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Browse our equipment rental site and use it like a shopping cart - add items to your kit list and set your shooting dates to see the rental pricing. Shipping prices will show up as soon as you add an item into your kit list. We offer competitive hire rates for short term and long term hire. We make use of our kit in our own video productions and try to keep up with the latest production technology and techniques, but if we don't have something specific available then let us know what you need and we will try to source it for you (budget willing!).

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Atomos Ninja-V HDR High Brightness monitor/recorder

Published Monday 8 July 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Now in stock, we have the Atomos Ninja V - an all new compact 5.2" 1000nit high brightness HDR monitor/recorder with unrivalled advanced features. It has a sleek modern design and weighs just 11oz - perfect for mirrorless cameras, DSLRs and gaming. This clever little monitor can re...

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Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro upgraded with ISO 3200

Published Wednesday 20 March 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Blackmagic have upgraded the firmware of their fantastic URSA Mini Pro camera. One slight downfall of the camera was it's low light performance. But now they have improved the noise at the current ISO levels which has allowed them to add in a new ISO 3200 option. Recent firmware...

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Camera rigs - what works best for you?

Published Thursday 7 March 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Here at Maniac Films we love a well designed camera rig, because while it's possible to shoot great video with just a camera and lens, many film-makers quickly realise that they need to add extra kit such as monitors, external recorders, matte boxes and microphones to their set-up. Mos...

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Ronin-S 3-axis 1-handed gimbal stabiliser

Published Friday 1 March 2019 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

New in from DJI, we now offer the DJI Ronin-S 3-axis gimbal stabiliser, designed to be used one handed with DSLR & Mirrorless cameras. The Ronin-S is a lightweight and versatile solution which is idea for cameras such as the Sony a7s II and Canon EOS 5D. For video demos and tutoria...

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click to play the videoInglorious - Where Are You Now? music video lighting & jib hire

Published Monday 22 October 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Back in August 2018 we hired our Losmandy Porta-Jib, Arri and Ianiro lights, Sachtler tripod and a camera rig to Nathan James, lead singer of rock band Inglorious to shoot two new music videos for their upcoming 3rd album. The first music video has just been released in advance of the a...

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Teradek Bolt 500 LT 3G-SDI Wireless kit now available

Published Monday 2 July 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

A few years ago we invested in the original Teradek Bolt Pro SDI zero-delay wireless video system and have been very pleased with the results! Technology has moved on and Teradek have improved their offerings in the Bolt Family. Because of this, we now offer for hire the Teradek Bolt 50...

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Using LUTS on Blackmagic monitors & cameras

Published Friday 4 May 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

As more cameras offer a flat recording format, which offers more stops of dynamic range and therefore more room to play with when grading the finished film, LUTS are becoming more important and are becoming a feature in more monitors and camera outputs. 3D LUTs or Look Up Tables are sim...

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LED light & 4k Monitor hire for Pacapod shoot

Published Thursday 3 May 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

We recently hired one of our 2k LED LS C300d lights to local videographer Pete along with a Blackmagic Smartview 4K production monitor and various grip items including a clapper board. Pete was filming a new campaign video for baby accessory company Pacapod. The shoot was located near L...

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TP-300 Teleprompter kit - how to use it

Published Wednesday 2 May 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Our DataVideo TP-300 teleprompter kit for tablets (such as the iPad or similar android tablets) has proved popular as an affordable, lightweight option for providing autocue on set. We offer two hiring options TP-300 Teleprompter: the basic teleprompter kit Teleprompter with iPa...

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click to play the videoAputure C300D LED film lighting upgraded

Published Tuesday 20 March 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Our Aputure LS C300d LED COB Daylight light have just been upgraded with a new filter over the LED element. The original batch of lights had a slight issue,where the LS C300d bare bulb may cause a very slight green tint at the edges of the light's cast. It wasn't visible is using ...

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Aputure lighting hire for Fitness centre promo film

Published Tuesday 20 March 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Back in February 2018 we hired our Aputure LED panel kit and 1m Glidetrack Slider to Matt of Province Media to shoot a promotional film for Matt Luxton Heath & Fitness. The film was shot using Matt's GH5 in a day on location at the fitness centre. Matt used the Aputure lights hi...

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New SSD recorder for the Blackmagic URSA Mini

Published Thursday 11 January 2018 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Now available - The Blackmagic SSD recorder for the URSA Mini & URSA mini Pro cameras - ideal for longer recording times than CFAST cards. Blackmagic have brought out some fantastic 4K cameras recently, but one issue is the CFAST recording media, which is expensive and also doesn...

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click to play the videoAputure 2K LED film lighting now in stock

Published Tuesday 12 December 2017 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

We now stock the Aputure LS C300d LED COB Daylight light - with dimmer and wireless remote control matching the other Aputure Light Storm series lights. This light can be powered by mains or from high rated V-lock batteries for use in the field. To date this is the biggest and brightest li...

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click to play the video'Before I Go' short film wins Audience Choice Award

Published Thursday 7 December 2017 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Back in July this year (2017) we hired an Outdoors Location Audio Kit to Scott Stevens which was to be used on the shoot for his new short film 'Before I Go'. We have just found out that the film won the 'Audience Choice' award at the Two Short Nights film festival in Ex...

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click to play the videoRadio Mics used for National Baby Swimming Week promo

Published Wednesday 4 October 2017 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Back in May 2017 we hired a set of Sennheiser Radio mics, as well as an audio recorder and camera top microphone to Tommy from Water Babies in Exeter. Water Babies is a nationwide company which offer swimming classes for babies and young children, allowing them to gain confidence and bu...

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Tascam DR-10C micro audio recorders in stock

Published Tuesday 15 August 2017 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Maniac Films now stock the Tascam DR-10CS micro Linear PCM audio recorder. (for specs and hire prices see our Hire page) This is a fantastic little device that solves an issue that we would occasionally face when using radio mics - radio interference. Although radio mic systems are bec...

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click to play the video'Louder' music video by Leave Before Dawn shot on Sony a7S II

Published Tuesday 8 August 2017 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Back in March 2017 we hired the Sony a7S II camera, LED lighting, a camera rig and Blackmagic monitor to Matt of Province Media to shoot a music video for the new single by Leave Before Dawn - 'Louder'. Although the video has been ready for a while, it has only just been release...

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Teradek VidiU Live streaming kit

Published Wednesday 12 July 2017 by Stu Gaunt in Rental News

Maniac Films now stock the Teradek VidiU Pro Live HD Streamer (for specs and hire prices see our Hire page), a fantastic little box that can encode and live stream HD video straight to Youtube, Facebook and more. It can stream up to 1080i60/p30. The VidiU Pro can be connected to the int...

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