If you need training, support or advice on broadcast and high definition television production, then this site will be of interest.

With over eighteen years working for Sony, and three years before that with the BBC, Neil Thompson has the depth of knowledge you need to help understand what the latest technology can do for you, and how to get the best from it.

Training days can be arranged to suit your requirements individually, or as a small group, at whatever location is convenient.

If you’d like to be made aware when the next course is running, then please e-mail me

enquiries at imagemechanic dot co dot uk

Courses available for HDC-4300, HDC-4800, HDC-2500 and other systems cameras, camcorders including PMW-X400, PMW-X500, PMW-F5 and PMW-F55, PXW-FS7, PXW-FS5 and PXW-Z450


If there’s something else from the training menu that takes your fancy, then let me know.

If you can get a group of three or four like minded souls together, then I can come to you and do a
days bespoke training. Cost depends on how many people, and where you are.




Recent Training Courses:


Gearhouse Broadcast           HDR

GTC                                    Colorimetry

Euromedia Paris                   HDC-4800 4K slo-mo camera system

National Film & TV School     HDC-4300 and PXW-FS7


HDC-4300, viewfinders and HDR for NEP Visions

HDC-4300 for BBC Scotland

PXW-FS7 training for True North

Studio camera training for Birmingham City Uni

PXW-FS7 training for Ideal Home Shopping

Studio camera training for ITV regions, Bristol, Anglia, Millbank, Central, Tyne Tees, Channel etc.

HDC-4300 training for CTV

FS7 and F5 operator training for IMG UEFA 2016

HDC-4300 engineering training for Sky

PXW-X400 engineering training for TV2 Denmark

HDR and implications for camera crews, GTC

Viewfinders and lens adapters, Guild of TV Cameramen

FS7 freelancer days for Top-Teks

FS7 for Visual Impact Bristol

PXW-FS7 for Sony Pinewood centre

PXW-FS7 for Top-Teks customers

HDC-2500 studio camera systems for Dock 10 / Media City

HDC-2500 studio camera systems for ITV Emmerdale

HDC-2400 for ITN

PMW-400 camcorders for Scottish Television in Glasgow and Aberdeen

PMW-F5 and F55 for Top-Teks customers at Pinewood

Vision Mixer training for Liverpool John Moores University TV studio staff

HXC-100 studio cameras for Edge Hill University, York University and Bradford University

PMW-F5 for Northumbria University

PMW-F5 and F55 masterclasses for Visual Impact customers, at Teddington

Monitoring, Guild of TV Cameramen






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A short video showing some of the benefits of recording S-log when you get to the grade:

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