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The Crews Control Crew Spotlight is on Accord Productions
Posted by Andrea Keating on Oct 11, 2012 & filed under Blog Home with 0 comments.
The Crews Control Crew Spotlight is on Accord Productions

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.

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Company Spotlight on Centerline Digital
Posted by Andrea Keating on Oct 03, 2012 & filed under Blog Home with 0 comments.
Company Spotlight on Centerline Digital

When I think of companies with a high IQ (Innovation Quotient, that is), Centerline Digital pops to mind. For more than 15 years, we have been working with this digital marketing agency based in Raleigh, NC. The Crews Control team is always excited to get a call from their producers because the videos we help them shoot are always exciting, cutting-edge, and really interesting to work on.

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Spotlight Is on Pierce Communications
Posted by Andrea Keating on Aug 21, 2012 & filed under Blog Home with 0 comments.
Spotlight Is on Pierce Communications

“Crews Control has been a trusted resource that has helped us keep our corporate communications clients looking good on video,” says Oakley, noting that while video is one of Pierce’s core competencies, the firm doesn’t have a large production department. “We specialize in the creative side of video projects—how the videos look and sound—and we produce and direct them,” he adds. “So when it comes to hiring the crew, we look for videographers who insist on the highest quality,...

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What Do Videographers Want When It Comes to Continuing Education?

As many of us who have worked in the video industry for years have come to know, creative industries like ours are always morphing and changing. That's why keeping up with technology, trends, and new opportunities is so important to our success and growth as employees, artists, and video technicians. It's exciting to be able to offer so many opportunities for professional development and continuing education through Crews Control University. Since 2010, we have had the opportunity to help...

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Slow It Down with the Phantom Miro M320S
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Aug 03, 2012 & filed under Technical with 1 comments.
Slow It Down with the Phantom Miro M320S

Let’s be honest, watching things happen in ultra-slow motion is pretty spectacular. It doesn’t have to be an explosion or crash, with slow motion even water boiling can be eventful. Vision Research’s Phantom Cameras are the forerunner of slow motion cameras. Their newest camera the Phantom Miro M320S is a portable high-speed camera and it offers a plethora of camera spec options as well as a multitude of in-camera menus that customize the perfect slow motion for your project. The Miro...

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The Crews Control Spotlight Is On T. Kelly Shores, Co-Founder Of Sparksight

Based in Austin, TX, Sparksight is a design firm that is focused on delivering results that inspire audiences and have a measurable impact for its clients. Its three areas of business include video production, event production and support, and lead generation through its proprietary product, Leading Reach Software.

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For Field And Suite: Sound Devices Pix 260
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Jun 14, 2012 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.

At the 2012 NAB show Sound Devices unveiled their newest model in their Pix line of mobile recording devices, the Pix 260. The Sound Devices Pix 260 employs many of the mainstays of the flagship mobile recorder the Pix 240 while pushing for higher-end options to attempt to compete with full resolution recorders like Convergent Design’s Gemini 4:4:4.

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Corporate Meeting Planners Guide To Video
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Mar 16, 2012 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Corporate Meeting Planners Guide To Video

Are you planning a big conference and need to record the event? Is your boss saying things to you like “We need to capture the keynote speaker”, “We need to stream the event live” or, “We need to put the video on our website later”? Here is a guide to what questions you will need answered to contract the right types of companies.

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Teradek Cube A Palm Sized Video Streaming Device
Posted by Andrea Keating on Mar 13, 2012 & filed under Market Place with 1 comments.
Teradek Cube A Palm Sized Video Streaming Device

Teradeks' Cube is a wired or wireless video encoding device that is palm sized. The Cube is connected to the cameras SDI/ HDSDI or HDMI outputs on the camera. It then works with Livestream (or any CDN) to send you an encoded stream from the camera to your desktop. You can approve shots, conduct the interview with a speaker phone and feel confident that you are getting all the right shots.

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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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Optimize YouTube Video with Tags and Keywords
Posted by Tim Lorang on Mar 02, 2012 & filed under Technical with 4 comments.
Optimize YouTube Video with Tags and Keywords

One of the most common mistakes video producers make when they post videos on the internet is to not do Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for the video. Search engines cannot see the content of a video and they depend upon the metadata or the closed caption transcript to know what the video is about. This post will describe how to optimize the metadata on YouTube for SEO.

