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Mercury Rising?

Magic Bullet lives up to its name – again

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One Man – One vision?

Black Magic Ursa Mini 4K Camera base price:  £2409.00 + VAT.  As tested: c £6K + VAT https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicursamini    

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Review: Panasonic DVX 200

I last tested a Panasonic 4k camera about a year ago. That one (the HCX 1000) wasn’t really a full-blown pro camera – more pro-sumer.  Basically it was too small to work with gloves, looked a little too fragile, was difficult to put in full manual and didn’t really deliver the bit rates necessary for […]

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This is my story …

  A friend at Senior School could draw superbly.  He had a natural gift and not only did he cover his own school notebooks with the most elegant of illustrations, many ended up on mine too! Sadly I no longer have any of his sketches – most of which were done using a technical drawing […]

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A Night at the Flicks

Does anyone call movies ‘the flicks’ anymore?  Or is just another indicator that I’m turning into my Grandparents? No matter, but I DID actually spend a night at the flicks recently preparing footage for this review – and very illuminating it was too!

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An XS of Power… Testing a Scan 3XS Evolve 4K NLE PC

You can never have enough power. Didn’t someone (now disgraced) often say that?

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Review: Tiffen Dfx version 4

As part of all my gear, I have a matte box and lots of filters. Sometimes I even get to use them. But more often than not it’s a run’n’gun or such a tight schedule that niceties like that are ignored with the caveat ‘we’ll sort it in post’.

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Review: Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite 12

What’s in a name? A lot or a little … but when it comes to roses, as Shakespeare said, ‘By any other name would smell as sweet.’ Coincidentally (but slightly tenuously) the headquarters of Red Giant, publishers of the Magic Bullet Suite reviewed here are a few miles west of Portland, Oregon – a city […]

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Panasonic HC-X1000 4K Camcorder Quick Review

Panasonic HC-X1000 4K camcorder Available: Now Price: £2,300.00 approx inc. VAT (April 2015) I’ve recently taken on a contract that requires concentrated bursts of shooting in short time-windows. And in that window I need to shoot a lot. The subject matter could be anything and has often been not what I was expecting.

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Pick a card … (Updated)

Gobe Launch Faster ‘Magic’ Cards Not so long ago I reviewed the excellent range of Gobe memory cards. Now they’ve launched even faster ones suitable for the latest hi-res video and stills cameras. Offering all the advantages of the rest of the Gobe range – including being waterproof, resistant to magnetic rays and extreme temperatures, […]

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Caffeine Crazy – Up all night with Mocha

Review: Mocha Pro / Plus OS: Windows 32/64, Linux Red Hat, Mac Publisher: Imagineer Systems (www.imagineersystems.com) So another software review – and this one rather more esoteric than normal due to it being a Very Grown Up piece of software that really everyone who’s serious about film should have!

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Red Giant Shooter Suite Review

Review: Shooter Suite Publisher: Red Giant (www.redgiant.com) Price: See text Reviewer: Ian Sandall F Inst V Written: 11 Sept 14 I still have a camera that takes videotapes. I know I should’ve sold it years ago when I could still get a decent price for it but something made me hang on to it and […]

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Quick Review: Magic Bullet Looks 2.5

Not content with launching Universe, Red Giant has also been tinkering with their best-selling Magic Bullet Looks and has recently launched version 2.5 – a $99 update to existing users. Normal price of MBL is $399 – and in my opinion, worth every penny! However you can also buy it as part of a bundle […]

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Review: Red Giant Universe

Over two years ago I reviewed Magic Bullet Looks II for the IoV’s Focus magazine. I’d been a Magic Bullet convert well before that – almost at the same time as Philip Bloom picked up a DSLR! So that’s been a lot of water under the bridge and quite probably millions of frames of video […]

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Finally …

…. we’re able to offer shooting at 2.5K with the fantastic new Black Magic Cinema camera! We did some initial tests the other day (not enough to put up yet though) and the results are quite remarkable. Far nicer and cleaner pics than DSLR yet with the same feel (as we’re using the lenses, duh!) […]

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DSLR (self-shot) Reel 2012

Recently we’ve put together a new reel of Ian’s self-shot work. It’s all shot on DSLR and it’s a salute to an era that is about to end. Why?

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Waterfalls and Goldmines

Last weekend I decided I’d try some shooting with my iPhone – seeing as this is something we’re going to be training people on soon – and I made this little film. Just a quick edit and grade with Creative Commons music from the vast resource at Vimeo. If your company is interested in training […]

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