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  • Buy professional camera: the cinematography camera area gets jam-packed in 2015

    This year has seen a surplus of professional camera brands and models thrive and this has produced increased pressure on prices, a huge advantage to cinematographers and a trial to manufacturers. The gravity of the situation which has been building for several years began to intensify at NAB with the arrival of nearly 12 new models, a number of them getting down into some of the lower most prices on record for professional cameras in the league. Buy Professional Camera This tendency has resulted in a growth of ownership in the low-end of the camera marketplace and a subsequent belt tightening at the top end. It has consequently created a race to the bottom between companies. You would wonder, who would want to win that race? Seemingly, the answer is quite a few companies. Chiefly led by Blackmagic Design, whose camera costs have been astoundingly low, others comprising JVC and AJA have been advocating 4K ‘cine’ competent cameras at price below $5000 in the American market. One outcome of the descent in camera and camcorder prices has been the stress on DSLRs too. This whole tendency of lower and lower prices has satisfied many that now want to buy a professional camera users, particularly independent film makers and students gathering equipment together, now being able to do so relatively cheaply too. Rent habits don’t change as fast however, as data establishes that cinematography professionals still employ rentals, constantly in cameras and even more for lenses, as they are very expensive to own. The average renter said that they rented at least 25 times a year. To support this opinion, manufacturers have pulverized rental houses by flooding them with cameras, lenses and other accessories of use to renters. The acquisition of cine lenses has been helped slightly by the progression of digital cinematography, but that has mainly been amongst independents and rental houses. When independent film makers buy a camera they often get one lens at least. However, it’s common that that lens is part of a package. Extra lenses can claim for considerable out of pocket expenses and that has often to a reliance on rentals as lenses are obligatory for specific things being made. Another development in lenses has been a move away from exclusively using prime or fixed lenses and the escalation of the use of zooms, which were previously only seen in news or broad video creation and seldom, if ever, in motion picture creation.

  • Find out the latest broadcast equipment presented at the International Broadcasting Convention

    Four distinguishing audio environments full of broadcast equipment awaited visitors at the Sennheiser and Neumann booths at the International Broadcasting Convention in Wedemark, Germany. Guests can experience ‘ENG world’ where Sennheiser will showcase a brand new wireless product, a distinctive radio station environment, a TV broadcast studio and a devoted sports broadcasting set-up. All are displays that together provide a comprehensive overview of the two audio companies’ tailor-made answers to many peoples niggles with current equipment.

    Electronic News Gathering

    ENG world will show the full range of archetypal electronic newsgathering conditions, from high-end broadcasting teams to small and minor video crews.

    Broadcast Equipment For skilled broadcasting teams, wireless microphone equipment for camera use from Sennheiser’s 5000, 3000 and 2000 series will be on display too.

    Smaller production crews will find Sennheiser’s AVX digital wireless equipment a perfect choice. Launched previously this year at NAB, the new schemes have convinced users around the world with their outstandingly compact plug-in receiver, excellent ease of use and fast set-up.

    For mobile broadcasting and journalism, Sennheiser will platform its most convenient ENG audio equipment: the ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital clip-on mics which join directly to almost all Apple devices, transforming them into an ENG device that is always at hand. The clip-on mics were established in cooperation with Apogee Electronics.

    Radio Station

    A typical radio station arrangement aids in demonstrating Neumann’s most effective microphones for this setting with the BCM 104, TLM 102 and the TLM 107. Sennheiser HD 26 Pro and HD 650 headphones and Neumann KH 120 monitor speakers as well as a Neumann KH 810 subwoofer complete the recreation of the studio.

    TV Broadcast Studio

    The classic TV talkshow ‘studio’ and control room serve to highlight the highest-quality Sennheiser and Neumann broadcast equipment, from Digital 9000, Sennheiser’s definitive digital wireless system, to Neumann KH 310 monitor loudspeakers. Also on show are wired mics for use in the studio, such as the table-top Sennheiser MKH 8050 and ME 36 models in addition to the Neumann KM 185, and Sennheiser broadcast headphones. For broadcasters, the studio environment features the classic MKE 40 clip-on mic and the new Headmic 1.

