When filmmakers at London-based livestreaming specialist Kinura were charged with shooting a series of talking-head videos for the UK's Climate Change Committee, they needed a camera solution that would match the clarity of the message being delivered.
The Climate Change Committee advises the UK and devolved governments on emissions targets and had to film a video presentation to support its 2023 Progress Report to Parliament. The pre-recorded event, which would be streamed at a later date, would outline the UK Government's progress towards emissions goals.
The client brief included some specific requirements, as Kinura's Director of Photography Max Elgar explains. "There would be three different people doing addresses that were at least 10 minutes long, and we had to record each of them in one continuous take without any cuts," he says. "The client wanted to make it look like a midway point between professional and somewhat cinematic, so we opted for a three-point lighting setup. They also wanted a studio-like feel to the shoot and to have the backlight visible in shot."
Max is no stranger to Canon cameras, having used a Canon EOS 750D early in his career. His workhorse camera at Kinura is the Canon XF605. "I really like the way that Canon captures colour," he says. "It has a beautiful richness to it. And it's something that I find tracks across, particularly to the XF605. It's one of the nicest colour systems in any camcorder that I've used."
While Max would be operating the XF605 as the main camera, recording the speakers from the front, he needed a B-cam for cutaways. A Canon CR-N700 broadcast PTZ camera equipped with Auto Tracking and Auto Loop applications provided both the image quality and effortless control he was looking for. "The CR-N700 works well as a camera that you can set up and leave and not have to do to much with," he says. "It essentially allowed me to operate the XF605 while the PTZ camera was doing its own thing."