Miller camera support equipment gets on the ground floor of new documentary Wonders of Marsupials

Date: 13/07/2016
Miller camera support equipment gets on the ground floor of  new documentary Wonders of Marsupials

Filming wild animals requires not only a unique level of talent, but also the proper equipment to support the production. Thats why Daniel Hunter and Edward Saltau of The Natural History Unit production company turned to Miller Camera Support Equipment, a leader in the production of innovating camera support solutions, to help capture footage for the documentary Wonders of Marsupials. Using the Miller DS20 Fluid Head in conjunction with the MINI Tripod, the filmmakers were able shoot in a way that will bring viewers eye-to-eye with some of Australias most famous indigenous animals.

Self-described old school wildlife filmmakers, Hunter and Saltau prefer to film animals with an approach that will get them the best natural behavior possible, with a variety of wides, mids and close-ups, explains Hunter. The amount of creativity can be somewhat reduced in these settings, as youre often limited in choices when it comes to where, what and when you can shoot. But the Miller MINI Tripod has been immensely useful for this production, especially for filming species like bettongs, which are small, ground-dwelling marsupials. It feels necessary to bring the viewer into the moment by filming at the animals eye level, which were able to do quickly and steadily with this tripod.

Wonders of Marsupials is a three-part documentary series that focuses on the adaptations that marsupials have evolved in response to the challenges they face in Australia. The film begins with how marsupials came into existence and goes on to show how theyve come to thrive in the wide variety of Australian environments. For this project, Hunter and Saltau used a Sony FS7 with an old school Canon FD 150-600 with a two-time extender and the Sony A7s Mark 2 with Canon 100-400 MKII for low-light situations.

As they specialize in creating modern and engaging natural history content, Hunter and Saltau are very familiar with the distinct challenges that inevitably arise during wild animal productions. Perhaps none are more challenging than filming the northern hairy-nosed wombats in the desert of central Queensland, says Hunter. Not only are they one of the rarest mammals on Earth [less than 200 exist today], but they are also nocturnal and incredibly elusive. We spent five nights trying to film these guys before we got something an adult male and a joey. Those shots are the first footage ever captured of these shy and charismatic beasts behaving naturally in the wild.

Hunter noted that the contained spreader space of the tripod has been very useful to this project, while the DS20 has proven to be a solid head with excellent panning and tilting capabilities with a lighter rig setup. It is an excellent blend of usability and weight. I think our long lenses definitely caused us to exceed the weight capacity of the head, but the fact that we were still able to get quality shots is a testament to the build of the DS20. I think anyone who captures images outdoors prefers a kit that is both lightweight and sturdy, and the Miller DS20 definitely fits the bill. Its especially well-suited to natural history filmmaking, which requires a lot of movement in the field. On this project, it was particularly useful for filming wallabies on cliffs below us or gliding possum species in trees above.

The MINI Tripod is a 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs) professional 100mm alloy two-stage baby leg tube tripod that features simple and traditional toggle locks. With a payload capacity of 25 kg (55.1 lbs), it is designed for lightweight camcorder setups in confined spaces or when working with extremely low angles and has the added option of a baby ground spreader.

Weighing in at 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs), the DS20 Fluid Head is designed as an economical, lightweight solution for use with larger cameras or additional on-board accessories. It has a dual-position counterbalance and 60 millimeter camera plate that allows for quick and easy balancing. Constructed of lightweight, high-strength alloy and rigid composite polymers, the DS20 features precision ball-bearing supported pan-and-tilt movements. It is extremely durable and robust and delivers smooth pan-tilt fluid actions to match payloads from 5-10 kg (11-22 lbs). 

The movement of the DS20 is smooth and buttery and Ive found the tension at the start and end of movement to be superior to other heads that I have used at this price point, concludes Hunter.

About Miller Camera Support Equipment

Founded in 1954, Miller Camera Support Equipment designs, manufactures and delivers professional fluid heads and tripods to the film and television industry, providing support for the worlds leading camera operators. Celebrating more than sixty years in the industry, Miller is a longtime, global leader in the field of contemporary camera support and holds the first patent for fluid head design for film cameras, which it obtained in 1946. Today, Millers tripod and camera support systems are frequently used during electronic news gatherings (ENG), electronic field production (EFP), and digital video applications by the worlds leading networks, production houses, corporate, educational and government institutions in more than 65 countries. For more information, call +61 2 9439 6377 or visit www.millertripods.com. 

 


Tags: Miller | Camera | Australia | IBC 2016 | IBC 2016
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Visual Data Media Services was honored for its commitment to diversity and inclusion in professional career development, taking home the “Company Award for Investment in Women” at the 2021 Rise Awards.

Rise, the award-winning advocacy group for gender diversity in the media technology sector, announced the winners on November 18 at its annual awards ceremony held as part of the DPP Tech Leaders’ Briefing.







Tags: Visual Data Media Services | Rise Awards
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nxtedition introduces nxt|cloud - Migrating nxtedition best of breed microservices to the public cloud Posted: 24/11/2021
nxtedition introduces nxt|cloud - Migrating nxtedition and rsquo;s and lsquo;best of breed and rsquo; microservices to the public cloud

Broadcast microservice specialist nxtedition has further enhanced the consolidated production and playout platform with nxt|cloud, a complete deployment of nxtedition which runs in the public cloud.

Tags: Broadcast | nxtcloud | nxtedition | playout | automation | microservices
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ThinkParQ moves into media and entertainment with BeeGFS file system Posted: 24/11/2021
ThinkParQ moves into media and entertainment with BeeGFS file system

ThinkParQ, the company behind the leading parallel file system BeeGFS, has expanded its market reach by launching into the media and entertainment (M&E) sector.

