Updating My Lighting Paradigm With The Godox VL300

While researching the latest trends in LED lighting, the Godox VL300 seemed to be reliable and a great value based upon reviews and tests
My first LED panel light, the Cool Light CL600. While it had several advantages over the Arri Fresnel’s I was used to, mainly heat and power draw, its output and color accuracy weren’t as good. Lighting in 2020 has come a long way from where it was just a few short years ago. The choices we have today in different styles, builds and fixtures... Read more

Get It Off Your Desk And Get Organized, Part 1

If your home studio has become cluttered while working from home full time, here are some ways to get organized
Get It Off Your Desk, Part 1
This is the “before” image of my desktop workspace. Next month, I’ll unveil the “after” shot, showing how I improved, organized, streamlined and expanded my desk space for a live streaming, multi-camera studio. I came to a sobering realization recently—my desk is a mess. Not just with clutter, but in the way that my desk works for me.... Read more

How To Buy Unobtainable Production Gear

Buying new production gear in 2020 is proving to be a bit difficult
The Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro was introduced well after the pandemic and quarantine hit and, therefore, has been almost impossible to actually buy. Blackmagic Design can’t make enough units to satisfy demand. This is one that I hunted down and purchased four weeks after the unit was announced. How did I find it? Read on. Buying new production... Read more
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Starting Organized, Part 3

A look at the last two folders of the Master Folder structure: Media and ProjectFiles
I previously wrote about how getting organized can help you to be more efficient so that you spend more time editing and less time managing media. I suggested that if you take the time to create a “master” folder structure, you can copy that structure as you begin each project, rather than recreating a new system each time. And in Part 1 of this... Read more

Starting Organized, Part 2

A look at the next four folders in the master folder structure
Previously, I wrote about how getting organized can help you to be more efficient so that you spend more time editing and less time managing media. I suggested that if you take the time to create a “master” folder structure, you can copy that structure as you begin each project rather than recreating a new system each time. And in Part 1 of this... Read more

Live Streaming From The Zoo

There's a growing demand for higher-end, more sophisticated live stream services
Live Streaming From The Zoo
The 2020 Los Angeles Zoo Beastly Ball was a live event that we produced as a live stream event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine. The event raised over a million dollars for the Los Angeles Zoo. What Kind Of Production Is Happening During Quarantine? Here we are a few months into quarantine in Southern California. Work has been... Read more

Starting Organized, Part 1

Creating a master folder structure
Previously, I wrote about how keeping organized can help you to be more efficient so that you spend more time editing and less time managing media. I suggested that if you take the time to create a “master” folder structure, you can copy that structure as you begin each project, rather than recreating a new system each time. So, what might that... Read more

Getting Organized

A little work on the front end can help you stay organized
Getting Organized
When I edit, the more time I spend on non-editing tasks, the more the project suffers. That’s why I make sure that my workflow for tasks like outputting approvals and ingesting footage are nailed down with presets that I’ve worked out ahead of time. But there’s an even more important process that makes me efficient: organization. Being... Read more

How Is 2020 Going To Change The Camera Market?

A look at the current state of the pro video camera market and how the pandemic has affected it
How Is 2020 Going To Change The Camera Market?
2020 may be looked back upon in the near future as the year that everything changed. This is a still from the last production I shot pre-quarantine, just a week before the stay at home order was issued. Heading into 2020 from 2019 saw a lot of excitement in the professional video/mirrorless hybrid/digital cinema camera space. We saw several new cameras... Read more

Taking It Online

Preparing yourself to grow your skill set and utilize it in new ways for potential clients and audiences will likely become a part of our “new normal”
Taking It Online
Is 2020 the year that live streaming graduates to the mainstream and beyond? Circumstances seem to be dictating that may come true. Since we’re still smack in the middle of the great quarantine of 2020, and many of us are heading into month three of little to no paying work, I want to talk about taking it online. As witnessed by a casual browse through... Read more

Remote Editing, Part 4

Did it work?
I wrote about getting the right connections for remote editing. I talked about encoding so I could stream my session live. Last time, I examined the whole concept of latency—how delayed the stream would be when it arrived at a client’s location. Now the questions are “Did it work?” and “What did I stream?” Even though I went through various... Read more

Sound Devices Steps Up During Pandemic

Doing well by doing good
Sound Devices Steps Up
In 2017, I purchased the Sound Devices Mix Pre 3, a small mixer/recorder that’s perfect for more video-oriented users who want to record better quality audio as well. First, a bit of history on my part. I’ve been using equipment from manufacturer Sound Devices for about 10 years. I’m not a full-time location sound mixer; I record sound on many... Read more
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