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.
On Wednesday 27th November 2013 we have a Sony XDCAM Open Day here in our showroom. On live demonstration we will have the small single-sensor PMW-100 camcorder, the BBC approved ½” sensor PMW-200, the brand new interchangeable-lens semi-shoulder mounted PMW-300K and brilliant value 2/3” shoulder mount PMW-400 camcorders. Also on demo will be the PMW-50 portable deck.
Sony Independent Certified Expert (ICE) cameraman Neil Thompson, who is an expert in the world of Sony XDCAM with true real-world experience of the format out in the field, will be on hand. All the Prokit team will be here too.
It is free to attend, but please register here.
What if you are missing a part from your Wally Dolly Kit? Check it before the shoot – if you need something; an end stop, a ratchet tie down, or an extra pair of track sections, then you can now order it on line from us. PROKIT – proud and exclusive UK distributors for WallyDolly since we introduced it in 2000.
Do you know how the Wally Dolly was named? There’s a bit more to it than Cameraman and Wally Dolly Inventor, Wayne Waller, would have you believe. It’s painful! Call Mark or Sue Holmes to find out. Tel 020 8995 4664.
On Thursday 21st November 2013 Prokit is hosting a CANON C100 Masterclass with C100 user and expert Matt Davis. This will be an all-day session that will go in-depth on the EOS C100, covering basic shooting practise and advanced settings such as how and when to shoot with the Wide Dynamic Range settings, using C-log, using the C100 with external recorders, matching C100 footage to DSLR/other video cameras and much, much more.
This will be an all-day session from 10am until 4pm with coffee and lunch breaks.
It is free to attend, but please register here.