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Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen

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Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop - This DVD covers all aspects of camera setup, exposure, focus, shooting technique, profile settings and much more. The tutorial leaves no stone unturned in helping you master these cameras.

Geared towards both the beginner and experienced shooter, the DVD gives actual examples of how to get the most out of the camera and get images that are truly worthy of what this technology can generate.

About the Instructor: Doug Jensen is the owner of Vortex Media, a cameraman, producer, director, editor, consultant and trainer with over 25 years of video production and post-production experience. Jensen combines his extensive production experience with his teaching skills to bring a wide-ranging, real-world perspective to his independent DVD workshops and live seminars.

As a member of Sony's Independent Certified Experts (I.C.E.) team he has taught high-definition XDCAM & HDV classes for Sony at NAB, Japan, Hollywood, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. In recent years he has directed, and co-produced several popular training DVDs including: "Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1", "HandsOnHDV: A Complete Guide to the Z1U and FX1," "A Guide to Shooting with the Sony XDCAM HD F350/F330 Camcorders," and "How to Setup, Light, & Shoot Great Looking Interviews."

Jensen owns several cameras, including a Sony PMW-EX1, Sony F350 XDCAM HD, Sony HVR-Z7U, Sony HVR-Z1U HDV camcorder, and an Ikegami HL59 Betacam. His credits and clients include: NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, CNN, PBS, BBC, NHK, EBU, TNT, Discovery, ESPN, E!, A&E, HGTV, WGBH, Food Network, NASCAR Images, MLB Productions, Travel Channel, History Channel, Sundance Channel, and NBA Entertainment.

Note! The DVD uses the Z7U as an example, however, the lessons apply to both cameras

Topics include

Tips for setting exposure accurately
Operating the Memory Recording Unit
Suggested Picture Profile settings
Suggested focusing techniques
Recommended settings for the Assign Buttons
Suggestions for time-code settings
Warnings about some features and settings to avoid
Suggested Shutter Speeds for various recording modes
Taking Digital Photos
Focus Marking
Examples and demonstrations of different lens options
Recording slow-motion
Getting a perfect white balance
Comparisons of various shooting modes
Managing Camera Profiles
Post-Production Overview
Understanding the Menus
Audio settings
Cache Recording
Loop Recording
Subject Advanced Videography
Author Doug Jensen
Edition First
Hard/Soft Cover DVDs
Pages 3 hours
Dimensions DVDs
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number Product #: Z7DVD
Publisher Vortex Media
Date Published 2008
Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen
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    4.7

    (based on 19 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Informative (12)
    • Easy to understand (8)
    • Broad range of information (6)
    • Good resource (6)
    • Reliable research (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Occasional refresher (7)
      • Educational (4)
      • Everyday use (4)
      • Home movies (4)
      • Complex projects (3)
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        • Advanced (5), Business owner (4), Intermediate (3)

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      5.0

      Excellent Training Video

      By Kerry - the hobbyist

      from Ventura, CA

      About Me Beginner, Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Broad Range Of Information
      • Easy To Understand
      • Good Resource
      • Informative

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Use
        • Occasional Refresher

        Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

        While I have the newer HDR-AX2000 I found the information on this video germane to my camera. While the AX2000 doesn't have all the features found on the HVR-Z7U, it is close enough for the information and training contained within this video to invaluable. I would highly recommend it to anyone - from a beginner to the more advanced user.

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        5.0

        Extremely helpful video!

        By Debi

        from South Florida

        About Me Advanced, Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Understand
        • Good Resource
        • Great for fast start-up
        • Informative
        • Reliable Research

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Immediate familiarization
          • Occasional Refresher

          Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

          This is one of the most thorough, complete and straight-forward tutorials I've seen. It has made a huge difference in my work and got me up and running in a weekend. I thought I could figure things out after shooting with a different model for two years. But this camera is seriously deep and it would have taken me who knows how long to get fully functional. I really hesitated at the price of the DVD, but now I'm so glad I took the plunge. It was well worth the cost and it's a valuable resource.

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          4.0

          Very Informative

          By Psicologo

          from Queens, NY

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Broad Range Of Information
          • Good Resource
          • Informative
          • Reliable Research

          Cons

          • Limited Information

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Use

          Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

          Detailed information for advance videgrapher, too short for beginners; similar product offer 2 dvd and expanded material

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          5.0

          Well worth buying!

