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Old July 20th, 2009, 01:09 AM   #1
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I've just confirmed a music video video shoot as the DP and I'll be using an EX1 camera. The only problem is, I've never used one before in my life! And due to budget constraints the hired EX1 will arrive on location at the day of the shoot! This won't give me any time to play with the camera at all and familiarize myself with the controls and behavior.

The only glimmer of hope I have is that I own a Sony HDR-FX1 and I'm hoping to God that the feel of both cameras would be approximately the same with the same styled menus etc.

But I know that's not going to cut it. Basically, I need some tips and guidance from you lot to tell me how to set up the camera and which areas I need to pay special attention to and what are the problem areas I need to avoid. I've also never shot on 1080p before so I might need some help there as well.

I'm freaking out here, so any help or reassurance would be great!

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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:44 AM   #2
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Get Doug Jensen's Vortex Media training DVD for the EX1 overnighted to you.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 09:48 AM   #3
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The best information on the EX-1 is "Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1" from Vortex Media. The firsviewing will be invaluable and you will still learn from it every thim you review it.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 10:02 AM   #4
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The best information on the EX-1 is "Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1" from Vortex Media. The firsviewing will be invaluable and you will still learn from it every thim you review it.
I can't say for certain that Doug's is the best because I haven't seen the one VAAST makes; but I can say for certain Doug's is very informative and very well done, and certainly worth the money.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 03:39 PM   #5
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Vortex even sells a DVD of test clips so you can test workflow with EX clips before you get the camera.

Noah Kadner of CallBox also has a good EX training DVD.
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Old July 21st, 2009, 06:53 PM   #6
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EX field manual ...

Doug Jensen's Vortex field manual to the EX3 camera is the next best thing as you can carry it with you.
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