Steve Kilsby appointed Head of Technical Services at Videocraft and Digistor
Furthering their continued and significant expansion and commitment to the Australian market, Steve Kilsby, one of the industry’s best-known and respected operations specialists, has joined Videocraft and Digistor as Head of Technical Services.
Garage Sale 2022
Bring your car, bring your van, bring your trailer 'cause the Videocraft Garage Sale is back baby!
We're having a garage sale in Melbourne and selling off everything from ex-demo to ex-rental and overstocked items!
Come and get yourself a bargain.
Be quick - once it's gone, it's gone!
Date: Saturday 19th of March
Time: 10am - 2pm
Where: 148 Highbury Rd, Burwood VIC 3125
Why you should upgrade to the Sennheiser EW 512P G4-S
People are always looking for ways to make their lives easier. This includes finding the best wireless mic system for their needs. If you're looking for big step up, you should check out the Sennheiser EW 512P G4-S 520-558 MHz Portable Lavalier Wireless. This is a high-end mic system that offers increased frequency range and distance, as well as increased sound quality for your voice. The EW 512P is the latest in the evolution wireless series and is the high end of the G4 line.
Videocraft and Digistor join forces
Videocraft is pleased to announce it has acquired Digistor and Adimex. While continuing to operate as separate entities, the businesses will cooperate to bring the full capability of both organisations to our customers including providing access to a greater range of equipment and services underpinned by an even larger team to support them. We look forward to working with the team to deliver even better customer outcomes together.
Sony FX6 features released and here’s the reasons why we love it!
After the year we've had so far, we've all been looking forward to a bit of good news from Sony. After the release of the A7S MK3 and the early teaser of the Sony FX6 in September, there has been a lot of discussion on the Internet about what features the camera will and will not have. The early morning announcement reveals that the new Sony FX6 gives us pretty much everything that everyone had wished for and then quite a few other things as well. The FX6 is the newest addition to Sony’s recently announced Cinema Line series of Digital Cinema cameras, joining the PXW-FX9 and the flagship VENICE in the range. Sony’s Cinema line represents a real change in philosophy from Sony, moving from the idea of producing cameras that produce images that try to match what we see in day to day life, to producing cameras with images that evoke a feeling. This is the basic premise of Sony’s S-Cinetone colour science and is a big step forward for Sony. Sony has been criticised over the years for producing cameras that produce ‘cold’ images out of the box, but Sony’s Cinema Line cameras certainly swing well away from the traditional ‘Sony’ look.
Elevate your Video Web Meetings - produce remote workspace online content like a Pro!
Here is Videocraft’s take on how to elevate your video web meetings, when working remotely whether you are using Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams or Adobe Connect, read through the ways you can elevate your online presentations and meetings.First, let’s tackle the visuals.For most people who now find themselves having to communicate with their colleagues remotely, they rely on the built-in webcam on their device (if it has one). However, depending on the device, the angle you can be left with can often end up being the most unflattering perspective possible.Perhaps the simplest way to avoid visuals of extra chins and nostril shots is to get an external webcam that you can position independently of the screen you might be using. A suggested solution would be coupling a webcam like theLogitech Brio webcam or using a DSLR style of camera with a HDMI output like the Sony ZV1 and pair it up with an adjustable desk stand like theJoby Telepod.Moving to a more traditional camera or camcorder can certainly elevate the visuals further and well, webcams can only get you so far. They generally have tiny sensors which certainly limit how pretty an image they can produce. For an idea about what we would recommend for a complete next step up, see here:Home Streaming Budget Kit which includes the Sony ZV1 to give you really great quality online visuals. How about lighting?Depending on your workspace, some additional lighting equipment may get you further than a camera upgrade. If your workspace isn’t blessed with consistent, pleasant or generally flattering lighting, try adding something like theNanlite Pavotube 6C; It’s got an in-built battery and can be USB powered, so you’ve got a heap of flexibility with where you can place it. Add aJoby Telepod to mount it on your desk and you’ll go a long way to being able to light yourself in a way that will make you look better than the rest of your ‘whatever lights the room has’ colleagues. As a cool bonus, it’s a full RGBWW light which is perfect for a splash of colour or some creative mood lighting for your home/workspace when it’s not on duty to light a face.Now, what about audio?Sound is usually more important than the pictures, so it’s definitely worth putting some extra effort into showing some love to your audience’s ears. With the explosion of audio content like Podcasts, there is now a heap of great and affordable audio gear that would really elevate the work-from-home experience.Built-in webcams tend to have built-in microphones that perform okay when you are in the sweet spot for where they pick up audio. However, with an external USB microphone like theRode NT-USB Mini, to use on your desktop, it's worth considering a Rode PSA1 boom arm for when you're at your desk and want full control over your microphone placement. 'Treat audio the way a radio station would, and your audience will thank you for it.' Maybe a more mobile option is more suitable, we would suggest you try the Rode WIGO Wireless Mic which you can plug into your camera or camcorder for real high-quality audio capture. This way you can move it to suit you the mic to suit your preferred position, rather than the other way around. Keep the mic close to your mouth, and your voice will always be heard. Once you divorce your microphone from your camera, you grant yourself a heap more creative freedom to be able to frame your visuals how you wish, without compromising on how you sound. Give it a try! Check out this short video tip on how this style of setup works.
Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 17 with 300 new and improved features
DaVinci Resolve 17 is a major new release with over 100 new features and 200 improvements. The colour page features new HDR grading tools, redesigned primary controls, AI-based magic mask and more. Fairlight updates mouse and keyboard edit selection tools so customers can work faster, along with Fairlight Audio Core and FlexBus, an ext-generation audio engine and busing architecture with support for 2,000 tracks. Editors get a metadata slate view with bin dividers, zoomed waveforms for audio trimming, smart reframing, a unified inspector and dozens of other time-saving tools. In addition, compositions created in Fusion can now be used as an effect, title or transition on the edit and cut pages. “This is a massive update and it has amazing new technology and features for colourists, audio engineers, editors and visual effects artists,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “While the new colour science, HDR grading and improvements and Fairlight usability are the most noticeable features, what I am most proud of are the thousands of small improvements that customers will notice every day!”
Canon EOS C70 new compact Cinema EOS camera
Canon Australia launched the new EOS C70, it combines the image quality of the Cinema EOS System with the compact size, portability and flexibility of its EOS R line-up of cameras, so you get to enjoy the RF-Series lens range. The EOS C70 comes complete with pro interfaces and input/output terminals and ports, which makes it a suitable choice for a broad range of uses including documentaries, productions of all sizes, newsgathering, and events such as weddings. Content Creators wanting to achieve higher production quality for social media content on channels such as Instagram Stories or Reels or especially for TikTok, the C70 makes it much easier to capture thanks to the EOS C70’s vertical shooting capability.
New Panasonic LUMIX S5 hybrid full-frame mirrorless camera
Panasonic announced the new LUMIX S5, a hybrid full-frame mirrorless camera in a highly mobile body that delivers powerful video performance, amazing photography and solid reliability for content creators. James Choi, Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, explained: “The hybrid S5 packs the essential capabilities of our ground-breaking flagship S Series cameras into a small, mobile and robust body. Enthusiasts who want to take their creativity to the next level can harness the incredible image quality of a powerful full-frame sensor. The S5’s compact size belies the impressive performance under the hood - this camera is class-leading in the sheer breadth of video and stills capabilities it puts in the hands of content creators.” The S5 is packed with impressive video capabilities, including 4K 60p 10-bit internal recording and external output via HDMI, full Varicam V-log profile pre-installed in the camera, 4:3 Anamorphic Super 35 mode and up to 180 frames per second (fps) Slow Motion shooting. The camera is also compatible with Panasonic’s DMW-XLR1 microphone adaptor, allowing professional audio equipment to be used in video creation. Additionally, RAW video output via HDMI up to 5.9K will be available via a future firmware update. For hybrid shooters who want to take a step up, the S5 delivers stunning image quality and greater creative scope. It contains the 24.2-megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor first introduced in the LUMIX S1, providing impressive low-light performance and incredibly high dynamic range. This is backed by the 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 image stabilisation system with up to 6.5-stops[i] of camera shake correction for handheld shooting. The camera also incorporates an improved Deep Learning autofocus algorithm that detects specific subjects – humans and fast-moving animals – with great accuracy. Inspired by the flagship S Series professional camera lineup, the S5 provides enthusiasts with a compact, durable camera designed for field use. The camera’s full magnesium alloy weather-sealed body is splash and dust resistant, essential for working in a range of environmental conditions. Dual SD card slots offer further flexibility with relay recording and backup support. A large, high-resolution OLED viewfinder delivers quick response with minimum distortion for easy and accurate framing of the scene. Creative aids for expressive photography include “Live View Composite”, newly-introduced to the S Series with the S5, which combines multiple exposures into a single image that emphasises bright points while suppressing overexposure of the total image and maintaining the shadows, thus reducing the learning curve for light painting and long exposure photography. The S5 also features sensor-shift 96-megapixel (MP) high-resolution mode, which can capture detailed landscapes with increased dynamic range and colour reproduction, with files created in-camera without the need for external software. Panasonic is currently developing a number of S Series prime and zoom lenses at popular focal lengths, designed to further expand the creative possibilities for LUMIX S Series users. These new portable and lightweight lenses include a 24mm F1.8, 35mm F1.8, 50mm F1.8, 85mm F1.8 and a 70-300mm F4.5-5.6, all of which will complement the S5 very well.
