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Jamie Thompson
Shooting with a Panasonic AG-HVX200 DVC PRO for TV show
on Dec 23, 2011 at 1:46:07 am

I am a full time radio guy, we do a live studio shot on our NBC affiliate every morning. We are now looking into doing a 1 hour TV show that is shot locally at events in the community and giving our sponsors 4 minute "infomercials" inside the show. The broadcast TV station is asking for the show to be delivered on DVC Pro in HD if that makes sense. I've pretty much figured out that the camera mentioned above is what I need.

Outside of that ... what computer/editing software is best (and easiest to learn) for this application? And what is the simplest (and least expensive) software for Close Captioning the show? Don't have a huge budget, but have some dollars and about 6 months to get ready.

One last question... the final product, I assume a workflow is Camera, to PC or MAC for editing, and then what? Do I need to buy an expensive deck to record the final product to tape for delivery?

AMATEUR here when it comes to shooting/editing in DVCPRO HD. Please help - preferably someone with experience shooting for broadcast TV.

Thanks!

JT
Radio/TV Personality
Montgomery, AL


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Andrew Rendell
Re: Shooting with a Panasonic AG-HVX200 DVC PRO for TV show
on Dec 24, 2011 at 10:58:07 am

It sounds like you have to deliver on tape, but it would be best to check what options are available.

As a freelance editor I don't own any decks as I haven't yet had a job that made owning one financially worthwhile, I take my completed files to a facility and play them out onto tape there. In order for that to work efficiently, my editing software is compatible with what they have (I therefore own Avid and FCP7).

Also, I've been supplying to one particular broadcaster who specifies tape delivery and I've come to the arrangement where I bring my drive with a file on it to their VT department and play it out to tape there (and they're very happy for me to drop my file onto their system to do so - I don't know whether they then use that file for anything else but they do appear to keep them).

I'd recommend sorting out your delivery arrangements before deciding which editing package to use. No doubt lots of people have their own preferences, but I have a feeling that if you arrange to finish with a file and do a playout to tape (if required) as a separate step, FCPX might work well for you.


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Jamie Thompson
Re: Shooting with a Panasonic AG-HVX200 DVC PRO for TV show
on Jan 3, 2012 at 9:46:06 pm

Andrew,

I sincerely appreciate your response. Might I ask - do you shoot in HD for your broadcast projects? How do you handle Closed Captioning? Please advise when you can! Thanks!

JT

JT
Radio/TV Personality
Montgomery, AL


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