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- Jul 24, 2014 NYC PR Firm Uses Sony PMWF55
- Jul 21, 2014 Professional Mobile Recording Devices for the Best Workflow from Production to Post
- Jul 16, 2014 Not Just Your Average Blonde: Photon Beard’s Platinum Blonde
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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...Read More
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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...Continue Reading "NYC PR Firm Uses Sony PMWF55"
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...Continue Reading "Professional Mobile Recording Devices for the Best Workflow from Production to Post"
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...Continue Reading "Not Just Your Average Blonde: Photon Beard’s Platinum Blonde"
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.Continue Reading "10 Tips for Shooting Video in New York City"
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.Continue Reading "A Fluorescent with LED Power: Photon Beard’s Square One"
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"
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...Continue Reading "10 Tips for Shooting Video in South America"
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...Continue Reading "How to Add Live URL Links into Your YouTube Videos"
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.Continue Reading "10 Troubleshooting Techniques for Video Professionals"
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”...Continue Reading "Going Stag with Tiffen’s New Steadicam Solo"
Our company like many others are adapting to a new world of technology enabled consumers who are doing more research and purchasing online than ever before. I created the media/communications benchmarking survey to see where other organizations are at in terms of size, structure, positions, and hopefully to get some indicator of what their future structures or growth areas might look like. Guest Blogger Steve Tingley Media Center DirectorContinue Reading "How Do We Compare?"
Recently, Atomos released the Ninja Blade, an upgrade to the Samurai’s inexpensive brother, the Ninja 2. Where the Samurai Blade sports more options and SDI interfaces, the Ninja Blade utilizes HDMI ports, but at a cost under $1000. If you prefer SDI inputs, the Ninja Blade can be used in conjunction with the Atomos S2H Converter. The Atmos Ninja 2 and Samurai recorders have 800x480 resolution monitors. The Blade series has an upgraded 1280 x 720 resolution utilizing SMPTE Rec 709 color...Continue Reading "Atomos Brings an Upgraded Monitor to the Ninja Blade Recorder"
Las Vegas, you either love it or you hate it. Personal feelings aside, many of us travel to Las Vegas on a regular basis for work related video projects. Crews Control has been shooting the bulk of our video podcasts in Las Vegas since 2008. According to the Las Vegas Convention Center in 2013 there were 22,027 conventions with 5,107,416 attendees.Continue Reading "10 Tips for Shooting Video in Las Vegas"
At the 2014 NAB convention Panasonic unveiled the third generation of the VariCam camera series, the VariCam HS and its big brother the VariCam 35. These cameras are the first modular style professional video cameras Panasonic has ever designed. It seems like Panasonic looked into the future (or at the RED Scarlet), and what they saw was camera’s being mixed and matched with different recorders and lenses, so they kept that in mind when they set out in designing the new camera series. What...Continue Reading "Panasonic VariCam HS"
The Canon CINE-SERVO CN7x17 KAS S is a Super 35mm 17–120mm T2.95 lens you can shoot cinema, broadcast news, or run-and-gun with it on your next corporate shoot. There really is not much this servo lens cannot do. Canon designed this servo lens for the new market of 4K cameras, and they designed it to be good enough to mount on a studio camera or bring along on your next ENG shoot.Continue Reading "Canon CINE-SERVO CN7x17 KAS S"
As media professionals providing internal and external business communication solutions it can be challenging to market ourselves, departments, and product lines to key stake holders. How do you make your products and services current and relevant within your organization? Creating a digital magazine is a great example of how a marketing manager within a massive organization like Sony is able to elevate a product line and make management take notice.Continue Reading "Communication Professionals Marketing Themselves"
Do you work in public relations, social media or advertising? If so, this blog post is for you. In your line of work, you’re constantly hearing the buzz around brand videos and their effectiveness. From Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches to Volvo Truck’s Epic Split, companies have been successfully using video to captivate their audiences, share critical brand messaging and spark conversation.Continue Reading "For Marketers: 4 Ways Video Can Enhance Your Communications Efforts"
After NAB each year one question gets tossed around between our clients, crews, and friends on social media. “What did you see at NAB that we need to check out?” We talk about production gear that we will showcase on our video podcast Information Overdrive. Our friends chat about cool solutions they played with on the NAB show floor. Here is Crews Control’s list of new and noteworthy equipment and solutions from NAB 2014.Continue Reading "NAB 2014 Review: Gear that Will Make You Go Ahh"
Every DP gets the same feeling when they hear, “client wants green screen”. It starts with the thought of “how small of a room are they going to jam us into this time to do this”?Continue Reading "Fix it with Green Screen"
Information and technology aren’t dirty words but if you say these two little letters together (IT) to a media manager you may see a grimace that will say otherwise. There is no way around the fact that media managers need IT to accomplish the goals within their departments. Recently, we attended a CMMA regional conference in Atlanta titled “The Value of Partnerships for Media Managers”. One of the topics discussed throughout the meeting was how media professionals can work more...Continue Reading "Media Managers Working with IT"
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