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Polecam user review
Phil Vinter When it comes to filming from above, drones have dominated in recent years. But restrictions on where and when they can be used means there is still a demand for traditional style jibs.
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Diversify or Die
Steffan Hewitt This headline of this article is a simple fact, diversify or die! It is necessary for survival as well as interest of mind to do this within business. "If a farmer can no longer produce crops because no-one wants them he must diversify or die." Caravans, glamping, corporate days in the country with hunting, fishing and shooting; these are just some of the changes that Britain's' farmers have made or they have gone out of business.
Tags: iss120 | polecam | red bull | f1 | Steffan Hewitt
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Selecting the right broadcast minicam lens
Steffan Hewitt So we all know that HD and 4K (and beyond) is the norm for content creation and delivery, with the need for unique and versatile shots being offered to increase the audiences participation and visual experiences. A major factor aside from the camera itself is the selection of lens, for some of the UHD sensor formats a broad spectrum of "off the shelf" lenses exist - this however can mean that in some restrictive instances (such as In-Goal and In-Car environments) the physical size of the camera and lens are too large and therefore not suitable for the application.
Tags: iss118 | polecam | toshiba IK-4K | lenses | toshiba | Steffan Hewitt
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Filming in 4k in not just about the camera
Steffan Hewitt Filming in 4K is not just about the camera. The whole workflow and supply chain needs to be considered. A BNC cable that you have used for the last few years has happily coped with 1.5G HD-SDI, now we are wanting twice the data rate.
Tags: iss117 | polecam | hockey | tf4-xa1 | steve giles | marek jamroz | john gillan | steffan hewitt | toshiba ik-4k | mi broadcast | fih | Steffan Hewitt
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Shooting the WRC Rally
Mark Sallaway Mark bites the dust for his art and lives to tell the tale... A look at my website will confirm I don't just shoot cars, I cover a wide range of genres. But I have shot in and around cars through my career. Early on I joined a facilities company specialising in the design and build of onboard camera systems for F1 and Motorcycle GP live TV coverage.
Tags: iss116 | wrc rally | polecam | toshiba ik-hd1h | Mark Sallaway
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Shooting the Extreme
Mel Noonan Steffan Hewitt started covering extreme sports as a cameraman and learnt to ski backwards while shooting skiers in front of him. Surprisingly he survived, and went on to design and use a lightweight pole with an early SD minicam slung at the top operated via a remote pan and tilt head from the other end. He called it Polecam.
Tags: iss112 | Extreme | Cameras | Polecam | Mel Noonan
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Ed Sheeran goes 4k live at Wembley
Steffan Hewitt Ed Sheeran has had a phenomenal ride to music success world wide. In July 2015 as part of his x World Tour he played three sold out concerts at Londons Wembley Stadium, his biggest solo shows to date with combined show audiences of 240,000 plus.
Tags: iss106 | ed sheeran | wembley stadium | 4k | live | music | concert | polecam | minicam | Steffan Hewitt
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DOPs discuss minicams, lenses, 4k and all
Mel Noonan If anyone knows about the practical reality of using minicams and lenses it has to be the DOPs who are out there using them. We are now seeing minicams used in all areas of production, some with 1080p and 4K capability at prices you would not have believed possible a few years back.
Tags: iss100 | DOPs | lenses | 4k | minicams | polecam | opinion | cameraman | Mel Noonan
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Hands-on with the Antelope PICO ultra slow motion minicam
Mel Noonan Super slow motion, or super motion, has been around for years and is mostly 3x recording speed. If you record say 3 seconds of action and play it back at normal European production frame rate you'll have 9 seconds of slow motion replay. These cameras must integrate with the live production workflow in use. SSM HD cameras are still very much in use today for fast sports like soccer.
Tags: iss098 | polecam | antelope PICO | slow motion | minicam | world swimming championships | Mel Noonan
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The Latest in Ultra Slow Motion Live streaming and Replay
KitPlus We have seen the technological progress from slow motion to super slow motion and now to ultra slow motion.
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KitPlus Must have or just a dream?
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How I shoot those Amazing Spaces
Chris Smith

Channel 4 has just finished showing series 3 of its popular ‘Amazing Spaces’, which is all about people building unusual living spaces.

