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  • The Top 5 Professional Camcorders Available Now

    Canon XF300/305 – Light Weight ENG Camcorder

    Canon_4457B001_XF300_Professional_Camcorder_684199Weighing nearly 3Kg and with a solid, light body with easy-access buttons, this camcorder has a professional look it without the bulk and bother of big industrial camcorders. The fact that this Canon XF300 can switch between being a run-and-gun camera to a shoulder-mount ENG in an instant is also a welcome bonus for anyone on the hunt maybe both. It comes equipped with duel XLR inputs and dual CF card slots too. Plus, this camera meets the BBC’s criteria for broadcast quality and is used by them in locations all over the world.





    Sony PMW100 One XDCAM

    sk2eDespite its small size, the Sony PMW100 is a fairly powerful camcorder with some amazing features, which is why it’s also part of a lot of top lists in regards to good quality footage from a camcorder. It’s really good for shooting in the field as it has everything from dual XLRs, full SDI, HDMI, and a transfer speed of 50Mbps for quick offloading of footage. It has exceptional transportability as well as exceptional picture quality.



    Canon XA20/25 Professional Camcorder

    canon_8453b015aa_xa20_professional_hd_camcorder_963139This amazing little unit from Canon can give you inspiring optical presentation with its wide-angle HD video lens and zoom of up to 20x. Its pixel count is brilliant due to its 1/2.84 CMOS sensor. To put it simply, the Canon XA20 is perfect for shooting professional footage at almost any level of industry. The XA20 is really starting to blend in between the more expensive professional camcorders and the more modestly priced video cameras.





    Sony HVR-Z7U

    The Sony HVR-Z7u doesn’t disappoint in any areas, and it makes forSony_HVR_Z7U_HVR_Z7U_HDV_Camcorder_532558 a really great Camcorder for any professional who wants a light-weight and trusty camera by their side at all times on the road. It has duel XLR inputs and records in 24p. It has a Sony 1/3″ Exmore sensor as well obviously. Have a look at some footage here to see how good it really is.





     Canon XH-A1S 3CCD HDV High Definition Professional Camcorder

    XH_A1s_Angle4_tcm14-941760This beauty has genuine Canon HD video lens at 20x zoom, as well as a host of other cool features which current Canon fans will appreciate if they’re coming from a DSLR or something similarly priced. However, what maybe the best thing about this model from Canon is that it can be completely tailored to your needs. The modifications can be delivered onto the custom functions buttons, image changes, display adjustments, as well as two custom keys and nine custom presets, so everything you’d ever need from a professional camcorder can be literally at your fingertips if you want it.

  • What To Know If You Need To Buy Professional Camcorders

    If you need to buy professional camcorders Canon has released an update for its range of camcorders that includes some interesting features.

    Canon has unleashed firmware version 1.0.8 for its XF300 and XF305 professional range of camcorders, which allows a huge dynamic range of 600% via Wide DR, as well as the capturing of footage with a reduced noise level too.

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    On top of all that, this fresh update also includes Highlight Tone Priority. This feature, which is usually found as a facet of DSLRs, allows the capture of footage in a natural shade by saving any overly exposed areas in favour of losing some shadow detail. This is all done in order to save the highlights being blown out and unsalvageable in post.

    When it comes to installing the update, the first thing you should do is check your camcorder’s current software version and make sure it isn’t either newer or identical to this update. If all is well, then simply save and unzip the downloadable file, and prepare an SD card using the camcorder itself.

    Now, copy over the extracted .FIM file onto your formatted memory card, take care that the camcorder has a fully charged battery just in case, then insert the card into the camcorder while it’s switched off, and then turn it all on.

    Once that’s complete, go to Menu, then Other Functions, then Firmware, then wait for the new software to be recognized. Choose ‘Ok’ when the ‘Update the Firmware?’ dialog box appears on screen and just let the device upgrade. It shouldn’t take much longer than a few minutes anyway.

