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10 Tips for Shooting Video in Chicago

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States; it is just under New York and Los Angeles with nearly three million residents. Architecture, monuments, public art, and famous sky scrapers...

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10 Tips for Shooting Video in Chicago
Posted by Kacey Trent on Sep 15, 2014 & filed under Technical.
10 Tips for Shooting Video in Chicago

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States; it is just under New York and Los Angeles with nearly three million residents. Architecture, monuments, public art, and famous sky scrapers make it stand out from other cities. Chicago is home to 11 Fortune 500 companies, while the rest of the metropolitan area hosts an additional 21 Fortune 500 companies, more than 200 theaters, nearly 200 art galleries, more than 7,300 restaurants, 77 community areas containing more than 100...

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ENG Crew Chooses Sony PMW F55 for Red Carpet and Panel Discussion

Big Shoulders shot a red carpet and panel discussion event for NBC Universal’s Chicago Fire and Chicago PD where creator Dick Wolf presented. Like so many shoots that Crews Control manages, this Big Shoulders production demanded a camera that could capture crisp hand-held shots of the red carpet and record a panel discussion from the back of a large conference room. This is a good example of using the 4K imager to deliver stunning HD files, 1920x1080 at a 23.98 frame rate. The lean crew,...

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Pro Res the Codec of the Past, Present, or Future?

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.

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Myths about RAW Video
Posted by Curt Pair on Sep 03, 2014 & filed under Technical.
Myths about RAW Video

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...

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Creative Camera Configuration to Support Every Workflow

Corporations, the government, and universities tend to own cameras and shoot a lot of content for themselves and their clients, citizens, and students. They need small files that integrate with their NLE and asset management software. Due to budgetary constraints they are often locked into workflows for a decade. Agencies and PR firms work on a per project basis. Depending on the client and of course their budget, they are able to choose cameras based on the storyboard. Agencies are flexible...

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10 Things You Should Know about Shooting in a Hostile Environment

Directors of Photography are often asked to work in challenging locations or in tight spaces, but sometimes the job requires shooting in hostile environments. Some DPs make their career out of shooting in dangerous places and war zones. Here are 10 tips on how to work in a hostile environment.

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10 Tips for Shooting in Detroit
Posted by Kacey Trent on Aug 18, 2014 & filed under Technical.
10 Tips for Shooting in Detroit

Preston Swigart, broadcasting and corporate television producer of PSVideo, stated “Detroit residences assume that non-Detroiters have heard bad things about their city, but they want to show us the misconceptions of Detroit.” Detroit is a great city! The Motor City is rich in culture and history and when you are there it is apparent that the people of the city are very proud and optimistic to call Detroit home. Detroit is actually beautiful and filled with many historic homes and...

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Is Acquisition Up for Grabs?

When the video and digital cinema world talks about cameras we are often talking about a handful of manufactures: Sony, Panasonic, Canon, Arri, Red, Vision Research, and maybe JVC. Has anybody else noticed the trend of post production companies moving into manufacturing cameras? Ok so they don’t all come from post production but there seems to be more and more nontraditional camera manufactures these days.

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AJA goes from Third-Party to Driver’s Seat with CION

AJA has spent the last 21 years creating third party equipment for other camera manufacturers and now is jumping into the camera game with their camera, the CION. The CION camera is a 4K camera designed with versatility in mind. It is a camera that can create a cinematic look, but is also designed for ENG use as well. The CION can record in 4K, Ultra HD, 2K, and 1080 using Apple Pro Res 444, 422, or 422 proxy files. It records to AJA Pak Solid State Drives in either 256GB or 512GB sizes for...

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10 Tools Every DP Should Have in their Kit
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Jul 30, 2014 & filed under Technical.
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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NYC PR Firm Uses Sony PMWF55

A New York City public relations firm, Finn Partners, captured a new public school initiative with the Sony PMW F55. This required going into the classroom to record interviews and B-roll. Crews Control represented DP and contributing blogger Adam Shanker says this about his camera for this project. “Setting the F55 in HD in the MPEG 2 XDCAM mode we can have manageable file sizes while achieving high quality. The record format is 1920x1080P, frame rate of 29.97, with an angle shutter at...

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Professional Mobile Recording Devices for the Best Workflow from Production to Post

In today's fast paced production world things can change in an instant. This seems especially true with camera technology. Gone are the days of purchasing a camera, paying it off in 36 months, and then living off the profits for a few more years. These days you're lucky if you can actually work with a camera for 18 months before its’ replacement hits the market. So how does one actually make a return on their investment? Thankfully, there are some terrific alternatives in the form of digital...

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Not Just Your Average Blonde: Photon Beard’s Platinum Blonde

Photon Beard is an English lighting company known for its development of the open-faced 1K and 2K tungsten lights known as Redhead and Blonde lights. There are now many manufacturers who produce redhead and blonde lights but Photon Beard was the originator. By natural progression they have developed and teased over the last couple years an open face 1200W HMI unit known as the Platinum Blonde. The difference between Tungsten lights and HMIs are HMIs produce more light but are more efficient in...

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10 Tips for Shooting Video in New York City

New York City is consistently the most scheduled location for all of Crews Control’s video shoots worldwide. The New York metro area was the top location for the first quarter in 2014 at 7.72% of Crews Control’s video shoots. Manhattan is the busiest location of the five boroughs for corporate video productions.

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A Fluorescent with LED Power: Photon Beard’s Square One

Photon Beard certainly sounds more like a hipster rock band than a UK lighting company that has made excellent lighting for over 100 years. Photon Beard has continued their excellence in lighting with their Square One light. The Square One is literally just that, a one square foot light panel. But unlike most lights of that size, the Square One utilizes fluorescent lights instead of the extremely popular LED lights.

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Field Recorder Review
Posted by Curt Pair on Jul 08, 2014 & filed under Technical.
Field Recorder Review

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.

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10 Tips for Shooting Video in South America

South America contains a wide variety of landscapes, cultures, and languages. It is approximately 6,890,000 square miles and is home to 401 million people according to the Population Reference Bureau. Crews Control has long-standing relationships with video crews in most major cities all over South America including: Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Bogota, Lima, Santiago, and Caracas. Here is some advice for shooting video in South America from our local video crews and Crews...

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How to Add Live URL Links into Your YouTube Videos

When video first started to be used online it had many of the advantages of traditional video but few advantages of the internet. Specifically, you could not link from a video. You could say, “call 555-1243 today, visit mysite.com,” or even link to another video on YouTube but you could not put a live link on your video to link to your website. Google has fixed that on YouTube. It is now possible to have a link show up on your YouTube video in any location on your screen, at any location in...

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10 Troubleshooting Techniques for Video Professionals

When combining a creative vision and technology you will almost always get a challenge to solve. So many issues can be worked out with a little extra time spent in pre-production or a rolodex with the right contacts. Here are some popular troubleshooting techniques we hope these will ease your next production bump in the road.

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Going Stag with Tiffen’s New Steadicam Solo
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Jun 18, 2014 & filed under Technical.
Going Stag with Tiffen’s New Steadicam Solo

With the influx of camera stabilization devices, steadying your small camera, even with its accessories, has never been easier. Tiffen the makers of Steadicam, has created a multifunctional stabilizer called the Steadicam Solo for cameras up to 10 pounds. It works with cameras from major manufacturers like Panasonic, Sony, and Canon. The Steadicam Solo has the typical quick release mounting plate for standard camera mounts, as well as dual, fore, and aft adjustment for that “Steadicam”...

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