Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

We’ll be shut down from 1pm Wednesday the 27th to Monday the 1st of December. You can contact some of us by mobile phone numbers for urgent situations. For Eric dial 503-780-6293, Doug 503-740-2198, Ray 503-810-3654, and Brad in Service & Installations 503-810-3642. We hope everyone has a pleasant and hopefully work-free Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for your continued business. We depend on you to keep our doors open and lights on.


Early Hands-On with the Sony Z100 4K ENG Camcorder

This a pretty good video that does a great job giving you an over view of the upcoming Sony 4K Z100 camcorder. We’re expecting to get our first Z100 cameras in any day now. We’re still accepting pre-orders. We’re also running a special promo where we’re including a FREE 32GB XQD Sony “S” series memory card with your purchase. Thats a $210 value. Watch the video here. Post by Eric C. Petrie

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The Canon C100 from the Perspective of a Still Photo Guy Making the Jump

This is a simple introduction to the Canon C100 written from the perspective a still photo shooter who has been using a DSLR to shoot video and is ready to step up. It also includes video and images from Portland area production company Still Motion.

The Canon EOS C100 is an amazing camera, but using it effectively may take a bit of practice. Users will benefit from customizing the camera’s settings for greater control. I found that it takes quite a bit of menu diving to access the setup options, however, and the miniscule thumbwheel/joystick doesn’t help. (The joystick is located on the grip unit on the camcorder’s right side. The grip may be removed, but then you won’t be able to change any camera settings that require the joystick.)

Regarding image quality, I believe the footage I shot with the C100 has better color separation than that shot with my standby Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The C100 comes across to me as more “professional” than a lot of other cinema-shooting DSLRs. Once you get used to the setup and handling of the C100, you may find it difficult to go back to shooting with antiquated DSLRs. The C100 and its siblings are going to be the pathway to the future. All of the best features of a DSLR have survived and you have more capability in audio and video without a much larger footprint. Continue Reading. Post by Eric C. Petrie


Canon Cinema EOS Firmware Update

Canon has begun releasing their highly anticipated Cinema EOS firmware update. If you own a C100, C300, C500, or 1DC keep your eyes on this website and check back frequently. The only camera with firmware that has been released is the EOS C100.

For some reason Canon hasn’t posted the C100 firmware on the official “Canon Cinema EOS Cameras Firmware” website. You can, however, find the latest C100 firmware on the C100 website here. Click the button that says “Drivers & Software” Then click the “Firmware” drop down menu. The current firmware is dated 11/13/13.

The EOS C300 actually had the firmware released but Canon pulled it because it was discovered that it tweaked some of the color profile settings creating inconsistent color reproduction under certain circumstances.


Professional Video Joins DVInfo Sponsor Family

DVInfo.net has long been one of the best on-line communities for video professionals. It is an endless source of information and it is organized in a way that encourages the user to use it more and more. Professional Video is proud to announce that we are now one of the official sponsors of DVInfo.net. You should see our banner on DVInfo with in the next couple of weeks and you’ll also see us participating actively in the user communities. We’ll be particularly focused on communities that revolve around Canon and Sony digital cinema equipment. We hope to see you in the forums.

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Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q Now Shipping

After a bit of a delay the highly anticipated Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q is now shipping. New orders placed with Professional Video today are expected to take 6-10 weeks for delivery. If you per-ordered a unit with us, we’ve already contacted you, you’ll be getting yours in about 2-3 weeks.

What is the Odyssey 7Q? It is an amazing combination of ultra-high quality field monitor and external hi-bit-rate recorder. It’s a 7.7″ 1280×800 LCD screen with every possible focus, exposure, and color assist feature imaginable. It has vectorscope, it has histogram, it has waveform, it supports different LUT systems, and more.

The really exciting feature is the ability to buy firmware upgrades that give you expanded capabilities including 4K RAW recording. It features compatibility with Canon, Sony, and Arri cameras.

Give us a call if you have any questions about the Odyssey 7Q. This exciting product might even be on our shelves to show off and demonstrate with in the next few weeks. If you own a Canon C500 or a Sony FS700 this is going to be a very exciting product.


Black Friday Specials

We’re not a standard “store”. We’re not even really a store at all. But we are a place that sells stuff and people come to us to buy stuff. Black Friday has become a very serious holiday. It has become standard for business of all kind to celebrate Black Friday in some way. Since we’re not a typical store we’re going to do Black Friday a little differently.

Starting today and going through Friday, December 6th we’re going to be running our Black Friday specials. Here’s the list of our specials:

follow focus normally $269 NOW $166

shoulder stock support normally $119 NOW $56

23″ camera slider normally $139 NOW $79

47″ camera slider normally $199 now $123

mini condenser microphone normally $39 NOW $24

Canon XA20 ($2,195) or XA25 (2,695) cameras come with 2x 64GB SDHC memory cards and Canon CG800 charger. Total value of over $150 in extra gear.

Two light, fluorescent soft box kit with stands. Normally $249 NOW $133

Blackmagic Design Pocket camera Normally $995 NOW $942

There are no rain checks. When December 7th hits everything is back to regular price. All items listed above are estimated to deliver to you in 1-6 weeks. All Black Friday promo sales are final and non returnable.



We’re Moving!

Professional Video has found a new home. If you know where our current office is don’t worry, you won’t have to re-learn the drive. We’re just moving to a different office in the same complex. Our new home will meet the needs of our business a little better. We should be all in and settled by December 31st. In the meantime our current office might seem a little disheveled (even more then normal). Our new address will be 10240 SW Nimbus Ave, L-11, Portland OR 97223. Come on by and check it out once we’re in.