    When it’s all finished, switch the camcorder off, take the memory card out, and turn the camcorder back on in order to check the currently installed software version and to guarantee that the upgrade has been a success.

    Download the 1.0.8 software now for either or Canon XF300 or XF305 and enjoy all those lovely new features and play around with them to really see what they can do. It’s a really worthwhile update which is always welcome. We’ll let you know right here about any new updates to our other professional camcorders we sell too, so you don’t need to go anywhere else to get the latest professional camcorder news and updates.

    3D Broadcast Ltd is a well-established professional broadcast firm based at the world famous Pinewood Studios, who have many years of involvement selling into the Broadcast and Corporate market. We offer professional, impartial and unbiased guidance to help you make the right choice in professional camcorder acquisition, post-production, and media distribution solutions.

    It is our aim to offer a comprehensive service, at modest prices and above all to offer you a pleasant and gratifying experience when dealing with us as that’s really what separates us from the competition.

  • For new and used broadcasting equipment, we are the leading suppliers

    On the subject of our used Broadcast Equipment area, our widespread stock directory features everything from professional cameras and camcorders to lenses, VTRs, monitors, audio gear, grip equipment and more, so if you are looking for used broadcasting equipment for sale, we’re here for you.

    For Used Broadcast Equipment: 3D Broadcast

    With a full range of suppliers of both new film equipment and used film equipment, including Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Chrosziel, and Marshall Electronics, and our continuing competitive pricing, 3D Broadcast is on hand for all your broadcasting needs.

    We offer much more than just great prices, but we don't want price to be a reason you shop elsewhere.

    If you find one of our competitors has the same product at a cheaper price, we'll match it.

    All you need to do is make a note of the product number, its price and the competitor you want us to match. We will verify and match the price there and then for you.

    Contact us if you are looking for new avenues to acquire a camera or camcorders, new lenses, or controllers. Looking for used broadcasting equipment to hire? Whatever your needs, we are here to assist in any way we can.

    Our used equipment is in great working order, a very clean state and is thoroughly tested by our in-house engineers, before being sold to you.

    Smaller media broadcast services are obligated to obviously work within a tighter budget, stopping them from acquiring the newest video broadcast equipment on the market. When these conditions present themselves, broadcast operators and facilities come to equipment expert where we areto give them the gear they need along with the trusted relationships we already have and nuture through our sales team here at Pinewood Studios.

    3D Broadcast Ltd is a well-established specialised broadcast company based at the world famous Pinewood Studios, who have many years of involvement selling into the Broadcast and Corporate Market Place. The Directors Martin Joannou, Paul Raeburn and Philip O'Marra have instituted a fantastic reputation within the industry for quality and service.

    With an ever growing international client base including freelancers, educational establishments, independent production companies, major corporations and broadcasters, 3D Broadcast is able to source and supply used and new broadcast equipment from major manufactures.

    It is our aim to offer a complete service, at competitive prices and above all to offer you a pleasant and pleasurable experience when dealing with us when acquiring your lovely new gear.

  • Professional cameras into the air: the new drone form DJI the Matrice 600

    DJI’s new-fangled Matrice 600 drone launches these expert cameras into the air.

    For quite a while now, Filmmakers have remained happy with the DJI Phantom series of quadcopter drones, but the firm still had to push forward and come up with something way more electrifying this time around. So here comes the new Matrice 600 drone which lets you shoot a camera stabiliser high into the sky, which thus means something such as a RED Epic or an ARRI Alexa Mini can be affixed to it and shoot footage for you from anywhere in the sky.

    Professional Cameras: new drone form DJI the Matrice 600

    Predicted to retail for just over £3,000, this piece of kit isn’t accessible to anyone, but regardless it’s targeted towards producers with deep anyway. The DJI Matrice 600 has a 6kg load, and is proficient in lasting for up to 15 minutes with a professional camera like the RED fastened to it.

