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Shoot 3: The connected camera The new-school Panasonic Lumix BGH1 is a camera you can place just about anywhere, and control fromanywhere. With 3G-SDI, HDMI or IP streaming, it can output to a monitor, recorder, switcher or transmitter. You can control and power the camera via Ethernet or USB through the Lumix Tether software or through the Lumix Sync smartphone app. Genlock and time code make it ideal to sync inmulticamera edits. That makes it perfect for live streaming, either alone or as part of amulticamera multicamera videos for a YouTube channel, which is howwe put it through its paces. Linked via HDMI Type-A to a largemonitor/ switcher, it made recording fast and simple . As well as the USB 3.1 Type-C port, it is equipped with a 3G-SDI and a HDMI, which can be used for simultaneous output. For maximumflexibility in a studio or broadcast situation, the camera can be powered by external batteries, the included AC adapter, as we used it, or by Power over Ethernet+ (PoE+) protocols. And to go really big, control over amaximumof 12 Lumix BGH1 cameras is available using Panasonic PC software Lumix Tether for Multicam. With a future firmware update, it will also support wired IP streaming (RTP/RTSP). The BGH1 also offers V-Log L view assist, so LUT files can be imported froman SD card and applied to the video. And the output of a LUT-applied image via SDI or HDMI is also supported, which is ideal for professional workflows. With the new Lumix BGH1, Panasonic has taken the sensor technology and 10-bit recording of the GH5S, added in Varicam colour science and Dual Native ISO sensor, and put it in amodular body that can be event. Or to record everything from company launches and events to used for a huge range of productions. If you never thought you needed a small yet high-quality camera, then it’s time to start thinking outside the box with the Panasonic Lumix BGH1 boxcam.
“By adding a battery, monitor/recorder, mic and filter, we turned it into a fine documentary cam”
4.2, so it connects to a huge range of devices. The wired connections are useful in studios or at sporting events where you can run cables to the camera and your other devices, but for the fastest use, we kept it to wireless monitoring and camera control. The Lumix Sync app on a smartphone allows all the settings to be viewed and altered, and of course the framing and focus checked. And by using the app while sitting out of view of the camera to allow the wildlife to arrive, the camera was then set to record at the right time at the tap of the smartphone screen. And a shower might have scared the birds off briefly, but the camera and lens fended off the splashes and continued to work flawlessly. Fuss-free remote operation like this has somany uses, as you can put a camera in places that would be difficult or impossible to access mid-shoot, such as during a wedding ceremony, sporting event or even commercial product launch. Then just get your phone out and control it all remotely. As lots of events have tricky lighting, it’s good practice tomaximise dynamic range by shooting in V-Log L, which has the same V-Gamut characteristics as V-Log found in the Varicams, so V-Log LUTs can be used in grading.
smartphone and the Lumix Sync app to see what you are changing. With the Atomos Ninja V on the top, we used it to navigate themenus, as well as monitoring the footage and outputting the recording to an SSD in ProRes tomake it edit-ready. The BGH1 handled like a professional cinema camera, especially on a tripod, but with all the functionality of a modernmirrorless cam. And by bolting on a side grip, it could become a really great tool for handheld ENG shooting, too. As well as 10-bit HDMI live output, the camera simultaneously records internally, too, so we had an instant backup. Shoot 2: The wireless remote camera To capture some wild birds feeding in a garden, it would be impossible to get yourself in the thick of the action with the camera, as it obviously just scares the birds off. That’s where the small and light Panasonic Lumix BGH1 comes into its own. Bymounting just the camera and lens on a tripod, powered by a lithiumbattery, we were able to get the footage from right up close to where the birds were feeding. The Panasonic Lumix BGH1 camera has SDI, HDMI and USB-C connections, as well as 2.4GHzWi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth
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