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  • Would the Sony ECMVG1 microphone be suitable to use with my Sony Z1P video camera ?

    The Sony ECMVG1 Microphone is a perfect fit for an HVRZ1P, it also includes all the accessories you will need to mount it to the camera and quite a neat wind shield.


  • Will the Canon LC-EC charger work with cheaper third party batteries ?

    No, the Canon LC-E6 charger only works the original Canon LPE6N batteries.


  • Are you able to remove the internal battery of the BMCC 2.5K for charging?

    No, the internal battery cannot be removed for charging. If a longer running time is required, there are many 3rd party battery adaptors and powering solutions available from companies such as IDX.


  • Wondering if the gopro scenelapse 360 can be used with the Hero5 Black please

    Yes, the Gopole Scenelapse 360 has a 1/4"-20 screw, so it can connect to the Hero5 Camera


  • Do you need to purchase seperate mounts for the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro ?

    The Blackmagic Design URSA Mini PRO  has a revolutionary new interchangeable lens mount that makes it compatible with virtually all professional lenses so you can choose exactly the right lens for the job. Included standard is an EF mount for working with high quality photographic lenses. Optional PL and B4 lens mounts can be purchased separately.


  • Does the Blackmagic Web Presenter include the front panel ?

    The Blackmagic Design Web Presenter does not include the front panel, which is the Teranex Mini Smart Panel, and can be purchased seperately


  • I'm looking for a camera that has great night vision but also something that I can live stream from locations, but I really don't want to spend a lot

    I have just looked through the manual of the Sony HXRMC2500 camera and I can’t find a reference to a night shot feature (High-gain, monochromatic). It does have night scene but this is not the same and is best for static shots like the exterior of a building at night. The cheapest camera we have that offers nightshot is the sony PXWX70.


  • Introduction to the HERO3 Black Edition from Go Pro


  • What type of sensor does the PMWF3 use?

    The PMW-F3 is equipped with a Super 35mm sensor, which is the same size as Super 35mm film and has been specifically developed for digital cinematography. Its positioning within the chassis is exactly the same as it would be within a 35mm film camera--ensuring exactly the same optical performance with the unrivalled range of 35mm cine lenses.

In addition, Sony's advanced accumulated sensor technologies provide an excellent sensitivity of F11 (ISO 800) and a remarkable signal-to-noise ratio of just 63dB (measured at 1080/59.94i and typical value). A unique Exmor sensor offers exceptional noise reduction and greatly reduces power consumption.


  • What type of lenses can I use with the PMWF3?

    The PMW-F3 is supplied with a PL mount adapter to provide immediate compatibility with the huge range of filmic 35mm lenses, including prime, digital cinematography and even still lenses. There are also hot shoe electric interfaces for Cooke/i and ARRI LDS.

    Sony has begun to introduce zoom lenses that are directly compatible with the F3's FZ mount, beginning with an 18-252mm model (the SCL-Z18X140, sold separately). Zoom lens compatibility expands the operational flexibility of the F3 so it can be used for almost any application.


  • What are the best quality pictures the PMWF3 camera is capable of?

    An RGB 4:4:4 1080 23.98/25/29.97PsF signal is available over an HD-SDI dual-link or 3G-SDI output, allowing the use of an external recorder such as the SR-R1 Memory Recorder for high-quality output for VFX tasks such as chroma-key, compositing, and CGI.


  • Does the PMWF3 have S-log?

    S-Log mode is available with wide dynamic range (800%) for the RGB 4:4:4 10-bit signal.


  • Can I apply look up tables to the PMWF3?

    LUTs can be applied to the HD-SDI output and to SxS recording off-line. User-defined LUTs (created by Sony's CVP file editor) can be loaded to the camera from an SxS card. LUTs can be used for off-line editing with SxS-recorded content. You can transfer user-defined LUTs from one camera to another for easy setup.

    Without applying a LUT, uncorrected S-Log footage looks "flat" and washed out. Pre-loaded LUTs allow you to correct for this, so you can properly monitor on-set. The F3's S-Log gamma mode lets you retain maximum dynamic range from shadow details to highlights and employs exactly the same S-Log workflow as used for high-end products such as the F35 camera.


  • What can the PMWF3 record natively?

    The PMW-F3 is the first compact camcorder to be a member of the legendary Sony CineAlta family. It offers native 25p* recording which, in combination with advanced creative features such as selectable gamma curves, makes this camcorder ideal for cinema production.

    *In 1440 x 1080/25p (SP) mode, images are handled as 23.98p and recorded as 50i signals via 2:3 pull-down.


  • Can the PMWF3 record ‘off speed’?

    The PMW-F3 offers a powerful Slow & Quick Motion function--commonly known as overcranking and undercranking in film shooting. This enables users to create unique looks or special effects with slow- and fast-motion images, and can be selected on the control dial on the side of the camcorder.

The PMW-F3 can capture images at frame rates selectable from 1 frame per second (fps) to 60 fps in 720p mode, and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode--in increments of 1 fps--onto a single card. With the Slow & Quick Motion function of this camcorder, images are recorded natively without interpolating the frames. This means the quality of the slow- and fast-motion images is extremely high and superior to those created in the editing process. In addition, these slow -and fast- motion images can be played back immediately after shooting, without using any converters or processing on nonlinear editing systems.


  • What type of audio does the PMWF3 record?

