MassArt’s Summer Film School, 2010

Summer is upon us and I would like to remind you there is still time to register for most of the Summer Film School classes at MassArt. If you don’t live in the Boston area, MassArt is offering an affordable residential option in the dorms! Check out the course descriptions below. For more information or […]

Comparison of four professional LED lighting instruments under $1K

Blender Light

Over the past couple of years I’ve had a chance to use or take a close look at various LED lighting instruments available in the marketplace. Today you will find lots of inexpensive lights suitable for on-camera use available for anywhere from $50 to $500 from a variety of vendors. And while these little lights […]

Quick and dirty Kodak Zi9 camera test

Kodak Zi6

Steve Garfield purchased the cute little (OK, not so little, it’s larger than many competitors) Kodak Zi9 camera recently and brought it to the Boston Media Makers meeting. And while this $179 camera is not going to enter my short-list of favorite documentary cameras (on the list are Panasonic’s DVX100 & HVX200, Sony’s A1U & […]

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 sensors, all in a compact all-in-one form- factor. In this demo and […]

The Invaluable Guide to the AG-HVX200

I recently came across “The Invaluable Guide to the AG-HVX200,” a delightful document from Panasonic that provides a detailed description of the features and capabilities of the AG-HVX200 prosumer HD camcorder in a format that’s easy to read like a brochure, but with plenty of substance and details you’d expect from a well-written technical overview, […]

To P2 or not P2, that is the question…

Panasonic P2 Card

I discuss Panasonic’s P2 technology and workflow in Part 2 of my article about the Panasonic AG-HVX200 camera that appears in the most recent issue of New England Film. As part of my research for the article I put together a music video shoot using P2 workflow and spoke with several filmmakers about their experience […]

A conversation with Red Digital Cinema’s Ted Schilowitz

Red One Camera

At NAB this week there was a lot of buzz on the show floor about the Red camera currently in development. I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Ted Schilowitz about Red. Before joining Red he was a Product Manger at AJA Video Systems and part of the team that created video […]

First Look: Panasonic AG-HVX200 DVCPro HD Camcorder

I wrote a detailed report of my first experiences with the HVX200 camcorder titled “First Look: Panasonic AG-HVX200 DVCPro HD Camcorder, Part 1” (a more orderly and polished version of my previous posts on the camera) for NEFilm this month, check it out. Some notes from my experience with the camera are captured in two […]