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Vortex Media Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX3 by Doug Jensen

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Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX3 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-EX3 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 140
Dimensions Not Specified by Publisher
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number Not Specified by Publisher
Publisher Vortex Media
Date Published 2009


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Good for begineers.

By Walter California

from CA

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  • Good fundamentals


  • Not for pros

Best Uses

  • Glorified manual

Comments about Book: Vortex Media Book: Field Guide for the Sony PMW-EX3 by Doug Jensen:

This is a decent reference book for beginners and those that fit in between beginners and intermediates, although quite overpriced for what it contains. Professionals experienced with full broadcast cameras will find a glorified version of the manual and a lot of tips from the author's working style preference stated as fact. For example: "Tip 4 - Always leave the shutter on. If you turn it off you may forget to turn it back on." Another example on manual exposure.. "If the shutter speed isn't set properly for the Video Format you're using, you'll run the risk of getting blurry motion (shutter too slow) or a strobing effect (shutter too fast)." The book is wrought with explanations like this without going into due detail. What if you want the blurry or strobing effect? There is nothing on picture profiles except a short description of the profile the writer likes to use, which just changes 4 settings. According to his view, "They are not options to be played around with just to see what happens if you change this or that." As I said before the book does provide a decent base if you're a beginner but I think should be priced lower.

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