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Old September 7th, 2011, 10:44 PM   #1
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Z5's use in production shows?

Does anybody know any TV shows that have used, or continue to use the Z5? Is it for B-roll or reg production. Just curious.
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Old September 8th, 2011, 06:41 AM   #2
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Re: Z5's use in production shows?

Not the Z5 but I believe it's cousin the Z7 is used by the crew of Deadliest Catch. I saw a behind the scenes and it looked like they stopped using the Z1 and moved up to 7s.
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Old September 8th, 2011, 11:01 AM   #3
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Re: Z5's use in production shows?

I saw that episode recently and I think I saw a couple of quick shots where they had 20 or 30 Z5s staged in a back room; I couldn't be sure even after stopping the TiVo and going really slowly through the shots. It really annoys me that they focus on people rather than the gear in these shows ;-).

There were a couple of other shots with one shooter shooting another and it was pretty clearly a Z5, which is shaped slightly differently than the Z7. Why they can't just put a big Z5 sticker on the side to help us out is beyond me.

I actually don't know why Sony doesn't trumpet this more.

Here's a Case Study that mentions that they use the Z5, as well as other Z series, in Ice Road Truckers:

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/micro-h...Truckers.shtml
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Old September 8th, 2011, 11:12 AM   #4
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Re: Z5's use in production shows?

Just as Don mentioned...Deadliest Catch uses the Z7 but they also use Z5's. Ice Road Truckers also uses a combination of Z1's,Z5, and Z7 cameras. Another show that uses the Z5 and Z7 combo is stormchasers. Last but not least...I've seen a Z5 used for b-roll on Dirty Jobs. Sonys "Z" family of cameras is alive and well on many reality shows.
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Old September 8th, 2011, 11:46 AM   #5
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Re: Z5's use in production shows?

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Does anybody know any TV shows that have used, or continue to use the Z5?
Not sure if this is the kind of show you meant but a lot of local news in the UK, both BBC and ITV is shot on Z5s operated by one-person video-journalists (a craft camera accompanying a reporter is a rare treat for special occasions!)

As for the shows already mentioned, I'm curious to know if they're shooting in standard-def or HD(V) or using high-def add-ons like the Nanoflash? Just curious.

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Old September 8th, 2011, 04:49 PM   #6
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Re: Z5's use in production shows?

They must be shooting HiDef. I say this because the production values have gotten better every season. At least it looks like on my HDTV.
I don't believe they're using any add-ons. It looks like the only thing they've added is a wireless receiver not counting the plastic bags and dead cat of course. I've seen a couple of shots where the operator fashioned some sort of hood for the LCD although I think for Deadliest Catch it's more to try to keep water off the LCD than sunlight. They also use the GoPros as well as a number of fixed cams.
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Old September 8th, 2011, 05:50 PM   #7
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Re: Z5's use in production shows?

i shoot for abc tv with a z5 ;-)

an awful lot of news is shot with it and other z's around the world - many broadcasters still demand tape.

but i can't see any 'serious' shows being shot with it, and if you read discovery channels specs you wouldn't be allowed more than (iirc) 10% hdv....
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Old September 8th, 2011, 06:10 PM   #8
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Except in certain cases like Deadliest Catch, IRT, Dirty Jobs...reality shows like that, there would be no way to use a full size cam. Hell some of the cam ops on DC have a hard enough time with the small cams trying to frame focus shoot and stay on their feet and not go overboard. Hell of a way to make a living.
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