On October 25th, Band Pro hosted a free all-day workshop on the Sony XDCAM HD at their Burbank headquarters. Band Pro's own Jeff Cree led the presentation to an assembled crowd of nearly 50 industry professionals, including DPs, producers, directors, and operators.
Fellow presenters were as follows:
- Mike DesRoches, Storage Sales Support Engineer with Sony
- James Lee of 16X9, Inc.
- cinematographer Jody Eldred.
Cree covered the design philosophy of the PDW-330/350, including the use of its extensive menu system to customize the look of the camera. "With proper operation the menus allow the operator more control than after the image has gone to tape," said Cree. DesRoches discussed the XDCAM HD's file management/file access mode options and the first use of Blu-Ray technology on an HD camera.
He was followed by Lee, representing an industry leader in HD & HDV accessories distribution, who demonstrated how easily the camera can be configured for cine-style production with the addition of mattebox and follow focus options.
Eldred closed the event by relating his field experiences of shooting with the camera and provided a show-and-tell of the Final Cut Pro interface. Eldred was one of the first to adopt the XDCAM HD and presented footage he had shot with one of the prototypes. When asked his opinion of the camera, Reggie Rutherford of Rutherford Entertainment said, "It's fantastic. I'll take delivery on the 28th!" After the free workshop, Director of Photography, Paolo Cascio said, "One of the things I love about Band Pro is that they allow people out in the field to come in and get hands-on knowledge. It's very boutique."
As part of their tradition of unique, specialized service, Band Pro will be hosting their annual "One World on HD" Open House on December 14th, featuring leading equipment manufacturers and special industry guests.
More information and reservation details are available at www.bandpro.com.