    It accomplishes this with the assistance of six ‘smart’ batteries which guarantee that your camera is safe just in case some of them deplete while the drone is still afloat. DJI has also presented a new video downlink standard called LightBridge 2 with this professional drone, which lets the on-board camera steam 1080p at 60 frames per second from distance of up to three miles.

    Additionally, the Matrice 600 has also been armed with a renewed flight controller called the A3, and is offered with three GPS units and three IMUs. It has been unveiled by its manufacturers together with two new accessories.

    These comprise of an updated version of the Osmo hand-held rig which offers extra steadiness this time around. Second is the Ronin-MX, an update to the company’s convenient camera stabilizer, which now comes with its own IMU and Bluetooth link for enhanced steadiness.

    DJI’s new Phantom 4 self-contained drone is also so clever, that it can evade obstacles by itself.

    Aimed for the lower budgeted end of the market, and with the help of two forward-facing sensors, the Obstacle Sensing arrangement is able to examine and perceive barriers and spontaneously direct the drone around them. And if the hindrance is something like a wall which can’t be avoided, the Phantom will come to a complete stop in mid-air until you intervene to relocate it elsewhere.

    DJI has also thrust some enhancements to the RAW video-capable 4K camera of this device too. It has better optics than it did previously, while it’s even adept at contributing superior sharpness in the corners and reduced chromatic aberration. It has been publicised that battery tweaks have brought about extending the flight time of the device to up 28 minutes this time.

    The last new feature is a Sports Mode which lets professional flyers to pilot it at up to a speedy 20 meters per second. While in this mode, the professional camera drone also ascends and descends much quicker.

  • The new Canon professional camcorder firmware updates

    Canon have recently announced firmware updates to their professional camcorder and numerous other goods being exhibited at NAB 2016. These firmware updates support quite a few feature updates for users including the enhancement of workflow, ease of use, focusing and lens alterations, colour space, and creative flexibility for goods within the Cinema EOS, HD Video, and 4K Reference Display product lines.

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    All of the planned firmware updates are listed below:

    • The EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera updates will permit numerous functions such as capturing in the new Canon Log3, viewfinder magnification throughout recording, a focus indicator with EF Cinema Prime lenses, a push for Auto Iris button, and Zoom function on the grip with New compact-servo and Cine-servo lenses, Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Compact-servo 18-80mm and Cine-servo 17-120mm lenses, ACES 1.0 output, peripheral lighting correction updates and general image enhancements such as noise level decrease in low-light for Canon Log2.
    • The EOS C100 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera update will allow numerous new features in a similar fashion, as well as the peripheral lighting correction updates and selectable deactivating of the microphone when needed.
    • The DP-V2410 4K Reference Display software will be updated with new firmware to cater for ARRI Log C and ARRI metadata, along with improved display contrast and dynamic range, adding provisions for Canon Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma, and finally the displaying of SMPTE 2084 input signal on the waveform monitor.
    • The DP-V3010 4K Reference Display firmware will be updated to improve display contrast and dynamic range; also adding support for Canon Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma; and display of SMPTE 2084 input signal on the waveform monitor.
    • The CINE-SERVO 17-120mm Lens will be restructured to be work harmoniously with Canon's DAF feature on the EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C100 Mark II Cameras.
    • The update for the ME20F-SH Camera will comprise of lens support for an extra 19 EF and CINE lenses, thereby letting you have more creative choice in a bigger selection of shooting applications counting TV and Film too.
    • The XA35 and XA30 Professional Camcorders and VIXIA HF G40 Camcorder firmware updates include a brand new file format making it far easier to assimilate into intermediary software systems that are used for applications in coaching.
    • The firmware updates for the XF305 and XF300 Professional Camcorders include new capturing options allowing for more creative elasticity, Wide DR Gamma (600%) Mode, Highlight Priority Mode, and a Signal-to-Noise priority function.

    The XC10 4K Camcorder firmware will contain a new file format MP4 in HD mode (35 Mbps only), brilliant AF speed, and shutter speed choicer for flicker decrease.

