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Old July 18th, 2005, 11:38 PM   #1
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need help with shooting reality type show

I currently own a dvx100a and I was going to be shooting some footage for a show aimed for television. We are doing this independently and planning on shopping it around (MTV, VH1 etc). I plan on shooting with two cameras the dvx100a for A camera and a pdx10 for B camera. I'm not familiar with the pdx10, does it have progressive mode? Also are most shows shot at 30p or 60i? Will the difference between the quality of cameras be too jarring for the viewer?

Any help will be greatly appreciated as I'm a newbie when it comes to shooting for tv (I've done more short film work).

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Old July 19th, 2005, 08:44 AM   #2
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The PDX10 has no progressive mode.

Most reality TV is shot at 60i, because of its hyper-real motion rendering.

But that doesnít mean youíre limited to it. If you think 60i works best, go that way. But donít do it just because everyone else is.
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Old July 19th, 2005, 11:36 AM   #3
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Reality TV is hot at 60i... you should know that most networks will only work with established production companies. Find a similar reality show and talk to the production company about developing something.

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Old July 19th, 2005, 10:30 PM   #4
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some of the reality shows such as Intervention on A&E and a few on TLC are shot on the DVX 30p usually.
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Old July 20th, 2005, 01:47 AM   #5
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Yep. I was a shooter on Intervention. It is shot with the DVX 100a in 30P. The First 48 on A&E is shot with the PD-170 at 1/30 shutter. Another show that I occassionally work on, Plastic Surgery Before & After (Discovery Health) is shot partially 60i and the surgery is shot at 1/30 shutter. It is true that most shows are shot in 60i.

I would shoot in 60i to be safe because that progressive look can be added later but not removed.

Let me say that you do need to get ready for a loooooong submission process when pitching a show to a network which you won't do directly unless you know some key players. Here are a few threads with some submission information.

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