I was recently approached by Workshop Birmingham to produce a series of 90 second films about people who make things. The first one is a profile of an amazing glass worker called Charlotte Hughes Martin. She works out of The Red House Glass Cone in Stourbridge which is the building where every piece of glass on the titanic was made.
I’m going to put together a review of the Sony RX10ii, but in the meantime here is a holiday video I made with it.
I may have gotten a little carried away with the SloMo. Also this video probably isn’t that much fun if you’re not one of my friends!
More generic footage coming soon! I haven’t upgraded my Vimeo account yet so i’d suggest going there to watch it in HD.
Today I took delivery of my Sony RX10ii. If you haven’t heard about this camera it looks to be a great all rounder delivering 1080p slow motion up to 960fps in 2 second bursts. It also boasts continuous 100fps and shoots 4k 24p at 100M.
Unfortunately to use ALL of the above you need an SDXC memory card. When I purchased the camera I made the BIG mistake of buying it with a 32gb SDHC card which means you can only use it with the AVCHD codec at 50p.
So after a bit of googling (there was hardly anything on this) i’ve managed to get to the bottom of it. I think. It appears that SDHC cards up to 32gb only support the FAT32 file system which unfortunately only allows a max file size of 4gb. This is why AVCHD splits your files in to 4GB segments that you have to piece together in post.
The SDXC cards however support the more modern exFAT file system which allows much larger files to be stored. It doesn’t seem to matter whether you’re using a 90MB/S card or a Class I or II. It just has to be SDXC rather than SDHC. See a screen grab from the manual below to clarify.
I’ve ordered the card below from Amazon as a result of my woes, it ticks all the boxes from the manual.
Transcend 64GB Ultimate SDXC UHS Ultra High Speed Class 3 Memory Card
So if you’re buying an RX10ii make sure you get the right card.
Walking through the door of David M Martin’s house is a bit like stepping through a time warp. David is a ninety year old artist living in Eaglesham, Scotland. He’s the most able ninety year old I’ve ever met and, in fact maybe the oldest person I’ve ever met. We had a cup of tea to try and get to know him before setting up for the interview. We were a little nervous, being very cautious not to disturb his world too much.
Update: After blowing nearly Â£1500 on a new Retina MacBook Pro, I decided to go for the USB 3, 1TB Lacie Rugged as it was the cheaper option. I’ve had it for a week now and edited 2.5k video in Da Vinci Resolve and played with some motion graphics in Cinema 4D Lite without a hitch. Both the computer and drive are blisteringly fast. Unless you’re made of money, buy the USB 3 one!
I’ve been doing quite a bit of research just lately as I’m about to make a purchase of a 15″ Retina MacBook Pro. Whilst these new Macs have beautiful displays and are extremely fast, there is a compromise in terms of disk space. There is no hard drive per se in the Retina line of MacBook Pro’s, they have a similar setup to RAM where individual memory modules are soldered directly on to the main board. This is a bit of a disaster as far as upgrading goes. The same applies for memory as well. Anyway, this subject has been covered in many blog posts around the web. I’ve made the decision to get one and I need extra HDD space for all my files when editing.