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Secrets of Field Recording in the Tapeless Era

Feb 9, 2010 12:08 PM

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The builders of the Great Pyramids of Giza may not have faced the same technical challenges as today’s shooters do, but digital field recording in the tapeless era nevertheless presents a bevy of confusion and anguish on a grand scale. This live webcast from the base of the Pyramids will explore the advantages and potential snafus of tapeless recording in the field, looking at the various hard drive and solid-state recorders on the market from Sony, Maxell, AJA, and others.

We’ll look at interface and cable requirements, power consumption and recharging options, and the all-important ruggedness factor as we discuss the best practices for capturing footage direct out of the camera to a storage device. We’ll look at workflow and ingestion requirements for NLE platforms including Avid, Apple Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Premiere Pro, using various camera formats including Sony’s EX and NX, Panasonic P2, AVCHD, and HDV.

This webcast focusing on HD field recorders, operational procedures, and workflow may not answer the riddle of the Great Sphinx, but it will sure put you on the right track for a better understanding of the monumental recording challenges we all face as competent, confident shooters in the 21st century.

Webcast attendees will learn:
• the relative advantages and potential drawbacks of recording directly to hard drive or SSD in the field
• optimal workflow practices focusing on choosing the appropriate interface, hardware, connectors, and cables
• specific features and relative merits of various field recorders and storage devices from Sony, Maxell, AJA, and others.


Barry Braverman

Barry Braverman is a veteran cinematographer with nearly 30 years of experience in television documentaries and feature films. Notable credits include long-form television and educational programs for National Geographic, the original Bottle Rocket (1992) directed by Wes Anderson, One Track Mind: The Darjeeling Limited (2009), music videos for Tangerine Dream and Stevie Wonder, segments for ABC News' 20/20, I, Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind for CBS, and History Channel’s Sworn to Secrecy. A member of the cinematographer’s guild Local 600, Braverman writes regularly on camera and craft-related issues for Digital Content Producer/millimeter and Broadcast Engineering. His latest book, Video Shooter Second Edition (2009) from Focal Press explores the art of visual storytelling with HD cameras. Braverman lives in Studio City, Calif., and rides a very nice old bike around town. Check out his curious blog at

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