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Old March 9th, 2008, 10:35 PM   #1
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What do you do with your ProHD camera?

I'm just curious what everyone here uses their ProHD cameras for?

I just started work on a documentary project, but before that I used it for mainly for wedding videos and the occasional coorporate vid.
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Old March 9th, 2008, 11:21 PM   #2
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I freelance for news companies with mine. it was fun to watch the tides turn from betacam style to mini dv, at first everyone laughed at my gear because it was smaller than theirs....now they are all buying the same stuff. its lighter, and on breaking news events, a lot easier to run around with. Of course, the big three still equip their crews with beta and DVCAM, but I bet that changes in the next few years too.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 03:52 AM   #3
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The gy-hd200e is used almost exclusively for corporate work. All our broadcast work is still shot on Digi Beta or DVCPro. European broadcast units still don't like accepting anything on HDV or mini DV. The image quality from the pro HD cameras just can't crack it when you are shooting for network transmission. However, I really like the camera and for high end corporate it's superb!
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Old March 10th, 2008, 06:34 AM   #4
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I use mine for film work exclusively, with with mini-35 but also testing other configs and also from time to time with the standard lens. I am lucky to work with a DP who appreciates this camera.

What I love about it is the nature of the image and the quality of the full-progressive shooting.

And I also use this camera for scouting, test shoots etc when preparing a film.

I work both in docu and fiction.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 06:49 AM   #5
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Only just got my first ProHD 200U which I plan to use in conjunction with my existing fleet of hand-held cameras. I shoot weddings professionally and have been lusting after a proper shoulder mount to get those steadier interview/formal shots at weddings and also needed a cam that looks more "pro" at events where half the wedding guests are running around with big-arsed DSLRs and handycams.

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Old March 10th, 2008, 11:32 AM   #6
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I use an hd100 primarily as the aquisition device of an Aerial Telecine for 8mm, Super8 and 16mm film transfer. It does a great job in SD and HD.

The other use is corporate videos or low budget tv spots.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 12:07 PM   #7
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EVERYTHING!

seriously, its just such a great piece of equipment. despite the fact that i dont use it primarily for work and more as the perfect indie film and short film cam, it has paid for itself several times already. its a hard cam to let go of once you appreciate everything it has to offer, and the image is very pleasing.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 01:35 PM   #9
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television programming. we have a leased access setup which we are buying out the channel we broadcast on, so right now we do news 4 times a day, and an infomercial. we also have a travel show, and are in the works for a show to promote local musicians, and more to come.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 02:01 PM   #10
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HD100/200 suitability for broadcast?

What's the vote?

Is the JVC 100/200 a legimate broadcast camera? SD and HD?

I know that technically any and every camera is a "broadcast" camera since we see footage on TV broadcast with cell phone cams. However, staying true to the spirit of the term, nebulous as it is, what are the opinions out here?
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Old March 10th, 2008, 02:34 PM   #11
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I got my 201e only recently and have just shot corporates on it so far but I plan to shoot a few pilots soon. If commissioned then I will continue shooting on the JVC. I have been a cameraman for over 10 years and have used nearly every type of camera available and I have to say, every camera has it's own traits and look. The JVC has a very desirable warmth and sharpness when used HD mode. I have seen lots of awful images shot on expensive broadcast cameras. Used well the JVC competes perfectly.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 07:21 PM   #12
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What's the vote?

Is the JVC 100/200 a legimate broadcast camera? SD and HD?

I know that technically any and every camera is a "broadcast" camera since we see footage on TV broadcast with cell phone cams. However, staying true to the spirit of the term, nebulous as it is, what are the opinions out here?


yes. yes. yes.

thats all I use it for, and not just for local, or public access. I shoot mainly for network news companies. they are all happy with the video, and everyone airs it. so my answer is most definately YES.

I should follow that up with, for news, I shoot in SD. HD is still a stickler for most. the 720p thing scares a lot of people. but ESPN and most other sports shows actually prefer 720p, so I will be using the HD100 for some nascar and indy shoots this summer.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 12:08 AM   #13
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What's the vote?

Is the JVC 100/200 a legimate broadcast camera? SD and HD?

I know that technically any and every camera is a "broadcast" camera since we see footage on TV broadcast with cell phone cams. However, staying true to the spirit of the term, nebulous as it is, what are the opinions out here?
I know of several local news stations across the country that use Pro HD cameras for all their field work. About a year ago a freelance crew visited us from L.A. doing a feature story for CBS news and they were using Pro HD gear.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 12:10 PM   #14
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agreed.

In a world where the likes of CNN uses 320x240 15fps "video phone" video during broadcast, its absurd to think the JVC is not broadcast worthy.
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Old March 11th, 2008, 05:25 PM   #15
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I've shot several local commercials, music videos (nationally broadcast) and a friend I let use it is shooting a documentary.
So, it gets used a lot.
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