Grey Market/Parallel-Import Products
PROKIT does not normally re-regurgitate someone else’s information in our blogs. We like to write original pieces. Opinions you might not find elsewhere. But, on the subject of “Grey” imports, we think some of you should read exactly what Canon themselves have to say on the subject:
Currently a number of retailers are importing genuine Canon goods from outside the European market, (which encompasses the European Economic Area (EEA) plus Switzerland) for sale to UK and European consumers. Such products are known as “grey market” or “parallel-import” products.
UNFORTUNATELY, CASHBACK PROMOTIONS ARE NOT VALID ON THOSE PRODUCTS NOT INTENDED FOR THE EUROPEAN MARKET.
The problem with grey market products
European consumers may find that grey market products do not meet their expectations because the products were not intended by Canon for the European market and did not undergo localisation by Canon. Accordingly consumers may find that a grey market product is not correctly localised, for example:
(i) the box may not contain:
(ii) a Camera product may not display a valid serial number.
As grey-market products are not intended by Canon for the European market, such products are ineligible to benefit from UK/European promotions, including Canon’s Cashback offers.
If in doubt about whether any Canon product is intended for the European market, please check with the reseller or supplier or refer to the “Where to buy” pages on Canon’s websites for a non-exhaustive list of in-store and online retailers (or “E-Tailers”) selling products approved for sale in Europe.
Canon’s Cashback offers are not valid on Canon products not intended for the European market.
Just a reminder to take a look at our Video Gallery page now and then. We re-post some videos originated by the manufacturers we represent, as well as some by clients. We’ve recently posted some stuff we shot in our showroom: Stuart Dennis talking about some SHAPE rigs that we really like, and Neil Thompson talking about new SONY cameras – PMW-400 and PMW-300.
You can also view them through our YouTube Channel.
Sony today announced the HXR-NX3 handheld HD camcorder, the latest addition to the NXCAM line-up. Perfect for the professional videographer, the HXR-NX3 combines Sony’s exceptional imaging technology with the ability to connect seamlessly with other devices such as smartphones or tablet computers with built-in WiFi technology allowing the camcorder to be controlled remotely.
The HXR-NX3 combines leading lens, sensor and LSI technology to achieve impressive image quality. Sony’s Exmor™ 3CMOS Sensor system with three 1/2.8” sensors provides 1920×1080 Full HD effective pixel count. As a result red, blue and green light are independently and accurately captured by separate image sensors, contributing to high resolution, high sensitivity and wide dynamic range that creates extraordinary natural colour reproduction. A newly developed LSI that includes advanced noise reduction and several distortion correction technologies handles image processing, allowing clear, low-noise recordings to be captured even in low light.
Sony’s G Lens delivers stunning image quality as well as a wide zoom range that offers a 28.8mm angle of view at the wide end, with a 20x optical zoom range that will easily cover most shooting situations.
In addition, the newly developed LSI contains cutting edge 40x “Clear Image Zoom” technology which offers 1152mm focal length with virtually the same quality as optical zoom. The LSI also includes advanced noise reduction and several distortion correction technologies to handle image processing and deliver notable improvements in image quality. The recorded images are remarkably lifelike in both texture and detail, as a result.
The HXR-NX3 records video in AVCHD 2.0 format, which includes 1080/50P, for smooth, natural subject motion. 50i and 25p modes provide playback compatibility with Blu-ray players. The HDMI connector provides uncompressed 8bit 4:2:2 while shooting and allows users to record stunning images on a generic external video recorder. The ability to record in DV format is also provided for users who prefer a DV workflow and who need to work in a DV compatible non-linear editing environment.
As well as outstanding imaging capabilities the HXR-NX3 can connect effortlessly with other devices to be controlled remotely or transfer footage. iOS (versions 4.3 through 7.0) and Android (versions 2.3 through 4.3) smartphones or tablet computers can be used to remotely control the HXR-NX3 through a WiFi connection and video files can be transferred from camcorder to smartphone. Remote control features include:
The HXR-NX3 is capable of light MP4 file simultaneous recording. The MP4 (720p, 3Mbps) is a network friendly file that can be transferred wirelessly from the camcorder to a smartphone or tablet computer with the PlayMemories™ Mobile smartphone application. Once transferred, the MP4 file can be uploaded to a cloud server, social media, video share site and other platforms . PlayMemories™ Mobile can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or App Store.
The HXR-NX3 also has a cutting edge NFC (Near field communication) chipset which allows users to establish a WiFi connection simply by touching an NFC compatible smartphone or tablet computer on the camcorder.
