Black Flag TV Ltd was established in 2012 to supply specialist camera equipment and crew to the broadcast, film and corporate industries.
We supply equipment on both a “dry hire” (equipment only) and “wet hire” (including crew) basis.
Typically our Equipment requires a solid knowledge of its functions and capabilities to get the best out of it, so we’d recommend one of our experienced and talented crew members, but if you’re feeling brave you can rent it alone.
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The Phantom Flex 4k is our Flagship high frame rate camera, capable of 1000fps in 4k or 1975fps in 1080HD, that’s equivalent to 6GB a second. Black Flag TV Ltd have the largest specification on board memory at 128GB and our Cinemags are 2TB each.
Due to the complexity of the camera and the need for extensive digital ingest we recommend using our crew, however the unit can be dry hired as a body only spare, or a full shooting kit.
We have mini cams in many different shapes and sizes, all depending on what particular task they need to accomplish from simple car rigs to more elaborate covert rigs.
Our Flare 4k sdi cameras from iO industries are ideal for Movie applications giving stunning 4k Raw images ideal for VFX shots where a larger heavier camera would be impractical or dangerous.
Filming underwater is a particularly challenging occupation, however both founders of Black Flag TV Ltd have a long history of diving and underwater activity, so it’s literally second nature to us.
We can supply Camera Housings, wet bags and comms equipment on a rental basis, or you can hire our team to take care of everything for you. Our divers are fully HSE qualified and insured as well as exceptionally experienced. We have access to underwater stages across the country and contacts that go deep into the industry, from exposure suit manufactures to specialist lighting. So, whatever your needs are, we can help.
Timelapse cameras can shrink the passage of months into seconds, especially useful for long term projects like large civil engineering or nature changes. Black Flag TV have deployed many time-lapse camera systems over the years using DSLR, mirrorless and CCTV camera bodies. We know the importance of reliability and operability, when we finally exhausted all possible options of what we could buy-in or adapt we set about making our own.
Our Flagship long-term time-lapse installation is based on a Panasonic 4k IP camera, this is powered by a hybrid solar and wind generator system that provides sufficient power to run 24hrs a day in virtually any environment. We didn’t stop there though, using decades of collective knowledge we integrated a 4g LTE mobile network and local wifi hub into the kit to transmit live images, send stills and provide continuous monitoring of system status with error reporting and fault identification via a secure network using a VPN tunnel.
We don’t just do the unusual difficult work, our staff are all highly skilled camera operators able to add value to your shoot. Previous work has seen us as main camera operators, B-roll and minicams, Drone pilots, data ingest techs and much more. We’ve filmed entire documentary movies, provided pit lane and track side coverage of the Le Mans 24hr, B-roll and onboard cameras for the Dakar Rally.
For advertising and corporate films we’ve provided an end to end service from the initial concept to final edit and delivery, even down to organising the on set catering.
Specialist cameras involve custom building, it’s very rare that two clients will want the same solution in exactly the same way, and even when they do, in the case of car rigs for example, each vehicle is different and the rigging and grip requirements will have to be tailored to suit.
Then there are the other jobs, the ones that start with phrases like “well, what we’re trying to do is….” and you can insert virtually any statement after that as long as it’s nearly physically and technologically impossible.
Those are the jobs we love.
We have an incredible diversity of skills and experience here at Black Flag TV Ltd, along with a network of companies here at Shepperton Studios that means we can design and make almost anything and do it all within the strict time constraints of the media world.