Video Gear


Here is a shot of me shooting Sam before he shoots me.

To answer a few questions about what video gear we use…

As I said we are using a JVC-HD200 with a Brevis Adapter and Reckrock hardwars and follow focus. Between the Video Copilot team, we have the 2 adapters but the Brevis is about 1 stop brighter and we planned on a shooting a dark alley so we needed the extra stop.

The JVC shoots HDV on tape and we capture with Premiere using a special HD codec. After Effects just isn’t great when working with native HDV even though premiere handles it pretty well.

The Brevis has a reversed image which is a problem for some camera but the JVC HD200 and HD 250 both have the flip function built-in to the camera, which automatically inverses the picture before recording the tape. There are also a lot of DOF adapters that flip the image internally as well.

I’d like to get one of those fancy recorders that record to disc uncompressed from HD component output but they’re a little expensive at the moment. Here is a new product that may show up at NAB and hopefully bring the prices down:
Convergent Design


Camera Lenses:

We have a few lenses but here are some of my favorites. A 100m Canon PL @ F2, a 50mm Canon PL @ F1.5 and the glorious 20mm PL @ 2.8. Now these aren’t at fancy as those Cooke lenses or some of those other nice ones but I got a great deal on these and they are pretty sweet.

We are using a Marshal external HD video monitor which is essential to seeing things in focus with these DOF adapters. The tripod is a Miller Arrow 25, a little expensive but definitely smooth as butter and great head adjustments. I really like the Bogen/Manfrotto tripods as well.

This is not the perfect workflow or setup, but I’m not sure there are any ‘perfect’ ones at the moment. HDV could be better quality and hard drive recorders could have better input options. There are many great cameras out there, some are more affordable then others each with different contrasting features. Just DON’T think you need everything at once buy and learn as you go. Concentrate on a GOOD setup and focus on a GREAT story or concept. We all love gear and specifications but don’t get too hung up, or you’ll never get anything done.

We’ll spend more time explaining other production details on the Advanced Training DVD with the additional on-set video.

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7 years ago
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95 Comments

3 weeks ago
Final cut pro is definitely good, and so is adobe premiere pro!
JEALOUSSSSSSSSSS
FayJay
5 years ago
Hey I have something to ask
when i import riot gear in sony vegas 8 well.... its displays an error others are working fine like evolution action movie or whatever..
but i got problem with riot gear its not ok in sony vegas it shows an error and shuts itself down by clicking on error's displayed options
well...
next
can i use twitch in sony vegas 8 pro? how can i?


peace
please reply me
fawad85@gmail.com
7 years ago
Her's the spec for movies done by videocopilot on riot gear, hope it helps;

File Path: Flow_01.mov
Type: QuickTime Movie
File Size: 100.6 MB
Image Size: 1280 x 720
Pixel Depth: 1280
Frame Rate: 59.94
Total Duration: 00;00;20;00
Average Data Rate: 5.0 MB / second
Pixel Aspect Ratio: 1.0

Created with: After Effects

QuickTime Details:
Movie contains 1 video track(s), 0 audio track(s) and 0 timecode track(s).

Video:
There are 1200 frames with a duration of 50/2997ths.

Video track 1:
Duration is 0;00;20;01
Average frame rate is 59.94 fps

Video track 1 contains 1 type(s) of video data:

Video data block #1:
Frame Size = 1280 x 720
Compressor = Photo - JPEG
Quality = Most (4.00)
highdefw
7 years ago
Final Cut is by far the best video editor out there. If you have a Mac, its a must have program. I use the Sony Handycam HDR-SR1 for my shooting. Its good quality, but the footage is rough to edit when it comes to those codecs. I end up importing them into FCP use the Apple Pro Res 422. PQ is good but the file size is 0_o
7 years ago
I was just curious about the choice of using Premiere over Final cut? Was it just because your using a PC or do you just prefer it? I tend to use final cut for our corporate video and documentaries that my staff produces on the side.
benjamin mydland
7 years ago
omg, how can you aford it? In Norway, the camera cost about $13.500!! To expensive.
sspro
7 years ago
can we dowlload some sam loya vids anywhere so we can create a project and credit u
7 years ago
Hey, Mr andrew you still owe me an answer to my mail i sent you!!!

