“This is Dakar: Every day a new surprise! You have to decide how you’re going to manage it.” Léon Jansen of the official DakarPress Team loves the challenge of the rigorous desert rally. For the second time now, Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand, has furnished the eight-member press team with professional camera support equipment. In addition to the new Video 18 S1 fluid head and the Speed Lock CF tripod, a Sachtler camera stabilizer system was also used in 2010 – the artemis DV Pro MD.
During the rally, the team not only has to fight against a lack of sleep and the highest UV index in the world – there is also the rough terrain to consider: “When recording in the dunes and at the camp, we used the camera stabilizer system artemis DV Pro MD. When walking, the system absorbs movement very well. Steady recording and perfect pictures are the result,” says the Dutchmen. Although the artemis DV Pro MD was developed for smaller HDV cameras, the rigs offer all of the features of the big systems – for example, Dual Dynamic Balance with fine adjustment, the quick release coupling for easy disconnection and the six-core main cable with Lemo plug for a dependable connection to the module. For the 2011 Dakar Rally, the DakarPress Team is planning to have the operator film from the roof of the Jeep with artemis. The operator is already practicing diligently.
One step ahead of the drivers
When the drivers appear, the DakarPress Team is already there and films the rally participants from different perspectives. To accomplish this, dependable equipment plays an important role – there are no second chances. That is why once again this year, Léon Jansen and his team relied on robust Sachtler products, which also have to be compact, as there is only limited space in the Jeep. The particularly lightweight Speed Lock CF tripod can be set up in the wink of an eye and nevertheless guarantees ultimate stability. The new Sachtler Video 18 S1 fluid head is also ready for filming in next to no time. The Boost Button enables a quick shift in payload range, and the tried and tested Speedbalance technology allows for rapid fine adjustment. “When the rally drivers come rushing up, things have to go quickly, or else you miss the moment for the best pictures,” reports Léon Jansen. “We decided in favor of Sachtler equipment because the products always function perfectly – even under the extreme conditions of the Dakar Rally. Neither rain, dust, nor the enormous heat in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth, could impair their functions.”
Sachtler, founded in 1958 by cameraman Wendelin Sachtler, is the worldwide market leader for professional camera support systems for cinematography and television production, its name a symbol of top quality and reliability for decades. With an extensive range of camera support systems as well as a finely modulated product line of reportage lighting, Sachtler is the highly qualified partner for cameramen, film and TV studios. Since 2000 Sachtler has been offering the artemis modular camera stabilizer system. With its numerous workshops and training sessions, the Wendelin Sachtler Academy has become a top address worldwide for invaluable know-how and the exchange of information, creating the ideal international platform for creative talents.
A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2009 revenue of £315 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services.
Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events.
Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG.
Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.
More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com