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Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder

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Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder - In three hours, learn all you need to know about this Sony EX3 camcorder.

Using examples, and detailed explanations, before you know it, you'll be a working shooter with this incredible camera. And, by learning from this easy-to-understand DVD, you can save time and money by conquering it on your own. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a veteran pro, there is something on this DVD for everyone.

About the Author: 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 classes for Sony at NAB, Japan, Hollywood, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. In the summer of 2007 Sony hired him to shoot demo footage with a pre-production EX1 camcorder, and to operate the camera during field tests conducted by Discovery Communications.

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 PMW-EX3, 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.

Will also play on 99% of all PAL DVD players

Chapters

Introduction
Overview of the EX3
Navigating the Menus
Choosing a Video Format
Controlling Exposure
Focusing Techniques
Audio Recording
Time-Code
Shot-Transitions
Assign Buttons
Slow Motion & Special FX
White Balance
Picture Profiles
Lens Options
Playback & Clip Operations
Clip Browser
Backups & Archiving
Clip Importing
Sony Vegas
FCP & XDCAM Transfer
Editing HD vs. SD
Subject Advanced Videography
Author Doug Jensen
Edition First
Hard/Soft Cover DVD-Video
Pages 3hrs
Dimensions DVD
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number Not Applicable
Publisher Vortex Media
Date Published 2008
Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder
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    4.4

    (based on 20 reviews)

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      (14)

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      (3)

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Informative (10)
    • Easy to follow (8)
    • Quality photos (6)
    • Well written (4)
    • Easy to understand (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Educational (8)
      • Reference (4)
      • Independent films (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual reader (6), Business owner (3), Everyday reader (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Worth every penny!

      DO NOT THINK THIS IS JUST THE FIELD MANUAL ON VIDEO!IT IS SO MUCH MORE!I made a mistake. I bought the field manual thinking I'd save a buck and still get all...Read complete review

      DO NOT THINK THIS IS JUST THE FIELD MANUAL ON VIDEO!IT IS SO MUCH MORE!I made a mistake. I bought the field manual thinking I'd save a buck and still get all the information I'd want or need to use my new PMW-EX3 to it's fullest potential. The Vortex Media field manual is very good, and handy when I want quick reference information about the camera since there is so much to know about the EX3.BUT! Several of my fellow freelancers, who also own an EX3 as one of their cameras, pushed me to open my wallet and get these disks. I'm not cheap but I don't like to spend money if I don't have to. Getting these disks was worth every cent! Doug Jensen takes you through the camera and clearly explains each and every function. While the manual gives you the technical "where is the button and what is it supposed to do" information. Doug Jensen shows you what it does and gives you reasons why or why not you might want to do something. He also shows you so many other things about the camera that are not in the manual!The best part for me is Doug Jensen does not say "my way or the highway" with his advice. He understands each of us has different reasons for how we want our video to look. He gives reasons why he prefers something but is quick to offer the viewer other options which might fit their needs.The main reason to get this set of DVD's, besides for the specific "what button does what and why" is to have Doug Jensen clearly explain work flow with the EX3. This is something that is NOT covered as well in the field manual. Yet, it is such an integral part of using this camera. Work flow is often overlooked in manuals and having these DVD's, with Doug Jensen holding your hand and taking you through the various workflow options is what sets this set of DVD's apart from the manual.There is so much to know and learn about the EX3 that you won't be able to absorb it all with a single viewing. When you need a refresher, it's easy to pop these disks in and quickly skip to the chapter with information you need and find out what you want to know.This is not produced by Sony or a Sony shill. Doug Jensen offers honest, experienced advice about the camera and once you understand all the EX3 can do, you'll understand why buying these disks was the best investment you could make after spending money on the camera itself!These disks are full of valuable information, which you will not get just reading the Sony instruction manual that comes with the PMW EX3 camera or the Vortex Media EX3 Field Manual.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      I wouldn't buy this product.

      It's a very basic overview of the camera and does not go in depth into any topic; it just skims over it.

      It's a very basic overview of the camera and does not go in depth into any topic; it just skims over it.

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      3.0

      A little lacking in details

      By BC from BC

      from British Columbia Canada

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Reliable Information
      • Well-made

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

          Well presented DVD, however, i would have liked to see Doug go into more detail on a lot of subjects he covers.

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          5.0

          EX3 Review

          By dvdmkap

          from Connecticut

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films

            Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

            After purchasing a Sony EX3, this Vortex Media DVD was extremely helpful in getting started with the camera and gave an excellent overview of all of its many capabilities.

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            1.0

            I wouldn't buy this product.

