Panasonic DVC30 Equipment Test

Panasonic DVC30 Equipment Test
 Equipment Proficiency Test
Panasonic
AG-DVC30 Video Camera
National Provider No, 91143
CRICOS Registration No. 02660C
Rosebery, NSW 2018
(02) 9663 3789 - lames @internationalfilmschool.com. au
www.internationalfimschoo!.com.au
Equipment Proficiency Test Developed by James Hall
Feburary 2007
The International Film School Sydney
Contents
1. Description of Equipment Tripod, Camera and Sound - Overview
1.1. Tripod — Miller DS10 Solo Carbon Fibre System
1.2. Camera AG — DVC30
1.3. Sound — Rode NTG-2
~~ 1.4. Test Requirements — Setup of Tripod, DVC30 Camera and Mic
2. Description of DVC30's Manual Functionality
2.1. Test Requirements ~ Executing those Functions
3. Description of DVC30's Digital Functionality
3.1. Test Requirements — Executing those Functions
4, Descriptions of DVC30's Sound Functionality
4.1. Test Requirements — Executing those Functions
5 Media Output — Setup and Charging |
5.1. Test Requirements — Executing those Functions
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1. Description of Equipment Tripod, Camera and
Sound - Overview
Baseline of what equipment we are using highlighting its functionality:
« Ultralight, ultra rigid carbon fibre
* Versatile DS10 75mm ball levelling head
* Selectable counterbalance
* True fluid pan and tilt and drag
* Height range 8" — 63"
В * Quick Release slide plating
* Suits DVCAM, MiniDV, PD150 or Cannon XL-1
1.2 CAMERA - AG-DVC30
В » Worlds First Professional DVCamcorder
* Infrared recording mode (SNS — Super Night shooting - B&W)
..* CineGamma 8 Frame mode for Cinematic look
* Slow Shutter function — motion lag effects (Syncro Scan 1/60.3 ~ 1/250 Sec)
* Wide Angle, extraordinarily quiet 16x high speed opfical zoom Leica Dicomar lens —
reducing flare.
Wide range of zoom speeds 1 secs (sports) - slow 100 secs (drama)
2 Type Zoom x24 or x160 range with no degradation
410,000 pixel %-inch 3-CCD for class leading picture quality and sensitivity
Removable handle and XLR Audio input
F=1.8, f=4.1 to 65.6mm [f= 39.5mm to 632mm]
Lightweight (2.41bs) and well balanced
16:9 recording set to Letterbox or Squeeze modes
1.3 SOUND ~ RODE NTG-2
В * Broadcast sound quality
+ Condenser microphone transducer
* Weighing 161 grams
* Low noise circuitry
* Low handling noise
« XLR connection |
1.4 Test Requirements - Set up of Tripod, DVC30 Camera and Mic
What is to be examined:
В * Setup and lock of the legs of the tripod. =
* Balance the tripod using the spirit level.
* Setthe tripod to dial 2 for a smoother transition,
* Attach the handle to the tripod and lock it off
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* Altach the battery to the camera.
* Altach the Camera to the tripod — place and tighten the plate to the base of the
Camera; Slide the plate with Camera onto the tripod; Lock of the plate,
* Adjust the tilt dial to the desired position and lock off.
* Adjust the pan dial to the desired position.
* Insert a Mini DV Tape.
* Switch the power to the ON mode.
2. Description of DVC30'S Manual Functionality
Baseline of the camera's manual features:
* Focus Ring used for manual zoom or iris adjustment,
В “+ White balance allows you to adjust the lighting conditions to your natural surroundings
including presets of indoors and outdoors.
° Exposure/Aperture set manually to adjust the amount light to be let in between 1.6 —
MO,
* Shutter Speed can be set between 1/60 — 1/8000 lower speeds for slow movement of
subject higher speeds for quicker movement of subject, ~~~ ~~
* Gain Selection 0 - 18db.
% * Eyepiece fully adjustable for each individual cinematographer.
2.1 Test Requirements — Executing those functions
What is to be examined!
» Adjust the DVC30's to the manual setting.
* Focus the eyepiece/viewfinder to your eye.
* Adjust the exposure/aperture (iris)
o push button twice, move the dial.
* Adjust the shutter speed (Shutter)
o Push button once, move the dial,
* Adjust the gain by opening the iris and moving the dial to the appropriate db level.
* Adjust the white balance - focusing the camera on a white piece of paper. ~~
В * Adjust the focus manually clicking on the focus button and rotating the focus ring.
