Author Chris Hurd

After completing my degree in Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas, I managed a video production studio "back in the tape days" while waiting for the digital video revolution to arrive and for the internet to become mainstream. Things started to get interesting in November of 1997 when I launched The XL1 Watchdog, my first web site dedicated to digital video technology. In January of 2001, that site morphed into DV Info Net — the Digital Video Information Network. More than fifteen years later, the longevity of DV Info Net is exceeded now only by its popularity and reputation as one of the leading technology information resources in the broadcast and professional video markets.

Camera Support
Preview of the VariZoom DV Sportster

The VariZoom DV Sportster is a vest and articulating arm assembly which is compatible with a wide variety of camera stabilizers including the GlideCam 1000 through 4000 series, SteadiCam Jr., and the VariZoom FlowPod and UltraLite.

Sony DV / HDV
HDR-FX1 and HVR-Z1U Feature Set Comparison

Sony’s first pair of HDV camcorders share the same chassis design and a number of identical features. There are, however, about forty-odd differences between them. Here’s a fairly comprehensive chart which compares the two. The HDR-FX1 is a consumer model; the HVR-Z1U is a professional version.

Canon DV / HDV
The XL2 Watchdog’s Tips & Tricks

This section offers some operating tips gleaned from savvy XL shooters for the benefit of others. The idea here is to have a place to point everyone who asks, “how do I do that again?” without having to keep reposting the same information on usenet. I got the idea from watching how many times people have asked how to generate color bars on the Sony VX1000.

Sony DV / HDV
CineTech Accessories for the PD150

Karl Horn of CineTech is highly regarded for his superbly crafted pro shooting accessories for the film and high-end video industries. After adapting his follow focus, matte box and Hip-Cam rigs for the Canon XL1S, he recently did the same for the Sony PD150. Here are some shots of his gear from the NAB 2002 tradeshow in Las Vegas.

Canon DV / HDV
The Most Extreme Lens Available For The XL1

The “Big Guy” is Canon’s largest EOS prime lens, a ridiculously huge 1200mm monstrosity. There are only about ten of these things in existence. Knowing that I had a rare opportunity here, I thought I would take some photos for all of you to drool over.

Camera Support
The SkyCrane Mini-DV Camera Boom

added 30 August 2000 The SkyCrane Mini-DV Camera Boom an article by Bob Jones and Chris Hurd Drawing heavily on extensive experience in the Hollywood film industry and his engineering background, Bob Jones, of Costa Mesa, California has produced a…

Camera Support
The Skycrane Junior Mini-DV Camera Jib

added 30 August 2000 The Skycrane Junior Mini-DV Camera Jib by Bob Jones and Chris Hurd Introducing the Skycrane Junior Mini-DV camera jib… finally, a professional jib that will fit into your production budget. This extraordinary jib is made of…

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