            By RJP

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies

                Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                It's a very basic overview of the camera and does not go in depth into any topic; it just skims over it.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Tutorial

                By Ed L.

                from Honolulu, HI

                About Me Casual Reader

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Follow
                • Informative
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Educational
                  • Entertainment
                  • Staying Informed

                  Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                  I think this is a great product for people who are new to professional cameras. The instructions and details help straighten out the learning curve a bit. Very helpful and insightful.

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                  5.0

                  Worth every penny!

                  By Chele John

                  from Miami, Florida

                  About Me Casual Reader

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Clear communication
                  • Covers workflow as well
                  • Easy To Follow
                  • Informative
                  • Quality Photos
                  • Real world advice
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Educational
                    • Fast clear information
                    • Reference
                    • Staying Informed

                    Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                    DO NOT THINK THIS IS JUST THE FIELD MANUAL ON VIDEO!IT IS SO MUCH MORE!I made a mistake. I bought the field manual thinking I'd save a buck and still get all the information I'd want or need to use my new PMW-EX3 to it's fullest potential. The Vortex Media field manual is very good, and handy when I want quick reference information about the camera since there is so much to know about the EX3.BUT! Several of my fellow freelancers, who also own an EX3 as one of their cameras, pushed me to open my wallet and get these disks. I'm not cheap but I don't like to spend money if I don't have to. Getting these disks was worth every cent! Doug Jensen takes you through the camera and clearly explains each and every function. While the manual gives you the technical "where is the button and what is it supposed to do" information. Doug Jensen shows you what it does and gives you reasons why or why not you might want to do something. He also shows you so many other things about the camera that are not in the manual!The best part for me is Doug Jensen does not say "my way or the highway" with his advice. He understands each of us has different reasons for how we want our video to look. He gives reasons why he prefers something but is quick to offer the viewer other options which might fit their needs.The main reason to get this set of DVD's, besides for the specific "what button does what and why" is to have Doug Jensen clearly explain work flow with the EX3. This is something that is NOT covered as well in the field manual. Yet, it is such an integral part of using this camera. Work flow is often overlooked in manuals and having these DVD's, with Doug Jensen holding your hand and taking you through the various workflow options is what sets this set of DVD's apart from the manual.There is so much to know and learn about the EX3 that you won't be able to absorb it all with a single viewing. When you need a refresher, it's easy to pop these disks in and quickly skip to the chapter with information you need and find out what you want to know.This is not produced by Sony or a Sony shill. Doug Jensen offers honest, experienced advice about the camera and once you understand all the EX3 can do, you'll understand why buying these disks was the best investment you could make after spending money on the camera itself!These disks are full of valuable information, which you will not get just reading the Sony instruction manual that comes with the PMW EX3 camera or the Vortex Media EX3 Field Manual.

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                    5.0

                    A fantastic video

                    By Garhan

                    from Vancouver, Canada

                    About Me Video Journalist

                    Verified Buyer

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                          Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                          This is my second video by Doug Jensen/Vortex and I can't say enough about how thorough the cameras are covered. Vortex videos are a must for someone using a new camera, or even thinking about purchasing one. You will know what the camera can and cannot do and what will work best in your situation. The video's detail will assist both the novice and pro setting up their camera and going into their shoot confidently with new gear.

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                          5.0

                          Good,concise training

                          By Terry

                          from Boulder,CO

                          About Me Business Owner

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • In-depth instructions
                          • Well organized

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Independent Films

                            Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                            I am using this DVD to get an introduction to the PMW-EX3 before demoing it. The training will let me use the demo time to the best effect.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Excellant instruction.

                            By Good Shepherd Ministries of WNY

                            from Buffalo, NY

                            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                              Excellant series, learned so much more than the factory book. all useable information.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Really good DVD

                              By Monty

                              from Jamaica, NY

                              About Me Casual Reader

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Follow
                              • Informative

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Educational

                                Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                                This DVD shows you what you can do with the Sony EX-3. Nice tips and tricks.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent and clear

                                By camerawoman

                                from Costa Rica

                                About Me Everyday Reader

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Follow
                                • Informative
                                • Quality Photos

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Educational
                                  • Reference

                                  Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                                  Before buying this video I thought "oh, it´s too expensive, I´ll just read the manual", but finally ended up buying it and I was very glad I did. It has a lot of handy tips NOT contained in the manual, and frankly, having someone talk to you while showing you in extreme close up all the parts and how everything works is much more entertaining than a mini size font boring manual. It´s there if you need more detail, but the video really gets you going fast with a lot more than the basics. Highly recommended.

