Rules

Hey guys welcome to another blog about “Learning all about videography”.  In class my classmates, lecturer and I had a discussion about what we read in the manual and yet again I wasn’t allowed to  use the camcorder as yet because not only did I had to read the manual, I also had to learn the rules pertaining to the camcorder. That being said, this week I don’t have anything new to blog on so am going to leave the rules with you guys to read as well. See you guys next week. Hope you have a good one.

 

CAMCORDER AND PRODUCTION RULES(SONY HXR-MC2000 MANUAL – ONLINE)

COMMUNICATION STUDIO 3 (THREE) – CAT 3000

 

CAMCORDER AND PRODUCTION RULES(SONY HXR-MC2000 MANUAL – ONLINE)

  1. FOR ANY CAMCORDER YOU USE, READ THE MANUAL, TEST IT IN ALL POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENTS. MAKE AND KEEP A COPY OF THE TROUBLE SHOOTING INFORMATION. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THE CAMCORDER WILL MALFUNCTION AND THE TROUBLESHOOTING INFORMATION CAN HELP.

2.   THE CAMCORDER(YOUR BABY) MUST ALWAYS BE MANNED – IN THE CAR, ON THE   SET, ON THE TRIPOD (EVEN IF LOCKED).  IT CAN ALWAYS TIP OVER AND FALL.  IF YOU  CANNOT HANDLE THE COST OF THE DAMAGE OR LOSS OF STOLEN PROPERTY, DO NOT  LEAVE IT ALONE. EVER.

3.  WALK WITH THE CAMCORDER BACK FACING THE FRONT. IT RECEIVES        ACCIDENTAL “KNOCKS” MUCH BETTER. IF YOU OPT TO FACE THE LENS TO THE FRONT, WALK VERY CAREFULLY.

4. KEEP THE TRIPODS LOCKED WHEN NOT SHOOTING. THE TRIPOD HEAD WILL TILT BACK OR PAN ACCIDENTALLY AND FALL BACK WITH THE CAMCORDER.

5. WHATEVER YOU USED OR WHEREVER YOU USED TO SHOOT OR FOR YOUR SHOOT, ALWAYS RETURN IT BETTER THAN (FIRST PREFERENCE) IT WAS RECEIVED, IF NOT THE VERY SAME. DO NOT GIVE THE RENTER/LENDER A REASON TO NOT WANT TO DO THIS IN THE FUTURE. YOU DO THIS TO KEEP GOOD RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE YOU MOST LIKELY WILL NEED IN THE FUTURE. SINCE YOU DON’T KNOW WHO THEY WILL BE, APPLY THIS RULE WITH EVERYONE. SIMPLE PROFESSIONALISM.

6. ALWAYS CHARGE BATTERIES AFTER USE SINCE IT IS FRUSTRATING TO RECEIVE EMPTY BATTERIES. WHY BE JUST AS INCONSIDERATE AND SELFISH? SIMPLE PROFESSIONALISM.

7. KEEP THE LENS CAP ON UNTIL THE VERY MOMENT YOU START TO SHOOT. THINGS CAN FLY IN, SCRATCH THE LENS AT ANY TIME (SAND, DIRT, WATER DROPLETS). MINIMIZE BY KEEPING IT COVERED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

8. DO NOT LEAVE BATTERIES IN EXTREME HEAT OR COLD. THIS INCLUDES CARS AND VERY COLD OFFICES/LABS. THEY MINIMIZE THEIR PERFORMANCE ABILITY DRASTICALLY (BY 50%).

8. THIS CLASS WILL NOT USE THE “AUTO” SETTING. THIS INCLUDES, AUTO FOCUS, & THE AUDIO LIMITER (YOU WILL RECORD WHILE “RIDING” THE SOUND LEVELS MANUALLY). YOU WILL USE THE MANUAL SETTING. THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS THE WHITE BALANCE FEATURE AND SHUTTER SPEED (BUT YOU MAY HAVE TO ADJUST SHUTTER SPEED MANUALLY IF YOU ARE RECORDING TV MONITORS TO SYNC THE MONITORS RESOLUTION LINES WITH THE SPEED OF THE SHUTTER.)

9. EACH PERSON WILL ADJUST THE DIOPTER LENS TO SUIT YOUR VISION BEFORE YOU START TRYING TO FOCUS ON ANYTHING AND SHOOT.

10. YOU WILL WHITE BALANCE BEFORE YOU SHOOT IN EVERY NEW SETTING. BECAUSE YOU WHITE BALANCED INDOORS DOES NOT MEAN YOU DO NOT WHITE BALANCE AGAIN INSIDE SINCE THE LIGHT TEMPURATURE MAY BE DIFFERENT (FLOURESCENT VERSUS INCANDESCENT).

10.YOU WILL CARRY OR HAVE A MEMBER OF YOUR GROUP CARRY THE FOLLOWING DURING PRODUCTION:

a)       A MULTI-TOOL (SWISS KNIFE)

b)       TAPE (THE ONES THAT ARE STRONG BUT DO NOT LEAVE EXCESSIVE GLUE RESIDUE – THAT CAN DAMAGE AS WELL)

c)       LARGE GARBAGE BAGS (PROTECT EQUIPMENT FROM BAD WEATHER AND GATHER TRASH BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER SHOOT).

11. ZEBRA LINES (DIAGONALS ON THE SCREEN) INDICATE “HOT” ZONES/SPOTS WITHG LIGHTING. YOU CAN DECIDE IF YOU WISH TO KEEP IT OR ADJUST TO REMOVE THE LINES.

12. THE LENS IS VERY SENSITIVE. DO NOT HAVE IT FACING THE SUN OR BRIGHT LIGHTS DIRECTLY. YOU WILL DAMAGE THE SENSORS. ALSO IF FINE DEBRIS GETS OUT AND YOU ARE UNABLE TO “BLOW IT OUT” WITH A LENS BLOWER, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE IT (YOU MAY DAMAGE THE MOTOR OR THE LENS ITSELF). OR WIPE IT OUT (YOU MAY SCRATCH THE LENS). RETURN THE CAMCORDER TO THE LAB TECHNICIAN.

12. WHEN CLEANING THE LENS BEFORE AND AFTER A SHOOT, MAKE SURE IT IS IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT WHERE THERE IS NOT DIRECT SUNLIGHT, SAND, TOO MUCH WIND, MOISTURE OR HEAT).

 

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