    In addition to HD recording, high-quality audio is an equally significant feature in the XDCAM EX system. The PMW-F3 camcorder records and plays back high-quality, two-channel 16-bit, 48-kHz linear PCM uncompressed audio.


  • How do I capture what I have shot on my PMWF3 to my edit suite?

    The PMW-F3 is part of Sony's highly successful XDCAM EX product family, which supports a high speed nonlinear workflow. With XDCAM EX, recordings are made as data files in the MP4 format, which is widely used in a number of recent electronic portable devices and has been standardized by ISO.

File-based recording allows material to be handled with great flexibility in an IT-based environment--easily available for copying, transferring, sharing, and archiving. All these operations are accomplished without any digitizing process required.

File-based data copying allows for degradation-free dubbing of footage, which can be performed easily on a PC. The file-based recording system also allows for material to be viewed directly on a PC--simply by inserting the SxS memory card into the ExpressCard slot on a PC or Mac, or by linking a PC/Mac to the XDCAM EX unit via a USB2 connection. This file-based operation can dramatically improve the efficiency and quality of your workflow.

    The PMW-F3 uses XDCAM EX's proven high-speed, intuitive workflow and offers seamless integration with leading nonlinear editing software. In addition, 10-bit 4:2:2 HD-SDI output opens up hybrid recording possibilities with content simultaneously recorded on internal memory and, in uncompressed form, on a variety of external recording devices.

The Dual Link HD-SDI option enables 10-bit 4:4:4 RGB 23.98/25/29.97PsF or 10-bit 4:2:2 108050p/59.94p uncompressed external recording--ideal for integration with highest quality production workflows such as HDCAM SR. The PMW-F3 also supports selectable gamma, four levels of HyperGamma and S-Log for a wide range of shooting conditions from standard to wide latitude. The PMW-F3 can simultaneously record LUT (Look Up Table) information onto the internal media for additional workflow flexibility.

3G-SDI is available for 10-bit RGB 1080 23.98/25/29.97PsF or 10-bit 4:2:2 1080 50/59.94p output.


  • What type of media does the PMWF3 use?

    Both SxS PRO and SxS-1A memory cards use the PCI Express interface to achieve an extremely high data-transfer speed of 800 Mbps - 1.2Gbps, and can resist considerable shock (1500G) and vibration (15G). Also, a unique Salvage function can restore content damaged by power loss or memory disconnection during recording.

In addition, with an optional MEAD-MS01 or MEAD-SD01 Media Adapter, a high-speed Memory Stick or SD memory card can be used as emergency or alternative recording media. (Slow Motion and the Salvage function are not supported.)


  • Can I mount the OMNI onto any tripod ?

    Yes, you can connect the OMNI to any standard tripod with a 1/4 inch screw. Just make sure it can handle the weight of the rig and cameras. You can also mount the OMNI on a Manfrotto light stand to maximise the field of view, but make sure you get shotbags to secure the stand. 


  • Can the C500 record 4K internally?

    The Canon C500 cannot record the 4K signal internally to the Compact Flash cards. An external recorder available from companies such as Convergent Design, Codex and AJA is required to record the 4K signal.


  • Is the lens mount interchangeable between EF and PL on the C500?

    The lens mount is fixed and cannot be changed between Canon EF or PL mounts by the user.


  • VERSION 1.02 SOFTWARE USER UPDATE FOR THE PXW-X70 RELEASED

    Sony has recently become aware that when recorded in XAVC mode, the Left
    and Right audio channels are recorded swapped around.

    Sony is offering a system software update (V1.02) for XDCAM Camcorder
    “PXW-X70” which corrects this phenomenon and improves other functions.
    We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for
    your kind understanding and co-operation. YOu can retrieve the local download here

    [Applicable model]
    XDCAM Camcorder
    “PXW-X70”.

    [Applicable system software version]
    The applicable cameras have system software versions “Ver.1.00 and 1.01”.

    [Contents of update]
    The system software corrects the phenomenon on which Lch and Rch are
    recorded in reverse when recorded in XAVC mode and improves other
    functions.


    For the restoration of any clips already recorded with reversed audio channels,
    we suggest using NLE editing software such as “Adobe Premire Pro CC”.

    For further assistance, please contact:
    Sony Australia 1300 367 669 (OPTION 5)


  • In what format does the C500 record the 4K RAW signal?

    Canon uses a proprietary format to encode the RAW signal called .rtf  The .rtf format is then processed using the Cinema RAW Development (CRD) program supplied by Canon.  CRD converts the rtf files into dpx file format which can be used in editing and colour grading software and for transcoding to other formats.


  • Hi i am interested in a GoPro HERO 4 Silver, to have on my motorbike helmet what i would like to know is, what is the recording time of the unit and can this time be extended as when i go riding it is usally about 3 to 4 hours (i do a lot of touring) and

    Hi Jim,

    The GoPro Hero4 Silver and Hero 4 Black cameras do not have any internal memory, they rely on SD cards (specifically MicroSD Cards) to provide the memory, so it is up to you as to how much memory you want the camera to have.

    The record time you get will be a combination of the size of the memory card you have and the recording format you choose.

