Panasonic talk hacking, committed to video on cutting edge GH3

Above: Panasonic GH2 with Zacuto EVF [review at EOSHD] and Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 (constant aperture)

The GH2 is the only true hybrid video DSLR. Video on all other DSLRs is an add-on but on the GH2 it is a core feature. It is an approach Canon will eventually take with the 4K Cinema EOS DSLR in what is going to be a very exciting 2012 – hopefully it will have an EVF and you can pluck stills from the 4K video stream. But the GH2 is currently the trail blazer in video.

Imaging Resource’s David and Arthur Etchells caught up with Panasnonic’s Darin Pepple at CES to see how Panasonic currently view the GH2 hack (“Like souping up a car, go for it!”) and their plans for the GH3 and future lenses (constant apertures, powered zooms).

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The British government wants to help filmmakers – cut their money and give it to big studios

British Prime Minister David Cameron went on a visit to Pinewood studios last week to enjoy the company of his elitist counterparts in the film industry. As part of accepting their generous hospitality, Cameron said that he wants to make more money available for commercially successful filmmakers rather than funding unproven ones.

EOSHD sends his assistant Watson to investigate – who finds a tiny flaw in Cameron’s plot…

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4K for £4K and why you probably shouldn’t get a JVC HMQ10

The Alexa Studio only shoots 2K and HD but apparently the consumer world has decided it is rubbish and we should all rush out and buy 4K cameras and displays.

Hence the semi-pro JVC HMQ10 which goes on sale in March is the first 4K camera to break under the $5K mark or £4K. I’ve been keeping an eye on what JVC are doing with their quick Falconbird processor lately but it seems their strategy is a complete mess to me.

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Sony, Nikon were asked to join Micro Four Thirds and new pro mirrorless coming

“Don’t be afraid to cannibalise yourself” said Steve Jobs. “If you don’t do it, someone else will”.

In an interview with Imaging Resource, Toshiyuki Terada of Olympus speaks candidly about Sony and Nikon.

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To invest in gear, or creativity? It all comes down to risk

Why is the buzz all about cameras? People are crazy for gear.

When the Canon 1DX was announced it was in the top 10 trending topics for the UK on Twitter for most of the day, despite the fact nobody can own one until March 2012.

Here EOSHD offers a possible explanation for why gear, rather than filmmaking itself, gets so much more attention.

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Choosing an SSD for your MacBook Pro

Get the Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD upgrade kit brand new on eBay for $529

Like FCPX Apple shipped their 2011 MacBook Pro models somewhat under-specced for video editing. Despite having a quad core model I was still getting pretty shoddy performance in Premiere Pro CS5.5 with Apple’s default configuration of 4GB of RAM and a 750GB 5400RPM hard drive on occasions.

Although the processor is an absolute beast, it isn’t coupled to the RAM and disk it really deserves. Apple did this for supply reasons as well as cost so they have a good excuse, but it still sucks.

Here’s the solution.

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The quest for a small, light, levelling video tripod and head – the result

Where to buy – Acratech Levelling Base at Adorama in the US and Bob Rigby in the UK / Europe. Manfrotto 701HDV at Adorama US and Amazon UK.

In part 1 I began my quest for a small, light and compact video head with levelling capability to level off a shot quickly. Because I move around a lot on location I set a weight limit of 3kg including legs and to keep in the spirit of what DSLRs are all about, the price has to be as accessible as the camera.

Here’s what I settled on…

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