Key LUMIX S5 CapabilitiesExceptional recording performance for video creation As a pioneer of photo/video hybrid mirrorless cameras, LUMIX has the largest lineup of cameras that record 4K 10-bit video[ii]. The S5 is no exception, and is capable of unlimited 4K 60p/50p 4:2:2 10-bit HDMI output and also delivers unlimited 4K 30p/25p 4:2:0 8-bit internal recording. In addition, 4K 60p/50p 4:2:0 10-bit and 4K 30p/25p 4:2:2 10-bit can be recorded internally for up to 30 minutes. The camera features V-Log/V-Gamut with a wide dynamic range of 14+ stops, in line with the dynamic range of the Panasonic VariCam, to precisely capture everything from dark to bright areas. Subtle gradations such as skin tones are faithfully reproduced. Designed with consistent colour management in mind, the recorded footage is easily matched with V-Log footage recorded by the LUMIX S1/S1H or LUMIX GH5/GH5S, for easier post-production workflow. Practical tools like a Waveform Monitor and V-Log View Assist are included. Slow & Quick mode enables impressive slow and quick motion video with autofocus[iii], and can be accessed directly using the mode dial. In 4K the S5 achieves up to 30x quick or 2.5x slow motion at 1-60fps, and in FHD it achieves 60x quick or 7.5x slow motion[iv] at 1-180fps. Stunning image quality The S5 has a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (35.6 mm x 23.8mm) with Dual Native ISO technology. The sensor can leverage a dual-base ISO setting, resulting in minimised noise and outstanding image quality from low to high sensitivity. Dual Native ISO provides a greater variety of artistic choices, with the ability to use less light if desired. The S5’s Dual Native ISOs are 640 and 4000[v] in V-Log. This feature teams up with the Venus Engine processor to deliver a maximum ISO of up to 51200. With the new Live View Composite function, the camera releases the shutter at designated exposure intervals and produces a single picture combining all the areas of high luminosity such as lights, stars or fireworks. The photographer can monitor this in Live View. Panasonic’s 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2 offers excellent stability in a range of situations. A high-precision gyrosensor joins the Dual I.S. system of 5-axis in-body stabilisation and 2-axis optical stabilisation in selected lenses for highly accurate shake detection and compensation. This makes it possible to use up to 6.5 stops[vi] slower shutter speed in both photo and video. Incredibly stable performance can be achieved when shooting handheld at much slower shutter speeds and lower ISO values, reducing the need to carry a tripod or gimbal. The 96MP High-Resolution mode creates highly detailed images that can be turned into enormous prints or used in commercial imagery. Using sensor shift technology, it captures and combines eight consecutive images in-camera for outstanding results achieved when shooting handheld colours of natural landscapes to intricate fine arts, and can also be used when moving subjects are in the scene, by switching to the sub-mode. It produces a 96MP equivalent (12,000 x 8,000-pixel) RAW and/or JPEG image. High-speed, high-precision AF supported by real-time detection technology Panasonic has achieved high-speed AF with its advanced control technology incorporating the major devices – lens, sensor and imaging engine. The lens and sensor communicate at a maximum of 480 fps. Contrast AF with DFD technology allows the S5 to achieve an ultra-high-speed, high-precision AF of approximately 0.08[vii] sec. It also excels in low-light shooting, with -6EV[viii] luminance detection performance in Low Light AF, thanks to the higher sensitivity and optimised tuning of the sensor. The S5 also incorporates an improved Deep Learning autofocus algorithm that offers greater accuracy in detecting specific subjects – including humans, people’s faces, and fast-moving animals. In addition to the eye, face and body, the head is also separately recognised by real-time detection technology to provide even more precise focusing. The camera keeps tracking subjects when they move quickly, turn away, tilt their head or move far away from the camera. Also, improvements to DFD technology have enhanced AFC, which allows the camera to keep tracking small or fast-moving subjects and capture them in crisp focus. Reliable performance plus expandability for creative freedom To withstand heavy field use, the S5 has a magnesium alloy full die-cast body and is splash/dust-resistant[ix]. With an optimum layout of heat dispersion components, heat is effectively transferred externally, which results in stable, continuous video recording for an extended time. The large OLED LVF (Live View Finder) has a magnification ratio of approx. 