PHD Productions Records HD-SDI Output to Wafian HR-1 HD Video Recorder


Wayne, NJ (September 26, 2007) – Director, Jonas Quastel and DP, Corey Robson of PHD Productions chose JVC's lightweight GY-HD250 to shoot horror film, Scourge because of the cameras ergonomics, 60p capability and HD-SDI output compatibility with Wafian’s direct-to-disk HD video recorder.

Using technology from the present and past, which initially set the stage to shoot horror film Scourge, PHD Productions achieved a 35mm depth of field look with the combination of the GY-HD250, manual focus Nikon lenses and Redrock Micro M2 lens adapter. 

Robson, who has filmed extensively with his GY-HD100, is very familiar with JVC’s camera and knew that the GY-HD250 was the right choice to shoot Scourge because most of the film was shot hand-held. 

Questel also favored the GY-HD250 because of its ability to flip the image on the fly and output 4:2:2 HD-SDI into Wafian’s HR-1.  “We used the Wafian to preserve the best master image quality -- possible as well as bypass HD decks and tapes,” commented Questel.  The camera performed flawlessly.  I always had a clear signal to the monitor.  There was no down time when it came to JVC’s camera.”

According to Robson, the camera’s compatibility with the HR-1’s 24fps reverse pull down convinced him that this workflow would be the most cost-effective and efficient way to maintain the GY-HD250’s image quality from set to post. “The on-set workflow was simple and worked incredibly well.  We connected our sound into the camera’s XLRs where the audio became embedded into the HD-SDI stream, along with the camera-generated timecode and image. The HD-SDI cable from the camera fed the Wafian back at the director’s monitor.  This ensured that we had audio on both our HDV backups and on the HR-1, which avoided double-system post expenses,” added Robson.

Quastel says the GY-HD250 captured beautiful highlight detail during the mostly white hockey rink sequences in the film. “Humidity and cold were never an issue for the camera. We shot a majority of the film at night – complete with rain showers and very tight schedules, making things less than ideal for treating a camera gently. The camera was thrown around a lot,” said Quastel.

Robson praises the camera’s versatility and custom menu functions.  “I think a very often over-looked consideration when choosing a camera is ergonomics. And this was a big deal to me working on Scourge.  With regard to image setup, the GY-HD250 has completely adjustable matrix, shading, and gamma options.  In-camera “looks” are easily dialed in.  The adjustable focus-assist feature came in handy especially for insert work and the camera’s true 1280 x 720 imagers were another reason to go with the HD250. No scaling and cross-sampling pixels with the JVC cameras.”

Robson also commented on the camera’s battery life, “The built-in Anton-Bauer gold mount was another great feature of JVC’s camera.  With a power tap and a Dionic 90, we were often running an on-camera Panel-Lite, Bartec unit, and additional 7” monitor all at once.”

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