201 Productions buys Panasonic Cameras for Major Music Tours/Event

Live event specialist 201 Productions has invested in ten Panasonic 4K cameras (five AK-UC3000 studio/field cameras and five AW-UE70 pan/tilt/zoom cameras). The cameras are performing as integral components of 201 Productions’ new 4K mobile fly-pack system. The company, based in Clayton, Missouri, U.S.A, specializes in multi-camera live coverage of major music tours, festivals and corporate events.

Since building the mobile system in May, 201 Productions has completed the first two legs of a cross-country tour with the legendary jam band Phish that will continue throughout the winter (including four performances at Madison Square Garden for New Year’s Eve and three nights in Mexico). 201 Productions' chief assignment for the band is live production, but the company is also tasked with providing a feed for live webcasts on LivePhish.com, as well producing performance videos for the band’s YouTube page and archiving each concert.

201 Productions’ principal Trey Kerr explained that, having decided to upgrade to an all 4K mobile system, he opted for the Panasonic cameras based on his longstanding use of the company’s HD PTZs. “I have an established relationship with Panasonic and have experienced first-hand the reliability of the PTZ cameras,” Kerr said. “Consequently, the 4K PTZs were an easy choice for us and, that decision made, it made sense to complement those with the UC3000 4K camera systems and CCUs.”

Kerr shoots and archives the Phish tour in 4K, 3840 X 2160 29.97. The UC3000s are outfitted with Fujinon XA99x8.4 ultra-wide 2/3” field production lenses and 22x telephoto zoom lenses(11.5-253mm). At most venues, he uses one UC3000 each in the pit, handheld on stage and stationary at the front of the house mix position, with two deployed in various ways contingent on the layout of each space. Four UE70 PTZs are always used on stage (left, right, on the drum kit and upstage center), with the fifth reserved as a “bonus-cam” for interesting aspects or angles.

Kerr said that recent assignments for the 4K mobile system also included Greensky Bluegrass at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Let us know what you think…

Log-in or Register for free to post comments…

You might also like...

HDR - Part 2 - Brightness Encoding

Dealing with brightness in camera systems sounds simple. Increase the light going into the lens; increase the signal level coming out of the camera, and in turn increase the amount of light coming out of the display. In reality, it’s…

Color and Colorimetry – Part 3

The human visual system (HVS) sees color using a set of three overlapping filters, which are extremely broad. As a result, the HVS is completely incapable of performing any precise assessment of an observed spectrum.

HDR - Part 1 - The State of HDR

Over the century or so we’ve been making moving images, a lot of improvements have been dreamed up. Some of them, like stereo 3D and high frame rate, have repeatedly suffered a lukewarm reception. Other things, like HD, and e…

Color and Colorimetry – Part 2

At one time the only repeatable source of light on Earth was the sun. Later it was found that if bodies were made hot enough, they would radiate light. Any treatment of illumination has to start with the radiation from…

Server-Based “At Home” Workflows Provide Efficiency For NASCAR Productions

NASCAR Productions, based in Charlotte NC, prides itself on maintaining one of the most technically advanced content creation organizations in the country. It’s responsible for providing content, graphics and other show elements to broadcasters (mainly Fox and NBC), as w…