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October 04, 2010

Documenting the Plastic Ono Band

Written by Jeff Sobel

 

The Lennon Bus spent last weekend at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre documenting Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon’s We Are Plastic Ono Band shows.  Multitrack audio was recorded to a 56 input Avid Pro Tools HD system using Aphex mic preamps.  Video was captured in HD by 5 Sony EX3 cameras.  The EX3 cameras are tapeless, they shoot to Sony SxS solid state cards, so after each concert the SxS cards were brought into the Bus so video could be transferred to our 16TB Avid Video RAID.  Once on the RAID, we logged the video in Final Cut Pro and created a multiclip of the 5 camera angles.  Then the multiclip was edited in Final Cut Pro as if it was switched live during the concert.

Performing a 5 camera shoot of a 2.5 hour concert with tapeless HD cameras is something that couldn’t be done just a few years ago.  However, the Sony XDCAM EX system is extremely reliable, captures beautiful images, and features a clear and simple workflow when paired with Apple’s Final Cut Studio.  Being able to trust your workflow is key when shooting to solid state media because you sacrifice the safety net of archivable tapes.  The XDCAM EX log and transfer workflow is reliable and easy to perform, even when in intense post-production environments, as the video tutorial below clearly demonstrates.

Next entry: Pro Tools: Recording the We Are Plastic Ono Band

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