SECAUCUS, NJ (January 7, 2010) â€“ This week, 6,000 managers of Advance Auto Partsâ€™ (Roanoke, VA) stores attended a national sales meeting that opened with a seven-minute high-definition branding video shot with Panasonic VariCam 2700 P2 HD camcorders.
Advance, the auto parts behemoth (with $5 billion in annual revenue and 49,000 employees nationwide), chose two prominent production compani
New Perspective Productions Shoots Advance Auto Parts branding video with Panasonic AJ-HPX2700 P2 VariCam
es, New Perspective Productions (Pittsburgh, PA) and VPS Productions (Roanoke, VA), to collaborate on the high-stakes project. With a hard deadline approaching, in early November two crews, each equipped with VariCam 2700s outfitted with Zeiss super speed lenses, initiated an eight-state road trip with only 15 to 18 shooting days allocated to profile an array of typical Advance Auto customers and the store personnel who serve them.
The meeting video will ultimately be re-purposed as a mini-documentary, commercial spots and on-line content.
â€œThe video has a monumental role in the transformation of our company,â€? said Bryan Gregory, Director of Consumer Education and Video Production, Advance Auto Parts. â€œAfter 77 years of traditional retailing, we know that to grow successfully we must meet our customers where they live in terms of needs and experience. The storytelling in this piece portrays the â€˜everyday heroesâ€™ we serve and illustrates to our Advance family what it means to be part of their world.â€? Gregory served as Executive Producer of the project.
â€œThis was a first for me in corporate video, working with another director-shooter and his company to create a single vision matched to a single shooting style weâ€™d both have to adhere to on separate sets in separate states,â€? said Mark Fallone, New Perspectiveâ€™s Vice President of Production and Development (and an HPX2700 owner). â€œWhile VPSâ€™ DP was in Bayou country and I was traversing Amish roads outside of Goshen, Indiana, we shared files and frames via text messages. We made sure we were shooting every aspect of the joint production in step. Together, our separate crews captured close to 1200 minutes of footage during three weeks.â€?
The piece was shot in AVC-Intra 100 at 1080p/24fps, edited in Avid Adrenaline, and finished to Blu-Ray DVD. The video was projected in high definition at the Advance Auto Partsâ€™ sales meeting. VPS Productions rented its HPX2700 from DC Camera (Arlington, VA).
Designed as a premium-quality, workhorse HD cinematography camcorder, the VariCam 2700 shines in a wide range of mission-critical content creation applications, from sports and films to music videos and television commercials. The camcorder combines VariCamâ€™s renowned filmic-look with key functions including variable frame rates, wide dynamic range and advanced master-quality, 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC-Intra recording.
New Perspective on P2 HD
Mark Fallone is a longtime user of Panasonic tape-based HD and P2 HD camcorders at New Perspective Productions, which over the past 20 years has earned its reputation as the regionâ€™s leading video and interactive development company. New Perspective purchased the VariCam 2700 late in 2008 from Azcar Digital Media Solutions (Canonsburg, PA).
â€œThe SDX900 was our first Panasonic camera purchase, and that introduced us to the rich, film-like Panasonic â€˜look,â€™â€? Fallone said. â€œWe became early adopters of P2 HD, and our HVX200 familiarized us with the P2 workflow, which we present to our clients as a â€˜full-flow work system.â€™â€?
â€œWeâ€™d previously rented a tape-based VariCam for several major projects, and it always proved a workhorse with really amazing imagery,â€? he continued. â€œSo when we went shopping for a highly mobile EFP/ENG style camera, but one that could tricked out with high-end lens packages, we didnâ€™t need to look much further than the HPX2700.â€?
â€œIt carries the cinematic lineage of the original VariCam with the added attraction of the sleek P2 workflow. The HPX2700 has performed beautifully on projects ranging from those with the heft of the Advance Auto shoot to handheld 30-second spots to viral web videos.â€?
â€œThe AVC-Intra codec is really robust,â€? Fallone noted. â€œWhen Iâ€™m shooting 10-bit 4:2:2 AVC-Intra 100, I have absolute confidence I can put footage in front of the client and say, â€˜Thereâ€™s your HD, with no sacrifice on the compression side. Thatâ€™s what youâ€™re paying for.â€™â€?
â€œDynamic range performance is one of the reasons we bought the HPX2700,â€? he said. â€œI am constantly awed at how the HPX2700 rolls so beautifully from the highlights to dark areas, and thatâ€™s using the factory setting with very little tweaking. Faces with backlighting or any modeled light look very rich and saturated, never artificial or electric.â€?
â€œThe camcorder really shines with a real piece of glass like the Zeiss super speeds,â€? Fallone added. â€œA lens of that caliber changes the dynamic of the shoot, and encourages you to use a lot of different focal lengths. You realize a beautiful image with virtually no chromatic aberration.â€?
While Fallone didnâ€™t engage the HPX2700â€™s variable frame rate capabilities on the Advance Auto Parts shoot, he has used it on other projects, notably a recruitment video for the Community College of Allegheny County that featured high-speed background footage to convey the notion that students can â€œget their degrees fast.â€?
â€œI can depend on the HPX2700 for consistent excellent results,â€? Fallone said. â€œI tell my crew if Iâ€™m going into battle, thatâ€™s the camera I want in the foxhole with me.â€?
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About the VariCam 2700
The VariCam 2700 delivers stunning film-like recordings with solid-stateâ€™s exceptional reliability and fast workflow to excel in todayâ€™s demanding production environments. Equipped with three full 1-megapixel 2/3â€? native HD CCDs, the VariCam 2700 records pristine, independent-frame 1080 and 720 images using advanced AVC-Intra 100 and AVC-Intra 50 compression, supported by the industryâ€™s leading nonlinear editing systems. The camera also records in the widely supported DVCPRO HD format. Offering a full range of variable frame rates, from 1 fps to 60 fps (in 720p mode) in single-frame steps, the VariCam 2700 provides precise control for overcranking and undercranking for fast and slow motion effects. For more information, visit
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