On Sight

News Archive for February 2008

Making tv a tapeless zone Date: 15th February, 2008

Programme-makers are showing an interest in tapeless production despite the steep learning curve it requires.


If high definition has been the big story in broadcast technology in recent years then 2008 is set to be the year that tapeless production takes off. Increasing levels of HD commissions from broadcasters, coupled with the emergence of a new breed of broadcast-quality tapeless cameras is making tapeless HD a reality.


It’s a trend that hasn’t escaped On Sight head of engineering Richard Mills, who estimates that currently around 5% of TV production in the UK uses tapeless technology – a figure that is…

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The heat of the battle Date: 1st February, 2008

How film-maker Nick Broomfield’s latest film used HD to detail the reality of the War in Iraq.


Film-maker Nick Broomfield is no stranger to documenting tragedy. In 2006, he dramatised the real life story of the 23 Chinese cocklepickers who drowned at the hands of Chinese gangmasters in Morecambe Bay in 2004.


His latest film, released last month, details the true story of the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians at the hands of US troops in a revenge attack following the death of one of their own soldiers.


Both films were shot in HD using Sony HDW-750P cameras and small…

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