Filmmaking / Directing : Camera Choice by Justice Cole Elias

Justice Cole Elias

Camera Choice

I have a JVC 4K AVCHD progressive , and I am considering using it to shoot a feature and was wondering if there is anyone who has used one and what you thought of it's capability .. thank you Justice

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Would you provide the model of your JVC? This will allow us to check the specs and let you know!

Justice Cole Elias

Hi, thanks for the reply , so the model # is GY HM 170U

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Yes, this camera can be used for shooting a feature. Make sure you get an external audio device to record audio ss you cannot rely on the camera alone. With your camera you'll have to become the HD Rebel ... turn off auto-focus, turn off auto-exposure, shoot flat (lower your contrast all the way, decrease saturation one setting, decrease sharpness one setting --- all this will give you / your editor more latitude in post), use your ND filters; for your lens, and since it's a one-lens camera from the looks of it, make sure you exercise discipline, i.e. know where the 18mm focal length is, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm ... and treat these settings as if that's the lens on the camera. Have lots of memory cards on hand and switch them out (so if something happens you won't loose all your footage). Use a tripod as it'll give you instant production value. Hope this helps!

Justice Cole Elias

Thanks, I appreciate the info, I am getting to know this camera but as for the actual shooting I'm going to look for a DOP that's got my vision for this project. and I'm starting to experiment with different shots. Thanks again...cheers JCE

Joe Valva

Hi Justice. I considered buying that camera and believe it can do good things. I have used the earlier HD version of it with excellent results. Please update us on your progress. Best of everything to you.

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