Tour of my 4k rig.
Recently I’ve been shooting a lot of different projects from stock video, to events, corporate videos and interviews and some personal projects and I’ve had people ask me about my setup.
In this post, I’ll be giving you a tour of one of my common rig configurations.
What works and what doesn’t
The Sony a7s and Atomos Assassin are a great combo when shooting together. Though some might say the a7s ii is a better camera because of internal 4k I say yes and no. While its true the a7s ii can record 4k internally it does so in a more compressed lossy format. Theres just no way around that. Being a newer camera it is also priced more than the a7s. Because I wanted a high quality signal in 4k without having to buy an Black magic Ursa (which is heavy and media is still expensive!) I still stick by my decision of of picking up the assassin and a7s. Recently I was in Mexico and decided it was a great opportunity to test my equipment overseas and see how it performs as well as see if I could make a kit that was versitile and easy to work with.
4k is here to stay
Technology is always improving and it wasn’t long ago the the leap to HD from SD was made. While HD may be here for a few years yet, inevitably more content will move into larger resolutions. The newest standard to become more adapted is 4K. As such more cameras and televisions are supporting 4k content creation and display. That where the Atomos Assassin comes in.
I was recently contacted by a former student and they are looking to purchase a camera in the near future. The camera would be used for demonstrations, inside and outside as well as for interviews. This particular individual also wanted to be able to record good audio in these situations. So which ones are the best? What are the options? It’s a fairly common question I get so I thought i would share my response online in case other people have this question too.
(note* cameras and equipment change wildly from year to year so bear in mind this was written in October 2015 and some of my choices may change in the future)