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DVD Recorder Instructions

1. Before show, make sure it is in HDD mode

2.  Start Record by pressing red record button at top of show

3. After show, for each DVD, Press “MENU”, then select “Dubbing”

4. Select “HDD->DVD”, then “ADD”

5.  Select the last video recorded

6. Select “DUBBING START”, then “HIGH”

7. Confirm the choice by selecting “YES”

8. Once dubbing is done, press “STOP” to leave the menu if necessary

9. To Finalize the disc, Press “MENU”

10. Select “DISC EDIT”

11. Select “FINALIZE”

12. Select “YES”

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370 Quick Setup Guide


  • Always lock tilt lock & pan lock when you walk away. Make sure your team is doing this.

  • Confirm that tilt and pan lock are unlocked before moving camera (counter-clockwise).

  • When leveling tripod with camera attached, make sure to properly support the weight of the camera by holding top handle of camera.

  • Do not wrap any cables tightly when stowing in bag

  • Be careful when stowing monitors so that they don’t get scratched or broken.

  • Make sure baby spuds are secured into monitors when not in use.

  • Make sure all camera accessories get stowed away in correct place.

  • When attaching cables, do not force connectors. Use baby strength.

  • Fully tighten tripod arms against legs when stowing and make sure tripod is placed in the correct position in the bag.

Tripod Setup:

  1. Unhook leg-tie strap

  2. Rotate arms away from tripod body before extending legs

  3. Release and spread top and bottom legs to desired height

  4. Lock the spreader lock in center of tripod

  5. Bubble-balance tripod (light activated by pushing up underneath bubble)

  6. Lock pan and tilt locks (turn clockwise) before putting camera on tripod


Mounting Camera

  1. Side-load camera on to tripod

  2. Tighten plate lock


Zoom Controller

  1. Loosen top knob to let clamp swing 90 degrees and re-tighten

  2. Release the quick release t-bar

  3. Put zoom controller on right arm over small plastic sleeve

  4. Connect quick release t-bar

  5. Tighten middle and bottom knobs to an equal length so clamp plates are parallel

  6. Plug cable onto lens. Arrow on connector should point towards the front right of the camera


Focus Controller

  1. Release top bolt to let clamp swing 90 degrees and re-tighten

  2. Quick release the t bar

  3. Put focus controller over left tripod arm on plastic sleeve

  4. Connect quick release t bar

  5. Tighten middle and bottom bolts equally so clamp plates are parallel

  6. Plug focus cable first into focus controller and turn the controller until it engages

  7. Screw in tight

  8. Connect focus cable into lens

  9. Rotate focus controller to engage connector fully, finish screwing cable in



  1. Remove baby spud and knurled lock ring (bolt with gold adjustment ring) from monitor

  2. Screw baby spud onto top of camera

  3. Mount monitor onto baby spud and secure with screw

  4. Adjust angle of monitor on monitor yolk


Power cables

  1. Plug 3 pin camera cable into bottom left of tandem (on back of camera)

  2. Plug other end of power cable into power cable or strip

  3. Plug power tap cable into top right side of camera just in front of tandem

  4. Run power tap cable under cable guides on top right side of camera

  5. Plug power tap cable into 4 pin power connector on back of monitor


Video cables

  1. Connect BNC feed to switcher into SDI Out 1 (back of cam)

  2. Connect short BNC to SDI OUT 2 (side of cam) and SDI IN 1 (back of monitor)


Balancing Camera

  1. Confirm that bubble balance is still good

  2. Reduce tilt friction to it’s minimum

  3. Tilt camera forward and back

  4. Readjust position of the slide plate so that the camera is balanced

  5. Relock tripod plate lock


Perfect Balance

  1. Typically, you will not have to touch this

  2. See if camera moves when tilted forward and let go of

  3. IF it does, rotate perfect balance wheel (right side of tripod head) and try tilting again

  4. Continue until camera does not move when tilted


2x Extender (Cam 2, 3 and 4 only)

  • 3 of the 4 cameras have a lens extender on them that double the zoom.

  • Doing this takes the camera down a stop and you must adjust the iris to compensate.


  • Problem

    • Lens does not respond to zoom control

  • Solution

    • Make sure cable from lens is connected to the camera

    • (Front left of camera when looking into the lens)

    • This should always be plugged in.

Directing Tips


It is critical to distinguish between a good performance and a good broadcast. Could you have a good performance and a bad broadcast? Can you have a bad performance and a good broadcast?

Millennium Stage Show Types

We have a large number of very different types of performers that come to the stage. This is what can make for difficult broadcasts. Why? You may not have the opportunity to work a certain type of show for many months if it doesn’t fall on a shift that you are working. Also, one performance is not the same as the next.

What makes a good show? Is there such a thing as a good director or a bad director? Is a good director always good?

Case Study

Max Queen’s 3 shows:
1) Good:  July 17
2) Not Great:  July 18
3) Great:  July 20

What changed?

Skill level (same) + preparation/gameplan/communication (changed)

The director is the leader, but it is a team operation. The leader must take initiative and is responsible for the show. No such thing as a perfect show, but we can try our best and have a well prepared, well executed, team effort.

Ways to Prepare for Directing a Show

  • Research artist and past performances
  • Determine best camera locations and operators
  • Work with camera ops during sound check
  • Work with production on staging, lighting, and sound
  • Gather team input

Principles of Good Directing

**Do not sacrifice a lower principle (I) for a higher principle (II or III).  If you are unable to follow the action on a given show for whatever reason, do not attempt to add variety or to be creative.  This happens to all of us regardless of experience level.  Experience tells us when it is necessary to go back to basics on a particular show**

Principle I: Document the show (follow the action)
Level of Certainty: Least certain of what is happening on stage

  • What is following the action? It is when the action is inside your frame.
  • Ex: Papermoon Puppet Theatre 9/8/12
    • 9:30-11:30 Bad (action is outside of frame)
    • 22:05-24:05 Good (followed action + cut quickly)

Principle II: Mix it up (follow the action + variety)
Level of Certainty: Comfortably certain

  • What is variety? Different distances and angles.
  • Ex: J.P. Reali 1/24/12
    • 2:33-4:33 Variety (only one player on stage so must mix it up)

Principle III: Be creative (follow the action + variety + appropriate, aesthetic direction)
Level of Certainty: Most certain

  • What is artistic control? Whatever you can come up with.
  • Ex: Alicia Ward 3/22/11
    • 47:04-47:30 – followed action, variety, artistic control