BCIT Magazine:Shooter Checklist

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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.

Camera

  1. Check that camera batteries the Ops Manager gives you are fully charged.
  2. Check that the tripod is functioning properly and not damaged.

Audio

  1. Check that all necessary microphone cables (and the equipment they attach to) are in your kit.
  2. Make sure you have headphones – shooters must supply their own headphone for hygiene reasons.

Lighting

  1. 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
  2. Take at least 1 blue daylight gel, 1 sheet of diffusion, and at least 2 wooden clips (C-47s).

Setup in Studio

Camera

  1. Power camera on
  2. Check colour bars in viewfinder (and check & set viewfinder focus)
  3. Check focus / zoom / iris rings on lens to make sure all are working properly
  4. Check camera backfocus
  5. Check camera filter wheel setting.
  6. Set timecode to 01;00;00;00
  7. If shooting for 4:3 safe, ensure you have the 4:3 safety zone marker "ON" for the HPX-300 / HPX-370.
  8. Format your P2 Card
  9. Set your camera for DVCProHD

Audio

  1. 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).
  2. 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)
  3. Check sound in both sides of your headphones

Lighting

  1. 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.
  2. Consider bringing spare recording media (tape, P2) in case of emergency (journalists are responsible for camera recording media)