Director/Director of Photography Frank Kraljic, a longtime Panasonic camera owner, recently in-vested in the VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorder to handle assignments ranging from corpo-rate/industrial videos to documentaries and television series.
For the past decade, Kraljic has relied on the AG-HVX200 and AG-HPX250 P2 HD and AG-AF100 large-format camcorders to support the steady growth of his Arizona-based company, Deep Sky Productions.
“From the HVX200 onward, I’ve depended on the Panasonic camcorders’ filmic look and phenom-enal image production, especially in handling skins tones and resolving color space,” said Kraljic. “I wanted my next camera to be capable of all that, plus 4K capture.”
“As an owner/operator, the LT represents a big investment for my company, but one I feel is more than justified by the longevity of the images that I can now create for my clients,” he added.
Initial VariCam LT projects have included a documentary short for TGen (shot in 2K), a genomics research foundation, and anti-drug abuse reenactments as part of an educational program for the Arizona governor’s office (shot in 1080p). Kraljic will take the VariCam LT to Africa and continue acquisition on the documentary tentatively titled, “Behind Ebola/Marburg,” following virus hunters searching for the deadly disease in nature, and recently delivered a commercial for OdySea Aquar-ium shot internally at 2K, AVC-Intra 444 (see https://vimeo.com/191742710). He said that the im-ager’s superb color gamut allowed for quick and expressive grading in Da Vinci Resolve.
Kraljic is also in pre-production on a 4K project commemorating the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis flight across the Atlantic that he plans to shoot with the VariCam LT.
“The LT is rugged, lightweight and comfortable ergonomically—I’m very confident taking it into the field, which for me can mean jungles or mountain tops,” he said. “The camcorder’s dual native 800/5000 ISOs for extreme low-light shooting are a huge asset.”
“Ultimately, image quality is of foremost importance, and the LT’s exceptional performance in multi-ple formats, beginning with fantastic HD and extending through 2K/UHD/4K, assures me that I have a versatile and long-lasting acquisition tool,” Kraljic said.
About the VariCam LT
The VariCam LT camcorder inherits the same super 35mm sensor and superb imaging capabilities that distinguish the award-winning VariCam 35, but with significant reductions in size, weight and price. Incorporating this identical imaging “DNA” in a more compact rendition, the VariCam LT de-livers 14+ stops of dynamic range with V-Log, and the esteemed cinematic VariCam image quality and color science, as well as the VariCam 35's breakout innovation, dual native ISOs of 800/5000. Weighing just under six pounds and having superior capability to similar sized cameras, the Vari-Cam LT is the ideal camera for handheld, SteadiCam, jib, crane, drone, gimbal and overall cinema verité work. The VariCam LT offers a host of new features including an EF lens mount, hot swappable batteries, IR shooting capability, a 23.98 PsF output, cinema style file nam-ing, and image presets such as scene files. For more information about Panasonic VariCam cine-ma and high-speed cameras, visit us.panasonic.com/varicam, or contact Panasonic at 877-803-8492.
About Panasonic Broadcast, Cinema and Professional Video Systems
Panasonic offers leading products to acquire, transmit and view high-quality video, over both video and IP networks. Professional products include VariCam cinema cameras, P2 HD camcorders, 4K and HD handheld cameras, Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras, studio and box cameras, switchers and moni-tors. These products serve customers in cinema, broadcast, professional sports, higher educa-tion, enterprise and other markets.
About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Newark, NJ-based Panasonic Corporation of North America is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies and consumers across the region. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was featured in Fortune Magazine’s 2016 ranking of 50 companies that are changing the world and doing well by doing good. Specifically cited were its smart and sustainable technologies, including its contributions to smart cities and the electric vehicle revolution. Learn more about Panasonic at us.panasonic.com/news.