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Clint ZlesackBest Camera and Rig for long, live event shooting?
by on Jul 20, 2015 at 6:02:37 pm

Hey everyone,

The company I work for performs live coverage of events. Just one camera person, a producer, and a host on scene, and the entirety of the live shots are just from the one camera. No cutting to other angles, etc, so it puts a lot of stress on the solo shooter.

We performed some live stuff over the weekend for two hours using a Sony FS7 and a LiveU backpack, but our shooter had a lot of trouble working the camera on his shoulder for so long. He says it's a much too heavy camera, and truth be told, we only had a very basic shoulder rig set up for it.

What kind of equipment would you folks recommend for future streams of this ilk? The absolute basics we need is a camera with SDI/HDMI output and shoots in 1080p24. Any recommendations in terms of light-ish cameras, and shoulder rigging would be very appreciated!


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Mark SuszkoRe: Best Camera and Rig for long, live event shooting?
by on Jul 21, 2015 at 1:51:37 pm

Tripod or monopod, if the shooter has to move around a lot, without warning.


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Bill BrunerRe: Best Camera and Rig for long, live event shooting?
by on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:09:26 pm

Hi Clint - you might want to consider the new, light weight $3495 JVC GY-LS300. I've shot with this camera, and it is a terrific large sensor, interchangeable lens live streaming event camera in a very compact package.

With a $9.23 Wi-Fi USB Adapter, you can stream directly from the camera's IP address over wi-fi, with no need for an external encoder - as seen here:









You'll need to put it on a rig and add a viewfinder to get it up on your shoulder, but the total weight will still be less than the Sony.

Here it is rigged up on a $1520 Zacuto Indie Recoil:



The $3450 (with mounting arm) Zacuto Gratical OLED EVF is pictured, but all you need is a $950 Zacuto Z-Finder EVF Pro

Nice first look video from Zacuto:









Nice review from Rick Young's Movie Machine (with footage):









I can't say enough good things about this camera. It is 100% compatible with affordable Panasonic power zoom lenses (with the manual sensor crop) and I really enjoyed shooting with it - plus, even with the Zacuto shoulder rig and EVF, it costs less than the FS7.

Hope this is helpful and good luck!

Bill
Hybrid Camera Revolution


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Clint ZlesackRe: Best Camera and Rig for long, live event shooting?
by on Jul 24, 2015 at 3:12:50 pm
Last Edited By Clint Zlesack on Jul 24, 2015 at 3:17:06 pm

That's exactly the response I was looking for, thanks so much Bill. Watching a few of those videos, this camera seems to be absolutely perfect for our needs. I'll do some more research, but I do have one question. Is the format over SDI changable in the menus, or is it like most sub-$10k cameras in that it only pushes 1080i60 through SDI?

Thanks again!


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Bill BrunerRe: Best Camera and Rig for long, live event shooting?
by on Jul 25, 2015 at 9:16:01 am

Glad I could help!

The 3G-SDI out pushes a max 1080/60p.

Sadly, if you want 2160p out, you'll have to use HDMI.

Again, hope this is what you're looking for.

Best,

Bill


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