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Tiny consumer HD camcorder adds dramatic scenes to new Ferrari Challenge series coverage

Matthew Barksdale, president of Drive Digital Media, in Overland Park, KS, is a big fan of the Flip Video HD camcorder –so much so that he’s using several in the new Ferrari Challenge series his company is producing for distribution on Speed.

Primarily shot with JVC ProHD camcorders, the series is being covered in 16 half-hour racing programs. The Flip Video HD camcorders are used in special situations –for example, at the apex of a turn- where it’s too dangerous to locate a camera operator.

HD video from the Flip Video HD camcorders is edited into the show in post to provide an exciting element to the production that otherwise would have been nearly impossible to add.

In this week’s edition of Sound Off, Barksdale discusses the new series, how the tiny consumer video camcorders are used and how the ever-declining price of HD equipment makes high definition a reality for a show like this, with a rather small, niche audience.

Phil Kurz is a contributing editor to TV Tech. He has written about TV and video technology for more than 30 years and served as editor of three leading industry magazines. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.