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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"
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...Continue Reading "Slow It Down with the Phantom Miro M320S"
"Many employees feel that they can do this easily at home, why is their company so far behind that they can’t successfully make any given tool work on the job? The simple fact is that employee expectations for IT are being set by their consumer experiences of technology." Says Guest Blogger Deborah Brozina, management consultant at Making Change Productions.Continue Reading "Corporate Communications and IT: How to Manage the Relationship"
A look into the digital cinema camera menu may give you the “Cinema Quality” look desired. S-Log, or Sony Log, is an option in Sony CineAlta cameras like the PMW-F3, F23, F35 and F65. The Arri Alexa allows you to shoot in S-Log or Log-C mode to capture a cinema quality image and accomplish negative film quality latitude. S-Log and Log-C mode captures an image with the greatest amount of range in tonal reproduction and the lowest noise floor and highest ceiling.Continue Reading "Shooting with Digital Latitude: S-Log, Log-C & LUTs"
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.Continue Reading "For Field And Suite: Sound Devices Pix 260"
One of the goals of putting a video on YouTube is to increase the chances of someone finding the video and driving web traffic back to your website. Just like your website you should do search engine optimization (SEO) for your video.Continue Reading "Using Auto Caption to Increase SEO for YouTube Videos"
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"
Crews Control University is a series of educational seminars on new technology, equipment, and software. The most recent Crews Control University was held at the Crews Control offices, and a couple representatives from Abelcine gave demonstration of a vast array of mobile recording device. Mobile recording devices are recording devices that attach to a camera and can record different formats, codecs, resolutions, and other options.Continue Reading "Crews Control University On Mobile Recording Devices"
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.Continue Reading "Corporate Meeting Planners Guide To Video"
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.Continue Reading "Teradek Cube A Palm Sized Video Streaming Device"
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...Continue Reading "Panasonic AG-3DP1: Bringing 3-D to the ENG"
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.Continue Reading "The AJA Ki Pro Mini: The Little Recorder with Big Dreams"
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...Continue Reading "Sony BVM-E250 OLED Monitors; The Real Deal or Another Buzzword"
Sound Devices doesn’t sound like a company that would make a splash with a video mobile recording device, but they have in a big way. The Pix 220 and 240 are mobile video recorders that create up to 10-bit digital video files and transfer them to a compact flash of solid state drive. Not only can the Sound Devices Pix record from a tape to make an instantaneously digital file, it can convert resolutions of the file at the same time. The Pix 240 and 220 offers real-time conversion from 1080i...Continue Reading "Sound Devices Goes Visual with the Pix 240/220"
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"
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.Continue Reading "Shoot All Day With A Hand Held Camera!"
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...Continue Reading "White Paper: Deliverable Data Management and Hard Drive Usage in Video Production"
The evolving landscape of new media has without question fundamentally reshaped corporate communications. Traditional measures for producing video content have new practices to comply with from standardizing production metrics to digitizing archives with streamlined meta-database referencing. Many companies new to the world of video communications are flocking to capitalize on the paramount trend sweeping the web with hopes that producing a video will put their business front and center on the...Continue Reading "Video Communications: a Trend or a Tradition?"
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”...Continue Reading "Viewing the World through the Zacuto Z-Finder EVF"
Apple and Intel have developed together a new transfer technology epically entitled Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt transfer technology is currently exclusive to the Lacie Little Big Disk drives. Thunderbolt technology integrates data and display protocol over a single cable, and can allow up to 10GB/second transfer speed bi-directionally from the drive to multiple sources.Continue Reading "Lightning Fast Transfer Speed with Thunderbolt"