London BVE – DSLR & 3D

I visited the BVE (Broadcast Video Expo) yesterday in London as I have done for the last few years. I always enjoy these shows because it’s great to put faces to names and check out all the latest gadgets.

Walking around the show this year it was amazing to see how much attention was being given to DSLR’s. There were so many stands that had a 5D rig of some kind or another set up, each with loads of people intrigued by these little cameras and the array of support systems being built around them. Last year the only one I saw was on Canon’s stand.

What’s so interesting about this is the fact that the BVE is normally so broadcast driven, The DSLR revolution is obviously a really big thing but I didn’t expect to see so much interest at the BVE.

Dennis and the guys from the F-STOP Academy put on a great seminar in the afternoon, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Seamus McGarvey’s piece – he seems an extremely nice bloke and the clips shown of his current project being shot with the 5D looked amazing.

The other big thing at the show was 3D, the show floor was littered with giant contraptions that had two EX3’s, Red’s and various other cameras sticking out at 90 degree angles.

It’s amazing how quickly things move on, last year almost every stand had a 35mm adapter of one type or another on display, this year I spotted two!

NEXTO DI NVS2500 Video review

So here it is, my first ever video review! I have to admit that I much prefer being behind the camera than in front of it, perhaps that’s the reason why I love being behind the lens so much, it gives me a good excuse not to be on the other side of it!

The NVS2500 is an amazing bit of kit, it fitted into my workflow easily and is now an essential part of it. I’ll also be writing a full review over the next few weeks so look out for that too.

Thanks loads to my lovely girlfriend Sylvi for manning the 5D and doing a pretty good job of directing me – that can’t have been easy! With temperatures below freezing we were both extremely cold and had to cope with constant interruptions from bird watchers, dog walkers and a very annoying tractor driver who seemed intent on making as much noise as possible for no apparent reason!

Due to the high winds we struggled to get good sound, and with not being able to monitor it I was flying blind so sorry for the muffled audio now and again. I’ll have to look into wind noise reduction options for my ECM-77’s.

I hope you find it useful.

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St Tropez trip

I’ve just ordered another DSLR for my trip to St Tropez in the form of a Canon 7D. Now that I own four lovely L series lenses it makes sense to have another body, especially as I’m planning on doing my next Harley event with DSLR’s alone. The plan is to use the 7D with my 70-200 IS lens, the smaller sensor will give me even more reach with that lens. Meanwhile I’ll continue to use the 5D with either the 50mm or one of my wider lenses. Hopefully by May Canon will have released the new firmware with 25p support so I’ll be able to shoot similar framerates with both cameras.

I’ve also had to invest in a bunch of logistical kit for this trip too, I’ll be taking six LP-E6 batteries, two Delkin dual chargers and four 32Gb CF cards – that all adds up to quite an investment! I’ll be backing up as I go to the Nexto DI NVS2500 & USB drives.

Considering the flexibility that this setup offers though it adds a lot of possibilities to my shooting options. I was never able to take my 35mm adapter on one of these jobs before due to weight restrictions for the flights, I’m looking forward to having more creative options with this rig than I’ve had previously though, and all in a lighter package.

Audio wise I’m going to be using my Rode video-mic and Zoom h4n. The Zoom will be used for any interviews requiring better audio than the rode offers and for recording from mixing desks when required.

Support wise I’m still a little undecided. I’m definitely taking my glidetrack shooter which will do the job of shoulder support too, I’ll also be taking a steadicam merlin. Tripod wise I’ll probably have my Miller taken to the event for me because I think it’s going to be too large to take on the bike, I’ll need some kind of support for the ride out there but I’m unsure if I can get away with a normal stills tripod. Will I miss the fluid head or not? Decisions decisions!

Glidetrack Hybrid Slider Review

Glidetrack have launched the new Hybrid Slider System today and are offering a limited 10% discount on all models to celebrate it’s release.

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I’ve recently posted a full review of the new Hybrid Slider, click here to view it.

Compound Shooting Form

Work is progressing nicely on a shooting form DVD I’m producing for release in the next few weeks. Here’s a quick trailer for you to look at. I used a pair of Sony EX cameras for the majority of the shoot with a few 5D shallow depth of field takes thrown in to spice it up a little.