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March 25 2011

20:52

It’s coming…

…and it is unbelievable. Just got a FB posting from a comrade at an O&O in SF that he is no longer shooting with a pro camera, but a Panasonic HMX370. Jeez. Under $10k and 1/3 inch chips. I kinda expected this revolution to move in insidiously…in the night, beginning with smaller markets. Well, yeah, it has…but seriously. San Francisco? Babycams?

I was just kinda joshing when I posted back in February about what the future might hold for broadcast camerafolk:

While there will always be room for big bucks, high end, expensive cameras, I am convinced that the news broadcast standard is the 1/3 inch three chip pro-sumer camera…with of course, the requisite bells and whistles. XLR, manual controls, shoulder mount, good glass.

Shudder…kinda glad I’m not in the mix. Forward movement is always accompanied by some degree of jerkiness and readjustment. The leap from 16mm film to 3/4 (ick) tape was nasty. We went from shooting crisp clear film to ugly smeared blotches of color. Cheap little plastic cameras with cheap little plastic lenses.

Hmmmm…that sounds familiar.

Then from there we moved up to decent cameras (TK76) to better cameras and a better format (Betacam). The switch to digital and DVCPro cams was sweet music…better quality, more solid, everything the old cams had plus more!

And now back to the past again…cheap little camera, cheap little lens.

All I can predict now is…the quality WILL get better…the cameras will become more professional.

Until that next best idea for advanced technology leaps out in front of us…


October 04 2010

22:35

Bringing the past into the present…

The problem with getting old is stuff – waayyyy too much stuff. Bookshelves full of tapes…boxes full of tapes and film (yeah, believe it). A case or two of LPs. Audio tapes.

So now I’m organizing said stuff. But first, have to do the tech bit and build an easy way to convert it all to digital. I’m talking BetaMax, VHS, VHS-C, pro Beta, DVC-Pro, 3/4 inch plus the film (8mm, 16mm) and audio (cassettes) and LP (vinyl records). Fortunately I’ve misplaced the 2″ reel to reel or I’d have a real problem.

Picked up a 19inch rolling rack off ebay from a retired and retiring producer. Got the shelving, a monitor and router…DAC coming in the mail soon. And today the diagram…the master plan for how to hook it all up. See above.

Why all go to all the trouble? For years whenever I wanted to dub something I’d have to drag out the playback system, wire it up, hook it up and do the dub. Then (of course) whatever I wanted to do next was a different format.

Some of you youngsters may be laughing behind your hands…but beware. In YOUR lifetime, things are gonna change. Since 2000 we’ve gone from CD to thumb drives to SD cards and DVDs and mini-dv tape and hard drive cameras…and it hasn’t slowed down yet. Always have a plan…if you want to save your stuff.


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