          By Mustang

          from Key Largo, FL

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Broad Range Of Information
          • Easy To Understand
          • Informative

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Use
          • Occasional Refresher

          Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

          Doug's common-sense approach to this camera makes it easy for us "non-pros" to understand its best features. He's able to give a subjective, and very educational, overview of this high-end video camera. Many of his comments will apply to other cameras as well. I highly encourage anyone who has purchased this camera to also buy this video. Doug is able to blend his personal, hands-on experience of video photography with the best and not-so-best features of this camera. You will not regret buying this DVD.

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          5.0

          Very useful Training DVD,

          By LATWTV

          from Los Angeles

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Understand
          • Informative

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Occasional Refresher

            Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

            Doug is the professional guy, the DVD is well made, details, good quality. Have the DVD training first then back to the operation manual. It will save you lots of time, no matter what kind of the machine you have.

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            5.0

            Excellent product!!!

            By Eric

            from Oak Park, MI.

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Broad Range Of Information
            • Easy To Understand
            • Entertaining
            • Excellent resource
            • Good Resource
            • Informative

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Occasional Refresher

            Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

            I run a video production department for a school district, and recently purchased the HVR-Z7U. We use this camera for everything, and while I have a lot of experience with cameras, this DVD was a great shortcut to learning all the intricacies of the camera. The lessons are presented by chapters, and Doug Jensen does a fantastic job covering all the necessary information without unwanted or unneeded info. He also presents his opinion (for those who want to copy his personal camera settings), but presents the information in a generic enough fashion to let everyone make their own decisions.

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            4.0

            Nice Service

            By Raj

            from California,usa

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Understand
            • Informative
            • Reliable Research

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday Use

              Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

              Its really good dvd covering almost all the important topics and points.

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              4.0

              Very helpful!

              By Videogoddess

              from Scottsbluff, NE

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Broad Range Of Information
              • Easy To Understand
              • Good Resource
              • Informative
              • Reliable Research

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Occasional Refresher
                • One Time Use

                Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

                I recently purchased the Z5U and was dismayed that there wasn't a training video for it. After much research I found that the Z7U was nearly identical to the Z5. Although the program is quite expensive, it has been worth every penny in helping me discover things about the Z5 that I was unaware of. I will undoubtedly use this video time and time again.

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                5.0

                This is an amazing tutorial!

                By RDH

                from Naples/Bonita Springs, Florida

                About Me Intermediate

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Broad Range Of Information
                • Easy To Understand
                • Good Resource
                • Informative
                • Reliable Research

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Occasional Refresher

                  Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

                  After extensive research, I chose to rent a Sony HVR-Z7U for my niece's wedding. And having no experience with this camera (or ANY camera since 1999), I purchased this tutorial with less than a week before the wedding. Although, nowhere near expert, I was able to capture great images throughout the evening. The training videos were EXTREMELY well done; very easy to follow and understand. Because of the training videos, I placed a Sony HVR-Z7U camera in my B&H wish list for purchase in the near future.

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                  5.0

                  Great Video Worksop, Great Product

                  By Juan M Garcia

                  from Indianapolis, IN

                  About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Home Movies

                      Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

                      Very easy to understand. Cover a lot features. Professionals gives an easy explanations. Really Great. I recommend "Mastering the Sony HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270" training DVD. Buy it guys. I ordered a few weaks ago and I've watched it several times already . . . it's awesome.

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                      5.0

                      A must have to get the best quality

                      By Eddie

                      from New Jersey

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                      • NONE WHAT SO EVER

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Home Movies
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

                      I had purchased a training DVD by someone else... But this DVD is completely diffrent.. I have always used auto settings on this camera and I was very unhappy with the quality of results... being a novice in the game of videography I didn't know much about manual setting, exposure, ND filters.. But when i got this DVD i was blown away by how much I have learned. and now I understand why my footage looked terrible in auto mode... All I can say is WOW!!! Get this DVD if you want to learn how to get the most out of this camera. He takes you through everything step by step with examples. You will be amazed specially if your a newbie!

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                      5.0

                      Fast track your learning curve

                      By Patrick M

                      from DeKalb, IL

                      About Me Business Owner

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

                          I was skeptical of buying this DVD, my main concern was that I would not learn anything that I could not figure out in about 10 minutes hands on with the Z7U. Boy was I wrong. Not only does this DVD give you a fast track start to operating the Z7U, it also provides insight and answers to many of my questions. For the price, this DVD is essential for nearly everyone except perhaps highly advanced professionals.

