It was 1992, and we were shooting a documentary on an air-refueling wing for public television.
By Paul Frederick
It was 1992, and we were shooting a documentary on an air-refueling wing for public television. I was the shooter/editor on the project, and as the edit drew to a close, we realized we didn’t have all the shots we needed to complete the end-music montage. The producer called our military contact and explained our dilemma, and they agreed to take... Read more
Q Recently, a very generous friend lent me his gear for a small project that I was shooting. This setup was from a guy who really knows his stuff and who has taught me a lot, so I thought I was going to know everything I needed to know about his "kit." But when I started assembling things, I realized that I didn’t know much about some... Read more
A few years ago, I attended a 3D conference where DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg delivered a keynote speech in which he declared the latest incarnation of digital 3D to be as revolutionary to motion pictures as the advent of sound and color. Whether or not you agree with this viewpoint, one thing for sure is that 3D HD has come a long way... Read more
Q I’ve been using my Canon EOS 7D with a microphone interface, but I need higher-quality recording to four tracks for an upcoming short film. I can’t afford too many of the high-end pro four- or eight-track recorders, and I haven’t had good luck recording with my laptop. I need something small and lightweight that can record at least... Read more
Driving at highway speed in a crew cab loaded with gear, four filmmakers, and two pro mountain bikers and their two bikes outside the town of Kamloops, B.C., Canada.
By Jonathan Schramm
Driving at highway speed in a crew cab loaded with gear, four filmmakers, and two pro mountain bikers and their two bikes outside the town of Kamloops, B.C., Canada, we were headed to the first shoot for our new action-sports film Follow Me. Unfortunately, we were only 15 minutes into our drive that morning when one of the bikes flew out of the truck... Read more
Q I really don’t understand matte boxes. At first I thought they just were what you found on a big 35mm motion-picture camera because I see them in all the behind-the-scenes/on-the-set shots. But now with smaller cameras, I’m seeing them more and more. It has dawned on me that these must not be "built in" on the big cameras either,... Read more
In the past few issues of HDVP, we’ve showcased the latest large-sensor camcorders that many experts are calling HD DSLR killers. Camcorders like the Panasonic AG-AF100 and Sony NEX-FS100U contain large-sized CMOS sensors like HD DSLRs, but unlike them, they contain professional LCD/viewfinders for monitoring and can record pro-quality sound,... Read more
Q The sound-editing tools included in my video-editing software package are pretty rudimentary. What do you recommend if I want to take up the audio quality on my editing system a few notches? Chris G. Via e-mail
A With all of the advances in video and film gear over the past few years, one facet of production that hasn’t changed is the need... Read more
It’s first-year film school, and I’m waiting in line at the equipment cage so I can sign out one of two ARRI BL16 film cameras.
By Tyler Ippolito
It’s first-year film school, and I’m waiting in line at the equipment cage so I can sign out one of two ARRI BL16 film cameras. I load my SUV with gear and head north early on Saturday morning with the crew, consisting of myself, two actors, a handy friend and one amazing film school colleague. We later arrive at a cold and desolate 200-acre farm... Read more
You turn the page to this column, and before you begin reading, a question pops into your head: “What does a cow have to do with high-definition video?” Usually, you’d see a piece of production equipment, or maybe a shot behind the scenes on a shoot, or maybe some pastiche of technical graphs or displays.
Instead, here it is: a cow.... Read more