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When shooting reality television, many challenges come into play for everyone involved, TV Producers, DP’s, and Audio Technicians. It is important for everyone to work together to face these challenges. Recording audio for reality TV effectively is an art, and as a DP I know how much good or poor audio practices can affect the whole production. For starters you need to have a good A1. Without an experienced person, all the technology in the world can’t save you from an audio disaster.Continue Reading "Audio: When Shooting For Reality Television"
We started out researching and writing this article to answer an important workflow question for video Producers, ENG/ EFP video crews, and Editors. What is going to happen to ProRes when Apple Final Cut Pro 7 is no longer a viable NLE option? This question was somewhat like opening Pandora’s Box.Continue Reading "Pro Res the Codec of the Past, Present, or Future?"
Imagine shooting a project and having full control over your motion imaging in every manner you wish, in terms of color, exposure, saturation, brightness, and contrast.Now imagine your client changed their mind about the ‘look’ after the shoot. For those who have been in the business for a while, you are well aware that when one ‘bakes in’ a look and feel to the image, it’s permanent.Sure in some cases it can be slightly altered or enhanced, but for the most part once that decision is...Continue Reading "Myths about RAW Video"
Video professionals often ask me what field recorder is the best for their video production. Unfortunately, there isn’t just one recorder that fits every production workflow. Here is a review of three field recorders that I have used often: the nanoFlash by Convergent Design, the Pix240 by Sound Devices, and the Ninja Blade by Atomos.Continue Reading "Field Recorder Review"
Event planners are doing more now than ever before. They are the backbone and visual wizards for corporate events. They allow their imaginations to come to life with eye catching visual displays and set up the perfect itinerary that caters to every want and need of their guests. But, behind the scenes there is a new trend arising, and it is one that is very beneficial to any corporate event.Continue Reading "Put on a Happy Face: Corporate Event Planning Video"
Cloud-based technologies are becoming a widely accepted practice for streamlining your data asset management. During the post-production phase it is a routine practice to exchange files with multiple individuals at a time. This process can be quite cumbersome and time consuming based on a number of variables related to FTP transfer protocols.Continue Reading "Adobe Anywhere"
Transcribing video is important to cut post time, sufficiently archive video, and for spoken words to appear in Google searches. Transcription with timecode notes is a great tool for video Producers to make paper edits and Editors love it to quickly locate sound bites. Organizations often have all footage transcribed and added to their archival library for future reference. One of the most important reasons to have online video transcribed is to make sure all that valuable spoken content can...Continue Reading "What is New and Noteworthy in Video Transcription?"
So you’ve scheduled your shoot, but want to make sure you have the capability to view the footage onsite through your laptop. If you are shooting with Sony cameras, the Sony Content Browser 2.0 is just the solution. The Sony Content Browser 2.0 handles all XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX, XAVC, and NXCAM clips. Including support for XAVC Intra 4K and XAVC Intra HD clip types.Continue Reading "Sony Content Browser 2.0"
Sony knows that 4K displays are not consumer affordable, yet. Only individuals with heaps of expendable income will invest in the first generation of 4K monitors and televisions. The idea behind Sony’s October 30th announcement was to stir up some excitement for their upcoming 4K production lineup. Sony’s goal is to make 4K production affordable so that content creators will utilize the technology, and effectively stir a demand for 4K technology on a consumer level. At which point we should...Continue Reading "Sony XAVC Recording Format Intends To Accelerate 4K Production"
If you have never used FTP it might be difficult to just jump right in, especially if you are unfamiliar with how it works. In this article I am going to explain everything you need to know about File Transfer Protocol (FTP) so that you can make a clear decision on whether or not you should use it for your next deliverable. Before we begin there are three questions you should seek answers to before you ask for the deliverable media to be transferred via FTP...Continue Reading "How To Use FTP"
With more than 23 years in the video business, Max Wyler has built a collaborative production empire in Miami, where his company houses dozens of artistic professionals who collaborate on projects—Accord is a leader in creating programs for TV, marketing, and the Web.Continue Reading "The Crews Control Crew Spotlight is on Accord Productions"
I had the chance to sit down with seasoned video editor Russ Johnson and discuss his initial reactions from working on his first project in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. Over the last 14 months there have been many discussions around FCPX and the direction Apple is taking its post-production software. As an experienced Final Cut Pro 7 editor, I still had a few lingering questions that needed answers. So I sought out Russ Johnson, served up an unhealthy batch of banana pancakes, and started rapidly...Continue Reading "Final Cut Pro X: First Impressions From Russell Johnson"
I conducted a Q&A with Post-Production Supervisor for Accord Productions, Michael Ball. In this interview we discuss everything under the sun in regards to the post-production process, and how accord productions is keeping up with changing technology. Michael Ball also shares his advice and experience time management, workflow, and client relations.Continue Reading "Q&A With Professional Video Editor Michael Ball"
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.Continue Reading "Everything You Need For On Location Editing"
Earlier this summer, MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) made an announcement that they would begin the process of creating a new video compression format that was twice as efficient as current standards. The High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), unofficially dubbed H.265, will work to reduce bandwidth consumption, particularly in mobile networks where spectrum is expensive. This would allow service providers to offer more video services without expanding their bandwidth.Continue Reading "H.265 Codec: The Best Thing Since H.264"
From a producer’s perspective, you know your technical specs, you may know exactly what camera you want, you know what you are shooting (interview, documentary, b-roll, green screen, etc) and how it will be shown, but you are generally not concerned with how your material gets from the camera to editor. If you ask your editors what they want as a deliverable, generally they are going to ask for a plug and play file. The files can be delivered on an external hard drive, thumb drive, or even...Continue Reading "How Hard Drives Affect Video Transfer Time"
Asking a freelance director of photography about the codecs of their Panasonic cameras is like asking a mechanic about the engine of a car. Be prepared for a long technical answer. All you need to know is why a certain codec is important and correct for your shoot. Panasonic currently has two often confused codecs: DVCPRO HD and AVC Intra. The third codec, AVC Ultra, is to be released next year.Continue Reading "Know Your Panasonic Codecs! DVCPRO HD, AVC Intra & AVC Ultra"
One of the best improvements with HTML 5 is its ability to play video. Previously HTML alone was not able to display video so solutions such as Real Player, Flash, and Quicktime have been filling the gap. To play HTML 5 video you need a modern browser which is a problem for those of us dependent on an IT department within businesses and enterprises. For instance I'm sure many of your companies are still on Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6 (both released in 2001).Continue Reading "HTML 5 and Web Video"
“What is the difference between containers, codecs and video formats and why do video professionals need to know this stuff?” HELLO! I’m not an engineer or a programmer, why can’t we just leave this technical jargon for editors to figure out? As motion picture professionals in a digital age we can no longer ignore that the singular chemical process of film has been replaced by non-linear data. Figuring out this information can be daunting so let’s break it down into three sections....Continue Reading "Containers, Codecs and Video Formats Oh My"
Ah-- so much to see and do over the span of this year’s National Association of Broadcasters 6-day convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 9-April 14. There’s a great lineup of conferences set to begin April 9th and exhibitions to follow starting April 11th. If by chance you hadn’t planned on attending there’s still time to make it. NAB is still offering FREE passes to the exhibits on their website. Crews Control will be on the scene shooting a showcase of the best in gear and...Continue Reading "#NABSHOW Buzz Coverage for #NAB2011"