  • Buy Professional Camcorders: The new high-power zoom camcorders for Panasonic

    Panasonic has publicised its two new high-power zoom, unified lens camcorders at the NAB show in Las Vegas.

    Replacements to the company’s AVCCAM run of professional AVC HD camcorders, the UX quality model (AG-UX180), is armed with a 1-type MOS sensor, 20x optical zoom and UHD 60p recording functionality, while the UX typical model (AG-UX90), sports a 1-type MOS sensor, 15x optical zoom and UHD 30p recording.

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    Both are at present still being finalised, and feature a sturdy construction for demanding and harsh use in the field and are planned for release in autumn 2016.

    Panasonic is showcasing the UX series of professional camcorders to make 4K capture even more reachable to all video professionals. The business demand for 4K video is snowballing fast. The UX camcorders give you a 4K update to the very successful HD models, such as the AG-AC90, providing high-mobility and the same workflow users will be familiar with from current professional, integrated-lens handheld camcorder.

    The UX series will allow the recording of 4K (4096x2160, which is 24p only), UHD (3840x2160) and Full HD at up to 120p. The professional camcorders will use the SD memory card as recording means. The UX superior model also provides for dual codec recording (UHD2/FHD), IR capture in low light, and 3G SDI or HDMI2.0 output as well.

    The UX camcorder’s 1-type MOS sensor guarantees a sensitivity comparable to that of your typical handheld camcorder. Variable frame rate (VFR) recording (of around 2-60 fps) is also planned in Full HD mode.

    The obtainability of the UX models brings Panasonic’s line up of professional 4K camcorders to five now, counting the leading VariCam 35, VariCam LT and the AG-DVX200.

    It is our aim to offer a complete service, at competitive prices for your professional camcorder needs, and above all to offer you an enjoyable and pleasurable experience when dealing with 3D Broadcast.

    3D Broadcast Ltd is a well-established professional broadcast company based at the world famous Pinewood Studios, who have many years of experience selling into the Broadcast and Corporate Marketplace. The Directors Martin Joannou, Paul Raeburn and Philip O'Marra have established a fantastic reputation within the industry for quality and service as well.

    3D Broadcast offers professional, impartial and unbiased advice to help you make the right choice in the acquisition of the right sort of camcorder you need for your workflow, so get in touch with us if you need any device on which camcorder would suit you best.

  • The Canon camcorder XC10 4K

    A low-cost Canon camcorder ideal for a busy operator on the go

    The Canon camcorder XC10 4K was announced publicly at NAB 2015 and was on the loose the following September. It’s a comparatively low-cost camera that is more suited to a busy on the go operator as opposed to its bigger relative, the C300 Mk II. Canon also intended it to be used as a “companion camcorder” to the C300 Mk II as well, either as a second source, or when you need to put a 4K camera down to shoot but want the less risky option to take any harm that may come your way from shooting on location.


    Canon camcorder XC10 4KThe answer to this is the XC10. When you first lay your eyes on it, it looks still looks like a consumer stills camera, which can be very handy when blending in and keeping a low profile.

    Coming out of the box you get a power supply, battery, strap, a lens shade, a 64 GB CFast card, a CFast card reader, and a handy eyepiece for use on sunny days which just snaps on. There is no external charger here this time. The power supply plugs directly into the camera to either power it completely via the cable or as a means to charge the battery, but it only does one at a time. The XC10 thankfully uses the exact same batteries as Canon's DSLRs, so a separate charger is not expensive to but anyway if you don’t already have one somewhere.

    The Canon Camcorder XC10 captures 4K, and 1080p video, as well as 12 MP still photos. You can choose the video mode in the broad menu structure, but you can switch the camera to stills via a rotary switch that encircles the record button. 4K video is captured only to the CFast cards, and the HD video and stills are only recorded to SD cards. You are unable to record both simultaneously however. Dependent on how many images you take on the same SD card, you can get roughly 98 minutes of 1080/60p on a typical 32GB card. With a 64GB CFast card you’ll get approximately 28 minutes of 4K footage.

