Airdrie Can Dance

We had some fun the past few weeks collecting the spirit of Airdrie through dance. Thank you to all of you that participated with this spontaneous request. With the help of Creative Airdrie and Airdrie Life, we got it done. Enjoy!

5 Reasons to Choose a Professional Video Production Company versus Trying to Do It Yourself

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Click here to find out the 5 reasons

Night Time Lapse video

In the 11th hour… literally, my wife and I decided to pack the van with camera gear, sleeping bags, folding chairs and, of course, some junk food to head out into the country in hopes of capturing the aurora borealis (or the northern lights) with time lapse. It was June 23rd, just a couple of days past the summer solstice.  Of course, what this means is that, it takes forever for the sun to set. This was OK with me as it game me time to set up a few different angles and positions as the sun was going down

I used a simple setup consisting of Canon 60D, EF 16-35mm 2.8F lenses, remote timer controller, tripod, headlamp and Twizzlers (important). Keeping the camera in manual, I adjusted the ISO and shutter to keep the balance of light and lowest noise possible. I set the camera to RAW and its lowest size. Aiming for 15 finished seconds each clip, I would adjust the intervalometer to about 4 or 5 second intervals. Ultimately this meant sitting around and swatting mosquitoes for about 37.5 minutes for each segment.

It was close to 1:00 am when the sky finally got fully dark with a slight bit of glow to the north. It seemed like it was going to be a bust as we couldn’t see the northern lights anywhere. My wife was curled up inside her sleeping bag… sleeping, and the camera lens was collecting heavy dew when I decided to shut down.

On our way back home, just a kilometer down the road, there they were! Streaks of light dancing across the sky. We quickly pulled onto a gravel road and took out the gear. The lights were dancing so fast that I needed to speed up the timer to catch the movement.  Therefore, I had to also decrease the shutter and increas3 ISO so that the shutter and timer wouldn’t collide.

Of course, mother nature doesn’t always do want you want.  Just when I got it set up and started the timer, the lights would seem to stop in that area of frame and start dancing like crazy out of frame.  But I had to be patient and keep the camera pointed in one spot otherwise I would get a bunch of 1 second finished clips.

It was now almost 3:00 a.m.  There were junk food wrappers all over the van and the sleeping bags were damp with dew.  But I got what I wanted.   A great night!

Stay tuned for my next entry, regarding post-production.

Is sound really important?

Have you ever started to watch a video on-line and then shut if off after no more than 10 seconds because it just didn’t catch your attention?    This could be for many reasons but  one of the usual reasons is that the sound on the production was really bad.  Even if the content and visual appearance is OK, poor audio may be one of the reasons your customer moves on to a competitors site.

Using a clip on mic (lav), or a mic close to the subject, is often all that is needed to achieve a better result.   There are lots of little details to think about when putting together a solid video.  Its easy to miss something small like the location and direction of the mic.

We offerAudio Choices small tips to individuals and corporations who need advice on how to improve their video productions.  Better yet, we can save them time and money by taking on their video production and making sure all aspects are done right.  Give us a call.

Adobe Seminar

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This weekend I will be attending Premiere Pro World Conference which will be held in San Jose, California.Created specifically for experienced TV, film and video editors and broadcasters, Premiere Pro World Conference provides intensive training on Adobe Premiere Pro functionalities, creative possibilities and effective workflows. With a healthy dose of both technical and creative sessions.

We will be going to visit the mothership, a full day at Adobe’s Silicon Valley Headquarters! Featuring panels, presentations workshops, keynotes, an expo as well as evening social event.

Looking forward to this.

Heli Shoot Preparation

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I got a call last week to do a shoot for one of my oil and gas clients . This project involves shooting out of a helicopter for an aerial perspective as well as ground footage which will be on location just below NWT on the BC ridge . My client has just acquired a new frac division and would like it documented and captured for promotional purposes.

Now for the planning. I have decided to rent a kenon mini gyro to stabilize the camera. This unit is not cheap and is not light to pack. The battery itself is about 40 lbs which will be strapped the floor of the chopper. The gyro itself is lighter but can either be placed on the lap or on a suspension shaft that be added to the bottom. With this rental unit, it will add 95 lbs to my boarding weight.

Since I will be doing air and ground shots, i will be bringing my tripod, but will use my lighter manfrotto head and my Miller sticks. My cameras of choice will be my new Panny HPX250 for video and Canon 60D for stills.

All the other add ons will be the gear required for safety for both in the air and on the ground. Harnesses, lanyards, helmet, gloves, boots and safety glasses.
All together I am carrying 180 lbs of gear.

New Website

We’ve just put the new website online and are looking forward to adding several exciting new features to make showcasing our work just a little more beautiful! If you’re so inclined, please feel free to reach out, contact us and let us know what you think! We would also be very interested in hearing about any video projects you may need production services for.