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#1 michaellines


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Posted 11 October 2004 - 03:31 PM

I have a shoot next week with the canon xl2/flyer combo that is going to be a good technical challenge for me

The shoot is for a hotel opening with live feeds going to a large conference room. The feed will also hit an encoder for a live web broadcast.

The talent will start outside in the afternoon sun, head inside down the hall, show off the new facility, introduce some people etc.

Here are some of my challenges:
I'm providing lights (planning on using a frezzi mini sun gun HMi, and lighting the interior with some HMIs and also a couple 2ks with 1/2 CTO), wireless audio, wireless video system to conference room switcher, steadicam and camera. The game plan is to have a cable on the floor in case the wireless video feed fails. Won't have a focus puller or irs, so the option will be to rely on the talent staying 4-5 feet away and the light from the frezzi will obviously be essential.

Luckily there is a dress rehearsal the day before, but is there anything obvious that any of you would recommend or is there anything I need to consider for this application considering the limitations?

thanks in advance
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Posted 12 October 2004 - 07:10 PM

ok now we are ditching the wireless and going with a wired setup. 200 feet of cable. Never done this before. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Posted 12 October 2004 - 11:07 PM

I've done a number of these sorts of things in the past, including a series of tours for retirement communities. I was using a Provid and a JVC MiniDV camera. Don't remember the camera model number, but it was the one that looks most like a little betacam, with a 500 in the model number, I think.

At any rate, I had a shot coming from full sun outside to inside the lobby, with no lighting other than a camera mounted 100W tungsten to fill in the shadows. I set the camera to auto iris and auto white balance, set the lens as wide as it would go, and off I went. And you know what? The camera did an amazing job. The transition from outside to inside was seemless, which blew my mind - I was expecting some kind of white balance issue, at least, but nope, it just shifted automatically, and it was imperceptible in the final footage. Amazing.

My point is that these new cameras have some pretty amazing capabilities, so before you knock yourself out with a bunch of HMIs and cables do some tests and see just how much light you need to add.

As for the cable, well cables always suck, especially with a lightweight rig. Try to get a thin, flexible short bit a cable to go from your rig to the vest, and then connect to a larger cable at the vest. Also, make sure you've got a GOOD cable puller. This is critical. You want someone you trust, who knows what they are doing. Rehearse like crazy with your puller so you both know what to expect when the real shot happens.

Good luck, and let us all know how it goes!
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