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Panasonic AF100 and Applied Accessories

If you’re shooting with a Panasonic AG-HVX200 or a DSLR, you might want to take a look at Panasonic’s HD camcorder, the AG-AF100. The AF100 is the first professional micro 4/3-inch video camcorder optimized for high-definition video recording, and it has some real advantages over the HVX200 or a DSLR.

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The Sony NEX-FS100UK Camera

dec2_sonynex_sfwThe Sony NEX-FS100UK camera is really an amazing piece of gear. After watching some clips that were shot with this camera, I went out and purchased one. This is actually quite amazing, considering that my last five cameras were all from Panasonic.

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Handy Tools for Screenwriters

testdrive_dns_dictate_sfwI’m always looking for new tools that will help my readers to make better productions. While large shops usually have a person that specializes in screenwriting, people in smaller shops are forced to learn new skills. Here are a few new tools that will make your job as a screenwriter much easier.

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“Get” Footage Indexed for Final Cut Pro

MarchTestDriveSFW“Get” is a phonetic search tool from AV3 Software that will index all your footage on a hard drive and allow you to search for specific words or phrases from within the Get interface. Properly used, this software should be well worth the investment to anyone needing to find a clip in a hurry or for an editor with a ton of clips to sort through.

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The Canon 7D Run

TD_Canon7dEveryone has heard about the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and how it’s revolutionizing the DSLR market. Well, the EOS 7D is the 5D Mark II’s cool, versatile little brother.

The Canon 7D is cost effective, easy to use and gives great results –– even in difficult situations. The sensor chip is about 30 percent smaller than the full 35mm chip in the 5D, so a 100mm lens will act like a 160mm lens. Other than that, it’s a pretty straightforward camera. (For APS-C sensors the crop factor is 1.6, and for APS-H it’s 1.3.) And at under $2,000, the Canon 7D is truly economical. With a nice zoom lens the price will go up to about $3,500, but for 18MB still images and great-looking video the increase is a small price to pay.

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