Production Tools

Production Tools

Production Tools

Production Tools

Carson Filmworks has invested in high quality production tools for each step of the filmmaking process. For image capture, it has three models of BlackMagic Design cinema cameras, a Panasonic ENG style digital camera, and two Nikon still image cameras. Additionally, it has a set of four Zeiss CP.2 compact prime cinema lenses and a set of nine Nikon professional DSLR prime and zoom lenses. For camera support and motion control, the company turns to Kessler Crane jibs, sliders, tripods and motorized/programmable pan/tilt heads. For Audio capture, Carson Filmworks has microphones from Schoeps, DPA, Sennheiser and Shure. For expert sound mixing and recording, the tools of choice are from Zaxcom and Sound Devices.

Color Grading and Editing:

DaVinci Resolve and Final Cut Pro 7 & X.

  • MacPro "Cylinder":
    • Processor:
      3.0 GHz 8-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor with 25MB of L3 cache
    • RAM:
      64 GB 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC Ram
    • Graphics Cards:
      Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM each
    • Internal Storage:
      1TB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Displays:
    • three Apple 27inch LED Cinema displays
    • Flanders Scientific 24" LM-2461W calibrated broadcast monitor
  • Control Surface:
    • Tangent Devices Element four control panel modules.
  • Scopes:
    • Scopebox software driven by Mac mini
  • External Storage:
    • two 12 TB Raid 5 arrays (six drives each)

On-Site Post Production:

Carson Filmworks can bring the power of a color grading/editing suite to you with its on-site post production mobile workstation, the RoguePro by PostBox Systems.

  • RoguePro on-site Post Production workstation:
    • Apple MacPro “Cylinder”
    • 22” monitor built into lid of RoguePro
    • Three available PCIe slots with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity
    • 8 TB SSD RAID 0 (8-bays each with 1TB Solid State Drives)
    • BlackMagic Design Decklink Extreme 4K 12G twin I/O card
    • Two 2.5 inch drive readers
    • Compact Flash card reader
    • SD card reader
  • Inovativ Scout 31 workstation cart
  • Two Monitors in Motion fully adjustable monitor arms, masts and mounts
  • Flanders Scientific 24” calibrated broadcast monitor
  • Dell 24” UHD 3840 X 2160 reference monitor
  • Paralinx Triton wireless transmitter and receiver for realtime wireless HD Video monitoring
  • One 9 TB mobile 4-drive RAID for Source Media capture and backup
  • Two 6 TB mobile 4-drive RAID for Source Media capture and backup


  • BlackMagic Production Camera 4K - EF mount
  • BlackMagic Cinema Camera 2.5 K - EF mount
  • BlackMagic Pocket Camera - Micro Four Thirds mount (with both EF and Nikon adapters)
  • Panasonic HPX-170 "P2" Camera
  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D200


  • Zeiss CP.2 Cinema Compact Primes (EF mounts):
    • 15mm T2.9
    • 21mm T2.9
    • 35 mm T1.5 SuperSpeed
    • 50 mm T1.5 SuperSpeed
  • Panasonic Lumix G (Micro Four Thirds mounts):
    • 12 - 35mm F2.8 Vario zoom
    • 20mm F1.7 prime
  • Nikon:
    • EF to Nikon adapters
    • 200-400mm F4.0 VR FX
    • 70-200mm F2.8 VR FX
    • 24-70mm F2.8 FX
    • 12-24mm F4 DX
    • 17-55 F2.8 FX DX
    • 14-24mm F2.8 FX
    • 85mm f1.4 D FX
    • 50mm F1.4 FX
    • 35mm F1.8 FX


  • Flanders Scientific 9” broadcast monitor
  • Alphatron EVF
  • Bright Tangerine matte box and flags
  • Schneider ND, IR and Polarizing filters
  • Arri follow focus, crank and whip
  • Wooden Camera rig accessories
  • Switronix external power distribution box with v-mount batteries

Support/Motion control:

  • Kessler Crane:
    • K-Pod heavy duty tripod (500 pound capacity)
    • Pocket Jib (extends from floor to over 8 feet high)
    • CineSlider (3 foot heavy-duty)
    • Revolution II motorized pan/tilt head with two Oracle programable controllers
  • Gitzo Carbon Fiber tripod with leveling base and Fluid Head
  • Manfrotto 504HD tripod and video head
  • Manfrotto Carbon Fiber 5-section monopod with Merkins ball head
  • Manfrotto MVM500A Aluminum fluid monopod with 500 video head


  • Zaxcom Fusion 10-channel mixer recorder with special effects package
  • Sound Devices SD-302 portable three-channel field mixer
  • Schoeps CMIT 5U Shotgun Microphone (blue)
  • Schoeps Colette CMC6U/MK41 SuperCardioid Microphone with CUT1 with low cut filter
  • Shure VP83F LensHopper Camera Mount microphone with integrated Flash Recording
  • Rycote Modular Windshield Kits (three)
  • Loon Audio Carbon Fiber boom pole (14 feet)
  • Sennheiser G2 Lavaliere Wireless Microphone System (two sets)
  • DPA Microphones Lavaliere microphones (matched set of two 4041)
  • Rode smartLav for portable iOS recordings