• Machine Specs

    TEST: Capture One 6.4.5 vs 7.1.4 Processing Speed

    I have decided to test out Capture One processing speeds and make a comparison between using C1 6.4.5 vs 7.1.4

    Testing Machine:

    Machine Specs

    Machine Specs

    100 RAW (5D MK II) Files – 28-30mb

    Process Recipe:

    8 Bit TIFF – 100% Size (3744 x 5616 px) – No Compression

    Capture 6.4.5 – 07:15

    Capture 7.1.4 (Hardware Acceleration – OpenCL – OFF) – 06:25

    Capture 7.1.4 (Hardware Acceleration – OpenCL – AUTO) – 05:14

    So here you go – it appears that Capture 7.1.4 with Hardware Acceleration appears to be significantly faster!


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    NEW GEAR: PocketWizard PLUS III now available to Hire

    I always try to be ahead of the curve and offer latest equipment. PocketWizard have introduced their latest triggers – Plus III – which offers several benefits over the early models.

    One of the key new features is HSR Mode – High Speed Receive. Once activated it allows to sync the camera and flash at incredible 14.5 Frames Per Second – which fits perfectly with the Canon 1 DX (available to rent through LSdigi) and Broncolor Scoro S Packs. I have tested this out and it works like a dream!

    Overall the triggers feel a lot more sturdy (no more annoying antenna and flimsy plastic), offers 32 channels, and Long Range Mode (1600ft). For full details head over here. Now available to rent through LSdigi at £10/day.

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    PocketWizard PLUS III Receiver / Transceiver on Broncolor Scoro 3200 S Pack

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    PocketWizard Plus III on Canon 5D MK II

     


  • flying with gear, pelican IM2500 case, trekpak inserts, digital operator london

    Flying with Gear [Budget Airlines] Pelican Storm IM2500 & Calumet RC1188

    Over the last month I had two jobs overseas, and on both had to fly by Ryan Air and EasyJet budget airlines. Luckily no lighting equipment was needed so only the camera gear had to come as a Carry-On Luggage.

    Prior to the jobs I ordered a rather nice Pelican Storm IM2500 case which on their website is described as “carry-on luggage”. This is very similar to the Pelican 1510 Case in terms of size. I also had TrekPak inserts shipped from the States to organize my gear as neatly as possible. The size of the case is 55 x 35 x 22.

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    Pelican IM2500 Overview

     

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    Pelican Storm IM2500 Case with TrekPak Inserts

     

    Flight #1 – RyanAir (London – Dublin)

    A week before the flight I checked out the cabin regulations and was a little bit shocked.

    “Strictly one item of cabin baggage per passenger weighing up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm is permitted.” My case was 12kg, 55cm x 35cm x 22cm – 2cm too deep according to Peli specs, and 2kg over the weight. Knowing how RyanAir are with their regulations (their way or the Highway, or in my case swimming across the sea) I chose not to risk being refused to fly (or charged extortionate amount) and used my old Calumet RC1188 case as a carry-on with my personal things and the gear distributed amongst RC1188 and assistant’s rucksack – with the Peli being checked into the hold with only chargers, batteries and other (less destructible) items.

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    Left – Calumet RC1188 Rolling Case, Right – Pelican Storm IM2500

    At the airport I used the RyanAir Baggage Cage, and I can confirm that the Pelican STORM IM2500 DOES NOT FIT IN. The Calumet RC1188 on the other hand (fully loaded) squeezed in just fine.

    Flight #2 – EasyJet

    Luckily EasyJet regulations are a bit more relaxed: “…allowance is 50 x 40 x 20cm including handles and wheels. You can still choose to bring ONE slightly bigger bag up to the maximum size of 56 x 45 x 25cm including handles and wheels, but on some busy flights your bag may have to go into the hold.” In my case it went through without a problem!

    As a guide I put together a short list of Cabin Baggage Regulations of various Airlines which you can use as a guide for your own equipment:

    RyanAir – 50cm x 40cm x 20cm – 10kg

    EasyJet – 50cm x 40cm x 20cm guaranteed / 50cm x 40cm x 25cm – unlimited weight

    British Airways – 56cm x 45cm x 25cm – 23kg

    Lufthansa – 55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm – 8kg

    KLM – 55 x 35 x 25 cm – 12kg

    Air France – 55cm x 35cm x 25cm – 12kg

    American Airlines – 56 x 36 x 23 cm

    Aer Lingus – 55cm x 40cm x 24cm – 10kg

    Virgin Atlantic – 23cm x 36cm x 56 cm – 10kg

    Flybe – 55cm x 40cm x 23cm – 10kg

    Emirates – 55cm x 38cm x 20cm – 7kg

    Norwegian – 55cm x 40cm x 23cm – 10kg

    Monarch – 56cm x 40cm x 25cm – 10kg

    This info is only accurate on time of posting, so you may want to double check before planning your journey, also its based on Standard Class, so First / Business may have higher allowances.


  • macbook pro 2012 geekbench3 test

    GeekBench 3 BenchMarks

    Primate Labs has recently released GeekBench 3 software which is great to test your system and see how well it holds up against other machines (and operating systems). I have tested my shoot computer and here goes the results!

    macbook pro 2012 geekbench3 test

    Single Score: 3360

    Multi-Core Score: 13180

    Full results on GeekBench LINK

    I’d be interested to see how it compares to your computer[s], feel free to post here!


  • Pelican Location Case, Pelican Laptop Case, Digital Capture Operator, Digital Capture Equipment Rental

    Location Pelican Laptop Case

    Welcome to the new site! I have finally got round to completely redesigning the website (in a record 2 hours) to allow blog features on Tech, News and other geeky things.

    The first post one goes out to my Custom Built Pelican Laptop Case, which although took over 2 months to source and put together – has been incredibly popular and useful! The case itself is a crush proof Pelican Laptop Case, with a Tripod Mount, Screen Shade, custom laser cut foam underneath to neatly fit a 15″ Macbook Pro, HyperJuice 15 Hour Battery, USB3 CF / SD Card Reader, Lacie Rugged External Drive and cables, an attachable tray on the side to fit a Wacom Intuous 5 (A4) Tablet – so perfect for any Location Shoot with no source of power! And it sits nice on a table too…

    The case itself comes as standard within the £100/day (incl VAT) Macbook Pro Rental, with Wacom Intuous 5 (£15) and HyperJuice Battery (£20) as extra’s. Editorial Discount apply, so please get in touch for more info.

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    Customized Location Peli Case

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    Customized Location Peli Case [Side View]

    Pelican Laptop Case, Digital Capture Rental, Digital Capture Operator London

    Custom Screen Shade allows easy access to 2x USB 3 Ports, 1x FireWire 800, 1x Thunderbold, 1x Ethernet and Charger socket. Underneath a slot for a HyperJuice Battery and an External HDD

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    Tripod Mountable Plate

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    Full View