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The Dirt (Literally) on Survivor in HD 

By Craig Erpelding

While shooting HD for television purposes is nothing new, I recently had the opportunity to sit down with some of the postproduction team using an Avid-based post workflow for Survivor: Gabon—the first Survivor series to be shot and delivered in HD. The conversation provided some interesting insight on just exactly how the HD format has benefitted the production of what some call the granddaddy of all reality shows and how the format may affect the reality shows of the future....

EX1 in China's Quake Zone, Part 2 

By Darroch Greer

It’s not just the workflow of a flash memory camera that excites the teams at DCTV. Again, it comes down to light. ...

Common Goal 

Story and photos by Bill Miller

If the broadcast isn't going out to 20 million people, you haven't directed live television. So starts my interview with veteran television director Lawrence...

Shoot Review: Sony PMW-EX3  

Reviewer: D. W. Leitner

It’s virtually unprecedented for a manufacturer to release a follow-up product hard on the heels of the original, which highlights the fact that the Sony PMW-EX3, despite a successive product number, is not a successor to the PMW-EX1 but rather its matched complement....

Test Drive: Affordable HD Formats, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

A funny thing happened on the way to the second installment of the first edition of the newly renamed Affordable HD column. I reconsidered and changed plans. That is, in the original edition, I explained that because I had a host of affordable HD cameras in my grimy little hands...

Test Drive: Affordable HD Formats, Part 1 

By Jan Ozer

If you’re considering buying a new affordable HD camcorder, you should have at least three formats in mind: tried-and-true HDV, up-and-coming AVCHD, and the ever-more-affordable DVCPRO HD. By a stroke of good fortune, I have three such camcorders in hand right now, and I thought it would be a good time to discuss their relative merits...

On the Line  

Story by Cynthia Wisehart
Photos by Joshua Touber

When Barack Obama turned up on stage in Denver's Pepsi Center at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to congratulate his running mate, Joe Biden,...

Green Meets Red 

By Ellen Wolff

In the hallway of a former bicycle factory outside Vancouver, British Columbia, a bloody corpse lies on a gurney, swathed unceremoniously in plastic wrap....

EX1 in China’s Quake Zone, Part 1 

By Darroch Greer

When the tragic Sichuan earthquake (magnitude 7.9) struck China on May 12, HBO decided to send a filmmaker to the region almost immediately in order to capture documentary footage. ...

Shooting for Streaming, Part 2 

By Jan Ozer

In our last episode, we faced a paradox. Producing a streaming file of less-than-SD resolution using format-native presets in Adobe Premiere Pro showed much better results for HDV source files than for DV...

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