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Sony PMW-200 & 300 Capture Blue Zoo
B

lue Zoo has been described
as, "the ultimate marine wildlife
adventure documentary series" and
when chatting with the DOP, Dean
Cropp from the show's production
company Air Pig Productions, it's
not hard to see why.
The show, shot entirely with
Sony PMW-200 and PMW-300
cameras, is a 13-part observational
documentary that follows eight
young Australian and Irish marine
animal enthusiasts aged 14 to 16
as they embark on an intense sixweek training mission to become
dolphin and seal experts and have
the adventure of a lifetime.
Cropp said: "Blue Zoo was a very
unique production and as such our
choice of equipment, particularly
the cameras we were going to
use, was crucial. We did a lot of
research into different cameras with
different sized sensors and when
all were assessed we decided on
the Sony PMW-200 and PMW-300
as the best choices for a variety
of reasons, in particular the ability
to shoot progressive or interlaced
along with a bunch of frame rate and
bit rate options right up to 50Mbps

with a 4:2:2 colour space.
"It's this highest quality progressive
recording format we used for Blue
Zoo and all wrapped up in the
XDCAM codec that gave us a much
better workflow."
As Blue Zoo was shot for
Australia's ABC3 TV and Ireland's
RTE, these capabilities were a must
to meet their high quality standards.
Cropp found the versatility of the
PMW-200 much to his advantage:
"The PMW-200 is very intuitive and
easy to use. On several occasions
I handed it over to a shooter
who hadn't used one before and
they were up and running in less
than ten minutes.
"There's also been a significant
improvement in colour space and
latitude with this camera. We were
using polarising filters regularly but
the colourimetry is so good, many
shots without polarising filters
looked just as good, despite the
high contrast conditions, full sun
and lots of blue sky the PMW-200
just ate it up. I would say it's as
good as a full-sized shoulder mount
camera in this respect."
Working alongside the Sony

Sony PMW-200 and PMW-300 cameras being used to shoot Blue Zoo

PMW-200 were the show's PMW300 cameras that Cropp describes
as his "main doco A and B cameras."
He concluded: "I'm happy to say
we made great choices in the PMW200 and PMW-300 for Blue Zoo.

There were other shoulder-mount
options we could have chosen but
the weight, ergonomics and sensors
in these two cameras meant we
could use them all day every day
and get great results."
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