Simon Wyndham

Simon Wyndham

Simon Wyndham is a professional cameraman of over 15 years, video editor, and all round on set grunt. With a background in indy feature making, when he isn't producing bread and butter corporate videos he can be found hucking the gnar on rivers whitewater kayaking and adventure sports filming.  (Website: http:// www.5ep.co.uk)

What is the best action camera to have in your kitbag?

Published in Production

If you ask anyone about action cameras, and the best one to buy, the vast majority of people would say one word: GoPro. But, as the saying goes, other action cam alternatives are available, and some of them are quietly compelling.

Have we already passed peak drone?

Published in Production

While drone shots have become very much part and parcel of many productions, owning and operating the vehicles legally is becoming an increasing legal burden and the economics of being a specialist drone operator are looking less attractive by the month. Have we already passed peak drone?

If you're thinking of making a showreel, this is the standard to aim for...

The DJI Ronin series is one of the most ubiquitous stabilisation platforms in use today. Its versatility carries it from the ground, and into the air on drone systems. And now DJI has announced its successor, the Ronin 2.

Pond5 partners with Adobe in new stock footage deal

Published in Post & VFX

The first fruit of Pond5’s Global Partner Program is almost the definition of a win-win, and should see Adobe CC users gain access to an enhanced library of video clips, while clip creators themselves get to access a fecund global marketplace.

Billed as the world's smartest and most portable 4-axis motion control system, Edelkrone's new slider control system looks like a very interesting piece of gear to keep an eye out for when it ships next month.

DJI springs surprise Phantom 4 Advanced

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DJI has added another model to its seemingly endless variations of the Phantom UAV. The Phantom 4 Advanced adds a number of very useful functions, while possibly leaving those who invested in the Phantom 4 Pro scratching their heads!

Preventing drone fatigue: how to get better shots

Published in Production

Drone filming was and still is a big thing. But just like GoPro, once the novelty has worn off, interest can wane.

The portable gear you need to shoot really lightweight

Published in Production

When you are travelling light you will always have to make some compromises. But, with the right gear, it is entirely possible to obtain shots with a cinematic sensibility without needing to hire Sherpas!

Can we say we are now genuinely format neutral?

Published in Production

Simon Wyndham reckons that a process of gradual, almost unheralded change over the past few years has led us to the point where the file format you shoot with is almost irrelevant.

Blackmagic has an excellent reputation for incorporating user feedback into the latest iterations of its cameras and, with the addition of NDI filters and some really well thought-out ergonomics, the $6000 Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro carries on the tradition. All in all, it is a lot of camera for the money.

Apple CEO seeks to give reassurance to Pros

Published in Post & VFX

The company’s attitude and relationship with the professional market has fallen under scrutiny even more than usual with last year’s release of the new MacBook Pro line: a release that left many feeling rather underwhelmed. Tim Cook, however, has reassurance.

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