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You Tube Rents Videos – Mine Included!

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

YouTube recently added rentals to their streaming portfolio, and with a catalogue of outdoor adventure videos that were basically sitting dormant here, I decided to bring the entire video series into the new Millennium- including direct sales on Amazon, streaming on Amazon Unbox, rentals on YouTube and availability on Netflix’ portfolio.

I’m in the finishing the Amazon process with my first video there, and was just notified that two of my videos were approved for rental on YouTube. Read more…

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How NOT to treat production professionals.

July 22, 2010 12 comments

I can understand shrinking budgets. I can understand low budget production, I can understand working for free. But so many of these videos have popped up in the past year or so that it demonstrates a bit of push-back: the abuse of production professionals is really becoming an epidemic.

If two ops, a camera package, with ENG audio and basic lights used to cost $1200/10 then why do producers, or corporate people who are needing a video made, somehow think it’s now okay to pay $500 for it? Read more…

Don’t miss a TechThought. E-mail subscriptions now available.

July 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Sure RSS is fancy, there’s Twitter & Facebook… but if you subscribe to enough stuff, or get busy on a project, you are simply not going to scroll through pages of stuff to try and make sure you didn’t miss a phenomenal article from me. Well, now you can subscribe by e-mail.

When I post, You’ll get an e-mail that will just sit in your in-bin till you have the time. I use it to follow other essential blogs and find it far better than chasing down good info through so many other various methods– especially since e-mail is an absolute requirement when it comes to business tools. Facebook, Twitter, RSS, etc, not so much. Computers should be doing the work for us, and e-mail subscriptions make that happen.

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iPhone 4 Shoots Motorcycle Race to Pike’s Peak- Impresses Doubters

July 3, 2010 Leave a comment

There’s plenty of iPhone 4 videos hitting YouTube. Suddenly, anyone with the new iPhone is a moviemaker. I guess it’s like owning a pencil, everyone is the next Stephen King. Or a paintbrush, everyone is the next Michelangelo.

But there are certainly a few standouts that demonstrate that creativity and storytelling ability shines through no matter what the production medium. Hoptocopter Films is one such production company. Read more…

When is a trade news site not useful? When it does so little.

July 2, 2010 2 comments

DV Magazine onlineI’m just one person. I write when there’s time between jobs, or while stuff renders, etc. But I try to really make it interesting and useful to readers. In fact, in the 2 years I published elsewhere, and not touched a single thing on this site, the articles I wrote here were STILL garnering some 50 page views a day. This is down dramatically from when I was publishing new content, but testimony to the quality of the work I produce.

So it really bugs me when I see competitors to TechThoughts, and to EventDV Magazine and Web site, for which I am a owner, and contributing editor, respectively, getting traffic for writing as little as TWO SENTENCES and linking to something else. Read more…

10 Minutes to air is NOT time for Fundamental Change.

June 30, 2010 1 comment

clockAn 8 am crew call for a Noon live webcast makes total sense in the total production scheme of events. There’s a lot to set up, review, practice, re-adjust, and more that those 4 hours literally just fly by. I was recently tapped by Magic Video, Inc. To oversee and direct a live webcast for a corporation announcing a name change and philosophy reorganization to their key personnel. The announcement to the public and shareholders will come later.

Crew were all on hand early, making sure all the technical aspects of the production were up to speed and ready for that “red light” of live production. The talent, meaning the two CEOs of the company, didn’t arrive till 20 minutes before air, they had rewritten the script and, instead of bullet points, they said they wanted to read it verbatim. All those changes with 15 minutes to go? Time to scramble… Read more…

Apple v. Adobe. – FCS v. CS5. – The choice is pretty clear.

June 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Adobe CS5 boxAdobe has really been pushing the limits when it comes to what the software package can do. From CS3, which was nice, but had a few carryover PC apps from a recent purchase, to CS4 which broke new ground in terms of authoring DVD’s for Flash, video in a PDF, and more.

Now CS5 jumps a whole new direction with 64-bit ONLY computing. This cuts some old computers off, but with a decent system, you can access tons more RAM. Add to this the new Mercury Engine using GPU to handle video processing and you can handle multiple streams of heavily compressed video where one stream used to choke a computer. Specifically I mean H.264 and AVCHD, which seem to becoming defacto standards in tapeless acquisition these days.

In an article in EventDV Magazine, Jan Ozer does a pretty nice head-to head comparison and Read more…