BCIT Magazine:Shooter Checklist
From Broadcast & Media Communications
While in Ops Room
- Before leaving ops, check to make sure that ALL gear is undamaged
- Having working gear is your responsibility, and you take financial responsibility for the condition of the gear when signing for it.
- Check that camera batteries the Ops Manager gives you are fully charged.
- Check that the tripod is functioning properly and not damaged.
- Check that all necessary microphone cables (and the equipment they attach to) are in your kit.
- Make sure you have headphones – shooters must supply their own headphone for hygiene reasons.
- Always bring at least 1 light (medium power, 300 - 750W), a light stand, and an AC cord.
- Check lights for proper operation & working bulbs before leaving Ops
- Take at least 1 blue daylight gel, 1 sheet of diffusion, and at least 2 wooden clips (C-47s).
Setup in Studio
- Power camera on
- Check colour bars in viewfinder (and check & set viewfinder focus)
- Check focus / zoom / iris rings on lens to make sure all are working properly
- Check camera backfocus
- Check camera filter wheel setting.
- Set timecode to 01;00;00;00
- If shooting for 4:3 safe, ensure you have the 4:3 safety zone marker "ON" for the HPX-300 / HPX-370.
- Format your P2 Card
- Set your camera for DVCProHD
- Check microphone batteries for your audio kit.
- All powered microphones use AA batteries (shooters are responsible for providing fresh batteries on all shoots, bring extras).
- Test microphone inputs on camera channels 1 and 2 – this is a good time to set up your wireless mics and ensure everything is working properly as far as frequencies and settings.
- If you run into issues testing, use the EV635 microphone to check your audio connections (great for testing, as it doesn’t need power, and is very sturdy)
- Check sound in both sides of your headphones
- Check camera sungun.
- If using the sungun outside, remember that you need a small square of blue blue gel to colour balance properly if shooting outside.
- Consider bringing spare recording media (tape, P2) in case of emergency (journalists are responsible for camera recording media)