15

Nov 2021

Midwich Live from the AV Awards

On Friday the 5th of November Holdan were once again part of one of the biggest celebrations of the year and this one didn’t have a single firework go off. Why you ask? Well, we’re not talking Gunpowder Plots here, we’re of course talking about the highly anticipated AV Awards 2...
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03

Aug 2021

Staying On Track in Education

Panasonic’s auto-tracking over IP technology is a cable-free and integrated solution which provides the ability to automatically track a presenter. It dramatically simplifies lecture or presenter capture, making it a perfect option for classrooms, auditoriums, conference rooms and stage env...
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07

Jul 2021

PTZ for a Remote World

It was not that long ago that PTZ cameras were considered little more than motorised webcams, but rapid advances in sensor and IP technology have meant that the Pan Tilt Zoom camera is now found in many different professional installations.
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22

Mar 2021

St James Church, Piccadilly, ready for live streaming

St James Church, Piccadilly has history coursing through its brickwork. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, 18th century Prime Minister William Pitt the Elder was baptised at its font. German Bombs severely damaged the church during the blitz and it stood empty for 7 years after the war before bein...
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04

Mar 2021

University equips new studio to train next generation as part of major upgrade

When the University of Central Lancashire decided to refit its teaching studio it turned to systems integrator Altered Images, Holdan Ltd and Panasonic for its camera system.
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01

Mar 2021

Enter LUMIX stage right

Shooting high quality video in theatre light levels has always been problematic. Areas of the stage can be really dark compared to actors faces lit by spotlights, and most cameras struggle with this sort of contrast level. Film maker Matthew Cawrey who was already a LUMIX user was relieved t...
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11

Jan 2021

Holdan 2021 | The Evolution of video throughout the pandemic

March 2020 and as lockdown started it was all about getting better and better web cams. We saw how awful the Zoom interviews on the news looked, all blocky backlit shadows and up-nose shots. A simple LED panel light would make a huge difference, and these flew out of the warehouse. The LEDGO LG-E...
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15

Sep 2020

SHOOT Holdan at the inaugural Virtual Video Show

Holdan is the distributor for Panasonic LUMIX and Blackmagic Design. Join us in the chatroom, and you'll be speaking with experts on: Panasonic LUMIX micro-four thirds and full sensor cameras, including the new S5 Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K We can talk you th...
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02

Sep 2020

From camera to camera system: accessorising the LUMIX S5

Build the S5 into a complete, all-purpose system by pairing the camera with the following accessories: Memory Cards Angelbird SD cards are 4K-certified and are used by professionals worldwide. For as little as £36 +VAT, you can buy a high quality 64GB UHS3 card with a 160MB/s write speed....
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02

Sep 2020

GH5 user? Why you should upgrade to the Lumix S5

With the announcement of the Panasonic Lumix S5 we finally have a full-frame camera with fantastic video features in a compact form-factor and at a budget conscious price. If like me you’ve invested in Panasonic Micro 4/3 format, what might make you consider moving up to full frame? 35mm s...
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18

May 2020

eLearning: when students are in different time zones

UK institutions are facing the threat of a significant loss of income from overseas students in the 2020-2021 academic year. The government has signalled that degree level education can be delivered remotely and online but only where the quality of learning is maintained at a high standard. To a...
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07

May 2020

Preparing for distance learning: a quick guide to lecture capture cameras for universities

Enforcement of social distancing is expected to continue well into the Autumn. This is of particular concern for university students who may find student accommodation closed and lectures limited to 30-40% capacity. So, how can university education continue? The natural answer is online.
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15

Apr 2020

Distance Learning Promotion

With schools, colleges and universities closed, thousands of lecturers and teachers are turning to video for remote learning. However, nothing is as frustrating as great educational content spoiled by poor quality video, audio or a dull presentation. Wirecast helps educators rise above the munda...
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03

Apr 2020

Running a Facebook Live, Interactive Webinar from Home

A look behind the scenes as to how our Product Specialist Kriss Hampton recently ran a live training session with hundreds of online viewers.
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01

Apr 2020

What is HEVC [H.265], and why does your production need it?

