Once you pull that shiny new piece of equipment out of its box or crate and set it up, chances are that the case and packing material are discarded fairly quickly – unless there are plans to frequently move that device. Most manufactured products don’t get shipped in a container built for continual reuse. Once your gear is set-up in the studio, how often does it really need to be re-boxed? Some people like to retain boxes with specially-cut shipping foam, but beyond a few key items – who has the room for that? It’s all well and good to discard bulky shipping materials to save space if the equipment in question has reached its final destination. All filming and content generation isn’t done strictly in the studio, however; sometimes, you have to pack-up and leave the comfort of the pre-made studio.
When you go out into the field, whether it’s filming a sporting event, chasing down a story, or filming on-site at some exotic location, your equipment needs to be safely brought along for the trip. Just like the salesman going on a business trip, your equipment needs some ‘traveling clothes’ – another layer of protection between it and whatever the environment it’s going through might be. If your crew does a lot of traveling, the sturdier that protective layer is going to need to be. Utility and durability are a must for this and style is a plus.
Your precious gear needs to be contained during its journey; specialized easily re-usable cases and bags are the solution for this. Exactly how these
containers are put together depends on your studio’s resources and protective needs. A start-up studio might have to rely on bulky ‘home-made’ cases at first to meet the budget and durability requirements; or perhaps a nice sturdy one-size-fits-all case stuffed with last week’s newspapers for padding. Once your studio has graduated beyond that level, it’s time to peruse what’s available to help your gear travel well.
Where the equipment is going and the conditions along the way are important factors for determining what type of case you’ll want. Downtown sporting events don’t warrant the same camera case as six months in the rainforests of Brazil would. What local conditions does the case need to protect against? Humidity so high you’d swear you were underwater, or perhaps fine sand in the air, or maybe a local poisonous insect that’s the same color as your original choice of the equipment case’s color? Things like this all bear some consideration.
Custom-cut foam is a favorite for the interior of a case meant for hauling pricey electronics. A camera case that neatly protects, and helps keep sorted all the various lenses the cameraman might be using is a tool in itself. Tailoring a case to your needs can add interesting options like a support easel behind an I-pad. Keeping the inside in and protected and the outside out is of paramount importance with any case for expensive equipment.
Pelican Products is one company that has a wide variety of ready to go cases for a broad range of expensive electronics. Their existing product line covers a broad range of cameras, laptops etc. If you can’t find your ideal case in their inventory, they can also do custom work, including placing your company logo on your cases. In Pelican cases, you can find things like separate pockets to keep things sorted, wheels, extended handles, o-ring seals, double
throw latches tested to 400 lb., shock resistance, the ability to float in water when sealed (if item encased is not to heavy); AND they come with a 1ifetime guarantee! Watertight, crushproof, and dustproof; other features include: a comfortable rubber over-molded handle, being easily stackable, a purge valve that equalizes internal and external pressure without drawing moisture into the case, stainless steel hardware and padlock protectors, and even the option of built-in combination locks; the Pick-N-Pluck with convoluted lid foam allows a user to quickly create their own customized shapes cut into the foam pad! Pelican also stocks replacements of case parts that receive the most wear, like new seals, and replacement foam.
Additional accessories, such as lid organizers, dividers, straps, extra handles are also available, along with optional wheel castor sets for their largest containers, specialized custom tailored panel frames, and boat brackets if you are doing any filming at sea. You can find a Pelican dealer swiftly at: www.pelican.com/dealers/distributor_map.php. In addition to cases for hauling equipment, Pelican also manufactures luggage built to similar standards of durability.
About Pelican Products, Inc.
Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in design and manufacture of both high-performance protective case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems. Their products are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including fire safety, law enforcement, defense / military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and consumer. Pelican products are designed and built to last a lifetime. The company operates in 19 countries, with 28 offices and seven manufacturing facilities across the globe. For more information, visit www.Pelican.com or www.behrmancap.com.