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XQD Media:  Faster Media for 4K Productions
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Nov 13, 2014 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.

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 with 0 comments.
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 Tools Every DP Should Have in their Kit
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Jul 30, 2014 & filed under Technical with 1 comments.
10 Tools Every DP Should Have in their Kit

So you have been in contact with your client. You have set up the shoot day logistics, and you’re confident that everything will go well. Then you go to set-up for the shoot and realize you have forgotten something. Every Director of Photography has a basic kit they bring with camera, lights, and audio but outside of those main elements here are 10 items that are important for every DP onsite.

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The Rosco LitePad Loop
Posted by Andrea Keating on Dec 18, 2012 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
The Rosco LitePad Loop

The LitePad Loop arrives in a handsome and well-designed padded soft case, with foam cutouts for the various pieces and accessories for the unit. The LitePad Loop and mounting assembly are robust, and I do like the magnetic accessory collar for attaching color filters – it’s an elegant solution and allows for quick swaps on-set. I was also happy to see that the kit came with additional 8” rods and a longer bracket, to allow for the use of longer telephoto lenses, something for which I’m...

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Handheld Camera Stabilizer System:  The CameraRibbon
Posted by Tony Muzzatti on Sep 18, 2012 & filed under Technical with 2 comments.
Handheld Camera Stabilizer System:   The CameraRibbon

If you have ever shot video with a handheld camera you understand the importance of a camera stabilizer. They serve a very important role in getting professionally crafted steady shots in run & gun or ENG style shooting situations. There are many options on the market, but one in particular stands out because of its simple design and ergonomic features.

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Everything You Need For On Location Editing
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Sep 13, 2012 & filed under Technical with 4 comments.
Everything You Need For On Location Editing

In the world of video editing every minute matters, and you will typically find yourself spending time on tasks you could have been done remotely. Having the proper editing and post production tools on location can make the clients finished video appear as if it was done over weeks of editing. The location editor and his suite must be prepared for many different environments so each package is built differently.

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10 Great Ways To Get The Best Out Of Your Crew
Posted by Tony Muzzatti on Aug 15, 2012 & filed under Corporate Communications with 1 comments.
10 Great Ways To Get The Best Out Of Your Crew

Corporate video production is nothing new, it's just grown in popularity over the years. Many of the corporate video producers and media managers of today are working year round to produce engaging content for their brands. If you do not come from a video production background, you might not be familiar with how a video production crew works before, during, and after a shoot. When you only have five hours to complete six hours of work, things can get chaotic. Here are 10 great ways to get the...

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Production Resource Group (PRG) is one of the industry leaders in stage and production lighting. Their newest line of lights, Trucolor lights, utilizes Remote Phosphor Technology (RPT). The RPT is disk or panel that is coated with phosphors that become excited by LED back lighting. The source of the lighting then becomes the panel of excited phosphors and not the LED lights. This allows for the production of predictable and efficient lighting with accurate coloring index because each panel is...

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Panasonic AG-3DP1: Bringing 3-D to the ENG
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Mar 08, 2012 & filed under Technical with 2 comments.
Panasonic AG-3DP1: Bringing 3-D to the ENG

For 3-D production there are two options, either a 3-D rig or a twin lens camera. 3-D Rigs are bulky apparatuses that often take several people to manage. Ask any Director of Photography that has shot 3-D and they will mobility and flexibility are not words synonymous with 3-D rigs. Twin Lens cameras are more portable but the 3-D is less versatile and often the footage has an amateur look to it. Panasonic’s new addition to the 3-D camera marketplace is their shoulder mounted, ENG style, twin...

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Light on the Run: Litepanels’ Sola ENG LED Fresnel
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Jun 06, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Light on the Run: Litepanels’ Sola ENG LED Fresnel

Many would agree that the key to successful lighting is control. Ask any freelance director of photography, however, and they will often tell you that control is difficult—if not impossible—to maintain in location production. With Litepanels new ENG camera-mounted lights, controlling light on location should be worry-free. Sola ENG LED Fresnel by Litepanels is a revolutionary...

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