April 22, 2024
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Idol Chat, which recently premiered on Retro TV and The Family Channel, reunites some of America’s favourite film and television ensembles and variety show acts.

Hosted by Susan Anton (Baywatch, The Love Boat), the show provides a nostalgic up close and personal visit with treasured stars as they share memorable moments and stories from their careers, reveal behind-the-scene secrets and bring viewers up-to-date on their life today.

As an award-winning video production veteran, Steve Wargo, owner of SWAT HD Productions and director of photography for the docuseries, takes pride in delivering top-notch video production services for all of his clients’ needs.

When Wargo was asked to take a trip back in time for Idol Chat, he knew he would need to deliver high-quality video.

As a result, he selected  GY-HC500 and GY-HC550 CONNECTED CAM handheld 4K camcorders from JVC Professional Video.

Wargo set up two GY-HC500 camcorders for the guests and wide shots, and the GY-HC550 to film Anton.

“We recorded 4K in the cameras onto an M.2 SSD drive in the onboard KA-MR100G Media Adapter and ran output cables to an Atmos Shogun 7 for external HD recordings,” says Wargo.

“The nice thing about recording this way is that I was able to frame the shot to allow myself some room, and then I could go back into the 4K footage to get isolated, close-up shots.

“That was just a lifesaver, and it’s something that we have wanted to do for a long time.”

Since purchasing his JVC GY-HC500 and GY-HC550 camcorders, Wargo has been especially impressed with the camera’s colour. “The producers had planned to do colour correction after we were done filming, but we didn’t have to do any at all,” he adds.

“It was broadcast-ready immediately without going through thousands of dollars in colour correcting or colour grading.”

Filmed at the iconic Hollywood Museum, Idol Chat kicked off with Leave it to Beaver stars Jerry Mathers (Beaver Cleaver) and Tony Dow (Wally Cleaver).

Other interviews include The Pointer Sisters, as well as the cast members from Lost in Space, ET: The Extraterrestrial, The Love Boat, Happy Days, Knot’s Landing and The World of Sid & Marty Kroft.