Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1 & EX1R: A Complete Guide to the Camcorder & the XDCAM EX Workflow

Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1 & EX1R: A Complete Guide to the Camcorder & the XDCAM EX Workflow

Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1 & EX1R: A Complete Guide to the Camcorder & the XDCAM EX Workflow

Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1 & EX1R: A Complete Guide to the Camcorder & the XDCAM EX Workflow

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Vortex Media EX1DVD overview

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Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1 and EX1R: A Complete Guide to the Camcorder and the XDCAM EX Workflow is the easiest way to learn both the fundamentals and advanced features of the Sony EX1/EX1R camcorders and their state-of-the-art tapeless workflow.

This 3-hour, 2-DVD workshop includes tutorials, step-by-step examples, and detailed instructions covering the most important aspects of camera setup, menus, shooting techniques, clip naming, file management, clip importing, picture profile settings, basic editing, and even archiving.

This DVD will pay for itself many times over by saving EX1/EX1R owners' hours of time learning on their own.

About the DVD Workshop: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1/EX1R is a completely independent production with no participation, sponsorship, input, or approval from Sony - so it delivers unbiased information and professional advice that can't be found in the owner's manual.

This workshop is designed to help anyone, from a novice to an experienced ENG/EFP shooter, get the best results from their EX1/EX1R. The DVD provides real-world examples and suggested techniques that are simple to put into practice.

All Vortex Media training DVDs are carefully planned and written by professional cameramen who have the experience to know what's important to teach and how to teach it without getting bogged down in jargon or unnecessary technical details.

About the Instructor: Doug Jensen is a cameraman, producer, director, editor, consultant and trainer with over 28 years of video production and post-production experience.

As a member of Sony's Independent Certified Experts (I.C.E.) team Jensen has taught high-definition classes at NAB for Sony. September 2007 Sony hired him to shoot test footage with a pre-production EX1 camcorder and to demonstrate the camera at special events. Jensen combines his extensive production experience with his teaching skills to bring a wide-ranging, real-world perspective to his independent DVD workshops.

In recent years he has directed, and co-produced Hands On HDV: A Complete Guide to the Z1U and FX1, 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 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.

DVD Workshop

Topics include

Clip naming methods that will avoid disaster in post
Tips for setting exposure accurately
Suggested focusing techniques
Recommended settings for the Assignable Buttons
Suggestions for time-code settings
Warnings about some features and settings to avoid
B&W vs. Color viewfinder
Suggested Shutter Speeds for various recording modes
Setting up a Time-lapse
Recording slow-motion
Deleting clips on-the-fly
Splitting clips
Getting a perfect white balance
Monitoring options for the EX1
Managing storage space on the memory cards
Importing clips into your computer
Managing clips, making back-up copies, and archiving
XDCAM Transfer overview and suggested preference settings

Chapter List

Introduction to the EX1
Overview of the Features and Controls
Navigating the Menus
Choosing a Video Format
Bit rates, Interlaced vs. Progressive, 720 vs. 1080
Controlling Exposure
Iris, Gain, Shutter, ND, Zebra, Histogram
Focusing Techniques
Manual focus, Auto-focus, Peaking, Expanded Focus
Audio Recording
Internal and External sources, Menu settings
Shot-Transition Buttons
Step-by-step instructions
Assignable Buttons
Overview of all choices and specific suggestions
Special Effects
Time-lapse, Slow-motion, Stop-motion animation, Slow-shutter
White Balancing
Programming A & B memories, changing the Preset value
Picture Profiles
Paint menu suggestions for better video, saving/recalling Profiles
Playback and Clip Operations
Media mode, working with clips
Clip Browser Software
Getting your footage off the card and into the computer
Backups and Archiving
Clip management and affordable archiving suggestions
Subclips & Editing
Tips for Sony Vegas
Tips for Final Cut Pro/XDCAM Transfer
UPC: 796873016704
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Vortex Media DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1 & EX1R: A Complete Guide to the Camcorder & the XDCAM EX Workflow
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    Vortex Media EX1DVD specs

    Subject Advanced Videography
    Author Doug Jensen
    Edition First
    Hard/Soft Cover DVD
    Pages 3.5 hours
    Dimensions DVD
    Illustrations Yes
    ISBN Number Not Available
    Publisher Vortex Media
    Date Published December 2007
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.6"

