Broadcast Video Expo 2015

Broadcast Video Expo 2015, set in London’s ExCel, gained a massive attendance and proved to be a bigger and better experience then ever.

Shooting Partners Head of Facilities, Shaun Wilton, appeared on a panel talking about creativity in fixed rig shows. Being the chosen supplier on Studio Lambert’s award winning Gogglebox proved to be a source of useful insights. Aspects of the discussion centered around compliance, data management and the future popularity of fixed rigs.

Out on the exhibition floor several products made big news for visitors.

ALEXA-Mini_350pxARRI Alexa mini

BVE Saw the ARRI stand gathering big crowds with the announcement of the latest offering in the Alexa range, the Alexa Mini. Designed for specialised filming with gimbals and drones, it promises the same image quality of the Alexa despite its compact and lightweight design. The news will please those wanting to unify their shooting to a single camera system.

The lightweight carbon housing keeps the camera’s weight to 2.3kg and ships with a solid titanium PL mount. However, the interchangeable lens mount can be replaced with any designed for the Amira, opening up B4 video and EF stills lenses as options.

Frame rate possibilities range from 0.75-200 fps and records up to 4K UHD ProRes or uncompressed ARRIRAW internally using CFast 2.0 cards or to a specially-designed external Codex recorder which can record up to 4streams simultaneously.

Operation wise it can be operated using a wireless remote control, as a normal camera with the Arri MVF-1 multi viewfinder attached, or with an on-board monitor and controlled via the user button interface on the camera body.

The ARRI Alexa Mini is scheduled to begin shipping in May 2015.

quadrus-Machine-tower-250pxQUADRUS ingest upgrade

Over on the Holdan stand this year Quadrus had excitedly announced that using HP’s powerful HPZ840 workstation, they are now able to support 16 channel HD recording using a single machine. This is double their usual standard of 8 channels and will be exciting news to those wanted a centralised recording system beyond 8 channels.

With expanded features also now on offer in the form of a Logger and Player bolt –on. With the Logger bolt on you have the ability to log clips as the live media is being recorded with guaranteed timecode accuracy. The Player allows you to create sub clips and queue them up immediately after record for instant playout or playback.

Most exciting of all though, is the announcement of 4k support with the ability to record up to 4streams simultaneously. We looking forward to putting our systems through their paces in the near future with these updates.

Nexto-DI_350pxNEXTO DI NSB-25

Developed for 2K/4K field shooters in mind this recorder offers great versatility. The NSB-25 is an expandable backup solution, designed with the flexibility to create backup from almost every memory card, with interchangeable Bridge Memory Modules.

The device has two fixed memory card slots; one for Compact Flash(CF) cards and one for SD (Secure Digital) cards.The NSB-25 with Sampler Pack ships with two pieces that users select of Bridge Memory Modules, available are SxS, XQD, RED MAG 1.8” SSD, 2.5” SATA HDD/SSD, CFast and AJA Pak Media.

Atomos-Shogun_350pxAtomos Shogun 4K

The latest Pro-Res recorder from Atomos, the Shogun, is capable of recording HDSDI over SDI and HDMI and 4K over HDMI. It sports a 7” touch screen which is clean and crisp enough to rival most top viewfinders and director monitors on the market.

The Shogun records to HDD/SSD using the exFAT file system making it instantly compatible with your NLE timeline. The Shogun’s revolutionary ‘Sensor-to-NLE’ workflow is the fastest and best quality available today!

Canon-HJ24_250pxCanon HJ24

The latest addition to the HJ series of lenses is the HJ24. It’s lightweight and compact yet features a 7.5-360mm range (with 2x extender included) which is slightly longer than its predecessor the HJ22.

Created specifically for the world of TV production, the HJ24ex7.5B’s enhanced optical design allows broadcasters and producers to go both wider and closer on their shoots, with the new 24x zoom giving added freedom whilst on set or location. A truly versatile lens, the HJ24ex7.5B is perfect for a diverse range of broadcast environments, including studio sets, live production and newsgathering.


Shooting Partners have strong links with exhibitions and events as project management team for the International Broadcast Convention (IBC) which is held in September every year at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam.

We will be tweeting live from each broadcast kit exhibition this year. Follow us @shootingpartner



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