Tags: iss093 | Amazing Spaces | Channel 4 | Canon C300 | Sony PMW F-55 | Polecam | Canon 5DMklll DSLR | Chris Smith
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Filming from the edge
Christoph Steuer Extreme sport and extreme situations for both equipment and the operator
Tags: iss088 | Polecam | Red Bull cliff diving | Christoph Steuer
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23 Countries, 93 Load-ins, 106 shows
Rob Wick

Rob Wick and his polecam survive the Muse tour

Tags: iss087 | Polecat Cameras | Muse | Camera Corps | Polecam | Rob Wick
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Covering the Winter Games for Broadcast
Mel Noonan This was written a few days before the opening ceremony so news arriving from the front line is of last minute angst for some of the tech teams who go out and perform daily miracles in such unuser-friendly locations year after year. Camera platforms erected in the wrong place, cables lost under a recent snowfall, cables eventually found but now destroyed by an avalanche...you know the kind of thing. All this and more just in the last few days. There needs to be medals for the tech teams.
Tags: iss086 | Mel Noonan | Polecam | Steffan Hewitt | Camera Corps | Technology and Production Centre | ANO Sports Broafcasting | Winter Olympics | Winter Paralympics | NAB 2014 | Polecam mounted LMC Antelope Pico high speed camera | RED | Mel Noonan
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To have and to hold... with Polecam!
KitPlus The meaning of "Darwinism" has changed over time, and varies depending on its context.
Tags: iss084 | polecam | steffan hewitt | National Asian Wedding Show | vip studios | testemonial | KitPlus
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Polecam delivers 500th rig
Mel Noonan Extreme sports cameraman Steffan Hewitt designed the lightweight jib for his own use, as a tool to get the shots he wanted. He kept refining it as he used it. Others saw it and wanted it. There are now hundreds in use worldwide.
Tags: iss081 | steffan hewitt | polecam | 500th rig | review | systems | jib | lightweight | Mel Noonan
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Does size matter? with Polecam
KitPlus Polecam, although generic for a camera on a stick is a UK based Systems Company which prides itself with more than 15 years of direct experience in the Film and TV Industry. Polecam with its global sales is synonymous with the Design & Manufacture of its super lightweight, cost effective carbon fibre, highly portable, modular camera crane platform.
Tags: iss078 | polecam | remote locations | review | explained | steffan | john gillan | cameras | guide | KitPlus
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Tv-bay questions with Richard Hooking
KitPlus Tv-bay interviews Richard Hookings about getting into the broadcast buisness and becoming interested in Polecam.
Tags: iss075 | tvbay questions | interview | richard hookings | polecam | broadcast | freelance | cameraman | KitPlus
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Crowd pulling at BVE
KitPlus There is no better crowd puller at a trade show than a stand using equipment from multiple manufacturers being used in way it will be once unpacked by the customer.
Tags: iss075 | broadcastshow | bve | stand set up | sony | videosys | rts | atomos | marshall | cache media | thinking space | protech | workstation specialists | autocue | polecam | KitPlus
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Finally a compact HD zoom lens!
Steffan Hewitt There are a great number of situations in our industry where the requirement for a small low profile broadcast quality HD camera is needed, whether it be for documentaries, natural history, in car, on board, covert, news, drama, underwater, on a jib arm or small remote head the list goes on.
Tags: iss074 | polecam | zoom lens | compact | Z10-HDCF | HD | wide angle adaptors | resolve 287 0.5X | resolve optics | Steffan Hewitt
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Will Strauss gets a grip!
Will Strauss# Of all the many areas of television technology that tv-bay Magazine covers, you might think that camera support is the one that appears, on the surface at least, to move the slowest.
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Off Trax interview for TV-Bay
KitPlus

TV-Bay interviews Off Trax partners Crispin Kyle, Jonathan Dennis and Doug Urquhart about the company and their use of the Polecam.

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Zoom lenses and minicams
N/A Finding a quality tracking zoom lens for the minicams made for the likes of Toshiba/Iconix/Hitachi/Sony has been an uphill battle. The cameras have been made primarily for the medical imaging market for microscopes and endoscopes but adopted by the broadcast industry as a high end minicam. However lenses were always a problem. Fujinon made the TF range of 1/3 prism corrected lenses for this market but no zoom lens. A zoom lens project, and specifically now with HD, is just not big enough for the big players such as Fujinon and Canon but now there is something in the market.
