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  • The Facilities 50
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    10 page special report on production at the high end. We take a look at what’s new in colour management, pre visualisation, aerial filming, full frame shooting, the role of the DIT, working with Dolby Atmos, choosing the right codec, booking studios and
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  • Live Sport: Technology
    Live sports and events coverage, always on the cutting edge of innovation, is being transformed by new technology from remote production to 5G and immersive sound. Michael Burns reports
  • The Art of the Grade
    The grade provides a consistent ‘look’ to a drama, but a great grade can enhance mood, focus and narrative flow. Jon Creamer asks the experts behind Paddington, Ad Astra, Bohemian Rhapsody, Fleabag and more how it’s done
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Production Technology Survey 2018 Back to Reports & survey Listing

Televisual’s annual Production Technology Survey reveals the kit that producers are using to make their content – and what they think of it. Jon Creamer reports

A major challenge for all those working in the production business is keeping up to date with the deluge of new kit launched by manufacturers each year.

Our annual Production Technology Survey attempts to cut through at least some of this hype, asking Televisual readers to tell us what they are using to make their shows – and which kit they rate.

The Survey seeks to establish which are the most popular technology brands and models in production today, as well as highlighting the key technology trends that are driving the market.

As with previous Production Technology Surveys, we have focused on a number of key areas. To begin with, we take a look at the pro camera market and ask two big questions – what cameras are you using right now and what cameras do you intend to try out over the next 12 months. Producers seem to stick with what works, what fits the budget and what is tried and tested – Sony’s FS7 is a big beneficiary.

We also take a look at the take up of 4K. Many are now acquiring in 4K (and beyond) but, it seems, there’s not that much change year on year in the numbers of producers delivering in 4K. Still a slow burn yet. We also take a look at the take up of HDR and find there’s more movement here (though starting from a very low base). Could HDR take off in the way that other brave new worlds didn’t quite come to fruition? (we’re looking at you 3D). We also focus on post production, storage and the new and exciting kit that is giving all productions an extra chance to shine.

How it works
Televisual asked over 200 senior programme makers – exec producers, series producers, producers, heads of production, line producers and directors – in depth questions about the technology they use to make their programmes. We took our final results only from those in senior roles in production companies who manage the production budget and either choose the technology and facilities themselves or also take advice on technology and facilities.

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