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Video Europe Goes Back to its Roots Posted: 30/06/2020
Video Europe Goes Back to its Roots

Video Europe, leading digital cinema, broadcast and edit hire company has announced an operational restructure to streamline their business proposition.

In a strategic move decided in January and prior to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, the company is to return to their original and core business offering of equipment rental to the film and television industry. As part of the process, Video Europe is officially exiting the outside broadcast and flypack services market and is selling their OB trucks. The restructure will enable the company to refocus on three business channels: digital cinema, edit equipment rental and broadcast hire. No staff will be lost.

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Matthews New 40x40 Inch Flags and Floppies Add Portability Posted: 02/06/2020
Matthews and rsquo; New 40x40 Inch Flags and Floppies Add Portability

 

Matthews introduces a full 40”x40” line of Flags and Floppies. Offering the multitude of benefits for which Matthews is known, this practical size answers the need for gear that’s portable enough to travel in a hatchback car like a Prius and compact enough to work in nooks and crannies of a tight location like a bathroom corner. When it comes to cargo, the 40”x40” dimension easily fits standard shipping limits.

As Matthews’ resident Grip Martin Torner explains: “With the popularity of our 40”x40” Flag, we have added more flavors to this wonderfully dynamic dimension, including Full Silk, Floppy and the new Matthbounce Floppy. Like the 48x48”, the 40x40 is still a good size flag when it comes to usability, but less bulky.”

Like the larger versions, the new frames are built with the same rugged 3/8” stainless steel tubing that’s securely welded for long life. The Flags, Floppies and Silks are meticulously sewn in Matthew’s Southern California headquarters.

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Product showcase: the latest launches revealed at The Photography Show and The Video Show 2020 Posted: 09/03/2020
Product showcase: the latest launches revealed at The Photography Show and The Video Show 2020

The Photography Show and The Video Show –the UK’s largest photography and moving image co-located event – returns to Birmingham’s NEC from 14-17 March 2020. Whether experienced professionals or budding enthusiasts, visitors can benefit from an exclusive first look at the sector’s very latest launches in cameras, drones, lenses, kit, accessories and more. Here, we round-up just some of the new launches to expect at show.

First look at cameras and camcorders

Perhaps the most hotly anticipated launch comes from Canon, which has confirmed the ground-breaking EOS R5 will make its public debut at The Photography Show 2020. Visitors will be able to get an exclusive first look at the full frame mirrorless camera built on the revolutionary EOS R System.

The EOS R5 features unrivalled high-speed, high-resolution, 8K video and unparalleled image stabilisation – allowing photographers and filmmakers to push creative boundaries harder and capture action better than ever before.

Another industry giant, Nikon, will showcase brand new models, including the D780 – with its wide ISO range, live view and dual AF systems – and COOLPIX P950 which boasts an equivalent focal length of 24-2000mm, 83x optical zoom and the ability to shoot in RAW. The brand has also confirmed that the much anticipated D6 will also be on display for the first time in the UK.

Olympus will also showcase its OM-D E-M1 Mark III – a new professional level camera built for outstanding mobility. The latest OM-D model features the world’s best image stabilisation system with 7.5 shutter speed steps of compensation, a new image processor (TruePic IX), highly precise and fast autofocus capabilities as well as various unique shooting features. With its compact and lightweight design, the E-M1 Mark III promotes agile shooting without compromising high-resolution quality.

As part of the LUMIX series, Panasonic will showcase two of the industry's smallest and lightest 4k 60p professional camcorders.

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What is new at The Photography Show and The Video Show for 2020? Posted: 06/03/2020
What is new at The Photography Show and The Video Show for 2020?

The Photography Show and The Video Show - the UK’s largest photography and moving image co-located event – is set to launch a number of new show features when it returns to Birmingham’s NEC this March. Catering for professionals and enthusiasts from all corners of the discipline, the four new zones will cover everything from analogue and film to street style photography.

Drone Zone x Action Arena

The exceptionally popular Drone Zone returns for the show’s seventh edition, upgraded to include an exciting Action Arena. The area will incorporate ramps for flatland BMXers, trials bikers, and parkour giving attendees the opportunity to photograph and film action shots first-hand, with various sessions guided by experts. The Drone Zone x Action Arena will provide aerial flying demos from the likes of top drone manufacturer DJI, practical advice and guidance on the most up-to-date regulations, and sessions on how to get the best results from drone footage and stills in this popular sector of photography and film. In addition, visitors can take in demonstrations on using the latest gimbal technology and action cams, with tips on how to integrate these into their imaging.

