Phoenix's Collins College Incorporates Panasonic AG-AF100 Large Imager HD Cinema Camera in Video Production Curriculum


Last Updated: June 11, 2012 10:50 pm GMT
(Secaucus, New Jersey--June 11, 2012) Digital video production students at Collins College (Phoenix, AZ) are being exposed to high-quality, affordable HD acquisition techniques in several core classes that now feature the AG-AF100 large imager HD cinema camcorder as a teaching tool. Beginning in the fall 2011 semester, film students working towards associate and bachelor’s degrees have had extensive hands-on experience with the popular Panasonic camcorder in their commercial production, advanced film production and special cinema techniques instruction.

John Staub, above, instructor of film and television, is a veteran director of commercials and episodic television, and prior to joining the Collins College faculty taught commercial direction at UCLA.

“When I arrived at Collins, the students were working with tape-based gear in the classroom but were intrigued by HDSLRs,” Staub said. “The image quality was high, and they liked the immediacy of being able to look at their work right away.”

“I certainly wanted to introduce a tapeless component to instruction, but was disenchanted with the DSLRs’ chronic overheating and lack of audio controls,” he added. “I researched alternatives, was very impressed with the professional features of the AF100, and ultimately the department purchased the camcorder and accessories from EAR Professional Audio Video of Phoenix.”

Staub said that the AF100 holds up very well in a student environment, and that the novice filmmakers were producing assignments such as parody commercials of a very high quality.

“The quality of the image the AF100 produces is so great that I’d put it up against virtually anything I see on television or at the movies,” Staub said. “The camcorder is durable, capable of being set-up and broken down quickly, affordable to run, expandable, and affords better immediate results than the previous generation of classroom gear: in short, it’s ideal in an educational setting. The audio is superb, and our students are learning how to operate a menu-driven product, with controls that professional cinematographers rely on: exposure, pedestal and detail, a vectorscope and waveform monitor, and much more.”

Given the AF100’s interchangeable lens mount, the students can make extensive use of a variety of sophisticated Nikon and Canon lenses. “The AF100 is definitely contributing to the pupils’ developing appreciation of the aesthetics of an image,” Staub said.

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The AF100 incorporates a large 4/3-inch, 16:9 MOS imager (with an imaging area just slightly smaller than 35mm cinema film) that minimizes skew with fast imager scanning, and incorporates an optical low pass filter for elimination of aliasing and moiré. The camcorder records 1080 at 60i, 50i, 30P, 25P (Native) and 24P (Native), and 720 at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p and 24p native in AVCHD’s highest-quality PH mode (maximum 24Mbps). The AF100 also records in AVCCAM’s HA (17Mbps) and HE (6Mbps) modes, 1080i only. Ready for global production standards, the camcorder is 60Hz and 50Hz switchable. Equipped with an interchangeable micro 4/3-inch lens mount, the AF100 can utilize an array of low-cost, widely-available still camera lenses as well as film-style lenses with fixed focal lengths and primes. Variable frame rates (VFR) are available in 1080p, selectable in 20 steps from 12p to 60p at 60Hz and 20 steps from 12p to 50p at 50Hz. The camcorder has a built-in stereo microphone and features two mic/lines, switchable XLR inputs with +48V Phantom Power capability. For more information, visit

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