Pixol Media: Video Production | Drew Curran
Commercial and Corporate Video Production
Video Production, Promo videos, freelance video, Corporate Video Production, Commercial Video Production, Promotional Videos, cameraman, editor, FCPx, NLE, Motion 5, film, editing, motion graphics, animation, corporate video, commercial video, camera, DSLR, Sony FS5ii, A6500, filming, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Portadown, Belfast, Derry, Lisburn, Lurgan, Armagh, Dungannon, Zeiss, Rode, Canon, Sony, Panasonic
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Blackmagic Design Video Assist 4k impressions

I took the benefit of the 50% price reduction on the Video Assist range of monitor/recorders and purchased the 7″ 4k version as I was in the market for a second monitor to use with my Sony A7Sii and a6500 cameras. I wanted a monitor for use on my Ronin M gimbal and 2 camera interview setups, plus what attracted my to the Video Assist 4k is the ProRes recording capabilities and being able to record takes longer than 30 minutes.



Sony A7Sii & Commlite EF to E adaptor preview 


As a recent Sony A7Sii owner looking for an effective way of using my Zeiss ZE and Canon EF mount lenses, I went with the Commlite EF – E mount adaptor purchased from Amazon UK. Priced at £54.95 it promised autofocus, IS and aperture control of EF mount lenses, and based on reviews many owners had achieved success. Also a friend uses one with a A7s and Canon EF lenses and recommended it, so I thought it was worth a try.


Cheap Pocket Camera Battery Solution

I’ve been looking for a good battery solution for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) as having around 30 minutes battery life with the internal batteries is a little limiting at times. I found fairly expensive solutions on the market, and some cheap alternatives from countries outside the UK but was put off by having to pay import duties (I’m cheap!). Eventually I found this battery plate on Amazon UK for £17 and decided to give it a try as I own several copy Sony NP- F970 batteries used for powering LED video lights. The plate comes with a mounting bracket and 2 cables. One cable fits the BMPCC 12v socket.  After a week of use I have found some positives and negatives.bmpcc_plate_01



The GH4 – an ideal setup



I have been using the Panasonic GH4 for almost a year at the time of writing this. In that time it has been promoted to my number 1 camera for commercial and corporate video production. It was bought as a second camera to compliment a Canon C100 but soon made my ownership of that great camera look rather pointless. I have now gone full circle in that I started my video production career with 1/3″ chip shoulder mount camcorders, then moved to Canon DSLRs, then the C100 and now I’ve returned to a DSLR in the form of the GH4.READ MORE