—Moo TV is a video production
company that specializes in concert
shows. We provide LED and projection surfaces,
HD production systems, cameras, creative
content, and a lot of talented people.
Our clients are primarily well-established
rock and country performers, along with
some corporate clients.
TIME TO TAKE THE HD PLUNGE
After losing a warehouse full of equipment
(albeit some of it well worn) in a major
flood in the spring of 2010—the beginning
of our prime touring season—Moo TV
was at a turning point. We’d long discussed
upgrading to HD, which at that point really
had not been a priority with many of our
clients. The disaster accelerated
our HD plans,
and with one of our major
clients soon to be in
rehearsals with a new
stage set design, we
quickly started shopping
The set required a
display with enough
resolution to actually
show an HD image, so
camera choice would
be critical. We also wanted to standardize
all of our systems so that we could interchangeably
use the same cameras, switchers
and other gear on our tours.
We investigated several HD cameras and
asked others in the industry (especially TV
truck operators) what they used. The Hitachi
Z-HD5000 camera series kept coming
up and our helpful Hitachi rep arranged an
extended demo. After this demo the decision
to go with Hitachi was not difficult.
CAMERAS TAKE ABUSE WITHOUT
Our environment is much more akin to
ENG than studio work, with most
of our operators working handheld
cameras several hours a night,
so camera weight and balance are
very important to reduce operator
fatigue. And I should add a confession:
We are hard on equipment.
Cables are trod upon all day by
thousands and there are also the
forklifts, concessions carts and other
wheeled conveyances that take
their toll. Our gear is transported in
trucks and cargo planes hundreds
of thousands of miles each year.
After three years of exclusively
using Hitachi Z-HD5000’s we’re quite satisfied.
We have had only had two issues
during that time that required returns for
servicing and in both instances the issues
were due to abuse on our part and not a
defect with the camera or accessory.
We have packaged our units with Hitachi’s
CU-HD500 CCUs and RU-1200JY remote
control units and our engineers really
like the user-friendly control capabilities
the remote panels provide, as in our environment,
lighting conditions change by
the millisecond. We don’t have the luxury
of optimal, even lighting as you would in
a studio environment and camera shading
requires constant manipulation when you
go from 300 flashing lights to a single spotlight
within one verse of a song.
We also use the VF-402 viewfinders for
handheld use and the VF-PBM-207 model
for our standard fixed-position long lens
Moo TV is very pleased with our Hitachi
Z-HD5000 camera systems. The image
quality that impressed us at first glance
is still there even after miles of abuse.
We have also received great support and
training from many departments and levels
of the company and that makes the
product doubly satisfying from my perspective
Chuck Young is the general manager
of Moo TV and a longtime veteran of the
music business. He may be contacted at
For additional information, contact
Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. at
516-921-7200 or visit www.hitachikokusai.us.