AJA Cion, Sony F55, F5, FS-7, all Black Magic cameras, the new RED Weapon 8k, Phantom Flex 4k, all ARRI Alexa cameras, and even the Panasonic Varicam 35. What do […]
We have been shooting tapeless now for over a decade but in my experience Producers are still not accounting for media transfer time within the shoot day. With different codecs it’s important that both the crew and the client be on the same page in that regard. Now the crew needs to be aware of what card or drive they are recording to and which one needs to be moved to a client hard drive or backed up. We need to be ready to download the footage at moment’s notice.
As a DP at this years NAB, I am seeing some new trends. With the advent of 4K cameras, more and more accessories are being used to mange and control the image. The camera battery is becoming the main source of power for these items. Wireless transmitters such as the Paralinx, external recorders such as the Pix 240 or Ki Pro. Zoom and focus controls have been the standard in feature film production, but are now seeping into our side of the world. The Scatter box by Solid camera and the Jet Pack by Switronix are power distribution boxes that attach to the back of the camera and provide multiple sources for power. USB, P-tap, lemo, even 4-pin XLR.