H.264 is one of the most ubiquitous acquisition video compression standards on the market. It’s used for everything from capture on a mobile phone to delivery on most web platforms, including social networks such as YouTube and Facebook (live and on-demand). The sheer flexibility of H.264 h...
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27

Mar 2020

Getting Started on YouTube Live

With the ever-growing popularity of web streaming and content, especially on YouTube and Twitch; the need for a high level production (or one that at least looks like it) is accelerating.  Just turning your webcam on won’t cut it anymore. You’re going to be up against a lot of c...
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26

Mar 2020

Live production from multiple locations, on a budget

Live from Sussex and Stockport (via. London) Live Production has always had its own set of challenges, including managing a network of cameras and equipment for a show where there’s no option of a second take. Keeping up with the technology is hard enough, but what if all of this has to be...
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25

Mar 2020

The Panasonic AW-UE4: Cometh the hour Cometh the Camera

Panasonic sold hundreds of AW-HE2 camera units. When it was discontinued, the calls kept coming in from customers who needed something of this size and functionality for small radio studios and news studios.  At last we have a worthy replacement in the AW-UE4.  It is a little bigger tha...
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19

Mar 2020

Streaming through your computer – going beyond the USB Webcam

There’s a way of communicating with video that’s inexpensive but delivers vastly improved quality. With few exceptions, webcams built into laptops, phones and tablets are poor. For a quick one-to-one conversation, they serve a purpose, but for critical meetings and presentations, the...
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18

Mar 2020

Video Streaming Solutions - Beginner's Guide

Stream it live to anywhere from anywhere The simplest way to deliver content live to staff, students, customers and service users is via YouTube Live or Facebook Live. There are lots of ways to produce and stream professional looking video. Our technical team can advise you on the best solution...
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13

Feb 2020

AV meets IP meets IT with Panasonic at ISE 2020

Those with some grey hair like me might think eSports refers to a person from Yorkshire’s exercise regime, but I asked my 10-year-old and he says eSports is the fastest growing sector in the AV industry. At ISE this year Panasonic combines its latest broadcast and live entertainment produc...
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09

Jan 2020

Why a 4K camcorder is (way) better than a phone

At a recent conference, one of the delegates drew my attention to a new BBC Academy training video on using smartphones for journalism. I was particularly interested because I’d just bought myself a smartphone with a decent stills camera. My wife is really pleased about this beca...
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28

Oct 2019

S1H Netflix Approved

The Panasonic Lumix S1H has just been added to the long list of Holdan supplied cameras which have been approved for shooting projects for the online streaming giant. This is a remarkable feat for a camera of this size at this price level. The reason it’s been approved is down to its super...
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10

Oct 2019

The Camcorder is dead. Long Live the Camcorder

How many times have you heard the phrase – the camcorder is dead?  Now video cameras are going full frame, how can there possibly be a place in the market for a fixed lens camcorder with a smaller sensor? Well, there is a place for them, and great reasons why quite often they wil...
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01

Jul 2019

AV Magazine - Stadiums Special

Holdan feature alongside Midwich, Sound Technology and PSCo in the latest edition of AV Magazine. Take some time out to find out what technology is used to provide football fans instant "TV REPLAY" in the terraces. Available to download.
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04

Jun 2019

Panasonic UC4000 studio cameras capture the action at Roland Garros French Open

France Télévisions has used Panasonic’s AK-UC4000 4K studio camera systems and AK-UB300 4K box cameras to broadcast the 2019 Roland Garros French Open on its national television channel, France TV Sport, with international distribution. 10x AK-UC4000 camera channels, and two ...
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03

