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Seaworld Silent Night

January 6, 2016

We were contracted by SeaWorld to produce all of the animation for their in-park show, “Shamu’s Christmas.” The animations were designed to be shown on stadium-sized screens at Shamu Stadium in San Diego and were seen by tens of thousands of park visitors every holiday season. Our task was to produce seven unique video segments, each timed to their own music tracks that were cut in Nashville. 

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CND’S Jan Arnold on The Value of Instructional Videos

December 21, 2015

Bill Gruber:
And welcome to another BizVid Communications video blog.  Today I’m talking with Jan Arnold, the co-founder of CND…Creative Nail Design a mega company in the fashion business.  In fact I want to talk about CND and what your mission is.

Jan Arnold:
CND is the world leader of professional nails, fashion and beauty.  We are a manufacturer of over 400 products.  We distribute in close to 90 countries so it keeps us very, very busy.  We provide products for nail professionals in order to do gorgeous manicures, Shellac manicures, pedicures….we do it all for nails.

CND is a division of Revlon and they have been a client of ours for some 8 years.  Early on, CND adopted video as a method  of training.  We’ve been fortunate to produce many videos for CND that are seen internationally.  What kind of feedback to you get from the videos that you distribute?

Well, the videos are invaluable because we are in the art business.  Everything we do is  visual and our nail professionals and their clients want to see what we are doing and how we are doing it and relate it to the products. So the visual medium sees everything we do on Instagram, in fact all social media.  It’s also in the classroom and in salons around the world.  We couldn’t do what we do without the work that you do.

In fact a lot of the videos that we do are translated into many different languages, correct?

Yes, that’s correct.  We translate the videos into some 25 different languages.  If you can believe it?

And does it translate well?

It does translate well as long as we have good translators.  It’s very interesting…if we are talking about a monomer or a polymer which we call a “liquid” and a “powder”, in some countries they translate that into “water” and  “flower.”  So we have to hire translators that really understand the nail lingo.  That’s one of the keys to translation, yes.

Well CND has harnessed the power of video and it’s a tool that’s used by numerous companies around the world and we are pleased to be a part of your mix and thank you very much and thanks for joining us today.

Thank you….my pleasure.

How to Separate a Stereo Track in Premiere Pro

December 5, 2015

Welcome to another in a series of video tutorials from San Diego video production company, BizVid Communications. Today I am going to show you how to separate a stereo audio channel into two mono channels. You may ask “why do that?” Well, in in the clip I’m going to use today, I have a stereo track that in actuality, is made up of two different microphones….one for each of the subjects.

You can see in the video what I am talking about. And since each of these gentlemen speak at different levels; I need to split their audio tracks out so that I can control the volume of each, separately.  As you will see, this is a very easy process. The first thing you have to know is that you cannot begin by having the clip already in the timeline.  It won’t work.  So, in the Project window, position your mouse on the clip and right click.  Next, scroll to “Modify” then over to “Audio Channels” and click.

This brings up a window that gives me some choices…so let’s take them one at a time:

First I am asked what format I want.  As you see it defaults to “Stereo.”  I want “Mono” so I click the drop-down and select “Mono.”  Next, it wants to know how many audio channels I want to work with.  In this case I want two channels.  And finally, it wants to know how to separate the stereo track and in my case, I want to build an audio track from the left channel and an audio track from the right channel.  Once I’m satisfied with the configuration, I click “okay.”

Now, in the “Project” panel, it does not appear that any change has taken place.  Fact is, you won’t notice it until the clip is clicked and dragged into the Timeline.  When I do, you can see that there are now two separate audio tracks giving me much more control over the manipulation of each.  For example, I need to increase the volume of this clip here, so I will right click, then position my mouse on “Audio Gain” and click.  Next I will increase the track volume by 8 decibels and click. As you can see, it only effected audio track two.

And there you have it: an easy way to separate a stereo track into two or more different tracks.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and that it has been helpful. To see the kind of work we do, be sure to visit our website, or our YouTube channel for other video tutorials on a variety of subjects.  Thanks for watching.

Teledyne Impulse

November 2, 2015

BizVid’s “How To” video for their client, Teledyne Impulse, features a revolutionary thermal wire stripper product for preparing various gauges of wire and cable for uses in assembly of all sorts.  This informative video is captivating to the client’s users, while keeping production costs low. BizVid decided to begin the video with the use of the split screen to display the numerous applications of the patented StripAll Handheld Thermal Wire Strippers.
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Adding Timecode to a Premiere Pro Project

October 27, 2015

Welcome to another Premiere Pro video tutorial produced by San Diego video production company, BizVid Communications.  Today I am going to show you how to insert a timecode window into a video project.  At BizVid, we use timecode when sending a review version of a project to a client.  This allows the client to make precise edit notes by referencing the exact point in the project where they would like changes made or titles added, etc.

