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Holdan equips Fiennes’ Antarctic crossing

4 January 2013
Holdan equips Fiennes’ Antarctic crossing

On 6 December, the vessel SA Agulhas set sail from London at the start of the world’s first attempt to cross the Antarctic in winter. A six man team lead by Sir Ranulph Fiennes will undertake the 2000 mile trek across the continent, facing temperatures as low as -90c and near permanent darkness. The team is being equipped with the latest portable production and post production by European distributor Holdan. They have opted for six Datavision LEDGO-B150 mini LED video lights, which can be mounted on cameras and portable stands. Tristam Kaye (Expedition Operations Manager) said: “These lights are a perfect addition to our Panasonic HPX250 handheld camcorders. They are incredibly bright for their size and weight and use the same batteries as the P2 cameras. They can even be slotted together to create a brighter source.” The video footage taken on the expedition will be edited on site in Grass Valley EDIUS 6.5 by the team. It will then be uploaded by satellite connection back to the UK to be shown on BBC News. Kaye continues: “EDIUS was the perfect choice for our ice team, as it can handle native P2 files from the broadcast HPX250 cameras as well as footage from Panasonic Lumix cameras and the GoPros that the expedition is taking. It’s also fast and intuitive to use, which is of the utmost importance given the conditions we’re working in.”

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