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VA
valley
EE resumed filming today but with new cameras - a mixture of Sony PXW-FX9 and Sony HDC-3500.
TH
Thistle
With EE returning later in the year and effectively beginning Series 2 - could we see new opening and closing titles or could this be held off until they move to the new set?
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
There probably won't be new titles even after the set move.
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
EE resumed filming today but with new cameras - a mixture of Sony PXW-FX9 and Sony HDC-3500.


I imagine it's awkward to upgrade equipment on a show that's almost constantly in production, so not suprising they've used this opportunity to do it. The old cameras will be 10 years old by now anyway, so would need upgrading. A far cry from when the show began and they were using EMI 2001s that must have been 15 years old when the show started and well over 20 by the time they replaced them.

I wonder if the early episodes will be a mix of scenes made before and after lockdown, and the difference will be noticable? I presume not these days, they'll make them match.
VA
valley
EE resumed filming today but with new cameras - a mixture of Sony PXW-FX9 and Sony HDC-3500.


I imagine it's awkward to upgrade equipment on a show that's almost constantly in production, so not suprising they've used this opportunity to do it. The old cameras will be 10 years old by now anyway, so would need upgrading. A far cry from when the show began and they were using EMI 2001s that must have been 15 years old when the show started and well over 20 by the time they replaced them.

I wonder if the early episodes will be a mix of scenes made before and after lockdown, and the difference will be noticable? I presume not these days, they'll make them match.

The HSC-300s went in just over 10 years ago, so now is a good time to replace them for sure. Note that the new camera systems can do UHD and the set is being built to the required detail for UHD - I doubt we will be seeing EE in UHD for another few years though as it’s not a simple upgrade, but it’s good that they are futureproofing.
I imagine there will be no major differences in scenes before and after lockdown - I find EE’s grading to be pretty good.
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
A bit of research on that camera model shows that filming in UHD (or anything other than 1080i/720p 50/60 for that matter) requires extra software and hardware, which I imagine the BBC in these austere times wouldn't be spending money on unless they have to.

Seems that Corrie switched to that same camera model last year too:
https://www.behind-the-lens.co.uk/679/itv-studios-acquires-over-20-sony-hdc-3500-system-camera-chains/
Last edited by james-2001 on 30 June 2020 11:42am
VA
valley
A bit of research on that camera model shows that filming in UHD (or anything other than 1080i/720p 50/60 for that matter) requires extra software and hardware, which I imagine the BBC in these austere times wouldn't be spending money on unless they have to.

Seems that Corrie switched to that same camera model last year too

Yep it requires additional camera hardware and that's before you get into vision mixers, recorders, edit suites, etc. And yes, quite a lot of studios are now running the HDC-3500 (George Lucas Stages, dock10, Elstree, Corrie...)

15 days later

LL
London Lite Recently warned London London
On Holby City tonight, they've done an episode which goes through the period where it appears to cover the time scheduled when they took a break during the lockdown.

I wonder if that's what EE will do for the short 20 minute episodes where they play catch-up for the missing weeks off-air?
LO
LONDON Meridian (South) South Today
On Holby City tonight, they've done an episode which goes through the period where it appears to cover the time scheduled when they took a break during the lockdown.

I wonder if that's what EE will do for the short 20 minute episodes where they play catch-up for the missing weeks off-air?


I don't think it was designed for that the last three weeks episodes have taken place over 2/3 days, this is meant to make up for that period. Holby films 4 -5 months in advance I believe that the episodes being shown now were probably filmed in January.
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Didn't take long for the Tuesday "classic" episodes to stop being that classic, tonight's episode was from only last year.
SW
Steve Williams
Didn't take long for the Tuesday "classic" episodes to stop being that classic, tonight's episode was from only last year.


It was still an important and memorable episode, though, especially at the moment as it was supposed to be Pride recently.

The episode next week is from 1998. They're billed as "iconic episodes", in any case.
JW
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