Round-up: QPR assess Lynch injury, Ngbakoto not fully fit, loan move for Chelsea defender

first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has told West London Sport that recent QPR signing Yeni Ngbakoto will need time to improve his fitness following the French winger’s move to the club.“Yeni is not fit yet. We need to work him. We need to give him time,” manager Hasselbaink said.Ngbakoto scored on his debut in the EFL Cup tie against Swindon at Loftus Road, where summer signing Joel Lynch went off with an abdominal injury.Rangers are assessing the problem and are not yet sure how long Lynch might be unavailable for.Hasselbaink was unhappy with the performance against Swindon. Click here to see how we rated each Rangers player.Meanwhile, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has backed Antonio Conte to succeed at Chelsea. The two sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Monday.Comte will begin his reign with a derby on Monday eveningThe Blues have loaned centre-back Alex Davey, 21, to League Two club Crawley Town until January.Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has recovered from a hamstring problem and is set to return to the squad for Saturday’s game against Preston.Brentford are at home to Ipswich, who will be without injured striker Brett Pitman for the game at Griffin Park.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A Field Guide to the Low-Budget Panasonic GH5 Setup

first_imgOut of the box, the GH5 lacks a few essentials for run-and-gun videography. In this guide, we detail what you need to complete your rig — on a budget.Cover image via Panasonic.The GH5/S and the Sony A7s I/II are arguably the hottest mirrorless cameras on the market for filmmaking. When we look at their features — compared to the camera that changed the low-budget cinematic filmmaking game, the 5D Mk II — it’s bewildering to think about how much we’re getting for the price.While these cameras have fantastic filmmaking capabilities, they are, at their cores, mirrorless cameras for still photography. If you take the GH5 out the box and instantly hit the road to make a travel documentary, it won’t be impossible, but you will face a number of challenges. You need to first accessorize your camera to make it practical in the field.There are two constraints to the items listed in this article: one, this list is geared toward a run-and-gun setup for documentary or travel videography, so we want the accessories to fit in one DSLR bag; two, we’re looking to keep the accessories to a minimum of $1,000. I understand that for our student- and DIY-budget-readers $1,000 is still a lot of money — especially after you’ve just spent $2,000 on the GH5 — but low budget very rarely means no budget.As a side note, I have used all the items in this list, or I still own them. You’ll see things like the Mark I version even though there are now Mark II models on the market, but in the spirit of keeping this list budget-friendly, we’ll stick to the lower-priced options. While this budget setup is for the GH5, you can use it for inspiration for any camera in the DMC-GH series and, to some extent, most DSLR and mirrorless cameras.The Aputure VS1 Fine HD$198 New$150 aftermarketWhen you’re working in daylight, the LCD screen on the GH5 isn’t great. It wasn’t very good on the GH4, and it hasn’t got any better with the GH5s. The touchscreen has a protective coating, and as a result, the glare from direct sunlight is awful. So you’re going to need a dedicated field monitor.The VS1 Fine HD is a 1920×1200 7-inch field monitor from Aputure. It has a 450-nit brightness along with a 1,200:1 contrast ratio, which isn’t as high-performing as top-tier small monitors, but when combined with the velcro monitor hood, it provides a good budget-friendly alternative to the GH5’s LCD screen.The monitor also has extra functions, such as on-screen cropping markers. The VS1 provides 2.35:1, 1.33:1, 1.66:1, 1.85:1, 70%,  80%, and 90% markers; therefore, if you plan on cropping your footage or applying a letterbox, you won’t have to rely on guesswork.The monitor also has a useful zoom function. If you’re shooting wide open on a manual lens, even with focus peaking activated, it can be a hassle to find the correct focus point on such a small LCD screen. With the VS1, you can zoom in on the monitor itself, making that process easier. The VS1 also has a cold-shoe attachment, so you can fit the monitor directly to the top of your camera.For more insight, check out this video review. Metabones Speedbooster $400-$500 RRP$150-$300 — aftermarketViltrox EF M2: $196The Speed Booster adapter changed the game for users of APC and micro 4/3 cameras. Not only did it increase the number of lens options, as users could attach a range of full-frame lenses to their cameras, but it also provided an extra F stop and reduced focal length to the attached lens. We’ve already covered why you should use a Speed Booster with one of Panasonic’s cameras, but if you’re reading this article and don’t know what a Speed Booster is, here’s an excerpt:Using a 35mm on a GH4, which has a 2x crop factor in photo mode, would give you the equivalent field of