    Here are a couple of links from the go pro website, the first providing a guide for recording times, and the second recommended SD cards to buy.

    http://gopro.com/support/articles/hero4-silver-recording-time-in-each-video-setting

    http://gopro.com/support/articles/software-update-release

     

    In addition, the recording time is also dependent on the Gopro Hero 4 Battery, which typically lasts up to 2 hours*. There are alternative battery options such as the GoPro Hero 4 Dual Battery Charger with Battery  and the GoPro LCD Touch BacPac for HERO4


  • I've heard that flash banding can be an issue with mod sensors, how does the HPX600 deal with this issue?

    Chromatic aberration is a type of distortion which results from a lens's limited ability to focus all colors to the same convergence point. When used with compatible lenses, the HPX600's Chromatic Aberration Compensation technology can automatically correct these types of optical flaws.


  • I have heard that HD cameras can show colour fringing, What does the HPX600 do to compensate?

    Chromatic aberration is a type of distortion which results from a lens's limited ability to focus all colors to the same convergence point. When used with compatible lenses, the HPX600's Chromatic Aberration Compensation technology can automatically correct these types of optical flaws.


  • What other codecs can the HPX600 camera record?

    Other available video formats include DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO, DV and optional compatibility with the newly developed AVC-ULTRA. The MOS sensor attains high F12 sensitivity (at 60 Hz) and a signal-to-noise ratio of 59 dB. Weighing in at 6.6 lb, the HPX600 is among the lightest 2/3-type shoulder mount camcorders. The HPX600 utilizes Panasonic's P2 memory card system. The HPX600 employs the AVC-Intra codec in both 50 and 100Mps versions. Class 100 enables 10-bit 4:2:2 chroma sampling, and Class 50 does 10-bit 4:2:0.An optional upgrade provides HPX600 compatibility with the new AVC-ULTRA family of codecs.


  • How do I record XAVC on the Sony A7s and Sony PXWX70 Cameras ?

    Sony has just announced that to record in the XAVC codec on the Sony A7S and Sony PXWX70, the cameras require SDXC UHS-1 U3 media.

    All other codecs can be recorded by class 10 SDHC or SDXC media.


  • 1. What type of sensor does the AG-HPX600 employ?

    The Panasonic AG-HPX600 P2 HD Shoulder-mount Camcorder features a 2/3" MOS Sensor and records Full HD 1080p video in AVC-Intra 10-bit with 4:2:2 chroma sampling.


  • Which mic models should I use VXLR+ and which should use VXLR ?

    The Rode VXLR is an adapter that converts a 3.5mm mini jack input to a male XLR output. The Rode VXLR+ allows RØDE on-camera microphones such as the VideoMicro and VideoMic GO, as well as self-worn microphones like the HS2 Headset Mic to receive power from the XLR input as well.

    The following Rode microphones are compatible with the Rode VXLR+ and can use the Rode VXLR:

    • VideoMic
    • VideoMicro •
    • VideoMic Pro 
    • VideoMic Pro+ 
    • VideoMic GO • 
    • HS2 
    • RØDELink Filmmaker Kit •
    • SmartLav+ (when used with SC3 adapter)

    If not on this list, best to use the Rode VXLR.


  • What Size sensor does the HXRNX5 have?

    Three 1/3” Exmor™ CMOS Sensors with ClearVid array


  • Does the HXRNX5 have ND filters?

    The HXR-NX5E is equipped with three built-in ND (Neutral Density) filters – 1/4, 1/16, 1/64 – which help to vary the depth of field with iris control.


  • Does the HXRNX5 have steady shot?

    A new feature of the HXR-NX5P is Active SteadyShot. This useful feature effectively reduces hand-held camera shake.


  • What is the built in GPS in the HXR-NX5?

    The HXRNX5 has an internal Global Location Positioning (GPS) locator which can automatically embed satellite navigation data in AVCHD video data files. Mapping data can be created using bundled CMU software. Also GPS data can be extracted from video files, using CMU (Contacts Management Utility) software, in a commonly used latitude/longitude NMEA data format.


  • What outputs does the HXRNX5 have?

    The HXR-NX5E has a variety of flexible interfaces. An HD-SDI interface allows you to connect to a high-end video editing system with a single BNC cable. No conversion boxes are needed and the output is uncompressed, providing the highest picture quality. Time code and audio signals are embedded in the HD-SDI signal.

     A HDMI interface allows easy connection to consumer HD displays or external recorders.

    TC Link enables two camcorders to be connected with a standard mini-plug cable so time codes can be synchronised. A USB2.0 slot enables simple connection to a computer with no need for an external power supply. Also featured are RCA-pintype composite and audio outputs terminals, component output with AV/R-out and Remote Terminal.


  • Does the HXRNX5 have an interchangeable lens?

    No the HXRNX5 does not have an interchangeable lens. However you can get lens adaptors such as the Sony VCL-HG0872K 0.8x wide conversion lens.


  • What are the recording frame rates for the HXRNX5?

    AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080/50i, AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080/50i, AVCHD HQ (9Mbps) 1440x1080/50i, AVCHD LP (5Mbps) 1440x1080/50i, AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1920x1080/25p, AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1920x1080/25p, AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1280x720/50p, AVCHD FH (17Mbps) 1280x720/50p, MPEG SD HQ (9Mbps) 720x576/50i, MPEG SD HQ (9Mbps) 720x576/50i (25p Scan)


  • What is AVCHD?