:(

Good work as usual take care.
Fotis
7 years ago
what's the special hd codec that you use to capture in premiere? is there any difference with the original method? thanks
Victor
7 years ago
Hey Andrew,
I want to be your best friend too :) but right now I don't have much money. But someday I will...
Victor
7 years ago
yes, I used to use the ctrl-F for searching feature in firefox to find your user name, to read your priceless writing. Now with the red color it was much easier to find.
juan
7 years ago
yes it makes a difference because some people put "Andrew Kramer" as their name and that's not funny
Jim Andrews
7 years ago
Great Idea with the Red name Posting, I know someone else thought of of it, but WOW what a difference it will make.

Thank you
Robin H
7 years ago
Hey, we have the same shirt :D

:P
Alex Lopez
7 years ago
Hey Andrew,

Love your stuff. Have your dvd's and they are inspiring!. I start class in June in the Academy of Art studying visual effects and want to get rolling on some stuff before start of class. I have aprox. $1500.00 right now and was wondering what sort of camera would you recommend for that price. unfortunately dont really have more to spend than that for now. At least till my 3rd or 4th year after i really get a good foundation of what i am doing. :)

any help appreciated.

Thanks again and definitely getting your advanced dvd when it comes out!
7 years ago
Here is a good site for learning more about camera issues and stuff here: http://dvinfo.net/conf/

Let's try to keep this site a creative one.
tomroot
7 years ago
Hi guys, i was just wondering if anyone using EDIUS software - imo their Canopus HQ codec has no opponent if it's about HDV post-processing... Does Sony Vegas operates on a MPEG2 Transport Stream files? If so, your computer is working slower during editing such a file, because it has to decompress MPEG stream "on-the-fly"...... Keep an eye on Canopus software, it's worth it :) Cheers guys!

Greetings for Andrew and videocopilot team!!!! Keep up the good work guys.
Joe Avino
7 years ago
This is cool. The stuff looks really advanced. Probably more advanced than this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X3gOzI_ffY . Remember that old clip Andrew?
Jordan W.
7 years ago
I guess I don't want Adobe's information.
While I know in theory everything is supposed to work. they say it will... quite frankly it doesn't so I was wondering specifically how you digitize and what codecs you use and how to incorporate that into AE and Premiere... I guess its a more specific question than can be reasonably answered here by the king alone... :D

ideas?
7 years ago
Ugh. I'm so jealous about the flip function of that camera. I'm using a redrock on a panasonic HVX, and I have to flip everything in post. It sucks.
Michel
7 years ago
just a question like that! at work we use the jvc prohd GY-HD100, we've got the latest firmware update and still when we capture the media, we're having drop frame once in a while, pretty randomly i would say!! doesn't matter when you shoot the floor or the wall waiting but when it happens straight in the shot or when someone say's something greatit sucks!!

We capture using Mac Pro dual 2.66 with finalcut 5.1.4 trough firewire ie1394

so if anyone knows why it does that could be cool to know!! thanks!! by the way really like all the job you do at videocopilot!! thanks you so much!
los
7 years ago
Drew,

you wear an Old Navy tee? the stitches on the shoulders look like my black tee bro. Give it back!

