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AJA Help Marks Capture Sole-Searching Doc
D

ocumentary Filmmaker David
Marks' latest observational
documentary, 'In the Cobbler's
Shoes,' follows the work of Misak
Pirinjian - a hardworking shoemaker
and owner of a family business in
Mill Valley, California.

Documentary Filmmaker
David Marks

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Highlighting Pirinjian's daily
interactions with customers and
repairs on seemingly dilapidated
shoes, the film illustrates how one
man's compassion can impact an
entire community. To accurately
depict Pirinjian's story, Marks
relied extensively on an AJA Ki
Pro file-based recording device
to capture hundreds of hours of
footage in Pirinjian's shop over the
course of a year.

Using a Panasonic prosumer
3-chip camera with a Leica lens
outputting at 1080 29.97i, Marks
began unobtrusively capturing
Pirinjian dispensing advice and
encouragement to shop customers
on a regular basis - making note of
any magical moments.
Sending an uncompressed HD
signal out of the HDMI camera
port directly into the AJA Ki Pro in
Apple ProRes 422 HQ on AJA KiStor
modules, he also used a Zoom H4n
Handy recorder for additional audio.
"The Ki Pro performed flawlessly
throughout the entire production,"
said Marks. "I could easily hit play,
stop, pause and record directly from
the Ki Pro and even remotely from
my laptop and iPhone."
After each day of shooting, Marks
transferred footage from the KiStor
modules to Hitachi G-Tech drives for
editing on a personal Mac computer.
Editing in the latest version of
Adobe Premiere Pro, Marks began
to shape the film by reviewing
footage and selecting material that
would complement the separate
audio interviews with Pirinjian. Using
Ki Pro, he was able to edit in the
same format with which he recorded
- a capability that proved to be a
tremendous asset.
"Ki Pro helped drive the level of
quality for the film, because I could
record and edit at much higher

'In the Cobbler's Shoes' follows Misak Pirinjian - a shoemaker
and owner of a family business.

quality than I normally would have.
I also didn't realise just how much
it would help me in editorial; I could
easily get a close up on mediumwide shots without any degradation
because of the nature of the quality,"
he said. "It's an excellent, welldesigned unit that I would use again.
I'd recommend it to anyone who
wants to record directly in a secure
and stable manner."
Using LookLabs' SpeedLooks
plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro,
Marks was able to complete his
own colour correction on the film.

Once complete, he exported the
final sequence from Premiere Pro
in the same format as it was shot
- a 29.97i QuickTime ProRes 422
HQ file - and brought it to DXD
Productions in West Los Angeles,
where it was converted to a 23.98p
file. From there, it was sent to
Simple DCP in Hollywood for digital
cinema conversion.
'In the Cobbler's Shoes' opened at
the Mill Valley Film Festival in October
and received rave reviews from film
critics, documentary enthusiasts
and the Mill Valley community.

Atomos Ninja Rises To The Boundary Films' Challenge
T

he team at Boundary Films,
based in Bristol, have more
than 30 years technical video
experience, including ten years of
on-location filming, but it wasn't
until a recent documentary in the
North Pole that their equipment was
really put to the test. The challenge
was to film a documentary of an
attempt to fly small single-engine
airplanes right to the North Pole -

Boundary Films - Filming at Svalbard

and land there.
"As usual, I would be using my
trusty Ninjas to record the media,
but this time with a DSLR as I really
needed to have a physically very
small camera to fit comfortably
in the confines of a four-seat
airplane," said Production Manager
at Boundary Films, Thomas Dove.
"Before going on the shoot I
had put the Ninjas in my freezer

for an hour (-20°C) and found that
providing they were powered on
before they went in they stayed
warm enough to keep functioning,
and there seemed to be surprisingly
little reduction in the battery life.
"When on the shoot I used a small
thermal hood that I had made for
the Ninja, from 6mm thick thermal
material which covered the top,
sides and rear of the Ninja, keeping
the worst of the wind out and the
heat in, fixed using Velcro. This
worked very well and although
as usual I took two Ninjas - one
prime unit and a backup - I never
needed the backup as the Ninja
worked perfectly the whole time,
even coping with going non-stop
from outside at a silly temperature
to indoors at a civilised temperature
without any issues at all.
"I liked the idea of being able to
record ProRes HQ 200Mbit with tenbit 4:2:2 quality, as this is clearly
some way above the common
broadcast quality requirements for
source video, so it gives a good deal
of head room in post and the files
can go straight to edit. Having disk

drives in the unit meant that I could
store a load of media - five hours
on a 500MB disk, at ProRes HQ
quality - so that I could usually store
a whole shoot on just one relatively
cheap disk, which then becomes my
archive copy," said Dove.
"Having an external battery is
a must - an internal battery can
get low at the most inconvenient
time, and I did not want to have to
scramble for a re-charger (even if
this was possible at the location) and
risk missing a shot. The hot-swap
batteries are a great reassurance.
"Like most independents, I don't
have a big budget and spend my
money very carefully so having all
the right features in a relatively low
cost and compact package was
essential," he said.

Filming near the North Pole


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InNews: Vizrt to Acquire Mosart Medialab
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InReply: Seesense on Miniature Cameras
InStudio: Q-Ball Captures Historic Vettel Victory
InGear: Bluebell’s Fibre Optic Solutions
InGear: Grass Valley K2 Dyno Changes the Game
InMedia: Pixitmedia – More Partner Than Supplier
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In Broadcast - December 2013 - InNews: Vizrt to Acquire Mosart Medialab
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