    Sports Broadcasting

    Sports broadcasting is an area that drives many innovations in the broadcasting segment, therefore it is given a special focus here. The highlight here was Esfera, which is Sennheiser’s surround sound system which generates a fully-fledged 5.1 sound from a two-channel signal. Attached onto a camera or wired into a stadium, the compact Esfera mic can be worked just like any tough stereo microphone, whose sound can then be transformed into 5.1 at any point in the workflow. The structure is very much analogous to the human ears and brain. It ‘hears’ via two microphones, and its separate handling unit turns the mic’s sound into a surround sound, in the same way the brain does with the sounds we hear.

  • The New JVC 4K Digital Handheld Camcorders And Remote Head Camera Structure Features

    Handheld CamcordersElectronics giant JVC has launched its 4K Camcorder product line, which is made up of three new specialised handheld camcorders and a remote head camera structure. The JVC GY-HM170 handheld camcorder gives professional full HD and 4K Ultra HD footage in a small, solid design. It’s founded upon a single 1/2.3 BSI 12.7 Megapixel CMOS sensor with expert control layout and all-inclusive video profile settings. The camera captures 4K Ultra HD as H.264 files and can capture HD and SD footage in a range of resolutions and frame rates. Other things include an incorporated 12x optical zoom lens with two ND filters, built-in stereo microphone and 3.5mm audio input, and live 4K UHD yield via built-in HDMI. Also, the multipurpose GY-HM200 camcorder brings 4K Ultra HD, 4:2:2 full HD (50Mbps) and SD images with a 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS chip. It includes a built-in 12x zoom lens with optical image stabiliser and 24x dynamic zoom. While very compact, the economical GY-HM170E camcorder features a heavy duty body with professional control layout and comprehensive video profile settings for professional use. It is a fully functional high performance 4K Ultra HD camcorder that's equally capable of shooting 4:2:2 full HD at 50Mbps. Its integrated 12x optical zoom lens and 4K CMOS sensor, deliver razor sharp 4K Ultra HD recordings directly to SDHC/SDXC memory cards. It can even record on two cards simultaneously for instant backup or extended recording time. Output live 4K UHD camera signals through the built-in HDMI connector. And its tiny size allows you to shoot in venues that may be unfriendly to larger cameras. 3D Broadcast Ltd is a well-established professional broadcast company based at the world famous Pinewood Studios, who have many years of experience selling handheld camcorders and more professional equipment into the Broadcast and Corporate Market Place. The Directors Martin Joannou and Paul Raeburn have established a fantastic reputation within the industry for quality and service. We also offer professional, impartial and unbiased advice to help you make the right choice in acquisition, post-production and media distribution solutions.

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    • VideoMicro - the VideoMicro is a new entry level VideoMic, only 80mm in length and very inexpensive, yet features a metal body and includes Rycote Lyre shock mount and a furry windshield. Sounds incredible for the money, doesn’t need a battery, switchless operation etc.

    • VideoMic Me - VideoMic Me is a shotgun mic for smartphones. Plug and play via TRRS it’s compatible with iPhone & iPad and a range of Android and Windows mobile phones. Features a play through headphone jack, and includes furry windshield.

    • RØDELink TX-XLR/Newsshooter Kit – This is the XLR adaptor for RØDELink wireless system. It will ship by itself (for people that already own the Filmmaker kit) as well as a part of the Newsshooter kit (pairs it with the RX-CAM camera mounted receiver). Runs off of 2 x AA, USB or you can plug in the standard Sony battery (NP series) that everyone uses to power their camera accessories.

    • i-XLR – It’s an iOS Lightning to XLR preamp/adapter. 3m lightning cable that terminates in a little XLR box with headphone monitoring and a nice little record button and status LED that will talk to a new RØDE Recording app. No phantom power, but pairs with dynamic microphones (theres a +20dB boost for low output mics) or RØDE’s self-phantom powering NTG2 and NTG4+ perfectly.

    • Micro Boompole Pro - this is a super thin yet strong boom ‘stick’ that connects in three parts to 2.2m long. Only 150gm and super portable – designed for use in confined spaces.

    • Boompole Pro – A new flagship RØDE pro pole at a great price. 100% carbon fibre, up to 3m and only 530gm.

