NEP Captures Desert Trip Music Festival With Fujinon 4k UHD Lenses

The Desert Trip music event called on NEP for video acquisition and display duties. The back-to-back weekend concerts held October 7, 8, 9 and 14, 15, 16 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, featuring classic rock music royalty. Promoted as “the concert of the century attendees travelling far and wide for a chance to see many of their favorite musicians play live together.

Springboard Productions, led by music industry vet Hank Neuberger, tasked mobile truck provider NEP with video acquisition and display duties at the Desert Trip to ensure the audience experienced the iconic event in 4k with as much multi-media pazazz as technology could provide.

NEP used their Cobalt mobile production truck, a 55' expando, and NEP’s Screenworks supplied three of the large, audience display screens. The event was shot with Sony cameras at 4K resolution, including the ISO feed recordings, while the screens received a 1080i signal. The full concert will be edited together in post. All the content was recorded onto 34 Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Pro 2 disk recorders. 

Camera Operator Alan Vitt with the UA80x lens shooting during the Desert Trip concerts.

Camera Operator Alan Vitt with the UA80x lens shooting during the Desert Trip concerts.

“For acquisition on the Sony HDC-4300 and PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K cameras, we wanted to supply as many 4K lenses as we could. 10 of the 14 cameras used during Desert Trip had 4K lenses. FUJIFILM was a huge help supplying seven of the 4K lenses used. Two of the 4K lenses were UA107x8.4 4K UHD lenses. That lens looked outstanding.”
Glen Levine, co-president, U.S. mobile units, NEP.

In addition to the two FUJINON 107x’s, NEP also had one UA80x9 4K 2/3-inch lenses, along with three UA22x8 and one UA13x4.5 4K 2/3-inch UHD portable zooms on Cobalt. The two UA107x lenses were positioned at center house and center tower. The UA80x lens was placed off stage right, the UA22x lenses were used directly on the event stage, and the UA13x4.5 was on a jib device.

NEP has worked on several high-profile concerts with Springboard Productions, including Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza

Of the bands that performed at Desert Trip, those currently on tour all use FUJINON lenses for in-venue production. Among the lenses on tour include: XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field production lenses, UA22x8 portable zooms, and ZA12x4.5 wide-angle remote control lenses.

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