10 Tips for Shooting in Detroit

August 18th, 2014 by

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 remarkable landscapes. With that said, here are the Top 10 hints for you to remember when shooting in the commonly misunderstood city of Detroit, Michigan.

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

August 13th, 2014 by

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 great record length times or max file sizes. The camera has four 3G-SDI outputs for multiple accessories like 4K Monitors, viewfinders, as well as the AJA Raw recorder to record 4K resolution at up to 120 frames per second. The camera also has a Thunderbolt connector to output to the AJA Raw recorder at 4K up to 30 frames per second.

10 Tools Every DP Should Have in their Kit

July 30th, 2014 by

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.

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

July 16th, 2014 by

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 their power consumption.

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

July 10th, 2014 by

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.

Field Recorder Review

July 8th, 2014 by

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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