    In regards to its look and feel, the XC10 holds like your normal stills camera that also shoots video as its specialty instead. As an affordable 4K camera, it really does the trick.

    You can’t really go wrong with purchasing the XC10, and that’s based on the quality of the video alone. It’s slightly pricier than many rival 4K cameras, but it includes a CFast card and reader, and it’s not prohibitively more expensive for what you get in the package. So as opposed to it paying for itself in one or two shoots, it may take two or three instead. Seek out some of the raw footage online if you can find it, and if it takes your fancy, and the it’s features work for you, then go for it.

    Many are hoping that by next year, Canon will unveil a similar model with an EF mount instead of a fixed lens with just the body alone, and a lower price point presumably, but this is only what people are hoping for so there are no guarantees.

  • Buy a professional camera for a professional footage

    What to know before buying a professional camera

    Benefits Of Shooting In 4K Originating footage in 4K/UHD brings a host of benefits to the video shooter, not the least of which is that your source footage is literally four times sharper and more detailed than 1080p HD footage would have been, or nine times more detailed than 720p HD footage. It’s really rather remarkable; you would need to set up nine 720p HD professional cameras, each pointing at different sections of the scene, to capture as much image detail as a single 4K professional camera could!

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    All that additional detail can be used in many different ways and provides many potential benefits to the video shooter. First and foremost, shooting in 4K (or Ultra HD / UHD) means that your footage can be displayed on larger displays or projected on larger screens without losing detail. For movie screens, digital signage, large-screen 4K televisions, or other environments where the largest displays will be used, 4K origination means the sharpest images for those displays.

    But what if you’re not delivering your footage in 4K (or UHD)? What if you’re producing footage that’s intended to be broadcast in HDTV (in 1080 or even 720 resolution) -- or, perhaps, even in standard definition? What if you’re delivering content for web streaming in HD (or lower) resolution? Are there still benefits from, and reasons for, shooting 4K/UHD in the first place? Most definitely!

    Shooting 4K For 1080 (or 720) HD Delivery When your final delivered footage is going to be mastered in 1080p, 1080i, or 720p, there are still substantial and significant benefits that can be derived from shooting your source footage in 4K/UHD. Some of these may or may not apply to your particular scenarios, but it’s still interesting to explore the implications of all of them.

    The advantages of shooting in UHD/4K are numerous, even if your final project is destined for only an HD or even standard-definition finish and delivery. The AG-DVX200 is flexible enough to provide for the ability to record in standard definition, high definition, and ultra high definition (and also 4K). Whenever possible and practical, I recommend shooting in UHD (or 4K) for the flexibility, future-proofing, and post-production advantages that UHD/4K acquisition provides. You may or may not need it, but if you ever do need to do some of the tasks outlined in this article, you’ll be very glad you had that high-resolution source footage to work from.

  • The new Canon broadcast lens

    Canon CJ20ex7.8B 4K broadcast lens specifications

    Canon recently publicised the CJ20ex7.8B easily transportable 4K broadcast lens for use with broadcast cameras featuring 2/3-inch sensors. This multipurpose and useful lens sports a 20x zoom range and offers the optical superiority required for 4K broadcast production. With a focal range which spans from 7.8 to 156mm, a comprehensive choice of scene arrangements can be realised with just this single lens.

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    An integral 2x extender permits more telephoto use without forfeiting 4K image superiority. Editors can easily then pick a 1920 x 1080 crop from inside the camera’s 3840 x 2160 original resolution with full HDTV image class. On the other hand, the 4K UHD camera’s footage and live feed video can also be down-sampled to HDTV resolution in its entirety.

