Interesting newsletter about the DVX100 at

Go Back   DV Info Net > Panasonic P2HD / AVCCAM / AVCHD / DV Camera Systems > Panasonic DVX / DVC Assistant

Panasonic DVX / DVC Assistant
The 4K DVX200 plus previous Panasonic Pro Line cams: DVX100A, DVC60, DVC30.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old February 25th, 2003, 03:50 PM   #1
Outer Circle
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Hope, BC
Posts: 7,527
Interesting newsletter about the DVX100



In the harrowing winds and minus 45 degree temperature of the sub-Arctic, Panasonic's AG-DVX100 DV Cinema(tm) camcorder delivered an "amazing" performance for a Canadian filmmaker shooting a documentary on the upcoming feature film, "Snow Walker."

Vancouver, B.C.-based Comet Post Production used its newly-purchased AG-DVX100 60i/24p/30p camcorder to shoot in the severe sub-Arctic weather of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada major portions of a documentary on the making of the theatrical feature, "Snow Walker." The documentary, tentatively entitled "The Making of Snow Walker," will be included on the DVD release of the film, and negotiations are underway with a national broadcaster for it to air at the time of film's release in April. The breakthrough AG-DVX100 is a unique Mini-DV 3-CCD camcorder with exclusive CineSwitch(tm) technology that supports 480i/60 (NTSC), cinema-style 480p/24fps and 480p/30fps image capture.

Fredrik Thorsen, Comet Post's owner/filmmaker and the documentary's cinematographer during the winter portion of the shoot, said, "The original 'Snow Walker' assignment was for an electronic press kit-type production on the making of the film. When I came on board to film the winter portion of the production, I hoped that my material would look and feel different from the summer material, which had been shot in 60i. Since I had just obtained the AG-DVX100, it was the perfect opportunity to try to achieve that, by shooting in 24p. When I subsequently showed the footage to the producers, the decision was made to upgrade to a full-fledged production, given that the project started to feel more like a documentary."

The filmmaker commented, "The camera's performance was amazing; I decided to rely on the factory presets for 24p, and was very happy with the results. Any tweaking or color correction can of course be performed in post, but the initial image quality was more than I hoped for, particularly the footage of a period Inuit village complete with igloos."

He continued, "The fact that the camera worked flawlessly in severe cold was the biggest surprise, and I hadn't expected it to provide such a clean, filmic image. It rendered detail on sunny, snowy days beautifully, with a greater range of detail and exposure than I expected from a camera at this price level. In terms of cost-savings, it wouldn't have been possible to achieve the same filmic look with a conventional video camera without using a lot of post-production manipulation, and it certainly would have been cost-prohibitive to bring out any kind of film camera. I was able to achieve a clean 16mm feel for about $7 an hour (tape stock). That same hour on film would have required an assistant, raw stock, processing, lab, etc. and would have been far too expensive."

For the full story, please visit:

Feel free to forward this E-Newsletter to friends and colleagues.

To subscribe to our free E-Newsletters, please visit:
Frank Granovski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 25th, 2003, 06:00 PM   #2
Major Player
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Texas
Posts: 211
Interesting Frank, thanks.

Speaking about Churchill, do the polar bears hand-out there all year or only in the Fall. That's a big tourist attraction as I recall.

Thanks again for the newsletter info. Nick
Nick Kerpchar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 25th, 2003, 07:57 PM   #3
Outer Circle
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Hope, BC
Posts: 7,527
Polar Bears are very dangerous, and hang out year round, pretty much. My friend's wife is from Churchill, and when she was about 8, she saw a Polar Bear knock someone's head off---and it went rolling down the street of downtown Churchill. Churchill is on the south west side of Hudson Bay, roughly 600 miles north north east of Winnipeg. It is a port.
Frank Granovski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 25th, 2003, 08:59 PM   #4
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Clearwater, FL
Posts: 8,267
I've been there in the summer and fall (shooting Ross's Gull, Marbled and Hudsonian Godwits among other rarities) and polar bears do occasionally enter town. They have a siren that sounds to alert people to their presence. It's pretty safe these days (heads rolling down the street is bad for tourism) but accidents can happen.
Jeff Donald
Carpe Diem

Search for quick answers | Where to Buy? From the best in the business: sponsors
Jeff Donald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 26th, 2003, 01:50 AM   #5
Outer Circle
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Hope, BC
Posts: 7,527
I'm sure these days it's much safer there. Years ago, Polar Bears ruled the streets, it seems. I used to work as a cook on the trains and gangs. I did the Churchill run a couple of times. Nice country: lakes and forests and nothing else. I still prefer North Western Ontario country---but not in the winter!
Frank Granovski is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

(800) 238-8480
Glendale, CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Panasonic P2HD / AVCCAM / AVCHD / DV Camera Systems > Panasonic DVX / DVC Assistant

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:41 PM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2015 The Digital Video Information Network