Simon Wyndham

Simon Wyndham

Simon Wyndham is the Editor of RedShark News, a professional cameraman and video producer of 20 odd years. With a background in indy feature making, he has been writing camera reviews and tech articles for as long as he can remember. 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.

Blackmagic releases beta of huge Camera 4.0 update

Published in Production

After the release of The URSA Mini 4.6K, Blackmagic Design has been hard at work, not only addressing concerns over some aspects of the image, but also the general usability of the camera. In what transpires to be a huge update by anyone’s standards, it has therefore just has released a public beta of the forthcoming Camera 4.0 Update.

More is more: Simon Wyndham looks at some of the upcoming improvements for video tech - higher resolution, higher contrast and brightness, higher frame rates - and reckons we need to be continually pushing the boudaries if we ever want to emulate the way the natural world, and our natural eyes, work.

New long range transmitters from Teradek

Published in Production

Teradek, a well-known maker of wireless video transmission systems, has released two systems that promise newfound reliability over long range, even in difficult conditions.

From Aristotle onwards, artists have understood the importance of character in providing a narrative to their content. And, argues Simon Wyndham, just because you're making a corporate video that doesn’t mean you can forget it.

Simon Wyndham reviews the Panasonic  AG-AC30, an entry level, £1500 1/3" 1080p camcorder with a very handy built-in LED light aimed at budding videographers, internet journalists and value-minded shooters.

The rise of cinematography in documentary

Published in Production

As documentaries skew toward the cinematic, we wonder if a line has been crossed somewhere.

There have never been so many ready-to-fly drones on the market, yet picking the right one to fit your needs can still be difficult. Simon Wyndham puts some popular RTF options in context, highlighting key features and use cases.

DJI introduces new zoom camera

Published in Production

The new $1000 Zenmuse Z3 camera takes the same CMOS chip as the company’s X3 camera and adds in an optical zoom capability.

DJI GO app update adds GEO geofencing system

Published in Production

DJI's Geofencing system has been in the works for a good while now, but it is finally being rolled out in much improved form in the new update to the DJI GO App.

The dangers of overcooking the grade

Published in Post & VFX

Simon Wyndham argues that when grading, especially to an extreme, one should consider whether the grade will enhance or detract from the overall viewer experience.

The Zhiyun Z1 Smooth C & Evolution illustrate well the rather astonishing progress that one area of the industry in particular has made in recent years. 

RedShark Review: Blackmagic Video Assist 4K

Published in Production

Simon Wyndham takes a close look at the $895 Blackmagic Video Assist 4K and finds a unit that still stacks up well, even against an increasingly capable competition.

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