What is being used in motion pictures? at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Special Interest Areas > Techniques for Independent Production

Techniques for Independent Production
The challenges of creating Digital Cinema and other narrative forms.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old April 30th, 2002, 11:24 PM   #1
Regular Crew
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 106
What is being used in motion pictures?

If any of you had to shoot a motion picture (theatrical) entirely using only a digital (or analog) camcorder what would you pick? Whats the usual specs on something like this?

I am guessing you would want a higher end professional camcorder with true 16x9, but what are the actual brands?
Dean Bull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 30th, 2002, 11:50 PM   #2
Retired DV Info Net Almunus
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 6,943
High-definition (HD) cameras are beginning to make inroads into the movie-making process as well as television production.

Sony's CineAlta system has garnered quite a bit of attention, partially due to George Lucas' use of it on his recent Star Wars project. (http://www.sonyusacinealta.com/) Here in Chicago, Fletcher is a prominent sales and rental outfit for this gear (and most everything else). Their main page (http://www.fletch.com/) features a good look at some of this gear.

Panasonic also has a line of HD equipment.

One could also do a respectable job with a mid-range camera such as a Sony DSR570 which has 2/3" native 16:9 CCD's.

But, hey, you could also do a good job with an XL1s, as Steven Soderbergh is about to demonstrate later this year.
Lady X Films: A lady with a boring wardrobe...and a global mission.

Hey, you don't have enough stuff!
Buy with confidence from our sponsors. Hand-picked as the best in the business...Really!

See some of my work one frame at a time: www.KenTanaka.com
Ken Tanaka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old April 30th, 2002, 11:56 PM   #3
Regular Crew
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 290
The D-11 digital video recording format (used in the Sony HDCAM digital camera) has a capability of only 1440 horizontal pixels luminance, and 480 pixels of chroma (Standard SMPTE 367M), even though the camera has 1920 horizontal pixels.

If you were to look at that and film side by side you might not like HD so much. Plus Georgy-poo is CROPPING the picture to give it a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, so it is even losing more resolution. I wish video would advance further before people use it to shoot real theatrical movies with.
Joe Redifer 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 > Special Interest Areas > Techniques for Independent Production

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:44 PM.

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