  • Panasonic Camcorder's initial prosumer introduced at CES 2015

    Seeing as it's 2015 and other companies have been constricting their camcorder product lines for many years now, Panasonic's taster of at least 7 camcorders at CES is quite extraordinary. These models will be accessible in the US, while four other similar models will also emerge in other regions, they have an ‘M’ in their model names which indicates that they integrate 16GB of built-in memory.

    At the top tier of its consumer line is the WX970, the firm's first consumer 4K -- UHD, 2160/30p model, cautiously priced at around £652. Panasonic's next 4K step-up is the £2,700 HC-X1000, and the 3-chip HD X920 stays in the range too. It's not the only 4K model though, it's also joined by the VX870, which will be roughly £587. Both models integrate a 1/2.3-inch BSI sensor, and they're also armed with 20X f1.8 Leica Dicomar lenses.

    The VX870 differs from the WX970 only by the lack of a second camera for shooting picture-in-picture footage, the Twin Camera feature that Panasonic revealed last year. It does support Wireless Twin Camera though, which is what Panasonic calls the distinctive new ability of using a Wi-Fi connected phone or tablet as an additional camera. Wireless Twin Camera support will be accessible in many, but not all of the new Panasonic camcorders. One sad oversight from all of the 4K models is an electronic viewfinder.

    Panasonic adds an interesting new highlight to several of the lower end models, which HDR Movie mode. Comparable to multiple-exposure HDR stills, HDR Movie concurrently records two exposures at altered shutter speeds, then combines them with enhanced highlight and shadow areas. While it won't work well in some circumstances, particularly those with very fast action, and only works in HD, it's an original method to compensating for the inclination of consumer cameras to blow out highlights and clip shadows.

    Panasonic also asserts faster autofocus using an original lens drive based on the Lightspeed AF utilised in its point-and-shoots camcorders.

    As for the rest of the camcorders, which range in price up to $600 (No UK price so far), it's somewhat irritating that Panasonic makes you select between either having the Twin Camera option (V770/V760) or the HDR Movie features (W570). Perhaps they’ll combine these features in the future, as this is its first outing on the market, we can forgive it for that for now.

  • Discover our ultra HD 4K broadcast cameras

    Broadcast CamerasBT has recently launched Europe’s first initial Ultra HD 4K channel, and in August, it piloted its first live transmission in 4K of a Premier League match, which was Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

    4K is an expected next step in broadcasting, and audiences were blown away by the image superiority, which is four times that of HD. For its live productions, BT just acquired the first 12 Sony HDC-4300 4K broadcast cameras, as well as Fujinon 4K Ultra HD lenses.

    The new station from BT, went on air recently with a live broadcast of the FA Community Shield competition at Wembley, concerning Chelsea and Arsenal. Initial plans are to transmit one live event per week, and during the outstanding time, rebroadcast sports such as football, rugby and basketball that were shot in 4K during BT’s experimental phase. Other live occasions in the plans embrace UEFA Champions League, Premiership Rugby and MotoGP.

    The Ultra HD channel is obtainable through BT’s Entertainment Ultra HD package, which includes a 4K-capable 1TB set top box capable of handling it. To deliver 4K, BT is making use of IP broadcasting over its Infinity broadband system with HEVC compression to transport the extra image data.

    Like any new customer presentation, a rollout has obstacles to overcome and can take time. It also requires both an install base and the available content too.

    To see the content in 4K, customers will obviously need a 4K-capable UHDTV. The original models began distributing in 2012, and today all major TV manufacturers make these displays. With its Ultra HD package, BT is attempting to grow the install base by contributing a voucher for up to £500 off an LG UHDTV to its customer.

    On the matter of actual content, a few added European broadcasters might soon get on board with the service. For example, Sky UK and Sky Deutschland are at present testing 4K with the end result being the offering of UHD services.

    The Sony HDC-4300  camera puts you in total control of your content. For the first time, one camera platform is all you need to handle 4K, HD and super slow motion – helping you generate maximum returns on today’s production budgets, so the camera should be the least of your worries.

  • The new broadcast camera and broadcast lenses at the Fujifilm 4K day event

    Broadcast CameraCamera lens manufacturer Fujifilm is hosting a 4K Day event partly in an attempt to platform their 4K IS Mini and newest Zoom lenses at the DMPC in California. The event will include guest speakers during the day and also offer opportunities for visitors and camera enthusiasts to try out Fujinon’s newest equipment up close.

