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I should be ashamed of myself for not posting anything for so long, I wish I had a good excuse but I haven’t really other than my interests in other things have been taking up more of my time recently. That’s not to say that I haven’t been busy on the film making front though, I’ve been busy working shooting various projects over the last few months including my usual work for Harley-Davidson. It’s been a huge year for Harley as 2013 has seen them celebrating 110 years of Harley-Davidson and 30 years of the Harley Owners Group.

I guess the main reason why the blog has suffered is that I’ve been spending most of my free time playing guitar and getting involved in music projects. I play in a band called Liberty Gene which due to some recent line-up changes has taken up a lot of my time with getting back up to the level where we can perform shows. That’s not to say that I’m no longer interested in the video side of things though, it is after all my bread and butter.

Anyway, after treating the blog so badly for the last few months I’m going to make a real effort to dedicate more time to it again. To start things rolling here’s a video that I produced for the Harley-Davidson Euro Festival back in May. This was the first event I took the Kessler Pocket Jib Traveller too and as you can see in the video it was used way too much but that’s with new toys!

The most challenging shot was one shown at the end of the video as I carried the jib along with my miller tripod and C100 through a crowd of thousands on the beach watching Status Quo perform. It was dark by that point too so I had to use the light on my iPhone to see the camera but I think the results were worth it.

I’ll post more info about my experiences with the pocket jib and the rest of my kit along with a few other stories from my travels over the coming days.

The Evolution of NLE’s

I really enjoyed these videos by FilmmakerIQ which cover the evolution of Editing.

 

Kessler Crane Pocket Jib Traveler

I’ve always liked crane shots and more than once have been tempted to buy a small crane or Jib for my work but it’s generally one of those those things that require a lot of time to set up and pack away.  Most of my shooting requires me to work quickly and even grabbing my Kessler Stealth Slider for a few shots can prove tricky with tight schedules.

The only way a Jib would work for me is if I could use it in the same way as the slider by grabbing the bag, clipping the device to my existing tripod  and then quickly grab the shots without too much setup time. There are a few mobile jib solutions available but every solution I’ve looked at has required multiple parts to be bolted together before use and I just don’t want to deal with building kit mid shoot.

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Canon C300 firmware update – 1.0.8.1.00

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Canon have released firmware 1.0.8.1.00 for the Canon EOS C300, and thankfully this time it’s downloadable and installable by the user. Thi release includes the fix of the green fringing on high contrast edges that was also seen in the 1.0.7.1.00 release. Interesting is the mention of EF lenses being controlled more reliably, there’s no details of which lenses are effected.

Here’s Canon’s actual change log…

1. Some of the EF lens products that can be mounted on the camera can be controlled more reliably.

2. Corrections to the Spanish and German language texts in the View Assistance function [View Assist.].

3. Efforts to correct image color fringing when a subject is of high contrast have been made.

Download links…

C300 firmware 1.0.8.1.00 – Canon Europe

C300 EF firmware 1.0.8.1.00 – Canon USA

C300 Custom Picture files updated for firmware 1.0.7.1.0

I sent my Canon C300 in to have the latest firmware installed by Canon UK, the 1.0.7.1.0 firmware contains a fix for the green fringe issue that I reported when I first got the C300. Interestingly it also changes the way the camera’s colour balance is set up slightly so I’ve had to update my custom picture profiles that are designed specifically to match the C300 with the C100.

The updated files can be downloaded here. For more details see my post about the files.

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