Tags: ThinkParQ | BeeGFS | BeeGFS file system | media and entertainment | hardware-independent POSIX | parallel file system | ELEMENTS BOLT
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EditShare Names CJP Broadcast as Channel Partner for UK and Ireland Posted: 24/11/2021
EditShare Names CJP Broadcast as Channel Partner for UK and Ireland

CJP Broadcast announces its appointment as an EditShare channel partner. The agreement, effectively immediately, covers the full range of EditShare storage, editing and media management products, including on-premises and cloud-virtualised systems.

Tags: CJP Broadcast Service Solutions Limited | ITIL based service desk solutions | broadcast tape digitisation | film digitisation | broadcast TV studio system integration | technical support services | live sports production system | Streamstar | Mo-Sys StarTracker S
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Qumulo Recognized as One of the Fastest Growing Companies in North America by Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and trade; Posted: 24/11/2021
Qumulo Recognized as One of the Fastest Growing Companies in North America by Deloitte Technology Fast 500 and trade;

The Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ provides a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, fintech, and energy tech companies — both public and private — in North America. Qumulo, the breakthrough leader in radically simplifying enterprise file data management across hybrid cloud environments, ranked No. 163 on the 27th annual Deloitte Technology Fast 500™. "We’re honored to receive this recognition from Deloitte that underscores how Qumulo is contributing to our customers’ success and to the industry’s growth as a whole”, says Bill Richter, CEO Qumulo.






Tags: Deloitte Fast 500™ | File Data Management | Qumulo | North America
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VidOvation Streamlines Live Video Distribution With AWS Elemental MediaConnect, Edge Computing, and Carrier-Agnostic e-SIMs Posted: 23/11/2021
VidOvation Streamlines Live Video Distribution With AWS Elemental MediaConnect, Edge Computing, and Carrier-Agnostic e-SIMs

VidOvation today announced that it has broadened its capabilities for live video distribution networks and cloud and edge computing. In addition, the company is rolling out carrier-agnostic e-SIMs with domestic and global support of 3G, 4G LTE, and 5G cellular networks.

Tags: VidOvation | live video distribution | e-SIM | cloud integration | cellular network
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Actus Digital Brings New, Enhanced Workflows to its Intelligent Compliance and Monitoring Platform at IBC2021 Posted: 23/11/2021
Actus Digital Brings New, Enhanced Workflows to its Intelligent Compliance and Monitoring Platform at IBC2021

Actus Digital, a leading provider of compliance logging and QA monitoring/alerting solutions, will showcase expanded workflows and enhancements to its AI-based, intelligent compliance and monitoring platform at IBC2021. The next generation of Actus Digital’s platform features extensive metadata integration for live and recorded content, as well as advanced search options, optimized content management and categorization, and quicker, more accurate content clipping, concatenation, and sharing. Leveraging the new capabilities, media companies can automate and semi-automate the publishing of high-quality video content extremely fast.

Tags: Compliance Logging | Metadata | Postproduction | OTT monitoring | IP streaming | Actus Adwatch
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Frequency Ensures Content Quality With Interra Systems ORION and ORION-OTT Monitoring Posted: 23/11/2021
Frequency Ensures Content Quality With Interra Systems and rsquo; ORION and ORION-OTT Monitoring

Interra Systems, a leading provider of content QC, monitoring, and analysis solutions to the digital media industry, today announced that Los Angeles-based software company Frequency, a leading provider of linear video channel cloud origination services, has deployed Interra Systems’ industry-leading ORION and ORION-OTT systems in an AWS cloud environment. Using Interra Systems’ end-to-end, cloud-based solutions, Frequency can efficiently monitor TSoIP contribution feeds while assuring exceptional audio-video quality and stability across its network of hundreds of FAST channels.

Tags: Free Ad-Supported Streaming Television | ORION | TSoIP | AWS cloud | QC and Monitoring | ORION-OTT
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SMPTE Rapid Industry Solutions On-Set Virtual Production Initiative Receives Epic MegaGrant Posted: 23/11/2021
SMPTE Rapid Industry Solutions On-Set Virtual Production Initiative Receives Epic MegaGrant

SMPTE®, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, today announced that SMPTE — through its newest program, Rapid Industry Solutions (RIS) On-Set Virtual Production Initiative (OSVP) — has received a prestigious Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games. Drawing on the expertise and contributions of diverse technology and thought leaders, the RIS OSVP is working quickly to assess challenges; establish goals; and make interoperability specifications, workflows, and best practices open and free to the industry along with supporting educational courses and webcasts. The $150,000 Epic MegaGrant will empower SMPTE to deliver even more quickly on the promise of this first RIS Initiative.




Tags: Rapid Industry Solution | Epic | MegaGrant | RIS | On-Set Virtual Production
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Marketron Integration Suite Simplifies Cross-Platform Data Sharing With Connectors for Salesforce, HubSpot, and NetSuite Posted: 23/11/2021
Marketron Integration Suite Simplifies Cross-Platform Data Sharing With Connectors for Salesforce, HubSpot, and NetSuite

Marketron, the broadcast industry's leading technology provider for more scalable, predictable, and reliable revenue, today announced the first three connectors within the new Marketron Integration Suite. Connectors for Salesforce, HubSpot, and NetSuite simplify and automate the sharing of data between Marketron's traffic systems and the three platforms. Streamlining the exchange of data between CRM and accounting platforms, these connectors reduce data silos, eliminate duplication and normalization issues, improve data accuracy, and enable greater efficiency and agility across sales, traffic, and billing operations.

Tags: Integration Suite | Data Sharing | Efficiency | Agility | Cross Platform
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