Challenges of video recording in Anechoic chambers

It’s no secret that we love science and technology.  On this particular day, we knew we’d be shooting some RFID technology but we didn’t know we’d have to shoot inside an Anechoic chamber.  We’ll skip the details on what the room is and just tell you it’s really, really, really quiet inside.  This particular room was filled with pointed foam acoustic tiles everywhere.  This might not seem like too much of a problem until you consider lighting.  Normally we have lots of flat floor to place our hot lights however this was far from the case.  A combination of...

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Video recording in stores

There are huge advantages to some of our shoots.  Besides working with great people on this training video, we were also able to do a bit of food shopping afterwards.  This particular food store remained open during our time there but we wanted to avoid getting customers in the shots.  One trick is to raise the camera to the maximum height which limits how much is in the background and at the same times makes for some great perspective...

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Traveling with video equipment

Going on remote locations around the world often isn’t a glamorous as many people think.  It takes more time to get through security lines and the really expensive pieces like cameras should all be hand carried.  Sometimes we’re able to take smaller cameras but it’s now always feasible.  On this particular trip, the camera fit in the overhead bin.  One trick we’ve learned over the years is to pack along some inflatable neck pillows.  These can be inflated and used to help protect the camera and other spare parts we bring...

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Turn Software Demos into Videos

Web based demos are great tools for prospective customers and both your internal sales and training departments. We’re frequently asked to create these software demos or sometimes just tweak existing materials.  Our experience has taught us a few tricks to make them really effective and we love sharing them. Here are a few: Script: People who can do an effective software demo are hard to find.  The successful ones laser focus on the topic at hand, and they’re able to control the annoying “ums” and “ahs.” We always suggest creating a custom script that’s pertinent to your audience that...

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Video Special Effects using PowerPoint

We frequently encourage clients to use programs like PowerPoint and Keynote to help get their ideas across. One of our longtime friends and clients, Sargent Production Services was tasked to go one step further. He was asked to produce a video but use Keynote slides and animations as a substitute for traditional video animation. The presenter, Dr. Woodie Flowers is an advanced user of Keynote (Apple’s version of PowerPoint) and is the mastermind behind the project. Not many people would attempt something this challenging but in theory, everything was going to work. We recorded Woodie...

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Ten tips for recording great audio with your SmartPhone

Today’s SmartPhones are really, really smart. We often forget all of the things they’re capable of doing, like recording audio. We’d like to share some simple tips to get fantastic results with these hand-held marvels. 1. Turn off the phone and alert features. The first thing you must do is turn off all things that could interrupt the recording such as calendar alerts, text messaging, reminder alarms and most importantly, the phone feature. 2. Place the device close to the sound source. If there’s a sound system, try getting the phone near a speaker. If there’s...

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