Small Sensors Still Thriving

Panasonic’s latest 1/3-inch AVC-INTRA and AVCCAM camcorders make their debut

Walking the floor at NAB 2011 was an eye-opening experience. In the camera arena, it seemed that the majority of excitement was generated in the lower end by large-sensor cameras like the Panasonic AG-AF100 and the Sony PMW-F3 and in the higher end by cameras like the ARRI ALEXA. Since the recent DSLR revolution, does anyone even care about small-sensor... Read more

June 2011

The TriCaster 850 EXTREME from NewTek offers a full onsite production board and 3D animation system in a compact unit.

June 2011
LIVE PRODUCTION CAPABILITIES The TriCaster 850 EXTREME from NewTek offers a full onsite production board and 3D animation system in a compact unit. The NewTek IsoCorder multitrack recording technology provides up to eight channels of recorded video from either inputs or outputs, with direct network support of any Apple AirPlay-enabled application or... Read more

Coming Up Aces

The IIF-ACES workflow on FX Networks’ Justified is a sure bet

Even though camera technology keeps growing by leaps and bounds each year, a lot of cinematographers have been disappointed in seeing the end result of the HD broadcast of their shows. Because of the limitations of the HDTV broadcasting video color space known as Rec. 709, for projects that are shot with high-end digital cameras, cinematographers often... Read more

The Sleeping Giant Awakens

At NAB 2011, Sony releases revolutionary new products, from consumer 3D to true 4K capture

In the evolving motion-picture production industry, we’re living in radical times. Who would have predicted the Canon EOS 5D Mark II—a godsend to the production industry during the worst economic crisis in decades—would be used on feature films and broadcast television shows? After being branded the "Tucker" of the camera world,... Read more

At A Glance: Petrol Cambio

A new convertible equipment bag/camera support system

Have you ever dreamed of lighter travel and a quicker setup? In an industry first, the new airline carry-on-approved Petrol Cambio offers a unique solution, combining a solid camera/equipment bag and capable tripod. Travel with the essentials securely tucked away in the overhead luggage compartment and avoid baggage claim delays. Imagine this: Arrive... Read more

At A Glance: The LEDZILLA

Dedolight’s onboard LED light is designed for the cinematographer

The big difference between ENG-style camerawork and cinematography is that with ENG, you’re usually recording reality, and with cinematography, you’re trying to create a mood, typically with light. For ENG shooters, one of the most popular camera accessories is an onboard camera light, which is commonly used to give a little fill light to... Read more

Action Shooters Part 1

Capturing the thrills and adventures from the latest nonfiction reality television shows

"Right over there!" The van veers hard as it rounds the corner. I brace my legs to stay balanced while struggling to hold my camera steady. Rolling to a stop behind the one-story apartment, the van doors fly open and the officers are out, moving rapidly but with stealth to avoid detection. I pop my door and dash quickly to catch up, one eye... Read more

April 2011

Ideal for ENG news, sports, documentaries, events and other location shoots, the JVC GY-HM750U ProHD compact shoulder-mount camcorder features native “ready-to-edit” HD and SD file-format recording.

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JVS PROD7000 Ideal for ENG news, sports, documentaries, events and other location shoots, the JVC GY-HM750U ProHD compact shoulder-mount camcorder features native “ready-to-edit” HD and SD file-format recording. The camcorder’s recording formats are XDCAM EX files (.MP4) at 35, 25 and 19 Mb/s, which can be wrapped in .MOV files for native ingest... Read more

What Do You Have in Stock?

Top stock-footage firms and their shooters sound off on why the content business is booming

As we’re living in the age of recycling and reducing our carbon footprint, people are trying to find new ways to use and reuse everything from old cell phones to yard clippings. As content producers, we’re only too aware of the amount of footage left over from any given project, and many times, it’s aesthetically acceptable. Nonetheless,... Read more

At A Glance: Nikon D7000

Incredible low-light sensitivity and full 1080p with the new entry in Nikon’s line of video-capable DSLRs

Nikon was the very first company to offer video capabilities in a still camera with the historic D90 DSLR, which was followed shortly thereafter by Canon, who upped the ante from 720p to 1080p with the EOS 5D Mark II. Both companies set off a revolution in filmmaking, turning “convergence” into the buzz word of the last few years in the... Read more

The Microphone Grab Bag

There’s no such thing as an "all-around microphone"

One of the major benefits of the digital revolution compared to production 20 or 30 years ago is that with the proliferation of inexpensive cameras, editing gear and software, there also have been huge strides in the variety and types of microphones available. There’s a microphone for every job, and within each of the most popular categories of... Read more

There’s An App For That

While the iPad has become the must-have gadget for consumers of media on the go, HDVP decided to see if the device has much to offer production and postproduction professionals.

While the iPad has become the must-have gadget for consumers of media on the go, HDVP decided to see if the device has much to offer production and postproduction professionals. In this issue, we examine a few apps designed to help you create video content and evaluate whether a new iPad is an expense one can justify to the accountant (or the spouse)... Read more
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