With the advent of digital media creation, this blurred a near 20 something year boundary of video and film. Like VHS vs. Beta, or DVCAM vs DVCPRO, if you want a cinema, dramatic productions in Southern New Hampshire, we are not the proper fit. If you want a “live”-look like it was a news crew, we are the right folks

The ENG Camera, the “forgotten type of camera”

For most consumers, the only device that captures video must be a movie camera that “films” and can’t capture something LIVE. Electronic News Gathering or better known as ENG is a process of capturing live events or taking a “taped” event and putting it live on broadcast. Other parts of ENG we do not do is broadcast live to microwave or satellite trucks, as the former is more common to the mobile TV station not the latter

An ENG camera is a sophisticated camcorder, paired with multiple microphone inputs, multiple outputs, a tape or card recorder, motorized zoom and focus controls with a decent sized viewfinder. DSLR cameras or so called “mirrorless cameras” may work OK for YouTube but not for large TV screens and a serious broadcast station

ENG is Cheaper, so why are you choosing to be in cinema?

The process of “filming” whether it’s real or in delusion is extremely complicated

“Filming” for a stand-up shot

  • Requires an on site director or an on site “director of photography” (2 FTE)
  • A camera operator (1 FTE)
  • Lighting Director (1 FTE)
  • Various lighting equipment
  • Portable power for said equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
  • the external capturing device for said equipment (to be fair, external does capture better)
  • Grip and additional equipment to mount the camera
  • Director’s Clapboard
  • Boom microphone and operator (1 FTE and really expensive microphone)

Cost of equipment and resources of 5 contractors may take you up to $25,000 for a couple of hours

The traditional ENG/broadcast way:

  • One camera operator (1 FTE)
  • an ENG class camcorder
  • Tripod as it’s mount
  • On board or off to the side lighting on a light duty tripod
  • Videographer gives you countdowns, cues, signals such as “standby”, “clear”
  • Lav (or clip on) microphone that can go 50 feet that uses Wireless or Radio Frequency (RF)

Total costs we could charge you is $250 an hour. Would you prefer to “Broadcast Yourself” instead?