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by Adam Wilt

Adam Wilt has been working off and on in film and video for the past thirty years, while paying the bills writing software for animation, automation, broadcast graphics, and real-time control for companies including Abekas, Pinnacle, Omneon, CBS, and ABC. Since 1997 his website,, has been a popular reference for information on the DV formats. He has reviewed cameras for DV Magazine and written its "Technical Difficulties" column, and taught classes and led panels at NAB, IBC, and DV Expo. He co-authored the book,"Optimizing Your Fi...

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NAB 2011 - Camera Support

Gearnex MoCo! Cranky sliders! The panto-jib! Throw the RED a dogbone! And more...

By Adam Wilt | April 27, 2011

Yes, there's actually a GH2 in there... somewhere... (grin)

Another NAB, and more camera support kit for cameras big and small. Here I look at just a few things that caught my eye. Read More


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NAB 2011 - Lenses

PL-Mount and otherwise, cine-style lenses are proliferating.

By Adam Wilt | April 26, 2011

Two Illumina S35mm T1.3 Primes.

More lenses! Crikey, RED builds an affordable PL-mount camera, Sony and Panasonic bring out even more affordable PL-capable cameras, and suddenly there are PL-mount (or interchangeable-mount) lenses everywhere! Read More


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NAB 2011 - Stereo 3D

A quick look at some of the S3D oddities on offer at NAB 2011.

By Adam Wilt | April 25, 2011

If you're gonna shoot S3D, why not watch S3D? Dual PMW-F3s on a mirror rig.

I'm a Chauncey Gardner when it comes to 3D: I like to watch. But as long as stereo 3D requires a bulky mirror rig, or a data cart like the one below, watching is all I'm likely to do. Fortunately, NAB shows that I'm not the only one who feels that way: there were plenty of [somewhat more] practical solutions for shooting stereo. Read More


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NAB 2011 - Recorders

On-camera recording devices, plus the end of tape?

By Adam Wilt | April 24, 2011

Sound Devices PIX 240 main display with all data overlays enabled.

If NAB had an unofficial theme this year, it was "the year of compact on-camera digital recorders." And the subtext? Suddenly, silently: ProRes everywhere. Read More


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NAB 2011 - FilmLight

The film scanner / color management / grading system company's NAB offerings.

By Adam Wilt | April 24, 2011

FilmLight's Blackboard 2 softkey control surface.

UK company FilmLight is packaging their high-end color-grading system Baselight as an "under US$1000" plugin for Final Cut Pro. They've also announced the new Blackboard 2 soft-key control surface, and they're now the non-US distributor for Visionary Archive. Read More


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NAB 2011 - Ikegami’s HDS-F90 LSS 4/3” Camcorder

An Ikegami GFCam large-single-sensor 4/3" camera with a PL-mount lens???

By Adam Wilt | April 23, 2011

The folks over at DSLR News Shooter found that Ikegami is making a 4/3" PL-mount camcorder—Ikegami, fercryinoutloud! Read More


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NAB 2011 Video - 3rd-Party Support for the AG-AF100

Lenses, lens mount adapters, matte boxes, follow-focuses, and more...

By Adam Wilt | April 22, 2011

Panasonic's Jan Crittenden Livingston shows off some of the 3rd-party accessories for the large-single-sensor, interchangeable-lens AF100 camcorder.900x506 QuickTime movie, 1 Mbit/sec h.264, 38 Mbytes. Read More


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NAB 2011 Video - Panasonic AG-HPX250

An AVC-Intra P2 Handheld Camcorder

By Adam Wilt | April 21, 2011

Panasonic's Steve Cooperman discusses the upcoming HPX250, a handheld camcorder with a 21x zoom recording AVC-Intra to P2 cards, as well as all flavors of DV, DVCPRO, and DVCPROHD. Think of it as a full-res HVX200 or HPX170 for the Modern Era.900x506 QuickTime movie, 1 Mbit/sec h.264, 13 Mbytes. Read More


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NAB 2011 Video - Panasonic’s second-generation 3D Camcorder

The AG-3DP1 has a 17x zoom and records to dual P2 cards

By Adam Wilt | April 21, 2011

Steve Cooperman of Panasonic describes the 1/3" 3MOS AG-3DP1 3D P2 camcorder. It should be available later this year, but pricing has not been announced.900x506 QuickTime movie, 1 Mbit/sec h.264, 12 Mbytes. Read More


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NAB 2011 Video - Panasonic AJ-HPX3100

A low-cost, 2/3" P2 / AVC-Intra camcorder with proxy recording and wireless metadata.

