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Freefly have upped the game in motorised image stabilisers with their huge new Movi XL which can take very large cinema cameras and can work at up to 100mph! But the price tag is similarly large, £22,000.

The XL can handle a 20lb payload, and is wireless for both command and power using lithium batteries.

It can be mounted in underslung or overslung mode without changing any settings by just flipping the unit over. The unit works with the current Freefly ecosystem, so you can use MIMIC or Movi Controller.

Click here for more details on the Movi XL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony has revealed a raft of firmware updates to add extra functionality to its FS5, F55 and F5 cameras, as well as some other broadcast and consumer cameras, that will be released in July.

It's the changes to the FS5 that are more exciting, as they include:

Support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) by shooting in Hybrid Log-Gamma** (HLG) standard 
Support for continuous 120fps High Frame Rate (HFR) recording in 1080p with CBKZ-FS5HFR paid firmware upgrade (sold separately)
Option to change the minimum ISO sensitivity number to ISO 2000 from ISO 3200 when recording S-Log2/S-Log3
*4K: XAVC-Long 4:2:0 8-bit, HD: XAVC 4:2:2 10-bit.  

 Firmware 9 for the F55 and F5 adds:

Support for 4K RAW/X-OCN 72, 75, 90, 96 and 100FPS S&Q Motion (PMW-F55 with ASX-R7)
Support for CBK-WA100 XAVC proxy recording (PMW-F55/PMW-F5)
CBK-WA100 XAVC proxy file name and Rec Start/Stop timing are completely synchronised with the F55 and F5 material.

 

 

The Edinburgh International Television Festival is announcing the launch of the new Test Card category as an addition to its high-profile awards.

The awards are part of the Festivals ambitions to encourage people from all walks of life to get in to the TV industry. The full information says: 

When it comes to video and photography, drones have become one of the fastest-growing filmmaking tools since the advent of digital cameras. The stunning aerial footage that flying cameras can capture are second to none.

Celebrating International Drone Day at the weekend, avid videographers should check out PNY’s highly portable flash memory cards with up to 64GB storage capacity.

Guaranteeing super-fast transfer speeds to store, transfer and share content while on the go, the PNY’s MicroSD™ Elite Performance flash memory cards can handle all the photos taken and any high-end 4K Ultra HD video captured on your drone. 

 Specifications:
Class10 - UHS-1 rating
U3 speed class
Up to 100MB/s read speed
Up to 90MB/s write speed
SD adapter included
5 Year warranty

Join the film and TV community for a great-value industry day to debate, learn and make new contacts.

BECTU’s Writers Producers and Directors branch have crafted a great line-up for this year’s Freelancers’ Fair on Friday 19 May, at the Royal Institution in London. Running from 9am-6pm, it includes sessions on copyright, getting from script to screen, using small kit to film big, film funding and vlogging & blogging, all with expert contributors. And there’ll be debates on fake news and Brexit too, with added humour thanks to a session of Brexit Bingo called by actor and comedian Samantha Baines.

Workshops are in the mix as well, offering support to film-makers in a number of areas, and there’ll be a small but perfectly formed exhibition delivering advice on a range of key production and lifestyle issues. ARRI and Alias Hire will be joining forces to help visitors to get hands on with kit. Find the latest speaker line-up, programme and booking info here

BECTU members attend for free; non-members pay just £12.30.

The official info says:

Now in its fifth year, the Festival of Color celebrates the importance of digital colour management for filmmakers and is held in the UK, France and Spain. X-Rite's ambassadors are on hand to explain how colour works and how to sort out your colour workflow from camera to monitor.

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IDT's super-fast O-10 4K camera shoots at up to 1000fps and has a tiny body. There's a 240GB SSD memory and a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. The official info says:

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