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Digital Acquisition DP Lisa Wiegand shoots Detroit 1-8-7 on Panavision P2 HD Varicams. They employ Mobilabs for digital dailies. ABC crime series, Detroit 1-8-7, in her native Motor City with a pair of Panasonic AJ- HPX3700 P2 HD Varicam camcorders sup- plemented by Panasonic AJ-HPX3000s and AJ-HPX170 P2 HD camcorders, all rented from Fletcher Camera & Lenses in Detroit. Wiegand is no stranger to the P2 work- flow: She used HPX3700s for the second season of Fox’s Dollhouse.“Having worked on a daily basis with the HPX3700 last sea- son and having shot several documentaries with the original, tape-based Varicam, I de- cided that the P2 HD Varicam was ideal for the verite aesthetic of Detroit 1-8-7,” she says.“Except for occasional long-lens or car- mount work, our operators are consistently shooting handheld, and the HPX3700 is more ergonomic for them.We also use ENG lenses for a more documentary feel.” There’s no DIT on set but the crew in- cludes a digital loader and camera utility. When an operator fills a P2 card it’s imme- diately downloaded and backed up to a pair of G-RAID hard drives: one drive and the original card go to post and one drive re- mains on set. Detroit 1-8-7 uses Mobilabs, the location- based dailies solution for digitally-acquired shows from Next Element by Deluxe ( Next Element’s crew in Burbank set up the process in Detroit, hir- ing local dailies colorist Christopher Dinnan and engineer Duane Wood. “They found very, very good Detroit talent,” notes post producer Paul Rabwin. “Having Mobilabs there has been invaluable — I can’t imagine doing the show without them.” Mobilabs creates high-resolution DNx 175 files and sends them digitally to Next Element in Burbank, which, in turn, creates DNx 36 files for editorial on the Paramount lot.“We get dailies by 9am, just like they do in De- troit,” Rabwin reports.“Sometimes they’re in continued on page 55   Experience the Power of Ethernet  $300OFFANY     SM                26 Post • October 2010

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