Jun 2019

Lumix for Video Makers

The heart of Panasonic Lumix’s video-centric cameras are large sensors. Whether it’s a full frame (S1 range) or a micro four thirds sensor (GH range), they are both considerably larger than those found in professional video cameras. Many of the advantages of these larger sensors are ...
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22

Jan 2019

Panasonic: 4K Handheld Camcorder Promises High Quality Images And Advanced Connectivity

Panasonic has introduced a new handheld camcorder, the first in a series set to combine advanced connectivity functionality with high end image production for broadcast and streaming applications. The AG-CX350 camcorder spearheads the series, and is the first camcorder in the industry to provide...
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14

Sep 2018

Panasonic announces its first 4K 50p integrated PTZ camera

Panasonic has showcased its industry first 4K 50p, HDR integrated PTZ camera for the first time in Europe, at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam. The AW-UE150 provides images with a smooth and natural look thanks to its 50p sensor, making it well suited to scenes featuring fast movements and high-end applica...
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14

Aug 2018

Upgraded learning at Sheffield Hallam

Sheffield Hallam University has invested in 30 Panasonic AG-DVX200 camcorders to integrate applied learning opportunities for students in its film and media courses. The investment in 30 x AG-DVX200 fixed lens 4K Camcorders has allowed the South Yorkshire University to develop its students learn...
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23

Jul 2018

AV, one world, one cable, under NDI HX

What is NDI HX? Why is it taking the world by storm? Can it replace SDI and HDMI? What manufacturers are involved? When you search ‘What is NDI HX?’ on Google, you get this answer:
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08

Jun 2018

Panasonic announce EVA1 ‘share your vision’ video contest

Panasonic has launched a competition for video professionals in Europe and the US to showcase their best work, shot on the AU-EVA1 compact cinema camera. ’Share Your Vision’ is open from June 1st to August 24th, with the winners being announced at IBC in Amsterdam on 14 September 2018.
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25

May 2018

Terms that just won’t go away!

We have moved on since the 80s and 90s and left terms such as Betamax and S-Video languishing in museums (http://www.obsoletemedia.org/). Underscan and Overscan still crop up, however, in monitor specs. These terms have their roots in old analogue television, when using CRTs or Cathode Ray Tube ...
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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

GH5S Hits Broadcast Quality Benchmark in EBU Tests

The Panasonic Lumix GH5S has been tested by Colour Science Expert Alan Roberts according the European Broadcasting Union R.118 guidelines and, as a result, it is effectively approved for Broadcast use in HD and for second camera use in UHD productions. For acceptance in the EBU Tiering system, th...
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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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15

Mar 2018

Panasonic Introduces NDI Line-Up of Professional PTZ Cameras and Switcher

Panasonic Media Entertainment Company today announced the introduction of a full line-up of professional integrated cameras with built-in Network Device Interface (NDI) support: the AW-HN38, AW-HN40, AW-UN70 and AW-HN130. This fully integrated support of NDI version 3 enhanced with a new High Ef...
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09

Mar 2018

Updated VariCam LT ‘ready for live’

Panasonic has announced a firmware upgrade to its VariCam LT 4K camera that sets the cinema camera up for live and ‘near live’ multi-cam use within concerts, events, TV shows and corporate productions. The Version 6 firmware upgrade sees the camera gain a new shading mode alongside t...
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22

Feb 2018

Firmware upgrade superpowers Panasonic EVA1

Panasonic has announced a firmware upgrade to its AU-EVA1 compact cinema camera that, among many improvements, will see the camera capable of recording ALL-I codecs and outputting RAW. The free upgrade, available from the end of March 2018, means the super 35mm sensor camera will now support Pa...
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28

Jun 2017

Are you Netflix 4K ready?

Netflix only started in 1997 and this year they plan to spend over $6,000,000,000 on original production.  YES that’s $6 Billion! Netflix has a reputation for both quality and innovation and that’s why they stipulate technical requirements for all this new production in great det...
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