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HD to tell story of Mexican-American War

For “The Mexican-American War” HD documentary, producer/director Jim Lindsay uses the AG-HVX200s as “B” cameras.

This fall, The History Channel will broadcast a two-hour documentary on the Mexican-American War shot in high definition with Panasonic’s AJ-HDC27 VariCam HD Cinema camera.

The sprawling documentary, hosted by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, is being produced by Jim Lindsay Productions, with Lindsay as producer/director and Kevin O’Brien as Director of Photography.

The AG-HVX200 offers full bandwidth, contribution quality HD with independent intra-frame encoding, 4:2:2 color sampling, and less compression, making HD content easier and faster to edit.

During fall 2005, Lindsay and O’Brien used a VariCam exclusively to tape De La Hoya in Mexico City, historian interviews in Texas and HD B-roll at every location where battles occurred during the War.

In January O’Brien matched the HVX200s to approach the settings of his VariCam. On January 14, the three-camera team began two weeks of battle re-creation shooting in the California desert near the Mexican border, a ranch in Salinas near San Jose, and Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve in San Diego County. A portable exterior green-screen set-up was used to composite battle action with background plates taped at battle sites in Mexico.

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