BSC Show 2024 Preview
Posted on Feb 13, 2024 by Adam Duckworth
Battersea Park sets the stage for the BSC Expo, heralding the start of the UK’s 2024 filmmaking showcase season
Words by Adam Duckworth
The sentiment ‘tired of London, tired of life’ penned by Samuel Johnson (sort of) nearly 250 years ago still rings true today. For filmmakers, the allure of Britain’s flagship show for cinematography and TV production, the BSC Expo, remains irresistible. Hosted at Evolution London, a purpose-built event venue nestled in Battersea Park along the banks of the River Thames, this event promises an enriching experience for students, newcomers and seasoned industry professionals alike.
Scheduled for 16-17 February, the expo offers attendees the opportunity to learn from cinematographers and broadcast executives through a diverse array of seminars, workshops and networking events. But for many, the main attraction lies in exploring the latest equipment and getting hands-on with it.
From cameras and lenses to lighting, rigs, software and everything else needed for your next blockbuster, the best of the best is on show at the BSC Expo. Register for your free ticket at bscexpo.com. Let’s look at some top exhibitors at the show.
Aputure is a fast-growing lighting company making impressive LED fixtures at affordable prices. Its sister brand Amaran offers more reasonably priced versions of many of its popular COB fixtures.
Look out for the LS 1200d Pro and Nova P600c LED lights, as well as the powerful Electro Storm series. The brand also owns Deity audio kit, which will be on show; keep your eyes peeled for the Theos wireless system.
German battery giant Bebob will be showing its B-Mount units, which have been a sales smash thanks to reliable technology and lasting power. They are well-built and come at a great price.
The latest range of B-Mount cells and chargers will be on display at the BSC Expo. Sony Venice 2 users should check out the Coco-Venice. There will also be adapters for lighting and options to power B-Mount equipment via traditional V-Mount or Gold Mount batteries.
Arri is showcasing its latest camera and lighting products. Taking centre stage this year is the new Skypanel X LED solution – it’s an all-weather, modular system configurable to different sizes and offers native soft and hard light technology.
Don’t miss Arri’s 4K Super 35 camera, the Alexa 35. Delivering 2.5 stops more dynamic range, better low-light performance and richer colours with its new colour science, the camera is an ideal match for Signature Prime and Signature Zoom lenses.
Blackmagic will have its latest kit on show, including the Ursa Mini Pro 12K OLPF cinema camera, offering incredibly sharp images without moiré which are Netflix-approved.
The full-frame Cinema Camera 6K, plus many broadcast units and switchers from the ATEM range, will also be on display. Try out the latest version of DaVinci Resolve, with the basic version being for all users. Or, try the more powerful Studio version.
Join Canon on Stand 341 to discover professional imaging technologies for future-proofing film and TV production workflows. The team will be showcasing how Canon’s Flex Zoom cine lenses and Cinema EOS range work together to deliver exceptional image quality and versatility for virtual production.
Cinema cameras, mirrorless and PTZ units will all be on display. Take a look at the EOS R5 C mirrorless camera made for filmmaking, as well as the C70 Super 35 hybrid cinema camera that uses RF mount glass.
CVP will once again take over the Mezzanine level of the BSC Expo, bringing a full show of the newest production solutions, supported by the expert impartial advice of its technical consultants, product specialists and engineers.
Visitors can explore an interactive virtual production stage designed to demonstrate the latest technology and creative solutions which appeal to a range of applications, budgets and specifications. The popular Lens Bar is back with a more extensive collection of new and vintage glass.
Mezzanine Floor: M007
Core SWX provides reliable and innovative battery and charging solutions to professionals in the broadcast, digital cinema and professional video industries.
Tune in for the Apex 360 LV, delivering an on-board battery solution to increase runtimes for high-powered LED lighting. The Apex packs offer a 367Wh lithium-ion V-Mount solution outputting up to 24A continuously. Apex is offered in a 14.8v pack suitable for most lights, plus a higher voltage 29.6v variant.
For quality lenses that transform the look of your next big project, make sure you get to the DZOFilm stand for the Catta, Vespid and Pictor primes and zooms, as well as the Pavo anamorphic 2x options.
The brand is focused on designing professional, easy-to-use cine optics for filmmakers. The control rings are perfectly damped and boast a wonderful tactile feel when either focusing or zooming.
Fujifilm will be showing off its premium range of Fujinon lenses alongside the newest mirrorless digital cameras. For the first time in the UK, the HZK24-300mm PL mount zoom lens will be on hand. Also on the stand, find the full range of Premista series lenses.
The industry-leading GFX100 II mirrorless will also be at the show, with its 102-million pixels. Also find the latest fifth-generation X Series camera, the X-H2S, with its open gate 6.2K shooting and ultra-low rolling shutter.
Global Distribution can talk you through acquisition, storage, workflow and archive solutions every project needs. From camera recording media and peripherals, to on-set collaborative storage, secure asset archiving and media sharing through the cloud, the company provides a service to more than 70 countries worldwide.
Check out the latest range of Lacie hard drive and SSD solutions – fast and reliable for use in the edit suite or on-set, as well as Seagate drives and Angelbird memory cards.
Hawk-Woods will flex its range of products, including batteries, chargers and power adapters – all essential for the production of television, film and digital media. Offering dependable power sources in the most demanding environments, advanced battery technologies like lithium-ion keep the wheels of the film industry turning.
Look out for V-Lock batteries for the Arri Alexa 35, with multiple outputs and all the safety features, straight 26v with 20A output and drop resistance. It will also display its flagship floor battery, MXB-880, with dual voltage, multiple XLR outputs and only weighing 7.2kg.
Godox’s Knowled series stands as a testament to its commitment of elevating the standards of production. With lighting playing such a pivotal role in shaping narratives and evoking emotions, the Knowled cinematic lighting ecosystem has all the tools filmmakers need.
