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POV’s 2013 Documentary Equipment Survey Results

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June 21, 2014

The Point of View documentary showcase on the PBS network recently released the findings of their Documentary Equipment survey, which had some surprising results.

Whether you’re a hobbyist, a filmmaking noob or an award-winning documentary maker, this equipment list will help you to decide what items you need for your next project.

POV asked filmmaker’s about the gear they like to keep in their kits, computers & smart devices, from editing software, animation tools, lenses, cameras, recording devices, apps, lighting and so on, in order to get the most comprehensive gear list they could. They also asked the filmmakers about their experiences when using these tools and which gear items they preferred and what they didn’t like.

Not surprisingly most used the Sennheiser MK416 microphone to record with, whilst the RØDE NTG-2 also got a look in. For actual recorders, the Sound Devices 788T SSD was best in show, but the Zoom H4N (read our review here) was also a popular choice.

You can read the rest of the equipment list below (the image and findings below are the copyright of PBS):

 

For more info (and submissions) please visit: www.pbs.org/pov/filmmakers.

Feature image is Courtney Dawson (dir.) in a still from the feature documentary Advance Australian Film (photo by Dimitri Zaunders)

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