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John Stephens

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June 21st 2009
62 Posts
GY-HD250 with Canon lens that won't come off.
by John Stephens 7 years ago
We have a GY-HD250 with a quality Canon lens that absolutely won't come off. We can not get the lens release to move at all. The lens has never been removed. Now w won't to retire the camera and move
Panasonic Drops the Ball with AG-HPX600
by John Stephens 7 years ago
I just read a rather negative review of the new Panasonic AG-HPX600 P2 camcorder in Studio Daily. I was really looking forward to this new camera as a way to make up for the mistake I made on the 370.
Re: Panasonic Drops the Ball with AG-HPX600
by John Stephens 7 years ago
Shawn, Our problems started when a shooter used to better cameras, tried to control DOF by adding ND and opening the lens all the way. The result was VHS. I am going to try better glass on the 370 in
HPX370 Focus out of whack- Production Monitor?
by Terry Leahy 7 years ago
Hey Guys, My HPX370 focus is constantly off. It is really frustrating. The part of the frame in focus looks great...too bad my subject is often behind or in front of it. Can somebody help me get focus
Re: HPX370 Focus out of whack- Production Monitor?
by John Stephens 7 years ago
We are about to throw in the towel on our 370. We have followed all the fixes you quote, but still the focus in very unpredictable. Had the back focus checked with a chart and it tests fine. But in th
Panasonic HPX 370 vs Sony PMW EX3
by Don Bronn 7 years ago
I am in a quandary regarding the choice of a new camera. Have been looking at the Panasonic HPX 370 and the Sony PMW EX3. The 370 has 1 3" 3MOS sensors The EX3 has 1 2" (3) CMOS sensors The 3MOS is su
Re: Panasonic HPX 370 vs Sony PMW EX3
by John Stephens 7 years ago
What lens are you using with your 370s John M Stephens
Want to Upgrade Stock lens on Panasonic AG-HPX370
by John Stephens 7 years ago
After quite a bit of readying and testing, we have decided that the stock lens that came with our Panasonic AG-HPX370 is really holding that camera back. I guess that should not be a surprise consider
Re: Want to Upgrade Stock lens on Panasonic AG-HPX370
by ryan early 7 years ago
I think thats a good idea. In my experience replacing the stock lens with nicer glass really increased the performance of the camera and it will give you better performance when close to wide open. I
Panasonic HPX300, excessive noise in the image.
by Javier Lopez 7 years ago
Helle gentleman, I ave an issue with the Panasonic HPX300, I am shooing at -3db gain to minimize excessive noise and grain, I have the same results shooting outdoors under a sunny day or indoors with
Re: Panasonic HPX300, excessive noise in the image.
by John Stephens 7 years ago
We are having the same issues with our 370, but they seem to be most noticeable when we are trying to force the camera to deliver a tighter depth of field. Our shooter was using full ND inside with th
Our first disappointing experience with our Panasonic HPX370
by John Stephens 7 years ago
After a year of tremendous images, we just had our first disappointing experience with our Panasonic HPX370. (Up to date scene files and OS) We were shooting a lady with darker hair and complexion in
Re: Our first disappointing experience with our Panasonic HPX370
by ryan early 7 years ago
What lens were you using I replaced the stock lens with a fujinon Th 13x3.5 and the results were a lot better. With the stock lens I found the same results you had whenever I pushed it - usually tryin
Upgrading Media Composer from analog audio to digital
by John Stephens 7 years ago
We have upgraded our AVID Media Composer systems from Adrenaline SD to AJA based HD. As a P2 based shop our need for I O is very limited. But now we want to bring our audio chain into the modern world
Re: Upgrading Media Composer from analog audio to digital
by David Budnetz 7 years ago
What model AJA interfaces are you using You may not need to use an external device at all. In many cases, people are moving to using small audio patchbays or hard-wiring your inputs in conjuction with
Still no HD closed caption support with non-AVID i/o hardware in MC 6.0
by John Stephens 8 years ago
Spent the last hour reading the info on AVID web site about MC 6.0 and their move to open hardware. Just when I thought AVID has finally got it right, I read the small print that their new MC 6.0 stil
Is Avid the same company it was 10 years ago?
by Bill Dawson 8 years ago
In the version 3 Media Composer days, we had 15 edit bays. Avid was very difficult to deal with and everyone I knew said the same thing. When FCP became good enough (at least for us), we changed. Now
Re: Is Avid the same company it was 10 years ago?
by John Stephens 8 years ago
AVID is clearly changing, but they are fighting and scratching to keep as many of their old ways as they can. Take MC 5.5 and how it works with AJA lo. Somehow AVID left out HD closed caption support
AJA lo And HD Captions
by John Stephens 8 years ago
Has anyone seen or heard if AJA and or AVID has corrected the problem that currently blocks closed captions when added to AVID MC 5.5 and HD video is then sent to tape via SDI
Export XDCAM file from AVID MC 5.5 ?
by John Stephens 8 years ago
I have heard that there is a way to export an XDCAM file from AVID MC 5.5, even if you don t have an XDCAM drive deck. When I try I get notice that no XDCAM device is present.
Re: Export XDCAM file from AVID MC 5.5 ?
by John Stephens 8 years ago
Thanks for the great tip.
AJA Express lo can’t pass captions via SDI ?
by John Stephens 8 years ago
I was just told that the AJA Express lo can t pass the closed captions now produced on the timeline of AVID MC 5.5 via SDI to an HD deck. Is it possible that this is correct This was one of the most b
Re: AJA Express lo can’t pass captions via SDI ?
by John Stephens 8 years ago
I have not heard from AJA, but I will be one very disappointed owner of 3 AVIDS if I learn that this was a designed in difference to protect over priced AVID I O options.
AJA Express lo can’t pass captions via SDI ?
by John Stephens 8 years ago
I was just told that the AJA Express lo can t pass the closed captions now produced on the timeline of AVID MC 5.5 via SDI to an HD deck. Is it possible that this is correct This was one of the most b
AJA Express lo can’t pass captions via SDI ?
by John Stephens 8 years ago
I was just told that the AJA Express lo can t pass via SDI the closed captions now produced on the timeline of AVID MC 5.5. Is it possible that this is correct This was one of the most brilliant new f
AJA io IN STOCK
by John Stephens 9 years ago
Does anybody know which dealers stock AJA Io Express Most I am finding drop ship from AJA and that take s2-4 week
Re: AJA io IN STOCK
by John Stephens 9 years ago
I did a search of every Web site I could find that carried the AJA line. Not one had the IO in stock. Some described the backorder period as indefinite. I think it s time for AVID to open up to some o
CS3 and After Effects lock up on Launch
by John Stephens 10 years ago
Last week with no changes to our CS3 installation, our HP work station, AVID Adrenaline or anything else, After Effects and Sound Booth started to lock up our system when either was launched. Other CS
Re: CS3 and After Effects lock up on Launch
by Jeremy Fabiano 10 years ago
The problem spread to the second workstation when you moved some elements to it Either there's something buggy in THOSE elements, or it's infected w something.. any way you can take the elements off o
Blu Ray render time
by John Stephens 10 years ago
We are about to undertake our first Blu-Ray project, on a very tight deadline. We will be provided with 2+ hours of HDV material on a hard-drive. Editing will be done in either Premiere or Edius and a
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