0.74x, 2,360K-dot high resolution and a minimum time lag of less than 0.005 sec. A versatile free-angle 3.0-inch LCD rear monitor (3:2 aspect, approx.1840K-dot) with touch control allows for quick changes to settings, even when the user is in front of the camera. Other shooting assist functions include Frame Markers for checking composition during recording. A wide range of aspect ratios are supported, including those for popular social media platforms – 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5, 5:4 and 9:16. In addition, the REC Frame Indicator displays an eye-catching red frame for checking at a glance if the camera is recording or not. The S5 has dual SD Card slots – one slot complies with the high-speed, high-capacity UHS-II (Video Class 90) and the other with UHS-I. Users can select Relay Recording, Backup Recording or Allocation Recording modes. The camera uses a new DMW-BLK22 high-capacity battery which meets its power demands in a small form factor. The S5 battery is also backwards compatible with the GH5, GH5S and G9. The camera’s battery can be recharged either via AC or USB, which is convenient if you are travelling and want to use a USB power bank. The S5 is also capable of power supply and delivery via USB-C, making it possible to continuously power the camera with a USB power source. Content sharing with smartphones is streamlined using Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy connection, Wi-Fi 5-GHz (IEEE802.11ac) and 2.4-GHz (IEEE 802.11b/g/n). With an always-on Bluetooth connection, a smartphone can act as the camera’s remote control via the LUMIX Sync app. The settings of an S5 camera can also be copied and transmitted to other S5 cameras when shooting using multiple cameras. The S5 is compatible with the LUMIX Tether applications which enable tethered shooting via USB. Users can control the camera by connecting it to a PC. Images can be viewed on a large PC screen while shooting, which is useful in situations where continuous confirmation is required. For live streaming, LUMIX Tether for Streaming (Beta) with LIVE VIEW mode is available. LUMIX Sync for iOS/Android devices enables image transfer to a smartphone or tablet via an easy wireless connection. Convenient optional accessories A variety of optional accessories can be used with the S5. They include a Microphone Adaptor (DMW-XLR1) for professional XLR microphones to record high-quality stereo sound, as well as switchable Mic, Line and Condenser Microphones. The Battery Grip (DMW-BGS5) extends battery life and provides controls for portrait-oriented shooting. Other accessories include a Remote Shutter (DMW-RS2), DC coupler (DMW-DCC17), and Tripod Grip (DMW-SHGR1). LUMIX S5 Pricing and Availability
Sony FX9 Firmware Ver 2.0 released and available for download.
UPDATE: Sony released the firmware downloaded for the FX9 today - you can find firmware and documents here https://pro.sony/en_AU/support-resources/pxw-fx9/software/00250129 Based on ongoing discussions between Sony and content creators, FX9 is gaining significant new capabilities through firmware updates. Ver.3.0 upgrade is free of charge and will include below key features: Further information and schedule will be updated later.
- S700PTP Remote Protocol
- Center Scan mode for Super 16mm lens
- B4 Lens support when using adaptor
- Full-frame 4K 60p/50p recording with oversampling (image sensor scan size is around 5K)
- FHD 180fps shooting
- DCI 4K recording
- 16 bit RAW output (with XDCA-FX9)
- Support DWX digital wireless audio receiver (with XDCA-FX9)
- Eye-AF capability
- Support 6G-SDI
- Adds User 3D LUT function
- Adds HDR shooting function with Hybrid Log Gamma
- Support touch screen operation (regarding some status screen and some setting)
- Increased upper limit of Gain setting
- Support XLR-K3M with digital I/F
- Image quality improvement at S35 2K mode
Blackmagic Camera 6.9.6 update for Blackmagic Camera and Studio Fibre Converters
This firmware update improves audio output channel selection, adds sidetone adjustment, phantom power for intercom headsets and improved reference timing on SMPTE fibre! What's new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.9.6 New features for SMPTE Fibre Converters.
- Add sidetone adjustment on intercom 1 and 2.
- Add ability to enable phantom power on intercom 1 and 2.
- Add Level A and B option for down-converted 12G program return.
- Add the ability to lock to bi-level reference.
- Added passthrough of HDR payload IDs.
- Improved iris control from 12G SDI signals.
- Improved reference timing accuracy and stability.
- General performance and stability improvements.
- Fixed issue with some Bluetooth commands not responding.
- No new features in 6.9.6 for other camera models.