November 10, 2017, 10:41 AM
Fremont, CA - November 10, 2017 - Blackmagic Design has today announced that the URSA Mini Pro and URSA Mini 4.6K, as well as DaVinci Resolve 14, have been used to capture and edit backstage moments as well as live performance highlights on Robbie Williamsâ€™ 2017 European tour.
Hangmanâ€™s James Tonkin, a long time collaborator with Robbie Williams, was tasked with covering the entire development of the tour, from rehearsals through to live shows in the UK and Europe.
James explains that the URSA Mini Pro fitted his specific touring requirements. â€œNot only did we have to turn around short edits for social media as we toured, but we also had to factor in that there might be a need for a longer form documentary at the end of the tour. Because of that, whatever I shot with needed to be reliable and roadworthy to handle the rigors of touring.â€œ
James designed a gimbal setup with remote focus system for a 12mm Laowa f2.8 or Carl Zeiss ZE 50mm F1.4, together with clean audio running from the URSA Mini Proâ€™s top microphone. â€œThe URSA Mini Proâ€™s size and weight matched the gimbal perfectly,â€ he reveals. â€œI even balanced the rig so I could use the built-in screen to make setup quicker and avoid adding additional hardware and weight. I hadnâ€™t previously relied too much on the cameraâ€™s focus peaking, however it proved invaluable as I would often work alone, walking backward to follow Robbie on stage and adjust the ND filters while walking from inside to outside in one fluid shot.â€
A handheld URSA Mini 4.6K complemented the gimbal and was paired with EF lenses, as well as a Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder for concert shooting and general backstage coverage. â€œI absolutely love the viewfinder; such a solid design and perfect for working in bright daylight,â€ continues James.
With improvements to its performance and handling of camera formats, DaVinci Resolve now forms an integral part of Hangman Studioâ€™s production and post-production workflow according to James. â€œAnything we shot Iâ€™d offload into Resolve for review each night, adding corrective LUTs and correcting aspect ratio if weâ€™d filmed in anamorphic. Weâ€™d then create proxies to work from and store on portable bus powered drives.â€
â€œWhile sitting in Manchester station waiting to take a train back to London after a show, I was able to quickly proxy ten minutes of 8K and 5K footage into 1080p H.264 files using a five-year-old laptop and then upload via 4G back to the edit so we could meet an editing deadline. The fact that we were traveling at the time didnâ€™t stop the process of delivering the files where they needed to be, or our ability to work with them. This is exactly what software should always be, a tool to enable creativity regardless of where you are and what youâ€™re running it on.â€
Product photos of the URSA Mini Pro, URSA Mini 4.6K, URSA Viewfinder, DaVinci Resolve 14 and all other Blackmagic Design products are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/media/images.
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Blackmagic Design has today announced that the URSA Mini Pro and URSA Mini 4.6K, as well as DaVinci Resolve 14, have been used to capture and edit backstage moments as well as live performance highlights on Robbie Williams’ 2017 European tour.
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