July 15, 2016
By Maisie Loh
NahidRains Pictures, a production and post production company based in Chittagong, Bangladesh, is producing programs for BTV Chittagong, a television channel affiliated to Bangladesh’s largest television network Bangladesh Television (BTV)with Blackmagic Design’s URSA, Production Camera 4Ks, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Pocket Cinema Cameras and DaVinci Resolve Studio.
BTV Chittagong originated from BTV’s subcentre in Chittagong, which was intended to produce local programs for BTV and to broadcast BTV programs to local audiences. Now the Bengali government has decided to turn this centre to a brand new digital television channel that broadcasts quality modern programs to audiences nationwide.
As a pioneer in digital filmmaking in Bangladesh and also known for their YouTube films which are hugely popular among local youngsters, NahidRains Pictures was chosen to make new programs for BTV Chittagong. “All the cameras we are using for production of the programs are Blackmagic cameras,” said Nahid M Helal, better known as NahidRains, CEO and owner of NahidRains Pictures. “Once I first got my Blackmagic Cinema Camera, I fell in love with its wide dynamic range and the beautiful images it produced, which the succeeding models including the Pocket Cinema Camera, Production Camera 4K and URSA also inherit. So gradually I upgraded all our cameras to Blackmagic cameras.”
They are using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K for indoor studio shoots, most of which are for chroma keying. “Blackmagic cameras are very good for chroma keying and we got the best quality among mainstream cameras we have used,” said Nahid.
The URSA camera, along with another Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, are being used to shoot drama series and big productions, while many Pocket Cinema Cameras are being used for those shots where spaces are tight.
In its office of around six thousands square feet in Chittagong, NahidRains Pictures has ten dedicated 4K capable editing suites and six DaVinci Resolve Studio color grading suites, all equipped with Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K capture and playback cards.
However, with DaVinci Resolve becoming also a powerful NLE editor, Nahid is working to replace all their existing editing suites with DaVinci Resolve Studio. “For all our color grading, we exclusively rely on DaVinci Resolve Studio and two of our editors are editing with DaVinci Resolve Studio as well. All our Resolve suites are running efficiently with three nVidia 980ti GPUs in each. We know Resolve goes on evolving and we want all our colorists and editors to enjoy its powerful performance and features, ” he said.
According to Nahid, so far they have supplied 6,855 minutes of programs to BTV Chittagong and there is another 6,000 minutes in production.