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The AJA Ki Pro Mini: The Little Recorder with Big Dreams
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Feb 22, 2012 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
The AJA Ki Pro Mini: The Little Recorder with Big Dreams

The technology to make create instant files directly from a tape-based camera is not new. Many companies have been marketing devices since tapeless cameras first camera out. But as the market becomes more refine, the devices become more intuitive. AJA has been one of the leaders in this market, and their most recent device, the Ki Pro Mini is no exception.

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Get That Impossible Dolly Shot With A tommyTRACK
Posted by Andrea Keating on Feb 07, 2012 & filed under Market Place with 2 comments.
Get That Impossible Dolly Shot With A tommyTRACK

The tommyTrack camera, on tripod, dolly system allows any camera operator to get that hard dolly shot. It has a super quick set up time, available in 36 inches or customizable lengths and is made in the USA.

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Sony BVM-E250 OLED Monitors; The Real Deal or Another Buzzword
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Feb 07, 2012 & filed under with 0 comments.
Sony BVM-E250 OLED Monitors; The Real Deal or Another Buzzword

With every blink of an eye a new technology bursts onto the market. Manufacturers know this, and often pump fashionable buzzwords into technology to make it feel fresh, even when it’s not. A prime example is LCD and LED televisions. Branded as different televisions both are actually LCD television. The traditional LCD televisions uses a cold cathode backlight where an LED branded television is actually an LCD screen with an LED backlight. In countries such as the U.K. the term LED television...

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Shoot All Day With A Hand Held Camera!
Posted by Andrea Keating on Jan 13, 2012 & filed under Market Place with 0 comments.
Shoot All Day With A Hand Held Camera!

The CameraRibbon will allow freelance camera operators and professional camera crews to stabilize prosumer cameras and Canon DSLR cameras like a shoulder-mounted camera. Its simplistic design makes it easy to use and it will not add volume to your camera kit. Every location production crew should check out the Camera Ribbon.

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White Paper: Deliverable Data Management and Hard Drive Usage in Video Production

The media deliverable is essential to how the footage you’ve shot will be backed up on site and imported to your editing suite. At the time you book your shoot with your Crews Control production manager you also need to discuss not only the crew size and style of your shoot but also how to handle the deliverable; what media type(s), format(s), frame size(s) and frame rate(s) you want based on what your editor can import. Currently, the most popular choice is to go tapeless which usually...

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The Wireless World on the Teredek Cube
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Jul 09, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
The Wireless World on the Teredek Cube

Advancing in technology today means making “less” of something. Camera technology is no different. It started by making the camera tape “less”, and now manufacturers strive to make the camera wire “less”.

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Bebob Rouge ML-120 – Hot Swapping Dead Batteries
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Jun 21, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Bebob Rouge ML-120 – Hot Swapping Dead Batteries

Red Light. Green Light. Red Light. Green Light. Much like the children’s game, video production is a sporadic stop and go ordeal. As a director of photography, when your green light is up, the client wants you to make the most efficient use of your time, and there is nothing worse than equipment failure. The Bebob Rouge ML-120 hot swap adapter can eliminate that moment for the camera battery for the RED camera. The Bebob Rouge ML-120 will take over when the battery dies for 2 minutes, enough...

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Creating Media Conscious Content
Posted by Andrea Keating on Jun 10, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.

The way society pays attention to media has changed. Are you shooting content relevant to the change? Going, going and soon to be gone are the days of static non-interactive content. Even in today's traditional television programming, messaging consists of commercials plugged with web inducement to activate engagement in audiences.

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Viewing the World through the Zacuto Z-Finder EVF
Posted by Brad Spinsby on May 25, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Viewing the World through the Zacuto Z-Finder EVF

Today’s technological world is about balance. People love large, epic technology in their homes, but the small portable for the everyday. Location production is no different. Sometimes location productions warrant a monitor when the camera is locked down, but sometimes the production is too run-and-gun to utilize a monitor. Zacuto has presented a good balance between those two situations with their Zacuto Z-Finder Electronic Viewfinders (EVF). Their line of attachable viewfinders has a 3.2”...

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