HYDRO STATE

PROFESSIONAL UNDERWATER CAMERA OPERATORS

We specialize in underwater camera operating and cinematography, using the latest underwater cameras, housings, lighting, and techniques to get the most professional shots possible underwater. Whether you are looking to document marine wildlife or film narrative scenes in a swimming pool, we can bring all your underwater filming dreams to life.

PADI CERTIFIED DIVEMASTER

Taking cameras underwater requires not only a great deal of experience with the specialized camera equipment, the operator must have a deep knowledge of scuba diving as well. Motion State partner Sam Nuttmann is an experienced PADI certified dive master, who has dived all over the world in a wide variety of conditions and camera applications. He is passionate about filming the underwater world and is ready to get your film project into the magical deep blue.

Padi Divemaster Camera Operators

CANON R5

The Canon EOS R5 is the latest in Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera lineup which uses an all new 45MP CMOS sensor with in-body image stabilization.  The camera’s Dual Pixel autofocus system uses 1053 autofocus points across the entire frame.   It is also capable of recording 8K video at 24p or 30p and 4K at up to 120p.

ATOMOS NINJA V+ MONITOR / RECORDER

The Atomos Ninja V is an exceptional monitor, featuring a bright 1000 nit 10-bit HDR 5.2″ screen that can display over 10 stops of dynamic range with compatible cameras. In addition to being an extremely capable monitor, the Ninja V is also a recorder. When used with compatible cameras over HDMI 2.0, the Ninja V can record 4K at 60p in 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes or DNxHR formats to Atomos AtomX SSD mini solid state drives.  The Ninja V+ will allow for up to 4K 120p and 8K 30p ProRes RAW recording.  With a 1TB SSDmini drive, the Ninja V can record up to 150 minutes of 4K video.

FEATURES

  • 45MP full-frame Dual Pixel CMOS sensor
  • 8K Video, with option for RAW or 10-bit 4:2:2 C-log or HDR PQ
  • Up to 4K/120p, or oversampled 4K up to 30p
  • 100% coverage Dual Pixel II AF system
  • 12 fps / 20 fps burst (mechanical / electronic shutter)
  • 5.76M-dot OLED EVF with 120fps max refresh rate
  • 3.2″ 2.1M-dot fully articulating touchscreen
  • 10-bit HDR photos in HEIF format
  • 1x CFExpress slot, 1x UHS-II SD slot
  • Weather sealing

NAUTICAM R5 HOUSING

Nauticam underwater housings have become the industry standard for high end underwater camera operating. Their lightweight, durable builds, intuitive user interface, and robust lineup of lens port options make it an exceptionally fun system to use. Its modular design allow the user to easily add an external monitor and video lights, making building out a full cinema package for underwater use easy for all shooting situations.

NAUTICAM NINJA V+ HOUSING

This housing allows the camera operator to use the Atomos Ninja V+ monitor / recorder with the Canon R5 camera, allowing for unlimited 8K video at up to 30 fps, as well as 4K video at up to 60 fps. The housing has a leak detection system built in, is lightweight, durable, and travel friendly.

LIGHT & MOTION SOLA PRO VIDEO 15,000

For underwater lighting, we use Light & Motion Sola Pro lights. They offer 15K lumens of continuous light for up to 45 minutes on a full charge and take about an hour to fully recharge. We use blue water filter domes on the lights, as well as a Keldan Spectrum (red light) filter on the lenses in order to achieve better manual white balance underwater, giving the footage a natural look with no color shifts or red “spotlights”. These lights can also be used on the surface as 8K lumen lights with a simple adapter and can also be combined with a variety of light modifiers for soft, even surface lighting, making these an incredibly versatile light system.

FEATURES

  • 15000 lumen flood output certified to the FL-1 Standard
  • Regulated output ensures light does not dim in use; custom firmware keeps lumens consistent
  • 115° flood beam (measured underwater) with dome port designed for wide-angle photo/video
  • Custom optics produce a clean beam void of distracting hot spots and provides gentle light fall-off at edges
  • OLED Dashboard Display for monitoring lumen output, runtime, charge percentage
  • Dimming with stepped or continuous control for precise lighting
  • Factory sealed body ensures flood-free performance and long-term reliability
  • Full recharge in 1 hr 45 min with exclusive FC (Fast Charge) technology
  • Travel-friendly design with minimal weight or bulk approved for carry-on and check-in luggage
  • Includes Ball mount, optional Loc-Line, and YS available