We are selling a multi-camera live production kit. These are the 4-matched cameras used at Frisco Studios to produce numerous shows for The Frisco Association of the Arts, Frisco Style Magazine, and more.
This kit includes four Sony FX1 and Z1U HD camcorders that shoot 1080i. The difference between these two models is solely the addition of XLR jacks on the Z1U that the FX1 lacks. Otherwise they are the same exact camera. The 12x optical zoom lens, 3-chip sensors and operation are the same. Here’s a picture of the cameras set up in the studio for a promo shot. Power supplies are included for each of the cameras. Going price for a Z1U used is $400 to $500.
The tripods are included. These tripods feature two handles so you can add on remote zoom or other accessories. All the cameras support remote zoom / focus / record control via Lanc. The tripods ALSO include dolly wheels to make it easy to adjust camera position. The wheels can be locked down when you don’t want the cameras to move.
The FullHD component is converted to HDMI via converters which are included.
The HDMI runs back to the video mixer are via long 30 & 40 foot, “Active” directional HDMI cables. These cables worked flawlessly in our studio.
Also included with this package are the long extension cords that make it possible to power the cameras and HDMI converters all day. These converters & power taps are held in black pouches that attach to the spreader of each camera. Hiding the cables and making it look good to the client.
Next up is the Video mixer- the 4-input Cerevo Live Wedge.
- MULTIPLE INPUTS AND CONTROL – LiveWedge offers the functionality of being able to simultaneously live stream and switch full HD videos amongst four inputs: NTSC, PAL, HD, Computer Signal Compatible
- QUICK FOOTAGE TRANSFER – You can input jpegs with resolution up to 1280 x 720 from an SD card. Larger resolutions will be automatically resized to 1280 x 720.
- BUILT IN EFFECTS AND TRANSITIONS – 9 effect channels, including PinP (Picture in Picture) and transitional functions. Supports Cut, Mix, Wipe, and Chroma Key
- CONTROL WITH EASE – iPad or Android tablet controlled via LiveWedge application avaiable on their respective app stores. Features Integrated Control Wheel and Buttons.
EDIT AND BROADCAST – Ethernet connector for connectivity to streaming services. Live Streaming of Program Edit.
A Switcher, Mixer and a Recorder in a Small Form Factor – Livewedge has a SD card slot and users can record 1080/30p (H.264) Full HD Video on it while switching! You can also use videos and images from the SD card as the video source.
Video Switching and Live Streaming in One – Broadcasting functionality is built into LiveWedge. 720/30p HD Live streaming and 1080p HD video switching are available in one device! The main streaming platforms including Ustream and Youtube Live and the ability to use your own servers are supported.
Control up to 4 Video Inputs and 5 Audio Inputs – In addition to video mixing via the 4 HDMI inputs, the LiveWedge also supports audio mixing via its built in audio mixer. An AUX-IN port as well as the 4 HDMI inputs are available for up to 5 input audio mixing! Audio mixing is handled via the App on a tablet.
All told, everything would cost over $4000 to assemble and put together, not to mention the time (and time is money).
I’m asking for $3200 for everything, down to the pouches, extension cords, cube taps and everything.
In addition, in our studio, I have four big fluorescent softlights.
These softlights were used in all our shows and provided plenty of light with little power demand. They have two power switches that turn on two lights each. They are not dimmable, but fire up immediately and look good on camera without a green cast (as you can see in the videos). I also have homemade cardboard “grids” to control spill for two of the lights. I threw the wheels away.
I used these lights on our in-studio lighting grid, but still have the light stands they came with. In fact I have a complete 5th setup as well. The light is currently not working, but may just need some new bulbs. I don’t know.
If you’d like all five lights, and stands, with the camera kit, total cost would be $3500.
All 5 lights separately for $400.
I have three heavy duty theatrical drapes. All are 16′ tall, two are about 32′ wide, the third is 45′ wide. All have reinforced tops with grommets, weighted chain bottom. These are excellent drapes for stage use, or for use in a studio to control light, absorb sound, etc. They can be flown on a baton (tied to the baton) or on a sliding track, or to roof truss, anything really. It’s $600 for all the drape.
This photo is illustrative of my drape but it is not my exact drape. This photo has been brightened to show that this kind of drape is sectional, but my actual drape is very, very black. I was never able to put it up in my studio because the drape is far larger than my studio and I never ended up needing to have it re-hemmed to fit my studio. It has remained in storage since I bought it.