    The lenses will be combined together with Sony 4K cameras such as the F55, F65, FS7 and Sony’s newest, the HDC-4300- one of the firm’s true 4K broadcast camera. Attendees to the occasion will also be able to watch live video material and images from the Fuji lenses paired to these Sony cameras, displayed onto the event’s 25 ft. projection screen through the use of Sony’s own modern 4k ultra HD projection equipment.

    Once more, Fujinon will be using their 4K event to showcase their variety of lenses and some of the models that will be on show consist of the Fujinon UA80x9BESM (9 – 720mm) 4K Transmission 80x zoom lens on a Sony HDC-4300 4K broadcast workhorse studio camera, the Fujinon UA22x8BERD (8 – 176mm) 4K ENG 22x zoom lens on the same Sony camera and the Fujinon ZK12x25 (25 – 300mm)  4K PL 12x zoom lens mounted onto a Sony F55 4K broadcast studio camera. In addition to these weighty shooters and lenses, there will also be 7 other 4K Fuji lenses revealed during the course of the day with Cine PL and Broadcast B4 mounts.

    Fujifilm will also be making use of the DMPC event to showcase its IS-mini HDMI 4K and IS-Mini RACK 4K goods. In this way, Fuji is increasing its product line further with accompaniments like a new version of the IS-mini Manager and the two pieces of hardware mentioned above.

    Finally, product experts from Fuji and Sony will also be around at the experience to deliberate the technologies and Fuji’s method of generating ACES colour management workflows from the initial level up to concluding delivery of finished video.

    Here at 3D Broadcast we sell and rent out a huge range of broadcast cameras, including those from Fujifilm, with lenses from Sony too, so you can get one of these perfect setups and kits straight from us.

    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. 3D Broadcast striving for excellence.

  • Canon Camcorder: choose the right camera for your needs

    Canon digital camcorders have the improvement you need and the dependability you love in bringing greater image class and performance. Featuring Genuine Canon Optics and Canon's innovative, proprietary video technologies, Canon's exciting line-up of camcorders continue to rate among the best in class. Whatever your application may be, there's a Canon camcorder intended to flawlessly match your needs.

    Most of Canon’s camera designs are fairly clear-cut. But they’ve also thrown some exciting and strange looking models into the assembly over the years: The cylindrical 35mm film Autoboy Jet, and the no-buttoned and tiny sized PowerShot N amongst them. But 99% of the time, Canon’s design sense skews towards the traditional, just like most other manufacturers.

    Canon CamcorderNot this time though, and it’s nice to see that Canon can still dare. The new Canon XC10 is something between a camcorder and a camera, although Canon is promoting it mainly as a camcorder. Canon says the XC10 was manufactured with roaming journalists in mind. It takes 4K video and 12-megapixel stills with its mechanical shutter and 1-inch-type sensor. This time, that imager is fixed into a body that looks like it should be easy to use when shooting both stills and video, and that’s not always the case.

    Sensor size isn’t the only attribute this hybrid video-and-photo contraption shares with Sony’s. Its adjustable pivoting handgrip and distinctive body make you think back to Sony’s Cybershot cameras and its precursors. The XC10 is slightly more cutting-edge, though.

    At its maximum resolution, it captures 3840×2160 video at 30 fps. It will also capture 1080p clips at up to 60fps, and 720p clips at up to 120fps for those slow-motion runs. For the Ultra HD video, the camera makes use of Canon’s branded XF-AVC codec, which is also used in its Cinema EOS C100 Mark II professional camera. That codec also supports a bit-rate of up to a massive 305Mbps, which means a huge amount of detail in the image.

    It’s a fixed-lens camcorder, and its optics span from 24mm wide angle to 240mm telephoto with an upper limit aperture of F2.8 to F5.6 at the particular ends. Manual focus is changeable via a control ring around the lens, and there’s an actual mode dial and control wheel on the grip for changing the manual shutter, and aperture controls. A variable 3-inch tilting touchscreen around the back lets you touch the screen to focus and get access to greater menu selections, and there’s an independently sold clip-on unit to turn the screen into an electronic view finder.

  • Why You Should Buy Professional Video Camera at 3D Broadcast

    Professional transmission class HD video cameras are 3D Broadcasts’ principal selling points, and where most of their discussions begin. 3D Broadcast supplies an extensive range of High Definition (HD) cameras from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, and more. These span from little Point-of-view cameras, ENG style cameras, large sensor video cameras, DSLRs and more.

