Boss slams defending after Chelsea’s defeat in Monaco

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgChelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo slammed his side’s shoddy defending following their 4-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup.The Blues were 3-0 down at half-time after a stunning hat-trick from Radamel Falcao, who produced a breathtaking display of class and finishing.And Di Matteo told ITV: “In the first half we were very poor and they were very sharp. We were very slow and sloppy and were penalised.“We tried, but they were much better than us – especially in the first half. We gave him [Falcao] too much space and you can’t give him that, because he’s too dangerous.”He added: “We’ve got a lot to learn and have got to get much better. It’s a shame we have not been competitive in a European final.“But we’ll bounce back. It was a bad defeat today but we’ve had some good games before. We just didn’t play well tonight at all.“We gave away three goals and you can’t do that against a team like Atletico Madrid.”See also:Chelsea swept aside by brilliant FalcaoFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Canon’s New 4 Million+ ISO Camera Is Amazingly Impractical

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgCanon’s latest big camera announcement pushes the boundaries of low-light capabilities, but who is going to buy this camera?(Note: I am currently a Canon user.)Canon just this week announced their latest camera, the ME20F-SH. From the outside, the camera looks like it may make a splash in the industry. But when you really start to look at the bigger picture, the future of this camera is looking a little bleak.What is the ME20F-SH?The ME20F-SH is Canon’s self-proclaimed “first multi-purpose camera.” Most notably, the camera has a minimum ISO of over 4,000,000, which means you can essentially shoot full-color footage in any lighting situation imaginable. The camera outputs HD footage via BNC and HDMI cables with no internal recording capabilities. The camera has the first ever locking EF mount, which seems somewhat unnecessary.Who Is This Camera For?In Canon’s press release, they noted a few potential usages for the ME20F-SH.Nighttime surveillance and security, cinematic production, reality television, and nature/wildlife documentaries are just some of the ME20F-SH’s many possible usage applications. Surveillance and Security?With a base ISO of 4 million, it would stand to reason that the ME20F-SH could probably catch criminals in minimal-lighting scenarios. However, with a price tag of $30,000, you’ve got to wonder if anyone on the planet would be willing to spend that kind of money on a security camera? Maybe if you were guarding the Mona Lisa… but anything short of priceless treasure would render the camera overkill. You would probably need a security camera to watch your $30,000 camera in case it gets stolen too.Cinematic Productions?There are an increasing number of cinematic productions using natural light as their main light source. This is a viable option during the day, especially if you’re someone like Alejandro González Iñárritu shooting Revenant on an unreleased ARRI camera. The secret is all in the dynamic range. Good natural-light cameras have high dynamic range to make landscapes look fantastic and not blown-out. But the new ME20F-SH doesn’t have a great dynamic range… or does it? We honestly don’t know yet. Canon didn’t release details about the dynamic range other than the fact that the camera will have a Wide DR feature, but no word on the actual DR numbers yet. Reality Television?This camera could possibly be used effectively in a reality-style television show. It’s small and the low-light ability has potential. The biggest consideration here would simply be budget. Most reality crews are bare-bones as it is, so it’s hard to think that most production houses would be willing to fork over the money for a highly specific B-camera with no continuous autofocus. Nature/Wildlife Documentaries?When it comes to shooting nature documentaries, convenience and quality are the name of the game. But this camera seems to be lacking in both categories.As far as convenience goes, the camera doesn’t have internal recording capabilities. That means you’ll always need to have it plugged in to an external recorder, which takes more time. As Noam Kroll put it on IndieWire:“If you expect to get a lot of shots on the fly (as most docs do) you may literally miss shots by not having your camera set up in time.”Quality is another big concern with the ME20F-SH. You want the footage quality to be immaculate if you’re shooting a nature documentary, but this camera only records HD. HD is going to be replaced in the next year or two, so why would you buy or rent a camera that’s going to produce footage that may be outdated by the time you release it?ConclusionDo I hate this camera? No. I’m sure a few filmmakers will go out there and create amazing low-light films with it, but the camera just seems a little half-baked.A few years ago, having a revolutionary camera that couldn’t record 4K would be fine. But with 4K filmmaking becoming more and more popular, it’s incredibly nearsighted to release or buy a camera that can only record HD. Combined with the inconvenience of shooting with an external recording device and the high price point, it’s hard to see a scenario in which this camera will find a significant foothold in the industry.In all fairness, cameras announced in the summer instead of at NAB tend to be less exciting. I’m still confident that the good people at Canon aren’t entirely disconnected with what filmmakers want, but with Blackmagic and Sony continuing to release exciting cameras, Canon needs to up their game before they fall too far behind.Price and AvailabilityThe ME20F-SH will be available for shipping in December 2015 for $30,000.What do you think of this new camera? Will it find a place in the industry? Share your thoughts in the comments below.last_img read more


Man apologizes for yelling vulgar phrase at Halifax reporter during broadcast

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgHALIFAX – A female reporter says she’s satisfied by a restorative justice process that saw a man apologize for yelling a vulgar phrase at her.CTV Atlantic’s Heather Butts was broadcasting live from a Halifax pub on the World Junior Hockey Championship when Nash John Gracie made a crude gesture and uttered a sexually explicit comment on Dec. 29.Butts said she is satisfied that the 25-year-old Nash has taken responsibility for his actions through the restorative justice process and has agreed to community service.She says the incident is an example of the harassment many reporters have experienced over the years across North America.She says the process sends a message that these incidents will not be tolerated.A spokesman for CTV says the network is “pleased the person responsible … is being held accountable through the restorative justice process,” adding it’s important journalists are able to do their jobs free of harassment.Gracie was charged with public mischief and causing a disturbance. When the case was referred to restorative justice, his lawyer said the charges would be withdrawn once he completed the process.The provincial website says restorative justice is “a response to crime that focuses on restoring the losses suffered by victims and communities.”It says participants are given “an opportunity to talk about their concerns and to talk about the offence from their own perspective,” and that “the parties develop an understanding of the impact of the offence and the steps needed to make amends.”In February, a provincial court in Newfoundland and Labrador dismissed a public disturbance charge against 28-year-old Justin Penton following a similar incident. Judge Colin Flynn said the sexist slur was vulgar and offensive, but not a crime under the circumstances.Unifor, which represents the reporter in the Newfoundland incident, NTV’s Heather Gillis, issued a statement saying it was concerned about the judge’s decision, saying he “missed an opportunity to send a message that vulgar, verbal attacks on journalists are not acceptable.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version wrongly reported that the restorative justice process was complete.last_img read more