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Panasonic AG-HMC150 Product Manual

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Is this thing on?
Easy-to-follow chart for successful sound
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Northwest Community Television
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Your best shoot ever!
A pre-production checklist
7 common



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  • Page 1 PANASONIC AG-HMC150 | b a s i c | HOW TO shoot like a PRO Is this thing on? Easy-to-follow chart for successful sound steps for avoiding Your best shoot ever! A pre-production checklist over overexposure HELP! 7 common CLASS CURRICULUM FREE...
  • Page 2 on the cover How to shoot like a pro Is this thing on? Easy-to- follow chart for successful sound SOUND MICROPHONES Everything you need to NWCT has a variety of 4 steps for avoiding overex- posure know about selecting sound microphones available for inputs and setting and checkout—all of which are...
  • Page 3 Portable camera policies The purpose of these policies is to manage NWCT equipment in a fair and equitable manner. Follow these rules and you’ll never have to worry about losing your membership privileges! 1. Only certified members are permitted to operate equipment. 2.
  • Page 4 Portable camera checkout form...
  • Page 5 Power DC AND AC DC POWER Attaching the battery To attach the battery, Œ lift up the viewfinder,  place the battery in the bat- tery compartment toward the top, and Ž push down—the battery will click into place. Battery life The battery should last approximately ò...
  • Page 6 Sound IS THIS THING ON? Selecting sound inputs Two sources of audio can be recorded to the camera simultaneously. Sound can be gathered from the camera’s internal microphone, an external microphone, a line level source such as an audio mixing board or CD player, or any combi- nation of two of those sources.
  • Page 7 Audio setup chart INPUT jacks and CH 1 SELECT and CH 2 Audio source INPUT settings SELECT settings Audio records on Internal microphone CH 1 SELECT: INT(L) CH 1: Built in mic CH 2 SELECT: INT(R) CH 2: Built in mic External microphone INPUT 2 jack CH 1 SELECT: INPUT 2...
  • Page 8 635A Sony ECM 44 or Sony ECM 30 lavalier or lapel Directional, excellent for interviews, clips directly to clothing, small enough to easily hide on location Panasonic AG-MC200 shotgun (see below) OTHER MICS Realistic PZM Electro-Voice 635A...
  • Page 9 Video image 4 STEPS FOR AVOIDING OVEREXPOSURE Setting an appropriate iris FIRST THINGS The iris controls the amount of light entering the camera which deter- FIRST mines how bright the image will be (exposure of the image). Determining the To set the iris appropriately, you must monitor the zebra stripes in dominant light the LCD monitor of the camera.
  • Page 10 Selecting the right neutral density filter GAIN Neutral density filters allow the camera If you to operate correctly outdoors in sunlight. followed A neutral density filter does for the cam- the setup era what sunglasses do for your eyes—it procedure and your reduces the amount of light that can pass video looks dark, we through without changing the color of that...
  • Page 11 Shooting better video HOW TO SHOOT LIKE A PRO HEAD ROOM Critical focus If you’re shooting with man- ual focus, it’s important that you get a critical focus (also called a calibrated zoom) of your subject every time you LOOK SPACE get a new shot.
  • Page 12 TYPICAL INTERVIEW SETUP SHOOTING BETTER VIDEO The 180° Rule If you’re shooting a scene with two subjects, imagine there is a line connecting them. That line is called the “axis of action.” Don’t shoot on both sides of the axis. Keep all your shots on the same side.
  • Page 13 SPECIALTY SHOOTING SHOOTING BETTER VIDEO Use high and low angles Create depth in your shots A high angle shot can make your subject appear weak and vulnerable A television screen is a two-di- or it can simply add a new dimension to your scene. Conversely, a low mensional piece of glass so extra angle shot makes your subject appear powerful and “larger than life.”...
  • Page 14 SDHC cards EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW CHOOSING THE RIGHT CARD There are two things to keep in mind when purchasing SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards: the Class (speed) of the card and the size of the card. SPEED CLASS SDHC cards are broken down into Class 2, Class 4, Class 6 and Class 10 cards.
  • Page 15 1080 FORMATTING THE CARD To format the card in the camera, press the MENU button, then, using the op- eration lever, scroll down and select CARD FUNCTIONS (screen 2 of 3). In the submenu, select CARD FORMAT, then select YES. Select YES again. It will take a moment or two, but then the card will be formatted and ready to go! NOTE: Formatting does delete everything previously recorded on the card.
  • Page 16 RECORDING Once you select a record format, all you need to do is press the red record button—one is located with the power switch on the back of the camera, while the other is toward the front of the camera on the handle.
  • Page 17 Default menu settings To access the various camera menus, press the MENU button. Moving the operation lever up and down lets you scroll through all the options. To access a menu, pull the operation lever toward you; to select an item, push in the lever. Below is a list of all the default menu options in CAM mode with scene file F1 selected.
  • Page 18 Quick setup checklist for recording £ Set up camera and equipment * THE FULL AUTO £ Light Just want to power up and shoot? Here are the settings you’ll £ Power on camera need in order for the camera to automatically make adjustments. £...
  • Page 19 Help! TROUBLESHOOTING SOLUTIONS TO COMMON PROBLEMS THE PROBLEM THE SOLUTION PUSH HERE The LCD monitor displays a blue Press the MODE button until the screen. lamp for CAM (camera) is lit (PB is playback). THE PROBLEM THE SOLUTION PUSH HERE The camera won’t zoom.
  • Page 20 HELP! CONTINUED THE PROBLEM THE SOLUTION PUSH HERE The video is STILL dark . . . Press the SHUTTER button until SHUTTER OFF displays in the LCD monitor. IT’S STILL TOO DARK! If you’re recording in low light, set the GAIN switch to M (me- dium) or H (high).
  • Page 22 Talent release form Date _______________________________________________________ Program ____________________________________________________ Producer ____________________________________________________ In consideration of your plan to produce the above captioned program and as an inducement to permit me personally to appear on the cablecast of the program, I hereby consent to the use of my name, likeness, pictures and/or voice by you and your licensees for cablecasting, direct exhibition, and subsidiary purposes.