Five signs you made your own video

Everyone loves video but there are the occasions where creating it is best left to professionals. In fact, in some cases, poor quality video can hurt vs. help your business. We’ve identified five factors every video creator should solve before attempting to make their own content.     1. Earthquakes Shaky footage can easily be avoided by using a tripod. Many cameras have really wonderful image stabilization but there’s really no substitute for a solid shot from a good tripod. 2. Nose hair Using the built in camera on your laptop is great for making quick videos but consider putting...

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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 Special Effects on a Budget

Want to add special effects to your videos but don’t want to spend a fortune? You may be surprised to learn that it can be affordable if you’re up for trying some unconventional approaches. Below, we’ve detailed a project where we created an invisible whiteboard. We’re fortunate to work with some really wonderful people. One of our favorites is Dr. Woodie Flowers, emeritus professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. If his name sounds familiar, he was the original host of the PBS series Scientific American Frontiers. We’ve created many videos with the professor and each one has had a unique...

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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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Choosing a background for your next video shoot.

An important thing to consider for any video shoot is the background choice. Not every location has an ideal room for shooting so in many instances, we create a background. Once we learn about a project, we try to determine what the background should be and then see if it exists at the shoot location. Unfortunately, even if the perfect spot is available, it might be near an area that is too noisy or not big enough to fit all the equipment. Not every project has the budget to bring in a set decorator to “prop” a location, so it’s important to be flexible on smaller budget shoots. The photos...

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LED Location Lighting: Faster, Better, Greener

So for anyone who’s ever been involved in a video shoot, you know there’s a lot of lighting involved. Indoor shooting, outdoor shooting, daytime or night, there are lights. Hot lights. Heavy lights. Lights with bulbs containing dangerous chemicals like mercury and phosphorous. What’s a video production company like Duchin Productions to do? Invest in LED lighting, that’s what. You’ve probably heard the term LED lighting for some time now, but what’s it all about? Well, first off, LED stands for light-emitting diode. To fully explain that, we’d have to get into recombining electrons, a...

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