Weekly outdoor journal relies on Sony’s tapeless acquisition

To produce "Cabela's Outfitter Journal," the retailer recently began using several XDCAM camcorders and decks.
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Cabela’s video crews make good use of the XDCAM’s cache recording feature to make sure they don’t miss a critical shot.

Cabela’s, an outdoor gear retailer, has begun producing a weekly magazine format show with professional video equipment, centered on Sony's blue-laser, optical disc-based XDCAM Professional Disc system.

To produce "Cabela's Outfitter Journal," the retailer recently began using several XDCAM camcorders and decks, giving its production crews more flexibility on location to capture action shots and to enhance the show's overall image quality. Cabela’s also uses the technology to produce videos for internal use.

According to Phillip Shuyler, Cabela's TV producer, the goal of the show is to not only promote the company's products, but also to provide consumers with informative tips and features about the outdoor lifestyle. Knowledgeable outdoor personalities and Cabela's employees host the show.

One feature the crews have taken advantage of is cache recording. This feature allows XDCAM camcorders to continuously record 10 seconds of video, audio and metadata in memory while in standby mode. Then, when the record button is pushed, the previous 10 seconds and all associated data are automatically recorded onto the disc media and the camcorder will continue recording in real time. That’s especially handy for shooting fishing sequences that require the camera operator to be ready for a fish to be hooked.

The XDCAM system can also help to reduce overall production costs for a show such as "Cabela's Outfitter Journal," because crews are not constantly rolling tape to capture footage that may never even be used.

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