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David Yarrow joins leading Super Stage line-upat The Photography Show and The Video Show 2020 Posted: 05/03/2020
David Yarrow joins leading Super Stage line-upat The Photography Show and The Video Show 2020

The Photography Show and The Video Show - the UK’s largest photography and moving image co-located event – has officially announced the seventh industry legend set to take to the Super Stage at Birmingham’s NEC, from 14-17 March 2020. Fine art photographer David Yarrow will join the likes of Chase Jarvis, Susan Meiselas and Ross Halfin.

David Yarrow’s evocative and immersive photography of life on earth is striking and distinctive, and has earned him an ever-growing following among art collectors. His large monochrome images, made in Los Angeles, are on display in leading galleries and museums across Europe and North America. In 2018, David’s famous image “The Wolf of Main Street” sold for $100,000 and was the highest bid for piece by a living photographer; more recently “78 Degrees North” went for an even more impressive $110,000. Yarrow’s position in the industry has been rewarded with a wide range of advisory and ambassadorial roles, including with conservation organisations like WildArk, plus brands including Land Rover and Nikon.

In his talk, David will take listeners on a photographic journey from the bone shaking cold of Antarctica to the sweltering jungles of Borneo, in search of content that transcends and forces us to reflect on our tenancy of planet earth. His large monochrome black and white images each come with a story of perseverance and creative courage. From these narratives will emerge a theme - one of following your passion no matter what. David has always wanted to take photographs that grab and hold the attention of others. He believes there is an insecurity in many artists that obsesses with the boundaries of what is worthy of public exposure. Paranoia of the mundane is perhaps David’s most defining characteristic.

Making up just one part of the extensive programme of talks and demos, the highly-acclaimed Super Stage sessions serve as a platform for some of the world’s best-known photographers and filmmakers to share stories about their work, what inspires them and the journey that took them to the top. The entire line-up has been carefully curated across a broad range of genres so enthusiasts and professionals can gain first-hand insight that they wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere.

Over four days, more than 32,000 professionals and enthusiasts will come together at Birmingham’s NEC, looking to be inspired by expert talks and live demos, keep up to date with the latest industry trends and source the very best kit at fantastic prices from some of the industry’s biggest players.

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The Photography Show and The Video Show 2020 announce five more legends for the Super Stage Posted: 02/03/2020
The Photography Show and The Video Show 2020 announce five more legends for the Super Stage

 

Following the announcement that Chase Jarvis will headline the 2020 event, The Photography Show and The Video Show has revealed five more inspiring speakers who will take to the Super Stage when it returns to Birmingham’s NEC from 14-17 March. Once again commanding some of the industry’s most influential photographers and filmmakers, the UK’s largest photography and moving image co-located event is also set to welcome Susan Meiselas, Gavin Free, Ross Halfin, Juno Calypso and Brooke Shaden.

Following Chase’s talk on Saturday 14 March is renowned documentary photographer, Susan Meiselas. As a member of the prestigious Magnum Photos since 1976, Susan is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. Looking back over four decades as an award-winning documentary photographer, she will share fascinating insights into her most recent projects, her approach and life through photography.

On Sunday 15 March, award-winning cinematographer and the co-creator of The Slow Mo Guys, Gavin Free, will present two sessions at the Super Stage. The popular duo have amassed over 13 million subscribers on YouTube, achieving fame with everything from viral videos of bursting balloons to in-depth explanations of how a high-end slow-motion camera works. In a rare European appearance, Gavin Free will let visitors into his life as an incredibly successful YouTuber, the career steps that he took to get there, and his passion for his subject matter. He will discuss what goes into making and distributing this kind of content, the tech involved, how he keeps the ideas coming, and what it's like to have online video as your career.