Nice gear man. I am drooling over a HVX and a SG Pro, flip modulator and follow focus for my first HD setup. I may have to sell my DVX's first.
7 years ago
thanks scott,

when i work in after effects on an image i render as JPEG sequence .but as for fottage i render AS VIDOE FOR MOVIE so is that the best ,what about MPEG2? And if any one with an xl2 do you know if it has a setting for high resolution ?
Last you said UNCOMPRESSED .WHERE IS THE SETTING IN AE TO UNCOMPRESSEIT.
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP
7 years ago
for more information about adobe on location, adobe premiere pro cs3 includes on location.

http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/?ogn=EN_US-gntray_prod_premiere_home

interesting
Flim by Tim Productions.
7 years ago
Lol thats some rad gear but is it as rad as this guy? http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v470/Heyguy/RadKid.jpg
7 years ago
After all the add ons to the JVC-200 aren't you better off just getting a RED ONE?
Mr T.
7 years ago
What kind of light setup do you have andrew?
T
Scott Bishop
7 years ago
Clancy, When rendering from After Effects to any NLE you must render UNCOMPRESSED, either as an image sequence or movie file.
Jordan W.
7 years ago
What would be AWESOME is if you put up a basic description of your basic workflow, as in (camera to digitizer to AE export to final delivery) because DAMN. Everywhere I go online has descriptions of fixing specific issues with HDV workflow... but none with a complete description of one that works as a starting point. Im trying to set one up using an HDV deck and im having no luck with premiere and its driving me wonky.

Any tips? Any one I can send an email to?
7 years ago
I keep reading about these coding setting and things like that and i dont understand a thing,,please some one explaine to me.lets say i shot my footage i go to my computer bring the camera and start to download the footage to the comuter right .now i use sony vegas 7 .is that right or what .
2- lets say i did a project in after effects iam done and now i want to render it right what is the best setting to render a project and then take it back to vegas for some editing .is that right or wrong .any advice would be great to get best results.
%$@#$
7 years ago
THAT SETUPS IS JUST AS SWEET AS THE "AA 12 SHOTGUN" !
ejunyor
7 years ago
Blog topics are every bit as good as the tutorials - thanks Andrew
(Will be making some purchases soon!)
LA
7 years ago
We are using Adobe OnLocation for recording. Better than Premiere for capturing online... Try it!
7 years ago
Lord and Master Drew Kramer, you’ve managed to amaze me again.
I have been asking for this DVD since bible Noah had teen acne.
I hope you intend to include the 3D Max reactor tutorials and 3D to AE integration tutorials.
Stuff like the bridge collapse and the car crash.
I would like to learn to crash a car at hyper slow mo say 60-90 fps. or the comparable film speeds.
Once again you never cease to amaze.
CONTINUE TO TURN THE INDUSTRY UPSIDE DOWN
7 years ago
The special HD codec I use for Premiere and for captures like this is Raylight ENCODER PRO by DVFilm.
7 years ago
this is more of a request I guess, do you have any tutorials coming up on exporting video, ie...best settings for sd and hd?
Tim
7 years ago
Hey Andrew

Very very cool of you to post this. I'm sure there are more than a few indy film makers here. I really appreciate you sharing your experience and knowledge with us.

Tim
7 years ago
I love you man, your my inspiration and my idol. I wouldn't keep making films if it wasn't for you. You're the best!
BobH
7 years ago
From the looks of this thread, you could clearly sell a training DVD on nothing but work-flow best practices, tips & tricks. I know I would buy one.
Freakshow
7 years ago
AK-47,

Always cool to see what's behind the curtain. Your cam set up makes mine look embarrassing.
Marc Biorklund
7 years ago
Thanks for making this short video gear review, it's very intresting to see and read about it.

I notice that the colors looks really nice on the monitor. Is the footage of sam (the spooked version) a raw footage or did you made any color correction on it ?
7 years ago
Cant wait for the DVD andrew....are you gong to go into any 3d packages in this dvd?
7 years ago
And one more thing: in my opinion, the world's best software to edit with native HDV in timeline is Sony Vegas Pro 8... Just for one thing: the HDV format was created by Sony (with some partners), and Sony Vegas is optimized to work with the Sony formats, like XDCAM, XDCAM HD, HDCAM and HDV.

