Using the Sony FS700 for the MD Baseball Promo

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A guest post from Rob Ruscher on the Sony FS700


FS700 Baseball Promo

Slow motion is an awesome tool for telling stories. On a recent shoot with 522 Productions, we used to FS700 to create a recruiting video for the University of Maryland Baseball Team. They wanted a video that would catch the eye of young ball players and convince them to look into the baseball program at Maryland. We used a wide range of lenses including:

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II for the live game footage.
Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS
Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8

This all possible thanks to the guys at Metabones. It was a huge plus to use the lenses we know and trust. Before I go on, I have to give props to Phil Wolf. Not only did he edit the piece together (with Premiere CS6 for those who are curious) but he worked as director and the other camera operator as well. Phil had a great direction and really shows in the final product.

Although primes are great, we didn't have to time to change lenses for a new shot or to go from a wide to tight. We were shooting during their practice, lift sessions and live game. For the gym footage it was mostly shot with the 24-70 or 17-50. This gave us a lot of options and kept us moving. The practice and game footage were shot mostly on the 70-200 and 300. This kept us out of the way but still having the ability to get CUs.

When we were in pre-production there was no question the FS700 was the right camera for us. We had to have a camera capable of slow motion. The Red Epic was out of the question and so was a Phantom due to budget. FS700 is an awesome camera on set. It is very light, easy to navigate settings and having HD-SDI out makes for happy directors.
***We noticed when shooting in the high frame rates, we didn't get an image on our Panasonic 9″ monitor***

I love how easy it was to switch between 24fps to 120 or even 240fps. We didn't want the entire video to be slow motion so it was great to switch between options without slowing the shoot down. The AVCHD is pretty compressed each day we only shot on 1 card. We did notice some noise in the deep blacks but with a little color correction that was taken care of. Batteries were solid as well but took a long time to recharge. I couldn't tell you how long because I charged them overnight.

There is a ton of options for picture profiles on this camera. We used a variation of flat profiles that gave us dynamic range. Especially when shooting outside in the sun, we wanted to be able to expose for the sky and players on the field.

I couldn't imagine creating the look and feel they wanted without the use of 120 and 240fps. I enjoyed having a camera that could do so much in such a small package.

Take a look at what we did and let me know what you think. [tentblogger-youtube foUoAQzySlA]

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

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