    With its comprehensive zoom range and wide angle execution, the CJ20ex7.8B can be a mainstay lens for Electronic Field Production and Electronic News Gathering broadcast uses encompassing newscast, sporting events, other live events and also filmmakers wishing to create documentary projects in amazing 4K quality. The CJ20ex7.8B is the fourth lens in Canon’s brand new line-up of 4K UHD broadcast lenses this year, uniting with the wide-angle CJ12ex4.3B in the group of portable lenses, and the longer zoom UJ86x9.3B and UJ90x9B field lenses.

    As 4K UHD carries on growing in status, Canon is building more solutions to deliver creators and presenters with exceptional visual presentation. Accompanying the wide-angle performance of the CJ12ex4.3B lens presented previously this year, the new CJ20ex7.8B lens offers a multipurpose opportunity for wonderful images, whether in 4K or 1080p.

    The form factor and operating controls will be very recognisable to anybody who has made good use of Canon's prize winning HD lenses before. The lens is also compatible with typical HD zoom and focus controls. Its lightweight mass of just over 2kg and compressed size make it perfect for shoulder-mounted ENG uses.

    A 20-pin connector, able to read out the high-precision positional info of the zoom, focus and iris are given to you as standard feature too. Coming as standard with yet another two 20-pin connectors for zoom and focus governing, virtual operations are achievable while in the full-servo mode, and use of a 16-bit absolute value encoder in the digital drive unit is a great help when eliminating the requirement for any initialization time, which means that users can easy turn on the camera and begin shooting immediately.

    The CJ20ex7.8B portable broadcast lens is planned to be available in June 2016.

  • Broadcast quality action cameras, why they are popular and how you can us them

    Broadcast quality action cameras for professionals and amateurs

    Broadcast quality action cameras have already become a hit with both professionals and amateurs alike, but they still have a load of untouched uses, with live broadcast being one of its major uses. For instance, earlier this year the NHL said that it will be arming its competitors with Go Pros. Now, a new firm wants to deliver a different arrangement for on the air broadcasts: a camera and transmitter mounted on the chest. Broadcast quality action cameras

    The new firm’s trend setting broadcast system is contained in an undershirt worn by the players. While you can see that it’s bulkier than a usual undershirt, it’s still thin enough to be sported under a jersey top. Its major advantage, of course, is that it’s less disturbing for sportspersons and can be used in sports where usual cameras would be unfeasible.

    Its sample videos show a biometric status overlay too, but on its website the firm doesn’t declare if its setup actually takes into account the sensors required to gather the applicable data.

    The integrated radio transmitter can output 720p or 1080p video footage up to 100 meters away with less than a 2 millisecond. The battery also is said to last up to 90 minutes per charge, more than enough to last for induvial periods of any match.

    This is a big first step for this brand new technology, although the cameras height and fixed FOV takes a bit of getting used to, and it’s not currently as immersive, or as steady and stable as cameras which have previously been mounted on the shoulder or head. Either way it could prove to be an invaluable piece of equipment used for training and in future years it could be adopted to broadcast providers as it does already meet the minimum requirements broadcasters demand for on air broadcast from the camera itself.

    We’re incredibly excited at this new prospective camera angle which could be used in the future, and if combined with the onslaught of drones which will inevitably be used more and more in sport, we could have a good few more combinations of camera angles to choose from in the future.

    3D Broadcast Ltd is a well-established professional broadcast company based at the world famous Pinewood Studios, who have many years of experience selling broadcast cameras to the Broadcast and Corporate Market Place.

    3D Broadcast offers professional, impartial and unbiased advice to help you make the right choice in the acquisition of your first to last broadcast camera, covering your every need.

    With an ever growing international client base including freelancers, educational establishments, independent production companies, major corporations, and broadcasters, 3D Broadcast is able to source and supply broadcast equipment from major manufactures that include Panasonic, Sony, Canon, Ikegami, Blackmagic and Vitec group as well as many more.

    It is our aim to offer a complete service at competitive prices, and above all, to offer you a pleasant and pleasurable experience when dealing with 3D Broadcast.

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