Ps: I'm teacher of Video Editing and Finalizing here at an University in my city, and I teach with Sony Vegas and Adobe After Effects. One more time, thanks to Videocopilot for all the stuff that gives me insiration to teach...
morten enoksen
7 years ago
Great to see that you bring us much more behind the scenes footage then before;)
7 years ago
Hi Andrew! Very nice setup!

I'm a lover of gear and specifications, but the money is a great barrier... I'm from Brazil, and there are some difficulties here to get good equipment with a good price, like abusive taxes and other little things... Just to compare: I have a Sony HVR-V1N, bought 3 months ago for US$6.500,00... The same camera cost less than US$4.000,00 in BH Photo Video... Anyway, that's a nice camera, with 1080/24p and 1080/30p in HDV.

But I'm in love with the Sony PMW-EX1... I hope to get some works here to earn some money and buy one... 720/60p in XDCAM HD 35mbps codec, recorded in solid state memory... Full HD in 24 and 30p in the same codec... Check out some videos shooted with the EX1: http://www.vimeo.com/ex1

Sorry about the poor english, i'm studying to get better...

Greetings for all Copilot team, thanks for the awesome products and tutorials!!
7 years ago
Please! Take a shot of your workstations and prodution studio for we, intusiastis!
I like so much yours job. Congradulations!!!

Tanks,
Alessandro Silvas (fron Brasil)
"live to image and imagination"
7 years ago
Andrew,

After you bring your HDV into Premiere, do you export out your clips in a different codec to use them in After Effects? I'm running Final Cut but I'm pretty sure I would have the same codec. Apple's ProRes codec works pretty well coming out of Final Cut if you're going to be doing any keying, but I'm wondering if there's a codec that's just as good but doesn't have the larger file size of ProRes.
7 years ago
@ Blair: You could always try the RAID array for your harddrives... that should solve most fo your crashing problems.
http://cinetaur.googlepages.com/Genesis3.jpg/Genesis3-full.jpg


is a 1920x1080/24P direct to disk system and uses a single 2/3" CMOS sensor which allows the use of 16mm film lenses. It records using the CineForm raw format
Viper has a dockable solid-state recorder, Genesis and the F23 have a dockable VTRs.


Panavision Genesis
7 years ago
adobe premiere ? good soft i use it to make my home made trailer. but did you tried avid composer ?

if yes, i would like know what you think about this software.

greetings to all videocopilot team,
Earlack
7 years ago
Oh, sorry for the double-posting, but, before the JVC HD200, you were shooting on DV 16/9 right ? With your Canon ? So, it wasn't PAR 1... Have you ever seen a difference between exporting from Premiere with PAR 1 or shifting into AE... ? Just in case ^^
Earlack
7 years ago
Ah, yeah, I forgot about that :) I'm so used to 1920*1080 anamorphic...
7 years ago
Actually the JVC shoots progressive 720p. 1280x720 there is not pixel squishing. PAR=1
Earlack
7 years ago
I bet he converts to QT or another lossless format. I admit, I'm working with HDV too and I'd like to know what codec you use into AE.
Oh, another little question, when you do the conversion, do you leave the PAR like default HDV or do you convert to square pix ? Is there any benefits to do that before AE ?

Pretty nice gear you have here. Must be lot of fun to use.

Mmm, I feel REALLY strange how much people say they can't afford a very good camera, but they spent lot of cash buyin' AE... *sigh*

...Pure sarcasm, of course. Don't kill me. :)

Mmmm, know I understand everything ! If it's Sam's half salary, that's WHY he's trying to shoot you :P
Blair
7 years ago
@ Sean Emer: Woo, that's a nice HVX setup you got there!