From powerful COBs to panel tube lights and even hybrid fixtures that work for stills as well as movies, Godox has a huge range to discover.
IDX will be presenting its IPL Powerlink batteries and charging solutions with its unique D-Tap advanced, X-Tap socket and stacked charging. With batteries to suit everything from small cameras to large cinema cams, TV cameras and lights, IDX has a range of options.
Libec will also showcase the HS-150MC tripod, the ideal solution to perfectly balance your mirrorless camera. Equipped with a continuous counterbalance range of 0.8 to 2kg and carbon-fibre legs, this is a rigid, lightweight, high-performance tripod weighing under 5kg.
Holdan will highlight its complete range of kit from Samyang, Xeen, Studio Network Solutions, Kondor Blue and Orca to name just a few. But the star of the stand will be Atomos on-camera and cloud monitor/recorders and production monitors.
The brand will focus on its Connect range of devices and the Adobe C2C workflow. The range of network-enabled monitor/recorder devices includes Zato Connect, Atomos Connect for Ninja V and Ninja V+ and Shogun Connect.
For great quality and incredible value, the Irix range of cine lenses are available with Canon RF, Canon EF, Sony E, Nikon Z, Leica L, Fujifilm X, Arri P, and Micro Four Thirds mounts. They offer round-aperture blades for smooth bokeh and speedy apertures for shallow depth-of-field.
All Irix lenses have similar dimensions and weight, allowing easy lens swaps without changing the rest of your set-up. The products are built with a magnetic mounting system, which lets you to connect accessories such as magnetic filters.
Nanlux and Nanlite are owned by Nanguang, a fast-growing company with an ever-expanding range of LED lighting solutions that offer professional quality at great prices. Its Nanlite range includes powerful COB LEDs in various sizes plus tube lights, bulb LEDs and LED panels.
Don’t miss the powerful Nanlux Evoke 900C and, from the Nanlite range, the Forza 720B, full-colour Forza 60C as well as a selection of lighting modifiers such as softboxes and projector units.
Red Digital Cinema
Showgoers will want to see the latest generation of cinema cameras setting new standards in performance with uncompromised quality, versatility and efficiency in any environment from Red.
Discover the seamless and efficient workflow of Redcode Raw, which has been designed to optimise the post-production process, enhance productivity and maximise creativity in content creation.
Check out the exciting Komodo and V-Raptor ranges, including the new X model and all DSMC3 cameras.
Sigma is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-performance photo and video equipment, with over 50 stills lenses and 25 cine lenses in a range of mounts, as well as two full-frame cameras.
On the stand this year at the BSC Expo is a selection of cine and stills lenses to try out in a range of mounts, in addition to the fp series of cameras, mount converters and many other accessories available.
Catch the Classic Primes for a vintage look and feel, too.
Rosco has been a leader in products for the film, television and broadcast industries since 1910. The range now includes innovative LED lighting fixtures and backdrops, plus virtual production tech using an LED wall.
Also on show will be the DMG Lion LED fresnel. This powerful, 13in device utilises cutting-edge technology to replicate the look and feel of a classic tungsten fresnel, but with the versatility LED technology provides.
DMG Dash pocket LEDs and the LED kit, which contains eight fully accessorised fixtures, will also be present.
Get up close to Rotolight’s new Anova Pro 3; the all-weather 1×1 production LED light. It boasts a custom-designed LED optic system and a whole range of industry-first features.
These include an IP65 rating, native battery power and a patented Magic Eye optical light sensor built into the front face of the light, allowing you to measure and match to any Kelvin or HSI colour – eliminating the need for a light meter and enabling filmmakers to easily balance lights on-set.
Visitors to the Sony stand can talk to its experts all about filming on-set, image capture, audio and post-production, with looks at the Burano full-frame cinema camera and Crystal virtual production LED screen.
Also explore the full Cinema Line range along with the BVM-HX3110, a premium professional reference monitor with a Sony-designed dual layer anti-reflection LCD. Sony will also be previewing the Venice 2 firmware update and cameras, including the FR7 full-frame PTZ camera plus the FX6, FX3 and FX30.
Vocas Products will be displaying its universal camera accessories and specialised extras for specific models.
Look out for the latest for the Sony Burano as well as a complete line-up of kits for the Sony FX6, FX9, Venice 2,
Red V-Raptor, V-Raptor X and more.
The rigs are well-built, fit perfectly and give a big boost to camera handling. They are designed and built in Europe and always come with great quality and a precise fit.
Videndum is the parent company offering brands like Manfrotto, Sachtler, Litepanels, Autocue, Anton/Bauer, OConnor, Quasar Science and many more.
Keep an eye out for Litepanels’ latest innovations. The popular Astra series includes daylight, tungsten, bicolour, soft and bifocus – delivering high-quality white light in lightweight, tough and dependable fixtures. Plus, the powerful Gemini series produces high-output, cinematic lighting with more creative options than ever.
Don’t miss the popular Sachtler range of tripods and fluid heads that offer fast, stable and seamless movement.
Zeiss will display its range of high-end cine lenses, from the CP.3 cinematography lenses to the Supreme Prime Radiance family, famous for its stunning blue flare capability. Don’t miss the wide-angle 15mm T1.8 lens, which completes the 14-lens Supreme Prime set. Attendees will be able to get hands-on with the CZ.2 full-frame Cinema Zooms as well as the CP.3 cinematography lenses.
Whether you’re shooting a commercial where exquisite colour rendition and high contrast are key, or a dramatic scene in low-light situations for a feature film, Zeiss has a solution.
Read more about BSC Expo on the official website.
Preview originally published in the March/April 2024 issue of Pro Moviemaker.