1. Sony DXC-M3A & JVC KY-1900 Test

    Edited clips from a short test after powering up two tube video cameras, each featuring 3 Saticon tubes - a Sony DXC-M3A, and a JVC KY-1900.

    Ceiling light is blah fluorescent, corner light is incandescent / tungsten bulb, and last is warmer fluorescent. Room has AC ground loop that causes some rolling lines, seen more severely in TV monitor at beginning.

    Footage recorded to miniDV, transferred to FCP 7 as interlaced MOV file, edited & re-rendered in Premiere. Next set of tests will include sending image from a CCU to FCP directly, and trying out higher frame rate captures.

    Info on further vintage gear: bigheadamusements.com/http://bigheadamusements.com/wordpress/

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  2. First of several analogue 3D tests, here using an early 1980s JVC KY1900CH ENG camera. The crazy idea: Can mis-registered tubes replicate anaglyph 3D? The purpose: finding the right combination of 3D for an upcoming music video.

    Colours and brightness of each layer adjusted in Adobe Premiere. 3D works best with Red-Blue Polaroid anaglyph glasses. Headaches optional.

    Related blog at Big Head Amusements: bigheadamusements.com/wordpress/?p=2467

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  3. In the latest camera test, we look at the Sharp QC-54, a 1/2" single Newvicon tube video camera from 1985. The setting is a garden (August, 2013), and the video contains a montage of footage shot in SD, colour corrected in Adobe Premiere, and re-rendered at 720p. Following the garden edit are samples of Before / After footage to illustrate the heavy green hue typical of this camera that has an auto-iris and auto-white balance.

    Further details on the camera, used in the production of BSV 1172, and this video are available at Big Head Amusements: bigheadamusements.com/wordpress/?p=1073

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  4. This Camera Test is part of an ongoing series showing images captured by vintage video cameras.

    The GBC CTC-5X (circa 1976) uses a Vidicon tube, and could be used in studio and field surroundings. Its purchase is due to an interest in a brand I'd never heard of - according to LabGuy's World (labguysworld.com/GBC_CTC-5X.htm), the camera was actually manufactured by Concord Electronics - and the fact it was part of an auction featuring vintage cameras used as props in the biopic jOBS (2013).

    The Camera Test features narration, stills of the GBC and its lens & power supply, video footage using the functional but flawed GBC, and extracts from "Flesh Tones," a trippy short made with the GBC camera and analogue colour boosting via a 1986 Showtime Video Ventures Color Video Processor (Model 7070).

    Further stills and some making-of info on both Camera Test #102 and the trippy short are available at Big Head Amusements: bigheadamusements.com/wordpress/?p=1160

    The full version of Flesh Tones is also available on Vimeo: vimeo.com/85694025

    - MRH

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  5. Series of bracketed headshots using a small halogen lamp to show the detail, colours, and potentially harsh contrasts on a subject using a 1986 JVC BY-110U 3-tube Saticon video camera. Each section features footage shot with gain set at 0 dB, 6 dB, and 12 dB, and zoom lens (7mm - 112mm) at roughly halfway point.

    Making of Blog and further camera details: bigheadamusements.com/wordpress/?p=1298

    Second camera test footage of BY-110U: vimeo.com/107890336

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