The HXR-NX3 also comes with a number of additional features for versatility when filming and to minimize the need for additional equipment. The camcorder can capture footage in both slow and quick motion in full HD quality, with 2x slow motion and 50x quick motion easily achievable. Elsewhere, Dual media slots allow simultaneous recording to two SD memory cards in ‘Simul’ mode, while ‘Relay’ mode switches recording automatically to the second memory card when the first is full. The two cards can also be controlled independently from two recording buttons. This flexible control allows users to start/stop recording on one memory card, while continuing to record on the other, for proof recording . A built in LED video light is also included above the camcorder microphone for convenient illumination for a wide range of shooting situations.
Kanta Yamamoto, Strategic Planning Manager, Sony Professional, Sony Europe, said: “The HXR-NX3 is a fantastic addition to the Sony NXCAM line-up especially for filmmakers working for corporate, event, wedding and education videos. We also expect the MP4 function to make it a hit with web journalists who need to share images with colleagues as quickly as possible, while the WiFi remote and built-in LED video light can make filming interviews easier. The HXR-NX3 is destined to become the ‘go to’ camcorder in the handheld field. As you would expect, it includes outstanding imaging capabilities that allow videographers to capture rich, detailed footage in a range of environments. A wide range of additional features make the HXR-NX3 the perfect camera for the videographers looking for high quality performance, adaptability and ease of use.”
Sony Professional Solutions Europe will deliver the HXR-NX3/VG1 which comes with Sony’s high quality ECM-VG1 shot-gun monaural microphone. The HXR-NX3/VG1 will be available in Europe from end of January.
We are getting very excited about our forthcoming 3 Wise Men Day.
Yes, we really do have 3 Wise Men of our own – Andy Bell, Chris Woolf and Matt Davis.
You are invited down to Prokit on the 17th of December 2013 to celebrate Christmas with our very own Three Wise Men, Andy Bell, Chris Woolf, and Matt Davis. They’ll be bringing with them years of experience, practical knowledge, and a sharp wit.
The day will kick off at 10.30am for registration, coffees, mince pies, and probably a few yuletide songs.
At 11am Andy Bell will present a seminar on the fundamentals of a three point interview lighting setup. Using tungsten, LED, and Fluorescent sources, he’ll show you how to get the best shots in the situations you can control, as well as those you can’t.
There’ll be a break for lunch, followed at 1.30pm by Chris Woolf, Rycote’s Technical Consultant, giving a seminar on getting the most out of the audio capabilities of your camera. The talk will cover the basics of microphone design, how placement affects microphone pickup, and the accessories you can use to make your audio excel.
To round the day off, at 3.30pm, we’ll have Matt Davis talking you through the essentials of chromakey. He’ll discuss choosing your background, lighting it evenly, and setting up your camera for the best results.
Freelance lighting cameraman with over twenty years of experience. Huge range of experience filming in tricky situations, including major disaster areas, riots, and war zones. In addition to this he’s lit and filmed a number of commercials, dramas, and documentaries for broadcast clients such as the BBC, as well as government agencies, and corporate clients.
Matt writes, shoots, edits and publishes video. Mostly for corporates – He specialises in corporate event and brand experience marketing – but he has shot everything from candids to documentary. About 60-70% of his work is around Europe with the occasional jaunt further afield.
Rycote’s technical consultant for all things audio since 1997. What he doesn’t know about windjammers isn’t worth knowing. He picked up the Technical Academy Award in 1999 on behalf of Rycote for the design of the Modular Suspension System. He’s a real sound guy.
The day is free of charge, but we’d like to know if you’re able to make it. Please use the registration link below, or drop us an email on email@example.com.
IMPORTANT: We cannot offer on-site parking on the day. Please use the Moran Hotel on the corner of Power Road and Chiswick High Road. They charge £3 per hour. Public transport options are Gunnersbury on the District and London Overground Lines (500 metre walk) or buses 391, H91, 237, 267, & 424.
A fabulously staged evening kept a huge audience at the Prince Charles Cinema (PCC), Leicester Square, London, enthralled for over 3 hours on 3rd. December 2013, for the inaugural Digital Cinema Festival. Organised by Movie Machine ( @RYMovie Machine ), led by Rick Young, the evening showed the top ten entries to the festival, interspersed with presentations from leading image creators citing real-world experiences. Rick led the evening explaining why we need RAW and showed how he has been using the Black Magic Cinema Camera*. Den Lennie sent in a presentation on his location work - he was in LA at the time! Josh Fortune and members of his production team also talked about their use of the MBCC. James Tomkin extolled the virtues of his RED Epic and showed us some glorious footage. A not-too-convincing demonstration of using Edius followed. However, Matt Davis rounded off the evening with an entertaining, lightning-speed, highly condensed presentation explaining why he absolutely loves the Canon C100. (we share his view)
All festival entries were shown using the 2K projector at the PCC. The cameras used by each entrant was stated, and offered a welcome opportunity for comparisons to be made. They included various Canon DSLRs including the 5D Mk III, BMCC, Sony FS700, F3, Alexa and RED Epic. Of course, the judges emphasised that the content and execution of each short film overrode the equipment used.