* Adjust the zoom manually changing the focus ring to a zoom ring
o Push menu button
o Navigate to SW Mode — Focus ring - Zoom then push menu to set
* Zebra Patterns uses a striped pattern to indicate areas of the frame where there is
overexposure,
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Digital Aspect Ratio has 3 settings Normal (4:3), Letter Box (16:9) and Squeeze (16:9)
on 16:9 Display only to avoid distortion.
Zoom mode has 3 settings Normal, Fast and Slow for variable zoom control.
Digital Zoom has two settings 24x and 160x for micro and macro zoom control,
Rec Speed has two settings LP extends the duration of the tape but lowers image
quality and SP reduces duration of the tape but increase image quality.
Time Stamp function allows the cinematographer to put the date and time on the image
- useful for interrogation videos,
TGC function allows the cinematographer to Time code the tape for easy data transfer
to media.
3,1 Test Requirements — Executing those functions
What is to be examined:
Toggle the colour bars function.
Toggle the zebra pattern function — set to 90%:
o Push Menu button.
o Navigate to Display setup — Zebra Detect — 90%.
In Camera setup set the aspect conversion to letterbox:
o Push Menu button.
o Navigate to Camera setup and change the aspect conv.
Set Zoom mode to normal:
o Push Menu button.
o Navigate to SW Mode - Zoom mode — Normal.
Set Digital Zoom to 24x:
o Push Menu button,
o Navigate to SW Mode — Digital Zoom — 24x,
Set Rec Speed to SP (Slow Play):
o Push Menu button.
o Navigate to Recording Setup — Rec Speed - SP.
Set Time Stamp to No Record:
o Push Menu button.
o Navigate to Recording Setup ~ Time Stamp - No Rec.
Set TGC to Record Run: Co
o Push Menu button.
o Navigate to Recording Setup — TGC — Record Run.
4. Description of DVC30's Sound functionality
‘Baseline of the camera's sound features:
Boom pole has 3 sections allowing short, medium and long extension
Durable rubber connector allows secure hold of directional Mic
Wind socket reduces the unwanted noise when recording Audio
The Directional Mic allows the Sound Recorder fo pickup Audio in the Direction that the
Mic is facing
The 3 pin XLR cord allows the Directional Mic to attach to the camera for 16bit quality
sound
The DVC30 Camera has 2 Audio Stereo sound channels, allowing Mic or Line input.
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The Channel Selector captures both CH1 and CH? sound input or just CH2 input
The manual adjustment of sound levels can be easily done using the sound dials for
Channels 1 and 2
Mono 32k (12 Bit) and Stereo 48k (16Bit) quality sound can be recorded on the camera
dependent on your preference
Wind Cut function reduces noise reduction remove unwanted noise on the Camera
Headphone jack allows Stereo quality headphones to monitor sound levels
4.1_Test Requirements — Executing those functions
What will be examined:
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Extend the boom pole to the desired position lock each section off
Attach the connector to the top of the boom pole
- Aftach a wind socket to the Directional Mic + + + —
Attach the Directional Mic to the connector making sure it is firmly in place
Attach the XLR cord to the directional Mic
Attach the other end of the XLR cord to the Audio Input Channel 2 in the Camera
Make sure the Audio Channels are set to Line not Mic
. Make sure the Audio Channels are set to ON for input 2
Set Channel Select to CH2
Adjust the Volume level to the desired position
On the Camera set Audio Recording to 48k(16bit)
o Push Menu button
o Navigate to Recording Setup - Audio Record — 48k(16bit)
Set Wind Cut to On for outdoor locations
о Push Menu button
o Navigate to Recording Setup — Wind Cut - On
Connect the Headphones to the headphone jack
Monitor the audio on the camera
o Hold down the menu button
o Adjust the monitor levels accordingly
5. Media Output - Setup and charging
Baseline of the camera's output to media features:
Large easy to use buttons are definitely a convenience when playing back a tape in the
camcorder,
A 4 pin Firewire cable can be used to transfer media rapidly to a computer using the
1394 IEEE standard.
— AV input/output cables allows the cinematographer to connect the camera to a TV or
Monitor for playback.
Batteries usually last for 1 hr record time and can be placed in the recharger to be
used again at a later time.
5.1 Test Requirements — Executing those functions
What will be examined:
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* Toggle the VCR/playback camera mode
o Show where the playback controls are
* Show where the DV/Firewire output device is
o Connect the Firewire cable to a computer
“Show where the AV input/output is
o Connect the AV input/output to a monitor
* Power down and pack away the DVC30 Camera/T ripod and Sound Kit
* Remove the battery and place it in the-charger for recharging -
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