The NXCAM

Sony’s HXR-NX5U is an affordable, tapeless HD camcorder based on AVCHD technology

As you probably know, HD DSLRs have been receiving a lot of attention from both low-budget and professional filmmakers, who are buying the compact, inexpensive cameras to shoot their projects. But with 35mm-like, shallow depth of field and low-light shooting ability come a different set of problems, including inadequate onboard audio, a lack of long,... Read more

Going The Distance

HDVideoPro examines companies and technology that enable productions to share media, ideas and workflows across the globe

Executive producer Mike Young hangs up the phone in the production office and walks 20 feet to the soundstage door. As I follow Young through the doorway, a large greenscreen stage unfolds before us. The crew readies the next setup. Actors dressed in superhero costumes have their makeup touched up between takes. Two RED ONE cameras flank the stage,... Read more

At A Glance: The Zacuto Z-Finder

Finding your focus

Let’s face it, you pretty much have to be a Zen master in focus-pulling to shoot high-def video with an HD DSLR camera. While shooting wide-open on a moving subject, it’s near impossible to maintain sharp focus, especially for daylight exterior shots. The biggest factor is the camera’s monster-sized sensor that gives a shooter razor-thin shallow... Read more

Going For The Gold

Vision Research updates its high-speed HD camera system with the Phantom HD GOLD

In part two of our high-speed cinematography series, we take a more in-depth look at the Phantom HD high-speed camera from Vision Research. Recently, the Phantom HD camera has evolved into the second-generation Phantom HD GOLD, which improves overall handling and image quality. But first a recap: The Phantom HD camera offers high-definition, high-speed... Read more

The Right Tool For The Job

Canon EOS 7Ds capture the opening credits of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

When director Pete Conlon of WUT IT IS (www.wutitis.com) met with Mirror Films (mirrorfilms.tv) cinematographer Vasco Nunes (Planet B-Boy, DiG!) to discuss shooting the opening credit sequence for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the producers were interested in using one of the latest HD DSLRs, but still needed some convincing. Since Nunes had experience... Read more

At A Glance: Panasonic AG-HMR10 Recorder And AG-HCK10 Camera Head

Capturing your own POV

For the 2008 Oscar©-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle needed a camera system that would be small and light enough to chase running children through the crowded streets of Mumbai. For those scenes, he used a Silicon Imaging SI-2K Mini that was wired to MacBook Pro computers stored in a backpack he was wearing.... Read more

The SR Evolution

With the arrival of file-based capture and 35mm film-sized imagers, Sony updates its SR line

Even before the advent of the third millennium, Sony’s entrée into the high-end imaging format, HDCAM, had debuted, along with the HDW-F900 camera. The following decade has brought refinements and innovation. The year 2003 saw the introduction of HDCAM-SR, a Sony tape capable of recording 4:4:4 (RGB) and 4:2:2 (10-bit). The following year, the... Read more

April 2010

Circumventing the large-scale two-camera and mirrored setups and dual recorders of traditional 3D systems, the soon-to-be-released twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder from Panasonic uses a single camera head with two lenses and a dual memory card recorder to capture high-definition, three-dimensional video.

April 2010
SINGLE-CAMERA STEREOSCOPIC Circumventing the large-scale two-camera and mirrored setups and dual recorders of traditional 3D systems, the soon-to-be-released twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder from Panasonic uses a single camera head with two lenses and a dual memory card recorder to capture high-definition, three-dimensional video. The convergence point... Read more

Beyond 1080p

Are we really ready for it?

It’s a simple question, but a fascinating one: What’s out there beyond 1080p? What should content producers, F/X artists and postproduction individuals know about the future, now that the 1080 high-definition revolution is all but settled? The question of whether technology simply must move into better/faster/smarter forms is a given; it... Read more

Filtering For HD

Filter manufacturers offer creative choices for cinematographers to create a multitude of effects

When cinematographer Daryn Okada, ASC, went to a gathering held by Formatt, a U.K.-based filter manufacturer, and Bogen Imaging, its U.S. distributor, he heard the Formatt Filters factory manager Ann Davis ask for ideas for new filters. Okada had an idea. He had been using the HD Soft filters, which he called “a well-made, fine softening filter,”... Read more

February 2010

Bringing the highly efficient AVCHD codec to Sony’s line of professional camera offerings, the NXCAM family of camcorders offers a tapeless workflow to productions.

SONY PRO AVCHD Bringing the highly efficient AVCHD codec to Sony’s line of professional camera offerings, the NXCAM family of camcorders offers a tapeless workflow to productions. Featuring a Sony Exmor CMOS sensor with a ClearVid array, the first camera in the NXCAM series will deliver full 1920×1080 HD in both progressive and interlace, including... Read more

Small Camera Big Picture

The Panasonic AG-HMC40 is a compact camcorder that packs a professional punch

The HMC40 is Panasonic’s latest AVCCAM camcorder, an entry-level professional unit that records in the AVCHD format to regular SDHC memory cards. At a suggested retail price of $2,295 ($1,995 estimated street price), it’s even less expensive than the standard-def Panasonic DVX100B, but it’s jam-packed with features. These include a... Read more
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