About this Book

This book is an overview of the DVCAM format and its equipment. It is written from the perspective of a user. I tried to write as if I were explaining how to use the equipment to a friend or colleague standing next to me—the way I would try to demonstrate it in a workshop or class.

This book doesn’t pretend to be totally comprehensive, or answer every question. But, I do hope this book answers the main questions that arise in the course of actual production, from the perspective of a cameraman who uses the equipment.

Our business can be pretty stressful. Cinematographers often reassure each other that “it isn’t brain surgery.” Then there’s the joke about the brain surgeon who’s about to operate on a cinematographer. The surgeon ...

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