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                                  5.0

                                  Complete Review of the EX3

                                  By Anonymous

                                  from Eastern Washington State

                                  About Me Everyday Reader

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Follow
                                  • Informative
                                  • Quality Photos

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Educational

                                    Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                                    This is the second Vortex video that I have purchased. Both are complete in their review of all the camera settings, buttons, knobs, etc. If you are new to complex camera's and don't want to hack your way through the 100 or so menu items then the Vortex video will give you an organized informative tour. At the end of the video you should have a starting point for all of your camera settings.

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                                    1.0

                                    Not worth a pound

                                    By salah

                                    from London

                                    About Me Casual Reader

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • No New Information

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                                        I read the manual before buying this product waiting to find something not covered by the manual. i watched and watched waiting for a single information that its not in the manual with no success. i never regret buying something as much as i regret paying that much for this product. be aware

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                                        4.0

                                        It is very good!!!

                                        By Rick

                                        from Las Vegas

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Deserves Multiple Readings
                                        • Easy To Understand
                                        • Informative
                                        • Relevant

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                                            I watched it once all the way through then I watched it with the camera in hand and it was great to stop and start. I will then watch it a third time out in the field.

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                                            5.0

                                            Better than a manual

                                            By Dave

                                            from Boston, MA

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Understand
                                            • Informative
                                            • Relevant

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                                                Gives you a very in depth view of the EX3. Lots of hands on training. Great examples of what the camera is capable of.

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                                                5.0

                                                EX3 users, this is a MUST have!

                                                By Larry in L.A.

                                                from Los Angeles, CA

                                                Verified Reviewer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy to understand
                                                • In depth instructionals
                                                • Professional advice

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Experienced EX3 users
                                                  • First time EX3 users
                                                  • First time HD shooters

                                                  Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                                                  I cannot say enough about this wonderful DVD set. Spend 3 hours with these, and you'll be an informed expert on the Sony EX3. Tells you all the stuff you want, and need to know about the camera, from a very unbiased professional shooter. Great tips, and watch the paint menus portion, for a great place to start with Pic Profiles. Those alone, are worth the price of this set!

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great Jump-start

                                                  By Tim

                                                  from Cleveland, OH

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Good Value
                                                  • High Quality

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                                                      I found this video guide to be a great jump-start for the PMW-EX3. Doug Jensen does a very nice job at succinctly explaining all of the functions of the EX3 - which is not insignificant. I have to say that this DVD guide saved me many hours of playing & experimenting. That's not to say I won't be spening loads of time playing and experimenting but it will be will additional knowledge. Great job, Doug!

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                                                      5.0

                                                      A 'must have' for the EX3 user

                                                      By DR

                                                      from Utah

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Good Value

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                                                          Even if you are the type to pour over the manual, this is an essential tool for any EX3 owner. It covers much more detail than the manual in a easy to follow video tutorial. I learned many features and operational aspects that just were not covered clearly in the manual. Doug Jensen does an excellent job exploring the full potential of this incredible camera step by step. I keep this DVD with me on shoots for reference, it's that useful. (I don't take the manual, if that tells you anything)
                                                          Well worth the investment, it will save you lots of time. Spend your time shooting, not flipping back and forth in a confusing manual.

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                                                          5.0

                                                          I would buy this product again

                                                          By Johnboy

                                                          from Louisville, KY

                                                          About Me Casual Reader

                                                          Verified Buyer

                                                          Pros

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

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Educational
                                                            • Reference

                                                            Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                                                            Made learning the EX3 and its functions much easier.

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                                                            5.0

                                                            Excellent primer for EX-3

                                                            By Doug

                                                            from Salt Lake, UT

                                                            About Me Casual Reader

                                                            Verified Buyer

                                                            Pros

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

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • Educational
                                                              • Reference

                                                              Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                                                              Easy pace to follow along. Answered multiple questions without having to dig through the manual. After watching the program I felt comfortable with the camera.

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                                                              4.0

                                                              essential training

                                                              By Rich the french Canadian

                                                              from Laurentides, QC, Canada

                                                              About Me Everyday Reader

                                                              Verified Buyer

                                                              Pros

                                                              • Easy To Follow
                                                              • Informative
                                                              • Quality Photos

                                                              Cons

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                • Educational

                                                                Comments about Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX3 Camcorder:

                                                                The information are very usefull for begginer, the guy know is stuff. You can find all the information on the net for free but this DVD provide everything needed to use the camera even if you are a pro, no need to explain White balance or video transfert but this camera have so many option that even a pro could learn something from this DVD.

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