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Vortex Media Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX1 by Doug Jensen

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Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX1 by Doug Jensen - We all know how confusing and complicated original manufacturer's instruction manuals can be. Besides, who can remember everything? So many functions, buttons, features and switches. This guide is a no-nonsense approach to understanding and operating the Sony PMW-EX1 XDCAM camcorder. It's written in clear, concise and easy-to-understand language.

The guide contains detailed explanations, tutorials, photographs, checklists, menu trees, parts diagrams, suggested settings, tips, tricks, and page after page of practical advice.

About the Author: Doug Jensen is a cameraman, producer, director, editor, and consultant with over 28 years of video production and post-production experience. He is also the owner of Vortex Media, which produces instructional videos, camcorder field guides, and innovative production tools for video production, television, and digital photography.

Note! This book works well with Vortex Media's Instructional DVD on the same camera

Subject Advanced Videography
Author Doug Jensen
Edition First
Hard/Soft Cover O-Ring bound with 100 lb paper
Pages 110
Dimensions Not Specified by Publisher
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number Not Specified by Publisher
Publisher Vortex Media
Date Published 2009

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Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX1 by Doug Jensen
 
4.3

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  • Easy to use (3)

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      4.0

      Handy little book

      By heff

      from New York City

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Getting Used To The Ex1

        Comments about Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX1 by Doug Jensen:

        The Vortex guide is great for on the go. It's laminated & study, so don't worry about bringing it onto a shoot. It covers the EX1 pretty well, but be warned, this is a book for intermediate shooters. This is not a book to learn how to shoot, but to get some advice specific to the EX1.

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        5.0

        A MUST HAVE

        By Middy Macdog

        from Sydney Australia, BHK!

        About Me Film Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX1 by Doug Jensen:

          Every Ex1 and Ex1r Owner should have 1 of these, since owning mine i have used it everyday of shooting. helpful hints and tips!

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          5.0

          Good Value

          By JDJD

          from Florida

          About Me Professional Artist

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                Comments about Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX1 by Doug Jensen:

                Exactly as described, a quick way into the deeper functions and where and when to use them for the EX1. I agree with others, this book should come with the camera when you order it from Sony.

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                4.0

                Great Book

                By JC

                from Springfield, MA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Reference

                  Comments about Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX1 by Doug Jensen:

                  If used along with the DVD the Vortex book is great. It leaves out a lot of the info from the DVD, but is a good reference and stays in my camera bag. Good to have on a shoot.

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                  3.0

                  This should have come with the camera.

                  By Terry

                  from New York

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX1 by Doug Jensen:

                    This is a handy little booklet that should have come with the camera. I confess that I did not purchase this until I'd already owned my EX1R for almost two years, so I'd figured out most of it's features before buying the field guide, but I still found a few useful tips I didn't know. The only reason I didn't give it more stars is because of the price.

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                    4.0

                    Handy Field Guide

                    By muse

                    from Washington D.C.

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX1 by Doug Jensen:

                        This is a nice reference for on-site use. Plasticized pages and a spiral binder make it durable and compact. Has complete expansion of menus and some useful tips. The author has a particular style and his preferred defaults are illustrative but not necessarily applicable. Also this manual was written pre EX1R and does not take into account substantial improvements in design (it contains work arounds for early design flaws). Still a worthwhile purchase.

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                        5.0

                        Extremely useful

                        By xaoc

                        from New York, NY

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Follow
                        • Informative
                        • Well Written

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Reference

                          Comments about Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX1 by Doug Jensen:

                          Got the book just before my EX1r arrived to get a bit of a head start. Found it quite well written and informative, the outcome being that when I received the camera I was familiar enough with its features and potential issues to start using it right away.

                          Now it is in my camera bag at all times, in case I need to refresh how to do something obscure in a hurry.

                          The book is much, much more useful than the manual.

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                          4.0

                          Excellent companion to Vortex Video

                          By Maineah

                          from Dresden, ME

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                          Comments about Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX1 by Doug Jensen:

                          Vortex has great videos on using the EX1/3/ This field guide has the meat of the video - all the stuff you'd want to write down - in one place. Throw it in your bag and pull it out when you need it.

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                          5.0

                          Great study guide for a complex sysetm !

                          By FPP

                          from Salina, Kansas

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                          Pros

                          • Concise yet thorough

                          Cons

                          • DVD not included

                          Best Uses

                          • Pre-puchase study-guide

                          Comments about Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX1 by Doug Jensen:

                          Jensen's field guide is an invaluable tool - like a well-lit path to photographic excellence, it reveals the most useful features of this camera system in a well-organized manner. Actual viewfinder menus are used and flowcharts of submenus show what to expect. His pre-flight checklist sums up shooting preparations and he gives a one-page summation of his favorite EX1 settings. He points out some features that won't get alot of use and gives pros and cons of various other features. Anything beyond the scope of this guide is mentioned as such, and the user is pointed in the right direction for fruther study. Jensen has worked with all the big networks and well-known cable channels. Clearly, the guy can do AND teach. Buy this !

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