Tags: iss070 | polecam | Z10-HDCF | fujinon | canon | resolve optics | minicam | N/A
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Extensive, flawless and enjoyed by millions
N/A Due to the multiple locations of the London Games, coverage was inevitably going to a be a challenge, with locations throughout London and the South; some of them specifically designed and created for the events such as the main Stadium, Velodrome and Aquatics Centre, whilst clever forward thinking meant that existing famous landmarks such as Horse Guards could be transformed into historic arenas.
Tags: iss069 | polecam | olympics | london 2012 | steffan hewitt | N/A
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The Modern Solution - Just Add Carbon!
N/A Traditionally, getting in and among the action and seeing the true grit, determination and suffering of sporting competitors - be it filming something such as International Ironman competitions with cross terrain transitions from land through to water and back to land - speeds from a sprint, to a swim to a high speed cycle, Formula One pit stops or preparation for Oxford/Cambridge boat race remains expensive although very little has changed over the years.
Tags: iss066 | polecam | sports | dslr | mirror rig | N/A
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Vegas Baby!
N/A So last month was NAB in Las Vegas, and I got to go! Now I'd never been to the States before. I really didn't know what to expect. Other than not being allowed in bars or casinos as I'm under 21. And trucks on the road, larger meal portions and a favourable exchange rate.
Tags: nab | iss065 | emma | polecam | interview | las vegas | N/A
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NAB 2012 Kit Review used by BroadcastShow
N/A So pre-NAB we are all very busy organising interviews with 70 exhibitors over 4 days covering 4 halls and in our case around 28 miles. Late last year we developed an online interview booking system at www.broadcastshow.com which allows exhibitors to book one or more 15 minute slots, enter stand information and questions they may like asked during the interview. Over the month preceding the show the fill up and we are left with a spreadsheet of who to see and when to see them. Thankfully the slot booker is intelligent enough to know which days we will be in which halls so dashing is kept to a minimum.
Tags: iss065 | broadcastshow kit | nab | interview kit | vinten blue | panasonic hpx_250 | croma | litepanels | k-tek | sennheiser 8060 | polecam | atomos | samurai | N/A
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Reaching for 3D
N/A From the opening shot of the Ryder Cup to the Champions League final when Manchester United played Barcelona this year, a stately homes documentary to a Derren Brown magic show, cameraman Chris Taber has been there, filmed it and got the T-shirt.
Tags: iss060 | chris taber | polecam | 3d | Toshiba IK-HD1 | N/A
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Production Profile with Polecam
N/A What brings an innocent young Swede into the competitive high-adrenalin business of television production? In my case, it all began at school. I developed an early fascination for photography and created slide shows that were presented as end-of-semester happenings to my fellow students. Unlike television, you can actually watch a live slide-show audience. My productions were received with appreciation.
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BVE 2011 retrospect
N/A BVE 2011 had much of the buoyancy and buzz of an IBC. The organisers claimed an attendance of over 15,500 visitors and 240 exhibiting companies. Many of the UK-based stalwarts who make the annual pilgrimage to Amsterdam could be seen exploring the show, confirming that BVE is now taken seriously by mainstream broadcasters.
Tags: iss051 | bve2011 | show review | aspen media | atg broadcast | cel-scope | dolby | evs | eyeheight | gekko | holdan | marquis | newtek | pag | polecam | pyser-sgi | teranex | bve north | N/A
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Mobile Cameraman Extraordinaire
N/A With over 20 years of experience as an ultra-mobile camera operator, John Gillan is one of the world's most successful exponents of portable television production. As principal of JGBroadcast, he owns two complete Polecam systems, one on each side of the Atlantic, and commutes between Britain and his base on the US west coast, serving clients such as the BBC, ITV, ESPN and Discovery networks.
Tags: polecam | mobile | cameraman | 3d | todd potter | 3d head | iss051 | N/A
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Eye to Eye at the Wildscreen International Film Festival
N/A Founded in 1982, the Wildscreen International Film Festival is claimed to be the world's largest event of its kind. It attracts several hundred delegates from more than 30 countries, all of whom (if they register early enough) get their contact details listed in the festival directory........