view of a 70mm lens on a full-frame camera — or an 80(.5)mm if you’re in video mode with a 2.3x crop. However, using the Nikon G to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster, you get a 0.71x reduction, creating the equivalent field of view of a 50mm focal length, which is an incredible reduction, and it brings the lens closer to its natural field of view. Furthermore, by using the Speed Booster XL, released in 2015, you can reduce the crop factor from 2.3x to 1.5x.I genuinely believe that you’re not getting the best out of the DMC-GH series if you’re not coupling it with a Speed Booster. Unlike 2013, Metabones no longer dominates the EF/Nikor to MFT focal reducer market. Aputure released the DEC LensRegain last year at $ 589, and the Viltrox EF M2 for $196 has recently joined the scene.I’ve yet to use to the Viltrox, so I can’t recommend it at the moment, but it’s making a lot of noise on the MFT forums, and at $196 new, it seems like a hit. Nevertheless, a non-electronic aftermarket Metabones can go for the same amount, and if you use manual lenses like me, you can save money and buy a well-regarded brand. SmallRig Cage$89.99 new $55 usedSeveral years ago, there were only a few primary manufacturers of DSLR cages. Fast-forward to 2018, and there are hundreds of premium and budget-friendly cages on the market.Image via SmallRig.For $89, you get a 154 x 71 x 109mm  aluminum alloy cage from SmallRig that accommodates both the GH5 and the GH5s — but not the Gh4, unfortunately (they do have a model for that). The primary reason this cage is on the list is to provide mounting options for all the other accessories — once you use up the camera’s one hot shoe mount, that’s it. The cage also provides valuable protection for the camera.The cage does not block the memory card or battery compartments, which is a persistent problem I’ve come across with knock-off cages. There are several 1/4” threaded holes all along the cage, which leads us to the next accessory on the list.SmallRig Universal Top HandleNew: $39SmallRig also offers a Top Handle for the budget-friendly price of $39. Alternatively, you could purchase both the cage and the top handle in one package for $125. The “universal” in the product’s name isn’t just for kicks; it really is universal. It can slide forward and backward to assist with balance and grip; it has 16 additional mounting points, as well as two shoe mounts on the top and back of the handle. It even has a space for an Allen key/hex key for quick adjustments and removal. All we’re missing is a folding pocket knife at this point.Image via SmallRig.RØDE  VideoMic +New: $299Ever since the days of the 5D Mark II, the 7D, and The 550d/T2i, the RØDE Video mic has been the undisputed champion of DSLR microphones.The first rule of DSLR and mirrorless filmmaking is that you don’t use the onboard microphone. They’re lackluster; they will pick up the sounds of camera use; and, at best, they are only useful for syncing sound in post-production. Further, most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras don’t have the best onboard sound operations in the first place – they are photography cameras after all.Image via RØDE.In 2017, RØDE released the Videomic Pro Plus, which introduced several new features to the design. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts for over 100 hours of use. And if you use disposable batteries, the plus model now uses AA batteries instead of 9V, and the microphone will automatically switch off when you power down the camera.The microphone boasts a safety channel to prevent clipping, a two-stage high-pass filter to reduce low frequencies (great for lowering the rumble of distant vehicles), and a three-stage gain control (along with a high-frequency boost). It also has an onboard shock mount to avoid the sounds of camera use.Since the RØDE Videomic uses a supercardioid polar pattern, the mic is excellent for picking up clear sound in an exterior location while avoiding any sounds behind it. For narrative filmmaking, you’re still going to want to use a dedicated recording system, as these microphones do have their limitations, especially with distance, but for filmmaking on the go, they’re great.LCD Screen ProtectorNew: $10Perhaps it’s not as high tech as the other items in the list, but a screen protector is just as essential. While the LCD isn’t great for outdoor viewing, it is your operational hub for changing video and camera settings, and you’re going to want to take good care of it. You can pick up an LCD protector for less than $10, and once you attach it, you’ll never need to take it off.This small setup doesn’t include everything you need to make a feature film (although there’s no harm in trying), but you’re going to be in a better position to capture beautiful images on the go with this load-out.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check these out.Tips for Selling Your Cameras and Video Gear Online5 Production Tips for High Frame Rate VideographyHow to Design a Close-Up Shot — And When You Should Use ItThe Differences Between All-I and IPB CompressionOn Fading to Black: The Hows, The Whens, and The Whyslast_img read more

