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  • The Facilities 50
    Jon Creamer launches Televisual's 31st exclusive annual Facilities 50 survey featuring the top post production houses in the UK and 48 pages of analysis of the sector
  • The Commercials 30
    Jon Creamer introduces Televisual’s exclusive Commercial 30 survey, reporting on a year of highs and lows for commercials producers.
  • The Drama Genre Report
    With competition from streamers intensifying, UK broadcasters are exploring new drama strategies. Tim Dams reports
  • Primary Colours
    Five leading movie colourists tell Michael Burns the secrets of their craft, and explain the techniques they use to grade movies like The Danish Girl, Peterloo and Baby Driver
  • Up, up and away!
    Thanks to advances in camera technology, the possibilities of aerial filming are greater than ever before. Pippa Considine reports on some of the year’s standout aerial projects
  • OB: Which Way Now
    The OB industry is embracing major change as it adapts to the worlds of UHD, HDR and IP. Michael Burns reports
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Production Technology Survey, 2017 Back to Reports & survey Listing

The Production Technology Survey asked a number of questions about kit to guage 
the most popular new and specialist tech. We also asked about kit that people would like manufacturers to invent to make their job easier.

In terms of new kit, the DJI Osmo camera/gimbal received the most mentions, with many citing it as cost effective and incredibly useful for handheld stabilised shots. “It’s very easy to use and portable,” said one.  Atomos’s Shogun Inferno monitor also earned plaudits from our respondents.

Asked about favourite kit, the one piece of technology that easily stands out is the drone. “Drone footage just keeps getting better,” says one. A respondent picks out the DJI Inspire Drone for “capturing scenery beautifully and adding an extra 10% to any production” says one. Others rate the DJI Phantom or Mavic drones. “Amazing footage - on a still day,” notes one.  Others cite sliders as their favourite kit: “It provides a dynamic to an otherwise often dull shot” and it “adds production value easily on a budget.”

In terms of specialist kit, the Arri Alexa Mini camera is cited by many. Others like “the amount of features provided by the free version of DaVinci Resolve” or the Sony AR7 as a low light camera. It’s a tongue in cheek suggestion, but iPhone deservedly gets votes too: “It gets you to location, it tells where the sun will appear, it runs your GoPros and Osmo, it’s a digital slate and myriad other things. You can even speak to people with it.”

Looking to the future, many of our respondents agree on what would most help them during production: improved data management. “A piece of kit to back up and label rushes easily, effectively and safely would be a major bonus!” says one. Many say tapeless production adds time on location rather than saves it. One calls for “instantly backed up media – no relying on an AP or runner to do multiple backups last thing at night.”


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