Warm Springs Productions, Reality TV Powerhouse, Shoots History, Travel Channel Series with Panasonic P2 HD Camcorders
NewsLast Updated: December 7, 2012 10:47 am GMT
(Secaucus, New Jersey--December 7, 2012) Warm Springs Productions (Missoula, MT), specialists in rugged reality television production, has long made Panasonic P2 HD the company’s preferred acquisition format, recently shooting the highly-rated History series, Mountain Men, and the Travel Channel’s monster hit, Making Monsters, with the AJ-HPX3100 and AJ-HPX2000 2/3-inch shoulder-mounts. Warm Springs also deploys a number of AG-HPX370 P2 HD shoulder-mounts, AG-HVX200A P2 HD handhelds and AG-HCK10 POVCAM HD cameras as B cameras and for specialty shooting.
Warm Springs has also produced a number of current and past series with these Panasonic cameras, including Zombie Apocalypse (upcoming on the Science Channel); past seasons of Duck Commander and Buck Commander for the Outdoor Channel, as well as that network’s upcoming Friends of NRA 3; and Brotherhood Outdoors and Guns and Gold for the Sportsman Channel.
The company is currently in production for the second season of Mountain Men, which follows several individuals living in various mountain areas and shows viewers what it is like to live “off-the-grid” in the wild. Making Monsters, which just concluded its second season and is in pre-production for a third season, profiles Distortion Unlimited’s Ed Edmunds and his staff, who create some of the scariest animatronics and “frightronics” the haunt industry has ever seen.
“As our calling card is outdoor programming, we place a serious demand on equipment and require cameras that are durable and solid,” said Chris Richardson, President/Executive Producer, Warm Springs Productions. “Solid-state P2 HD has delivered rugged performance for more than four years, with our original investment in the HPX2000s and HVX200s followed by the addition of HPX3100s and HPX370s. We’re typically producing several series simultaneously, and the cameras turn quickly from shoot to shoot.”
“We shoot all our flagship series in AVC-Intra 100,” Richardson continued. “Mountain Men is shot in 1080/30p and Making Monsters, a highly visual show, is shot in 1080/24p.These are both three-camera shows; we usually take out at least two of the larger-imager cameras—the HPX3100 and HPX2000 cut together seamlessly—and one handheld for maneuverability. We’ve actually attached the HKC10 POVCAMs to a gun and recorded travel shots in swamps and duck blinds.”
“We take full advantage of P2’s solid-state, all-weather resilience. We shot the first eight, one-hour episodes of Mountain Men in the mountains of Montana, North Carolina and Alaska, where we encountered temperatures as low as -55 F, and routinely dealt with rain, wind and high altitudes.”
Richardson said the company is transitioning to Avid editing, which will “allow us to import all the footage in native form.” He plans to shortly add wireless metadata input capability to the HPX3100s.
“We are definitely sold-state advocates,” he said. “P2 HD affords us a seamless workflow, and we love the color and clarity of the end product.”
For more information about the Warm Springs Productions, visit http://www.warmsprings.tv.
For more information about Mountain Men, visit http://www.history.com/shows/mountain-men.
For more information about Making Monsters, visit http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/making-monsters.
About the AJ-HPX3100
The AJ-HPX3100 is Panasonic's most compact, lightweight 2/3" P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder ever. Featuring three 2/3" high density 2.2 million pixel CCDs, the HPX3100 acquires full-raster 1920 x 1080 resolution imaging with 4:2:2 10-bit sampling using the advanced AVC-Intra codec. Offering a new compact size (similar to the AG-HPX370) for added mobility, the two P2 slot camcorder records in multiple worldwide formats, in HD in AVC-Intra and in DVCPRO HD at 1080 in 24p, 25p, 30p, 50i and 60i, and in SD (480i/586i) in DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV. Designed for scripted programming, documentary, nature, cinema and commercial production, the master-quality HPX3100 offers new features including 24-bit audio in AVC-Intra 100/50, wireless metadata input capability via wireless LAN, and a high-quality proxy recording (option).
About the AG-HPX370
The AG-HPX370 is an affordable second-generation, interchangeable lens camcorder with 10-bit, 4:2:2 , independent-frame full 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording. The HPX370 incorporates newly-developed 1/3”, full-HD 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) 3-MOS imagers and a 20-bit Digital Signal Processor to acquire native 1920 x 1080 resolution images. Rivaling the image quality and sensitivity of ½” imagers, the new U.L.T. sensor results in marked improvements in sensitivity, measured at F10. The same levels of sensitivity and image production that characterize the interlace mode are now possible in progressive mode courtesy of Progressive Advanced Processing (P.A.P.), a 3D adaptive processing technology.
About the AG-HCK10
The ultra-compact, mountable AG-HCK10 HD camera head teams with the AG-HMR10 AVCCAM handheld recorder to offer a low-cost Full HD camera recording system for a wide range of applications. Connected to the HMR10 recorder with a detachable cable, the HCK10 captures 1920 x 1080 high definition video using three 1/4.1" 3.05 megapixel 3-MOS imagers for recording by the HMR10 recorder in the AVCHD format. The camera head features a 12X optical zoom lens with 10X digital zoom, (up to 120X), optical image stabilizer (O.I.S.), a built-in two-channel microphone and a range of advanced tuning functions.
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