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Formation Improving your digital HD film camera techniques

Using professional HD film cameras

Training goals

Be able to:
- optimise the quality of the images filmed with a HD digital broadcast camcorder, using camera menus.
- use practical applications of lighting settings in digital HD video.
- give a cinematographic touch to your images.


Digital video: general principles, sensors, gamma, masters, edges, compression.
Setting up and operating digital images.
Large image sensor camcorders.
Settings: operating user menus and advanced functions,
- colorimetry: blacks, whites, masters,
- sensitometry: contrasts (gamma curves), high and low lights (black gamma, knee),
- contours: black and white clips, crispening, skin tones,
- remote control,
- memory functions with set-up cards,
- interlaced and progressive modes, video formats and compression issues.
Different camcorders and the settings:
- digital calibration.
Setting up a LUT.
Film transfers.

Targeted at

Directors of photography, head camerapeople, film directors.


Good understanding of film shooting and basic camera functions.


Head cameraman specialised in digital HD.

Training methods

Theoretical classes with IT simulations.
Case studies and practical hands-on activities:
- configering and trying out a digital camcorder,
- comparative tests with lighting-silhouette professionals.

• Course given by digital high-definition specialist.
• Wide range of film cameras available (from PMW400 to large image sensor cameras like Canon C300, Sony PMW-F5) in studio and outdoors.