Independent production company Knickerbockerglory used a fixed rig system supplied by Minicams, for the new series GPs: Behind Closed Doors, broadcast on Channel 5.
Filmed in a health centre, Panasonic HE60S PTZ cameras were located throughout the premises, with a gallery installed in a room within the centre. Controlled remotely over cat-5 cable, the camera operator was able to frame each shot precisely.
“Four cameras in a consulting room are far less intrusive than a traditional set up so they’re ideal for this kind of environment. Their flexibility meant that some scenes looked like a 9-camera shoot – they were incredibly good, delivering excellent pictures,” commented Jonathan Stadlen, executive producer, Knickerbockerglory.
For the series, Minicams used Quadrus’ new multi-channel recording system, Ingest Machine. The PC-based system allowed four individual HD streams to be captured as Avid DNxHD. The system uses the intermediate recording format which does not need to be transcoded prior to editing, integrates with Avid ISIS storage and has the capability to check clips into the Interplay asset management system.
Minicams installed the system over a weekend, as Nick McLachlan, MD of the company, explained: “To keep within the short timeframe allowed for setting up the rig is always a challenge. Planning ahead is clearly essential but it’s really about having the skill to cable discreetly, to fix cameras without damaging the surgery interior and to create an efficient and portable production unit that can be operated by a small crew.”