Kaufer Productions Bolsters Corporate Projects with Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K Large-Sensor Handheld Camcorder
After a lengthy career in broadcast ENG and EFP, in 2002 videographer/editor Jeffrey Kaufer established his own production company, Kaufer Productions, serving Minnesota’s Twin Cities metropolitan area. For the past year, Kaufer has been utilizing Panasonic’s AG-DVX200 4K large-sensor handheld on a variety of corporate projects for large companies including United Way, Boston Scientific and Xcel Energy.
He has also used the DVX200 to produce a mathematics training series for the University of Minnesota.
“My work with Panasonic camcorders dates back to tape-based DVCPRO ENG models, up through the AG-DVX100 and AG-HVX200 camcorders that I purchased for my own business,” Kaufer recounted. “I realized terrific return-on-investment with these HD handhelds, whether I was shooting my own projects or contracting out to producers who wanted to economize by using integrated lens cameras.”
“Essentially, I was in a holding pattern waiting for the DVX200, so that I would be able to offer 4K acqui-sition,” he continued. “Increasingly, we’re expected to future-proof projects with 4K recording, even if the initial distribution is in HD.”
Kaufer cited an assignment for medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific, a group of patient profiles with select scenes (especially those featuring small instruments) shot in 4K or UHD. He has also been hired as an operator with the DVX200 used as a B camera to the Red EPIC. “The colorist on that job was amazed at how well the cameras matched, especially given the DVX200’s price point of just over $4,000.”
“Increasingly when I’m covering something that is time-sensitive, the client wants a quick 30-second turnaround for social media,” he added. “I find that using the second card slot to record a lower rez copy sure makes it easy to find the nearest coffee shop, load it into my Surface Pro, do a quick edit and up-load--especially useful when you’re a long way from the office!”
Kaufer singled out the camcorder’s “really slick” Auto Focus, as well as its V-Log tonal curve for easy mixing and grading in post. “Above all, the DVX200 arms me with the ability to evergreen projects for my clients,” he added.
Kaufer is editing DVX200 footage in both Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro. To view samples of his DVX200 projects, visit Xcel Energy’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwOsq5sGgrE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpniielnNQo.
About the AG-DVX200
The DVX200 is the first in a new generation of large sensor, multi-format professional camcorders capable of capturing 4K/UHD, HD and SD, including cinematic DCI 4K 4096x2160. The camcorder is optimized for 4K/HD production, with stunning bokeh effects and a V-Log L curve (measured at 12 stops) emulating the natural grey-scale rendition of the VariCam 35. The DVX200 incorporates a newly-developed 4/3” large-format MOS sensor with high sensitivity of F11, and offers variable frame rate recording from 2fps to 120fps in 1080p mode, enhancing the camcorder’s utility in sports and VFX production. The handheld 4K camcorder offers an array of professional features including a newly-designed Leica Dicomar 4K F2.8~F4.5 zoom lens (4K/24p: 29.5 mm ~ 384.9 mm, HD: 28 mm ~ 365.3mm, 35 mm equivalent) with shallow depth-of-field, time-code in/out, 3G HD-SDI and HDMI 2.0 (4K) video outs (4:2:2 10-bit video), dual XLR audio inputs and 10 programmable user buttons.
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