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Saving Picture Profiles for Sony’s PMW-EX3

The Sony PMW EX-3 has been designed to shoot spectacular images right out of the box, using the preset default settings.  However, like all Cine Alta-branded Sony cameras, the EX-3 also comes with the ability to customize the final look of the recorded images through the manipulation of an extensive array of choices in recording formats, gamma curves and color matrix options. The EX-3 gives the shooter the ability to save directly in the camera’s memory up to 6 different “Picture Profiles”.  The adjustments for gamma, white balance offset, color matrix, detail, knee, black pedestal and black gamma are all selected and saved as a Picture Profile, which is accessed through a separate menu from the main menu. The main menu is used to choose all the other camera settings, including video format and frame rate, gain setup, audio input and output settings, viewfinder settings (markers, zebra etc.), video output options, and many others. For reference, here’s a link to the manual: http://www.movingpicture.com/downloads/pmw-ex3_ops_manual.pdf It is a simple procedure to save these camera settings, as well as a single Picture Profile, to a SxS card for quick camera setup for future use, or to setup another Sony EX-3. (Please keep in mind, that whenever transferring “looks” and gamma and color settings from one camera to another, the resulting images may vary.  That is why in critical situations, it is necessary to utilize a high quality test chart and instruments, such as a waveform monitor and vectorscope, especially when matching cameras on a multi-camera project.) Once you have finished selecting the various camera settings in the main menu and chosen a Picture Profile that you have created, simply open the main menu, choose the last option, “OTHERS” and then the second option, “CAMERA DATA”.  This is where you can save (“STORE”) the settings to a pre-loaded formatted SxS card, or load (“RECALL”) settings from a previously created SxS card. Since only one file can be created per SxS card, and the smallest of those cards (8GB) can cost hundreds of dollars each, one solution is to purchase the Hoodman SDHC SxS adapter card (approximately $100), which will allow you to use less expensive, high quality SDHC memory cards, and thereby economically create and save multiple set-up files for different shooting senarios. Finally, once your new settings are loaded in the camera, there are still many important options that need to be selected via the various manual controls and switches on the camera and lens itself. These include, shutter on/off, ND selection, white balance, gain, and auto or manual lens functions such as zoom, iris and focus.   Content provided by: Steve Ciffone First Assistant Camera http://www.ciffone.com...

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Panasonic HVX-200, Still Going Strong

Bridging the gap between standard definition, tape-based DV cameras and high-end HD solid-state cameras, the Panasonic AG-HVX200 was groundbreaking at the time of its introduction, and continues to be the perfect solution to filmmakers and videographers who desire a low cost, high quality HD camcorder. Quickly replacing some of the best DV camcorders such as the DVX-100b which boasted 24p frame rates, the HVX200 added to its versatility by recording multiple formats such as standard DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50 and DVCPRO HD, at a variety of frame rates. Standard def frame rates include: 480/60i, 480/24p, 480pA, 480/30p and high definition rates like: 1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/24pA, 1080/30p, 720p/12, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 30, 32, 36, 48, and 60fps. Moving Picture has helped countless clients find success with the HVX200 due to its ability to adapt into any shooting scenario. Perfect for reality television, or shoe-string documentary work, the HVX200 can produce stunning images, customized cinematic looks and budget-friendly time-lapse. Add a Redrock 35mm lens adaptor and the HVX200 becomes a very economical way to achieve film-like depth and beauty. The perfect primary camera for a DV shoot, or secondary camera for a high-end HD job, the HVX200 takes standard Panasonic DV batteries, fits all DV tripods and accessories, and can shoot to either DV tape (SD only) or solid-state P2 cards of any capacity. Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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Moving Picture presents: the Sony PMW-EX3 CineAlta XDCAM EX SxS HD Camcorder

Sony has expanded on their XDCAM EX line with the PMW-EX3, a full-res HD (1920 x 1080p) camera that features an interchangeable lens, Genlock in, Timecode in/out, three 1/2” CMOS sensors and much more. Like it’s sister camera, the PMW-EX1, it records to SxS PRO flash memory cards. The EX3 is a great addition to the EX family of cameras, and the ability to change lenses, along with its other key features, makes it a better camera than most sub-$10,000 units on the market. This includes even Sony’s own XDCAM HD-line of cameras, many of which only feature 1440 x 1080 resolution and 1/2” sensors. But there are some drawbacks to the camera, most notably the ergonomics, which I’ll touch upon after the features. At the end of this review is a more full list of features. PARTIAL FEATURE LIST Image Quality: With full HD CMOS sensors (1920 x 1080), the image quality is beautiful. Like the EX1, there are many ways to control the image via the Picture Profile menu, which I’ll discuss in more detail shortly. Because there is less compression than, say, HDV, the image is much cleaner without as much noise commonly found in HDV footage. Multiple frame rates and HD shooting options include 1080p30/25/24, 1080i60/50, 720p60/30/25/24 (HQ mode). Plus the ability to shoot in HDV mode (SP; 1080i60/50). Picture Profiles: There are many options found in Picture Profiles, to control the overall image quality, including color, gamma, white balance, and more. Lens Options: The EX3 comes with a stock Fujinon 14x zoom lens, which is 1/2-inch type lens for 1/2” sensors. Because it’s built on an interchangeable lens system, the camera’s stock lens can be swapped out for a different and compatible 1/2” lens. Ensure that the new lens can support HD images, or there will be problems. A lens built for standard definition (SD) cameras will be obvious when mounted on the EX3 in HD mode. A 2/3” lens adaptor can be used to mount lenses found on cameras featuring 2/3” sensors. These lenses are very popular and used not only on high-end HD productions, but any project that can benefit from lenses that allow more depth of field options. Sound: There are two XLR ports to plug in a solid boom mic or wireless mic to record pristine sound in two-channel, 16-bit, linear PCM uncompressed audio at 48 kHz. There is also a built-in stereo mic, but we recommend using a boom, handheld or wireless microphone. Moving Picture has everything you’ll need to get great audio. LIKES/DISLIKES: There’s a lot to love with the EX3: the key features above make this a better camera in many ways...

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