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Television camera lenses
N/A This is a glass-to-glass report with a difference, starting at front-end of the video production chain and staying there. Given the speed of development in almost every other branch of television, it is easy to overlook the advances taking place in optics. Until, that is, you need a wider capture angle than your existing kit can deliver or you want to post-repair a barrel-distorted Nelson's Column to remove the hint of banana.
Tags: Television camera lenses | Eye to Eye | iss046 | abakus | bandpro | canon | hj15ex8.5b | fujinon | polecam | theia | schneider | thales angenieux | carl zeiss | sony | ces2011 | N/A
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Polecam Production Profile
N/A I have been working in the film and television industry since 1989, starting as a news cameraman and editor at the Manitoba Television Network. MTN is a local independent television broadcaster in my home town of Winnipeg.................
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Eye to Eye: Sports Production
N/A I was somewhat crestfallen to receive the advice 'Lay off 3D' when I rang TV Bay for guidance on the theme for this month's Eye to Eye. For better or worse, 3D looks set to be a major part of sports television in the coming years. But I picked up my crest, closed one eye and carried on running.
Tags: eye to eye | iss042 | sports production | long range optics | fujinon | polecam | hitachi | canon | panasonic | sony | pmw-320 | anto bauer | idx | N/A
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Eye to Eye: Getting a grip
N/A Cameras and camcorders are shrinking at such a rapid rate that a lot of today's established support devices are looking completely out of scale. In some aisles of the NAB 2010 Central Hall, visitors were at perpetual risk of colliding with excited demonstrators nipping hither and yon with hand-held stabilisers for DSLRs. Most were only for single camera 2D but watch out for the 3D redesign at IBC in September or at NAB 2011.
Tags: grip | tripods | support | autocue | manfrotto | petrol bags | panther | polecam | sachtler | camera corps | viten radamec | outside broadcast | iss041 | N/A
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With Polecam to the Antarctic
N/A Whale Wars is a documentary-style reality television series that airs on Animal Planet, and follows the activities of the eco-activist group, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Last year, I was aboard Sea Shepherds flagship, Steve Irwin as Director of Photography and, along with a 5-man camera team, documented the war between the Japanese whalers and this band of hardcore animal-rights activists.
Tags: polecam | iss040 | animal planet | steve irwin | sea shepherds | z1 | sony z1 | cammate | N/A
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Eye to Eye: Acquisition and Production
N/A Back in the days of the Audio Fair which annually graced London's Russell Hotel, my co-hack Frank Jones of Hi-Fi News put his head into the KEF Electronics demonstration room and bellowed the time-honoured question "What's new?"
Tags: iss038 | acquisition | production | itu-r | ces 2010 | panasonic | sony | gekko | ikegami | polecam | ag-hck10 | vinten | karesslite | gfcam | N/A
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Polecam on Safari
N/A Safaricam...... "No, you cant get out of the car", the voice replied. "Why not? I asked. "Because you might get eaten by a lion."
Tags: polecam | iss031 | safari | pedestal televsion | shooting wildlife | N/A
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NAB 2009 report
N/A By general consensus, this year's NAB Spring Convention, or 'NABshow' as it styles itself, was one of the best ever. Wider aisles and a respectable rather than manic level of attendance made the event, in the words of one exhibitor, 'Business Class'. NAB was always the prototype show where you could sense the directions in which manufacturers were trying to steer the broadcast business. Like it or not, this year's message was loud and clear: 3D HDTV.
Tags: iss030 | nab | nab review | nhk | jvc | camera corps | canon | fujinon | gekko | hitachi | panasonic | polecam | sony | calrec | junger audio | sonifex | tascam | eyeheight | snell | blackmagic | pixelmetrix | tektronix | N/A
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Eye to Eye Video acquisition and production
N/A BVE2009 in London, February 17-19 offers UK-based programme-makers a useful opportunity to try out the latest video acquisition and production equipment ahead of NABshow2009 and its loud after-echo, IBC. The following outlines some of the new front-end kit likely to be on display at Earls Court.
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New developments in mobile HD production
N/A When widescreen HDTV was first demonstrated back in the 1980s, the pictures were great but the size and price of the kit left much to be desired. Two decades on, broadcast-quality 1080i/720p HD cameras and recorders have reached levels of compactness and affordability that would have seemed impossible in those early days.
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