BBC’s Planet Earth

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“Planet Earth” on planet5D has a good ring to it doesn't it? HA. The BBC show “Planet Earth” was all shot on HD cameras – it was released in 2007 so no Canon HDSLRs were used, but since it was HD and got rave reviews and the BBC is offering the first episode for free.

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Kerem Owen, Community Ambassador, Planet Earth sent us this info about the cameras… “As far as camera's used during the whole shooting process, I know that the Sony HDW-750 was used for a lot of footage, especially in the caves and what not, the Sony HDC-950 was used for mostly aerial stuff with a Canon HJ40 400x lens, that's the extent I know of the cameras used to capture some of the amazing things they did”

You can see what the series is like by watching the first episode for free! The free download will be available for everyone in their choice of SD or HD format (U.S. residents only) starting Monday, April 12th.


“This jaw-dropping, 11-part series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit presents the epic story of life on Earth. Series producer Alastair Fothergill and his team spent four years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 71 cameramen filming across 204 locations in 62 countries to capture the ultimate portrait of our planet. It has garnered legions of fans and universal critical acclaim with Oprah Magazine saying “It is the most beautiful, wondrous and truly majestic series – the best thing I’ve ever seen on TV.” Using a budget of unprecedented proportions and captured on HD cameras, Planet Earth is among the highest rated and best selling HD programs ever made. It offers stunning visuals perfect for any HD television or HD handheld device like the Apple iPad which launched on April 3rd.”

Go behind-the scenes with the all-new playlist, The Planet Earth Diaries ($4.99/Playlist; 99¢/episode). Here you’ll find a total of 110 minutes (eleven 10-minute episodes) of footage detailing what the crew had to endure in order to capture some of the most enthralling moments of the series.

(Photo credit: snap from the itunes listing)



  1. A lot of the slo mo scenes were obviously shot with a phantom camera.

  2. Why is this on the 5D blog? This has nothing to do with HDSLRs – is this a paid promo?

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      No, it is not a paid promo (tho I understand why you asked). They initially approached me asking for some promotion and I was thinking that it was for their new series – and they were going to offer a free copy of their series in iTunes – but due to my NAB excitement, I missed out on the opportunity to get a free copy to give away. I’d already typed up the post, so I went ahead and posted it anyway. Sorry if it was a bit off topic.

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