View Full Version : Best Camera for a Cooking Show?
06-13-2007, 08:52 PM
Im looking to create a specialty cooking DVD and I am really a newbie to the whole film industry. so if you can please help, it would be appreciated.
right now, i'm looking to create the cinematography of what i see on the Food Network and i'm short on resources. from what it looks like they use a studio kitchen with 5+ cameras (probably HD) and do live editing.
since my budget is tight, i want to use a DVX100B (considering a purchase over a rental) and maybe rent the second one.
any tips on:
Frame rate: (24, 30, 60)?
Ratio: 4:3 ; 16:9
best color lighting for this camera in a kitchen?
wireless mic that can plug into the camera?
06-14-2007, 07:24 AM
06-14-2007, 01:46 PM
hire someone who knows all what you dont seem to know. you cant do it all on ur own anyway. with the right light dvx is good enough for a cooking show.
There was a very interesting "behind the scenes" show on Food Network demonstrating how and where each show is produced. The 2 showa that are produced at the Foos Network Studios in NY have cameras up the ying yang but that's the exception not the rule. For example the Giata DeLaurentis uses one camera and shoots her entire show twice. Once for the wide or follow shots and the second time for close-ups. She says it can take up to 9 to 12 hours to shoot one episode.
As always, it's not the technical settings it's the creativity, vision and the lack of fear to experiment
06-15-2007, 05:36 AM
I would suggest an overhead mirror for top-down shots.
06-15-2007, 09:40 AM
I saw that same special--you think they'd save a lot of time and money just getting a second camera in the mix! It is definitely one of the better looking shows on the Food Network. Don't think its in production anymore, though.
06-15-2007, 03:33 PM
i was shooting a concert a few weeks ago in DC and the Food Network was also there shooting for the Ace of Cakes and they were all using DVX's. I know its not a How-to cooking show but just thought you would like to know that DVX100s were being used by the network for some shows :)
08-02-2007, 11:46 PM
It sounds like to me you want to learn all the ins and outs of how to produce a quality DVD... and there is nothing like experience... give yourself time for this gain... and dont be afraid to make mistakes, ask lots of question (like youre doing), watch tons of cooking videos, even buy some off ebay or amazon, etc., learn your camera, learn to improve your editing skills, learn which lighting and the directions of your lighting, enhancesyour stage along with the talents clothing. Lighting is extremely important in the kitchen with all the cookware and gadgets,etc.
With your compassion for what you do, you can do this on your own.... don't ever take verbatim another saying you cant do this on your own.... because YOU CAN!!!