20

May 2022

Lounging with Holdan at MPTS 2022

After an absence of 3 years, the Media Production & Technology show (MPTS) was back with a bang as over 8,000 people literally queued around the block for the 2-day event at London Olympia. Holdan showcased the latest technology with a striking Tech Lounge, a mocktail bar envisioned and creat...
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21

Apr 2022

B-Mount: the New 24V Battery System

B-Mount is a new high-powered standard for onboard batteries, designed in response to the increasing power demands from LED fixtures and cameras. It will allow for the full resolution and frame rates of newer generation camera to be unlocked, and for higher powered and more portable lighting to b...
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16

Jun 2021

Big Power, Small Package

Core SWX recently announced three new battery products to power, accessorise and fill out your production kit. Let’s take a look at these new releases and see what they can do for your rig.
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16

Nov 2020

Core SWX Powers Renan Ozturk Through Extreme Conditions

Director of Photography, Renan Ozturk, travels the globe filming in the most remote locations from Mount Everest, to the deserts of Utah. Often the conditions he shoots in stresses his equipment to the point of failure while filming. Along with extreme temperatures, his shoots are usually incredi...
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12

Oct 2020

Rigging the Komodo

Komodo is Red’s first truly affordable camera system. It is likely to fulfil many roles - as a feature film B-camera or main camera for documentary production.  Fortunately, the Komodo’s cuboid-shape lends itself very well to being rigged, powered, adapted and mounted to suit vi...
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30

Jul 2020

Completing the Sony A7S MK III

Adapting the Sony A7S MK III for video and film making use requires thought and professional accessories. Here are our picks… Power Runtime is always a consideration with large sensor cameras, and the native Sony NP-FZ100 battery’s 17Wh capacity is limiting. An extremely popular de...
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12

Mar 2020

CINE Kits: URSA Mini Pro G2

The Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro G2 has proven to be a popular choice for professionals. This is mainly due to its high specification that's usually only reserved for cameras costing much more. Its popularity means that manufacturers are quick off the mark in developing compatible and complim...
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10

Mar 2020

CINE Kits: Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, is as the name suggests, an incredibly portable and lightweight 6K RAW capable cinema camera. At its heart is a Super 35mm sensor capable of resolving up to 13 stops of dynamic range. The body is similar in design to that of its 4K sibling, other than the ...
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04

Mar 2020

A guide to rigging RED cameras

RED Digital Cinema’s DSMC2 architecture has been one of the company’s most enduring camera systems. The design offers superb modularity, with the entire camera system built around a ‘Brain’, RED’s terminology for the camera module, housing the sensor, ASIC (Applicat...
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19

Feb 2020

Paul Ream from extrashot gives the Core SWX Sony FX9 Power Solution the thumbs up!

Sony’s new FX9 is an impressive piece of engineering. Combining the latest design of full frame, high resolution sensors with a traditional camcorder form factor, the FX9 can capture beautiful shallow DOF footage with an impressive 15 stops of dynamic range. If there has been one outstandi...
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07

Jan 2020

Sony FX9 Accessory Guide

There is no doubt that the Sony FX9 is a tremendously significant camcorder and as a new decade begins Holdan’s manufacturers are beginning to ship some fantastic new accessories to increase its already impressive capabilities. Power up There will be a few V-lock adaptors for the FX9 in t...
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13

Dec 2019

Pure Power - adding V-mount batteries to the FX9

The FX9 ships as standard with a 35Wh Sony BP battery. For many users, their first thought will be how to use high capacity broadcast batteries for all day shoots. Sony offers an all-singing extension unit, the XDCA-FX9. As well as offering a battery mounting plate, it’s a true expansion s...
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11

Dec 2019

Battery level high - working on the Edge

A humble Canon LP-E6 DSLR battery has a 13 watt hour (Wh) capacity, tiny compared with a V-mount unit at 98, 150 or even 198 Wh capacity. These broadcast batteries can keep you going all day, but are far too big and cumbersome for DSLR or mirrorless cameras. A smaller battery means run time worr...
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03

Jul 2019

A Carnival of Venice

Venice is Sony’s flagship 6K full frame camera. It’s a substantial camera at around 8 pounds (considerably lighter than the 20 pound ARRI Alexa LF) so benefits massively from careful rigging. As a premium camera, Holdan recommends the highest quality accessories to complement the Ven...
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04

Jun 2019

Media Production Show 2019

We're exhibiting at Media Production Show 2019 on stand 422. Register now for your free pass.The stand will be packed with innovation from 15 different manufacturers, and we will be showing new live production, post production and IP workflows. As well as the latest technology from the ...
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09

Apr 2019

Danger, Danger…HIGH VOLTAGE

With high-end production cameras, like the Alexa LF, Venice, RED Ranger and (technically) the new Alexa Mini LF starting to favour 24v over 12v power, one of the biggest issues is, well…power. Do you go with 12v to 24v up-conversion, or invest in a set of 24v batteries? Let’s look a...
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11

Jan 2019

Battery Hot Swapping is Finally Here

For broadcasters and film-makers, completely eliminating downtime is the dream. Pro camera operators need their kit powered and working at all times, whether it's in a live environment or on a busy set, up against a tight shooting schedule. Turning off a camera to replace a battery in such a situ...
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06

Aug 2018

Powering Sony's 4K FS5 and FS7

The NANO-U98 for the Sony FS5 and Sony FS7 is a 98Wh lithium ion pack equipped with a LED power gauge, 1 USB, and 1 p-tap, making it capable of powering additional accessories such as an on-camera light. The batteries will charge on Sony OEM chargers, allowing you to extend the service life on yo...
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26

Jul 2018

Running an A7 for over 8 Hours

Sony A7’s series of cameras are serious contenders in the full frame market... but all that processing power demands high capacity batteries for even modest shooting times. The new Powerbase Edge is a 49Wh lithium ion battery mounts either to the bottom of the camera using a ¼-20 sc...
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18

Jul 2018

Primed and Ready

Are your camera batteries air transport compliant? If you’re a travelling camera operator, you’ll know all too well the rules and regulations of flying with Lithium batteries. But if you don’t, you’ve got a whole lot of reading to do… If you have an afternoon to s...
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08

May 2018

(Un)limited Power!

Whilst the EVA-1’s viewfinder is great for menu settings and indoor use, some find that it struggles in strong daylight. Many users have been opting for 3rd party EVFs or on-camera monitors, such as the SmallHD Focus monitor, that offer brighter, clearer images and are perfect for framing a...
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23

Apr 2018

What's new at NAB 2018?

All the key new products from NAB 2018: Blackmagic Design, Teradek, SmallHD, CoreSWX, Panasonic, Sonnet, SLR Magic, LEDGO, more! Richard Payne, Head of Technology writes... "The NAB Show is the world's largest convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology....
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