Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor

Just in case you get a call from the BBC you may like to know the approved HD camcorder list as from September 2010. You may notice the lack of Sony EX3 or PMW-350 camcorders even although the EX3 is widely used by the BBC for filming HD material at 35Mbs I may add.

You can use the EX3 or PMW-350 if you use a NanoFlash running at 50Mbs taking the signal from the HD-SDI connector. Personally the BBC should get it’s act together times are moving on and fast it’s all very commendable to have a pretend blanket ban on anything less than 50Mbs but it’s now creeping out like a bad smell that a few programmes have been made using the Canon 5DMk11 like “Shelf Stackers”. Independent cameramen are getting a little cheesed off not knowing what to buy as far as HD is concerned, Sky are now using P2 but very few independent cameramen work for Sky regularly to justify the £20,000 for an “Approved” P2 camcorder.

I am telling all my DP colleagues to hang fire, the PMW-350 is actually better by all accounts than the PDW 700 but good old Sony decided to stick with 35Mbs restricting it’s use unless you attach a NanoFlash, but the BBC have no indication for using EX3, EX1R, PMW-350 with a NanoFlash…YET !


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

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