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Old December 22nd, 2009, 11:05 AM   #1
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HD(V) camera used in television?

Is there a thread on this site or offsite, that shows which cameras are used on certain tv shows? Like the Z1U being used on "Deadliest Catch; XH-G1 on "Guilding Light, etc.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 08:30 AM   #2
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Hey, I would be interested in that as well.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 11:25 AM   #3
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none that I've ever seen, especially since each show is done by different production companies.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 03:44 PM   #4
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What I have been seeing a lot of on set, particularly on the 1 hour prime time dramas (procedurals etc) is that the primary cameras are generally still the "big ones": Genesis, F23/35, D21 as well as 35mm film, but more and more smaller cameras are showing up for specialty shots and stunt scenes. EX3's are popular, with 5D and 7D's making inroads. These aren't generally intercut within a dialogue scene with the intention of matching the full-size cameras, but more for different point of views and hard-to-reach places.
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Old December 26th, 2009, 08:31 PM   #5
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Les Stroud shoots his Survivorman episodes with two Sony HVR-Z1Us and a Sony HDR-HC3. He also uses a Sony DCR-HC96 for infrared and time lapse shots and a Viosport Adventure Cam H20 waterproof lipstick cam. He packs these in himself and is typically alone on location for about a week and brings back about 40 hours of footage for a one hour show.
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Old December 27th, 2009, 01:54 PM   #6
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There are threads that pop up here and there from time to time on this general topic, but it might make a good section "as seen on..." for both movies and TV to discuss the places where "consumer" or prosumer type equipment is being used for professional productions.

Phil Bloom just did an excellent little short of Skywalker Ranch in the 7D area that EVERYONE should see if there's any doubt about the capabilities of the relatively inexpensive gear that virtually any of us could probably budget for... the talent, well, that's another story, but I think it's a great idea (and inspiring) to showcase how much someone with talent, an idea and a little effort can do with the latest gear.

I vote for "as seen on..." perhaps just so we could link to other threads within DVinfo that have this sort of content - might be great for the "tourists" who come for the fluff, and stay for the steak! AND not so bad for regulars who might not visit all the extensive areas of "DVinfo Ranch"!
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 05:07 PM   #7
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I've used a jvc hd100 and dvx100 for several productions on speed channel. Z1u for Entertainment Tonight. I use a HVX200 everyday for local news and some of that has gone to network level. Broadcast standards aren't what they used to be.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 11:20 PM   #8
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I know that Mall Cops :MOA on TLC uses Z1u's, I have been talking to the crew the last couple days and might be joining their crew for season 2.
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