I think my biggest (only) quibble with shooting P2 as opposed to tape is archiving. I've had about six hard drives crash on me in the last 12 months and have lost a considerable amount of footage. Been looking into backing up to Blu-Ray. LTO tapes is the other option, but with a BR burner I'd have the ability to master BR discs with Encore... And my research tells me BR discs are incredibly durable.
David R.
7 years ago
So, Andrew, do you work with HDV in AE ? I find it useless since it is very bad optimized for it and goes very slow even on a fast computer. So how do you go on working with it ?
Scott Bishop
7 years ago
We shoot straight to HDD and the workflow has never been easier.
jac
7 years ago
you know the movie "andrew vs. andrew"? Oh, sorry, my fault.... "kramer vs. kramer"... :)

thanks for all your great tutorials....

jac
Dano
7 years ago
Thanks for sharing and for all the inspiration! I have a 30,000 Sq Ft warehouse in Corona you can shoot in - ha
Mike
7 years ago
Great set up. I imagine that cost some $$$. Some day when I get rich!!
Sandy
7 years ago
oh gr8 andrew! Any release date for the DVD ? can't wait .
regards - Sandy
Jim Andrews
7 years ago
I already have a best friend sorry Andrew :)
But..Don't feel left out just yet, I'm always interested in new friends and especially friends as talented as you!
I will keep you on my "List" for best Talented Friends and as always I will "Pay it Forward" like you have done for us.

Thank you Andrew Kramer.
7 years ago
Good looking setup. The Marshall is a great tool... I use it with my HVX.

http://www.doodlesofamadman.com/hvx_pics/02.JPG

So do you have no quips with the HDV codec? I've heard that its terrible for picture quality, and is one of the reasons I went with the solid state capabilities of the HVX over tape-based systems. P2 is much more efficient as I see it. What are your feelings on this?

btw: What battery is that on the Marshall, and where can I get one?
Casko
7 years ago
lol i record with a photo camera of 3.0 megapixels at 400x300 ahaha im soo poor :P
7 years ago
If thats sam's half salary ,that means i work for free. how about that.
YOU CANT BEAT THAT.
David Adametz
7 years ago
Andrew,

On your 'bullet_hd' clip, I noticed that there some overlapping, or maybe just something unusual going on near Sam's trigger-finger, right before he pulls it.

Could that be from the time stretching? And how it creates intermediate frames, and it's trying to make a correct frame there?
I was just curious as to more what is causing that sort of 'double-fingertip' area, rather than actually telling you that there is an error there. I'm all about learning, and I'm sure you will cover what to expect when working with advanced effects in your finished tutorial, so I can't wait!
Juan
7 years ago
Lol that was funny Jim Andrew and Andrew Kramer
7 years ago
I use a HV20 with a DIY DOF adapter, Nikon 50mm f1.4 lens. Maybe soon an external monitor, Velbon 507 tripod, Spiderbrace, Rails System, MatteBox, and RodeVideo Mic. Cheap, great quality and works for me.
7 years ago
If you win... I'll be your best friend :)
Jim Andrews
7 years ago
Andrew Question,
If I win the MEGA Millions (220 MIL) tonight, Can I Pay you to SHOP FOR MY CAMERA AND GEAR?
I will buy you any expensive Item(s) you ever wanted as long as you help me buy the best of the best!

