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Spotlight on CaptionMax
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Aug 28, 2014 & filed under Technical.
Spotlight on CaptionMax

CaptionMax has been providing closed captioning services for twenty one years. They currently have 75 caption specialists and provide a variety of captioning, translation, video description, and transcription services. We caught up with David Hansfield, the Business Development Manager at CaptionMax, to chat about what is new and noteworthy in captioning.

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Learning More About “Corporate Video Trends”

Crews Control was asked, “What are corporate video trends in America right now?” So, we did what any large video production staffing company would do. We polled DPs, Camera Ops and Producers all over the country that we assign to corporate video shoots. We asked what styles, deliverables, types of communications and messaging are trending in enterprise video. Buzz phrases like "shallow DOF", "film look", "user generated content", "increased communication", and "video for phones and...

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When your company is faced with producing a video communications project, outsourcing creative talent is a sensible and efficient solution. Crews Control provides the expertise, strategy support and execution to seamlessly integrate your preproduction planning with the production team needed to deliver a professional video. Outsourcing crew talent allows you to focus on your operational objectives with

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5 Tips to Expand Video Production Resources without an Increase in Staff

Video has become the most effective means of communication whether you work at a small business or a large corporation. Many companies are asking their video production departments of all sizes for more content, both to use internally and externally. But your cost-conscious company wants it done with the same amount of personnel already on hand. If your life were a Hollywood movie, you could give a rousing, impassioned speech resulting in funding to double your team size. Unfortunately, it...

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Creative Camera Configuration to Support Every Workflow

Corporations, the government, and universities tend to own cameras and shoot a lot of content for themselves and their clients, citizens, and students. They need small files that integrate with their NLE and asset management software. Due to budgetary constraints they are often locked into workflows for a decade. Agencies and PR firms work on a per project basis. Depending on the client and of course their budget, they are able to choose cameras based on the storyboard. Agencies are flexible...

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10 Things You Should Know about Shooting in a Hostile Environment

Directors of Photography are often asked to work in challenging locations or in tight spaces, but sometimes the job requires shooting in hostile environments. Some DPs make their career out of shooting in dangerous places and war zones. Here are 10 tips on how to work in a hostile environment.

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Managing Monetary Expectations: Tips for Creating a Realistic Budget

Crews Control issued a poll and found that 60% of Corporate Video Producers feel that the biggest challenge in production is creating realistic budgets. In order to generate an accurate budget, you must consider overlooked aspects that affect both cost and quality. Below are some tips for anticipating hidden expenses when creating a budget.

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10 Tips for Shooting in Detroit
Posted by Kacey Trent on Aug 18, 2014 & filed under Technical.
10 Tips for Shooting in Detroit

Preston Swigart, broadcasting and corporate television producer of PSVideo, stated “Detroit residences assume that non-Detroiters have heard bad things about their city, but they want to show us the misconceptions of Detroit.” Detroit is a great city! The Motor City is rich in culture and history and when you are there it is apparent that the people of the city are very proud and optimistic to call Detroit home. Detroit is actually beautiful and filled with many historic homes and...

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Is Acquisition Up for Grabs?
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Aug 14, 2014 & filed under Technical.
Is Acquisition Up for Grabs?

When the video and digital cinema world talks about cameras we are often talking about a handful of manufactures: Sony, Panasonic, Canon, Arri, Red, Vision Research, and maybe JVC. Has anybody else noticed the trend of post production companies moving into manufacturing cameras? Ok so they don’t all come from post production but there seems to be more and more nontraditional camera manufactures these days.

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AJA goes from Third-Party to Driver’s Seat with CION

AJA has spent the last 21 years creating third party equipment for other camera manufacturers and now is jumping into the camera game with their camera, the CION. The CION camera is a 4K camera designed with versatility in mind. It is a camera that can create a cinematic look, but is also designed for ENG use as well. The CION can record in 4K, Ultra HD, 2K, and 1080 using Apple Pro Res 444, 422, or 422 proxy files. It records to AJA Pak Solid State Drives in either 256GB or 512GB sizes for...

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