HFS10 Hdmi capture problem solved


I have amended my HDMI capture tutorial to include developments in the industry in the last few months.Check it out.
Now for those of you who have an interest in capturing to a high quality recorder from the HDMI on the HFS10 – you may have had a little trouble getting the HFS10 to talk to your capture card.If you do not own one you won’t know how annoying it is.Well after months of searching I found a simple solution that costs about £80.

You have two options.

One is to get the component HD cable from canon for your HFS10/100.It is called CTC-100.You will need separate audio recording through your analog connections on the Intensity pro which I found to be a pain. This has no EDID issues as it is all analog.

You see the camcorder would go crazy if I plugged it into anything other than an LCD.It is to do with the EDID of the Canon.I got a little box from a company here in the UK that allows you to set the EDID manually .

EDID fix

It is fairly small and uses 5v power.I did a DIY hack to get power from a a USB port from my portable power supplie’s USB port.You know the external laptop battery extenders – you can see it in my video 17 tutorial on Vimeo.Takes the HSF10’s HDMI signal negotiates – passes it on to the intensity – works a treat.

Look for something similiar where you live.


Free Q-clone impulse responses – High end eq

All my presets are now here

NB THE FREE SAMPLES I GAVE AWAY WERE FOR A LIMITED TIME. I do have lots of free samples on the site so look around.

For those of you who own Waves Q-clone it is surprising that the web has few and far between impulses of high end gear.As a user of the plugin and also Acustica Audio’s nebula I will be sampling gear to make available for free over the next few months.I will get the ball rolling with this high end eq and I mean high end.It borders on being transparent and it is ubiquitous in most studios around the world.Of course I could only sample at certain settings otherwise I would be here all year so I went for what I felt were the most useful to me. It is made available to you sampled via Prismsound orpheus convertors with my own DIY high quality cables.Hope these are useful as well.Just unzip and place in the q-clone presets folder.

Demo of samples

Check out my first commercial release here for £10.

If theses files are useful to you please leave a comment.


This is a picture of Graham Boswell – maker of arguably the best convertors on the planet – prismsound. He was at KMR when George massenburg addressed gear lovers in February of 2008.


My audio hero – just wish I could get my mixes to sound even a quarter as good as his – well time and experience hey………….and using his hardware must help..he he

Free transparent Analog panning impulse responses

I have not given much free stuff away over the years on the site so this is the start of a new era.I made these analog panning impulse responses for my own mixing purposes and thought they were too good not to share.
The great thing is that they allow you to get beyond the limits of pan law within your DAW and can add great width and precise placement in your mixes.The impulse responses are CPU light in your convolution reverb and they sound good as they were sampled at 96 Khz.Obviously the source materials original panning will affect how these impulses respond.
Don’t be fooled by how small the impulses are.Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

You will need to kill the dry signal and have wet at 100% and obviously needs to used on a stereo track – N.B source can be mono.

If theses files are useful to you please leave a comment


Check out my first commercial q-clone release here for £10.

All my presets are now here

Few more tests

This is a short Cineform first light test.

Cineform first light grading test from Henry Olonga on Vimeo.

– workflow is coming together.Shoot,grade in Cineform’s first light,Edit,Render,upload.Simple.

Canon announce 7D


This camera has been anticipated with bated breath for a while and it promises to produce fantastic images.
Of note is the video which makes a great case for the convergence of stills and moving pictures.
Where oh art thou oh fabled RED scarlet?The masses await your arrival.

It’s not perfect and from my initial observations of original footage around the interweb – there are still aliasing artifacts as in the 5D,no uncompressed HDMI the rolling shutter is better controlled but still there somewhat and one will need to use profiles to get it looking less like video.However in the right hands this tool will produce some amazing story telling.I personally prefer the Depth of field adaptor look from my SGBlade and HFS10 recorded to my DIY cineform recorder but it has it’s limitations – mainly poor low light performance.I suppose that is where this camera could fill the gap or indeed Canon could release a firmware update for my EOS 5D mark II.That would do nicely…..

Now my rant for the day has to do with Panasonic.They could have made the GH1 so much better.They have a new codec coming out that does 12 bit 4:4:4 called AVC Ultra for their professional models but they gave the camera by most judgements an inferior codec.Whether this is by design or not I am not sure but they have given ground to Canon by not giving a superoir codec on the GH1 – and it is in their reach.Please Pana – get a fantastic codec on the GH1 and I will buy one.Especially the AVC-ultra.It is the perfect size to fit in my portable Cineform recorder….or even better to recover sales – give it uncompressed HDMI – this is the future and Nikon may have an offering soon.Please, please pretty please?

Latest developments in HDMI capture

There have been a few developments in the world of high quality digital acquisition in the last few months.From the announcement of the EOS Canon 7D that shoots 24p,25p and 30p at full HD to the Convergent design nanoflash.By far the most compelling of late though is a Cineform HDMI/HD-SDI capture device.It is not made by Cineform but it records to the codec.This is very exciting indeed ……..until you see the price.At just around $ 5000 one is almost in the RED scarlet territory.You may as well wait or do the DIY route.If it were $2000 it would be a steal – the same price as the promised Cineform recorder from the company that makes the greatest compressed codec on earth – period.