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  • 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.

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    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.

  • Buy Professional Camera Batteries At 3D Broadcast

    Buy camera batteries: what we offer and tips on how to extend the battery life

    Here at 3D Broadcast we sell the very best quality when it comes to purchasing professional camera batteries such as the industry standard V-lock batteries and Sony L series batteries. We also sell all of the relevant accessories you’ll need to commit to a full and productive day of shooting, including all of the possible mounting options required to make your rig easier to setup quickly and efficiently, and the charging units so you are able to charge more than one battery at a time, thus gaining ample amounts of charging potential within one small unit.

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    All of the camera battery and accessories are designed to really keep you operating without a hitch as a professional need to. Furthermore, with the sheer amount of accessories we sell, which currently stands at 233 types, you won’t ever need worry about how long your batteries will last either.

    If you want to buy professional camera batteries, we sell professional batteries and accessories from some of the most reputable manufacturers in the industry including: Anton, Hawk-Woods, IDX, PAG, Sony, and Swit. This is in order to cater to every type of camera an operator or DP will need to function efficiently throughout the day without any technical downtime.

    When you have to buy camera batteries, you’ll want to do your best to keep them that way. Here a few tips you should keep handy (or give to your assistant) to the most out of them and keep them running for years to come.

    To start off with, it seems pretty clear but can be easily overlooked, and that is TURN OFF YOUR CAMERA WHEN IT’S NOT IN USE! Especially cameras devoid of a viewfinder as they always make use of their digital display which needs power and they can drain your batteries pretty fast if left on during any downtime.

    See in your mind's eye, your shot in advance. With huge storage space on memory cards nowadays, professional photographers can take multiple pictures on an impulse. While the images can later be organised, every picture is significant, and it could very well be your last for the day if the battery dies. So make sure your composition and set up is correct and you have a good idea of what you are trying to accomplish before turning the camera on.

    During the cold weather, when you buy your nice new professional batteries, they can still drop their power quite rapidly, as you are probably aware with your car in the winter, it’s simply physics. Well the same applies with all batteries. A simple tip is to keep your professional batteries inside your house when they’re not in use. If your camera isn’t in a warm place keep them in a warm insulated pouch, or better yet, keep them on your body so you can keep them warm personally if you’re out and about.

    For those cameras that have an image steadying option, keep it turned off it you can, especially if it’s on a tripod for obvious reasons. As with autofocus, the battery is drained from continually moving bits inside of the lens to compensate for a shaky hand, and this is why it’s far more power saving to turn it off when it’s not needed. Hopefully your professional rig will have some shock absorbent material anyway to absorb some of the impact from your body movement.

  • What To Consider Before To Buy Cinematic Cameras

    Buy cinematic cameras: what camera shall I choose?

    The big sensored digital cinema camera that we’re all familiar with today has trailed behind a stimulating history of cinematic camera evolution. Remember that it’s digital video, not film, or celluloid, and the idiom ‘digital film’ doesn’t really make sense either.

    Appreciating the relatively brief past of the cinematic digital camera is helpful in understanding why we now have lots of different cinematic cameras today, and why they have congregated on some important similarities which have become the ‘standard’. It’ll also help in realising why there are so many variables between brands as well you can choose when the time to buy a cinematic camera arrives.

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    From the miniDV home camcorder style cameras, to Canon’s XL1 and prevalent Sony PD150, from interlaced standard definition to professional high definition broadcast cameras the truest heritage of today’s large sensor cameras originates from TV and broadcast.

    It may feel like an insult to our artistic side, but our digital cinematic cameras are more closely connected to DV than to celluloid film. However, it’s the aspiration for a more cinematic picture quality with more filmic features that gave digital video technology a key change in direction. This yearning did not originate from the professionals in broadcasting, but from the profound dissatisfaction coming from the new generation of indie filmmakers.

    Nowadays, the truly cinematic cameras are an outcome of the most open-minded of yesterday’s geniuses chasing that dream of having 35mm quality without the film being involved and the associated costs. This culminated into what is now two branches of the same digital ‘tree’. The first and original branch endures today by providing us with the latest in HD and UHD broadcast cameras and broadcast zoom lenses, where resolution is at the forefront of the mind-set.

    The second branch has led to the ‘35mm’ cinematic cameras, established to function within the current 35mm film camera world and is intended to fulfil vastly different needs from the first branch. These are the needs of the big screen, where image quality, and not necessarily resolution, is dominant. Ergonomically the camera needs to fit within the film set and the current film camera unit, not just to a lone operator often seen in the broadcasting world.

    If you need to buy cinematic cameras, nowadays you have more choice than ever when you go to buy equipment and accessories, spread over a much wider range of prices and features than could have been conceived a decade ago. The extensive digital cinematic camera market you as a customer and us a provider, simply did not exist before. It’s thanks to those visionaries that we now operate this diverse industry.

    Remember that there is no such thing as the camera for everyone. They have all grown and evolved in form, features and function to achieve their own particular fortes, but these days you are certain to find more than a few choices that will suit your distinct necessities when the time to buy a cinematic camera comes.

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