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                          5.0

                          Great DVD Workshop

                          By Daniel Nomadprod [@]

                          from Santa Cruz CA

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

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                                Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

                                Goes further than the camera manual. Really Helpful.

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                                5.0

                                Great training video

                                By tamerlane

                                from Hamilton, OH

                                About Me Hobbyist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Improves Performance
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Independent Films

                                  Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

                                  This is a very useful training video which teaches you how to use this high definition professional camcorder. Practically every aspect is gone over which can get you up and going very fast. It would have been helpful for me for the video to have spent a little longer time in post production, but then again, this video is about the camcorder. All in all, a great video.

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                                  5.0

                                  Best training DVD i have ever seen

                                  By Shastasage

                                  from Austin, TX

                                  About Me Business Owner

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Improves Performance
                                  • Professional Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Complex Projects
                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Independent Films
                                    • In The Studio

                                    Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

                                    You will not get a better training. I got it for my Sony Z5u and have learned so much.
                                    It is also nice to go back to a certain chapter.
                                    You can tell this guy is a pro! and he teaches at a very understandable level.
                                    This is a Must if you own one of these cameras

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                                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Perfect disc from master trainer!

                                    By Ian

                                    from Toronto, ON

                                    About Me Everyday Reader

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Follow
                                    • Informative
                                    • Quality Photos
                                    • Well Written

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Educational
                                      • Reference
                                      • Staying Informed

                                      Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

                                      My three top recommendations regarding the new Vortex Media "Mastering the Sony HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270" training DVD are -- 1. BUY IT . . . 2. BUY IT . . . 3. BUY IT!

                                      I have a couple of other Vortex titles – and have come to rely on them. This is the first camera training DVD that I’ve seen where Doug Jensen hosts. The others I own are written by Jensen, but are fronted by professional hosts. It’s an added bonus to have the author of the material step forward and share his knowledge on-camera directly. This is a nice touch. After doing some shooting and then determining what the Z7U has to offer, he goes about his work. First, he makes great choices in how he presents his training. He has the rare talent of making difficult things seems simple. He works from a well crafted script - which serves the training well – since in three hours he covers more than I would expect one could. One stand out moment is how quickly and perfectly Jensen explains time code -- better than I've heard it addressed elsewhere.

                                      A nice addition to the disc is seeing Jensen attach a Fujinon accessory lens to the Z7U camera body. In fact, Jensen includes valuable footage which he’s shot with the Z7U using a couple of non-Zeiss lenses. The comparison of these lenses against the stock Zeiss lens is a wonderful. This demo will have you drooling if you’ve been waiting for an HDV camera that allows for the creative freedom of lens choices and options. Sweet. He is quick, however, to inform that the use of a non-Zeiss lens means giving up the use of “shot transition” and other camera functions. It’s important to note that as he extols the virtues of certain “cool” features, he’s also taken the time to uncover any side-effects that may occur from their use. As fair warning to shooters recording with the compact flash recording unit, Jensen demonstrates how when hitting the “stop” button you may not be recording all the video you thought you just shot. His workaround is perfect and simple – don’t be “trigger happy”.

                                      If you are looking for a tool to help demystify the Z7U and its daunting feature set, I highly recommend "Mastering the Sony HVR-Z7U and HVR-S270". Not only have I learned a lot about the camera and its settings . . . I also find this DVD helps me re-examine the ways I shoot and gives me the confidence to rely more on manual settings and not worry about playing it safe in the “auto” world.

                                      This DVD is a PERFECT compliment to my Z7U purchase. Well worth the small investment!

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                                      4.0

                                      good training

                                      By Vandy

                                      from PA

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Follow

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Educational

                                        Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

                                        I am recommend for every body

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                                        4.0

                                        Very Helpful. Great for all levels.

                                        By dantheman

                                        from Los Angeles, CA

                                        About Me Casual Reader

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Follow
                                        • Informative
                                        • Well Written

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Educational
                                          • Reference
                                          • Staying Informed

                                          Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

                                          Very helpful. I like that even though everyone's opinions vary, he gives you his opinion on everything and even gives specific tricks and settings he uses.

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                                          5.0

                                          This is a great DVD!

                                          By Deanster

                                          from Hollywood, CA

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Follow
                                          • Informative

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Educational

                                            Comments about Vortex Media Training DVD: Sony HVR-Z7U and S270 DVD Workshop by Doug Jensen:

                                            This is a great DVD if your wanting to get up to speed on the Sony Z7U. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs to learn more about this camera. All tutorial DVD's should be produced this way!

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