Testing BMPCC 4k in Epping Forest

Having just acquired my new BMPCC 4k I decided to try out the various features of the camera. This footage was taken using the CDNG codec. Original footage 1080p @30fps. This is very flat profile that allows for high contrast scenarios like the shadows and sunlit highlights of a forest setting. It seems to have worked well and responded effectively to editing in Davinci Resolve 15 (the Studio version of which comes free, with the camera!)

The Zhiyun Smooth 4 with iphone7

Started to become familiar with the combination of my iphone with the Zhiyun Smooth 4. I’m using Filmic Pro, rather than Zhiyun’s own app and so far the results have been very interesting. I uploaded a short to youtube using 4k @30p but it’s something of a steep learning curve to get the best results, so, more to learn!

The first big test!

I gave my new streaming kit its first big outing on Saturday last, the 8th December. I streamed a church event/meeting totaling 4hrs and the stream held up very well. I used my LiveU Solo with two dongles and wifi to my iphone’s personal hotspot and was able to maintain a stream above 7 Mbps (7000kbps). This was sufficient for a good full HD data rate and I was pleased with even Youtube’s ‘crushed’ recording! I employed two cameras, my ATEM Television Studio HD switcher, a small laptop and my LiveU Solo. All in all I was very satisfied and so were the customers!

LiveU, BMD ATEM HD and Production Gear

After a fair amount of deliberation I have taken the plunge and invested in some new, more reliable streaming kit. The LiveU Solo, a dedicated hardware encoder, is both powerful and portable and streams to many standard platforms (Youtube, Facebook etc) but also generic rtmp destinations. It is also moderately priced, which is an important factor when working to a budget. This pairs nicely with the Black Magic Design ATEM switcher (Television Studio HD) for using more than one camera. All supplied by those nice people at Production Gear with the added advantage that the proprietor, Simon Beer, is a keen and experienced live streamer. I shall be posting on Youtube, in the near future, my experiences of testing this setup so look forward to seeing you and your comments.

Great River Race 2018


Quite excited about being scheduled to stream this year’s Great River Race on the Thames. It starts from Millwall and ends at Ham, Richmond. Not sure of the details yet but broadcast should start about 9.30am BST. Various categories of rowing boats including Dragon Boats, Gig Racers, rowing boats of all kinds and the race lasts about 3.5hrs


Hen Harrier Day 2018

This proved to be a most successful day in the continuing campaign led by BAWC for the protection of our native raptors. In particular the Hen Harrier. The event was live streamed for those unable to attend but about 200 people did come to RSPB Rainham Marshes as well as several leading conservationists including Mark Avery, Natalie Bennett and Chris Packham.

WWT Marketing

Spent a few days this month supplementing the social media videos for WWT London Wetlands. Mostly springtime new-borns among the waders etc.

Kingfishers nesting again!

Glad to say that kingfishers are nesting again this year on my local patch in an urban park. They certainly need to be persistent to overcome the presence of squabbling geese and humans! At present they are in the incubating phase taking it in turns to keep the eggs warm.


Once again I shall be streaming live from RSPB Rainham Marshes on Tuesday, 17th April, as we (at last!) begin to experience some truly Spring weather. At the moment both a Great White Egret and a Black Necked Grebe are present on the reserve and I hope we may be able to view them in the broadcast. As usual I shall be joined by birding guru Howard Vaughan who will have the latest news from Rainham.

The link will be: https://www.youtube.com/user/psamuels31/live

Rainham – Live!

Well, I have to admit it’s a week late but I will be live streaming from RSPB Rainham Marshes tomorrow at 11.00am, with Howard Vaughan. We’ll be broadcasting from the Marshland Discovery Zone (known locally as the MDZ) about the artificial sandbank, kingfishers and anything else that’s about. Here’s the link/location:  https://www.youtube.com/user/psamuels31/live