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Panasonic HPX 2700 Camera Test

Posted: Mon, 8th Dec 2008, 6:00pm

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A quick video that we shot in about an hour and edited right after. Testing out the ramping capabilities of the Panasonic HPX-2700. This camera is BOSS.


Edited by:
Chris C. Cowan

Director of Photography:
A.J. Rickert-Epstein

Fighters/Choreographers:
Yung Woo Hwang
Chris C. Cowan
Noah Applebaum

Camera Provided by:
Panasonic Hollywood

Test Shot in:
720p 24pN "VFR: On" AVC-Intra 100

Lights used:
2 Practical Floods.

Again... We love this camera...

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Posted: Mon, 8th Dec 2008, 6:31pm

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stun That was amazing.

I'll talk more about the video later because I have to go to school.
Posted: Mon, 8th Dec 2008, 7:10pm

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whoa dude!!! tard That was freaking awesome.
How much was the camera?
Posted: Mon, 8th Dec 2008, 7:17pm

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Hey thanks guys. The variable frame rates this cam has are so amazing. Ramping is so much fun with it. The camera didn't cost us a dime... I'll let AJ explain the story wink

But be expecting more videos from us with this camera cool
Posted: Mon, 8th Dec 2008, 7:22pm

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Awesome, so the camera itself does the slow-mo thing? biggrin
Posted: Mon, 8th Dec 2008, 7:50pm

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Yep! All done live in camera smile Dude, it's so fun haha. Pretty much how it works is that you are switching frame rates back in forth between 24 and 60. It all looks normal when your looking in the LCD or View Finder but when you play back is when you see the slo-mo. It's pretty crazy and has opened up a whole other can of worms for our style.

We're in love with this camera... hugegrin
Posted: Mon, 8th Dec 2008, 8:29pm

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Hey spydurhank, I got the camera directly from Panasonic. How it happened was, a representative from Panasonic attended the screening of a feature film I was Director of Photography for called The Lost Skeleton Returns Again (Here is a link to a posting I put in these forums about it a few weeks ago.

I shot that film (along with Stephen Murray and CX3) on the DVX100A and B and this representative liked it. After, he invited me to try out their new stuff in exchange for giving them sweet footage. I received the camera on Saturday afternoon, we shot a whole bunch of stuff with it including this, and then I returned it this morning (Monday). I've shot a bunch of stuff with similar cameras so the menus and basic operations were all very familiar to me already. The new features included ramping, and some sick variable framerate/interval recording upgrades. They may let me take us out for another spin sometime soon. CX3, Noah, me, and the others are all coming up with ideas to use it for already...Pretty sweet...


*EDIT: To add to what CX3 was saying about the Ramping - it doesn't just have to be 60 fps, you can do any FPS from 1-60 in single frame incriments, just you can only pick 2 rates to go between.

Here are some pics:
http://www.cobprofilms.com/pages/photos/SSPX0078.jpg
http://www.cobprofilms.com/pages/photos/SSPX0082.jpg
http://www.cobprofilms.com/pages/photos/SSPX0086.jpg
http://www.cobprofilms.com/pages/photos/SSPX0088.jpg
I have a new lady in my life.... smile
AJ

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Posted: Mon, 8th Dec 2008, 8:40pm

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thats freaking awesome guys, I really dig your fight scenes too. very well done so I'm gonna say it again. very well done. you guys study what form or style?
that camera is sick!
Posted: Mon, 8th Dec 2008, 9:42pm

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That is so frakin awesome! Good Job Guys!
Posted: Mon, 8th Dec 2008, 10:57pm

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Appreciation fellas. Can't wait till we get some real support equipment and some lighting gear to go along with this bad-boy. We will do something SERIOUS. Already have some scripts in the works and some projects next year that will probably utilize this beast as well as the HPX3700 1080P 4:4:4 version. wink
Posted: Mon, 8th Dec 2008, 11:07pm

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Rock on, cool stuff. biggrin
Posted: Tue, 9th Dec 2008, 5:14am

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Okay, now I have some time to talk.

This video really took me by surprise. I expected it to be good, but it blew me away. For a test film that is. That camera is incredible. Regardless of the camera, it was your guy's talent that went into the video that made it so awesome. Choreography was flawless; Noah being hit with the shovel was amazing. The cinematography was killer because it really captured the intensity. I'm also a sucker for slow motion when it's used correctly, and this was no exception. In fact, the slow-mo was my favorite part about the video.

I'm so excited to see what else you guys are going to come up with using this new cam.

