Polecam delivers 500th rig


Mel Noonan TV-Bay Magazine
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by Mel Noonan
Issue 81 - September 2013
We in the UK should be rightly proud of Polecam and what it has achieved, with news that the 500th rig has been delivered.

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, all produced and still hand built in Kempston, Bedfordshire.

Originally, camera choice was limited to small, lightweight SD cameras, then Toshiba and others produced HD versions and Polecams popularity rose.

Steffan had pressure from top operators to enhance the product with a refined, more powerful pan & tilt system, and to allow the use of larger cameras.

Now this is done. Until recently, the camera of choice was the Toshiba IK HD-1 minicam, but because of Polecams new capabilities, the field has opened up, allowing larger cameras. We spoke to some of the top owner operators to see what cameras they were using.

Chris Taber, Wales: www.pedestaltv.com
I bought my first Polecam in 2008, and found myself in an explosion of 3D work, because of the ability to mount two HD minicams in tandem. They are great little cameras but I am always seeking new creative tools. The new capabilities led me to the Canon C300. From my point of view this is the best camera for Polecam now. The picture quality is just stunning, and I can take it off the rig and use it for interviews and extras. For the work I do its brilliant.
John Gillan, UK: www.jgbroadcast.tv
If you do OBs, I think the best camera is the Toshiba HD minicam or the Camera Corps HD minizoom, because they are remotely controllable for colour matching. For single camera work Id suggest a DSLR camera or the Canon C300.

If, like me you do both, the Toshiba HD works very well. Like most Polecam owners, he has taken advantage of the enhancements that Polecam have made available over time.

My latest update was the new Narrow Head. Thats a fantastic addition.

For the last 15 years my work has been solely Polecam. I hugely enjoy everything I do with it.

Steve Rausch, USA: www.focusedmotion.com

In 2007 I become aware of Polecam. I was just stunned at what it could do. I invested and have been too busy to look back.

I got into shooting medical procedures by chance. Since then, I have done countless surgeries for education, webcast and broadcast via satellite for medical conferences.

Ive lost count of the number of procedures I have shot. I have the original head and its small size is perfect for this kind of work. In the OR today I use a Toshiba IK-HD1 with a C-mount zoom lens.
Finally, an opinion from UK BAFTA nominated DOP and professional cameraman Julius Brighton. He owns a RED Epic camera and carried out a test shoot.
I knew I had to be careful in choosing the lens, from a weight point of view. I chose a stills camera lens. The top stills lenses are every bit as sharp as the top cinema lenses, which have sophisticated mechanics for focus pulling, unrequired on Polecam. Generally you will set it up for a nice wide depth of field and away you go.

I set the rig up and started looking at the shots. A RED Epic, hung out over a cliff, using 5 poles and the wire strut stabilizing system. It was quite a windy day, but it was stable. The shots it immediately gave me were terrific.

Im surprised how quickly I adapted to it. Its very user friendly. I could clearly see what it could bring to my work. I was like a kid in a sweetshop.

I need to talk to the directors and producers about scheduling it in. Knowing the guys I work with I can see that when they realise what they can achieve with it they will want it everywhere its a phenomenal bit of kit.


Tags: iss081 | steffan hewitt | polecam | 500th rig | review | systems | jib | lightweight | Mel Noonan
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Why are trade shows still important
Mike Crimp First, the disclaimer: as the CEO of a rather large trade show, my opinion is likely to be skewed. However, I wouldn’t be here – now in my eighth year at IBC - if I didn’t truly believe that well-curated trade shows like IBC are a hugely important resource for our industry.
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Taking on a self employed placement year
Joshua Round The idea of being self-employed or freelancing has always been somewhat terrifying for me. There is a level of uncertainty and responsibility that comes with the freedom of being self-employed, the likes of which makes me wonder why I chose to give it a go for my placement year as part of my university course - (BSc) Television and Broadcasting.
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Creating Authentic Content That Counts
Frank le Mair We’re deep into the 2010’s and the way in which we consume content has changed forever. Broadcasters and content owners are fighting for eyeballs in a saturated market where consumers are watching their favourite shows on different devices across a number of platforms. To target millennials and younger generations, who generally consume short bursts of video on YouTube and social media - particularly Snapchat, Instagram and now IGTV - media companies are creating more and more authentic stories and are using platforms that are compelling for this demographic. Unlike generations before them, they have totally new video viewing patterns and ideals.
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How todays technology platforms can make AMAZING seem mundane
Bruce Devlin - new Some things never change. It's September and it's time for another IBC. Maybe I'm getting old and maybe I have selective memory about the past, but recently there hasn't been the buzz of years gone by. Sure, as you wander around the vast halls there will be lots of enthusiastic sales people trying to give you the best demo possible, but something has changed and to survive, I believe that vendors and customers need to change too.
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