Welcome to Holdan's Quick Guides

Manufacturers constantly release new technology more advanced than the previous generation product. Eventually developers can boast a vast range of closely related products, with endless and impressive technical specs... no problem for technophiles, but bewildering for others.

So these guides are not designed with experts in mind. Rather, they are intended for example to assist:

  • Producers unsure of the benefits of one recording format over another
  • Camera operators looking for guidance on ingesting content into an edit system
  • Technical assistants more familiar with SDI signals than RAID array configurations

We hope you find them useful.

Guide to Matteboxes

Guide to Matteboxes

With so many matteboxes on the market, it can be difficult to know where to begin...
Panasonic Professional Displays

Panasonic Professional Displays

The range of large format displays available today can be bewildering. Each range is optimized for particular uses and installations. Panasonic also designs models to suit different budgets.
HDBaseT Explained

HDBaseT Explained

Launched in 2010, HDBaseT is 10Gb/s technology that transmits and receives multimedia signals with no compression and zero delay. It also routes power, control and audio, all though a single, low cost cable
Panasonic IP Cameras

Panasonic IP Cameras

IP cameras have grown from serving the needs of security firms to becoming invaluable visual communication systems. They are now used everywhere, from market research and education sectors to legal and medical ...
AVCCAM and AVCHD Workflows

AVCCAM and AVCHD Workflows

AVCHD has replaced HDV as the choice for cost-effective, high-quality digital production. Recording HD files to memory cards requires a new way of working
P2 Tapeless Workflows

P2 Tapeless Workflows

Panasonic's P2 has been widely adopted by broadcasters across the world. So how do you make the transition from tape to tapeless production?
EDIUS Hardware

EDIUS Hardware

With Grass Valley expansion devices, users can ingest and monitor analogue and digital video and audio directly from EDIUS
Sonnet RAID Technology

Sonnet RAID Technology

RAID storage systems are perfect digital media professionals: fast, dependable for use in the studio / location. But there's a bewildering choice
Blackmagic Designs Editing Hardware

Blackmagic Designs Editing Hardware

Ingest and monitoring hardware for editors using Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro
Guide to Video Monitors

Guide to Video Monitors

Why monitor? And how to select the most appropriate screen for production, post-production and studios.
Guide to Video Recorders

Guide to Video Recorders

The VTR is dead. Long live the data recorder. More than simply tape deck replacements: they can offer much more.
Workflow guide to the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

Workflow guide to the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

Guide to Post Production - Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera
Guide to Power Distribution

Guide to Power Distribution

Power distribution centres for rack equipment delivering XLR DC power for switchers, recorders, monitors, PPU, mobile studios and test equipment
PMW-EX30 PMW-50 FS-T2001 XDCAM recorders compared

PMW-EX30 PMW-50 FS-T2001 XDCAM recorders compared

Desktop XDCAM Recording Decks: Feature by Feature Comparison
Guide to Panasonic microP2

Guide to Panasonic microP2

Panasonic pioneered mainstream tapeless production in 2004 with P2. The company again leapfrogs the competition with microP2. microP2 delivers faster speeds, smaller media and lower costs along with industry-le...
Guide to Datavideo CG Software

Guide to Datavideo CG Software

Titling in live environments cannot be left to Photoshop or Powerpoint. They are both ill-suited to last minute changes, serving up real-time information from external data sources or keeping within broadcast r...
Guide to Camera Adapters

Guide to Camera Adapters

Most ageing camcorders can be re-vitalized and brought into the file-based world very easily. More than that, ENG cameras can be converted into studio cameras and remote heads at little cost