Video: Journalist survives ISIS sniper attack, his GoPro does not

In the terrifying video above, Iraqi journalist Ammar Alwaely narrowly escapes a sniper’s bullet, which takes out his chest-mounted GoPro. From the YouTube description:

Journalist Ammar Alwaely, was working in Mosul Iraq, when a sniper’s bullet hit his GoPro camera. The camera, which was a gift from one of his co-workers, almost certainly saved Mr. Alwaely’s life. Ammar received treatment for minor cuts, but was otherwise unharmed

Ammar and his companions seem to be setting up for a shot and in good spirits right before the bullet rips across the screen. The sniper’s fire clearly catches the group off guard. At about the 0:33 point in the clip, the English-speaking individual filming asks where the bullet came from (caution, strong language).

Fortunately Ammar lived to tell the tale (we wonder if his micro SD card survived as well). The attack took place on May 13th and the video was post on the 17th – at the time of publishing it has been viewed nearly three quarters of a million times.

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From:: DPreview

Are you ready to record All-I 400Mbps on the GH5? Here’s the lowdown on what you need

By Erik Naso

With the GH5’s All-I 400Mbps codec coming soon I needed to do some research on SD cards that will work. I personally dislike these small fragile-rating, bombarded memory cards, but…

The post Are you ready to record All-I 400Mbps on the GH5? Here’s the lowdown on what you need appeared first on Newsshooter.

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Forum Post – audio recorder and dual lav mics

By Kim Welch – Publisher

Forum Post – audio recorder and dual lav mics


so I’ve been looking into buying a sound recorder and was wondering if a cheap one is sufficient.. like this:
( Amazon Link to cheap dictation recorder )

or is it better to go for the Zoom H1. I’ve used the H1 before and the quality is perfect. Only downside I see is the micro SD card.

From what I understand, there’s not really a way to record 2 mics simultaneously (like 2 people interview) via 3,5 jack right ?

So I’d actually need to get 2 sets of lav mic systems and go through XLR and something like the Zoom H4N.

I guess with lav mics, the Sennheiser ew100 g2 / g3 is the standard – but why are they so crazy expensive ??
No way I’d be able to get two..

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From:: Student Filmmakers

Delkin BLACK USB 3.0 Rugged Memory Card Reader offers microSD, CF and SD slots

Delkin has launched the BLACK USB 3.0 Rugged, a large memory card reader featuring both microSD and SD UHS-II card slots. This is the first rugged memory card reader offering both of these slots in a single device, according to Delkin, making it a suitable model for on-the-go photographers who are frequently in ‘strenuous shooting environments.’

In addition to support both USH-II SD and microSD cards, the BLACK USB 3.0 Rugged has a larger Compact Flash UDMA 7 memory card slot. Transfer speeds reach up to 500MB/s, which Delkin says is ten times the speed of USB 2.0. All three card slots can be used at the same time, while the USB transfer cord and one of each type of flash card can be stored inside of the media card reader when not in use.

The card reader itself is made from both plastic and aluminum with a rubber cover that shields the device from water, dust, and impacts caused by bumps and drops. If the BLACK USB 3.0 Rugged does break at any point within its 5-year warranty period, Delkin will ship a replacement to the customer within 48 hours. The model is available now exclusively within authorized retail camera stores; price isn’t clear at this time.

Via: PhotographyBLOG

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From:: DPreview

Watch: ‘Escape From Park City’ Shows the Dark Underbelly of Sundance

By Justin Morrow

This short documentary from John Wilson takes a look at the dark side of the Sundance Film Festival.

Everyone is familiar with the glitz and glamor that is the Sundance Film Festival: parties, exclusive screenings, swag bags, and celebrities. But filmmaker John Wilson (AKA John’s Movies) has taken it upon himself to shine a light on the darker, seamier side of Park City in his short documentary, Escape from Park City.

Warning: it’s about to get real.

Wilson is a self-described “struggling” documentarian who’s never been able to make it into Sundance. Obviously, he was the perfect choice for Vimeo when the company sought a Staff-Picked filmmaker to brave the cold and crowds of Park City to document the 2017 schmooze and movie-fest that is Sundance. Vimeo sent the filmmaker, known for his tongue-in-cheek “how to” videos, to the internationally renowned festival with little more than a hat and a $100 camera to shoot SD footage “that doesn’t even look very good on our media player.”

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From:: No Film School

Here’s the state of the art in tape decks. But there’s no tape. AJA’s Ki Pro Ultra Plus

By (RedShark News Staff)

Ki Pro Ultra Plus

Anyone who’s bought a Betacam/Digital Betacam/ HDCAM deck will remember that they were pretty expensive items (tens of thousands of $) and that they were complex machines.

Digital Betacam was a very good format. SD video recorded from a studio camera probably looked better than SD ever should. HDCAM was stunning even in comparison with the best SD.

Now we have 4K. Broadcasters are moving steadily towards the new resolution with around twenty times the pixels of SD and four or five times the linear resolution.

But technological progress being what it is, $3995 will now buy a deck with no moving parts that can record 4 simultaneous feeds of full HD or a single feed of 4K/UltraHD at 60p.

While we’ve become used to on-camera recorders from the likes of Atomos (and a trend arguably started by AJA’s original Ki Pro), the newly announced Ki Pro Ultra Plus is the closest thing we’ve seen to a replacement for a studio deck. It’s around a tenth of the price, and probably a tenth of the weight of an HDCAM deck. (Although per channel of HD recording it’s arguably a fortieth the price and a fortieth the weight).

Recording is to the usual professional codecs: ProRes and DNxHD with support for 12 bit ProRes 4444 and this is stored on AJA’s own storage media, AJA Pak 1000 SSDs

I/O is via 3G SDI and HDMI 2.0.

As usual with AJA, the devices are built for a busy life. They seem robust and well-made.

We can see this becoming something of a broadcast standard.

Here’s the full list of features:

— Flexible HD recording options: 1, 2, 3 or 4-channel HD recording at up to 1080 60p with independent ProRes codec profile support for each channel.
— 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD recording to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD MXF.
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From:: RedShark News