I need PD170 help/tips
Posted 20 August 2008 - 08:20 AM
Im making a short film next week and have the ability to shoot with a pd170. Im shooting at day time and have a fair idea about the techinical side of the camera. The main thing i want to know is what works best for this camera? What techniques and tricks have you found that make the image awesome? Im really wanting the image to be the best it can so post work can be carried out and enhance the image even more.(Only in terms of colour correction etc)
Posted 20 August 2008 - 10:04 PM
Posted 20 August 2008 - 10:20 PM
Posted 26 February 2009 - 12:32 PM
Other than that, just use good photography principals. Think about your focal length rather than staying on the widest focal length and moving the camera around. Longer focal lengths can help with the illusion of shallow depth of field which is always a strain with video. Additionally, closeups (at whatever focal length) always appear sharper than wide shots (but don't let this get in the way of good visual storytelling).
Posted 26 February 2009 - 01:24 PM
Be sure to control highlights and not to have to big contrast.
Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:58 PM
One technical thing, PD170 can record in DVcam format, it stores a bit more information, but be careful 1 hour cassette that lasts for 40 minutes.
DVCAM doesn't really store more information, it just stores what it does store in a smarter way. The helical tracks are 15µm wide instead of 10µm. This yields a sturdier playback. But theoretically picture quality is fully equal to DV.