Zacuto has premiered their documentary called “The Great Camera Shootout 2011: a documentary of the Single Chip Camera Evaluation (SCCE)” and Episode 1 “The Tipping Point” is now online. You can read all about it on this page. You can see me make a brief appearance as well!
I had the privilege of seeing the SCCE at the NAB show in Zacuto's booth (that's where they got the clip of me) – and it is quite amazing! This is one of the things you MUST take time to watch – tho you'll have to wait for episodes 2 and 3 to come in July and August.
It was such a pleasure to see the SCCE on a large super high quality screen at NAB – and I wish I'd had the opportunity to watch it about 10 times – because it is so effective in showing the differences between these cameras. I'll leave it to you to visit the Zacuto page to see all the details of the cameras and the background setup. But the key to me was that they used the same lens on every camera! I've seen so many ‘comparisons' of two or more cameras but yet they use different lenses! You can't compare camera bodies with different lenses! It just doesn't work.
Episode one covers just two of the many tests done in the SCCE – you'll want to come back in July and August to see the other parts – they are just as amazing!
The Tipping Point
More info about the shoot
I encourage you to read all of Zacuto's post, but here's a small snip:
Robert Primes, ASC, designed and administered the full series of tests. “That’s right,” says Web Series Director Steve Weiss, “We didn’t want people to think that these tests were biased in any way. So Bob created the SCCE as an independent organization to conduct the testing.” Additionally, Bob Primes designed the tests with his own technicians and selected the cameras to be tested. “Our documentary is about the process that Bob took to design and conduct his tests,” says Producer Jens Bogehegen. “I don't think people understand the scope of this project which is the largest I've done in 29 years of production,” says Weiss. “It was a 4 day shoot divided into two phases with 1 prep day for each shoot. Phase one had 128 crew members including specialists, 141 crew and specialists in phase two of shooting and a total of 772 people who were involved in one way or another including shooting, screenings & post process.”
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)