Using the JVC GY-HM600, a Miller tripod and a Pelican case to shoot trains in Japan

Will Holloway writes on Studio Daily:

Japan answered the problem of transportation by building the most comprehensive and efficient rail network in the world. There is almost no inhabited area on the island that cannot be reached by train. And that led to the subject for this article.

I set out to document the ease of travel in and around Tokyo and to some of the region’s cultural sites on its varied trains, from suburban local trains to the world famous Shinkansen bullet trains, which inaugurated regular running at 320 kph on several lines in March of 2013. They are now the fastest scheduled passenger trains on the planet!

How does a one-man crew haul tripods, cameras and microphones and all of his other junk on such a trip, through the busiest and most crowded train stations anywhere? With planning and help from a few manufacturers. JVC, Miller Camera Support Equipment, and Pelican Products stepped up to make this documentary shoot easier.

JVC had a new compact HD camcorder wowing crowds at NAB in the spring. They sent me the GY-HM600 to field-test before the show and its compact size, light weight of only 5.3 lbs, extended recording time from low power consumption and large capacity SDHC cards, and full complement of broadcast grade features allowed me to pack light and get heavy results. (More on that camera later.)

Pelican cases and a Miller tripod were key to making work in Japan’s crowded railway stations possible… I own at least a half dozen Pelican cases, but I needed something special. I wanted a single box that would have durable wheels to roll out all of the gear for this trip — camera, batteries, tripod, DSLR and lenses, gaffer’s tape and tools, rain gear, microphones etc. Pelican hooked me up.

Read the full article here.