vDSLRs are not smaller & lighter, nor cheaper.

When I started in the video biz, I had a 3-chip Sony M7 cabled to a separate VO8800 3/4 SP deck with 20-minute tapes and two batteries. It produced very pretty images. Today I carry a phone that shoots HD. My phone is smaller and lighter than the camcorders I started with.

But I am so very tired of vDSLR (HDSLR, EVIL, whatever) fanatics touting that one of the greatest features of the format is that they are so “run & gun” so “small & light” and yet offer so much capability. You mean like full HD output on a big screen, built in stereo audio, XLR inputs, audio metering, waveform, headphone outputs, multiple HD video outputs, on-shoulder balance, easy to toggle and adjust manual settings for focus, zoom, iris, shutter, gain and white balance while shooting? Able to shoot for hours at a time for live events? You know, those features, aside from “it looks pretty” that professionals need all the time?

Well, it turns out that the smaller & lighter vDSLRs can indeed offer many of those features, by throwing away the notion of smaller & lighter. So I wish people would stop touting it as a “you get smaller & lighter AND you get real pro camcorder features.” Continue reading “vDSLRs are not smaller & lighter, nor cheaper.”

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You Tube Rents Videos – Mine Included!

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. Continue reading “You Tube Rents Videos – Mine Included!”

Dell UltraSharp U3011 a 30-inch IPS monitor for critical color grading.

There’s a great article on the Pro Video Coalition about doing critical color grading using the latest generation of “in plane switching” IPS LCD monitors which offer the widest gamut of color and accuracy yet achieved on LCD monitors.

I bring this up because Dell has just announced a 30″ IPS monitor that may well be the de-facto choice for color grading do to its sheer size (as far as computer monitors go) and high resolution for a great price.

You see, whereas “broadcast” monitors cost a hefty premium, say $3000 and up for critical color work, these “consumer” monitors brandish price tags around $1000 and can be calibrated to work for critical color post. Continue reading “Dell UltraSharp U3011 a 30-inch IPS monitor for critical color grading.”

10 Minutes to air is NOT time for Fundamental Change.

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… Continue reading “10 Minutes to air is NOT time for Fundamental Change.”

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