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Cameras and Image Capture

Approved Cameras

90% of the total runtime of a final program should be captured on approved cameras. For nonfiction content, this threshold is flexible to 80%. Any exceptions must be discussed with the relevant EleVation2 New Media Group project lead.

The cameras listed meet the minimum resolution and capture requirements listed below. This list is being continually updated as new camera systems are evaluated.




























































Camera Requirements

Please note, not all cameras that meet these requirements will be approved as primary cameras. These requirements are the minimum specifications necessary for consideration. Other attributes must be taken into account such as dynamic range, form factor, stability, workflow compatibility, etc.

Resolution Requirements:

  • The camera must have a true 4K UHD sensor (equal to or greater than 3840 photo sites wide).

Capture Requirements:

  • Capture Format

    • RAW (Sony RAW, REDCODE, Arriraw, etc.)

    • COMPRESSED (XAVC, ProRes, or other I-Frame capable formats)

    • Minimum of 16-bit Linear or 10-bit Log processing

    • Minimum data-rate of Bitrate of 240 Mbps at 23.98 fps

  • Capture Transfer Function

    • S-Log3, Log-C, V-Log, Log3G10, etc.

  • Capture Color Space

    • S-Gamut3.cine, RED Wide Gamut RGB, Alexa Wide Gamut, etc.

  • No looks or color corrections should be baked into the original camera files.

  • Files must maintain all metadata (i.e. Tape Name, Timecode, Frame Rate, ISO, WB, etc.).

Black Balancing:

  • If applicable, black balancing of camera sensors should be done daily, when the camera is at normal operating temperature. See specific black balancing instructions in the camera operating a manual.


Aspect Ratio / Framing:

  • Aspect ratios greater than 2.00:1 must be evaluated and discussed with EleVation2 New Media Group for approval.

  • Framing chart must be shot before principal photography begins, and processed through the dailies pipeline which will be shared with editorial, post-production, and VFX.

Anamorphic Lenses:

  • If anamorphic lenses are being considered, camera selection must take into account the extra resolution required for capture. Contact your EleVation2 New Media Group project lead to discuss implications or concerns.


Secondary Cameras:

  • Any cameras other than the primary camera (crash, POV, drone, underwater, etc.) must be approved by EleVation2 New Media Group.

  • Footage from non-approved cameras will count towards the total allotment of non-approved capture. The allotment is based on content used in the final edit (per episode if applicable) and not on the total captured content.

  • Test footage should be shot and provided to dailies and post-production to ensure compatibility with the primary camera.


Spanned Clips:

  • Allowing a camera to record spanned clips (single takes spread out on multiple camera cards) is inadvisable. Please avoid this recording method if it is not absolutely necessary.


Film Cameras:

  • For productions seeking to shoot any photochemical film, please contact your relevant EleVation2 New Media Group project lead.