Cameras: up to eight in total.
- 4 Canon XH-A1s; our general purpose main camera. Excellent low-light ability, power and flexibility of custom presets, intuitive control layout, option of 30F/24F.
- 3 Canon HV-20s; this cam is the little engine that could. Excellent performance when used in adequate lighting conditions, good low light performance for a single chip CMOS camera, and a nice 24P option. This camera also serves as our importing ‘deck’.
- Canon XL-H1; the main steadicam cam. In addition to all the XH-A1 perks, this camera allows for inter-changable lenses, is suitable out-of-the-box for 35mm adapter usage due to it’s built in LCD flip ability, and it’s weight makes it ideal for mating with our Steadicam Flyer.
For bright sunlight, we have several Petrol LCD sunshades that work great this type of situation.
Stabilizers: We use a Steadicam Flyer for the XL-H1, 2 Steadicam Merlins for the HV-20s & XH-A1s, and 3 glidecam 2000’s for the XH-A1s. For more static shooting, we use 2 spiderbrace units as well as 5 Manfrotto tripods mounted to 503 heads. For specialty and premium shoots, we sometimes bring out the 12′ Kessler crane as well as the new Cinevate Dolly. We will be adding a Steadicam Pilot to mate to our XH-A1s shortly.
35 mm Imaging: We use 5 Cinevate Brevis35 adapters+flip modules to allow us to achieve the very shallow depth of field for our detail shots, while also allowing us to achieve the grand feel in our wide master shots. Isn’t it nice to be able to borrow a large variety of DSLR lenses from our photo department?
Video Lenses: We use the Canon 3.4-20mm XL wide-angle lens for our XL-H1, 16×9 Inc 0.7 wide-angle lens and the Red Eye 0.6 wide-angle lens adapters for our XH-A1s.
Audio: We use 4 Sennheiser G2 wireless setups for our audio capture.
Editing Hardware & Software: We use up to date Mac Pro’s for all our editing and post work. For our same day edits we use 2 top-of-the-line Macbook Pro laptops.