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Back in around June 2012 I was asked to direct and shoot a short brand film for Tullamore Dew called “The Furnace of Resurrection”. The brief from the agency was to create a documentary film following following on from the concept of their “virtual furnace” where Facebook users could “burn all that is dishonesty and […]

With the Blackmagic Cinema Camera using SSDs as its storage medium I’ve been looking for a way to safely store my SSDs while traveling or when not in use. There are many cases that will hold a single drive but I normally have 2 – 4 drives with me on set so I was looking […]

The Benchmarks In Part 1 I explained my thinking behind building a Hackintosh and listed the parts. Part 2 covered the build. Now lets look at how this machine performs compared to other known systems. First lets compare some Geekbench scores. It’s a good comparison as Geekbench tests the system but it’s not really a […]

The Build In Part 1 I explained my thinking behind building a Hackintosh and listed the parts. So lets get into the build. When I was growing up many of my friends at school had built their own PCs. It was never something that interested me. In the early 90′s I started work as an art […]

The Parts I currently run DaVinci Resolve (and FCPX) on a CustoMac/Hackintosh. While Grant Perry from Blackmagic has stated that the new Mac Pro is an awesome machine to run DaVinci Resolve 10 on, it is still a little way off. This article explains why I built a Hackintosh and outlines my set-up for those that […]

Over the last few weeks I’ve been beta testing a Final Cut Pro X plugin developed by Nick Shaw over at Antler Post-Production Services. The plugin is a great workflow tool for Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) users who are working with footage from the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC) that will be delivered to television. […]

With Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 9 Lite being free and a really powerful grading tool, many users are trying it out. It makes a great companion to Apple Final Cut Pro X and is really easy to move files between both applications via XML. Some however, are finding it performs really badly with AVCHD files. […]

A quick and dirty sensor stress test. There had been a great deal of discussions on the Blackmagic forums about how the Blackmagic Cinema Camera performs when under exposed in lowlight conditions (http://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4269). This test was based on those discussions. We used the Sony NEX-FS100, recording to ProRes HQ via an Atomos Ninja 2, as […]

A simple Hair and Skintone test. We wanted to test the new Blackmagic Cinema Camera to see how it performed with skintones and hair. We used the Sony NEX-FS100 and Canon 5D MK2 as known refrences for comparison. This test was done so we could find out how the BMCC could fit into out work […]


Sony recently gave me a Sony Alpha NEX-5 to shoot a short film that is currently in preproduction. I had approached them in the hope that they might loan me one of the new Alpha A55’s but they were keen to see what I could do with the NEX-5. A week later an NEX-5 kit […]

So I got back from lunch today to find this waiting for me on my desk: The new Sony Alpha NEX-5 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 16mm f/2.8. A little delivery from Sony that will be used to shoot a short film I’m working on. More details in the coming weeks.