    Buy Professional Video CameraSingle Chip Handheld Camcorders

    If you are new to the game or want a professional camcorder that are somewhat lightweight and easy to use, then these are the video cameras for you. Here you will find the most compact professional cameras which are ideal for corporate video, web-based video, swift broadcasting and travel.

    Three Chip Handheld Camcorders

    If you are seeking out a professional camera with full manual control, these are ideal for corporate video, and video documentary.

    Entry Level Large Sensor Camcorders

    If you are looking for a film-look on a tight budget, then these large sensor camcorders are perfect. Brilliant low-light sensitivity, highly manageable depth of field and the flexibility of switchable lenses make them perfect for short film making, commercial or story productions.

    Professional Large Sensor Camcorders

    Getting the filmic aspect for broadcast and projection has never been more reasonably priced. These cameras contains large sensors intended for broadcast, commercial, narrative production and film productions.

    DSLR

    DSLR cameras nowadays are valuable tools for both stills and video. Big sensors offer outstanding low-light sensitivity and highly controllable depth of field. Perfect for still photography, web video or as a B camera.

    Shoulder Mounted Camcorders

    For all-out comfort and steadiness the traditional shoulder-mounted Camera is ideal. These workhorses are suited to high-end business videos and broadcast creations.

    Point Of View Camcorders

    Most of these obviously need to be small, strong and solid. These cameras are perfect for getting the kind of shots ordinary professional cameras can’t, or won’t risk doing. Perfect for dangerous sports, dash cams, cyclists etc.

    4k Camcorders

    These cameras will log in 4K resolution, which is excellent for the modern high end TVs and video projectors which support Ultra HD which is four times the resolution of 1080p Here at 3D Broadcast 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 - even up to 7 days after purchase. 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. To benefit by phone, call +44(0)1753 653 555 or email sales@3dbroadcastsales.com.

  • Everything you need to know about our Blackmagic Camera

    Much anticipated, the 4K Blackmagic Camera delivers what cinematographers have been hoping for. And once again, in true Blackmagic style, the price is unbelievable.

    Above and beyond the great image results, it's worth noting the excellent workflow options with multiple recording and live signal options. Blackmagic is also to be praised for keeping with the form factor from the original camera which means that rigs, viewfinders, bags and monitors users have previously invested in will transfer instantly onto the 4K model.

    KEY FEATURES

    • Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution
    • ProRes 422 (HQ) recording
    • Super 35 sensor
    • Global shutter
    • EF and ZE compatible lens mount
    • Built-in SSD recorder
    • 5-inch LCD touchscreen
    • Metadata entry
    • 6G-SDI output for 10-bit HD and Ultra HD

    Blackmagic Camera The latest high end televisions and video projectors support Ultra HD which is four times the resolution of 1080 HD. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K creates visually lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW and ProRes 422 (HQ) files that are perfect for editin
    and grading with the software tools you already own. Now you can shoot the most amazing high resolution music videos, episodic television productions, television commercials, sport, documentaries, interviews and feature films.

    The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K features a single 6G-SDI output for incredible Ultra HD live production.

    With a large Super 35 size sensor you get familiar framing and behaviour from the lenses you already own! The sensor features a global shuttr so you get perfect panning and with minimal crop factor you also get beautiful wide angle shots from your wide angle lenses. If you're working in HD you'll love the freedom to reframe and zoom into shots without any resolution loss, and when down scaling from 4K to HD you get incredibly smooth and clean images.

    Blackmagic Production Camera 4K uses standard connections, so you never need to source custom cables! It includes a 6G-SDIconnection for Ultra HD resolution or down converted HD output over a single SDI cable. The built in Thunderbolt connection lets you plug into a laptop computer and use the included UltraScope software for real time waveform monitoring. There are 1/4” jack mic/line inputs for recording the highest quality uncompressed audio, plus a 12V to 30V DC input, a 3.5mm headphone input socket and LANC remote control!

    Blackmagic has fashioned another step forward in their cameras. The professional recording formats give you the leeway for hefty post-processing. If you are a creator that needs to upgrade to 4K and are tight on cash, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K yields images that simply can't be beaten.

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