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
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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

First Look: Sony PMW-F3

Sony introduces a compact camcorder with a Super 35mm sensor and professional features

Since its announcement, the majority of camcorder bloggers have been referring to the new Sony PMW-F3 as the newest “RED Killer.” The latest in the line of Sony’s popular XDCAM EX series, the PMW-F3 is a compact camcorder that contains a Super 35mm-sized sensor and offers professional features that cinematographers have been looking... Read more

Bridging The Gap

Panasonic’s new AG-AF100 defines a common ground between camcorders and HD DSLRs

In 2010, HD DSLRs graduated from weapon of choice for no-budget indie filmmakers to an option that almost everyone seemed to be experimenting with. Then came the commercials, music videos, even an episode of FOX’s House, all shot with HD DSLRs by accomplished professionals. The big draw of the HD DSLR is the almost magic combination of extreme... Read more

The Virtual Backlot

Stargate Studios’ Orbis is a DSLR-based tool that shoots amazing 360º immersive environments

Stargate Studios has built an impressive reputation for providing sophisticated visual effects for many high-profile television projects, including Heroes, The Event, CSI: NY, The Gates, 24, Knight Rider and The Walking Dead. Recently, I shot an interview with Stargate founder Sam Nicholson, ASC, about the work his company had recently completed for... Read more

Data Rules

As more and more productions go tapeless, have storage drives become the new medium?

Storage drives may not be the most exciting, sexy elements in the creative process, but they’re quickly becoming more and more crucial as the end of videotape draws ever so closer with productions essentially now capturing data. “Storage is the medium now,” says Rob Kobrin, Chief Technology Officer at Integrated Media Technologies,... Read more
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