Dec 252017

I’ve been going through a difficult time over the last few years, but most of that is behind me now. So now it’s time to get back to my Barron River documentary. I’ve set up a Facebook page and website devoted to the documentary and will be getting back into filming as time allows.

Due to my tight budget, I’m doing this with what I consider to be the minimal setup capable of producing a professional result.

I’m shooting the documentary in Ultra High Def (4K) resolution. The main camera I’m using is a Panasonic AG-UX180. You can read a review I wrote about this camera here.

To support the UX180 I use a set of Sachtler Flowtech 75 legs and Ace XL head.  The Flowtech legs have a new leg locking mechanism that make raising and lowering the camera a breeze, especially for someone like me with poly-arthritis.

I have added a VariZoom remote control which I modified by cutting the cable and fitting a plug to each end. I then made a 5M extension cable to allow remote control from a distance. I also use a 7″ monitor connected by a 5M HDMI cable so I can see the output while recording.

Attached to the UX180 is a Rode NTG1 shotgun microphone in a shock mount with a deadcat style windscreen. Additional location audio is recorded with a Tascam DR-05 stereo audio recorder.

For interviews and other situations where I want off-camera sound I will be supplementing the shotgun mic with a Rode wireless lapel microphone. I’ve modified and  mounted the wireless receiver to the UX180 so it runs from the camera’s power system.

As a secondary camera, I use a small Panasonic HC-VX985M for in situations where the UX180 is not practical due to its size, or where I need to shoot 2 angles of a subject simultaneously.

My third camera is a flying camera; a DJI Mavic Pro. This very compact drone has a flying weight of only 734g and folds up to a tiny size when not being flown. It can fit in a small shoulder bag along with all its accessories, which means I can take it with me into the bush just in case aerial shots are needed.

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