Like film grain! I find the look very appealing. The images have grit and character, the camera has soul. And with RAW recording combined with DaVinci Resolve, you can do magic. Blackmagic. Much of the grading I did was to see how far I could push the image. The blown out highlights at the end in the car sequence is certainly overdone, and I’m sure the images could be more stylised. The results I have achieved are a quick and dirty grade versus the original. When it comes to producing RAW images the Blackmagic cameras are leading the way at producing top-quality images at amazingly affordable prices. The more I use these Blackmagic cameras the more impressed I am.
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View News The latest edition of Rick Young's Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Pro X is now shipping and we are giving away 3 copies to win. The winners will be drawn at random and announced in the next edition of the Movie Machine monthly update.

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