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Wayne Grauel
Rigging a DSR-PD170 / migrating from DSR 390
on Mar 21, 2008 at 1:36:11 pm

I'm migrating from using a DSR 390 for certain industrial applications to a smaller pd170
so.. why not use it for events too. it looks like the low light capabilities are not too bad. Obviously I've got to deal with limited iris adjustments and some other limitations.

One of the biggest i see is going to be lighting and audio.

On a large camera you can tap everything from the anton power mounts and the power taps on the camera. and stack as many full size UHF receivers as you like.

Does anyone have any suggestion on how you mount stuff to a smaller camera like this.

ALso. lighting.. I'm seriously thinking of an LED solution. But forget that VIDLED.. might be great for girls gone wild, but I'm more interested in something that offers difusion and a 40 degree angle does nto cut it for event work in my book.

anyone have any experience with the varizoom, sony, or anton bauer systems ( or others I might not know about.

So, what are the ergonomics of the 170 by the time you add batteries for an led light ( preferable under the camera ) and a uhf Receiver?

The reality is, that the lighting requirements and audio requirements are necessary for any of the work, not just weddings, but I know that "us videographers" that do event work have to deal with being creative when it comes to space limitations and what works without having a lighting crew!

I like the anton bauer system.. mounting the LION battery under the camera.. but other companies have good ideas too, so I'm looking for some real world feedback


Thanks for any input

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Jeff Carpenter
Re: Rigging a DSR-PD170 / migrating from DSR 390
on Mar 21, 2008 at 7:48:09 pm

I've always been fond of putting wireless receivers on my body. Either attached to my belt or in a suit coat's inside pocket. Get the exact right length of XLR and you can un-plug from the camera and stuff that in your pocket whenever you need to walk away.

After that, make sure you're using the large NP-F970 batteries that Sony makes. They're bigger and should help balance out the weight of any light you get, keeping the camera pretty well balanced.

For lighting, I've always used this:

Softening has to be done by cutting small squares of diffusion and just taping it onto the light. It sounds like you're looking at bigger and better things than this, but I thought I'd mention it.

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