Touch Football Western Australia gaining momentum

first_imgTouch Football continues to make an impact in Western Australia but the road remains long and bumpy.Touch Football Western Australia (TFWA) have sent two teams to this week’s X-Blades National Youth League Championships (NYC) in Port Macquarie to give their top younger players an opportunity to compete against the best in Australia.Although results haven’t gone the way they would have liked, TFWA sports program co-ordinator and NYC tour manager Karon Boston said it was about the experience.“It is extremely important, if we don’t get the players to tour and the coaches to tour they don’t see what the next step is,” Boston said.“All the players and coaches enjoy being able to challenge themselves and take on the best of the best; it is extremely important for our development.”Boston said the sport was coming along in the western state.“It’s starting to take off in leap and bounds because we have got quite a few schools now that are starting to ask for those new clinics,” she said.“We also have a new program in Western Australia called the Western Tigers AusSquad Academy, which is for our elite players. “We have selected 40 players from our junior state championships and they get together once a month for some intensive training sessions.”Boston said TFWA have the players at their disposal but don’t have the same number for coaches.“There are some difficulties there because coaching is a volunteer position.“You have to get people to have time off work and commit to four or five months worth of training sessions and then take some time off to come over here, it is always difficult. “But we are working on it, we have some fairly new coaches on board this year and it is starting to pick up.”There are 24 Touch Football affiliates in Western Australia.TFWA have also had players represent Australia such as Shelley Matcham, Angela Doyle and Stuart Brierty.Brierty will play for his adopted state NSW in the 2012 State of Origin Series (SOO) that will be played tomorrow and Saturday.For more information on the NYC, SOO series and Touch Football in Western Australia, check out these websites:NYC – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comSOO – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Western Australia – www.touchwest.com Touch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auOr FOLLOW us on Twitter or LIKE us on our Facebook page. Related LinksTouch Football WAlast_img read more

9 months agoAgent of Barcelona signing Tobido: Juventus were desperate for him

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of Barcelona signing Tobido: Juventus were desperate for himby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Jean-Clair Todibo says the Toulouse defender chose to sign for Barcelona ahead of Juventus.It was announced this week that Todibo would be joining Barca at the end of the season when his contract expires.Bruno Satin told Sportnews.eu: “He chose the Catalans for their history. Barça is very big club and when he was little, he dreamed of playing with this shirt. Money has nothing to do with his choice, he did it for the emotions that Barça provokes. “Moreover, compared to other interested clubs, he will have more opportunities to play. “Juventus and Leipzig wanted him too. I met several times the Bianconeri, who absolutely wanted the player. Finally it is Todibo who chose Barça, because he thinks he is more likely to start there. At Juventus there are a lot of big defenders.” last_img read more

9 months ago​Liverpool defender Lovren receives one-match Croatia ban

first_img​Liverpool defender Lovren receives one-match Croatia banby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren has received a one game international ban.The player is under fire because of comments that he made on social media.He posted a video on Instagram after a game against Spain in November, where he insulted the team and Sergio Ramos.According to UEFA, Lovren acted in a way that was not compliant with the body’s disciplinary rules.UEFA can punish anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rules of decent conduct”.Lovren will miss his nation’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Azerbaijan. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months agoCeltic midfielder James Forrest being watched by Liverpool

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Celtic midfielder James Forrest being watched by Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCeltic midfielder James Forrest is being watched by Liverpool.The Scottish Sun says Liverpool are interested in signing Celtic midfielder Forrest.It’s reported that Jurgen Klopp has been keeping tabs on the winger for a number of months.Forrest has impressed for the Bhoys this term, scoring 17 times.The 27-year-old has a deal at Parkhead until 2022, but could be available for around £8million. last_img

Video: Here’s Urban Meyer Teeing Off At The Famous 16th Hole At TPC Scottsdale

first_imgUrban Meyer and his wife exit the field.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Urban Meyer the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes hugs his wife Shelley Meyer on the field after 27-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Urban Meyer lives next to a golf course in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio State coach jokes that he and his son, Nate, will often sneak onto the Muirfield Village Golf Club course and play a couple holes. The Buckeyes’ head coach has found some time to golf amid the post-national championship tour and recruiting period. For those who care, Urban Meyer is soon to take part in a hole in one contest at the Phoenix Open. It’s live on Golf Channel NOW— Matt Barnes (@Matt_NBC4) January 28, 2015Here’s the 50-year-old coach teeing off at the famous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale, home of this week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. Based on how Meyer’s month has gone, he probably hit a hole-in-one.last_img read more

Pay for police RCMP to mining firms

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut RCMP have just released their crime stats for the last year.While some of the numbers are down slightly, the high rate of violent crime has RCMP asking for help from wherever they can get it, including Nunavut’s growing mining sector.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll explains from Iqaluit.last_img