FCATV.ORG Coffee Mug – Google Auto-Awesome

FCA Coffee Mug Animation

 

Thanks Google+ Auto Awesome, I love these little gems in my Google photo gallery.

Using Draw.io for Video Production

Draw.io LogoOver the past few years I’ve really embraced the “cloud” in my professional workflows. Google Drive is my primary cloud service and I use third party applications that extend the basic office tools in Drive.

Draw.io is one of those apps that I’ve discovered, a wonderful (and free) tool that offers a web based drawing for floor plans, network diagrams, and mind maps. The documents can be saved to various cloud storage services, including Google Drive.

Today I was able to sketch up a quick floorplan for a nine camera video production using Draw.io and I’m happy with the results. The drawing took me about an hour and half, I could spend some more time cleaning it up and color coding things better, but I’m happy with the results.

We will be covering two musical performances over the course of one weekend inside a high school gymnasium. The gym lighting will be shut off and our crew will light and shoot both concerts for air on local community TV and for student/family keepsakes.

The production is ultra low-budget using existing equipment resources and a volunteer crew.

Here’s a screenshot of my draft 1.0 Draw.io camera plan:

Draw.io TV Production Camera Plan Layoout
Draw.io TV Production Camera Plan Layoout

MacBreak Studio Reviews All the Final Cut 10.2 New Features

Video Production Trade News – Week of April 5th

Each week I share select trade news articles with students enrolled in my New England Tech video production classes. It’s critical in any field to remain current, follow emerging trends, best practices, and the various challenges that face the industry.

Below are some articles from the past week that were discussed during class:

1. April Fools – Having Fun & Viral Marketing

Entertainment, fun, and a bit of viral marketing are the ingredients of most April Fools spoofs and jokes online. Google began their April 1st tradition back in 2000 and it seems to grow every year:

2015: Introducing Dial-Up Mode

2015: Google Actual Cloud Platform

2. Professional Recording with Smartphone

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 9.25.19 PMVideo and Audio professionals often like to experiment technology, looking for hidden gems, hacks, tricks, and tweaks that could help them in the future. Many of us wouldn’t think of using our smart phone for professional voice over work, but their are some tools available that might be a great resource when traveling or if your budget is tight.

USB Audio Recorder PRO (Link to App on Play Store) was recently reviewed by  Allan Tépper of Pro Video Coalition , including a sample recording using a digital microphone. This app offers professional recording sample rates, 48 kHz/24-bit and is compatible with a large number of digital microphones, check out the list.

This app would also work with an Android Tablet. There are also a number of similar apps available for Apple devices. While this might not be optimal for everyday use, it could be a great trick to know about and have available for backup or when you need to travel super light.

 3. Voice Activated Levitation Mode: Ghost Camera Stabilizer

4. First-ever Ultra HD Phantom Flex4k drone footage

Video Production Trade News – Week of March 29th

Each week I share select trade news articles with students enrolled in my New England Tech video production classes. It’s critical in any field to remain current, follow emerging trends, best practices, and the various challenges that face the industry.

Below are some articles from the past week that were discussed during class:

1. NABShow 2015 – nabshow.com

Each year the National Association of Broadcasters offers a trade show for industry professionals. The “NAB Show” is held during the month of April in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This year the show is April 11th-16th and we should expect to see countless new products, updates, and other “trade news” over the next few weeks. Many equipment manufacturers schedule big announcements to coincide with the NAB Show.

TV Technology is already reporting on some of the new gear and product announcements that will be released during this years show:

http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/nab–satellite–remote-product-preview/275110

This year the hot topics of conversation will include:

  • Over-the-Top (OTT) Content Delivery
  • Progress with 4K
  • Aerial Robotics and Drone Technology and Related Legal Issues

2. The Creativity Top 5: The Best Brand Ideas of the Week – Ad Age

In my classes this quarter we will be discussing the extremely diverse topic, “Corporate Media”. This could include everything from training videos to advertising, employee communications, etc.

Ad Age is a wonderful trade magazine publication and news portal offering information on the latest trends in media.

Check out this recent video posted on Ad Age –  “The Best Brand Ideas of the Week”

Spring Skiing Weekend with Family

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Enjoyed a great day of spring skiing with the family at King Pine Ski Area.

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My Best Side Made the Paper

ValleyBreezeMarch2015Always strange to open up your local newspaper and see yourself, especially not realizing the photo was taken in the first place. Yikes!

 

Morning Sun through Fog at Lincoln Woods State Park

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Heavy rain last night landed on record amounts of snow from the past few weeks. Spring is on it’s way!

Swan on the Blackstone near Albion Bridge

Swan on the Blackstone near the Albion Bridge

3/1/15 – Blackstone River Swan near the Albion Bridge in Cumberland, Rhode Island. The Albion Bridge was built in 1885 by the Boston Bridge Works.