I enjoy showing off my studio. Yesterday, Shaunt Kouyomdjian came by to take a look. Shaunt shoots, edits and manages productions at UC Irvine extension. We’ve worked together on some projects in the past.
He liked the chroma key. Shaunt shoots a lot against green backgrounds, always with a slightly different setup. Chroma key is really difficult to set up properly. I can only imagine his headaches.
Here everything’s tweaked. The studio was built specifically for chroma key.
I showed him a Chinese security camera I bought on a hunch. It’s my $80 “Crazy Fire HZ-100 P/SDI” studio camera.
The $80 camera’s attraction was its small size, zoom lens, SDI video out plus the price. My thought was state-of-the-art has progressed to the point where even bad is pretty good. Plus, it will be used under the best conditions to get a good picture: Well lit, from a fixed position with little motion.
Holy crap — it works really well
This becomes my ‘flash camera,’ allowing me to go live from the control room using my just acquired video encoder.
This is so much fun.