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Award-winning luminary set to headline the Super Stage at The Photography Show and The Video Show 2020 Posted: 28/02/2020
Award-winning luminary set to headline the Super and nbsp;Stage at The Photography Show and The Video Show 2020 The Photography Show and The Video Show - the UK’s largest photography and moving image co-located event – has once again attracted some of the industry’s biggest names to take to the Super Stage at Birmingham’s NEC, from 14-17 March 2020. Award-winning photographer and entrepreneur, Chase Jarvis, is the first to be confirmed, with five more inspiring speakers set to be announced over the next week. Making up just one part of the extensive programme of talks and demos, the highly-acclaimed Super Stage sessions serve as a platform for some of the world’s best-known photographers and filmmakers to share stories about their work, what inspires them and the journey that took them to the top. The entire line-up has been carefully curated across a broad range of genres so enthusiasts and professionals can gain first-hand insight that they wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere. One of the most influential photographers of the past 20 years, Chase Jarvis’ expansive portfolio ranges from shooting advertising campaigns for companies like Apple, Nike, and Red Bull, to working with athletes including Serena Williams and Tony Hawk, and collaborating with renowned icons such as Lady Gaga and Richard Branson.
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Bolero Sets the Bar for Wireless Intercom Usability and Comfort for California-Based DP Craig Kief Posted: 26/02/2020
Bolero Sets the Bar for Wireless Intercom Usability and Comfort for California-Based DP Craig Kief

Craig Kief, a Los Angeles-based director of photography, is using Riedel's Bolero Standalone wireless intercom for crew communications on his TV shows and commercials. The system allows him to keep all of his camera operators, focus pullers, and department heads in close communication so everyone can focus on the same goals in the middle of a busy and noisy set. With its long list of advanced features and capabilities, Bolero now enables clear communications for every production, whether it's shot on studio sets or at remote locations.

Craig's previous comms solution comprised walkie-talkies and a legacy wireless system that operated in the crowded 2.4 GHz range, delivering less-than-ideal audio quality and suffering from interference, short range, and poor battery life. Bolero has changed all of that, first by eliminating walkie-talkies completely, and next by allowing a more natural way of speaking: giving multiple users full duplex communications instead of forcing them to wait for a walkie channel to be clear before speaking. In addition, audio quality is superb — resulting in far less ear fatigue – and the system's multiple party lines give each crew member the ability to choose and change who they need to monitor throughout the day.

"Bolero has been a fantastic addition to my team. Interestingly, now that we've gotten out of the 2.4 range, all of my other 2.4 gear is working better," said Craig. "Wireless lighting control, focus control, and other gear is functioning much better now, and the main difference is that we're no longer using the 2.4 GHz system."

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Sony launches next-generation 4K HDR picture monitors with TRIMASTER at BSC 2020 Posted: 29/01/2020
Sony launches next-generation 4K HDR picture monitors with TRIMASTER at BSC 2020

Sony has launched a new set of high-grade picture monitors from its TRIMASTER range at this year’s BSC Expo in London. 

The PVM-X2400 (24’’) and the PVM-X1800 (18.4’’) monitors provide high picture quality and accurate colour reproduction thanks to specified and dedicated panels from Sony, which offer ultra-high definition with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and an impressive brightness of all-white luminance of 1000 cd/m2.

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Latest new Tiffen products on show at BSC Expo 2020 Posted: 14/01/2020
Latest and nbsp;and new Tiffen products on show at BSC Expo 2020

 

Tiffen will be at the BSC show on their stand #307, where you can see and try the latest

and best Steadicam products, the Steadicam M-2 with revolutionary Volt

integration, the Steadicam M-1 and the Steadimate-S for handheld gimbals like

the DJI Ronin-S. It’s also a chance to find out about the ever popular

Steadicam Workshops coming up in 2020.

The latest Tiffen Filters will be available to see and try including NATural ND and NATural

ND Graduated filters, Diffusions and Diopters. Also featured will be the latest

range of Lowel’s lighting products, the Lowel Tota LED, the Tota LED Production

Kit, the Blender XL, the Pro Power LED Bi-Color and the Ego LED.