The winner, together with all the entries, will appear on the Movie Machine site in due course. http://www.moviemachine.tv/digital-cinema-festival/
We STRONGLY urge you to take a look at the winner. It will stir a reaction in you, we promise. But, we won’t tell you why!
* PROKIT has experienced poor supply issues with this camera, and consequently many disappointed potential clients. However, the camera still seems like good value for money (as does the Black Magic Pocket Camera) …. when you can get it.
FREE Sony Vegas Pro 12 edit software handles XAVC recording format:
The PXW-Z100 uses Sony’s XAVC recording format employed in other CineAlta 4K cameras. MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression is used for HD (1920 x 1080), QFHD (3840 x 2016) and 4K (4096 x 2160) content. Image sampling is 4:2:2 10-bit, with an intra-frame system that compresses each frame individually at a maximum bit rate of 500Mbps or 600Mbps during 4K 50fps or 60fps recording respectively and 223Mbps during HD 50fps or 60fps recording. The XAVC format is ideal for those looking to implement a high-quality, secure and worry-free workflow.
FREE Sony 32GB XQD Memory Card:
The XQD Memory Card is a new standard of solid state memory. XQD uses the ultra-fast PCI Express interface and Sony’s unique camera processor to enable stable video recording at 500Mbps or 600Mbps. The PXW-Z100 features two XQD Memory Card slots. Multiple cards can be used in various ways, such as for relay recording. When the first card becomes full, recording continues on the second card without a break.
* XQD cards have a write speed of up to 800Mbps. The use of S Series cards with 180MB/s writing speed is recommended.
A Prokit Special Offer. Buy the outstanding Nagra SD Recorder, together with the Nagra High Quality Stereo Microphone, for a “bundle” price of £779.00 + vat.
The Nagra SD is a high quality solid-state audio recorder. It is designed to be used in any ultra-portable recording situation, and Prokit highly recommends it.
Its recording media is a removable SD memory card; there is no limit to the card size allowed. (Standard SD cards have a maximum size of 2GB, but from 2 GB to 32 GB they must be of the SDHC type). The unit is powered by two “AA” batteries, offering in excess of 10 hours operation. Perfect for DSLR users looking for professional sound recording.
Morpheus is a coveted stills lens, re-engineered for digital film and video use. The useful 80mm. to 200mm. range is packed into a short body just 205mm. long, and weighing only 2.3Kg. Engineering is by True Lens Service (TLS) who first converted this lens for use on Casino Royale and The Bourne Ultimatum. Focus direction has been reversed to match that of all other leading PL mount lenses.
Morpheus is well suited to all kinds of production, including drama, documentary and commercials. It especially suits fast action hand-held or Steadicam applications, as well as small camera set-ups or remotely operated rigs. The low 2.3Kg weight yet long focal range makes this lens a class leader.
The optical design of this lens exhibits superb performance, rendering great images in either a digital or film environment. AR coatings reduce flares and veiling glare for deep, rich blacks and a wide contrast range. Extra Low Dispersion (ELD) glass reduces chromatic aberration, critical for digital camera sensors. The 9 leaf iris generates round out of focus highlights, and a pleasing organic bokeh.
The ergonomics of the lens demonstrates TLS’s experience and engineering skills. Construction is more than robust enough for field applications. The large scales are easy to read. The 110mm. front diameter is the same as the TLS Speed Panchro range and Cooke S4 and S5 series, facilitating fast set up and lens change.
Focal Range: 80 – 200mm.
Aperture Range: T2.8 – 32 / 9 Bladed Aperture
Close Focus: 1.5 metres.
Front Diameter: 110mm.
Angle of View: 30.2 – 12.3, 35mm film / sensor.
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:5.9 at 200mm, 1:14 at 80mm.
Coverage: 35mm Academy
Mount: PL, in stainless steel.
Optical Design: 16 elements* in 11 Groups, 3 with Extra Low Dispersion glass (ELD)**
* Multicoated Anti Reflective Optical Elements
** ELD reduces secondary lateral colour fringes
Sound Devices say their “633 is designed for audio professionals requiring go-anywhere portability, without compromising recording or mixing capability”. We think that is a modest understatement. It is so packed full of features and versatility it is difficult to see many circumstances when it wouldn’t be perfect for any job. The 633 is a compact, six-input mixer with integrated 10-track recorder featuring PowerSafe technology. It offers six analog inputs and records to SD and CompactFlash memory cards.
All six inputs plus output buses left/right and Aux 1/2 can be recorded to individual tracks. The 633 offers 10-track 24-bit, 48 kHz uncompressed WAV recording (96 kHz and 192 kHz sampling up to six tracks) to SD and CompactFlash memory cards. The two cards can be set independently, recording either identical material for a real-time backup, or combinations of WAV and time code stamped MP3 files.