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Sony's XDCAM Optical Disc System Wins Emmy

XDCAM was awarded a Technology and Engineering Emmy for the 'Development of Professional Tapeless Portable Acquisition Systems Using Affordable Media'



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XDCAM Withstands the Arctic Chill

Art Smith Extremes of weather define the Arctic, and Alaskan cinematographer Art Smith demands extreme performance from his camera gear. From his PolarArt Productions base on Alaska's north coast, Smith used the XDCAM F350 to shoot his award-winning polar bear documentary, Ice Bears of the Beaufort. On a warm day in the Arctic, Smith is working in temps of +55F. Other days, he's facing absolute temperatures well below zero. According to Smith, the fact that XDCAM works-- uncovered-- for two hours at -30F is... really cool.

Working primarily in documentary/natural history, Smith has shot for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and PBS. In the natural world, he explains, it's all too easy to miss once-in-a-lifetime moments. A stable system is key. "You can't just cue the polar bears when you're ready to start shooting. And you can't miss a shot that may never come again." Smith swears that the XDCAM is bulletproof, and loves its removable media. "XDCAM discs are key to the workflow. You can continue shooting without backing up, dealing with hard drives, or building in additional power requirements."

Based year-round in the arctic, Alaskan filmmaker Arthur C. Smith III describes the XDCAM in one word: "bulletproof".

Art C. Smith III

PolarArt Productions, www.polarartproductions.com
Ice Bears of the Beaufort, www.icebearsofthebeaufort.com

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