Shallow Focus Tips For DV Cameras

Many people think achieving a shallow depth of field on DV formats (especially Mini DV formats with smaller 1/4 inch CCDs) is virtually impossible. Although it can be difficult, it is not impossible.

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Here are some tips for achieving that Hollywood style narrow depth of field effect. First, make sure your subject is placed as far away from the background as possible, this will make throwing the …

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.

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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 rec …

HD Workhorse: The Panasonic HDX-900

The Panasonic AJ-HDX900 (2/3” 3-CCD, 16:9, 1080i/720p, DVCPRO HD) has quickly become THE requested HD rental camera for digital cinematography, cable and television production in any format, sports and events, globetrotting documentarians and feature crews.

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The full size ENG-style body is a workhorse of the HD world, keeping the traditional physical appearance and button placement of the camera’s predecessors. Compatibility with all manufacturers 2/3” …

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.

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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 uni …