    AVCHD, which stands for Advanced Video Codec High Definition, is a high-definition (HD) digital video camera recorder format, created by Sony and Panasonic in May 2006.

    The format employs MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) codec for video compression, and Dolby Digital (AC-3) or Linear PCM for the audio codec.

    AVCHD Recording Times



  • Can the Ninja 2 can be used with my Sony PMW EX3.Thanks a lot. Nabil

    Hi Nabil

    The Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder requires an HDMI signal. The Sony PMWEX3 has an SDI output, so you will need to purchase an Atomos Samurai Blade Field Recorder


  • How to setup the Odyssey 7Q+ with your Sony A7S Camera

    The Odyssey7Q+ and Sony A7S configuration Setup guide.

    Note that the Odyssey7Q+ can record and “Playback” footage all from the one unit without needing to plug the drive(s) into a PC. Also Note, Odyssey7Q+ is for a limited time shipping with 2 (FREE) 256Gb SSD units


  • How to setup the Odyssey 7Q+ with your Panasonic GH4 camera

    The Odyssey7Q+ and Panasonic GH4 configuration Setup video guide. The Odyssey7Q+ with GH4 makes for a perfect 4K over HDMI combo! Setup is quick and easy.



  • When is the next firmware for the Sony PXW-X180 due to be released and what features will be available?

    Good News. The user updates V2.00 system software for the Sony PXW-X180 Camcorder and the V1.31 network function software have been released. NOTE: Both the system software update and the network function software update are necessary for the PXW-X180.

    New features and improvements:

    • Picture Cache Rec
    • White balance memory according to the ND filter position
    • Transmitting streaming video and audio
    • 3G/4G/LTE modem, wired LAN – note, this requires new CBK-NA1 Network Adaptor, sold separately, details to follow

    These updates, procedure manual and release notes can be downloaded from:

    http://pro.sony.com.au/pro/support/firmwares/1237493390274


  • When is the next firmware for the Sony PXW-X160 due to be released and what features will be available?

    Good News. The user updates V2.00 system software for the Sony PXW-X160 has been released. 

    New features and improvements:

    • Picture Cache Rec
    • White balance memory according to the ND filter position

    These updates, procedure manual and release notes can be downloaded from:

    http://pro.sony.com.au/pro/support/firmwares/1237493390274


  • Software upgrades for the Panasonic Lumix AG-GH4 and AG-YAGH Interface Adapter have now been released

    The Panasonic Lumix AG-GH4 Camera is updated to Ver 2.1. AG-YAGH Interface Adaptor is updated to Ver 1.1

    Note:  For Panasonic DMC-GH4 owners, please go to the following site for firmware and upgrade instructions.

    http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/dl/gh4.html

    Major Enhancements:

    • Timecode can be embedded in the HDMI output signal.
    • RSS (Recording Start/Stop) signal can be embedded in the HDMI output signal.
    • An FHD 30p/25p (native) output via HDMI is available while recording video in FHD at 30p/25p.
    • [Time Lapse Shot] Program is fixed to start recording at the designated time even when [summer time] is set.
    • [AG-YAGH] FHD at 30PsF / 25PsF output via SDI is available while recording video in FHD at 30p/25p

    Improvements:

    • Playback performance of recorded 4K video is improved
    • When Summer Time setting is ON, Interval REC will not start at a set time. This issue is addressed in the new firmware version

    Upgrade instructions:

    Format an SD card in camera. Extract the ZIP package, and then copy the extracted firmware files (“.ebn” file for AG-YAGH and “.bin” file for AG-GH4), to the root (upper directory) of the SD memory card.

    Please refer to the upgrade procedure found at the same site as the software and carefully follow each step to complete the upgrade process.

    http://eww.pass.panasonic.co.jp/p2ui/guest/TopLogin.do?lang=en&category=pav


    N.B. Interface unit AG-YAGH must be updated while attached to AG-GH4


  • Where can I download the latest software update for the Panasonic DMC-GH4 LUMIX Camera and are there any new features ?

    For Panasonic DMC-GH4 owners, please go to the following site for firmware and upgrade instructions.

    http://av.jpn.support.panasonic.com/support/global/cs/dsc/download/fts/dl/gh4.html

    Major Enhancements:

    • Timecode can be embedded in the HDMI output signal.
    • RSS (Recording Start/Stop) signal can be embedded in the HDMI output signal.
    • An FHD 30p/25p (native) output via HDMI is available while recording video in FHD at 30p/25p.
    • [Time Lapse Shot] Program is fixed to start recording at the designated time even when [summer time] is set.
    • [AG-YAGH] FHD at 30PsF / 25PsF output via SDI is available while recording video in FHD at 30p/25p

    Improvements:

    • Playback performance of recorded 4K video is improved
    • When Summer Time setting is ON, Interval REC will not start at a set time. This issue is addressed in the new firmware versio

  • Hi guys,Just wondering if there is any way for me to attach and use a RØDE VideoMic with this camera.Thanks for your help

    Unfortunately the HXRMC2500 does not have input for additional microphones like the the Rode Videomic. On the plus side it does come with a built-in omni directional stereo microphone that would most likely suit your requirements.


  • I'm looking for a tripod that's sturdy enough to support a Canon 5d Mk II with lenses, on top of a Konova k2 slider. The ACE L seems to fit the bill. However, the screw on the ACE L plate has 2 metal bits sticking up, where the slider will only take 1

    The tripod has a removable location pin for video cameras. You would not use this for a DSLR or a piece of equipment that does not accommodate a location pin


  • Will the Atomos V work on a 5D Mk3 ?