As you can see, I already have the clips in the timeline and I could assign timecode to each clip but for todays example, I’m going to run the code across the whole project.  So the first thing I will do is right click in the Project window scroll to  “New Item” then to “Transparent Video” and click.  This brings up a “Video Settings” window which will default to the project settings so click “OK.”

Now, from the “Project Window” and will click and drag the “Transparent Video”  onto the top layer so that the timecode sits on top of everything else then extend to for the duration of the sequence. And because it is transparent video, there is nothing to see.  Next is to put the timecode onto the transparent video.

So, I go to effects and in type in the Search window, “Timecode” and Premiere Pro finds it for me.  Next I click and drag the effect onto the Transparent video track and you can see that it appears over here.  Next, I go to the “Effects Controls”  where I’ll find the Timecode settings.  You can see there is a little indicator here….that’s for “fields” and since my project is “progressive” I will turn ioff the field symbol by unchecking.

Okay…now I want to make the background a little darker so that the code will be more visible over lighter clips.  That’s easy…in “Effects Controls”  I’ll change the opacity from 40% to 100%.  Next, I want to change the size of the window to something smaller.  Again, in “Effects Controls”  I’ll change size from the default 15% to 10%.

Next, I want to move it from the bottom of the screen to the top right, so I will click the little box next to the word, “Timecode” which will allow me to click and drag the code window to any position I want.  Okay, next is to get the timecode to match the actual runtime of the project.

As you can see, timecode says…..while the runtime says…….So, in the “Effects Panel” you see that the code is set to “Media” and we need to switch that to “Re-Generate” and now the two match and we are ready to export to our client for their comments.  So that’s how you add a timecode window to your project.

You appreciate you watching this tutorial and invite you to visit our website, and we invite you to subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay current as we post more video tutorials…thanks for watching.

Link: Talking Head Video Tricks

September 29, 2015

Hello blog friends, Caz here. We want to spend a little time talking about some behind the scenes when we do video productions on yours and other clients’ behalf.

Sometimes we do videos which we call the “talking head” where we have basically the head and shoulders. But if you were to look behind the scenes, you would realize there is a lot that goes into this simple approach. We have lights in various other directions.

We have spotlights covering the face and fill lights covering the side to diminish shadows. We have lights that augment the plants and background props. We also have monitors to help the director and clients see the action in a broadcast setting.

On this particular shoot, we have employed a three person crew: a cameraman/director, a grip to help move lights and equipment, and the client liaison or producer.

Doing a talking head video is more than just having a person sit down and talk to the camera. BizVid has other techniques and considerations which come together to make a video production look good.

Another thing that BizVid does is catalogue the video information. One of the tools we often use is called a slate. This is placed in front of the camera before we begin taping the scene. As you can see, it carries all the pertinent information that an editor will need to edit that particular scene into the complete video.

We also help the editor, because when a speaker makes a mistake, the cameraman can zoom closer or further back so that when the mistake is corrected, the camera will be zoomed or pulled back to a different focal point to stay away from what we call jump cuts. The end result is that the viewer thinks it was a continuous stream of eloquence, but the editor and cameraman knows that it took a lot more work behind the scenes to make the person in front of the camera be the best they can be on a client’s behalf.

This has been another quick blog from BizVid Communications. Thanks for joining us.

CDEX Scanner

September 13, 2015

An innovative product launch demands the innovative thinking and production skills of BizVid Communications.  The battle against illegal meth and other drugs is all the more winnable with detection devices and software like the CDEX Pocket Scanner, which is similar to its big brother, CDEX meth scanner.This condensed version is more easily transported by law enforcement officers, while offering the same irrefutable evidence of illegal drugs and drug residue.

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Cal State University, San Marcos – “Leaving Your Mark”

September 7, 2015

The strategy for this video was simple:  Use existing students to encourage incoming students about the culture and scholastic benefits tied to this university and its beautiful campus. CSU, San Marcos chose BizVid Communications to craft their video because of our extensive experience in inspiring commanding interviews and pulling together unforgettable visuals.

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Curvex Razors

August 28, 2015

The challenge was clear: Position the Curvex curved blade razor alongside the industry shaving leaders by illustrating its ease of use, reasonable pricing and streamline design. BizVid Communications was called upon to build an informational video showcasing several models using this innovative razor design on ladies’ legs, men’s faces and domes.
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KARR Security Systems

August 21, 2015

Videos for this after-sale automotive service were designed to present to new car buyers after they had made the decision on a new car purchase, yet before the final financing was arranged. During this brief window of opportunity, BizVid Communications was called upon to display this unique video approach.
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