By Adam Wilt | April 20, 2011

Panasonic's Steve Cooperman talks about the AJ-HPX3100, a 2/3" 3CCD camcorder costing less than US$20,000. 900x506 QuickTime movie, 1 Mbit/sec h.264, 19 Mbytes.[Corrected 2011-06-06: CCD, not MOS] Read More


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NAB 2011 - Arri Announcements

Alexa advancements, LED lighting, and support for other cameras.

By Adam Wilt | April 13, 2011

Some quick notes from Arri's Monday press conference, plus some from-the-floor photos. Read More


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NAB 2011 Video - Two New Video Recorders, and More…

Two new camera-top video recorders, a cool test chart, and video nametags.

By Adam Wilt | April 12, 2011

Sound Devices introduced two new solid-state video recorders, and FFV showed off one, too. Also: a very cool camera testing chart from DSC Labs, and name tags that display video.900x506 QuickTime movie, 1 Mbit/sec h.264, 68 Mbytes. Read More


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NAB 2011 Video - Sunday Night at Sony

Sony's Juan Martinez shows off the NEX-FS100 AVCHD "NXCAM Super35"

By Adam Wilt | April 11, 2011

Sunday night, Sony lets a few journos in to see what's new before the doors open Monday morning. Sony's Juan Martinez shows off some of the features of the NEX-FS100 "NXCAM Super35" camcorder, as well as a new viewfinder attachment for the PMW-F3. I also grabbed a quick pic of the dustproof / splashproof HXR-NX70 camcorder enduring watery indignities.900x506 QuickTime movie, 1 Mbit/sec h.264, 44 Mbytes. Read More


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NAB 2011 - Sunday Seminars

I sampled several seminars in the Post|Production World and Digital Cinema Summit.

By Adam Wilt | April 11, 2011

DP Brian Pearson wields an EPIC as RED's Ted Schilowitz watches.

On Sunday I sat in on several classes and sessions, to get a feel for the non-show-floor goings-on at NAB. Herewith, my fragmented, barely-edited notes. Read More


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NAB 2011 Video - Saturday Setup

A quick look at the Las Vegas Convention Center on the Saturday before the show...

By Adam Wilt | April 10, 2011

The Las Vegas Convention Center, where NAB is normally held, and what goes on there on the Saturday before the show starts (clarification: DCS sessions are in the South Hall meeting rooms, not North Hall as my narration might imply).900x506 QuickTime movie, 1 Mbit/sec h.264, 17 Mbytes. Read More


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More on the Sony NEX-FS100U AVCHD LSS Camcorder

The large-single-sensor "NXCAM 35" unveiled. Plus: writeups, NAB seminars, press release.

By Adam Wilt | March 23, 2011

NEX-FS100 next to a PMW-F3, from a Sony NAB Seminar email.

This image of the "NXCAM 35" camcorder is lifted from a promotional email for Sony's Super 35mm Seminars at NAB (more below). Jon Fauer shows a different configuration from his Japan trip along with his un-embargoed writeup. Read More


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AG-AF100 and PMW-F3 on the Charts

...with RED ONE, Alexa, and EX1 resolution/aliasing comparisons.

By Adam Wilt | March 18, 2011

A PMW-EX3, PMW-F3, and AG-AF100 lined up on a cart.

This past Monday, Art Adams and I went up to Chater Camera to have a quick look at the tonal-scale renderings of the PMW-F3 and AG-AF100, two new large-single-sensor (LSS) interchangeable-lens camcorders, and to torture them with resolution, aliasing, and IR sensitivity tests. [updated 2001-03-19: RED M vs M-X aliasing comparison.] Read More


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New Sony Cameras

Sony flew a bunch of journos to Japan recently; here's what they saw.

By Adam Wilt | March 13, 2011

In the past couple of weeks, Sony took industry journalists on a junket to Japan, to get an advance peek at some new cameras (I was invited, but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts). Jon Fauer and David Williams have written up what they've seen. Read More


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How should I cover NAB this year?

Are videos useful? Should I shoot more?

By Adam Wilt | March 01, 2011

I'm starting to think about NAB 2011, and I'm curious what you thought of my 2010 coverage. Got a minute to let me know? Read More


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HPA Tech Retreat 2011 Day 4

3D ghosts, camera arrays, etc.; final thoughts.

By Adam Wilt | February 21, 2011

On this fourth and final day of the 2011 Tech Retreat, we learned about standards activities, 3D ghosts, camera arrays, automated audio "recognition", a new method for making film protection masters, how bending a cable affects its performance, and a whirlwind tour through TV Tech history. Also: the death of tape... for real this time? Read More