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Black Magic URSA camera photos and details from NAB 2014
Black Magic Designs introduced the new URSA Camera Line at NAB 2014. This new Cinema Production Platform comes in four…
NAB 2014: Sony, Sunday Night
Every Sunday before the show opens, Sony has a booth tour for VIPs. The Sony folks kindly allow me to…
NAB 2014: JVC Camera News
Some things for broadcast and news: the GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 are new shoulder-mount, 3-chip 1/3” HD camcorders in the mold…
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A Smooth HDV Workflow for iMovie / Final Cut Pro HD
Last night I was playing with the new iMovie 5 ($79, free on new Macs) and figured out a very nice HDV workflow for Mac users. First of all, it is important to mention that when installing the new iMovie, the Apple Intermediate Codec shows up in the QuickTime codec list. This portion is key to this solution. Here’s the workflow:
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.
Using Free Run Time Code as an External Sync Substitute for HVR-Z1U Multi-Camera Shoots
there is an option in the Z1U available to you which will allow for frame-accurate time code synchronization of several cameras in a multi-camera shoot. The procedure for this work-around requires only one person and one Sony RMT-841 Wireless Remote Commander (the wireless remote control which is supplied with each camcorder).
I went to Ginza Sony Plaza to look at FX1
After checking it out on the tripod, they let me shoot with the cam with the shoulder pad and play the tape back on the Wega TV. I shot people walking by, panning and zooming in and out. I was amazed at how well the stabilizer worked…
Review: Canon 16x Manual Servo Zoom Lens for XL1 / XL1S / XL2
General Features · Weight · 14x Manual Lens Compared · Servo ZoomND Filters · Back Focus · Summary · Specifications Chart The 16x Manual Servo Zoom lens introduced simultaneously with the XL1S…
XL1S and Mini35 on Seinfeld / Levinson Shoot, Pt. 1
Radical Media was hired to produce a long form Internet spot for American Express, written by and starring Jerry Seinfeld with Barry Levinson directing. My good friend and associate Shane Hurlbut (Drumline, Crazy/Beautiful) was hired to DP the spot, and when he was told that the intention was to shoot on DV, he brought me on to operate and advise him on the approach to shooting a high-end DV project.
XL1S and Mini35 on Seinfeld / Levinson Shoot, Pt. 2
The second film in the series features Jerry and Superman taking a road trip somewhere in the desert in a 1965 Porsche. Our first day was to be spent shooting the scenes within the car, so we spent the morning rigging onto the process trailer which was to be towed by a camera car for Monday’s photography. Shane wanted to find the camera angles and lenses to avoid having to do that work on Monday morning.
XL1S and P+S Mini35, Images Pt. 1: New York City
These images accompany an article by Charles describing how he helped shoot an American Express internet spot starring Jerry Seinfeld and directed by Barry Levinson. The copyright on the images shown here is held exclusively by by Charles Papert, Jason Wawro and Gary Hatfield; all rights are reserved accordingly.
XL1S and P+S Mini35, Images Pt. 2: Death Valley
These images accompany an article by Charles describing how he helped shoot an American Express internet spot starring Jerry Seinfeld and directed by Barry Levinson. The copyright on the images shown here is held exclusively by Charles Papert, Jason Wawro and Gary Hatfield; all rights are reserved accordingly.