TNDV is a provider of mobile
television facilities for event coverage
throughout the United States. We produce
programming ranging from small single camera
productions up to multi-million
dollar international television events.
Earlier this year, we undertook one of
our largest events yet—coverage of the
Passion 2013 event held at the Georgia
Dome in Atlanta. This is a religious gathering
of more than 60,000 young adults, with
an additional 300,000 participants watching
Our camera of choice for this coverage
was Hitachi’s Z-HD5000, which we used
in a wide variety of ways to bring the full
scope and impact of the event to viewers.
We employed a total of 22 Hitachis. Six of
these were equipped with long lenses for
our basic coverage. To add perspective, we
mounted two of the cameras on jibs with
24-foot arms. To capture the enormous feeling
of the event we also used seven dolly
cameras, all equipped with wide angle lenses
and operating on 40- and 80-foot tracks.
In addition, we had a “high and wide”
camera equipped with an ultra wide angle
lens located at the very top of the Georgia
Dome, allowing viewers to take in the entire
venue from a single shot. We also used
three specialty robotic-style cameras in our
coverage. One of these provided a bird’s eye
view of the stage; a second was used for dolly
shots and the third was set up as a tower
camera. We relied on three other wireless
cameras for audience shots.
All camera feeds were accessible in two
of the three production trucks we had on
location. Our larger truck was responsible
for feeding the many live screens located
throughout the dome and the second truck
handled switching for the live Web feed.
Directors in either truck could access any
camera and communicate with each of the
camera operators. Every camera had a triple
tally light system, so camera operators knew
when they were live and with which feed
The venue had a small number of prerun
SMPTE cables. We used these, and added
more than 20 additional runs of our own.
Most of these were well over 1,000 feet.
The Hitachi cameras played a big role
in this production. They’ve been our workhorses—
rock-solid and dependable—
sometimes running four or five days without
being shut off and never experienced
any problems. The cameras maintain their
scene file settings, don’t drift, and their iris
control is very accurate.
In addition, Hitachi camera systems are
feature-packed. They come with multiple return
video options, multiple intercom channels,
and accept multiple tally light feeds.
They also can output both HD and SD video.
These features are all standard items in the
Hitachi package. In addition, the company
also provides the most outstanding customer
service anywhere. If I ever need something
for our camera fleet, or have a problem,
I’ve got the personal cell phone numbers of
Hitachi engineers who are able to address
any issues immediately. This level of service
makes all the difference in the world.
Nic Dugger is owner of TNDV Television
He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, contact
Hitachi at 516-682-4431 or visit www.hitachikokusai.com.