I Was an HDV Rookie for the NAB

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As you can see above, the NAB preparation doesn’t actually stop for us until 9am on Monday morning when the show opens. Until then, I thank whatever force brought coffee into this world. There I am, shooting HDV footage this morning for some of our NAB demos (this is about as much of a sneak preview as you’re going to get). It’s a good thing I live in the most photogenic city in North America — all you need is a sunny day and you can point your camera just about anywhere and get a good looking shot.

So, even though I’ve edited tons of HDV footage, this was my first time shooting with an HDV camera (the Sony HDR-FX1). I’ve never shot 16:9 before, so it was an interesting challenge getting used to framing things in that aspect ratio. I need to practice a bit more with that — it was kind of like switching to 5-string bass (I switched back to 4 string a few years ago, BTW). I don’t think I’ll be switching back from 16:9, though, I really, really like the “cinematic” feel.

One of the great things about the HDV format is that capture into Premiere Pro 2.0 works the same way as standard DV — just plug the Firewire cable in and go.