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.

AV and Computer Displays

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.

AV Distribution

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

Cabling

Video Connections Overview

Video Connections Overview

The challenges rarely change for cable manufacturers, regardless the signal type or user requirement: they all aim for an affordable, robust, light weight construction, long distance transmission, high data rat...

Camcorders and Camera Heads

Panasonic P2 Comparision Guide

Panasonic P2 Comparision Guide New

P2HD cameras boast better image quality, easier operation and lower energy consumption. Check the guide to compare models.
Blackmagic Design Camera Comparison

Blackmagic Design Camera Comparison

This handy guide will help decide which of Blackmagic Design's many cameras is right for you.
Workflow guide to the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

Workflow guide to the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

Guide to Post Production - Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera
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?
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

Camera Accessories

Guide to Matteboxes

Guide to Matteboxes

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

Capture and Playback Hardware

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

Character Generators

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...

Computer Expansion Devices

Editing, Grading and Effects Software

Encoders

Streaming Terminology

Streaming Terminology

Streaming protocols are notoriously complex and difficult to understand. This guide is designed to help you buy encoders and streaming services with confidence.

Lenses, Filters and Adapters

SLR Magic Micro Four Thirds Lens Comparison

SLR Magic Micro Four Thirds Lens Comparison

SLR Magic has a very large range of fast and affordable micro four thirds lenses. Quickly locate the lenses that best suit your shooting style with this product matrix.

Lighting

Datavision LEDGO LED TLCI Scores

Datavision LEDGO LED TLCI Scores

Whether you are fitting out a web, TV or film studio, LEDGO lights have the build quality, control features and lighting quality to exceed your requirements.

Memory Cards

Guide to Panasonic microP2

Guide to Panasonic microP2

Panasonic pioneered mainstream tapeless production in 2004 with P2. microP2 delivers faster speeds, smaller media and lower costs along with industry-leading data security.

Power Distribution

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

Production Switchers

Datavideo Switcher Comparison

Datavideo Switcher Comparison

Datavideo's affordable range of switchers are legendary for their excellent ergonomics, ease of use and rich feature set.

PTZ Remote Cameras

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 ...

Storage

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

Video Monitors

SmallHD 13-inch to 17-inch Monitor Comparison

SmallHD 13-inch to 17-inch Monitor Comparison New

13-inch to 17-inch studio and location monitor matrix.
SmallHD 24-inch to 32-inch Monitor Comparison

SmallHD 24-inch to 32-inch Monitor Comparison New

24-inch to 32-inch studio and location monitor matrix.
SmallHD 7 Inch Monitor Comparison

SmallHD 7 Inch Monitor Comparison New

Compare specs between the SmallHD 7 inch range.
SmallHD 5 Inch Monitor Comparison

SmallHD 5 Inch Monitor Comparison New

5-inch on-camera product matrix.
Guide to Video Monitors

Guide to Video Monitors

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

Video Recorders and Players

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
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.

Wireless Video Senders

Teradek Bolt Range Comparison

Teradek Bolt Range Comparison

Bolt is a premium wireless video solution for cinematographers, broadcasters, and independent content creators.
Wireless Uncompressed HD Systems

Wireless Uncompressed HD Systems

This guide will help you understand the difference in features between the leading HD wireless senders and transmitters.