Panasonic AK-UC3000, AW-HE130 Cameras Headline Cornerstone Technologies’ Production Truck
Cornerstone Technologies, a full-service production company specializing in multi-camera live coverage of major concerts, corporate events, and more, has outfitted its production truck with six Panasonic AK-UC3000 4K/HD studio/field camera systems and four AW-HE130 FHD pan/tilt/zoom cameras.
Cornerstone previously utilized Panasonic’s AK-HC3800 studio cameras. According to Video Department Head Scott Evans, the UC3000s represent a critical first step towards 4K production for the company’s diverse rental/staging clients. “As with the HC3800s, we like the camera’s colorimetry and have really come to rely on the UC3000’s ability to simultaneously support 4K and HD acquisition,” he says.
According to Evans, on the majority of jobs the UC3000s output 1080p for IMAG projection, but capture in 4K for postproduction. Recent UC3000 projects at Cornerstone have included a John Mayer concert, keyboardist/composer Kurt Bestor’s 2018 Christmas concert, and the Young Living International Grand Convention.
Late last month, Cornerstone undertook a massive assignment supporting the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, a two-day conference drawing more than 20,000 attendees (one of largest annual tech events in the world). Camera coverage was required for prominent keynote addresses, breakout sessions, entertainment, and an exclusive screening of a documentary from the Sundance Film Festival.
“We deployed the truck and cameras to cover the general session, Partner Pavilion, and a breakout room simultaneously. These rooms were five exhibit halls wide, to give an idea of the size of control that all happened from one place, including camera control,” says Evans.
The UC3000s are typically outfitted with a variety of Fujinon zooms, XA77x9.5BESM, XA55x9.5, HA42x9.7, XA20sx8.5, and ZA12x4.5 models.
Evans says that the HE130 PTZs, operated by AW-RP120 remote controllers, are used to capture supplemental shots and different angles of performers and presenters. In the case of the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, two HE130s supported IMAG projection, while two were used in the truck to monitor overall activities.
“We’ve been using the new Panasonic cameras for several months, and are now delivering consistently better pictures to our clients,” says Evans.