First off equipment.
We use Edit
- a Panasonic 3ccd 250GS
Pros - good colour separation, good price point, has some manual control over image Cons - sometimes has trouble focusing on what we want it to, low light performance is not great
- Manfrotto tripod and a 501 liquid head
Pros - great tripod, nice weight (can use it as an impromto steadicam), smooth head, like the quick release plates that Manfrotto has Cons - not anthing that comes to mind
- Manfrotto Monopod
Pros - Portable, lightweight. Provides decent stability on the run Cons - Limited range of motion for the camera. The fulcrum for movement becomes the base of the monopod, so tilt shots become stunted
- Premiere Pro 1.5
Pros - very powerful editing software. Many options for image control. Quite stable if set up properly. Decent rendering times on a good computer. Cons - Significant learning curve. Took us about a year to feel that we've mastered it through self training and trial and error. A few glitches here and there.
- Home Depot 500 W Halogen work light
Pros - Lots of light. Good colour representation Cons - Much to focused. Not enough span to cover an interior scene. Can create very harsh shadows. We need to design/build a difuser of some sort.
- Home Depot Clip-on Spotlight with a 100W florescent bulb
Pros - Softer light, decent spread over a scene. Good for a secondary light source Cons - Alters colour of scene. Not bright enough in certain situations
- Azden Shotgun Microphone
Pros - Good sound reproduction, good battery life for a button battery, cheap batteries that can be found in a dollar store, high sensitivity Cons - picks up a bit of wind noise, even with the supplied foam windscreen. Has a solid hotshoe mount to the camera, so it's possible that some vibration noise is picked up from the camera mechanism
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