It is in the Can Bag


Dan Rose TV-Bay Magazine
Read ezine online
by Dan Rose
Issue 94 - October 2014

As a freelance cameraman/director, like every one else, I'm always looking for that money shot! And some times it's a ground shot or a maybe a moving shot from a vehicle window. The lower shots can be hard to keep stable using your hands, and I don't really want to put my cameras on a wet or stony surface, well there are a few methods, one way is to have a rolled up jumper! Not very pro-looking, or there is a very pro-looking way with a v-shaped saddle pod bag from Standbagsdirect.co.uk

This is a durable, wear-proof and smart looking v-shaped multi use saddle pod bag, which comes pre-filled and ready to use. With the v-shaped cut out facing down this is perfect to place over an open window of a vehicle giving the operator a nice big surface upon which to place a camera, be it a full sized shoulder mounted camera, handheld obs doc camera like the canon xf305 or similar or even a DLSR like a 7D, the camera can be placed on top to give you nice stable shots or maybe a resting area for your arms and/or elbows to get that more creative shot that the editors are always screaming for!

Now that's just in the V down position, with the V up and the flat side on the deck this versatile bag offers even more, perhaps you want a low down locked off shot, and you don't own baby legs. This is perfect to place your camera in between the v-shaped cut out, the cut out cradles and holds the camera and/or lens perfectly in the position that you need. It's light weight and rugged enough just to throw in the back of your wagon. It's super quick to set up and it also makes a nice pillow for long journeys.

Self opp-ing has also been an issue when it comes to the amount of kit we have to carry around and nowadays we have to be so careful about health and safety in the work place and locations; booms and tripods are always getting kicked, bumped in to and knocked over. To have a large tungsten lamp head come smashing down hurts in a number of ways, the pocket, for when the lamp goes pop and if it hits someone on the way down, I suppose it would hurt them as well! There is a solution. You could put a bag of leads at the base of your tripod, but that looks naff, or you could get a Sand Bag! I've looked around on the web and I've seen a few bags for sale, but none as good as those from StandbagsDirect.co.uk. I ordered one to see what it was like and it was delivered super quick. It's made from a heavy duty wear-proof material. Each side of the bag will comfortably take 5lb of sand (so that's 10lb per bag), and more if required. It is secured by a double zip so it can't escape and get all over your kit. So now I have safe and stable tripods, which leads me neatly on to another one of their products, the Boom Bag!

A simple but effective counter balance for a boom on a tripod, once you have your boom out full with a 416 on the end it can get a little front heavy. Place up to 4 x 500ml water bottles in the pockets of the boom bag, then slide over the end of the boom, job done. No need to have sand with you, just get some water from the garage and you're away! Another safe and stable tripod where ever you are filming.


Tags: iss094 | Stand Bags Direct | Dan Rose
Contributing Author Dan Rose

Read this article in the tv-bay digital magazine
Article Copyright tv-bay limited. All trademarks recognised.
Reproduction of the content strictly prohibited without written consent.

Articles
Spotlight on James Gilbert, Director of Product and Solution Management
James Gilbert

Over the next eight years we are going to be in transition, and within that there will be vastly different rates of change among content owners and media organisations. As a technology provider the onus is on us to be flexible and adaptable to meet this wide range of requirements from our customers.

Tags: | James Gilbert
Contributing Author James Gilbert Click to read
Spotlight on Karl Mehring, Director of Professional Services, Broadcast, Amplifier and Media
Karl Mehring

How has the role of Professional Services evolved in recent years and what vision do you have of the broadcast technology business? Covering new opportunities that the move to remote brings, new technologies such as 5G broadcast & the impact on the broadcast industry, and the challenges for broadcasters and how can they overcome them.

Tags: COTS | cloud | remote production | distribution | 5g broadcast | Karl Mehring
Contributing Author Karl Mehring Click to read
The Future of Broadcast Technology
Manfred Reitmeier

Now that OTT and VOD have become more mainstream, many commentators talk about traditional broadcast methods, like terrestrial transmission, being a thing of the past. With so many new platforms and non-traditional content services carving out a growing slice of the market, you can be forgiven for thinking that linear over-the-air television is on its way out. The reality is that the industry must strike a balance between meeting consumers’ shifting habits and the business and operational needs of content providers.

Tags: Rohde Schwarz | 5g broadcast | Manfred Reitmeier
Contributing Author Manfred Reitmeier Click to read
A switch in time: how KVM can unlock the future of broadcasting
Chris Smeeton

One of the major changes for broadcasters during the pandemic has been the shift towards remote production; by no means a new phenomenon in an IP environment, yet accelerated under lockdown to accommodate travel and gathering restrictions. A 2021 report found that almost 40% of broadcast professionals now employ remote production, up 9% on the previous year.

Tags: KVM | ARGOSY | GDSYS | KVM Tech | Chris Smeeton
Contributing Author Chris Smeeton Click to read
Rohde & Schwarz integration with Adobe Premiere Pro
Ciaran Doran

Rohde & Schwarz SpycerNode storage & VENICE ingest are perfect partners for Adobe workflows

Tags: Rohde Schwarz | media | VENICE | SpycerNode | adobe | premier pro | Ciaran Doran
Contributing Author Ciaran Doran Click to read