Phil Peel

Film, video, photography, sound and story

Panasonic GH4 £1300 in UK

Posted by Phil On March - 10 - 2014

 Just been announced. The new GH4 will be £1300…  I’ve been shooting on the GH2 for a few years and found it excellent, but the new Panasonic Lumix GH4 threatens to blow it away as it’s  the first DSLR with 4K video recording capability and it only £1300.  

I’ve used the Black Magic Pocket camera (£700)  and handled the Black Magic 4K Cinema camera (£1400) . They are both great advances,  but still awkward to use without add on viewfinders etc .  Whereas the GH range of cameras are lovely to use hand held.  See an example here   

The Panasonic Lumix GH4 will be available in the UK from 5 May – body only for £1300, with a 14-140mm lens for £1750, or with body only and an Interface unity for £2500. For those pre-ordering a free battery grip and battery is on offer from 10 March until 2 June.


The GH4 is the World’s First DSLR with 4K Video Recording Capability and can shoot 4K at 30/25/24fps at 100Mbps using ALL-Intra compression. At 1080p that rises way beyond broadcast standard to 200Mbps.

But even if you leave out the 4k which will need fast and expensive  SD cards, in  HD it can shoot up to  96 frames per second —nice slow motion –  and it has  zebra pattern to aid exposure  and focus peaking to aid with manual focusing, Master Pedestal Adjustment with 15 steps and  Gamma presets exclusively for video recording. So this is evolving into a seriously sensible video camera.

Also has  maximum 125,600 ISO,  Wifi / NFC compatibility, 1KHz Test Tone and Color Bars (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) . The camera  embeds SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods,  to help synchronize the multiple video footage or sound source in the post production.    £1249  at  UK digital



John Lennon’s Turd trailer out.

Posted by Phil On September - 15 - 2013

…and the film will be finished soon!   It  feels like I’ve been living in a cave for the last few weeks. I’ve been missing all the sunshine with the the windows blacked out. Normally it’s great to have a good view and sunlight streaming into the room, but not great for colour grading.



On the trailer I’ve used a track by John Bower from the Mooncats.  Thanks John

For the main film Francis Macdonald has completed the music. Been great working with him.  Check him out here and his music

Kenton Hall is finishing our end theme music

Now I’m onto Foley (adding specific sound effects) , so sunlight is OK.

But mmm..   It’s raining outside now.  🙁     Was there a summer?


…oh and my knees are really sore. As I edit standing up.  Up to 10 hours a day..



Lamer Tree Festival & Editing

Posted by Phil On August - 23 - 2013

Oh dear ..sorry it’s been a long time since I updated my blog.  I could blame pressure of work.. but that would be untrue.  ..Well partly.

I have had a load of editing to do.  and editing I find is difficult to get into. It’s great when I’m in the flow and it’s going well, but when you’ve got to the stage of repeatedly going through what you are doing for repeated minor adjustments, then it’s a bit of a slog to start up each day.

So I’ve been feeling that writing my blog was just putting off  getting back into editing. So I’ve done the editing and not the blogging.

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There’s also the feeling that working on an edit suite isn’t very blog worthy. But if I think about it I have been doing some other interesting things.

Like going for a spin in a Lancaster Bomber ..more of that later

..and working at  the Lamer Tree Festival, which is a lovely little festival hidden deep in the country between Salisbury and Saftesbury.

I was helping out Salisbury Arts Centre’s Media Dreamspace project

I was editing their footage …with a very quick turn around …(working on FCPX which is great for fast work.) Very sunny, hot, hard work but great fun.
So whilst I was there I grabbed some of my own shots around the festival on my Panasonic GH2.

Music by Swingrowers.

Here’s the results.


..and here’s a few random photos




Unique Victorian stage



…a small audience!




Sharing a hula hoop




Food service with a difference




Seasiack Steve



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John Lennon auditioning on The Voice ?

Posted by Phil On July - 6 - 2013

I’m in the midst of editing my short John Lennon’s Turd.  So until I have something to show you I thought you might like this.


It made me laugh..