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Aspen’s FuseMedia Moves into 4K Production with Panasonic AG-DVX200

Colorado-based prduction company, FuseMedia, has an impressive portfolio of statewide clients, including the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and Aspen Institute.

FuseMedia has now moved into 4K production with its purchase of Panasonic’s AG-DVX200 4K large-sensor camcorder. Production Director Chris Macdonald, FuseMedia has been committed to creating "engaging, brand-specific, and emotionally packed" HD video as a marketing tool for business across the Rocky Mountain West, and the purchase will allows the company to now shoot 4K.

Macdonald had previously worked with both an HDV camcorder and DSLR. “I needed to upgrade, and essentially was looking for a DSLR look built into a camcorder. Enter the DVX200.” Macdonald continued, “Beyond the camcorder’s shallow depth of field and pleasing ergonomics, I liked the efficiency of the integrated Leica lens, which as I work largely independently saves me considerable time. The combination of the fixed lens, SD media and battery life hit a real sweet spot for me.”

Macdonald said that he plans to use the DVX200 on a documentary with a working title of “Colorado Art Beat,” which will profile ten of the most talented artists working in the state, and also to produce a second documentary about the reintroduction of wolves in Colorado.

The videographer predominantly shoots in 4K, but typically covers performances and lectures in 1080p; he edits in Final Cut Pro X.

“The DVX200’s image production can be cinematic, but the camera likewise excels at covering performances and seminars—it’s the best of both worlds.”
Chris Macdonald, production director at FuseMedia

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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