In Broadcast - January 2014 - 48
I N T E R N A T I O N A L
WWW.INBROADCAST.COM | ISSUE 27 - JANUARY 2014
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Sachtler Speeds The Way For Web Series
ilmmaker Freddie Wong has
created game -changing
productions that draw millions of
viewers on three wildly popular
YouTube Channels freddiew,
freddiew2 and Node. So, when he
took his hit web series, Video Game
High School, into its second season,
he upped the ante.
"We knew we were going to do a
couple of 'ﬁrsts' for web projects,"
he says. "As far as we can tell we
are the ﬁrst web series to release TV
length episodes as well as the ﬁrst
web series to shoot at 48 framesper-second. Season 2 consists of
six 30-minute long episodes.
"When we started prep, we knew
that we would be moving fast and
have a lot of action. We needed a
camera package that would keep
up. We chose a RED Epic and RED
Scarlet as well as almost every
camera out there - from GoPro Hero
3 to the BlackMagic Cinema camera.
Our DP, Jon Salmon, introduced us
to Sachtler's Speed Lock CF saying
it would probably be the only tripod
that I would ever like - and he was
right. Pairing it with the Sachtler
Freddie Wong and DP Jon Salmon on set of Video Game High School
Video 20 S1 head was a perfect
match for our needs.
"The Speed Lock is lightweight
and durable but most importantly
- the single point of manipulation to
extend the two-stage legs means
that it is fast," he says. "Small
adjustments to height are no
longer giant three-person affairs
- a single operator can adjust the
camera by himself. You never realise
how annoying and how much time
is eaten up with other two stage
systems. He was right - it is the best
set of tripod legs I've ever had the
pleasure of using."
VGHS is unique in that giant
chunks of every episode are
Village Island And Barnfind Do 4K
arnfind's Business Partner
Village Island, operating in
Japan and South East Asia, has
carried out successful tests of 4K
60p 10p transmission.
The set-up over ﬁbre utilised a
single Barnﬁnd frame on each side
of the transmission/receive point.
Signals were muxed through the
CWDM from Barnﬁ nd and sent
from one monitor to the other.
Michael Van Dorpe, the CEO
of Village Island, was astounded
to see that the simple test set up
went so well.
He said: "While several headend equipment companies report
progresses regarding 4K 30p
transmissions, the world is moving
50p/60p and customers are very
sensitive to compression artefacts
and unnecessary latency.
"Since Bar nfind can offer
u n a l t e re d r a w d a t a d i re c t
transmission without any delay
it is a valuable new achievement
for broadcasters looking to
According to Arild Skjeggerud,
the CTO of Barnfind: "Jittersensitivity can multiply
over fibre link.
"This achievement is only possible
thanks to our ultra-accurate overclocking technology and zero
latency / zero jitter architecture
which enables each SDI link to
remain synchronous and within
shortest delay through the whole
"In addition to supporting all other
formats in the unique BarnOne
concept, Barnﬁnd can support 4K
through synchronous multiple 3G/
Barnﬁnd display their solutions in Japan
The diagram illustrates the system as it was tested
dedicated to action sequences.
"We pride ourselves in making our
action cinematic and in order to
rise above cookie-cutter coverage,
you have to be fast and efﬁcient.
The Speed Lock CF was invaluable
in this regard. We shot our entire
sequences in a single night or single
day of shooting - and without the
Speed Lock we couldn't have made
our days. The efﬁciency it affords
really adds up, which translates to
faster pace on set, which translates
to more energy on screen from our
actors, which translates to, in the
end, a more vibrant ﬁnal product."
Wong and Salmon would often
ﬁnd themselves in situations where
they swapped the heavier A-camera
setup with the B-camera setup
between sticks and handheld. "The
Speed Lock and Video 20 S1 combo
was robust enough to handle either
camera comfortably," Wong says.
"That let us move quickly, especially
on a night when we had a single
night to cover an incredibly complex
drift racing sequence...It is literally
the only tripod out there that can
keep up with our breakneck pace."