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XQD Media:  Faster Media for 4K Productions
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Nov 13, 2014 & filed under Technical.

XQD Media seems to have sprung up in the video production market just recently, but it has been in development since 2010. There are several reasons internal and external corporate communications would incorporate XQD media into their video and photography workflows. It was originally developed for photographers to meet the demand for shooting RAW files using continuous mode. More recently, XQD media meets the demands for greater media speed and durability required for shooting ultra-high...

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Field Mixer Audio Bags Revolutionized
Posted by Curt Pair on Nov 10, 2014 & filed under Technical.
Field Mixer Audio Bags Revolutionized

I’ve worked in the motion imaging production business for over 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like the audio mixer bag from Orca Bags. The bag has a nice clean exterior presentation and comes in black with blue trim. But the trim isn’t a window dressing it’s actually an aluminum frame to maintain the shape of the bag. This means it will keep the same shape after years of field use and protect its’ precious cargo as well. (Let’s be honest, this is something we have all wanted...

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10 Tips for Shooting Video in LA
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Oct 28, 2014 & filed under Technical.
10 Tips for Shooting Video in LA

LA is synonymous with the Hollywood film industry, but this metro area is also home to one of the busiest seaports in the world and corporate giants like Bank of America Home Loans, Edison Industries, Health Net, and Mattel. There are two logistical themes that come up repeatedly on video productions in LA, permits and traffic. Here are some tips from LA video production insiders.

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Spotlight on Gaggle
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Oct 23, 2014 & filed under Corporate Communications.
Spotlight on Gaggle

Gaggle chose to create a marketing video for their website’s homepage that highlights their priorities of safety, learning, and systems integration. Becky Holzman, Crews Control Production Manager, hand-picked video crews in Atlanta, GA to capture testimonials at a tradeshow and Bloomington, IL to record employees at Gaggle’s headquarters.

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Videssence Vidnel VN050 LED Fresnel
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Oct 07, 2014 & filed under Blog Home.
Videssence Vidnel VN050 LED Fresnel

Videssence is a lighting company that has spent its early years developing the first fluorescent light for television and followed that with the development of LED lights. Their goal has been to make energy efficient lighting for both the field and studio. Videssence has recently introduced their line of LED Fresnel lights, which fall in line with that mission. Their flagship LED Fresnel is the Vidnel 050 LED, a 50 watt LED light with a Fresnel lens on it.

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10 Tips for Shooting Video in Washington D.C.

Every new on-location video production presents logistical challenges to Video Producers. Where can the video crew load into the Capitol? Who do I need to get permission from to shoot b-roll of the city or stand-ups on the Mall? On one hand, Washington D.C. has more red tape than most other domestic locations; on the other, video crews are an ingrained part of life on the hill, at the monuments, and within the city. Washington D.C. is consistently Crews Control’s second most scheduled...

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Creating with Constraints
Posted by Jeremy Person on Sep 29, 2014 & filed under Corporate Communications.
Creating with Constraints

I learned an important lesson a few years ago from a designer working at Apple. He said the more constraints you have, the more magical your designs tend to become. This post is intended to take you through what I've learned thus far as a result of that encounter and hopefully allow you to see life's limitations as a springboard of possibilities.

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Commercial Digital Cinema Production with a Small Footprint

The storyboard called for a cinematic look with exterior night shots, interiors of a grand staircase, a dramatic entrance into a boudoir, and close up of a mysterious box as the talent slams the bathroom door with her foot. The shoot was completed with a lean crew, which allowed the production to move quickly, with Angela at the helm. They were able to capture just over twenty final shots which equaled about ten setups in ten hours. "

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10 Tips for Shooting Live Sporting Events with a Small Crew

Shooting live sports requires constant focus and sharp instincts. It is much like shooting a presenter at a corporate event, if the presenter ran around stage during their whole presentation. Sports are unpredictable and usually have constant action for a variable length of time. Here are 10 tips for shooting live sporting events.

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AVC Ultra in a Small Package with the Panasonic AJ-PX270

For years, Panasonic has been talking about their new AVC-Ultra family of codecs. AVC Ultra’s biggest selling point is that it can do high resolution footage that gives you the maximum information, but also a flexible codec that can provide high-quality footage with a lower file size as well.

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