    The Atomos Ninja V will record from the Canon 5DMKIII. For specifications regarding the output and recording, please refer to the Atomos Support Page


  • When recording 1920x1080, 50 frames per second on the BMCC 4K, is the recording in progressive or interlaced mode?

    According to the spec sheet, the 4K camera will only shoot 1920X1080/50 as interlaced footage.


  • Does the Sony a7s come in a PAL version?

    The Sony A7S Australian model allows you to film by default in in PAL, and can be changed to NTSC via the menu settings. The US model records in NTSC only.


  • When will the 4K software update be available for the Sony PXW-X70 Camcorder ?

    Both the FREE Ver2.0 System software update and the 4K PAID update for the PXW-X70 camcorder are now available.

     

    New features and improvements of the Free Ver2.0 Update:

    • Recording/playing back/outputting in 4K (QFHD) (NOTE: CBKZ-X70FX option is required, sold separately. 
    • Proxy recording
    • Network functions:
    • Live streaming
    • FTP
    • Operation stability improvement

    All owners of the PXW-X70 camcorder should be encouraged to install this update.

    Local download of the update, procedure and operating manuals is available from http://pro.sony.com.au/PXWX70/V200


    New features and improvements of the Paid 4K Update:

     

    Once the PXW-X70 camcorder has had the free Ver 2.0 upgrade installed, adding the paid upgrade option CBKZ-X70FX will enable shooting in 4K [QFHD/UHD] in the following format:

     

    • XAVC-L
    • 4:2:0/8-bit
    • 3840 x 2160 [QFHD/UHD]
    • 30p/25p/24p
    • 60Mbps

     

    Note that the CBKZ-X70FX 4K upgrade is delivered as a Purchase Key, in a physical box. After purchasing this from Videocraft, the enter the Purchase Key into Sony’s eCSite along with the camera’s serial number, to obtain an Install Key.


    4K Upgrade Procedure

    1. Purchase the CBKZ-X70FX Purchase Key 
    2. Register on eCSite - http://www.gsc.cpg.sony.co.jp/GSC
    3. eCSite will send ID & Password
    4. Follow instructions to get “Install Key” by inputting the Purchase Key & Serial No. of PXW-X70

     

    Note 4K restrictions as follows:

    • S&Q
    • Face Detection
    • Data Rec
    • Colour Bars
    • HDMI/SDI/composite (from multi terminal) output
    • D. Extender
    • Clear Image Zoom ratio x24 (HD mode)
    •  x18 (4K mode)

    NO output from HDMI (or SDI) during 4K recording mode. Only 4K output available is from HDMI in 4K EE mode.

     


  • Hi I am looking at purchasing the Canon C100 Mark II - I want to use it mainly for film, but wondering if it also takes still pictures and specifications?

    The Canon C100 Mark 2 shoots incredible still images, even on auto mode. The image sensor details are as follows:

     

    Sensor

    Super 35mm CMOS (24.6 x 13.8 mm) (28.2 mm diagonal)

    Effective Pixels

    Approx. 8.29 megapixels (3840 x 2160 pixels)

    Processor

    DIGIC DV 4

    Color Filter

    RGB Primary Color Filter (Bayer Array)


  • Can I use Atomos Ninja external recorder with Panasonic AJPX270EN AVC-ULTRA Handheld Camcorder. If possible can I record AVC-ULTRA 200 ?

    The Panasonic AJ-PX270EN Camcorder has a SDI output, which means it’s compatible with the Atomos Samurai Blade Recorder. The Atomos Ninja Star Recorder and Atomos Ninja Assassin  can only be used with cameras that have a HDMI output.

     

    The AVC ULTRA 200 is an optional codec that can be recorded, however AVC-LongG50/25 and AVC-Intra100/50 codecs are provided as standard features.

     


  • What size battery is included with the Panasonic AG-AC90EN?

    The AG-AC90EN comes with one 5400mAh battery, model number CGA-D54S/1H.


  • What is the hdmi output from the Sony A7Sii4:2:0, or 4:2:2

    The HDMI output for the A7S II is 4:2:2 8 bit


  • Do you have the Sony LA-FZB1 lens adaptor?

    Yes, Videocraft have the LAFZB1 adaptor available for demo, rent and sale. Please contact your local Videocraft office for more info.


  • How do the FS5 and FS7 compare with shooting slo mo and do they come with lenses ?

    The Sony PXWFS5 records to SD cards so while it can record High Frame Rates, it is restricted by the size of the camera buffer, an example is 8 seconds at 200fps. 

     

    The Sony PXWFS7 records on XQD cards which have far higher write speeds than even the best SD cards, so you can shoot at a continuous 100fps on an FS7 until your cards fill up.

     

    Regarding lenses, Both the Sony PXWFS5K Kit and PXWFS7K kit are available, however they both come with very different lenses. The FS5 kit features an 18-105mm f/4  lens that is very versatile and lightweight. The FS7 kit features an incredible but hefty 28-135mm f/4 lens. The Sony PXWFS5K Kit is designed to be easily handheld for run & gun shooting, while the PXWFS7K kit is destined for a shoulder mount or kept on a tripod.