Deal?
I'll let you know tomorrow if I'm a winner!
Janx
7 years ago
Man! that looks delicious! are they edible?
7 years ago
The quarter is actually for size reference and half of Sam's salary.
7 years ago
IS THAT QUARTER IN FRONT OF THE LENSES MEANS YOU GET GOOD STUFF FOR YOUR MONEY,OR SPEND YOUR MONEY WISELY
7 years ago
Nicely flagged Mr Kramer
7 years ago
We have a mattebox but we were in the shade so flares weren't an issue.
Blair
7 years ago
Good point at the end there, Andrew. Story is paramount. You could get away with shooting on a cellphone camera if your story and characters are good enough.
7 years ago
Amazing equipment! I'm dirt poor and using cheap stuff haha.
Nictronix
7 years ago
I recommend a LCD Screen to preview your work while you shoot. Sometimes you either can't see everthing on the small built in (sometimes monochrome) screen, and with the color ajusted right, you can set the white balance and its easier to set the focus. Way to go Andrew. You know what its all about.
Also, for all those with a Canon XL2, the EF adapter is a great addition to your camera set-up. It opens up a ton of possibilities with Lenes. GO Canon XL2!
7 years ago
NICE ,SO YOU ATTACH THE M2 ADAPTER TO THE CAMERA BODY AND ON THE M2 YOU ATTACHED THE 50MM LENSE IS THAT CORRECT.
2 - NOW IAM NOT FIMILIAR WITH THIS JVC .I HAVE THE XL2 .DID YOU SHOOT 24P OR WHAT FRAME RATE YOU USED?
bwoogie
7 years ago
Also something else. You don't shoot with a hood over the lens?
7 years ago
@ Andrew Kramer

Good to see you got a Marshal there...I find the viewfinder on the JVC practically useless. I would recomend a Firestore HD for sure, even though it is yet one more thing to strap on! (although Beebop do a swanky little underslung cage)............

http://www.bebob.de/international/box-firestore_e.html


With the Firmware v.3.0 Improvements that you can download for the Firestore you can record straight to Quicktime files........cool and the gang.

http://www.bebob.de/international/box-firestore_e.html


Cheers mate.
bwoogie
7 years ago
You can use Canon lenses on a JVC camera?

Also, I agree. You don't need the most expensive equipment. Learn how to use what you have. Expensive gear isn't going to make your work any better if you can't learn the basics first.
7 years ago
i love you website Andrew
cant wait for your DVD to come out :)
Juan
7 years ago
by the way
I love the "behind scenes"
Juan
7 years ago
Thanks for sharing Andrew, you're setup is very professional, compared to my camcorder "panasonic gs80" your camera is like a dream that i would like to have, anyways i can still get great footage with this minidv camcorder and with some post production work and editing i can make look at least semi-professional and not home video look

Thanks Andrew Kramer and video copilot guys for giving us a such a great website and helping us in an excellent way, you make us feel like we are in the best school of the world.

Thanks

Thank you very much, I really apreciated it.

=D
7 years ago
Very nice gear, i'm a bit jealous ;-)

Can't wait for the new DVD's! Great job on all of the work you've done!
Jason
7 years ago
Cant wait for the DVD
Blair
7 years ago
Damn, your setup is sexylicious! That Flash Recorder looks mint... a lot cheaper than P2 cards, but the MPEG Long-GOP format worries me... Have had bad experiences with Hard Drive based recorders in the past and would definitely not go with anything but solid state for important projects.

I've tried a Redrock M2 on our Panasonic HVX, but it sucked out too much light and created an ugly vignette around the image. I think it must have been set up badly.

Thanks for the info, look forward to the DVD!
Andrew
7 years ago
what's the 'special' codec you mentioned?

any idea on a price and date for the advanced tutorial dvd?
can't wait!
hazem
7 years ago
UR WEBSITE IS MY HOMEPAGE.....THANK ALLAH FOR THIS WEBSITE AND FOR ANDREW KRAMER.......U MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A PRO
-[Cloud]-
7 years ago
wohow, you got a lot to make things good happen.
a really astonishing row of materials.

and your camera makes me wanna have it.

well, Premiere is a good program especially when you to import it Easily in After FX.
I use Vegas from Sony and i can't complain for one of the best HD-codecs there are.

but hey, its not only about the Cut-program its about everything.

-looking foward for this new Training DVD-

-[Cloud]-
Kim A. Strandli
7 years ago
And what is the total price that sounds like music to students with no money?
cooldudeloverboy
7 years ago
I'm enjoying all this behind the scenes on the video shoots. I also can't Wait for the Advanced Training DVD! :)
Charles Bronson
7 years ago
geez.... i need to start saving up.
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