Posts Tagged ‘Canon’

If you get a chance and are in the Dublin area then get to the BVPS 2019 at the Aviva Stadium.

Some great kit on display with some fantastic deals only available at the event on the two days.

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Canon Beginner Open Day – September 21st.
Bernard Carolan, who has worked with the likes of RTE, BBC, MTV and the Discovery Channel, will be here with the wonderful Allie from Canon on the 21st, helping beginners choose the right camera, and also help those who have recently purchased to get the most out of their camera. Learn how to hook your camera to your phone and other tips to improve your photography.
Canon Prosumer Open Day – September 22nd. Michael O Sullivan Photography will be here
On the 22nd Michael O’Sullivan Photography, former president of the Irish Photographic Federation, will be on hand to help professional and prosumers alike to improve workflow, planning, printing or any query that may arise.
Canon EOS M10 Offer – was €429 now €399 (free case and card with valid student ID)
Whelan Cameras
30 O’Connell St


Awards Screen

Hello Everyone,

Everyone here at HQ in Limerick Institute of Technology is delighted to announce the dates for the 6th Limerick Film Festival as well as the Call for Entries into the annual Short Film Awards 2015.

As always we strive to keep the ethos of the festival focused on the film makers in all the disciplines and 2015 will be no different. While our team is working hard on the schedule of events for the programme we would like to put out the ‘CALL FOR ENTRIES’ for short films from local, national and international film makers.

The Entry Form and Articles for Submission are available form the ENTRY FORMS page on the website.

 April 23rd to 25th 2015 will be the festival dates with the festival finishing on Saturday evening, 25th April, with the annual Short Film Awards Show at the Millennium Theatre, Limerick Institute of Technology, Moylish, Limerick.

Once again we are delighted to be back and its all possible with the help of our sponsors and partners: LIT, Limerick City of Culture 2014, Whelan Cameras, Canon, Peli Ireland, The George Boutique Hotel, Behind the Scenes, Tyrell:CCT and Si-Fi.

More news and information on the festival programme as well as a few surprises in the weeks and months to come.

Looking forward to receiving your short films and seeing our friends and making new ones at the festival in 2015.


By Simon McGuire

The rainy weather today didn’t deter the strong turnout for the first Broadcast Video Production Show at the Stillorgan Park Hotel in Dublin.

Its not often that a show of this type comes to Ireland (not including BVE North) and with a line up including Canon, Sony, Tiffen (Steadicam), Lacie, G-Technology, GoPro and many others this was an event not to be missed.


I decided to attend the Tuesday (as shooting and editing schedules allowed it) and was very impressed with the range of vendors and equipment on display. There is something important about a touch and try venue… it allows you to formulate more questions for the vendors that might not normally come to mind in a phone conversation or email.

The show was organised by product resellers D&P Products or as most people in Ireland and the UK will recognise. Colm Egan and the team were on hand all day to point out stands of interest for their customers which gave an almost bespoke feel to the experience.

What was interesting was the presentations by a number of the big companies in attendance.

Below is a brief run through on some of the main ones that I attended:

JVC with Kris Hill

A very enthusiastic Kris introduced the new camera to the JVC range, the GY-HM650. Now this has been in the mix for a number of months and back in October 2012 when it was announced I was very interested in what this camera had to offer for the ENG shooter.


The first feature Kris gave us was the x23 Optical Zoom Lens on this 3x CMOS sensor device; a nice touch considering the other cameras in this range. (Sony PMW 200)

The camera hosts a number of other features including the option for WIFI streaming which sets this camera apart from the competition. I could see a lot of workflow applications for the ENG shooter with this option. The only draw back to this is that the wireless broadband in this country will have to improve in order to get the full benefit of this feature. However the idea of sending a copy of low end content to be cut back a base and then upon returning you can then do a Autoconform of the full res footage on the offline cut does have a speed advantage. Using this to full effect with say Avid Interplay Share or Interplay Central and Media Composer 7 would make a very effective workflow for any ENG environment.

Including VAT the 650 was retailing on the day at €4790.85 (Special Show Price, contact D&P for latest Prices) which is not a bad ticket for a camera aimed at the broadcast market. The BBC seem to think so as they have invested in multiple units quite recently.

LACIE with Michael Eyraud

Storage is something close to my heart as an editor and you can never have too much of it. The main issue I have with external hard drives is the worry about reliability. Not with a Lacie though. Over the past 20 years editing I have gone through all the brands of storage external devices but it is always Lacie, I go back to for that very reason… reliability.

Michael demoed the latest from Lacie in their Thunderbolt connection range… Yes thunderbolt seems to be definitely the new Firewire.

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The impressive Lacie Rugged drive allows for quick transfer in the field with USB 2 and 3 connections available but for the desktop uses amoung us it was the 2 Big and 5 Big Thunderbolt drives that were impressive with the likes of James Horner (Spiderman) promoting them on the powerpoint slides for Film Music Production.

Canon EOS Cinema with Andrew Cummins, Lighting Camera Man.

Canon always go one extra and today was no exception. The cool and collected Andrew introduced us to the C300 and C500 cameras available from the EOS Cinema Range from Canon. With a PowerPoint presentation and multiple examples of work he has shot recently (see below) Andrew talked about the benefits of shooting with this type of system. These included; size, flexibility, lens range etc.

