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Chris Babbitt
Survivor Set-up
on Apr 17, 2009 at 5:06:17 pm

I just tuned into Survivor for the first time in several years, and thought the HD image was gorgeous. I understand that they are now shooting with XDCAM. Does anyone know which cameras, and what they are using to get the very shallow DOF?



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Don Greening
Re: Survivor Set-up
on Apr 19, 2009 at 10:07:25 pm

They're using PDW-700's and editing on Avid Unity/Media Composer in LA. I don't know about how they're getting a shallow DOF. More info here:

http://digitalcontentproducer.com/hdhdv/depth/dirt_on_survivor_in_hd1014/in...

- Don




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Chris Babbitt
Re: Survivor Set-up
on Apr 20, 2009 at 1:04:02 am

Thanks Don.
Very good article. It's interesting that they shoot in 1080p, even though they are delivering in 1080i.



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Don Greening
Re: Survivor Set-up
on Apr 20, 2009 at 2:22:34 am

Yeah, I noticed that too. Which bears out what one of the HD experts (Gary Adcock) has been preaching for awhile now: "Interlaced is a delivery format, not an acquisition format." I can sort of understand why the Survivor crew is doing what they're doing because it's probably not a big deal to do an interlaced version with something like a KONA 3 board at the same time they're printing a show to tape.

Shooting progressive will future-proof the show for LCD and plasma screens as well as pulling good stills from the footage. Since the PDW-700 cameras don't shoot native 24p without an add-on piece of firmware (and a PC board too, I think) worth around 4 grand and change their 16 cameras are probably shooting 1080p 30. I don't even know if the PC board is available yet.

- Don


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