  • How do the Sony PXWFS7 and PXWFS5 compare with shooting slo mo and high frame rates and do they come with lenses ?

    The Sony PXWFS5 records to SD cards so while it can record High Frame Rates, it is restricted by the size of the camera buffer, an example is 8 seconds at 200fps. 

     

    The Sony PXWFS7 records on XQD cards which have far higher write speeds than even the best SD cards, so you can shoot at a continuous high frame rate of 100fps on an FS7 until your cards fill up.

     

    Regarding lenses, Both the Sony PXWFS5K Kit and PXWFS7K kit are available, however they both come with very different lenses. The FS5 kit features an 18-105mm f/4  lens that is very versatile and lightweight. The FS7 kit features an incredible but hefty 28-135mm f/4 lens. The Sony PXWFS5K Kit is designed to be easily handheld for run & gun shooting, while the PXWFS7K kit is destined for a shoulder mount or kept on a tripod.


  • What is the mAh is on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera's included lithium ion battery?

    The full specs of the battery are 7.4V, 800mAh, 5.92Wh. The direct replacement is a NIkon EN-EL20


  • Does the BMCC 2.5k camera have the ability to record interlaced footage like the BMCC 4K camera?

    At this stage the BMCC 2.5K camera can not record interlaced frame rates. The 2.5K camera only records the progressive frame rates of 23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, and 30p.


  • Regarding the black magic 4k, I noticed it had recording inputs for two mini jacks but it's analogue is that correct? If that is correct and if you can, why?

    Yes, the BMCC 4K accepts balanced mic or line level analogue audio. Balanced analogue audio is how most video cameras accept an audio signal. Instead of the typical XLR connectors, Black Magic have chosen 1/4" TRS jacks, which are a bigger version of the 3.5mm jacks usually used as a headphone output on consumer products.


  • Can you buy replacement foam for the Pelican 1600 case?

    Yes, it is possible to buy replacement foam for all Pelican cases, as well as other inserts like the padded divider sets. Check the essential accessories section to see what options are available for this product.


  • is the WRR861A receiver compatible with the sony WRT860 transmitter

    Yes, the WRR861 receiver is compatible with the WRR860 transmitter.


  • I'm looking at your Black Magic Ursa mini 4k EF. I've read some good reviews on line about this camera.I just need to understand does it come with a lens at all?If so what lens?

    The Blackmagic Ursa Mini EF 4K does not come with a lens, however has an E-Mount lens adapter. We would recommend the Canon EF 24-105 Cine lens and the Canon EF 24-70 lens. 


  • Can I add an HDMI input to the Atomos Samurai using an Atomos Connect converter to allow connection of a 5D?

    Yes, you can add an HDMI input to the Atomos Samurai using the HDMI to SDI Connect converter. This would allow connection of a Canon 5D Mark III that is running Firmware 1.2.1 or higher. This firmware enabled the 5D to output an uncompressed HDMI signal. 


  • What is the best way to power the Teradek Bolt Pro if you want to use it constantly for well over 1 hour?

    The Teradek Bolt Pro receiver or transmitter can be powered from a number of different options via the 2-pin Lemo power connectors.

    The receiver is shipped with a 2-pin Lemo to D-Tap cable which would allow it to be powered from a camera or battery with D-Tap out. Alternatively, Teradek have a number of pre-made battery plates that allow powering from popular Sony, Canon and Panasonic batteries. 

    The Bolt Pro receiver can be powered from an optional V-lock battery plate or from a 2-pin Lemo to A/C adaptor. As you can see, Teradek have made powering the Bolt Pro a snap using common connectors and battery options.


  • The page says the serial key will be emailed within 72 hours - does that contain the download address as well - also is a hard copy on disc available to purchase.

    Once purchased, we’ll send through the serial number usually within 72 hours with a link to download the latest version of the software

     

    You can download a trial while you wait

    https://www.grassvalley.com/products/edius_pro_9/

     

    Unfortunately no hard copy, just the address to download the software.


  • How many batteries are supplied with the Panasonic AG-AC90, and how many hours will they last when fully charged?

    The camera is supplied with one CGA-D54s/1H battery which is rated for 39Wh. The camera has a draw of 12.9W, so the battery should last about 3 hours in ideal conditions. However, battery life is dependent on many factors. For example, Panasonic prints the following caution in the AC90 manual:

    "The battery used in this unit is a rechargeable
    lithium-ion battery. It is susceptible to humidity
    and temperature and the effect increases the
    more the temperature rises or falls. In cold
    areas, the full charge indication may not appear
    or the low battery indication may appear about
    5 minutes after starting use. At high
    temperatures, the protection function may be
    triggered, making it impossible to use the unit."

     


  • Hey Guys I was wondering if this Kit is ready to use out of box (Given charging the batteries and updating firmware and all) Cheers Shravan

    This camera is a body only so does not work out of the box as a kit. It requires a battery plate, lens, viewfinder, shoulder kit and batteries. There is a kit version of the Ursa Mini Pro that is good to go out the box, except for the batteries and lens and media.


  • What changes have been made to the specification of the URSA Mini 4.6K camera ?

    Global Shutter has been removed from the specification of the URSA Mini 4.6K. Global shutter is only available on the URSA MIni 4K Model. The URSA MIni 4.6K still has the advantage of the 15 stops of wide dynamic range and high frame rate capabilities of the rolling shutter, which best suits high end digital film work. 


