Touring with the Dave Matthews Band


Filament Productions is using AJA Ki Pro digital video recorders to capture the Dave Matthews Band (DMB) 2012 summer tour, which kicked off on 18 May in Houston, Texas.Video director Mike Lane captures the concert in HD Apple ProRes 422 for the camera feeds that project on both house screens and custom LED video walls. DMB shows are shot with five high definition cameras fed into six Ki Pros. Each camera is isolated and a copy of the director’s cut is kept for post-production reference. DMB typically plays a two and a half hour set, accruing up to two terabytes per show.

The cost savings of moving to a tapeless workflow were significant for Filament Productions. Each of these shows are archived on external drives and catalogued back at DMB’s studio in Charlottesville, VA. After the content is captured it is then considered for future uses that include web videos, social media and potential live show releases.Lane comments: “I love the Ki Pro. It’s a tremendously versatile, high quality machine at a very reasonable price.’

Filament VP Ryan Gall adds: “The Ki Pros give us instant access to the show’s footage and we have the ability to review and edit videos on the spot. With Ki Pro, it’s just as easy to capture, store and archive that same footage without adding significantly to your gear footprint or budget.’

According to Bryan Bieber, GM at Filament, his team has used their Ki Pros for three years, averaging about 60 shows a year. “We don’t have time for gear failure on the road. The AJA Ki Pro has been very consistent for us.’


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