Posts Tagged ‘canon hv30


slaughter across the water

My brother Jon’s film is a 2010 Visions Awards nominee for Outstanding Documentary Production.  He’s in the running for the audience favorite and needs your vote.  Cast your vote here!  In fairness you can see all the nominee videos here.

The film was shot on a collection of Canon HV30’s, equipped with the Sennheiser MKE 400 boom mic (with the Sennheiser MZW 400 wind-muff, makes all the difference on windy days like this!) and the Panasonic VW-W4307H 0.7x wide angle converter.  Posted entirely in Final Cut Studio 3, I think SATW is an excellent example of getting great picture and sound out of an inexpensive filmmaking setup.  Not to mention, the story telling ain’t half bad (which always helps).

proactively • proud • peter


canon & bicycles – hv30 vs. 5dmarkii

And the theme for this comparison is… bicycles! Here’s a Vimeo SD embed of a video I shot & cut for the Travel Channel Academy with my Canon HV30 at 1440x1080p24

And here’s two YouTube high quality SD embeds of footage shot with a pre-production model of Canon’s new 5D Mark II Digital SLR at 1920x1080p30

Sure, the 5D is 3500 bucks off the shelf, and my entire HV30 kit with wide angle lens adapter, boom mic, camera bag, and a sweet lens cleaning pen topped out at 1200 bucks. But holy hell, look what an additional 2400 bucks can get you!

So what’s the point of even looking at the Canon XH-A1 or the Sony Z1U at a very similair 3,xxx dollar price point? None. Or maybe you’re required by DCI to jump through flaming hoops of razor wire to deliver tapeless footage (my sympathies). Or then maybe you like recording video AND sound. I’ve yet to see, err hear, any audio examples at all from the 5dmarkii.

Anybody out there know of any? And when the hell is my Apple TV going to start playing YouTube in HD???

proactively • just make the sound up in post • peter


youtube – widescreen!

Happy Turkey Day from Youtube, 16×9 widescreen is now the default viewing experience.  Here’s an embed of the In Studio show my brother Jon produces for 103 WRNR in Annapolis, MD.

Embeds are still letterboxed but if you check out this video on YouTube’s site you will see it displayed in its native 16×9 widescreen glory. Note, I am embedding the high quality version by adding “&fmt=18” to the tail of the video’s YouTube url.

The footage is captured on Canon HV20, HV30, and HF10 cameras as available (thanks again Mike the Mailman!).  Shot with a 23.98 frame rate and edited as a multiclip sequence in Final Cut Pro, the key to taking advantage of YouTube’s new widescreen presentation is choosing the appropriate Compressor export setting:


Name: H.264 for iPod video and iPhone 640×480
Description: H.264 video @ 1500 kbps, progressive, multi-pass. Audio is 44.1 kHz, stereo
File Extension: m4v
Estimated file size: 644.17 MB/hour of source
Device: iPod/iPhone VGA
Frame sync rate: 5 seconds
Video Encoder
Format: QT
Width and Height: Automatic
Pixel aspect ratio: Square
Crop: None
Padding: None
Frame rate: (100% of source)
Frame Controls: Automatically selected: Off
Codec Type: H.264
Multi-pass: On, frame reorder: Off
Pixel depth: 24
Spatial quality: 50
Min. Spatial quality: 50
Key frame interval: 120
Temporal quality: 50
Min. temporal quality: 50
Average data rate: 1.5 (Mbps)
Maximum data rate: 4 (Mbps)
Audio Encoder
Format: MPEG4
Sample Rate: 44.100kHz
Channels: 2
Bits Per Sample: 16
AAC encoder quality: high
Data rate: 128 Kbps

Or if you wanted to be super efficient, you could use this setting…


…and upload the same compression to YouTube and Vimeo.

So WTG YouTube, now can we get 720p already?

proactively • all HD all the time • peter


canon hv30 – accessory shoe removal

Yes, the tethered accessory shoe is really annoying. Especially when you want to put accessories on your HV30 like this:

Me & Joel with Sennheiser MKE 400

Me & Joel with Sennheiser MKE 400

Solution found after a search over at Special thanks to Spider.JM for the post and pics!

Its done and I’m proud to announce we don’t need to worry about parts falling into the camera. When you do remove MAKE SURE YOU ONLY CUT ONE SIDE. Otherwise it will fall in… You just need to pull it out after you’ve cut one side.

accessory shoe top view

accessory shoe top view

accessory show reverse view

accessory show reverse view

no more tether!

no more tether!

Tool list:
-Needle Nose Pliers (not required)
-Either Sharp clean Scissors or Exacto Knife

Basically try to stretch it away from the camera so that you have both strands away from each other, then progress to snipping ONE strand. Then just pull the cover out with the last strand STILL intact! Once its out, sever that other side, and make it so theres about 2mm left on the cover so that it will still fit back into the camera.

Pics of my fully accessorized Canon HV30 incoming.

proactively • going to the toy store for an exacto knife tomorrow • peter


Canon HV30 purchased!

pics of awesomeness

My good friend Joel (left, excited) and yours truly (right, really excited).

Joel hand-framing the awesome Panasonic VW-W4307H 0.7x wide angle converter.

Everything put together! Thanks to Katie & Rani for the photos.

Waiting on the Sennheiser MKE 400 Compact Video Camera Shotgun Microphone which should arrive next week. Bought everything at

proactively • a proud new baby daddy • peter


canon HV30 purchase – the research

I’m going to finally frickin’ pull the trigger and buy a Canon HV30. Soon.

But, there’s a lot of cool stuff that I want to get with it, like a wide angle lens, and finding a good review takes time. So, here’s a link dump of sites that helped me out and will help you out while researching accessories for your Canon HV30:

This is the mecca for all things related to the HV20 / 30 cameras. Sign up now. Right now.

Raynox Camera Adapters

Leaning towards the wide angle and macro adapters these guys make, covered extensively on

Raynox HD-7000pro

Raynox HD-7000pro

Raynox Super Macro

Raynox Super Macro


Great reviews of fisheye lenses for multiple consumer and prosumer cameras. The fisheye is the staple of skateboard videographers; these guys know their stuff.

Schneider Optics / Century Optics

Home of the industry standard fisheye lenses for skateboard videographers. And other solid gear, too.

R0DE VideoMic

The defacto awesome way to get sound that doesn’t suck. Follow the link and check out the video.

So there’s a whole lot I’m looking at here. Hopefully this research dump helps you with your own HV30 purchase.

proactively • getting ready to shoot a doc and a feature • peter

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