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DV Dailies - Star Trek: Enterprise Beams Up Sony HD Cameras For Season Four

by , 1:00 PM EDT, October 6th, 2004

Sony Electronics has announced that the season four of "Star Trek: Enterprise" will be shot entirely on Sony HDW-F900 CineAlta High-Definition cameras. The switch from film to HD presents the ongoing industry acceptance of the HD capture format. Director of Photography Marvin Rush cited such reasons as low-light performance and the ability to shoot more footage in less time as compared with a film based camera as being reasons for the conversion. According to Sony:

Like its intergalactic namesake, the production team of "Star Trek: Enterprise" is going where it has not gone before - fully into the digital domain. The upcoming fourth season of the Paramount Network Television series, which premieres Friday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. (EST) on UPN, will be the first season to be shot entirely with Sony Electronics' HDW-F900 digital camcorders and Sony's CineAlta™ 24P technology.

After executive producers Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and Manny Coto decided to use this new technology, director of photography Marvin Rush determined that moving from film to high-definition video would in no way compromise quality or practicality. Rush had been hesitant to shoot digitally in the past, not totally convinced that digital lived up to its promise. However, the evolution of both the technology and the HDW-F900 led him to believe the time was right for adopting it for "Star Trek: Enterprise."

You can find read the full article about the switch at the Star Trek.com Web site.

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