The next Curtis Cartwright?... wink
Posted: Tue, 9th Dec 2008, 5:20am

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nice man. its sick how you got a camera like that to use for free.
Posted: Tue, 9th Dec 2008, 5:36am

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WOAH!

eek eek eek
Posted: Tue, 9th Dec 2008, 8:23am

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Very cool camera! I bet giving it back was hard.
Posted: Tue, 9th Dec 2008, 8:41am

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Bflat5 wrote:

I bet giving it back was hard.
That's what she said...
Posted: Tue, 9th Dec 2008, 6:36pm

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It was VERY hard to give it back! Panasonic seemed to dig the fight scene though. Especially the shovel to the face lol...I was worried about showing them that but they were all like Ohhh!!!!!!! When they watched...I think they liked it. wink

AJ
Posted: Tue, 9th Dec 2008, 7:02pm

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Coolness. Yeah I might contact the Camera Corner in the town about 30 min from us and see if they let people take the cameras for test runs at all, if not then ill get in touch with Panasonic.
Posted: Tue, 9th Dec 2008, 7:25pm

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Now remember, Panasonic contacted me at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood after the premiere of a film I DPed, so I had an in from that point. They may not react the same to a cold call. Not trying to discourage, I just don't want anyone to think Panasonic just gives these babies out because I'm pretty sure our situation is a little unusual. I think it's a great idea to get in touch with that camera rental house - building a relationship with them for sure!

AJ
Posted: Tue, 9th Dec 2008, 7:28pm

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Hey AJ thanks for that info. A friend and I want to work on a film and submit them to our local films festivals, the deadlines are real close so were tight on time, and may not get to.

Your right though it never hurts to have resources and good relationships with rental companies like the camera corner.
Posted: Thu, 11th Dec 2008, 3:31pm

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That's some awesome stuff. I have done the same thing with the hpx500 and hvx200 shooting at these frame rates on 720. The possibilities are endless. I have used overcrank and undercrank on it. Is that what you did or is it like Tarn is saying a wheel of somesort? Cause that would be amazing.

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Posted: Thu, 11th Dec 2008, 3:37pm

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AJ - spiffy stuff, as usual! You and CX3 need to get back to working together more regularly, dammit. smile (also, where's Komikarate gone, Chris?)

How do you actually control the shooting speed while filming? What kind of controls does it have for that? Does it have a focus wheel style control (which would be cool), or is it more fiddly?
Posted: Thu, 11th Dec 2008, 4:25pm

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Sick stuff, guys. I hope you guys get another run with it.
Posted: Thu, 11th Dec 2008, 5:01pm

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Nice work chris! But that poor dude in the blue shirt got murdered.
Posted: Thu, 11th Dec 2008, 5:18pm

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Yeah, it's a bit unfair. Noah would have annhilated both of them in a sing-off.
Posted: Sat, 13th Dec 2008, 12:39am

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Hey Tarn - I'm at the High Def Expo Varicamp workshop right now at Big Vision Studios in Burbank... They are showing me a sweet external knob-job that will allow you to ramp the framerate smoothly and not just go straight from one rate to another. We didn't have the luxury of this remote (though the luxury of the camera itself was certainly more than enough to satisfy our salivating selves) so it was just a simple user 2 button push to go between 24p and 60p framerates. There is a setting for the shutter that automatically adjusts for the change in framerate as well.

Thrawn - He was just sleeping because he ran out of tooth juice during the shovel hit....lol smile
Posted: Tue, 16th Dec 2008, 10:29pm

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Amazing stuff (as always)!
Posted: Thu, 18th Dec 2008, 5:21am

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I have to ask, did you guys ever wack yourselves in the face while swinging those things around at all lol.
Posted: Thu, 18th Dec 2008, 6:10am

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Hey many thanks again everyone.

Travis - Haha, I can safely say that we have not had any weapon/fighting injuries. We're very cautious of all the safe zones during the choreography. When we fight there's at least a foot or more between the point of impacts. It's really just all about the angle and how well you sell the hits.

I'm gonna go find some wood to knock on now though, just in case.
Posted: Thu, 18th Dec 2008, 6:13am

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I've gotten punched before (and so have you Chris) just not enough to make us want to stop shooting. We're pretty safe most of the time though...except I'm going to crash a car on purpose for my next movie and get into a gunfight with blanks without permits. Don't try either of those things at home...
AJ
Posted: Thu, 18th Dec 2008, 6:37am

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ajjax44 wrote:

I've gotten punched before (and so have you Chris)
I was talking about "injuries". Besides, last time I got punched was sophomore year of college (2004) and I really don't count everything before that (but it wasn't really even a real punch because you can tell when something might go wrong so you can back off on your movement).

The punch was actually in X3i Episode 2 at 4:25 if anyone really wanted to see ha - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k2AQkjqCiE

We're really cautious with weapons though. No one has gotten hurt with any.
Posted: Thu, 18th Dec 2008, 6:49am

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Yep! No weapon injuries, except that one time when you cut off my face and i had to tape it back on... tard jk

True about the punching. We're safe as possible with everything.
Posted: Sat, 20th Dec 2008, 4:16am

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Just watched it again. Excellent.