  • Do you have the Canon WM-V1 Wireless Microphone available in stock?

    We don’t stock this Canon WMV1 mic, however it is usually available to ship within 5-7 days from order. Here’s a link to the mic

    https://www.videocraft.com.au/canon-bluetooth-wireless-microphone


  • What changes have been made to the specifications of the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera ?
    Global Shutter has been removed from the specification of the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera. Global shutter is only available on the URSA MIni 4K Model. The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera still has the advantage of the 13 stops of dynamic range and high frame rate capabilities up to 60fps using the rolling shutter, which suits high end digital film work in a compact body.

  • Is the Teradek Bolt Pro 2000 Wireless Video Transceiver Set Line of sight ?

    The Teradek Bolt 2000 is not  strictly a line-of-sight system, though generally the best performance will be found via line of sight.  In open ground it can operate through and around minor obstructions such as cars and trees, even interior walls.  However in most conditions it is unlikely to directly penetrate entire buildings or even particularly solid exterior walls.  Like all wireless systems it’s performance is variable depending on local conditions and antenna choice and placement.  Please note that the maximum range figures given by manufacturers are theoretical best case scenarios, and “real world” performance will almost always be somewhere below these marks.


  • What cases do you recommend for the Sony HXR-NX30P?

    Cases come in two main types - soft case and hard case.

    Soft cases are generally light and compact. They typically come in two styles: Shoulder bag or backpack. We sell the Kata and Cinebags range of soft cases. We would recommend the Kata CC191 or the CineBags Skinny Jimmy shoulder bags for the HXR-NX30P.

    Hard cases offer more protection, but tend to be bulky and heavy in comparison to a soft case. We would recommend the Pelican 1400 as the smallest case that will fit the HXR-NX30P and its standard accessories. Size up accordingly depending on the number of accessories you intend to carry.


  • Can the Cine Bags CB40 High Roller fit into overhead luggage compartments on planes?

    No, the CB40 is too big for domestic or international carry-on, based on the latest information from Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin (31/3/2014).

    Most airlines measure bags in linear dimensions (W x H x D). The CB40 has a linear length of 127cm, which is larger than the typical 105cm for domestic carry-on and 115cm for international carry-on.

    For up-to-date information, please check the following links:  

    Qantas: Click Here for Qantas domestic and international baggage allowances.

    Jetstar: Click Here for Jetstar domestic baggage allowances.

    VIrgin: Click Here for Virgin domestic and international baggage allowances.

     


  • Is the BMPCC (Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera compatible with the Atomos NInja Blade

    Yes, the Atomos Ninja Blade would be compatible with the Blackmagic Pocket Camera. The Pocket Camera can record in the same ProRes 422(HQ) codec as the Ninja, but can record lossless CinemaDNG RAW, which the Ninja cannot.

    The Ninja can record in the Avid DNxHD codec, which the Pocket Camera cannot. 


  • Does the HDVFC730W work with a Sony Cinealta F65 Camera?

    Yes, after consulting witrh Sony, their engineer said ti should work as the F65 uses the same 20 pin analogue connector used on the HXC/PDW cameras.


  • Will the Sachtler 25P system support the Sony Cinealta F65 Camera?

    The Sachtler 25P can handle a weight range of 8-35kgs. A typical F65 camera package weighs around 12-15kg and as much as 25kgs depending on lens weight and size. However, the ability of the 25P to handle that weight range will depend on the configuration of the camera.

    For instance the F65 with a Canon 30-300mm lens, Arri 6X6 mattebox and dual v-lock batteries weighs 25kgs, which is wiithin the weight range of the 25P. However, it does not counter-balance properly. If you imagine the rig as a lever with the tripod as the fulcrum,  a long rig like this would place most of the weight within a short distance of the fulcrum, which would need to be counterbalanced by a smaller weight placed further away from the fulcrum.

    When you tilted up or down, the counter balance needed would be different. Typically counter-balance works best if the weight is more or less equally split front and back. The only way to balance a longer rig like the example given is to move to a tripod with a bigger fulcrum such as the O'Connor 2575.


  • Does the Blackmagic Design Cinema Pocket Camera come with a lens?

    No, the Pocket Camera does not include a lens. A range of Micro 4/3 lenses can be found here:


  • What SD card does the Panasonic Lumix GH4 need to record 4K?

    The GH4 requires a new class of SD card to record 4K reliably, as indicated on the chart below. The card needs to have a speed rating of UHS3, which is different from the UHS-1 class 10 and 6 cards typically used to record HD. Panasonic released three new UHS3 cards at the launch of the GH4.Click Here For More Info

     


  • Does the Sony JH3 HDCAM Compact Player play HDCAM SR tapes?

    No, the JH3 does not have the capbility to payback material shot in the HDCAM-SR format.


  • Are the GP073 Cap + Doors for the Hero 3, compatible with the GoPro 3 Plus Back edition?

    No, the GP073 Hero 3 Cap + Doors do not fit the Hero 3+ cameras due to the redesigned waterproof housing and new lens.


  • Does the Canon C100 include the new Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus feature?

    The dual pixel auto focus is a paid-for optional upgrade for the C100. The C100 comes standard with one-shot autofocus, or continuous focus on cameras with firmware 1.0.2.1.00 installed.

