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Featured Articles

Tutorial: H.264 Encoding in Apple Compressor and Adobe Media Encoder

If you're a streaming producer you have to know how to produce H.264 for both Flash distribution and for mobile devices. Fortunately, Adobe Media Encoder makes this simple with multiple presets for desktop and mobile players which I'll show you how to find and customize in this tutorial.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Feb 2012

Tutorial: How to Design a Greenscreen Environment for Office Shoots

Recently I had to shoot two greenscreen intros for some screencam tutorials, and it took three hours to produce them. So, just to have ammunition for higher fees next time, I figured I would detail the gear I had to set up and configure to get the job done.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Feb 2012

Tutorial: Streaming Live with the Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder

The Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder (FMLE) works on both Windows and Mac computers and is free. Though you'll need a bit heftier of a computer to run FMLE than some other software encoders, you'll be rewarded by a high-quality, consistent video stream. In this tutorial, I'll walk you through the steps of producing a live event with FMLE.
Featured Articles, Posted 13 Feb 2012

Review: NewTek TriCaster 850 Extreme

The Extreme version provides a number of enhancements over the original TCXD850 including full HD recording treatment, with the ability to record 1080p30 of any discrete input as well as the program or AUX outputs (the TCXD850 could record only outputs). This extended ability to record both inputs and outputs means that 850 Extreme can perform isolation recording of up to 8 simultaneous camera inputs with its proprietary IsoCorder software.
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Feb 2012

To the Edge: Producing and Broadcasting Summer X Games 2011

As a hybrid live/broadcast event, the X Games franchise is the closest thing we have to the Olympics, only better, because ESPN has near-complete control over the events and seems to enjoy taking the "extreme" philosophy at the heart of the games to the limit.
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Feb 2012

Review: Panasonic AG-HMC80 Shouldermount Camcorder

In an era of ever-shrinking HD cameras, cell phone HD, and DSLRs, you might ask, why would anyone need an on-shoulder HD camcorder? Is it the copious amount of I/O jacks? The ergonomics? Or the easy access to numerous features in a big camera sort of way that enamor the Panasonic AG-HMC80 to its target end users? Let's find out.
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Feb 2012

Producing the 53rd Grammy Awards Concert

The Grammy Awards get their share of slings and arrows from hipsters, but as CD and more recently ticket sales continue to decline, finding ways to "eventize" the concert experience and create a recording of it that can offer continuous revenue streams going forward might be Grammy's biggest contribution yet to keeping the music business as we know it alive.
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Feb 2012

Review: ViewCast Niagara 2120 Live Encoding Appliance

With a competitive price of $3,995, the ViewCast's portable, multistream Niagara 2120 should be on the short list of any company or service bureau producing high volumes of on-location live H.264 webcasts.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Feb 2012

Color Calibration in the Field

How do you get all the different cameras you might use to cover an event to match? There is a trick you can use to set up a color profile for each of the cameras, and then use the corrections established there to correct for the rest of the footage from your project.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Feb 2012

Review: Panasonic AV-HS400N HD Video Mixer

HD video mixers aren't cheap, but they do offer amazing functionality inside compact boxes. I put Panasonic's AV-HS400N through its paces during an awards ceremony. I found much to like, and a few minor issues, and look forward to technologies like this becoming more affordable in the years to come.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Feb 2012

Review: Roland VR-5 A/V Mixer

Roland's VR-5 A/V Mixer features multiple video inputs, an internal media player, computer input and conversion, a built-in audio mixer, two integrated LCD monitors to see video inputs, output and various device settings, and the ability to internally record your program output while also sending your program to a laptop for streaming--all for an MSRP of $4,995.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Feb 2012

The Sweet Science of Producing Boxing Shows

Jon Connor and Cristina Valdivieso, two renowned event filmmakers from Philadelphia, went to Los Angeles in June to shadow World Light Welterweight boxing champion Amir Khan as he prepared for his title unification bout, capturing footage for pay-per-view broadcast in the UK. Stephen Nathans-Kelly describes how they pulled it off.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Jan 2012

Live, Raw, Real: Producing One-Take Online Music Videos

There's a wave of raw, demolike one-take music videos with an unmistakable live feel sweeping the web, and some savvy event filmmakers have thrown their hats into thering. Here we look behind the scenes of Bill Grant's boneshow and Jet Kaiser's One Take Shows, and get their spin on this new, viral field-recording phenomenon.
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Jan 2012

Like a Mighty Stream: Webcasting Rock Shows with Ryan Bodie Films

Streaming concerts and other live events has established Ryan Bodie's Studio 26 as the go-to live event webcast provider in his region and in some key entertainment areas, ranging from concert series in the spring to festivals in the summer and one-off arena gigs like a Chaka Khan show. Bodie estimates that his crew shoots, switches, and streams 80 live events per year, with maybe half of those involving music.
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Jan 2012

Producing My First Webcast

Jan Ozer produced his first live webcast on May 8, 2010. As with anything else, he learned some huge lessons that didn't become obvious until he was there in the chair, broadcasting live. If you've got your first live webcast coming up, perhaps you'll find them useful.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Jan 2012

Producing Conference Video Pt. 4: Live Delivery and Postproduction

What happens when you deliver your event live? This is nothing new for live TV broadcasters, but more and more event video producers are being asked to perform their postproduction activities in real-time—that is, live as the event is occurring.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Jan 2012

Producing Conference Video Pt. 3: Shooting Presentations and Directing Live Switches

Award-winning producer Shawn Lam looks at two key elements of the process: capturing multimedia presentations effectively for both live-switched productions and post-produced edits, and how to become a successful technical director of a live-switched shoot, whether for IMAG delivery or providing a live feed for broadcast or webcast.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Jan 2012

Producing Conference Video Pt. 2: Lighting and Audio

Award-winning producer Shawn Lam looks at the art and science of stage lighting and the challenges of making lighting designed for performance work for video. He also discusses the meat-and-potatoes things you need to know for microphone selection and successful live-recorded conference audio.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Jan 2012

Producing Conference Video Pt. 1: Setting Up

Whether you're shooting a conference, a convention, or an AGM, the setup of the shoot is one of the most important parts of the production process. It's the step where you select the equipment, establish your camera positions, lay your cables, and check and recheck your audio and lighting.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jan 2012

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