The Hatchback Production Kit

hatchbackcamera

I recently conducted a workshop titled “The Hatchback Production Kit” at the Camera Company Pro Video Show in Dedham, Massachusetts. During the workshop I promised to post an inventory of the items I discussed in the workshop. I described the kit I’ve assembled for shooting formal interviews. I … [Read more...]

Basic Documentary Video Starter Kit (consumer level gear)

Canon VIXIA

You do not need fancy gear to start making documentaries, you can start out with almost any basic consumer HD camcorder as long as it has both a microphone input and headphone output. Working with external microphones and being able to monitor the sound you are recording is essential when making … [Read more...]

Canon HG20 camcorder provides stunning price/performance

HG20

Canon HG20I recently taught a class at MassArt, Documentary Video Boot Camp, and one of my students, Adam Weiss, used his new Canon VIXIA HG20 camcorder in the class. As a result of seeing the video Adam shot for his assignments, I think I have to say that the Canon HG20 AVCHD Hard Drive camcorder … [Read more...]

Sony PMW-EX1 Camcorder (BOSFCPUG Presentation)

The Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX camcorder represents an important milestone in the evolution of digital video camera design. This is the first all-in-one camcorder to provide videographers with the productivity of solid-state memory card recording, the quality of three true high-definition 1/2-inch CMOS … [Read more...]

Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX camcorder: first impressions

Sony PMW-EX1

A friend recently loaned me his Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM EX camcorder for a few days so I had a chance to take this fascinating new camera for a spin. In this post I'll share my first impressions. I'll be taking the camera out for another spin next week for more shooting, so I'll get into the details of … [Read more...]