Pirate is welcoming clients back to their studio where they can be confident that COVID-19 Health & Safety measures are in place to make shooting High Speed Special Effects as straight forward and convenient as they were before Lockdown.

Your production can liaise with our COVID-19 for Productions approved Studio Manager to complete risk assessments, co-ordinate the provision of safe catering and act as your C-19 Supervisor on-the-ground so that you can remain office based and keep teams to a minimum.


Pirate are unique. Established in 1985, Pirate are the UK's independent high speed specialists. With slow motion camera and related special effects equipment and expertise Pirate has worked throughout the UK and Europe. For high speed filming Pirate offer 3 current Phantom cameras as rental kits - Phantom Flex 4K, Phantom Flex 2K and two Phantom HD GOLD cameras.  All Phantom accessories are available, such as HD eyepieces, CineMags & CineStations, battery kit and a hand-held kit, together with a full range of cine lenses & accessories. Pirate also have the Photron Fastcam BC2 camera, capable of shooting HD 1080p at 2,000fps or ultra slow motion 5,400fps at 16:9 Standard Definition.

Uniquely, Pirate’s facilities include a small effects studio with motion control equipment in West London, providing un-rivalled expertise in all aspects of high speed projects.

Which slow motion camera is best to hire for your project? Please call Martin or Michael

High Speed Video & FilM

Pirate's top of the range high speed digital video camera shoots up to 1,000fps at 4K and 2,000fps at 2K, with sensor responsiveness of up to 1200 ISO. This sensitivity allows Pirate's 1000sqft packshotstudio, equipped with 3 x 10KW lights, to be the ideal one stop shop solution for small effects and tabletop shoots.

Pirate also hire out High Speed analogue video kits for self-operation - useful for machine analysis or effects preparation.

SPECIAL effects

Starting in 1988 from a background of Industrial Design and Product Prototyping, Pirate specialize in Special Effects for use with High Speed cameras.

Pirate's traditional markets are films, commercials and TV idents. As more photographer's are shooting both stills and movies, Pirate have developed techniques for capturing high speed events in a single frame.


All rights reserved © PIRATE 2017