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Sony Training on HD Cameras, your opinion?


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#1 George Ebersole

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 08:04 PM

I'm thinking of taking a 4 day course next week to get myself certified on Sony's pro line of HD cameras.

Here's the course catalogue; https://servicesplus...ing-search.aspx

Is it worth it? I could really use some brutally honest opinions here.

I've done camera ops before, but I'm not a video engineer, much less a DP. And I know next to nothing about servicing and color balancing a Cine Alta.
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#2 George Ebersole

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Posted 06 August 2008 - 04:25 AM

None of you people have been to Sony to get trained on their F series?
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#3 John Sprung

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 01:50 PM

None of you people have been to Sony to get trained on their F series?

Nope, not at those prices. In the olden days, the rental houses would teach you for free, just so you'd be a happy customer and not bust their stuff. ;-)




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#4 George Ebersole

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Posted 07 August 2008 - 06:50 PM

Thanks John. It seemed pricey to me too, but I thought it might be worth it to get a certificate of somekind from the equipment manufacturer. Ah well :)

Last I checked Lee Utterbach (the local film rental house in San Francisco) wasn't renting digital equipment as yet. I used to know a couple of their techs many years back, but lost contact with them. One of them wanted to sell me an Arri III :P

I guess I'm gong to have to go about it the old fashioned way.
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