Another Peli

I like to look after by gear and now that I’m regularly using a 35mm adapter and taking a selection of lenses, mics and other damageable bits of kit out on jobs I decided to invest in a second Peli case to protect them along with the 1560 I use for my camera.

Unlike my 1560 case I wanted to get one with padded dividers rather than foam inserts this time as the foam really doesn’t work well for holding lots of smaller items, especially if they’re heavy. The pick ‘n’ pluck foam is okay for making a big cutout for a camera, but if you try to create lots of little compartments the foam soon becomes tatty and starts falling apart.

So, after a few days keeping my eyes open on ebay I found the perfect used case in the form of a Peli 1550 with a padded divider set which works a treat. The padded dividers are great for lenses etc as although they are flexible, the velcro is strong enough to hold the weight of lenses etc without any risk of movement.

here’s a couple of pics of the new case and how I have it arranged. You can see that I’ve used odd bits of foam here and there to support shorter items from underneath and at the ends of my batteries to stop them from bouncing around when being transported. The odd shaped part holding my EX1′s matte box is shaped that way so that my Brevis35 and flip unit fits snugly inside it when not fitted to the camera.

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Archery DVD

I’ve been shooting my first full length DVD this week, it’s based on compound archery and features Liam Grimwood and Neil Wakelin from the Great Britain compound archery team. I’ve been multi-tasking on this one working as director, DP and sound man as well as doing the lighting.

It’s a low budget production and I’ve faced a few problems with the location, the main one being echo. I limited the echo as much I could by using a tie mic mostly and only mixing in a boom mounted shotgun mic (held above them) when both presenters were talking in a shot. The final audio still contains more echo than I would like though but I guess sometimes you have to make the best of the situation.

The other big challenge was a rather dismal backdrop, I decided to shoot in the dark and light the presenters using soft lights and a hair light running above them and behind whilst keeping the backdrop as dark as possible.

More to come as the project progresses.

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SG Blade & EX1

Shoot35 have started posting some footage from their new 35mm adapter, the SG Blade, mounted on an EX1 with their flip module. The footage shows quite a lot of porthole vignetting but Shoot35 claim that this is due to the 20mm lens they used and not the adapter. Apparently they are currently editing footage shot with other lenses including my favourite the 50mm f1.4 so I’ll look forward to seeing the results.

I’d love to get my hands on an SG Blade to do a comparison with the Brevis.

Click here to see the footage on vimeo.

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WD TV media player review

I’ve posted a review of the Western Digital WD TV media player. This great little device allows me to watch my finished edits in their full HD glory simply by copying the quicktime file to an external drive and then plugging that drive into this little box.

Exporting for the web

One question I get asked all the time is “What settings do you use to export your video?”. I’ve written a page describing the way I export video for use on YouTube, Exposure Room and Vimeo.