Florida State’s Seminole Productions Shoots In-Stadium Footage With VariCam LT 4K Camcorder

Seminole Productions, the video production unit of Florida State University’s College of Communication is now using Panasonic’s VariCam LT 4K camcorder to shoot cinematic features and opens for display on the state-of-the-art Panasonic large-format LED video boards that are installed throughout the school’s Doak Campbell Stadium. Seminole Productions will utilize the VariCam LT throughout its 17 varsity athletic programs.

The Panasonic VariCam LT camcorder is also being used to shoot segments and interviews for “The Jimbo Fisher Show” and “Seminole Sports Magazine,” both half-hour weekly television shows currently airing on the Fox Sports Sun Network. Segments shot with the VariCam LT can also be seen on FSU’s athletic website.

The VariCam LT complements Seminole Productions prior purchase of eight Panasonic AK-HC5000 4X high-speed camera systems, as well as AG-DVX200 4K handheld camcorders and an AW-HE130 PTZ camera. Like the new HC5000 camera, the VariCam LT offers capture rates up to 240fps, ideal for fast-motion sports footage.

Mark Rodin, Executive Director of Seminole Productions, said that while the video boards are 1080/60p models and the sports magazine shows air in HD, the VariCam LT affords him the opportunity to shoot in 4K with HDR now.

“Shooting in the 4K space lets us move the image around to create beautiful video for a broad variety of uses,” he said. “The fact that VariCam LT has 240 fps super slow-mo built into the cost of the camera is a key benefit. We are utilizing the camcorder on the sidelines for every football game for game action and player reactions, and altogether the resulting segments have a real cinematic look.”

He also noted that the VariCam LT’s dual native 800/5000 ISOs allow them to shoot in low light. “Shooting in low lighting at ISO5000 is making for some very creative effects with the players and more dramatic opens and features for the fans in the stadium.”

The VariCam LT camcorder features the same super 35mm sensor and superb imaging capabilities found in the company’s higher end VariCam 35, but is smaller and costs a lot less.The camcorder delivers 14+ stops of dynamic range with V-Log as well as dual native ISOs of 800/5000.Weighing just under six pounds, it also offers an EF lens mount, hot swappable batteries, IR shooting capability, a 23.98 PsF output, cinema style file naming, and image presets such as scene files.

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