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PANAVISION HDW 900F On A STEADICAM or CRANE
>I just finished a job with the Panavision Ec system and for our crane work we did the following.
>By using the RM-150 Remote control unit also referred to as a paintbox you can run a 30ft or 100ft cable to the camera to allow for record start stop control in addition to accessing all the internal camera menus as well and shading (painting white balance,black balance etc) the camera in the field. Caution if you use the RM-150 paintbox make sure when connecting or disconnect it from the camera head or at the paintbox side ALWAYS TURN OFF POWER TO THE CAMERA!!!
>You can see a burned timecode display output but not zebra indicators via the HD-YRB or by using the YRB HD analog output to downconverted any NTSC or PAL monitor. I suggest using the Miranda clip on downconverter as it is quite streamlined and compact for use in the field. In addition to viewing the time code burn in display you can access and pull up all the menu's via the RM-150 and if needed selectively turn on and off the time code display if you only need it at the beginning and end of a scene.
>If you don't want to use the RM-150 Panavision should have a multipin cable that can connect to the camera lens body port to allow triggering start and stop. I don't remember the exact pin setup.
>The procedure to output the menu's including timecode display is a little complicated and the Sony manual is alittle awkward in explaining the procedure. You will have to try this a couple of times before you get the feel of it.
>The rotary menu knob is also called a rotary encoder and on the panavision F900 EC system is a removeable part that mounts on the camera handle and must be plugged into the camera head via a multi pin cable. It is a small wheel which allows access to menus as well as shutter. On non-panavision cameras this wheel is located as part of the camera body on the front underneath the lens.
>The menu and display switch are located on the operator side of the camera directly above the on/off switch at the front operator side of the camera.They are below the four individual save standby,gain,bars camera dcc,and white balance switches.
>To output menus to external monitor from F900 - this is a Three Finger operation
>1) Put display switch on side of camera to middle (OFF) position
>2) Turn power off then on
>3) Depress rotary menu wheel and hold in while at same time- finger one
>3a) Pushing downward menu switch to cancel position -finger two
>3b) Flip display switch downward to (Menu position) then all the way up to (On position) which will activate menus to external monitors via the on analog HD YRB outputs any and/or NTSC downconverted signals taken from analog HD YRB outputs.- finger three External Menus are not active on HD-SDI outputs only HD YRB analog output.
>In order to output timecode burn window you must also set timecode display on.
>Access the operation menu and go to the VF display page in the 2nd column where tc is listed set to ON. This page allow the operator to setup the viewfinder display indicators to his or her's personal preference. If you turn tc to on it will appear both at the viewfinder and on the HD yrb output and any ntsc or downconverts taken via the HD yrb output. Menus and timecode will not appear if you view via the CA-901 HD-SDI adapter which is standard with a Panavision EC system.
>I recommend using the HD YRB analog outputs with the miranda downconverter as a viewing output for menus timecode etc and have the DP monitor the HD-SDI "clean feed- no menus etc" output. This allows minimal on screen clutter and distraction for the DP who can concentrate on the image free from menu displays while allowing a video control person or engineer to access menus etc. The timecode display is useful for sending to a script supervisor for logging timecode in and out points.
>Some additional recommendation on what you might want to have the VF display set up as when using the Panavision F900. I advise saving all these settings onto a memory stick card so your AC or operator may have them for future jobs. Once set even if you did not memorize them onto a memory stick they will remain at the selected position even if you turn the camera on and off. They will only change when someone inserts a new memory stick with different settings or are changed upon return of the camera package to the rental house.
>Shutter ON- very important to visually confirm your 180 degree shutter is on. if shooting at 23.98 or 24psf the shutter would be set to 1/48 if at 25psf set to 1/50.
>Battery -ON if you want battery voltage displayed,off is you don't care.
>TC- ON to see timecode window at viewfinder and on HD YRB outputs- OFF to turn it off at viewfinder and on HD YRB outputs.
>Audio- On if anyone including video engineer or soundman needs to see a visual confirmation on screen of audio recording levels.
>Tony Salgado SOC