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David Hetzer
EX3 production set up help
on Sep 30, 2008 at 8:27:05 pm

I have decided to purchase the Sony EX3 and have several questions I hope someone can help me out with on both the production and post production side of things.
1. I would like to have a decent sized LCD HD monitor in the field 17'' min and a case to go with it.
2. What is the best way to off load the SXS cards. I do a lot of interviews! Laptop & external hard drive?
3. What is a good inexpensive matte box?
4. Is there a wide angle lens available yet?
5. Best choice for batteries, Sony or Anton/Bauer?

On the post side I will be editing in FCP 6.0.4 on a intel mac 2 x 3.2 Ghz quad core w/8GB
I was thinking of going with the AJA ioHD as I will need to still use Beta Sp & DVCAM source tapes from time to time. Most of my work will be output for DVD or compressed for the web.
1. How do I monitor HD video out of FCP and what is a good monitor to do so?
2. What is the best way to import the footage from the EX3 into the computer?
3.What is the best way to archive footage?
I know that this is a lot to ask but I hope someone out there has been through this before and can share the lessons learned.
Thanks in advance.



David Hetzer
DSR 500 ws DVCAM
DVX100
FCP Studio


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Don Greening
Re: EX3 production set up help
on Oct 1, 2008 at 5:15:04 am

[David Hetzer] "1. I would like to have a decent sized LCD HD monitor in the field 17'' min and a case to go with it. "

Have a look at the Panasonic BT-LH1760 17" LCD Monitor:

http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/awilt/story/review_panasonic_bt_lh17...

[David Hetzer] "2. What is the best way to off load the SXS cards. I do a lot of interviews! Laptop & external hard drive?"

Yes, laptop with Express 34 slot and an external FW800 drive. Get a good one and make sure it's reliable.

[David Hetzer] "3. What is a good inexpensive matte box? "

Maybe the one from Red Rock Micro or Cavision.

http://www.redrockmicro.com/

http://www.cavision.com/pictures/EX1/EX1.htm

[David Hetzer] "4. Is there a wide angle lens available yet? "

Sony has a 0.8 WA adapter that came out a few months after the EX1 release. I have one and it's fine, although the tulip shade is glued on so you can't use the adapter with a matte box. Unless you want to saw off the shade somehow. Obviously it's a zoom through adapter.

Century Optics released a 0.75 WA adapter but pulled it because of quality issues. They still make their 0.6 non-zoom through adapter and I think a fish eye adapter for the EX series and others have had success with those.

[David Hetzer] "5. Best choice for batteries, Sony or Anton/Bauer? "

Probably Anton/Bauer. The Sony batteries are readily available but are pricey for what you get. I have 3 BPU-60's and they get me through the whole day without recharging.

http://www.antonbauer.com/EX1_gold_mounts.htm

[David Hetzer] "1. How do I monitor HD video out of FCP and what is a good monitor to do so?"

If you by a Matrox MXO you could use an Apple 23" display and get a broadcast signal good enough for colour grading/finishing. But if you get the Panasonic HD LCD then you already have a solution.

http://www.matrox.com/video/en/products/mxo/

[David Hetzer] "2. What is the best way to import the footage from the EX3 into the computer? "

I use my Macbook Pro in the field to transfer from card to hard drive. Back home I hook the hard drive to my editing suite and use Sony's Transfer Tool to transfer and re-wrap to MOV format for editing in FCP 6.

[David Hetzer] "3.What is the best way to archive footage? "

There is no best way but there are multiple workflows. Your options are:

- archive to dedicated client-specific media like external FW drives.
- archive to dual layer DVD-R media
- archive to DLT tapes
- archive to Sony's XDCAM Disks. This would mean buying the Sony PDW-U1 reader/writer.

You have to choose the best archiving method that suites your workflow because we all work differently and in different areas of the industry. We all have different needs: long form projects, short form with lots of graphics, etc.

- Don



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