What is in my event kit
Finally got all the equipment that I wanted in my event kit to travel to broadcast events. The kit will constantly change so let’s call this version 1, but I thought to do a little write up for all the essentials I carry with me at the moment (although some things are left behind when flying as they are not allowed as carry-on luggage). Probably do a comparison in a year of what has changed.
First of all the case itself. For that one, I ordered an HPRC 2550W Trolley with a Second Skin layout. Mainly because as where I bought it it came with the Second Skin, but still searching for a layout on the top for things like tablets or other small equipment I need to get fast to during an event.
In this case, I have the following always with me:
- BlackMagic Video Assist 3G 7” Recorder Monitor
One of the best little affordable monitors that can record, playback and has SDI (with a micro BNC cable) and HDMI input. Two large batteries with it will last for almost a full day (depending on what you do with it). Went for the 3G option as I hardly do any 4K productions that would need the 12G edition of the monitor.
- Elgato Stream Deck XL
Especially when doing a small production or you need to automate some of the things that need to happen at the same time. Paired with Bitfocus Companion I cannot imagine any esports production living without a Stream Deck.
- BNC Extraction Tool
For those hard-to-reach BNC connections. I would need to leave this one at home when flying, but otherwise always a good one to have on you.
- Decimator MD-HX
It is like an army knife for converting HDMI or SDI signals with a scaler build-in and multiple SDI output options (you can scale and loop out at the same time). Also sometimes I use it to amplify a signal if there is too much loss on the way.
- Sennheiser HD25 Plus
A lot of audio mixers don’t like a headset that also has a microphone on the same 3.5mm jack connection. So the Sennheiser HD25 I normally take with me has something that sounds good enough (would probably not mix an album on it) and has a 3.5mm jack and adapters for other connections.
- Samson Q7 Dynamic Microphone
I bought this microphone probably 15 years ago when still playing in a band. Always have it in my case for the moment you just need a wired microphone for either talkback functionality to the talent or just to test signals.
- Raspberry Pi 4B with case
The Raspberry Pi is just a mini pc and can be used for many things. At the moment I mostly use it if I need Bitfocus Companion running and I don’t want to occupy my own laptop during smaller productions, but also working on some other small use cases that I will post on my blog.
- BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera (original)
Still going strong and paired with a SmallRig and better batteries I use it for some small shots at production or as a live camera with an HDMI cable to the video mixer/production PC.
- Xbox Controller
You would be surprised how often you would need a controller in esports productions. Always good to have if you want to play some games yourself in downtime.
- 8BitDo SN30 Pro Controller
Same as above, but just smaller and supports other devices as well that require Bluetooth.
To mount cameras or microphones quickly to something and you don’t want to use tape.
Carry some roles of PVC tape with me to roll up cables.
- Small fuses
A lot of equipment have small fuses in them and you will never know when they blow. So I carry some with me just in case.
- Assortment of all kinds of adapters and different cables.
The strangest cables I have are probably with me. For some reason, the one that you don’t take with you is the one that is needed in production.
So in a year (I have put it in my calendar) I will look what I have changed in my kit and do a little update on it.
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