Come and talk to the experts on the stand, including Robin Thwaites, Danny Hallett, and Eren

Ibrahim

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Camera Hire Heavily Investing in CiNX from Miller Tripods Posted: 14/01/2020
Camera Hire Heavily Investing in CiNX from Miller Tripods

Camera Hire, a well-established Australian rental company and a leader in industry camera support solutions, recently purchased 10 CiNX 3 Fluid Heads and 10 Sprinter II 2 Stage Carbon Fibre Tripods from Miller Tripods. For over a decade, Camera Hire has provided professional cameras and supporting equipment for a large range of productions including commercials, documentaries and feature films.

As a long-time customer of Miller Tripods, Bevan Dally, managing director of Camera Hire, knows he can always turn to Miller to provide top-of-the-line solutions for his customer base. “We’ve been using Miller’s ArrowX series for some time now and the fluid heads are excellent,” he says. “The payload range and versatility are very beneficial considering the various types of jobs we support. With the CiNX line, our customers are able to mount a variety of cameras, including Sony’s FS7, Canon’s C300’s, and ARRI’S Alexa Mini and Amira, with ease.”

Thanks to Miller’s CiNX 3 Fluid Heads, Camera Hire can provide its customers with a solution that significantly improves cinematographer’s workflows. “Upgrading to the brand new CiNX series was a no brainer for us, especially because of its ability to mount ARRI dovetail plates directly on the head,” Dally says. “We can now easily provide our clients with a Sony VCT or ARRI dovetail system using the same fluid head, without the need to swap back and forth between multiple plates. With CiNX fluid heads, cinematographer’s can easily and quickly change from one camera to another with a seamless transition.”

 

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Peter Thomas Is Honoured By The Institute of Professional Sound Posted: 20/12/2019
Peter Thomas Is Honoured By The Institute of Professional Sound

 

PMC’s founder and CEO Peter Thomas has been awarded a Fellowship by the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS) in recognition of his contribution to the professional audio industry.

IPS Chairman Simon Clark says: “We have honoured Peter for the significant impact he has had on the audio industry through pushing the boundaries of monitor design to achieve more accuracy, particularly at higher volumes. PMC’s Advanced Transmission Line system for bass loading is unique and has delivered noticeable improvements in audio quality over conventional loudspeaker design principles. It is fair to say that Peter’s work in this area has been transformative and has resulted in loudspeaker products that are the world’s reference for mastering and for the bulk of music production.”

As a charitable organisation that champions the highest quality of sound production and sound recording in all forms of broadcast, recorded, and live events, the IPS is widely respected for the support, training and networking opportunities it delivers. Its Fellowship programme is very selective – there are currently only 10 living people who hold this honour – as it is designed to recognise those who are ‘operationally outstanding in their area’.

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Wildlife Cinematographer Steve Lumpkin Adopts Sonnet Solo10G to Accelerate Postproduction Posted: 11/10/2019
Wildlife Cinematographer Steve Lumpkin Adopts Sonnet Solo10G to Accelerate Postproduction
Renowned wildlife cinematographer Steve Lumpkin has chosen Sonnet's Solo10G™ Thunderbolt™ 3 Edition 10GbE adapter to accelerate and streamline postproduction workflows for his Endless Treasures of Botswana project. The Solo10G played an integral role in Lumpkin's just-released mini-documentary, "Speed Kills: Kalahari Cheetah Family."
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HELIUM and GEMINI Sensor Options Added To REDs RANGER Camera System Posted: 09/09/2019
HELIUM and GEMINI Sensor Options Added To REDs RANGER Camera System

RED DIGITAL CINEMA® announced today that its award-winning HELIUM® 8K S35 and GEMINI® 5K S35 sensors will be incorporated into the RED RANGER® camera ecosystem. These two new alternatives create a robust lineup for creators who prefer an integrated, all-in-one system to the more modular RED DSMC2® camera. The RANGER HELIUM 8K S35 and RANGER GEMINI 5K S35 is available now via RED’s global network of resellers, participating rental houses, and directly through RED. The cameras will be on display for the first time at IBC in the RED meeting room on the fourth floor of the Elicium at the RAI Amsterdam, from September 13-17.

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MSE Cam Tank Posted: 11/06/2019
MSE Cam Tank

Burbank, CA-based manufacturer of camera and lighting support for the entertainment industry, Matthews Studio Equipment, mantra is creating equipment that lasts. Support equipment that not only stands the test of time but adapts to all types of shooting challenges – and supports creative ideas, whenever a shooter discovers the possibilities.

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