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MassArt Professional and Continuing Education
Documentary Video Boot Camp
Introduction to the
Panasonic AG-HMC150
AVCHD camcorder
Thrown together by David Tam├ęs,
from various sources. See the Et cetera section for copyright
statement, acknowledgements, and disclaimers.
ROUGH DRAFT, June 3, 2012, please send feedback to
david@kino-eye.com

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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    MassArt Professional and Continuing Education Documentary Video Boot Camp Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder Thrown together by David Tamés, http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ from various sources. See the Et cetera section for copyright statement, acknowledgements, and disclaimers. ROUGH DRAFT, June 3, 2012, please send feedback to david@kino-eye.com...
  • Page 2 Shot selection ............Audio ..............Lighting ..............Location Pre-Production Check List ......More creative guidance .......... Glossary ..............................Et cetera ..............................Copyright ..............Acknowledgments ..........Trademarks ............. Disclaimer ............... Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 2  / 35...
  • Page 3: Introduction

    e button is located on the side of of its lm look. Today the AG-HMC150 and it’s kin carry on the camera under the LCD panel. e Camera this tradition. Excellent cameras are also available from controls the following settings when in auto mode: Sony and other manufacturers.
  • Page 4: Additional Tips

    “noise oor.” Dialog should be right around Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 4  / 35...
  • Page 5: Adjustments Overview

    • 3200K incandescent light, indoor. then zoom back out. e extra magni cation will • 5200K typical daylight, outdoors. make it easier to focus. Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 5  / 35...
  • Page 6: Zoom Control

    H (12dB), M (6dB) or L (0dB), these information the camera displays in the defaults can be changed in the menu setting. Be View nder or LCD panel. careful, gain adds noise to the image. Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 6  / 35...
  • Page 7: Ois Button

    (0). Point the camera to different scenes and adjust the explore and see how the waveform changes. In the rst waveform image, the scene is quite dark, Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 7  / 35...
  • Page 8: Other Parts Of The Camera

    Even if you have switched FOCUS to M (MANUAL) the camera will focus automatically while you press down PUSH AUTO. is is handy if you want to automatically focus but prevent the focus Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 8  / 35...
  • Page 9: Focus Assist

    AUTO IRIS: the aperture is adjusted automatically by the camera, or MANUAL IRIS: the aperture is adjusted manually using the IRIS dial To adjust the aperture while in Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 9  / 35...
  • Page 10: Exposure Adjustment Using The Marker

    Switch the gain using the GAIN switch on the side of the camera, with the default camera settings the three 1/16: Reduces light intensity by 1/16 (4 stops) positions are: 1/64: Reduces light intensity by 1/64 (6 stops) Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 10  / 35...
  • Page 11: Adjusting White Balance

    4. Set the WHITE BAL switch to position A or B (whichever preset you want to use to save this 3. e ambient temperature changes greatly. particular white balance setting). Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 11  / 35...
  • Page 12: Auto Tracking White Balance (Atw)

    To save a scene le to re ect your own settings, select the one you want to save with the scene dial. en make your changes to the scene settings. en in the Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 12  / 35...
  • Page 13: Recommended Settings For Starting Out

    Now the card is ready for use. Recording capacity. e total available recording time on a card depends on the Recording Mode chosen. Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 13  / 35...
  • Page 14: Recording Modes

    1920 x 1080 17 Mbps 240 minutes 1080/60i – – 1920 x 1080 13 Mbps 320 minutes 1080/60i – – 1440 x 1080 6 Mbps 720 minutes – – 1080/60i Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 14  / 35...
  • Page 15: Lcd Display

    If a battery is attached to the charger it will let you know if recording is possible (no letter is displayed) or the card is write protected (P) or Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 15  / 35...
  • Page 16 Ach: user preset A is active; Bch: when the camera is recording 1080/60i. user preset B is active; LOCK: ATW is currently locked. Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 16  / 35...
  • Page 17: Playback

    Use the “operation lever” to select thumbnails by jack are displayed on the screen. pushing the lever in one of the {up, down, left, right} Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 17  / 35...
  • Page 18 66 of the manual. displayed (you can set the kind of clips you want to see, setting this is described in the manual on page 65). Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 18  / 35...
  • Page 19: Transferring Media To Your Editing Workstation

    Adobe Premiere Pro. If you are editing with Adobe Premiere Pro you can immediately edit the footage in the “PRIVATE” folder you copied to your Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 19  / 35...
  • Page 20 Creative Cow is another popular online forum chock full of useful information. Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 20  / 35...
  • Page 21: Documentary Camera Techniques

    Pre-production check-list • Story outline • Shot list • Interview questions • Subject releases • Location releases • Location agreements (if needed) • Shooting permits (if needed) Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 21  / 35...
  • Page 22: Shot Selection

    • Wireless system (avoid if you can, but oh so permits, admittance waivers, etc. convenient, interference can be a problem) • Garbage bags • Mixer (optional) • First aid kit Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 22  / 35...
  • Page 23: More Creative Guidance

    More creative guidance is handout is just a starting point, you will nd the following books and web site valuable as you develop your camera technique and style: Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 23  / 35...
  • Page 24: Glossary

    35mm lms are involving wires. Can also refer to any high angle view typically shot with an aspect ratio of 1.85: 1 or 2.35:1 Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 24  / 35...
  • Page 25 24 fps use the same terms as lm cameras provided balanced XLR connectors for audio input to describe the camera speed. See also Overcrank and and offer a choice of Line or Microphone level input. Undercrank. Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 25  / 35...
  • Page 26 (for compressor / decompressor). In a nutshell there as LCD monitors improve and offer a weight, cost, are two major avors of codecs, intra-frame and and environmental advantage over CRTs. Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 26  / 35...
  • Page 27 e term is often used Drop Frame (DF). A system of time code generation synonymously with ingest or capture, which is the that adjusts the generated data every minute by Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 27  / 35...
  • Page 28 DV (Digital Video). A digital video format developed person or object which features speci c details. An by Sony, Panasonic, and JVC using a small tape that extreme close-up of a person typically shows only became a widely used standard among consumers and their eyes or mouth.
  • Page 29 Hand-held camera. A shot where a camera operator, rather than a tripod or a mechanical device, Focus. e sharpness or de nition of a lm image. supports and moves the camera during lming. Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 29  / 35...
  • Page 30 e term applies formats. See also Field, Frame, Progressive scan video. generally to avant-garde, experimental, or Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 30  / 35...
  • Page 31 45 degree or so angle of view. is tilted up at the subject. NXCAM. A high de nition video format used by some Sony cameras, capable of recording up to Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 31  / 35...
  • Page 32 24pA (24p advanced) mode in which the power, which is a feature of many prosumer video progressive frames are recorded onto interlaced video cameras.. using a 2:3:3:2 cadence which is then unravelled back Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 32  / 35...
  • Page 33 SD (Secure Digital) is a solid-state memory card with a special lens or a gauze over the lens in order to format use in many of the new generation of tapeless Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 33  / 35...
  • Page 34 A time code break occurs making DVDs is typically done using VBR. when the recorder is not able to do this, and as a Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 34  / 35...
  • Page 35: Et Cetera

    (zoom out) by varying the focal length of the lens. Offers a very different quality than a tracking shot. See Tracking Shot. Zip pan. See Swish pan. Introduction to the Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD camcorder (rough draft) http://kino-eye.com/dvb/ 35  / 35...