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.
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.
Canon have announced an optional upgrade for the EOS C100 which will support their Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus technology, enabling continuous autofocusing with Canon’s entire EF lens range. This optional upgrade is expected to be available in Spring 2014 for a cost of £339 + vat and will require you to send your C100 body to a Canon service centre.
The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology was first used in the EOS 70D DSLR camera launched in August 2013. The new AF technology helps facilitate greater shooting efficiency across a variety of shooting situations. You should end up with a smoother, more natural autofocus that can be particularly useful for sports, event and wildlife video shooting.
Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF makes use of the Company’s proprietary CMOS sensor technology with a new structure that both captures light and performs phase-difference detection autofocus. Also, the inclusion of an AF Lock function contributes to expanded shooting flexibility through focus preset, which allows users to set a desired focus distance in advance, and the ability to alter the photographing range or composition after establishing focus.
The Canon EOS 1DC is an interesting beast.
The stills capabilities match that of the Canon EOS 1DX, so it’s a monster of a stills camera. But the 1DC isn’t about taking photos: It’s designed with video in mind, with 4K Motion JPEG at 24/25P at the forefront of its video arsenal, along with 1080 50/60P capture.
However, it’s still technically a DSLR…and broadcasters haven’t been particularly kind about the DSLR video image in the past, citing the moire and aliasing issues connected with the “line-skip” method of extraction from a large megapixel sensor as reason enough for the 5D/7D footage of old to be deemed unsuitable for HD transmission.
UNTIL NOW. That’s right, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have deemed the footage from the Canon 1DC as good enough to fit into the “HD Tier 1 for HD Production”. Here’s what they had to say:
So there it is: The first broadcast-level DSLR. Why is that good, you might ask? For a number of reasons:
Remember though that you will still need to check with specific broadcasters (BBC, Discovery etc) as to whether they will accept the 1DC as your primary acquisition device, and that you will likely be recording audio separately. However, as you may have already seen online in short films such as the Po Chan-directed/Shane Hurlbut-shot “The Ticket”, the Canon 1DC is a formidable video-biased DSLR and could well be the main camera for your next production.
If you would like to read the full account on the Canon website, please click here.
Positioning a light reflector is easy enough with an assistant, a reflector holder or propping it up against something convenient. But if you are on your own or really pushed for time, you might consider a Lastolite Trigrip Reflector. They feature a built-in handle. Soft and light, the handle allows you to grip the reflector with one hand without it twisting too much. You’ll be familiar with colour options such as Sunfire on one side and silver on the other. Choose a size to suit, but the familiar circle is replaced with a triangular design to facilitate the Trigrip. The 30″ (approx) size costs £58 + vat.
Vinten Vision Blue tripod systems are now being offered by Prokit. This leading brand has been absent form Prokit for many years, but we think the Vision Blue series is a terrific range. For lightweight camcorders and DSLRs the Vision Blue represents excellent value for money. For heavier systems up to 6.6Kg. consider the Vision Blue 3, or the top of the range Vision Blue 5 taking up to 12Kg.
Perfect balance every time.
Here is another update on the camera shipments.
Some good news. If you have read my other posts about the causes of the camera delays then you know we have been dealing with a problem with our sensor supplier related to contamination of the glass that’s bonded on the front of the sensor. It’s not been clean and so we had to stop production of cameras.
There have been two issues here we have been dealing with, the first that the sensor supplier has not been able to see the contamination because their tests were not good enough, and secondly that they need to find a way of bonding the glass on the sensor without contamination.
The good news is that we got a small shipment of sensors that the sensor supplier had tested with their new test setup and they were all ok when we built cameras with them. This is good because they will now be able to see sensors that are contaminated and not ship us anything that’s unable to be used to build a camera.
Also, the sensor supplier has done a small run of sensors at the new company that’s bonding the glass and they got almost a 100% pass rate, which is also great. This means they finally have a solution to bonding on the glass that looks like it will work.
The plan at the moment is to do a small production run this week and we hope to get those sensors next week where we can build cameras using them and see how it all goes.
But things are looking quite good. This run of cameras next week will test the sensor supplier’s ability to build sensors without contamination and to also be able to test them correctly so we only get good sensors. If that’s all ok then we look like we will be able to move back into production.
I will update everyone next week when we know. I also hope to have more info on how fast they can ramp up with this new supplier and the new test.
I hope this update helps.
Canon’s Cinema EOS range represents the most comprehensive set of Super 35mm tools in the industry. We will have on demonstration:
The Cinema EOS Camcorders:
The ideal step-up from DSLR shooting and new to the range. Super 35mm sensor, AVCHD recording to SD card, XLR inputs, built-in ND filters…it’s the camcorder you wanted after your 5/7D.
Canon’s first Super 35mm video camera has become ubiquitous in the world of broadcast. Come and check it out with Canon’s Cine lens range.
Canon gave the C300 a shot of adrenaline and created the EOS C500: Capable of gobsmackingly gorgeous 4K output, 4:4:4 colour space and able to output 120FPS.
Keeping alive the DSLR form-factor that kickstarted this whole range, the EOS 1DC represents the future of stills/video crossover. As well as some of the best still image capture available on any DSLR, the 1DC is capable of 144mbps in 1080P and 4K recording in the form of Motion JPEG making it ideal for independent film production and photography.
4K Recording Solutions:
The C500 outputs 4K via 3G-SDI output, so you’ll need a 4K capable recorder to get the best from the camcorder. We will have a number of 4K external recorders on demo:
Canon and Prokit product experts will be on hand to answer your questions and refreshments are provided. The day is free to attend and runs from 10am-5pm. Register your attendance by emailing email@example.com or on www.prokit.co.uk .
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; or use public transport.
Buses – 391, 267, 237, H91. Nearest tube – Gunnersbury on the District Line.
Well this is exciting. Very exciting, in fact.
When DSLR shooting went nuclear over the last few years, there has been a clamour for Canon to take the large sensor of DSLR and optimise it for video shooters. The C300 was the first answer to this, but with its 50 mega bit per second recording and £9K price tag it was squarely aimed at shooters working for broadcasters. There was a sense within the DSLR community that the camcorder wasn’t quite the low price/large sensor camcorder that would allow them to progress to a fully-fledged video camera.
Well, DSLR people…your time has come. The Canon C100 is slated for release in mid-late November and represents the ideal step up from DSLR shooting. Here are the key features:
So those are the features: What of the design and ergonomics? Well, it looks like a condensed C300 body with the LCD screen incorporated into the body itself rather than being a separate module. The handle incorporates the XLR inputs which then connect to the body just like the C300. I’m a fan: It makes the whole package nice and compact whilst still maintaining the modular nature of the rest of the Cinema EOS range.
Speaking of “the range”…the Cinema EOS range feels complete with this new addition. You have the C100 now right at the beginning of the range and designed for the post-DSLR shooter, the C300 is for the broadcast crowd who need the higher bitrate, and then you have the upcoming C500 for the commercial and cinema sector. Add to this the curious full-frame/4K motion JPEG 1DC and you have quite an arsenal now from Canon. And to think this all started with adding video to a DSLR!
We now have the C100 on our website with some preliminary pricing. We hope to get our hands on a pre-production model at the IBC Exhibition next week!
Today’s blog by Stuart
We’re lowering the price of the Canon 5D Mark 3 body to the excellent price of £2195 for a limited time.
The Canon 5D Mark 3 picks up where the ubiquitous full-frame sensor Mark 2 left off and improves on a number of features:
We’ve got the 5D Mark 3 on display here in the showroom on our Sachtler Ace tripod (picture), come down for a play…