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?
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.