Last week the Prokit team were on hand for advice and product demonstrations at the Prokit stand at the BVE Expo exhibition at Earls Court 2…
The BVE Expo exhibition takes in all aspects of video production: from cameras to lighting, from vision mixers to post production software and everything in between. It’s a great opportunity for you guys to get your hands on kit that you wouldn’t ordinarily have easy access to, and speak to a range of manufacturers and dealers about the latest equipment.
Our exhibition stand is always busy, and this year was no different. We had a comprehensive cross section of cameras and lighting on display…here are the highlights:
Our Canon C300 was the star camera of the show and gathered the most attention of anything on our stand. We had it set up with the popular 70-200mm L series Canon lens and the whole package sat proudly on the sturdy and lightweight Miller Compass 25 tripod. Next to that was the least-expensive BBC-approved handheld camcorder, the Panasonic HPX-250, which uses the popular P2 cards system and has a cracking 22x optical zoom. You currently get a Kata bag, long life battery and a book on the camcorder when buying a new Panasonic HPX-250 from Prokit.
We had a seriously pimped Sony FS100 on show (complete with mattebox, follow-focus, Sound Devices PIX 220 recorder etc), which was great as Sony were doing a cashback deal on new FS100’s for show attendees who registered on the Sony exhibition stand. Sony are currently running two pretty cool promotions on the FS100, whereby you can get £340 towards accessories until the 31st of march, and 24 month interest free finance on new FS100 camcorders until the 14st March.
Not to be overshadowed by the larger camcorders, the diminutive Sony NX70 also attracted attention, and in no small part because it sat on the super smooth and well-built SmartSlider 800 system. We have the SmartSlider system on demo here in our Chiswick showroom as well as in stock, so if you missed the opportunity to move it back and forth at the show then feel free to pop down to our offices and have a go.
At Prokit we are big on lighting, and at BVE we had a good selection of LED technology on display, including the Lowel lighting’s large LED debut, the Lowel Prime. We had the 400 and 200 tungsten models, and visitors were impressed by their rugged construction and high output. On our Litepanel 1×1 head, we had Chimera’s dedicated softbox, which diffuses the hard output of LED heads into a beautiful soft light. On top of all this we had some Shape rigs, Petrol Bags and Ikan lighting as well as much more on demo for anyone to come and play with.
Away from the cut and thrust of the Prokit stand, our dedication to top quality advice and guidance found a focused and amplified voice in the shape of our seminar “Fathoming The Fundamentals Of Formats”. Held in the Production Theatre on the Tuesday of the exhibition, the session focused on making sense of the large number of camera formats and indeed the camcorders themselves. The session was well attended and everyone walked back into the exhibition with a firm knowledge of the current camcorder line up from the major manufacturers. We’ll be doing something similar next year so look out for details on our website and the BVE Expo website in just under a year.
Further out into the exhibition a couple of things caught our eye. We particularly liked the graffiti art design of rental house Promotion’s exhibition stand as it was such a change from the usual stand designs you see at big exhibitions, the massive Technocrane at the back of the hall was pretty hard to miss, and spotted yet again was the upcoming LED Dedo head – this time dressed in Dedo black-and-yellow colours.
This year’s BVE Expo marked the end of the road for the exhibition at Earls Court 2 Exhibition Centre. Next year the exhibition is moving east to the Excel Exhibition Centre in the docklands, which although further away for some does promise to be a bigger and better venue for an exhibition that seems to grow larger each year.
The Prokit team always enjoys these exhibition and we hope you did too. Thanks for seeing us and remember to register for next year’s as well. For more info on any of the products you saw at our stand, give us a call or pop into our showroom.
Today’s blog by Stuart Dennis
Genus’ new Elite Matte Box is a versatile production matte box that is the perfect companion to the new generation of larger sensor cameras, as well as broadcast and film cameras with various lenses. The GE-M features two filter stages, the front filter tray is fixed and the rear filter tray rotates 360 degrees, making it suitable for polarising and graduated filters. The rotating filter tray can be locked to a set position.
DSLR is an inexpensive way of creating a 35mm look, but controlling video acquisition on what is essentially a stills camera requires some essential accessories. Great DSLR footage is nigh on impossible without them: one must “pimp” ones camera. The requirements are simple: something to improve your view of the image, something to help you focus, and something to help stabilise the camera.
Prokit offers two different tools designed to attach to the LCD on your DSLR and give you an image far closer to that of a dedicated video camera. If you’re on a tight budget we have the Genus Loupe, which sticks to your DSLR and magnifies the image well. If you’re looking for a viewfinder that offers a more rugged build and the ability to shoot from a low angle, then the Varavon Profinder is for you. The Profinder contains a mirror and a top door allowing you to look down at the image from above – a useful feature not offered by any other DSLR accessory brand.
The distance the focus wheel has to rotate on a DSLR lens to change focus is minute, making it nearly impossible to rack focus during a shot. It’s a good idea to make it easier for yourself by adding a bars support system to the base of your DSLR and then connecting a Follow Focus system to the lens.
If you’re on a tight budget take a look at the Genus DSLR Adapter Bars System and combine it with the Genus Bravo Follow Focus system. However if you can afford it go for the Genus Advanced Adapter Bars System and combine it with Genus Superior Follow Focus. Not sure which one will suit you? We have them both hooked up to a Canon 5D and 7D in our showroom on live demo.
The moulded shape of a DSLR is so small that keeping the camera steady without a rig is difficult, and even small hand movements can expose the skew of rolling shutter. But do not fear: an army of manufacturers have designed shoulder rigs and handgrips to help evenly distribute weight and steady your shot. You can keep it cheap and cheerful with a handheld rig from Ikan: check out the Elements Fly Deluxe Kit for a lightweight handheld option with nifty 15mm bars. Want more stability with a more durable rig? Take a look at the rugged and well-engineered Shape Composite Fiction, a full shoulder mount stabilizer with an offset bracket so your eye matches up with your DSLR viewfinder.
Getting good results with a DSLR is too difficult straight from the box. Prokit’s range of DSLR accessories makes shooting with these powerful little cameras a whole lot easier.