Hitachi Z-HD5500 Cameras Used By Don’t Wonder Productions

LA-based production outfit Don’t Wonder Productions is using four Z-HD5500 cameras for live events coverage.

For on-site events, Don’t Wonder typically deploys two to four cameras, with two on long lenses at the back of the room and any additional cameras operated handheld.

“The color reproduction is spectacular, especially with reds, which are generally the toughest for cameras,” said Drew Poley, owner and CEO of Don’t Wonder Productions. “We also get accurate skin tones, which is hugely important in my world.”

The flexibility to acquire in either 1080i or 1080p format was very important for the project-based nature of Don’t Wonder’s business, and they needed a camera that could capture the varying LED lighting and large-scale LED background displays frequently deployed at their events.

“Our four-camera productions at the Beverly Hilton for the Hollywood Radio and Television Society are great examples of the tight schedules we face,” he explained. “We get in at 7:00am for setup, the event runs from 11:00am to 1:00pm, and we need to be out by 3:00pm.”

With social distancing and stay-at-home mandates currently putting the brakes on live, in-person events, Don’t Wonder has begun offering what Poley calls Remote-Audience Events to help corporations get their message out. This model uses a minimal, physically distanced crew to let presenters such as corporate executives reach remotely located viewers via streaming with significantly higher production values and quality than possible with popular video conferencing software.

A one or two-person crew can go to the client’s home or office – maintaining six-foot separation – or the presenter can come to Don’t Wonder’s warehouse studio with only a couple of people in the building. The video switcher and sound console are all remotely controlled from Poley’s living room.

“For many of our clients, web conferencing isn’t good enough for their events,” said Poley. “Their image is too important to them, and they feel their audience deserves better. We’re a small company, so we don’t buy something unless we love it and we absolutely know it’s the right tool for us. And that’s one hundred percent why we bought the Hitachi Z-HD5500s – they’re the right tools for us to excel at our jobs.”

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