1. VOA60 AFRICA - AUGUST 12, 2015


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    VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines on Africa.

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    • Outpatient consultation Democratic Republic of Congo


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      In 2014, Médecins Sans Frontières provided more free outpatient consultations in Democratic Republic of Congo than anywhere else globally.

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        • Sony FS7 test Version 2: 4k Shooting / Sony 28-135mm F4 G OSS


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          So, after having taken the FS7 to Myanmar beginning of this year, I wanted to give one more impression of the camera and how it is to work with it in none-studio environments. Though the camera underwent some improvements with new firmware and my experience with it grew steadily, we will see how the gear performed while visiting the Mountain Gorilla's of the Democratic Republic of Congo, shot in 4k. What has improved to the previous showcase: - The camera overall is much more stable. Settings usually don't get lost. We have a much wider choice of formats to shoot in etc. If you want to see what improved read the latest firmware notes by Sony. But generally said ,it makes a much "rounded" impression. - The banding issues with PPCC and MXF files seem to have vanished now using PP CC 2015. What's still a mess: - LUT's, Waveform implementation - Menu and responsiveness What did we take along: Seeing the Gorillas in DRC is not the most straight forward thing in the world. You must plan to hike for a few hours through pretty thick bush and therefore you want to bring as least gear with you as possible, if you don't want to hire porters etc. So I took one FS7 body, a view BP-U's, one lens ( Sony 28-135 mm ) and a small tripod. Despite that really low-profile setup, it was still no real joy of lugging it around. More then once I wished the body would have been just 10% smaller. A second camera was with us, a Canon C100, and just having a body that size was at times just a little bit more comfortable. I shot on 30p, 4k and CineEI ( graded later with the help of the Sony Rec709 LUT ). The good, while shooting: I was overall pretty much impressed with the Sony 28-135mm in that circumstance. It was a good one-stop-solution for a trip like this. Sure, it could have been wider, but the overall performance was good. The OSS now works just fine and it was very important. The area was so densely overgrown that setting up a tripod was not always possible, so shooting out of your lab, from the shoulder or while laying on the belly was happening more then once. The battery run-time with new BP-U60s was pretty good, shooting on 4K all the time. I think when having enough media, having 4-5 BP-U 60's will get you quite a long way for standard reportage work. The bad, while shooting: The top handle zoom is still not so usable, cause it can be adjusted in a very limited way. The camera while shooting in a steamy, hot and moist rainforest will get quite hot. The fan was blowing pretty strong and at times I was afraid it would end up on the audio ( although in the end it didn't ). Not that it limited the usefulness of the camera, but it makes you think. The grip as always was at times a blessing and at times a pain the ass. To find a pretty good stow away position for it is almost impossible, while having it on the shoulder, makes it pretty usable. The twistable hand-grip though starts to wear out I feel...it doesn't lock so easily anymore in its preset-positions...and sometimes it kinda "jumps" out of the lock. I guess I should bring it to the service but I would have hoped that the whole construct would be a little bit more sturdy. A few months in and it already shows some small wear-and-tear. Overall conclusion: For long hikes, the camera is just about right. It could be smaller and a little bit more "handy", but there is worse and I think the overall design of the camera is ok. I would love having a faster responding cam, especially menus and overall menu navigation. Erasing clips etc on the fly is just too much of a hassle. At times I would have loved to have a integrated microphone, just to keep it even more compact and to have a guide-track capability...but that is a luxury wish. The 4K Material seems to be pretty good. I'm no 4K purist nor have I done some per-pixel testing, but the XAVC codec and the new 4K option seem to me like a winner for many applications. Paired with the right lenses, it can do really impressive results. Add-on: Sony 28-135mm A lot has been said and written about that lens so I won't dive too much into the pro and cons. I'm generally happy with it. It is a good overall package and for that price the optics perform incredibly well on the camera. The F4 is maybe a little bit annoying, a 2.8 would have been perfect with a lets say 200mm max zoom range. Also the zoom by wire is something that I'm not very happy with. Although generally very responsive, that the zoom "slides" in and out of action, is making certain zoom operations tiresome or just too difficult to be bothered with. But I personally liked that I could patch the lens on and generally had everything I needed for a 6 hours long hike. Now that you don't have to swith the OSS on-off again every time you restart the camera, the lens is a much better "fire and forget" tool then it was before ( its the little things that sometimes are annoying ). Music by Lee Rosevere ( freemusicharchive.org ).

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          • Hitched.


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            “When you’re old you have money but no time, when you’re young you have time but no money” - this truth lead Luke and Jordan, two wild millennials, to travel across Africa searching for adventure and a different way to approach life. Throw a filmmaker into the mix - in this case, our main man Donnovan - and a supposed dinosaur to find - cue Mokele Mbembe - and you have a recipe for adventure. The three will journey from Durban to the DRC documenting their experience as they search for what is widely believed to be the last dinosaur. Believe in this mission as much as we do? Get behind us on Indie Gogo here: http://igg.me/at/hitched/x/11211786 Follow their journey on our Instagram account: @tomfoolery_creates

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            • Fadhili & Faraja Achinda Graduate from CVUHS [SIV404]


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              6/12/15: We met the Achindas back in January of 2013 when the family was reunited after being apart for 8 years. Robert Achinda is a political asylee originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Four of his oldest children enrolled in Champlain Valley Union High School upon arrival in Vermont. Twins Faraja and Fadhili (pronounced Fah-zhee-lee) made a big impression on the CVUHS community before graduating this month. Eva visits the Achindas at CVUHS in Hinesburg during exam week and joins them on their graduation day at UVM's Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington. http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/welcoming-the-achindas-299/Content?oid=2291611 Music: Kevin MacLeod, "Dubakupado" and "Tafi Maradi" http://incompetech.com This episode of Stuck in Vermont was made possible by Hotel Vermont and Vermont Tourism This episode of Stuck in Vermont was made possible by Hotel Vermont and Vermont Tourism. http://bit.ly/hotelvermont http://bit.ly/vtvacation

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              • VOA60 AFRICA - JUNE 18, 2015


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                VOA's Mariama Diallo brings you a recap of today's headlines on Africa.

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