Production News Articles

27

Jul 2020

Why your media may be more important than your camera

Life is full of unrepeatable moments, says wildlife photographer Thorsten Milse. You know if your camera is water-resistant. And if it’s not, you can just use a protective jacket. You’re then ready to travel, prepared for the shoot. But the reliability of your recording media is no l...
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16

Jun 2020

Clean, safe and cool on-set

In the midst of social distancing regulations, abiding by new health and safety rules is vital.  Holdan has teamed up with two manufacturers to unveil a mobile cleaning and temperature control station to help crews and actors keep productions compliant with new rules. As a dedicated Covid s...
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14

May 2020

Social Distancing on film and TV sets: safe and affordable monitoring with Serv Pro

As programme makers get back to work, productions are adhering to safe procedures and social distancing. Re-writes and clever camera angles keep actors apart, while wireless follow focusing and zero latency 5GHz monitoring allow key production personnel to control equipment and each shot at a co...
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14

May 2020

Serv Pro or Bolt: WiFi for Low Latency Transmission? Serv Pro and Bolt compared

On-set wireless monitoring is now standard on set, and Teradek is the de facto manufacturer of choice. Within the Teradek line-up, there are two local monitoring options, the Bolt and the Serv Pro. For anyone new to cable-free monitoring, here’s a quick buyer’s guide. If you want a s...
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07

May 2020

Shooting safely on-set. Being good Neighbours

Much to the delight of kids across the world, the first high profile TV show back in production is Australia’s Neighbours. The studios and location are up and running again since the crew turned off their cameras in March. In order to get back on set, according to a report on ABC News, new...
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27

Apr 2020

Ready, On-Set, Go. Getting production going post-corona

European Film and drama production will get back to the business of creativity very quickly after restrictions are lifted. Shoots, abruptly cut short in February and March, are itching to finish production. Films which were were held up in pre-production are keen to catch up on lost time. Same, ...
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27

Apr 2020

Virtually on-set – managing productions when your crew can’t travel

The way we make movies most certainly must change. In the best of circumstances, we are a crew of 75 people jammed into a room with very little ventilation, holding our breath until we hear “CUT”. We are in close contact with one another all day long. We never really thought about i...
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27

Apr 2020

The Disconnected DIT: safe production on or off-set

Whether you’re in front of the camera or behind the camera, the show must go on, as they say. It’s up to all of us to collaborate in a way that makes sense and keep creating content that matters.Sabrina Safran Backstage Magazine
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03

Apr 2020

The Creative Space @Home

Many in the creative world are now taking their home workplace to the next level. What may have been an occasional space must now be transformed into a fully operational studio, replicating a professional, managed environment. Many in the creative world are now taking their home workplace to the...
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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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31

Mar 2020

Don’t stand so close to me! Recording sound safely and at a distance

Maintaining a healthy 2m distance between interviewer and guest, between camera crew and interviewees poses a problem for video shooters. There are three options to keep you safe: A longer XLR cable (potential trip hazard) A boom pole (requires a dedicated sound engineer) A wireless micropho...
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29

Mar 2020

The brightest LED tube light on the market?

LEDGO’s range of Alta Tube lights are a fbrilliant new addition to an increasingly popular lighting style.
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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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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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17

Oct 2019

The Weebill-S: we almost fell down

When a manufacturer subtly adds a letter to an existing product code, it’s difficult to know whether this is a mid-cycle refresh, like Sony’s FS7 MkII or a major new announcement like the Panasonic Lumix GH5S. Power in your Hands The Zhiyun Weebil-S fits into the ‘big news&rsq...
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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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03

Jun 2019

Pocket Cinema Camera 4K for Photographers

The revolutionary new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is the camera you’ve been asking for! Blackmagic Design’s original Pocket Cinema Camera took the industry by storm. It was, and still is, used extensively throughout the industry for everything from shooting Vlogs to filming bi...
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