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When shooting reality television, many challenges come into play for everyone involved, TV Producers, DP’s, and Audio Technicians. It is important for everyone to work together to face these challenges. Recording audio for reality TV effectively is an art, and as a DP I know how much good or poor audio practices can affect the whole production. For starters you need to have a good A1. Without an experienced person, all the technology in the world can’t save you from an audio disaster.Continue Reading "Audio: When Shooting For Reality Television"
Paralinx is staking its claim in the wireless HD transmitter market with the introduction of the Arrow and Arrow-Plus. The Paralinx Arrow is a HD wireless bridge, capable of transferring fully uncompressed 4:2:2, 1920x1080, 10-bit video signal with less than 2 milliseconds of latency. It has a built-in Omni-directional antenna capable of transmitting signals up to 328feet/100meters...Continue Reading "A First Look: Paralinx Arrow & Arrow Plus"
By now you might have read a handful of reviews for the new Sony 4K cameras that recently started shipping. If you had the opportunity to read Adam Shanker’s review of the PMW-F5 then you have a general idea of what you can expect from it big brother, the Sony PMW-F55.Continue Reading "Sony’s Game Changing PMW-F55"
I had the chance to sit down with seasoned video editor Russ Johnson and discuss his initial reactions from working on his first project in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. Over the last 14 months there have been many discussions around FCPX and the direction Apple is taking its post-production software. As an experienced Final Cut Pro 7 editor, I still had a few lingering questions that needed answers. So I sought out Russ Johnson, served up an unhealthy batch of banana pancakes, and started rapidly...Continue Reading "Final Cut Pro X: First Impressions From Russell Johnson"
The AVC Ultra codec is Panasonic’s pinnacle release of 2012, and this fall their first camera intended for that codec upgrade will be released. In addition to recording with the AVC Ultra codec, the Panasonic HPX600 will be able to shoot in AVC Intra, DVCPROHD, DVCPRO50, and DVCPRO codecs. Along the AVC Ultra upgrade the Panasonic HPX600 will offer wireless metadata from the camera, proxy recording, and another upgrade for variable frame rates.Continue Reading "AVC Ultra and the HPX600: The Future of Panasonic"
At the 2012 NAB show Sound Devices unveiled their newest model in their Pix line of mobile recording devices, the Pix 260. The Sound Devices Pix 260 employs many of the mainstays of the flagship mobile recorder the Pix 240 while pushing for higher-end options to attempt to compete with full resolution recorders like Convergent Design’s Gemini 4:4:4.Continue Reading "For Field And Suite: Sound Devices Pix 260"
Black Magic Design, mostly known for its Da Vinci color correction system, has slowly crept into the video production equipment line. They have created their own version of the “Super 35” Digital camera called the Black Magic Cinema Camera. A relatively straightforward name compared to the complicated model numbers of many Sony, Canon, and Panasonic cameras.Continue Reading "Blackmagic Cinema Camera—Did You Say Cinema Camera?"
Crews Control University is a series of educational seminars on new technology, equipment, and software. The most recent Crews Control University was held at the Crews Control offices, and a couple representatives from Abelcine gave demonstration of a vast array of mobile recording device. Mobile recording devices are recording devices that attach to a camera and can record different formats, codecs, resolutions, and other options.Continue Reading "Crews Control University On Mobile Recording Devices"
Once a year in Las Vegas the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual tradeshow highlights the new technologies for the upcoming year but also indicates trends of the broadcast industry. Trends have carried over from last year’s NAB show with larger sensors cameras, higher resolution for less money, and versatile technology that makes production lighter, faster and easier. Let's unwrap the wonderful gifts of NAB 2012.Continue Reading "NAB 2012: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
For 3-D production there are two options, either a 3-D rig or a twin lens camera. 3-D Rigs are bulky apparatuses that often take several people to manage. Ask any Director of Photography that has shot 3-D and they will mobility and flexibility are not words synonymous with 3-D rigs. Twin Lens cameras are more portable but the 3-D is less versatile and often the footage has an amateur look to it. Panasonic’s new addition to the 3-D camera marketplace is their shoulder mounted, ENG style, twin...Continue Reading "Panasonic AG-3DP1: Bringing 3-D to the ENG"
The technology to make create instant files directly from a tape-based camera is not new. Many companies have been marketing devices since tapeless cameras first camera out. But as the market becomes more refine, the devices become more intuitive. AJA has been one of the leaders in this market, and their most recent device, the Ki Pro Mini is no exception.Continue Reading "The AJA Ki Pro Mini: The Little Recorder with Big Dreams"
Sound Devices doesn’t sound like a company that would make a splash with a video mobile recording device, but they have in a big way. The Pix 220 and 240 are mobile video recorders that create up to 10-bit digital video files and transfer them to a compact flash of solid state drive. Not only can the Sound Devices Pix record from a tape to make an instantaneously digital file, it can convert resolutions of the file at the same time. The Pix 240 and 220 offers real-time conversion from 1080i...Continue Reading "Sound Devices Goes Visual with the Pix 240/220"
The CameraRibbon will allow freelance camera operators and professional camera crews to stabilize prosumer cameras and Canon DSLR cameras like a shoulder-mounted camera. Its simplistic design makes it easy to use and it will not add volume to your camera kit. Every location production crew should check out the Camera Ribbon.Continue Reading "Shoot All Day With A Hand Held Camera!"
Today’s technological world is about balance. People love large, epic technology in their homes, but the small portable for the everyday. Location production is no different. Sometimes location productions warrant a monitor when the camera is locked down, but sometimes the production is too run-and-gun to utilize a monitor. Zacuto has presented a good balance between those two situations with their Zacuto Z-Finder Electronic Viewfinders (EVF). Their line of attachable viewfinders has a 3.2”...Continue Reading "Viewing the World through the Zacuto Z-Finder EVF"
Apple and Intel have developed together a new transfer technology epically entitled Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt transfer technology is currently exclusive to the Lacie Little Big Disk drives. Thunderbolt technology integrates data and display protocol over a single cable, and can allow up to 10GB/second transfer speed bi-directionally from the drive to multiple sources.Continue Reading "Lightning Fast Transfer Speed with Thunderbolt"
Aerospace & Defense- USA, Inc. has video equipment for sale and is glad to negotiate a price for any of the equipment with those who respond. All of this equipment is video-related and in good condition. Click for a complete listing of this equipment:Continue Reading "Video Equipment for Sale"
Let’s get ready to rumble. In one corner we have video production equipment heavy weight Sony with the XDCam EX format shooting to SxS cards. In the other corner we have Panasonic who set the precedent for tapeless card cameras with their release of the HVX 200 in ‘05 and 13 or so P2 card cameras after that. Who will win the tapeless battle? Will it be Sony with their Optical Disc or SxS media take the lead or will Panasonic continue to dominate with P2 cards?Continue Reading "In The Ring With P2 vs. SXS"
You know when you’re on a shoot and you need to raise the viewpoint of a camera, like, right away and you don’t have time to set up stage risers. In this episode of Information Overdrive, we talk with founder of Spider Support Systems, Charlie Kendall, about why every camera guy needs to have a spiderpod.Continue Reading "Rise To The Occasion"