Video Production Equipment

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Video Production equipment can vary from a wide range of equipment, from small camcorders from superstores to specialist company's costing thousands, There are many large specialist companies such as; Sony, Canon, JVC, Panasonic, BlackMagic etc.

Cameras

Camera Technology

Sony

Canon

Canon have a wide range of Video Production Cameras, they produce a range of DSLR Cameras, as well as TV and BBC approved cameras and Cinema Cameras. All of these cameras have different technology in them and work in different ways;

  • DSLR -

These cameras are single sensor cameras, that allow light through the cover lens. These cameras are primarily made for Photography how they have video recording capabilities. These cameras are rather cheap to TV cameras. Benefits to the cameras are that they have interchangeable lenses so you can achieve different shots with different lens. Disadvantage to DSLR cameras are that they don't have very good audio recording capabilities, as well as the limited recording time. Overall these cameras are good small cameras for starting out in photography to videography.

  • TV Cameras

Canon doesn't produce many TV cameras, however the cameras that they do produce are BBC approved which means that they have great spec to be able to broadcast the video that the camera has produced on TV Benefits to these TV cameras are that the audio is much better as most will have XLR inputs allowing for better microphones to be used. The inputs and outputs also on these cameras mean that these cameras can be used in TV studios and connect to the gallery as well as allowing live broadcasting from the camera. Disadvantages are that these cameras are very expensive and can be heavy to operate, as well as media that you need to record on can be rather costly Overall these cameras such as the Canon xf100 and the Canon xf305 are great TV cameras at a respectable cost for what they can do.

  • Cinema Cameras

The cinema cameras that Canon produce are the C100, C300 and the C500. These cameras all come with pro audio inputs and outputs to help filming, as well as in the C500 you have the option to film in 4K (double the quality of cinema's 2K), all of the other cameras can comfortably film 2K at variable fps and file formats. These cameras allow for interchangeable lens allowing to film in anamorphic cinema lens to create that ultra widescreen. The cinema cameras you could say is the best of the TV camera and the DSLR's that canon make.

(the above information is only a brief overview of what Canon produce and sell, you can find more information on their website)

Black Magic

Black Magic create a lot of TV and Cinema products that are well used in the industry. Black Magic produce vision mixers for TV studios and outside broadcasting, as well as the TV and Cinema Cameras;

  • TV Studio Cameras

Blackmagic produce great TV Studio cameras, black magic excel there products in the small size that they come in but will all the technology of a large professional camera. One great feature that Black magic has incorporated in there TV camera is the ability to communicate between cameraman and the gallery (coms) built in to the camera, normally this communication has to be achieved by a separate device and system. These cameras also allow interchangeable lenses.

  • Cinema Cameras

Some of the great and most used cinema cameras are produced by BlackMagic. These cameras include great image quality and fabulous fps that you can use. The audio metering on these cameras are excellent as the radio meters are very accurate as well as the codecs used in the camera. The onboard monitor are much larger on the cinema cameras which helps to monitor what is being recorded.

(There will be more information on these products as this is just a short overview of them)

Vision Mixers

Vision Mixer A vision mixer is used mostly in a multicam situation as the vision mixer receives a constant stream of video from the camera to the vision mixer to then output the end video either live or to record it, as well as being able to control what you see from what camera by cutting from camera to camera with transitions. Vision mixers can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, ones that are ultra small and can deal with 5 cameras all the way to the large vision boxers that have controls and monitors all built in.

Audio equipment in TV

Microphones

  • Lapel/lavender Microphones
  • Shotgun Microphones
  • Blimp/dead cat

Boom Poles

Recorders

Lighting

  • LED Lighting
  • Tungsten Lighting
  • OnBoard Lighting

Studio Equipment

  • Teleprompters
  • Pedestal
  • Coms
  • Gallery

DMU AV Loans

Has a range of cameras, microphones, tripods, professional lights, video and audio recording equipment for student loan during term. It's best to book equipment well in advance of production schedule deadlines, because the loan service gets very busy at peak times. Run by a friendly dedicated team of audio-visual technicians, find them located at; 2.01 Hugh Aston Building phone 0116 207 7460 email avloans@dmu.ac.uk