Production Stills from recent projects...
BizVid Communications is a San Diego based video production company owned by Bill Gruber and Caz Taylor. Together we have over 50 years of video production experience and we like to blog about video production, marketing and business.
April 23rd, 2012
San Diego video production company, BizVid Communications, has attended the NAB convention in Las Vegas for several years. It is a great way to witness broad industry transition of technology in both broadcast and video. With the advent of digital, great efficiencies are the order of the day. Thousands of people in various disciplines attend NAB, looking for that special something that will help make their craft easier. And, they come from all over the world.
The big “buzz” at this year’s event is the popularity of SLR video capture. SLR comes in many forms and from various manufacturers like Canon, Minolta and Sony. It is a camera that offers so much flexibility in terms of depth of field, film look and other related aspects. And, it looks just like your standard still picture camera.
Another popular piece of equipment on display this year was the GoPro…a palm sized high def camera built to attach to skis, skateboards, helmets or anything one can imagine. Then there is the Mini-Caster. The Mini-Caster is a compact box that links a video camera to a laptop for instant live stream of video and audio. Also on display were several models of DVD duplicators. These units fit on a desk and can duplicate and label hundreds of disks in a short period of time.
Most of the larger booths provide the visitor with a live demonstration of the product being displayed. Such demonstrations help boost sales for the vendor but, more importantly, provide the visitor with a better understanding of the product itself. A full three days are required to see everything at the NAB. And, there is no better way to see it all then in this venue.
April 18th, 2011
We just returned from the gigantic NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) event in Las Vegas. Two days of circuitous wandering of the convention floors wasn’t enough time to see everything, but BizVid Communications’ Bill Gruber and Caz Taylor gave it a good effort. We come back with even greater knowledge to apply to our clients’ video projects.
As expected, High Definition video was in vogue this year. Simply defined, the more resolution and pixels per video frame the greater the memory requirements and the clearer the picture. While clients that desire videos for the internet most often choose what is known as Standard Definition, some of the more “high end” projects are now going HD (High Def). Memory and buffering speed become issues in this newer format. If all prospective viewers of one’s video have the software and playback capabilities to view this memory-intensive approach, HD may be the way to go. BizVid includes this HD option to our clients, as appropriate.
We also had fun reviewing the 3-D technologies and the various companies offering them. It was captivating to see how they blended live 3-D characters with green screened animated images. Further, mega companies like Panasonic, JVC and Sony offered beautifully lit sets and onsite actors, along with 3-D and other cameras, where the convention passersby could actually zoom and pan to their hearts’ content.
Good sound can make a big difference in a video production. During our NAB visit, we purchased another music library with a distinct difference. The company, called SmartSound offers many types of music which can be customized in ways heretofore unheard of. The software will actually render your selected music to the exact timeframe you direct. Further, special musical highlights can be added where ever the editor desires. Music tempo and instruments can be adjusted on the spot. We’re excited to begin using this software to turn our clients’ great productions into greater productions.
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