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Bob Paulson, very distinguished engineer, passes
Phil Livingston, Technical Liason for Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems, Passes
In Memory of Bob Turner, Influential Columnist and Consultant to the Post Production Industry
The (Painful) Way It Was: Editing Video the Old-Fashioned Way
A Behind-The-Scenes look at the Democratic National Convention
BF/VF Closes: Memories of Boston's Premiere Media Arts Center
SIGGRAPH/2003: Impressions of the Computer Graphics Extravaganza
A New Englander Abroad: The BBC Television Centre
Product Management: How to Build Consistently Successful Products
Product Management, Part II: Selling a Better Mousetrap
Digital Cinematography: HDTV is alive and well
Lighting for Inner Peace
The Webcasting Medium: How the technology is advancing
In memory of Jack Newcomb, former Associate Director at pioneering video production facility at MIT
Technical Innovations at NAB: New Englanders star at the show.
QuickTime 3.0 and the Avid/Microsoft Advanced Authoring Format
QuickTime 3.0 Allows Adobe To Move Into Pro Video Editing with Premiere 5.0
Demo Reels
A Eulogy to CMX, by Bob Turner
Switcher NT: Ramblings from IBC
A Producers' Lament
Keeping the Bank Happy and Credit Flowing
An Historic Parable, A Lesson for April 1
Meeting Follow-Up: Film Preservation News
Technical Report: New Developments in Nonlinear Video, a three-part series. Part 1: Putting High-Performance Nonlinear Systems on Personal Computers.
Part 2: Networking and Video Servers.
Part 3: System Design Issues
Editing Video with Adobe Premiere
The Coming of Video and its Influence on Home Movies
From Vintage Film to Betacam: Saving the Past for the Future
A Personal View of Curt Rawley's (Avid President) Dismissal, by Bob Turner.
4:2:2 Profile in MPEG-2 Compression Heirarchy
Technician's Corner: Questions people have asked me lately
Film/Video Museums Around the World
Recent Progress in Computer Graphics
Wicked Funny April Fool Article
Virtual Reality Movies
Fall Survey Results

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At the Wednesday, November 19 meeting...
A Tale of Two VARICAMS
with Michael Bergeron and Gregger Jones, Panasonic Solutions Company

Panasonic introduces its VARICAM 35 and VARICAM HS at the November 19th SMPTE New England meeting.

The VARICAM 35 is a full 4K camera with a newly developed super 35mm sensor. The "35" supports a wide variety of formats, frame rates and codecs which will be discussed in its entirety.

The VARICAM HS is a HD version of the platform and utilizes a high-sensitivity, low-noise, 2/3"- 2.2-megapixel 3MOS sensor. The "HS" is designed for High Speed shooting and also supports a wide variety of formats, frame rates and codecs. The New VARICAM family was developed with market feedback to meet the needs of today’s digital cinematographers with unique features such as dual recording with native ISO, in-camera color grading, a modular design which allows the 35 or HS camera head and recording module to be separated and interchanged.

Panasonic’s Gregger Jones comments, "Some camera ops enjoy building giant erector set riggings, updating and off-loading with trans-coding--but not us. Panasonic has been a leader in engineering cameras and accessories for shooters who love to actually shoot. Nobody offers more shoot ready camera systems than us, with reliability that does not have you spending half your day troubleshooting, downloading software and spending hours trans-coding, after the shoot, for your clients. The new Varicams are the latest in a line of innovative digital cinema and general production cameras built from the ground up to be the most adaptable and ergonomic cameras available.”

About the Presenters

Michael Bergeron is currently serving as Strategic Technology Liaison for Panasonic Solutions Company; managing co-development projects with U.S. based media technology companies; and previously serving as a lead camera development engineer for Panasonic since 2002. Michael began working in the production gear business in 1991 as a motion picture camera engineer; and later director of engineering at Abel Cine Tech. Involved in the development and introduction of digital and film production cameras from the Aaton to the VariCam, Michael is currently spearheading camera development and workflow integration within Panasonic’s 3D task force; he has authored & delivered numerous technical presentations & papers, on camera design and workflows, including co-authoring the camera chapter for the NAB engineering manual. Michael holds a BS in Physics, an MS in EE and is a member of the ATSC, HPA, and SMPTE.

Gregger Jones has served as a Director of Photography for, Kyocera, Nestle and many other national spots in a long and varied career in the industry. He has worked on many feature films including DP'ing the second unit for a film that is currently in theatres as well as on a feature with Malcom Macdowell that will hit theatres early next year. He has also shot more than his share of celebrity and fashion branding videos. His inside perspective as an end user has served him well as Panasonic’s New England Partner Sales Manager for digital cinematography and professional video sales as he really knows what those on the front lines of the industry both both want and need. Besides many freelance positions in the film industry Gregger has previously served in positions at Pier 59 Studios West and Abel Cine Tech. He holds a BFA from the University of Mississippi.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm
Presentation at 7:00pm

Rule Boston Camera
395 Western Avenue
Boston, MA 02135


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Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor

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