    More details on how to obtain the upgrade can be found HERE


  • Does this come with two transmitters ?

    This kit comes with two Sony UTXB03 Transmitters and one Sony URXP03 Dual Wireless Receiver


  • Is the DJI Oslo Mobile Gimbal compatible with the Samsung Galaxy 8+? Thanks

    The Osmo Mobile fits a width up to 85cm. I looked up the S8+ specs are 74cm width.

     

    Based on that it should fit – details in the specifications tab

    https://www.videocraft.com.au/dji-osmo-mobile-gimbal-stabiliser-for-smartphones#read-more


  • is this suitable for the mixpre-10t?

    The MX-Charge will only work with the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6. The Sound Devices WPH3 charger will work with the Mixpre-10 Recorder.


  • What are the key differences between the new Sony Z190 and Z280 cameras ?

    The Sony PXW-Z190 has three 1/3" Exmor R CMOS Sensors, an integrated 25X optical Zoom lens and an optional MPEG HD License. The Sony PXW-Z280 has three 1/2" Exmor R CMOS Sensors and an integrated 17x Optical Zoom Lens. The Sony Z280 also supports XAVC Intra/Long, MPEG HD, DVCAM and  S-Log 3. The 12G-SDI Output Supports 4K 60p.


  • How do you get external XLR audio into the Mevo ?

    Here is a list of supported external audio devices and adapters. For the boost bundle, we recommend the focusrite Scarlett which plugs into the USB of the boost and allows external audio input including XLR audio.


  • Compatible External Audio Sources & Adapters for the Mevo ?

    Here is a list of supported external audio devices and adapters. For the boost bundle, we recommend the focusrite Scarlett which plugs into the USB of the boost and allows external audio input including XLR audio. For the Camera only into the lightening jack on the Iphone / Ipad, we recommend the Zoom iQ6 iOS Lightning X/Y Microphone. For input via the 3.5mm TRRS plug, we recommend the TASCAM iXZ Mic / Instrument input.


  • I have a few questions concerning the JVC GY-HM620. Has it got an input for LANC Remote Control and if so are there a number of controls that perform different functions on each controller? 2. Are there 3 separate rings for Zoom, Iris and Focus

    The JVC HM620 is a very recent model from JVC, and is quite feature packed. It does have a LANC remote terminal, which would give you control of remote start/stop, zoom, focus and iris (depending on the controller used). Yes, it does have separate Zoom, focus and iris rings.


  • Is the Ursa Mini SSD Recorder compatible with the Ursa Mini 4k ?

    Yes. The Ursa Mini SSD Recorder is now compatible with the Ursa mini PRO and Ursa Mini 4K models  with Ver 4.9 Firmware Update installed.


  • Would this microphone be suitable for my Sony Z1P video camera? My camera has 3 pin XLR connectors, but the manual says it supports an ECM678 shotgun mic

    The Sony ECM673 Mic would be perfect for your HVRZ1P. It includes a 50cm XLR cable and a rubber spacer to stop it wobbling around in the cameras mic holder. You could also consider an ECMVG1 but the ECM673 is nicer.


  • Could you please tell me whether the JVC GY-HM850E is 4:2:2 or 4:2:0? Could you also please confirm for the 890

    The JVC GY-HM850E records to media in 4:2:0 sampling, 8 bit depth. The 35 Mbit MPEG-2 long GOP codec in these cameras is basically the same as the 35 Mbit XDCAM EX codec used in the Sony PMWEX1/EX3 cameras, which does give good image quality. The 50 Mbit XHQ mode does 50Mbit H.264, also with 4:2:0 component sampling and 8 bit depth. This is a separate question to how the camera processes the images off the camera head itself, which is a higher bit depth and higher chroma sampling rate. The JVC HM 890E is the same.


  • Is the Rode VideoMicro compatible with the Nikon D5000?

    The Rode Videomicro is designed to work on DSLR cameras with a cold shoe and a 3.5mm TRS mic input. We don’t supply Nikon so I can’t give you specific info on that camera but I can see no reason why it wouldn’t work.


  • Which lens do you recomend forthe Sony PXWFS5 and is the camera suitable for weddings and low light condition filming ?

    The Sony PXWFS5 with the lens is expected to be selling for 9K and will be confirmed in late November when it's expected to ship. The Sony PXWFS5 can take all the lenses that the Sony PXWFS7 can take, and with a metabones adapter, most Canon and Samyang lenses will fit.

     

    The Sony PXWFS5 will perform well in low light conditions with 14 stops of latitude and wide colour gamut, and is definitely suitable for weddings. The Sony EF 28-135 lens  that comes with the Sony FS5K Kit will perform suitably.


  • Dose the Sony pxwz100 come with a copy of Vegas pro

    No, the PXWZ100 does not come with a copy of Vegas Pro included.


  • Does the HXRMC1500 come with cables that transfer the recorded data from the camera straight to the computer?

    Yes, the HXRMC1500P includes a USB cable to transfer files directly from the camera to a computer.


  • Can you change the lens of the HVRZ1P? I need 35mm equivalent focal lengths of 70-200mm

    The HVRZ1P comes with a fixed 12X optical zoom that cannot be removed. This lens has the equivalent 35mm focal lengths of 32.5mm to 390mm. Additional wide angle or telephoto converters can be rented to alter these focal lengths as needed.


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