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#1 Christopher T. Paul- SOC

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Posted 03 September 2010 - 03:40 PM

I did search the forum for this topic, but found only technical posts, so here goes...

I notice that a lot of folks fly with an on-board recorder. Do you simply have it to review footage on the day, (looking for flags and generally checking your framing), or is anyone using this as a means for collecting footage for the reel? While my contract states that I am entitled to obtain footage, it is inevitably hacked to bits by the time I get the final cut, (6 months later), thus that two block long performance goes unseen.

I obviously don't want to piss off the producers hiring me, so thought I'd ask others how they handle it...

Thanks in advance,

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#2 Jason Torbitt

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 01:08 PM

The obvious answer for me at least, is 'both' - great for playback on film sets, but also very useful for the reel also. Although beware, for those of us with full HD sleds, it generally means downconverting an iso feed to the recorder as it's standard def in most instances.
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#3 PeterAbraham

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 01:39 AM

The obvious answer for me at least, is 'both' - great for playback on film sets, but also very useful for the reel also. Although beware, for those of us with full HD sleds, it generally means downconverting an iso feed to the recorder as it's standard def in most instances.



Indeed. Some folks used to use their B&W video tap recorded image on their demo reel. Not sure how much that still occurs. My EVO-220 8mm recorder was low enough quality that I never used anything from it on the reel.

It was and is immensely useful for playback on set. Even if the show is recorded digitally, that media is removed and hustled off to someone who is entering it into a storage device. Weird as it is, using a digital recorder is a time-saver even if the show is being digitally captured.

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#4 Dave Isern

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:17 PM

Half the time I pull my DVR out the AC's tell me, "that's great, put it away and don't tell anyone else u have it."
Of course, in fear of slowing down shooting.
It's always appreciated for some car mounts, etc. though.
I try to use it privately though.....

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