    Vortex Media EX1DVD reviews

    DVD: Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1 & EX1R: A Complete Guide to the Camcorder & the XDCAM EX Workflow is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 34.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Operator Guide As an amateur videographer with a V1-U I purchased this video because of my interest in the new EX-1. I found it to be a very straight forward, logically organized and professionally produced introduction/guide to the EX-1. It concentrates on practical usage of the camera and all it's features from acquistion to computer editing. I was particurlay struck by the comparisons to digital SLR photography as it relates to a file-based format. After viewing it I realized that the EX-1 is within my sphere of abilities and plan to purchase one this year. Kudos to Mr. Doug Jensen, the instructor, and his staff for their excellence. If I can master 1/10 of his knowledge I'll be a better videographer. Thank you sir.
    Date published: 2008-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great learning tool This DVD takes the complexity out of understanding and learning how to use a professional camcorder. Clearly, one of the best DVD instructional videos I have ever watched. I am now more confident that I can operate this camcorder and will be purchasing it shortly. The best thing about this DVD is that it shows you how to use the camcorder and provides actual settings for maximum efficiency. The only thing that the DVD initially lacked for me, is that it did not go into enough post production detail for a particular editing software I was about to get; however, after watching this DVD I decided to get the editing software that he spent the most time on and I am glad I did. Clealy five stars.
    Date published: 2009-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This DVD set is fantastic. I reviewed the DVD before I started using my PMW EX1R and again after I started to use the camera. As a result, I understand the functions more fully than if I relied on the the user instruction supplied by Sony. The DVD has some great tips that it would have taken me months of use to figure out on my own. The DVD is for the PMW-EX1, and the PWM-EX1R is the current model. No problem. The video focusses on the main information common to both models. There is an update video at Vortex Media, that points out the new features on the PWM- EX1R. Buy the DVD, you will be glad you did.
    Date published: 2010-03-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Workshop Weak on Picture Profile Use Watch out for lack of EX1 Picture Profile support from Sony or this Doug Jensen DVD. Just purchased EX1, studied Doug Jensen's DVD workshop, searched at Sony and online. I'd agree that the EX1's a good camera, but lack of Support for Picture Profile setting, esp detailed definitions and usage examples, makes many functions useless.
    Date published: 2009-08-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Waaaay to pricey ! But this is indeed a very good dvd for learning about the EX1 camera and it's related workflow. Both the fundamentals and the more advanced features are well covered - but personally I miss some more comments on tweaking the EX1's picture profile settings. Also - I'd like to see more examples on workflow in post when using Premiere Pro ( Sony Vegas and FC and Sonys Clip browser well documented) But otherwise, all in all this is a DVD that have saved me - a non pro - hours of time figuring out how things work. Vortex Media's mastering DVD should be enclosed for a rebated price when purchasing such a camera - I guess there is quite a number of non professionals ( and even profressionals?) that would benefit from this //* home_class_more_than_introducory_Dvd
    Date published: 2008-11-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very helpuf tutorial! If you are thinking of buying or already bought EX series camcorder I would strongly recommend this product! It's over 3 hours of guide how to operate a camcorder with using all advanced functions. Very good DVD for begginers and professionals also!
    Date published: 2011-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent EX1 DVD I bought and converted the DVD to my iPhone and viewed it prior to receiving my EX1. I'm glad I did, I referenced the DVD almost as often as my manual for the camera. It is necessary for those new to professional cameras, and seasoned professionals may find it as a nice addition to aid in learning the important components of tapeless workflow with SxS cards. Would have loved to see additional FCP use with HD setting, but the DVD does cover initial workflow well.
    Date published: 2008-06-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Don't wait another day! If you own a PMW-EX1 Sony camcorder, and you aren't a professional director of photography (well, even if you are), this 2-pack DVD set is a must see. I say this not because the explanation of the camera is incredibly deep, but because no matter who you are, this DVD will surely teach you at least one or two new things about the EX1 that you would otherwise never find out, and just that fact is worth the money and time. The DVDs are well designed and easy to watch and understand with just the right examples and demonstrations. On the other hand, it is made clear throughout the DVD that some subjects such as photography terms will not be covered in the DVD, and so beginner camcorder owners/operators might be left scratching their heads over some of the terms and advices that are used and expressed through-out the lecture.
    Date published: 2008-09-29
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