With 4K recording on dual CF Card slots the option for dual recording is a real seller giving the shooter the option of an extra backup of content, valuable in todays fast paced environment. On a Sandisk Extreme Card you can get up to 84mins of 4:2:2,  50mbs/s


But the camera is more than shallow Depth of Field. The size allows for easy rig and de-rig from tripods and other stabilizers and it is not bad with handheld too. Andrew demo’d this and also showed how easy it was to adapt the camera to different shooting situations by changing prime lenses in a matter of seconds.

Also the camera is very good on battery power and weight.

Andrews final advise on using the Canon EOS C300 was: “The Camera tests the way you shoot… it echo’s back to the traditional procedures in filming and removed the auto functions a lot of camera operators are use to. You WILL have to change the way you shoot… but its so worth it

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Avid Media Composer with Ben Davison, Solutions Specialist


The final presentation I attended was one that’s close to my heart. Avid Media Composer. I’ve been using Avid since 1998 so I am a little bias in this but the software has come on leaps and bounds in this latest edition.

Released on 27th June 2013, Avid have gone and made a number of changes to their flag ship software, and for the better too!

Firstly the new low price. Now available for around the 1K mark (depending on vendor) It now makes professional NLE editing more affordable for the freelance editor as well as the high end post production house. The Academic price of around €299 is going to remain the same but hey you get 4 years support from Avid as well as 4 years of upgrades free. That’s not to be sniffed at if you are a student editor and serious about your career in the industry.

A new feature that caught my eye was Frame Flex. This allows 4k and even 8K res content to be scaled for editing to 1080p. Nice if you want to relieve the processor of the workload in the offline. You can then upscale to the 4k res later for grading and online.


Colour Space Conversion is now real-time. Look up tables and colour decision lists too.

They have completely rewritten AMA (calling it AMA2). Now the content transcodes in the background while you work on your offline cut with the AMA content. A “Powerful Workflow” as Ben put it.

Background processing is also possible without Avid Media Composer even running with the ability to manage jobs in a list too.

Audio enhancements are the big one though. There is a New Waveform, Clip Gain Timeline adjustment, New Master Fader Support and a configurable audio mixer too. This coupled with the interoperability of Pro Tools too makes Avid Media Composer a very attractive piece of kit for the edit suite.


Well that’s it. I didn’t get time to attend all the presentations but it was well worth the trip to Dublin to get to talk with the vendors and listen to the presentations as well my favourite part in getting my hands on the equipment.

The show is running again tomorrow, Wednesday 3rd July in the same venue, Stillorgan Park Hotel, so if you are around make sure you get in there and catch the presentations.



Hi All

Its just two weeks to go to get your entries in for the short film competition. Sponsored by Canon, Whelan Cameras, Peli Ireland, this year is proving to be just as popular with entries reaching us from all over the country as well as from abroad. (see previous post)

March 8th is the deadline to get those films into via post. We cannot accept any entries after that date so there is no time to delay.

Previous entrants and winners have already got their films into us and there are some great stories, direction, cinematography and editing standing out.

Please feel free to download an entry form HERE and send your work into us.

Looking forward to seeing you at the festival.


Festival Director.


Leading Irish award winning Sports Photographer, Billy Stickland of Inpho, will be offering tips and shooting techniques.

Class will be held in a seminar style, it will be !10 per person. The class is being run on Thursday the 21st of February 2013 at

20:00 in the Strand Hotel in Limerick. Class will be 1 hour long followed by a Q&A session.

Talk will be equally as interesting to sports fans as photograhy fans as Billy has had a career being a fly on the wall of every

major sporting event since the mid 70’s.

There will also be a touch and try session where you can get a feel for Canon sports equipment.

Places are going to move fast as interest is high so book now to avoid disappointment.


Canon Event

Posted: November 20, 2012 in Cameras

Check out this Canon event in Dublin This week.
Canon Power to Inspire Event


Canon’s XF305/300 are go for the BBC

Posted: January 11, 2011 in Cameras, media
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As per the IOV Website

Broadcaster adds Canon’s XF305 and XF300 to list of camcorders approved for both internal and external HD production
Canon confirms that its XF305 and XF300 Full HD camcorders have now been added to the BBC list of approved HD cameras, allowing them to be used to produce an entire HD programme for broadcast on the corporation’s HD channels.

Both camcorders were initially approved in June 2010 for use by independent productions, but have now also been accepted for internal BBC production use. Following recent testing, the broadcaster has opted to buy XF305 camcorders, the first of which were delivered in December 2010.

Kieran Magee, Director of Professional Marketing at Canon Europe Ltd, added: “The XF300-series was specifically designed to offer exceptional image quality and seamless workflow compatibility for all sorts of professional uses. Canon worked with many broadcasters during development of these camcorders, and the adoption of these cameras by the BBC reflects our commitment to imaging excellence and meeting our customers’ needs.”

About the XF305 and XF300
XF305 and XF305 were launched in April 2010 at the NAB show in Las Vegas. They are the first hand-held, file-based video cameras to use a new MPEG-2 Full HD (4:2:2) recording codec, with data transfer rates of up to 50Mbps.

These two revolutionary cameras also offer a unique Canon L-series HD Video Lens, highly advanced DIGIC DV III processing and an ergonomic design that delivers advanced mobility and versatility. The featured 1/3-type Canon 3CMOS sensor system offers exceptional colour accuracy, wide-dynamic range and low noise.

Recording to CompactFlash Memory card, these models offer a huge range of features including slow and fast motion, and extensive image and operational customisation options.

The full list for all approved HD cameras and settings from the BBC can be found at:


More information about XF305 and XF300 can be found at: