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Tim Siglin | LandingZone, which will be available in a few weeks for $199.00 in two sizes—11" or 13" designs—mimics all the connectors of a last-generation Core2Duo MacBook Air. Read on to find out about current model MacBook Air devices, which have Thunderbolt connectors instead of mini DisplayPort connectors.
Feature - Posted 08 Feb 2012 By
New TriCaster plug-in provides H.264/AAC encoding, one click HD 720p multibitrate encoding, along with playback compatibility for iPhone and iPad - all without the need for an external encoder
Breaking News - Posted 02 Feb 2012
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Ryan Bodie's current passion, streaming live events, has established his company, Florida-based Studio 26 Productions, 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 does roughly 80 live events per year, with maybe half of those involving music.
Feature - Posted 11 Jan 2012 By
24" DT-3D24G1U promises precision 3D image adjustment
Amen Corner - Posted 08 Jan 2012
Shawn Lam | The ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher is an 8-input HD switcher that has 4 HDMI and 4 HD-SDI inputs and costs less than many new SD switchers.
Feature - Posted 05 Jan 2012 By
Tim Siglin | Newtek's long history in video production switchers—starting with the Amiga-based Video Toaster and more recent portable TriCaster units—takes an extreme leap forward with the rackmountable TriCaster 850 Extreme. Looking more like a four-rack-unit (4 RU) computer server than a traditional TriCaster, this is a TriCaster geared toward studio or broadcast facility integration rather than field production.
Feature - Posted 27 Dec 2011
Anthony Burokas | A physically similar follow-up to the more professional AG-HMC80 AVCCAM, the Panasonic AC7P uses the more consumer AVCHD format, loses a few ports, and drops $1,200 from the price tag, making the $1,300 (MSRP) AG-AC7 the least expensive actual on-shoulder camcorder you can buy. But what do you get?
Feature - Posted 22 Dec 2011 By
Chris Randall | If you're in the market for a new laptop for your SDEs, I highly recommend the HP EliteBook 8760w workstation. It's like taking a super-fast, full-sized tower computer and cramming it all into a laptop with an amazing display. With Adobe CS 5.5, the 8760w, and its built-in NVIDIA graphics card, you'll be ready to rock the SDE world!
Feature - Posted 09 Dec 2011 By
Philip Hinkle | The Bolt seems well-built, with an ABS plastic case and solid-feeling knobs and switches. It isn't a perfect light for all situations, but it's a useful tool if your typical wedding-day workflow includes using a stand-mounted light.
Feature - Posted 09 Dec 2011 By
Jan Ozer | Over the years, I've gathered some thoughts on what it takes to produce and deliver a high-quality video experience and, to a degree, succeed as a video producer. While most of this will be old hat to grizzled veterans, perhaps some newbie will find these ramblings, and the associated resources that I point to, of use.
Feature - Posted 07 Dec 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | Today, the demo is arguably no less important than it was in years past. But a handful of adventurous wedding filmmakers, in an effort to stand out among a growing talent pool, have begun to offer a more introspective marketing piece to complement, or even replace, their demos: the promo video. Where demos highlight a filmmaker's skills, as well as testimonials to the value of those skills, promos introduce viewers to the people behind the cameras.
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | EventDV is closing its doors after 7 exciting years in the event filmmaking industry. Editor Stephen Nathans-Kelly says farewell in words and in a PSA clip produced by Whit Wales of Wales Films.
Feature - Posted 28 Nov 2011 By
January 9, 2012 "Getting Into Wedding & Event Filmmaking - 101" event to be held at Bally's Las Vegas, feature Michael Brand, Alex Karas, and Jenny Lehman
Breaking News - Posted 21 Nov 2011
Liz Merfeld | Just in time for Halloween, Dustin Blake of Atlanta-based indy Productions, a 2010 EventDV 25 honoree, has resurrected the Trash the Dress (TTD) movement—and this time, he's added an element of the macabre. The story that plays out is one part bridal elegance, one part slasher film, and one part skin flick. Click through to the article to read all about it--and to see the world premiere of Blake's new film.
Feature - Posted 31 Oct 2011 By
Stu Sweetow | if you plan to produce corporate videos, it's a good idea to become comfortable in your role. Most likely, you'll serve as both producer and director, and you may even be the camera operator and editor. This may sound like the typical role of a "videographer," but you'll want to do whatever you can to separate your wedding work from your corporate productions, and replacing the title "videographer" with "video producer" is a good way to start.
Feature - Posted 28 Oct 2011 By
Kyle Oliver | Chris Duke's broadcast and web TV show Motorz combines the agility of a technology professional with the enthusiasm of a lifetime, self-taught car buff. The result is an automotive DIY show that can, in Duke's words, "keep how-to installations real for enthusiasts." But it does this without giving the impression that there's anything amateur about the decidedly DIY Motorz operation, and looking inside that operation provides a great lesson into what a multitalented and motivated independent producer can accomplish without a studio behind him.
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 2011 By
Niels Puttemans | At a certain point in your event filmmaking career, usually after watching a fellow filmmaker's online clip, you start dreaming of your own destination shoot. Although we at Ever After have filmed a few destination weddings before, our "dream client" turned out to be a young couple from Singapore. The couple was planning an engagement holiday through Europe and wanted an engagement film to show on their wedding day. It got better from there: We were asked to suggest the best city location in Europe for this December shoot. Although Paris gets more attention, if you're after a romantic European destination in December, there is really just one choice: Vienna, Austria.
Feature - Posted 05 Oct 2011 By
Stu Sweetow | For corporate videographers, the opportunity to develop a rapport with the head of a corporation can be an opportunity for a long-term relationship with a firm. Your confidence with supervising the filming crew will be an asset the CEO notices. Your excellent pre-production planning ensures that the process runs smoothly, the exec performs in a relaxed manner, and the video exceeds the company's expectations.
Feature - Posted 26 Sep 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | Andrew Waite runs Higher Definition Media (HDM) out of Bakersfield, and just this June launched its wedding-focused spin-off, Lovestruck Films. In addition, he is an indie filmmaker, with 3 self-produced features under his belt, and was among the first presenters announced for IN[FOCUS] 2012. Registered with the film commission, Waite often gets to crew on blockbuster films and even rent out his gear.
Feature - Posted 26 Sep 2011 By
Shawn Lam | Jensen opens his training DVD with points that reinforce my belief that I made a great decision in purchasing the FS100. He explains some of the great features that the FS100 boasts, along with the benefits for the end user. His DVD is filled with great visuals of the camera, its menu system, video shot on the FS100, and graphics to demonstrate key concepts such as a scale comparison of the Super 35 sensor to 4/3", 2/3", 1/2", and 1/3" sensors.
Feature - Posted 19 Sep 2011 By
The event videography industry mourns the passing of event video pioneer and innovator, award-winning producer, speaker/presenter at international events, devoted teacher, and longtime NJVA member Bonnie Durkin
Feature - Posted 19 Sep 2011
ShootEditLearn.com co-founders Cristina Valdivieso and Jon Connor have announced a new workshop they are putting on in collaboration with Kessler Crane this fall in Austin, Texas, called Masters in Motion. The event takes place November 14-16 at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse; its 75-100 attendees will attend eight workshops in addition to shooting electives.
Feature - Posted 19 Sep 2011
Jan Ozer | Any time you have a camera at an event these days—with the probable exception of weddings—you should think be thinking to yourself: "Why aren't I broadcasting live?" It's inexpensive and easy, but your client likely doesn't know that, and might be willing to pay a premium for the service.
Feature - Posted 12 Sep 2011 By
Upcoming seminar series in major markets throughout the late summer and fall designed to acquaint church media ministers and staff with state-of-the art, cost-effective video solutions
Breaking News - Posted 08 Sep 2011
Shawn Lam | The Atomos Ninja has allowed me to improve my acquisition and delivery video quality using the same video camera I've been using. The best part is that the cost to upgrade my recording is relatively low compared to the cost of a new video camera, and it exceeds the recording quality of AVCHD, the codec that has replaced HDV. I'm also not a big fan of having to media-wrangle-that is, to change and dump cards while on-site-and having a 500GB hard drive means I can record 11 hours in LT, 7.5 hours in 422, or 5 hours in HQ before I need to switch to a second hard drive.
Feature - Posted 26 Aug 2011 By
John Goolsby | If you've heard about the Sony NEX-FS100, you've probably heard it described as one of two things: a game changer or an expensive DSLR. Which is it? Neither. Sony calls this new model a "motion picture camcorder." I'll bet the company spent a lot of time trying to decide how to name this new piece of equipment, and I think it made a good call. The FS100 does not take stills, and it is not really designed for event filmmakers, but with a few minor modifications, it does a fabulous job.
Feature - Posted 26 Aug 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | IN[FOCUS] co-founder Chris P. Jones discusses plans for IN[FOCUS] 2012, including dates (Jan 16-19), location (Charleston, SC) and theme (THE LEGACY), how the theme and location connect, and what first-time and longtime IN[FOCUS] attendees can expect to learn and experience at the event.
Feature - Posted 29 Jul 2011 By
The cat is out of the bag at last: IN[FOCUS] 2012 will happen January 16-19, 2012 at the Francis Marion hotel in historic Charleston, South Carolina. The theme: The Legacy. We'll get into more detail with Team IN[FOCUS] Educational Maestro Chris P. Jones next week but read on for the info we have so far.
Breaking News - Posted 18 Jul 2011
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | The men will have to continue to wonder what really goes on at POSH: A Retreat for the Female Filmmaker, but women who didn't make the 2010 event—as well as 2010 attendees who've been wondering what Team POSH will do for an encore—will get a chance to find out what all the excitement is about on November 6 when POSH 2011 kicks off in Cancun, Mexico. Last week I spoke with POSH co-founders Reagan Zugelter and Jennifer Moon to get the scoop on POSH 2011. Here's what I found out.
Feature - Posted 18 Jul 2011 By
Reagan Zugelter | What more could you want than some beautiful summer weather in an amazing city while being educated by some of the top event filmmakers in the industry? The 5th Annual IVA Expo held in Itasca, Chicago on June 28-29 was a packed two full days of business strategies, branding, storytelling, and inspiration.
Feature - Posted 18 Jul 2011 By
Randy Panado | Here we'll talk about two manufacturers, one that got out of the gate first with a product that's become the standard for LCD viewfinders for DSLRs, and another key provider of DSLR accessories and support products that introduced its entry to the LCD hood market a few short months ago. I'll also be talking about the lightweight rigs from these manufacturers that give you more versatility when you're shooting with these LCD viewfinders. The hoods/viewfinders in question are the Zacuto Z-Finder, the current leader in the DSLR hood market, and Cinevate, Inc.'s new contender, the Cyclops. The rigs are the Zacuto Striker and the Cinevate Proteus Simplis Pro.
Feature - Posted 11 Jul 2011 By
Antonio Domingo, Jose Ortiz, and David Perry | It seemed almost too good to be true: three award-winning filmmakers, one from Spain, one from Utah, and one from Puerto Rico, combining their talents on three Florida weddings. In our industry of one-man (and one-woman) bands, our chances to collaborate and learn from others' talents come far too seldom, but here's what three top filmmakers learned when they worked together this past spring, both in terms of how they approach their work and the power of collaboration itself.
Feature - Posted 05 Jul 2011 By
Stu Sweetow | The skills you've developed filming family events will transfer well to covering the cocktail hour prior to a company meeting. Companies use video to expand their reach to customers, to train staffers who were not at the meetings, and to reward top salespeople with incentive travel to a preferred destination. People love to see themselves in a highlights clip shown at the close of the event, and sometimes the planners show the highlights video the following year to attract more attendees to their events.
Feature - Posted 05 Jul 2011 By
Anthony Burokas | We all know about the value of backing up, and any external hard drive can do that just fine. But for mobile professionals, an external drive can offer more functionality, and capability than you might at first expect. The G-Technology G-DRIVE Slim is well-positioned for mobile production. Does it deliver?
Feature - Posted 05 Jul 2011 By
EventDV-TV - Posted 22 Jun 2011 By
Niels Puttemans | In this article, I'll guide you through our audio workflow: from switching through your multitrack/dual-system audio recording to removing unwanted noises to sweetening, cleaning, and even disaster recovery. And although I'll repeat this sentiment at the clean-up section, I can't stress the following enough: Even the sweetest audio-sweetening skills set will take you only so far. No matter how much time you spend processing and cleaning-up an audio track, nothing beats getting it right in the first place.
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | Greg Mulvey is the Lead Editor and Motion Graphics Designer for Second City Communications, the business solutions division of Chicago's world-famous improv comedy theater, The Second City. (Alumni include Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, John Belushi, and Bill Murray to name a few.)
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | One of Chicago's more successful event video studios—FurlaVision has won more WEVA Creative Excellence Awards than any studio in the Midwest—Chris Chibucos attributes much of his company's success to they way they have always combined a fairly large volume of work (as many as 150-175 events per year) with a high price point.
Feature - Posted 10 Jun 2011 By
Amina Moreau | A photographer sampling the world of cinema is generally familiar with the concepts of lens choice, composition, light, and color. But these tools are still new to many videographers who are entering the DSLR world and are, for the first time, encountering the abundance of choice and exploring light in a whole new way. By grabbing hold of a few of the most powerful concepts in photography, event cinematographers can unleash the creative potential we have in all of us.
Feature - Posted 01 Jun 2011 By
Anthony Burokas | Canon's second MXF camcorder, the XF100/105 shrinks the size but keeps most of the features of its big brother, the XF300/305. With the ability to customize the colorimetry of most any camcorder these days, what else does the XF100/105 bring to the production table? Well, 50 Mbps 4:2:2 recording, good audio control and plenty of ways to directly access the most used features while you are shooting. Does the XF100 strike a good balance between "big features" and a "small camcorder?" Let's find out.
Feature - Posted 31 May 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Recently, I had the strange and wonderful privilege of watching a contemporary home birth film that is not explicitly about advocating home birth or dramatizing childbirth, although in its own way, it achieves both. Produced by two Central Florida studios, Kat Small's Cinema Chic Films and the Nielsens Photography & Design, Born at Home is an intimate and inspiring family film.
Feature - Posted 25 May 2011 By
Liz Merfeld | The Aussies have scrunched their event video industry's evolution into the blink of an eye, leaving videographers stateside blushing. Sure, event videos in the U.S. have advanced by leaps and bounds, going from totally cheap to totally chic, and morphing into films along the way. And there's no better evidence of the rise of event filmmaking in Australia than the Aussies' innovative educational event, Exposed Down Under. EDU 2011 kicks off on 4 July in Melbourne.
Feature - Posted 23 May 2011 By
TriCaster 850 EXTREME features revolutionary IsoCorder
Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2011
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | How 5-time EventDV 25 all-star David Robin pulled off his electrifying wedding-day music video, "The Time (Dirty Bit)," and how the Black Eyed Peas parody became a viral sensation.
Feature - Posted 11 May 2011 By
Hal Slifer | As filmmakers, we all produce our stories in different ways, yet the constant thread of our work is that we are telling a basic story—a biography of a family, a wedding couple, or a person's legacy; the story of an organization; or the story of a corporation. Here's a look at five leading filmmakers and the approach they take to 21st-century biography filmmaking for individuals, corporations, and nonprofits.
Feature - Posted 05 May 2011 By
Matt Davis | It's your turn. Become a heretic. Be the best at what you do. And blow your competition out of the water by producing work that no one has ever seen before. You'll always put food on the table, and you'll have a fulfilling career as well.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2011 By
Jason Magbanua | For a lot of people, producing a same-day edit at a wedding reception is a regular thing, and it's something that is second nature after years of repetition. But for others, who find just shooting a wedding to be stressful enough, producing a polished edit to show to a live audience that same evening seems like an impossible task. Here, international wedding filmmaking sensation Jason Magbanua breaks down the same-day edit production process that's helped to make him "the new national artist" of the Philippines.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2011 By
Niels Puttemans | Though you can occasionally fix issues with subpar audio in post, nothing beats getting it right the first time. Because the DSLR cameras that have transformed our work visually seem to have ignored the vital importance of audio in filmmaking, here are some ideas on how to make sure you capture sound that is as crisp as your imagery.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2011 By
Stu Sweetow | I recently wrote a book titled Corporate Video Production. I spent a year researching and writing the book, and, in this column, I'll share with you what I learned. We will also look at the myriad opportunities for freelance video producers, now that corporate videos have matured beyond the boring formats that used to characterize them.
Feature - Posted 02 May 2011 By
Anthony Burokas | In this age of "one device does everything," Roland-a name more associated with audio gear than video-has been producing some quite capable video mixers, recorders, and players. The company's latest mixer, the VR-5, 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. Sound too good to be true? Well, after working with the VR-5 I can tell you that they pull off nearly all of it with aplomb.
Feature - Posted 01 May 2011 By
Shawn Lam | 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.
Feature - Posted 01 May 2011 By
Fifth annual expo expands to 2 days (June 28-29) with new industry-leading speakers, larger tradeshow, and full-day live camera/production mock-wedding workshop at a Chicago-area church
Breaking News - Posted 25 Apr 2011
Shawn Lam | Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium, launched today at NAB, delivers improvements in speed, postproduction fixes, and real-time creative effects. Not only will the speed improve turnaround times, it will also provide editors with the luxury of experimenting, which is an important part of the creative process.
Feature - Posted 11 Apr 2011 By
Travis Cossel | If you're used to doing same-day edits--or editing with any kind of time pressure--using USB 2.0 drives, then CalDigit's new AV Drive, a new portable hard drive featuring USB 3.0 support, is going to impress you in a number of areas. Transfer of clips from CF cards alone can save you quite a bit of time with the USB 3.0 technology.
Feature - Posted 03 Apr 2011 By
Randy Panado | collaboration becomes a bigger part of our industry and more of us are booking weddings outside of our own local markets, either because of the nature of our online marketing, our need to book weddings in a higher price range than our market will allow, or both, traveling to gigs becomes an ever-bigger part of our businesses—even for those of us who don't live on relatively small islands. Hawaiian filmmaker Randy Panado's own reliance on remote gigs has caused him to create a "kit" that is very efficient in terms of incorporating everything he needs to produce solid work and, at the same time, being light enough for travel.
Feature - Posted 03 Apr 2011 By
Frances | Qualified artisans are going to be called upon to provide both still and video work, because fusion equipment has changed public perception and buying habits. In general, wedding and event industry providers have traditionally been slower to change, as are all vendors in this arena. But I'll admit total surprise at a recent party planners awards presentation where not one single winning event was served by fusion imagers. What are they thinking? Without fusion capability, your potential client pool is shrinking and will continue to shrink over the next few years. No market analyst I've interviewed says otherwise.
Feature - Posted 31 Mar 2011 By
Patrick Moreau, Kevin Shaw, and Brian Lockhart | Over the past year, Patrick Moreau and his stillmotion crew have been working on the Emmy-nominated NFL Network program The NFL Season: A Biography, Presented by SAP. The producers of the show hired stillmotion entirely based on seeing their wedding films. In this three-part article (all in this issue), Moreau, NFL Network coordinating producer Brian Lockhart, and producer and director Kevin Shaw offer their own takes on the story behind The NFL Season and the lessons to be learned from how it all came about and how it all played out on and off the field.
Feature - Posted 31 Mar 2011 By
Chris Randall | Most wedding cinematographers have come to realize the value of producing same-day edits (SDEs) for their wedding clients. It's a wonderful opportunity to show off our shooting, editing, and storytelling talents and a rare opportunity where we're actually paid to put our work in front of a room full of new clients, simply by carving out some time in the day to do what we do best. But there's one part of it that has little or nothing to do with our signature skills: presentation. In this article, we will explore what is required to cut out the third-party AV crew intermediary and use and implement your own AV gear for your SDEs. Chris Randall
Feature - Posted 28 Mar 2011 By
Hands-on, comprehensive workshop from Pre-to-Post in the ongoing trend of DSLR filmmaking
Breaking News - Posted 21 Mar 2011
Appearing for the first time will be a new workshop series called "Deconstructing the Story: Light, Sound, Motion & EOS HD," aimed at professional videographers and transitioning still photographers, and led by instructors from the industry-leading stillmotion team
Breaking News - Posted 16 Mar 2011
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | In March 2010, following the announcement of the EventDV 25, we announced a group of 25 finalists, which were essentially numbers 26-50, the filmmakers and studios with the 25 highest vote totals after the top 25. This year we decided to approach it a little differently, and following the 2010 EventDV 25 Awards Shows that premiered last week, recognizing our current crop of industry all-stars, we've prepared a list of EventDV 25 Rising Stars, celebrating studios that narrowly missed the EventDV 25 in the voting this year, and have either never made the list before, but have made it once and are young and fresh and rising fast in the industry and sure to find themselves on the list in the future. In keeping with the old baseball theme of the EventDV 25, I thought we'd field a team of 9, enough to cover all the positions on a baseball diamond. So, without further ado, I present the EventDV 25 Rising Stars of 2010.
Feature - Posted 10 Mar 2011 By
Jan Ozer | Whenever I shoot a live performance, I have an internal debate about which functions to perform manually and which to let the camera perform. Obviously, the panning and zooming is my job; the question is whether I also take on focus and/or exposure. I shot my fifth Nutcracker season just before Christmas, which adds up to about 20 shows total, and I actually reached some clarity on this debate.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
Chris P. Jones | Underpromising and overdelivering is a hallmark of excellent customer service.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
Philip Hinkle | In addition to speaking at national events such as WEVA and IN[FOCUS], Ray Roman has initiated a series of 3-day workshops designed to provide intensive training for other event filmmakers. Joining Ray at an event held Jan. 18-20 in a number of southern Florida venues, was Konrad Czystowski, fellow EventDV 25 All-Star, frequent Ray Roman Films collaborator/second shooter, and founder of the newly minted FreshSox studio. Here's a peek at what Ray and Konrad shared.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
Ron Dawson | Last month we began our two-part series about the short holiday film "For the Man Who Hated Christmas" that Ron Dawson produced for Giving101. The whole process, from booking the client through production, is an ideal case study on corporate film production (not to mention profitable production for nonprofits). Part 1 covered the business side of the deal. This month, we're covering the "fun stuff": making the film.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2011 By
Rugged Exterior Provides Peace of Mind That No Footage Will Be Lost; Digital Format Speeds Editing Process From Hours To Minutes
Breaking News - Posted 07 Mar 2011
Save the date! On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the New Jersey Videographers Association (NJVA) and WEVA International will present the 3rd Annual NJVA-WEVA Institute Northeast Conference for all wedding & event filmmakers.
Breaking News - Posted 28 Feb 2011
Welcome to the 2010 EventDV 25 Awards Show, presenting the 25 hottest and most influential event filmmaking studios in the world as elected by the readers of EventDV Magazine and EventDV.net. Your new all-star team will be presented here over the course of 5 days--February 28-March 4, 2011. Watch the shows in the video windows for the awards presentation, including samples of the all-stars' finest work. (Video players will fill in as the shows go live at 9am CST on successive days this week.)
Feature - Posted 28 Feb 2011 By
Awards show to premiere Monday, Feb. 28 on EventDV-TV and run through the week
Breaking News - Posted 23 Feb 2011 By
POSH 2011, a retreat for the female filmmaker, will take place November 6-9 in Cancun, Mexico
Breaking News - Posted 22 Feb 2011
Focus will be on hands-on experience in both filming and editing techniques, including staging a bridal prep and photo shoot to give everyone the opportunity to get some killer shots for a demo reel without the pressure of a real wedding
Breaking News - Posted 14 Feb 2011
Niels Puttemans | For Ever After Video Productions, the Panasonic Lumix GH2 has redefined the possibilities of DSLR shoots. The solved aliasing and moiré issues, audio monitoring, zebras, no recording limits, improved low-light shooting, 1:1 crop function ... these are all reasons why we bought a second GH2 after one shoot with our first.
Feature - Posted 14 Feb 2011 By
DSLR Encounter scheduled for March 2, limited to 10 attendees
Breaking News - Posted 04 Feb 2011
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Four days in New Orleans at "The Gateway" with a dozen inspiring educators and 180 inspired filmmakers.
Feature - Posted 02 Feb 2011 By
Alan Naumann | There are professional videographers all around the world who have committed themselves to producing high-quality memorial videos in a short turnaround time and at a reasonable cost. And it's up to us to educate the funeral homes about the differences in the types of videos available.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 01 Feb 2011 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | For the vast majority of wedding and event filmmakers, a customer/client base is a local thing. Though EventDV 25 All-Stars Travis and Candice Cossel of Serendipity Studios had done some destination and out-of-market weddings in the past, they were taking a huge risk when they abandoned a rock-solid brand presence and referral base in Boise and moved their home and business to the more lucrative but much less familiar Miami market in October. What plans did they put in place to soften their landing and hit the ground running, and what lessons does their approach have to teach other studios considering rolling the dice and relocating?
Feature - Posted 01 Feb 2011 By
WEVA announced on Friday that Expo 2011 would be held on August 24-25 online, following the format of 2010's iVideo Show
Breaking News - Posted 28 Jan 2011
Kevin Shahinian | Concept filmmaker extraordinaire Kevin Shahinian (City of Lakes, Snow, Dil Jaanta Hi, Tum Hi Ho) explores the classic underpinnings of film-based storytelling and the language of effective filmmaking in this four-part series on EventDV, co-produced by Pacific Pictures and Adobe Systems.
Feature - Posted 18 Jan 2011
Julie Hill | When you're filming a destination wedding, you're stepping into a world of unknowns—unless you take the time to find out as much information as possible in advance and prepare for the worst. The more you invest in getting information, the more rewarding the experience—and the more satisfying the film you produce—will be. Have fun and travel safely!
Feature - Posted 31 Dec 2010 By
Liz Merfeld | 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.
Feature - Posted 13 Dec 2010 By
A perfect companion to DSC's world-renowned test-charts, the customizable setup of DSC's "best kept secret" dramatically improves the visual quality and consistency of any shoot
Breaking News - Posted 09 Dec 2010
Kara Stellner | Although Unique University marked Adam Forgione's first foray into back-to-back all-day marathon workshops, it was also something of a warmup gig for Pennylane Productions, who will be taking Forgione's show on the road in early 2011, with workshops in 12 cities planned. This article should give you a good idea of what you can expect to see, hear, and learn if the Pennylane EDU 2011 tour rolls into your town.
Feature - Posted 08 Dec 2010 By
Scott Strimple | New "crossover" educational event bringing filmmakers and photographers together April 10-12, 2011 in Norfolk, Va.
Feature - Posted 08 Dec 2010 By
EventDV 25 all-star and 2010 multi-WEVA CEA winner Adam Forgione announces first 6 dates and for 2011 workshops in Philadelphia and Boston
Breaking News - Posted 08 Dec 2010
Chris P. Jones | The sooner you put something before the client, the happier she will be and the more it will benefit you. If you're working hard to deliver at 3 months but cannot imagine executing SDEs, then you aren't fully capitalizing upon the power of your work. The law of diminishing returns applies.
Feature - Posted 06 Dec 2010 By
Canon Filmmakers Live takes to the road in March 2011 with iconic DP/Director/Filmmaker Philip Bloom, hitting 12 cities in 30 days
Breaking News - Posted 01 Dec 2010
Joanna Banks-Morgan | On November 8, 2010, 42 female visual artists from around the world boarded a cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Florida for POSH 2010. POSH, an educational workshop and retreat for women, is the brainchild of Jennifer Moon of Northernlight Filmworks and Reagan Zugelter of Studio Z Films. Jen and Reagan had recognized a need in our industry for female filmmakers and photographers to come together to connect, educate, and inspire one another. As we found our way around the ship that Monday afternoon, and began to meet one another, Jen and Reagan's inspiration started to become a reality.
Feature - Posted 01 Dec 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | If you want to turn the events you shoot into compelling films, you need to understand the essential elements of visual storytelling and narrative and how the great nonfiction filmmakers conceive, shape, and present their films. The most important part of that process, ultimately, will be watching those films, deconstructing them, and applying those constructs to your own work. But I can't recommend a better place to start your journey than reading Sheila Curran Bernard's Documentary Storytelling, which will put you well on your way.
Feature - Posted 01 Dec 2010 By
Kris Malandruccolo | I've been asked by several bridal consultants if I could compile a list of apps that would be helpful to consultants and couples as plan their wedding day. I created a list of 50 wedding apps. This is my personal compilation of helpful wedding apps. My criteria for downloading apps to my iPhone is that they must receive a review of at least three stars (out of five).
The Reel Deal - Posted 01 Dec 2010 By
Mark & Trisha Von Lanken | Working with DSLR footage creates new challenges in post, from ingest to format support issues to audio sync, and it takes a skilled editor and powerful, versatile editing system to create a masterpiece from even the most stellar DSLR footage. Here's a look at how the Von Lankens have adapted their short-form edit workflow to work DSLR imagery into the mix.
Feature - Posted 30 Nov 2010 By
Ben Balser | I'm very impressed with the image quality in HD Monitor Pro, as well as its ability to zoom in and move around the zoomed image as well. The supplied overlays are also very professional and useful grid lines, such as action safe, title safe, rule of thirds, center crosshair, and alignment. HD Monitor Pro is a very complete package. With a MacBook Pro it could help take your production up a notch. You won't be using this for run-and-gun events. But if you're doing film-type work, TV spots, legal depositions, and the like, it could be a very practical and productive tool.
In the Field - Posted 30 Nov 2010 By
Anthony Burokas | Maxell's iVDR on-camera, modular hard drive-based storage system gives you the long record time of hard drives but with removable media packs, so you can swap them out and keep the camera crews shooting. The media packs are ruggedized with internal isolation. Maxell touts operating shock tolerance of 350 Gs—something generally only possible with flash media. Plus, with the iVDR-X adapter, you get faster access to your footage than the FW 400-based FireStore or a USB 2.0 connection to anything.
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2010 By
Shawn Lam | Here we test 2 on-camera LEDs from LCD4Video and 2 from Litepanels, including design, features, and throw-pattern comparisons.
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | You may have heard about IN[FOCUS] 2011, an educational gathering for event filmmakers and videographers coming in January, and you may have heard reference to its "Gateway" theme. But what exactly is "The Gateway," what can it tell us about what's in store at IN[FOCUS] 2011, and how does it relate to the event organizers' "survive, thrive, and serve" educational mission?
Feature - Posted 17 Nov 2010 By
EventDV 25 all-star Adam Forgione of Pennylane Productions in association with Unique Photo in New Jersey will be giving two amazing workshops. The first 20 attendees to sign up for each workshop will receive a free gift card to Unique Photo.
Breaking News - Posted 11 Nov 2010
Mark Von Lanken | There are literally dozens of DSLR support devices on the market,. The challenge for all of us is to decide which support device will best fit our needs. My goal is not to steer you toward one particular model or to tell you which one I prefer, but rather to explore three different models—covering both the good and the bad—and give you better insight into each model.
Feature - Posted 09 Nov 2010 By
Liz Merfeld | You may know Kristen and Jeff Turick of Artifact Documentaries for their handcrafted wedding documentaries and vintage Super 8 wedding films. But now, nearly 6 years into the business, the pair has admittedly lost their "wedding mojo" and found something they find more meaningful. Today, Artifact is shifting focus to what Kristen calls "documentary stories that will allow us to explore a broader variety of human emotions."
Feature - Posted 09 Nov 2010 By
Sara Frances | I'm searching to define and delineate where fusion has come from, why it's useful, and where it's leading the industry—or if it's not leading at all and is just a bunch of hype. Maybe fusion only muddies the waters, lowering the quality of imagery by masking imperfections and diluting the impact. That would mean also lowering the prestige and financial earning power of pure videography and photography. Or maybe using a variety of different elements really does create a finished piece of art that is worth more than the sum of the parts.
Feature - Posted 08 Nov 2010 By
It's that time of year again—time for the readers of EventDV and EventDV.net to select the 25 hottest and most influential event filmmakers in the business in 2010. Read on for details on how to cast your votes!
Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2010
Greg Lam | We've all seen the dazzling work of our peers who have taken the DSLR plunge, and thus have a good idea of what migrating to DSLR can do for our films and our businesses. But we also know tat DSLR cameras are fundamentally different animals from their video-camera counterparts. What can we expect when we make the transition, and what do we need to know about the new skills we'll need to learn and other gear we'll need to acquire to make DSLRs work in our video workflow?
Feature - Posted 01 Nov 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Does 3D have a place in wedding filmmaking's future, or is that notion just the stuff of science fiction? We spoke with one of 3D's earliest adopters in the wedding world, Abraham Joffe of Sydney, Australia. A few months back, Joffe produced and delivered a 3D wedding film—Australia's first, but already not its last—and lived to tell the tale.
Feature - Posted 29 Oct 2010 By
Portable support system designed specifically for the company's Chroma Pop green|blue reversible pop-up screen
Breaking News - Posted 25 Oct 2010
Ben Balser | Pulling keys is usually a royal pain, especially if you're working with footage that someone else shot. The lighting isn't right, the key isn't simple, garbage mattes have to be keyframed, and spill filters have to be tweaked. It was a lot of work—until now. Phyx Keyer, a new keying plug-in that runs on the FxFactory engine, is a great bargain and a very well-developed set of useful and easy-to-use filters that are effective and fast.
Feature - Posted 20 Oct 2010 By
Liz Merfeld | As experts and studio principals, have you ever considered enlisting a studio-owning peer to assist you on a shoot, instead of a freelancer? Your peers offer a wealth of technical and business acumen—not to mention talent—that can translate into a worry-free workflow and a brilliantly polished product. What's more, if recruited to help on a colleague's project, you stand to gain perspective in the humbling role of second or third shooter on a colleague's gig. Isn't it about time you stopped flying solo every weekend and got into the collaboration game?
Feature - Posted 01 Oct 2010 By
Anthony Burokas | Canon continues to twist and turn out new ideas in the ever-changing professional camcorder marketplace. The latest is their MXF-based XF-series camcorders. These innovative camcorders offer 4:2:2 colorspace, a generous 50 Mbps data rate, and the Material eXchange Fomat for direct interoperability with today's nonlinear systems. Are they a revolution, an evolution, or something else entirely? I test the XF300 to find out.
Feature - Posted 29 Sep 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | EventDV's official recap of WEVA's historic 20th annual Wedding & Event Video Expo
Feature - Posted 03 Sep 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Is it possible to use Gregg Toland's deep focus cinematography technique evocatively in wedding filmmaking in the heyday of DSLRs, an era defined by shallow depth of field, focus pulls, close-ups, cuts, and multi-angle coverage? Or does our era really have to be defined so sharply, or so narrowly? Here's hoping someone among us does try the Toland route sometime soon, and that the effort doesn't get blurred out in the shallow-focus collective memory that ultimately packages our time for future generations.
Feature - Posted 03 Sep 2010 By
Liz Merfeld | By expertly combining her love of the northeastern outdoors with her work, Meg Simone has (perhaps inadvertently) cornered the market on destination weddings in the heart of Mount Washington Valley (N.H.), a resort community filled with restaurants, shops, ski resorts, quaint inns, and historic grand hotels. We wanted to know the story behind her success, particularly from her unique position as one of a small group of young women in the wedding film industry rising to prominence running businesses mostly on their own, as opposed to being part of a husband-and-wife team.
Feature - Posted 01 Sep 2010 By
New Singular Software Presto application automates the daunting task of piecing together presenter and slideshow, yielding professional videos that are easy to share
Breaking News - Posted 31 Aug 2010
EventDV 25 all-star and WEVA CEA Gold winner Philip "Frogman" Hinkle reports directly from WEVA Expo 2010, the event filmmaking industry's largest convention and trade show, held August 23-26 in Orlando, Florida. Stay tuned for all three episodes of Hinkle's show, which will appear over the next week on EventDV-TV.
Feature - Posted 25 Aug 2010
Anthony Burokas | Thus far, the need for external devices to record HD footage has primarily been served by Focus Enhancements' FireStore line. However, there has been growth in the segment recently and Datavideo has entered the fray with a unique design and price point under $500. Does the Datavideo DN-60 Solid Stare CF Card Recorder give the more expensive recorders a run for their money? Let's find out.
Feature - Posted 10 Aug 2010 By
Marc Franklin | The Tascam DR-100 is a really solid-performing audio recorder. The quality of the recordings from my tests was great. If you need something more compact, you can look at TASCAM's DR2D Audio Recorder that made our Winner's Circle at NAB.
Feature - Posted 25 Jul 2010 By
Ben Balser | How I shot, edited, and exported a short film from my iPhone 4 and why I think this is a glimpse into the future of video production, consumer to videographer to broadcast.
Feature - Posted 12 Jul 2010 By
David Himot | If you're looking for an inexpensive way to create stunning time lapses, the Pclix LT is a great product. The fact that it can be programmed to trigger most cameras and can change intervals on-the-fly makes it a great tool. Lastly, the simplicity of using it right out of the box will make the world of time-lapse photography literally a few turns of the dials away for DSLR event filmmakers everywhere.
Feature - Posted 07 Jul 2010 By
Anthony Burokas | Sonnet has crafted a beautiful solution for rapid footage offload that gives your laptop far more connectivity, power, and capability than ever before. The system is solid, and in pure professional parlance, it does what it says it can do. The Qio is, without a doubt in my mind, the most useful professional video production accessory for a laptop-enabled tapeless live production workflow that you can get.
Feature - Posted 06 Jul 2010 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | After introducing themselves to the crowd at Re:Frame Austin, Society Hill Studios' Cristina Valdivieso and Jon Connor, along with partner Amy Reese now seem to pop up everywhere with the industry's inner circle. But how did these Young Turks manage to crash this party, seemingly overnight, and set themselves on the road to becoming one of the go-to studios in Philadelphia for couples wanting a high-end, artistic wedding film? (Read on for more info about their upcoming event, CANON FILMMAKERS LIVE!)
Feature - Posted 01 Jul 2010 By
Chris Watson | If you're one of the thousands of videographers who are currently or have recently upgraded to a DSLR such as the Canon 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, or Rebel T2i for video, you've likely experienced the sticker shock of how much money you'll need to invest in lenses. The conventional wisdom is that there are two ways forward when it comes to lens purchasing: One way is to invest in the fastest glass you can find and write it off as the cost of doing business. The other way is to buy slower glass at a lower cost. We'll look at the pros and cons of each.
Feature - Posted 01 Jul 2010 By
Sara Frances | Close-up (CU) shooting is definitely where it's at if you want impact in your films. Here's a look at the lenses that will help maximize that impact.
Feature - Posted 29 Jun 2010 By
Philip Hinkle | All the news that's fit to post from the Illinois Videographers Association's Midwest Expo 2010, featuring industry luminaries Matt Davis, Adam Forgione, Keith Anderson, and Ray Roman
Feature - Posted 09 Jun 2010 By
Alan Naumann | Video not only captures the facts of the story but the person telling the story as well, enabling us to see and hear a firsthand account, complete with emotions, laughter, expressions, and all those other ingredients that make us unique individuals.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 02 Jun 2010 By
Sara Frances | The darlings of my photo bag are my medium telephoto lenses, which can generally be considered the range from 75mm to about 135mm. I love them simply because they make everyone look good and in proportion.
Feature - Posted 02 Jun 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | A few scattered thoughts on the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters show
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 02 Jun 2010 By
Marc Franklin | Every year the NAB show teems with new product announcements and trends, and it often marks the real-world debut of tantalizing new gear that was under glass a year ago. Some of what you see is too premature for primetime, some new developments look a little misguided, and others are simply mismatched with the event filmmaking world. Here's a look at what's ready, what's real, and what's most relevant to us among the most exciting products that are making their way to market following this year's show.
Features - Posted 01 Jun 2010 By
5-time EventDV 25 all-stars Mark and Trisha Von Lanken to present 2 days of intensive wedding filmmaking training in Twin Cities
Breaking News - Posted 31 May 2010
Stu Sweetow | As part of the digital television transition that started last year, the FCC allocated frequencies to public safety organizations and broadband providers. That spectrum includes the 700MHz band where many UHF microphones transmit. If your wireless mics operate on any frequencies between 698MHz and 806MHz, you may be breaking the law. Here's what you need to know to keep your wireless workflow safe and sound.
Feature - Posted 31 May 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | How Life Stage Films' Matt Davis, in 5 short years, went from humble missionary to EventDV 25 honoree, sought-after speaker, Head Coach of Wedding Videography ... and humble missionary
Feature - Posted 28 May 2010 By
Enter Your Weddings, Events & Corporate Video - Deadline May 27 - Open to All Professionals
Breaking News - Posted 24 May 2010
Mark and Trisha Von Lanken | In Episode 5of their popular EventDV-TV series, 5-time EventDV 25 honorees and WEVA Hall of Famers Mark and Trisha Von Lanken explore the advantages of sliders in general and the DP Slider in particular for event filmmakers. To watch this episode and the entire Von Real series (plus other clips by the Von Lankens), click through to this page.
Feature - Posted 10 May 2010 By ,
There is always one question in watching inspiring new wedding and event films -- it's HOW did they do that -- technique, creative editing, camerawork?
Breaking News - Posted 07 May 2010
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Event filmmaking combines two conflicting tasks: documenting an event as it happens and creating a film that reflects the filmmaker's vision. Nowhere is that line more finely walked in the wedding world than in the filmmaker's interaction with the couple, and with the question of how much direction is too much and how much is too little (if that's possible) when it comes to drawing out performances and guiding couples toward moments that will make a good film. Here, we get five leading event filmmakers' takes on directing (or not directing) in our one-take world.
Feature - Posted 07 May 2010 By
Sara Frances | When we're shooting at traditional events, presentations, or even just shooting on the street, the lowly normal-angle lens tells the story like it is. It's just right for an astonishing percentage of situations. The normal-angle lens reproduces the same relationship, proportion, and size of the objects that the eye sees. I can't imagine ever going out without a 50MM in my kit.
Feature - Posted 04 May 2010 By
The awards recognize the top new products for event videographers and filmmakers introduced at NAB in four categories: cameras, production gear, and postproduction solutions
Feature - Posted 03 May 2010
Lineup includes 2009 EventDV 25 all-stars Adam Forgione. Matt Davis, and Ray Roman and Chicagoland standout and multiple-WEVA CEA winner Keith Anderson
Breaking News - Posted 30 Apr 2010
Philip Hinkle | The Steddiepod is designed to be used as a monopod, a tripod, and even a flying stabilizer. Can it be all those at the same time and do those functions effectively? Well, being a shooter who's always searching for the best and most cost-effective stabilizer to perform all these tasks without adding too much extra gear or breaking my budget, I thought it would be worth checking out; read on and watch the clip that accompanies the article to see how it performed.
Feature - Posted 28 Apr 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Welcome to the event filmmaking industry's first all-women event, POSH: a retreat and educational experience for women event filmmakers and photographers interested in event film
Feature - Posted 26 Apr 2010 By
Roving reporter Shawn Lam reports from NAB in Las Vegas in this three-part EventDV-TV series
Feature - Posted 14 Apr 2010 By
Includes greater matrix switchers supporting more sources and displays, longer distance signal extenders based on fiber optics, and a mix of products supporting the 3G-SDI standard
Breaking News - Posted 12 Apr 2010
Alan Naumann | One expression I grew up with was "big things often come in small packages." Cameras such as the Flip and the Kodak Zi8 also demonstrate that, because of today's technology, great video can be captured in very small (and inexpensive) cameras.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 07 Apr 2010 By
David McKnight | McKnight Video shot AVCHD footage with the Panasonic AG-HMC150 all over the Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise, ingested it and edited in in Vegas, and lived to tell the tale. Do the advantages of AVCHD production outweigh the postproduction challenges? The point is probably moot.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Philip Hinkle | As he's hit the speaking circuit in recent months, 2009 EventDV 25 honoree Ray Roman has maintained steadfastly that most of the stunning shots that elevate his wedding work are achieved through basic, solid shooting and composition along with a quiet command presence on site. But 2008 all-star Philip Hinkle wanted to see for himself, so he followed Ray and his wife and partner, Jessica, on a recent shoot to find out how Ray Roman Films gets the job done.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | So what is City of Lakes, and why all the hype and excitement surrounding a wedding film that no one had even seen when this article went live? To find out, read the article and check out the WORLD PREMIERE, Wednesday, April 14, Brenden Theater, Palms, Las Vegas. (Details in the article.)
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Sharrone Calafiore's trademark steamy Save the Dates and other concept and wedding pieces could be described as Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" meets a Vera Wang runway show set to a Lady Gaga soundtrack. Or you could just say they're hot.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | After realizing that the recession-era summer of 2009 was the rare wedding season when business was slow enough to allow him the flexibility to do pro bono work—Fowler took the job as behind-the-scenes videographer for ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when it came to his hometown. And he was glad he did because, for all its TV trappings, this was a great project—and a great community project at that.
Feature - Posted 06 Apr 2010 By
Mark Von Lanken | At a street price of $1,850-$1,995, how does the Panasonic HMC40 match up with the HMC150--my primary camera--which has a street price of $3,250?
Feature - Posted 02 Apr 2010 By
David McKnight | VASST's AVCHD Training DVD that carries the following tagline: "Learn the ins and outs of AVCHD and how it affects you." Your host is the well-known Douglas Spotted Eagle (aka Spot); imagine if you ran into Spot at a coffee shop, pulled up a chair, and said, "Tell me everything there is to know about AVCHD!" That's pretty close to what you get with this DVD.
Feature - Posted 20 Mar 2010 By
Autoscript's LED TFT flat screens utilize recent advances in LED technology to provide superior brightness, higher contrast levels, improved reliability and energy efficiency
Breaking News - Posted 15 Mar 2010
Third book in their popular series of field guides for Sony XDCAM camcorders
Breaking News - Posted 09 Mar 2010
Sara Frances | In this column, I'll focus on the easiest and most familiar lens to videographers: the wide angle. Event work lends itself to big drama-the beauty shot, the grand sweeping overview. If your standard kit contains just one extra lens, it's bound to be a wide or wide attachment.
Feature - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | This is the story of Joth Riggs, a successful Hollywood assistant director turned breakout wedding filmmaker turned ... well, you can just read it for yourself and find out. You'll see what you've probably already suspected: that an A-list film production background isn't the worst kind of training you can have if you want to make great wedding videos—and, perhaps less predictably, that happy endings often aren't endings at all.
Feature - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
Ron Dawson | Many event filmmakers follow a similar career arc: They get into the business for artistic reasons and eventually realize that their emphasis on artistry is hurting their bottom line, so they redirect their attention accordingly. But what happens when you devote so much attention to business and marketing that you lose touch with what first drew you to this profession? Here, marketing and social media industry icon Ron Dawson talks about how to get back to your original source of inspiration: filmmaking.
Features - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | A look inside Gebbs Wedding Films' all-SDE business model and all-DSLR shooting M.O.
Feature - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
Jan Ozer | If you're starting to focus more on the art of the production and want to experiment with multiple lenses, variable-speed recording, and more storyboard-based productions, the JVC GY-HM700U should be on your short list.
Feature - Posted 06 Mar 2010 By
As a coda to the 2009 EventDV 25 awards presentation, here are the 25 finalists who round out the rest of the "Top 50"—some familiar names, and a number of up-and-comers about whom we're sure to hear much more, along with some choice clips for our finalists' many fans.
Feature - Posted 04 Mar 2010 By
Deadline is March 30
Breaking News - Posted 03 Mar 2010
Welcome to the 2009 EventDV 25 Awards Show, presenting the 25 hottest and most influential event filmmaking studios in the world as elected by the readers of EventDV Magazine and EventDV.net. Your new all-star team will be presented over the course of 4 days--February 22-25, 2010--on EventDV-TV. Click here to see editor Steve Nathans-Kelly reveal the all-stars announced so far and show some of their signature work.
Feature - Posted 22 Feb 2010 By
WEVA's first-ever Virtual Expo opens tomorrow, Feb. 17, at 11am EST
Breaking News - Posted 16 Feb 2010
Shawn Lam | Sennheiser's latest offering is the G3, and aside from a pair of external charging contacts to charge the optional BA 2015 accupack rechargeable battery, it looks almost identical to the G2 that it's replacing. So the question I set out to answer for myself is this: Did Sennheiser make enough improvements to the G3 to entice me to upgrade my current G2s?
In the Field - Posted 01 Feb 2010 By
Shawn Lam | Sennheiser's latest offering is the G3, and aside from a pair of external charging contacts to charge the optional BA 2015 accupack rechargeable battery, it looks almost identical to the G2 that it's replacing. So the question I set out to answer for myself is this: Did Sennheiser make enough improvements to the G3 to entice me to upgrade my current G2s?
Feature - Posted 01 Feb 2010 By
The revolutionary online community formerly known as WedFACT(Wedding Filmmakers Alliance Of Creative Talent) is now the EventFilmmaker Social Media Network
Amen Corner - Posted 31 Jan 2010
Tim Siglin | The case for a live production workflow—and a new magazine and website dedicated to it.
Feature - Posted 29 Jan 2010 By
Mili & Sid Ghosh | South Asian royal weddings require planning, preparation, and conceptualization of an entirely different order than the typical wedding film—especially when you have to bring your crew and equipment to India to complete the project. But it can be done, even by U.S.-based wife-and-husband wedding film teams. Here Mili and Sid Ghosh present a creative director's guide to grand-scale epic wedding film production that will make even your royal clients proud to have hired you.
Features - Posted 28 Jan 2010 By
Sara Frances | Attention Fusion still/video shooters: The honeymoon with so-called "bokeh art" is over. The harsh facts have been revealed. This is the first column in a series aimed squarely at alleviating user panic and at getting the Fusion equipment babies trained and ready to work for you.
Breaking News - Posted 27 Jan 2010 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | The inaugural In[Focus] event was as inspiring, engaging, and focused an educational event as our industry has seen.
Feature - Posted 25 Jan 2010 By
WEVA EXPO 2010 will be held at The Dolphin Resort in the renown Swan and Dolphin Resort complex next to the Disney Boardwalk in Walt Disney World
Breaking News - Posted 19 Jan 2010
DVR Offers Robust Yet Cost-Effective Multiformat Playout of Pre-Recorded Video in Live Broadcasts
The Main Event - Posted 14 Jan 2010
Laura Moses | Sound design is the process of planning and creating a sound treatment that will enhance the storytelling of a film. Effective sound design improves a film without being overbearing or calling attention to itself. By incorporating simple aspects of the craft into our films, we can enhance our productions to better connect with consumers, which will result in more bookings and will increase the value of our product.
Feature - Posted 27 Dec 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Putting a year of "game-changers" in perspective
Feature - Posted 20 Dec 2009 By
TriCaster TCXD300 redefines portable live production with benefits that include high definition and standard definition (HD and SD) live multi-camera switching, full HD streaming, live HD virtual sets, HD titling, HD digital disk recording, HD editing, audio mixing, efficient workflow, multiple effects layers
Breaking News - Posted 17 Dec 2009
WEVA iVideoShow is the innovative, first-ever Online Expo dedicated to wedding & event video/DSLR professionals
Breaking News - Posted 16 Dec 2009
Jerry Cleveland | Since I knew I wanted to incorporate the 5D into my wedding and event video equipment arsenal, I started doing some research into how to make the camera steadier and how to ensure that I was shooting in focus, especially when working outside. It had to be easy to unfold, easy to adjust, fast to set up, and lightweight. I settled on one line of products: the DSLR Gunstock Shooter Gorilla Kits by Zacuto.
In the Field - Posted 09 Dec 2009 - December 2009 Issue By
Ed Wardyga | Just in case you haven't noticed, we're entering a brave new world when it comes to business survival. We've all been forced to reexamine everything from our advertising and marketing strategies to our spending habits and attitude, not only to be successful but to survive. The status quo no longer works.
The Gadget Bag - Posted 09 Dec 2009 - December 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | How wedding and sports event videographer Danny Sayson developed, shot, and produced a full season of West Coast Adventures entirely on spec, pitched and sold it to PBS-TV, and became a full-time TV producer with one season under his belt and a second in production.
Feature - Posted 09 Dec 2009 By
First 500 to Register Get Entered To Win Free Bonus Prize
Breaking News - Posted 09 Dec 2009
Shawn Lam | Can a lite product ever be as good as the full version? The name itself implies that something is missing. Does that presumption hold true for Kessler's new lite version of its flagship KC-8 Basic crane, the KC-Lite 8.0? Read on. I think you might be surprised with the results—I know I was.
Feature - Posted 09 Dec 2009 By
Premiering November 4th, FilmFellas Cast 6 "The DP Edition" will represent an eclectic mix of cinematographers from the independent film scene
Breaking News - Posted 02 Dec 2009
Trisha Von Lanken | In memory of Studio Vieux Carre and In[Focus] co-founder Julian St Pierre
Feature - Posted 16 Nov 2009 By
Anthony Burokas | I was recently tapped to work on an independent feature film, a Western set in 1880s Texas shot on the Panasonic AG-HPX300. In essence, it was a video shoot. But there were also some fundamental differences. Based on several days of experiences there, I have a few recommendations for those embarking on a similar path: 11 lessons learned about indie filmmaking from my sojourn into that world.
Features - Posted 13 Nov 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Wedding-day interviews are the sort of thing that used to give videography a bad name, but done right, and in the right setting, interviews can help elevate wedding and event filmmaking into the realm of powerful, character-driven storytelling. Here we learn from four leading wedding and event filmmakers renowned for the compelling, revealing, funny, and moving stories they collect in their interviews with the key players in their events, and the seamless and powerful ways they incorporate these interviews into the films they produce.
Feature - Posted 13 Nov 2009 By
Breaking News - Posted 09 Nov 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | In just 3 years, Ray Roman has parlayed his passion into becoming one of the most sought-after wedding videographers in the country. WEVA and In[Focus] have tapped him to speak at conferences and bestowed accolades upon him. He's sponsored by Cinevate. His high-profile client roster boasts names such as the Cole family (as in Nat King and Natalie) and enough professional athletes to field a fantasy sports team.
Breaking News - Posted 01 Nov 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | In just 3 years, Ray Roman has parlayed his passion into becoming one of the most sought-after wedding videographers in the country. WEVA and In[Focus] have tapped him to speak at conferences and bestowed accolades upon him. He's sponsored by Cinevate. His high-profile client roster boasts names such as the Cole family (as in Nat King and Natalie) and enough professional athletes to field a fantasy sports team.
Studio Time - Posted 01 Nov 2009 - November 2009 Issue By
Philip Hinkle | If you're looking for good royalty-free music created by event videographers for event videographers, look no further than Nightsong Productions.
Feature - Posted 20 Oct 2009 By
Now Viewers Can "Talk Back" to Broadcast/Professional TV Equipment Leaders
Breaking News - Posted 14 Oct 2009
Thanks to the global power of new Internet technologies, WEVA International will present WEVA iVideoShow 2009, the world's first VIRTUAL Conference and Tradeshow for wedding and event videographers, including editors, imagers, digital artists, photomontage producers & students on Wednesday, December 9
Breaking News - Posted 13 Oct 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Last fall, Canon shook our world when it released the transformative EOS 5D Mark II, a DSLR featuring full-frame HD video and dynamic depth-of-field control. Along with others of its ilk, the 5D is revving up videographers' creativity, smearing the line between the photography and videography industries, and ushering in (some say) a new era of photo-video fusion. With several months of use under their belts, we asked a handful of early adopters for their take on how the 5D has impacted their businesses and where (if anywhere) their first forays into fusion have taken them.
Amen Corner - Posted 06 Oct 2009 - October 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Last fall, Canon shook our world when it released the transformative EOS 5D Mark II, a DSLR featuring full-frame HD video and dynamic depth-of-field control. Along with others of its ilk, the 5D is revving up videographers' creativity, smearing the line between the photography and videography industries, and ushering in (some say) a new era of photo-video fusion. With several months of use under their belts, we asked a handful of early adopters for their take on how the 5D has impacted their businesses and where (if anywhere) their first forays into fusion have taken them.
Feature - Posted 06 Oct 2009 By
Speakers include Larry Jordan, Ben Balser, Bruce Nazarian, Alexis Van Hurkman
Breaking News - Posted 05 Oct 2009
Philip Hinkle | Back in July my wife and our summer intern had the opportunity to attend a hands-on training Class with Jeff Wright from Blue Skies Cinema. The class was presented in suburban Chicago in conjunction with the Illinois Videographers Association (IVA). Jeff and his wife, Andee, present several intensive workshops each year at their Southern California studio (as well as some stunning nearby locations), and Jeff frequently goes on the road to offer training with local and regional associations as well. I went along to check it all out and document the effectiveness of the training for this article.
Continuing Education - Posted 03 Oct 2009 By
Philip Hinkle | Back in July my wife and our summer intern had the opportunity to attend a hands-on training Class with Jeff Wright from Blue Skies Cinema. The class was presented in suburban Chicago in conjunction with the Illinois Videographers Association (IVA). Jeff and his wife, Andee, present several intensive workshops each year at their Southern California studio (as well as some stunning nearby locations), and Jeff frequently goes on the road to offer training with local and regional associations as well. I went along to check it all out and document the effectiveness of the training for this article.
Feature - Posted 03 Oct 2009 By
Ed Wardyga | I've assembled a list of free (or inexpensive) programs and utilities that might make your life a bit easier. I've been using most of these for some time, so I can confirm that they work and are worth every penny.
The Gadget Bag - Posted 01 Oct 2009 - October 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | WEVA Expo 2009 delivered a bold mix of new speakers, live streaming experiments, discussions of fusion trends present and future, and a rollicking networking experience in a crackerjack new venue that seemed almost tailor-made for the wedding and event video industry's largest convention and tradeshow.
Feature - Posted 28 Sep 2009 By
Exhibit booths on the show floor will feature the latest digital video and HD DSLR technology, plus free system-training, and the WEVA EXPO 2009 Virtual Trade Show will also include cutting-edge sessions, WEVA 2009 Creative Excellence Award Winners, new wedding film techniques, industry networking via LIVE CHAT
Breaking News - Posted 24 Sep 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | In the 4 years since Mili Ghosh began Memories in Motion in Chicago with the goal of offering high-end Bollywood-style videos to a niche South Asian wedding market, her hands-on approach—consulting in details right down to makeup—has taken her all over the globe. From opulent weddings with hundreds of guests in her hometown of Chicago to royal weddings in India, Ghosh combines her own personal artistic vision with a devotion to her couples to create cinematic wedding videos with a flair not found anywhere else.
Feature - Posted 24 Sep 2009 By
Ideal for any live event or installation demanding stability, ease of use, and professional connectivity
Breaking News - Posted 15 Sep 2009
Lee Rickwood | Here's a look at some developments in cables and connectors used in video production.
Gear & Now - Posted 10 Sep 2009 - September 2009 Issue By
Ron Dawson | A few months ago I saw a clip that StillMotion had put together for fellow Canadian company Cinevate (makers of the Brevis 35mm adapter, as well as a variety of other camera gear), starring a new slide-rail system called the Pegasus that allowed the shooter to create smooth, dollylike shots. I recently had the opportunity to test the system, and here's a look at how it performed on a series of shoots that required some smooth dolly-type shots.
Feature - Posted 10 Sep 2009 By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Have you ever dreamed of doing a wedding shoot in which the guests and wedding party already knew and loved your work, and so they showered you with compliments throughout the day? Or one in which youy got the most candid, natural shots of even a camera-shy couple? Enter the Save the Date video: a short film produced far in advance of the wedding and distributed via your blog, Facebook fan page, Vimeo, or—less commonly—on DVD, in lieu of traditional Save the Date cards.
Feature - Posted 08 Sep 2009 By
Anthony Burokas | As great as the new CMOS HS cameras on the market may appear, the reality is that the infamous "rolling shutter" CMOS image distortion can be easily seen when you bounce the camera up and down lightly, or when you pan the camera side to side—things you probably do routinely when you are recording with the camera in your hands instead of on a tripod. Here we quantify and qualify these issues with CMOS imagers compared straight-up with their CCD counterparts.
Features - Posted 01 Sep 2009 - September 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Steve Zugelter of Cincinnati-based Studio+Z Films pushes the limits of surprise wedding concept films, and ratches up the theatricality of the couple's entire event.
Feature - Posted 30 Aug 2009 By
New cast features producer Ron Dawson, cinematographer Patrick Moreau, and filmmaker Kevin Shahinian
Breaking News - Posted 13 Aug 2009
Trainers include Larry Jordan, Bruce Nazarian, Alexis Van Hurkman, and Ben Balser
Breaking News - Posted 08 Aug 2009
Episodes feature Kristen*, John Goolsby, Joe Simon, Patrick Moreau, Ron Dawson, and Kevin Shahinian; highlight avant-garde wedding filmmaking and cinematic storytelling
Breaking News - Posted 05 Aug 2009
Loyd Calomay | The Glidetrack is a portable and very affordable dolly system that can be used quickly and easily to add the "wow" factor into any production. Its design is simple: a single rail that has a carriage mount for your camera that slides smoothly as you push it.
Feature - Posted 05 Aug 2009 By
World-renowned, instructor-led courses now accessible from any desktop
Breaking News - Posted 03 Aug 2009
Hal Slifer's 3 Questions goes on location in Plymouth, Newton, and Massachusetts' North Shore; bids farewell to the photomontage; sings the praises of the same-day edit; and looks ahead to the upcoming WEVA Expo.
Feature - Posted 27 Jul 2009
Newly announced speakers include Ron & Tasra Dawson, David Robin & Kevin Shahinian, Mark Von Lanken & Robert Neal, Lance Gray, Ray Roman, Norman Hollyn, Adam Forgione, Keith Kelly, Dominic Velasco, Maureen Taylor, Laura Moses, Brooke Rudnick, and Jorge Jaramillo
Breaking News - Posted 22 Jul 2009
An online wedding film festival in three parts, WedFACTION.1 features an anonymous online submission-based competition, an online popular vote and an exhibition portion showcasing new and leading edge talent
Breaking News - Posted 22 Jul 2009
Hal Slifer | When was the last time a wedding guest came up to you and told you she loved your work? If you only shoot the event, you will most likely never hear those words. It's time for you to be acknowledged and be loved for your talent and work by showing it in front of hundreds of guests at your next event.
Feature - Posted 14 Jul 2009 By
Thursday July 9th, 2009 - 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET
Breaking News - Posted 08 Jul 2009
Network-style, customizable animated graphic templates for LightWave 3D and 3D Arsenal
Breaking News - Posted 08 Jul 2009
Announced speakers include Ron & Tasra Dawson, Ray Roman, Keith Kelly, David Robin and Kevin Shahinian, Lance Gray, and author and editor Norman Hollyn
Breaking News - Posted 03 Jul 2009
Philadelphia-Based Event Specialist Robert Neal Gears Up with Handheld AVCCAM to Shoot Weddings, Documentaries, Commercial Spots and More
Breaking News - Posted 03 Jul 2009
Categories include social events and corporate video, including weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, class reunions, recitals, theatrical/stage productions, promotional videos, graduations, band performances, cheerleading competitions, memorial services, corporate training, anniversaries, christenings, charity events, and others, including the newest category, "Wedding Movie Trailer."
Breaking News - Posted 29 Jun 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Brian Press of L.A.-based wedding cinematography studio Impressive Creations discusses his driving passion, stormchasing, and the perfect storm it creates when combined with his other talents, videography and photography
Feature - Posted 22 Jun 2009 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Real Weddings is exactly what it sounds like: an hour-plus DVD that encompasses all the content the Von Lankens deliver to a bride and groom. But what makes this DVD most valuable is the two commentary tracks--one for shooting, one for editing--that run through the entire disc, breaking down virtually everything they do. Also featured: 2 video clips from the DVD!
Feature - Posted 12 Jun 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Real Weddings is exactly what it sounds like: an hour-plus DVD that encompasses all the content the Von Lankens deliver to a bride and groom. But what makes this DVD most valuable is the two commentary tracks--one for shooting, one for editing--that run through the entire disc, breaking down virtually everything they do. Also featured: 2 video clips from the DVD!
Continuing Education - Posted 12 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue
With the launch of the new Re:Frame website morning, the Re:Frame Collective revealed dates, location, a (nearly) complete speaker roster, and some tantalizing details about what RF:SF 09 attendees can expect for the three-and-a-half day event, which will take place at San Francisco's toney CLIFT Hotel in the heart of Union Square, October 19-22, 2009
Feature - Posted 08 Jun 2009 By
Alan Naumann | Whereas many dads connect with their sons through sports, my son Jason and I connected through video. We spent many hours together making music videos and short films, as well as shooting various events. Partly as a result of that, he's now living out my dream of becoming an independent filmmaker.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Marc Franklin | The hottest new announcements and releases of NAB 2009 for the videography world
Features - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Laura Moses | Not all brides can afford to have a production with their backstory researched, recorded, and then weaved with interviews and photographs into their wedding film. But there are always stories to tell, and we can find them if we are only willing to look.
Vantage Point - Posted 05 Jun 2009 By
Laura Randall | Magic Bullet Quick Looks (MBQL) gives you the same popular presets as the full-featured Magic Bullet Looks filters. The biggest difference is that you don't have the ability to edit or customize the look other than to control the amount of effect (0%-100%) on your clip. But if you're looking for a variety of preset looks that are easy to apply for a reasonable price, this is a great program.
In the Studio - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Steve and Laura Moses have been called the "prom king and queen" and "model husband-wife team" of wedding video. But forget the awards and accolades for a moment, since they're not what define this couple, nor do they tell the whole story of their lives in this business, or this business in their lives. Here's a brief review of their road to success and what they saw and learned along the way.
Studio Time - Posted 05 Jun 2009 - June 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | Steve and Laura Moses have been called the "prom king and queen" and "model husband-wife team" of wedding video. But forget the awards and accolades for a moment, since they're not what define this couple, nor do they tell the whole story of their lives in this business, or this business in their lives. Here's a brief review of their road to success and what they saw and learned along the way.
Feature - Posted 05 Jun 2009 By
WEVA EXPO 2009, the biggest convention & trade show for wedding & event video producers worldwide, runs September 14-17, 2009
Breaking News - Posted 04 Jun 2009
Topics include cinematic shooting and editing techniques, artistic shot composition, company image and branding, and marketing to high-end brides
Breaking News - Posted 02 Jun 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Illinois Videographers Association event draws internationally recognized presenters Patrick Moreau and Michael Wong of StillMotion and marks the speaking debut of concept film phenom Kevin Shahinian of Pacific Pictures
Feature - Posted 27 May 2009 By
Enter Your Best Videos Now
Breaking News - Posted 20 May 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | What is In[Focus] 2010 and what's with all those viral videos?
Feature - Posted 17 May 2009 By
Chris P. Jones | PART 1 WITH 31 FILMS NOW ON EVENTDV-TV!
Feature - Posted 16 May 2009 By
Through this new contest, Ikan will award almost $5,000 in cash and prizes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for their original short films featuring the Ikan name or product line
Breaking News - Posted 11 May 2009
Ron Dawson | Taking a cue from indie filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's Rebel Without a Crew, Ron Dawson recounts the challenges he encountered in planning, casting, funding, producing, and marketing the first online reality TV series created with and for professional photographers.
Features - Posted 06 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Stu Sweetow | Watching an event you missed on DVD is the next best thing to being there, but wouldn't it be even better if you could watch it live, regardless of your location? A number of streaming and webcasting services and products scaled and tailored to the event market are now making this possible, and in turn they are adding a new dimension to the services event videographers are able to provide.
Features - Posted 06 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
A few thoughts on the 2008 EventDV 25
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 04 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
A few thoughts on the 2008 EventDV 25
Feature - Posted 04 May 2009 By
Fourth annual "Best of NAB" list selected by contributing editor Marc Franklin recognizes new cameras, production gear, and postproduction solutions
Breaking News - Posted 04 May 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | A look behind the garage door into the world where "A Sin City Love Story" was created
Continuing Education - Posted 04 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | A look behind the garage door into the world where "A Sin City Love Story" was created
Feature - Posted 04 May 2009 By
EventDV-TV - Posted 04 May 2009
Events will reflect the massive changes in new digital video, digital imaging, and online technologies affecting our industry now and for the immediate future
Breaking News - Posted 04 May 2009
Re:Frame 09 Austin rolls on into Day Two with internationally renowned DoP Philip Bloom, Fusion tips from Bruce Patterson, 30-second film clips, shooting in the streets of Austin, and more
Feature - Posted 04 May 2009
Ed Wardyga | I keep hearing about fellow video professionals—especially those who specialize in weddings—lamenting the decreases in their business. Economic downturns do affect everyone, but all that is required to survive and even prosper is a willingness to do two things: diversify, and keep a keen eye out for opportunities.
Feature - Posted 03 May 2009 By
Ed Wardyga | I keep hearing about fellow video professionals—especially those who specialize in weddings—lamenting the decreases in their business. Economic downturns do affect everyone, but all that is required to survive and even prosper is a willingness to do two things: diversify, and keep a keen eye out for opportunities.
Amen Corner - Posted 03 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | Partly as a way to support today's multipurpose HD and DV cameras, for example, companies are incorporating a new appreciation of event videography shooting styles and situational requirements, in particular the "grab-and-go" approach that following a live event necessitates, as well as the realization that many pro video people use many different products for different jobs-from pure-play consumer to top-of-the-line professional
Gear & Now - Posted 03 May 2009 - May 2009 Issue
Lee Rickwood | Partly as a way to support today's multipurpose HD and DV cameras, for example, companies are incorporating a new appreciation of event videography shooting styles and situational requirements, in particular the "grab-and-go" approach that following a live event necessitates, as well as the realization that many pro video people use many different products for different jobs-from pure-play consumer to top-of-the-line professional
Feature - Posted 03 May 2009
Can Austin keep Re:Frame weird, and vice versa?
Feature - Posted 27 Apr 2009 By
Presentation topics include Best Practices for Wedding Gig Networking, Audio Acquisition for Videographers; with Sennheiser
Breaking News - Posted 20 Apr 2009
Goal of the festival is to increase awareness of the quality and differing types of wedding video and film productions that are being produced today by artists from around the world and to reward these artists with real prizes that will take their craft to a higher level
Breaking News - Posted 18 Apr 2009
EventDV-TV - Posted 15 Apr 2009
David McKnight | This month we'll feature more audio tips plus information on compression, the audio utilities found in UltimateS Pro, and the best way to prepare audio files for use in Vegas's disc-authoring companion program, DVD Architect.
Tutorials - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
Ben Balser | DVDxDV's Veescope line, which started with the Veescope Live software-based field monitor, now consists of four tools: Veescope Live, Veescope Hub, Veescope Key, and Veescope Signals. I have found all four of these software products to be worth the price, reliable, and high quality.
In the Field - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
Shawn Lam | Ultimately, your choice of camera is going to be determined by your preferences, your requirements, and the fit with your video business. For my business, the pairing of the HVR-Z7U and HVR-Z5U is the clear winner in this latest face-off of high-definition video cameras.
In the Field - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Like a rescued and refurb'd Super8, a 5D Mark II is an amazing tool for capturing what you see. But the cameras and the vision have to work hand in hand, much like style and story.
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 09 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
EventDV-TV - Posted 08 Apr 2009 By
Marla Misek Clark | For Sylvia Broeckx and Niels Puttemans of UK-based Ever After Video Productions, 2008 was a transformative year
Studio Time - Posted 06 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue
Vanessa McKellar of Vanessa McKellar Productions rocks the vote with her entry "My Sister's In Love"
Breaking News - Posted 06 Apr 2009
EventDV-TV - Posted 06 Apr 2009 By
StillMotion cinematographers road-test Canon's game-changing HD camera on a series of destination wedding and music video shoots, and they reveal some of the camera's remarkable strengths and limitations for event filmmakers.
Feature - Posted 01 Apr 2009 By
StillMotion cinematographers road-test Canon's game-changing HD camera on a series of destination wedding and music video shoots, and they reveal some of the camera's remarkable strengths and limitations for event filmmakers.
Features - Posted 01 Apr 2009 - April 2009 Issue By
First Professional Videographers Coalition event hosted by LIVA and NJVA
Breaking News - Posted 25 Mar 2009
Registration info for April 27-29 event
Breaking News - Posted 25 Mar 2009
Hal Slifer's 3 Questions
EventDV-TV - Posted 25 Mar 2009 By
May 20 event to feature all-star speaking lineup with Patrick Moreau and Michael Wong, Lance Gray, Chris Chibucos, Kevin Shahinian, and Keith Kelly
Breaking News - Posted 24 Mar 2009
The 2008 EventDV 25 Awards Show, revealing your new all-star team of the 25 hottest and most influential videographers in the world as elected by the readers of EventDV magazine
Breaking News - Posted 18 Mar 2009
Presenting the 2008 EventDV 25, the 25 hottest and most influential videographers in the world as elected by the readers of EventDV magazine
EventDV-TV - Posted 17 Mar 2009
Features - Posted 16 Mar 2009
EventDV-TV - Posted 13 Mar 2009
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | We asked 5 award-winning studios--all of whom have won international awards specifically for their demos--to demystify the process of producing an award-winning demo and help you master the making of your own.
Features - Posted 08 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
New issue features Mark Von Lanken's definitive review of the Panasonic AG-HMC150, 5 expert opinions on how to construct an effective wedding demo, Ben Balser's tutorial on working with sound in Final Cut Pro, and new columnist Mark Foley's tips on how to get great on-site audio at live events
Features - Posted 05 Mar 2009
Lee Rickwood | The creative options for in-studio or fixed-location lighting for professional videographers will expand tremendously this year; we'll see new and enhanced LED and fluorescent products that offer extra control mechanisms and advanced color matching and correction tools, as well as more economical operation overall based on lower-energy requirements and longer-expected lamp life.
Gear & Now - Posted 05 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
Elizabeth Avery Merfeld | His maxim--Adapt or die!--is what turned BMX legend Joe Simon into a four-time Telly Award-winning artist and owner of Joe Simon Productions, an Austin, Texas-based studio specializing in cinematic high-definition and vintage wedding films.
Studio Time - Posted 05 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
3-time EventDV 25 honoree Mark Von Lanken Praises the Handheld AVCCAM's Filmic Look, Low-Light Performance, Focus Assist, Dynamic Range Stretch, Chip Set and More
Breaking News - Posted 04 Mar 2009
EventDV-TV - Posted 04 Mar 2009 By
Jan Ozer | What are the 5 most common mistakes made by video producers when producing or preparing their video for streaming? In a sneak preview of his upcoming Streaming Media East seminar exclusively for EventDV readers, Jan Ozer explains these errors and tells you how to avoid them.
The Moving Picture - Posted 02 Mar 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
Mark Foley | Many videographers will agree that audio is the weakest link in their production capability. In this column, we'll examine some general practices that will help you capture not only good audio but, more importantly, consistent audio.
Feature - Posted 23 Feb 2009 By
EventDV-TV - Posted 22 Feb 2009 By
Mark Von Lanken takes Panasonic's new professional AVCHD camera, the AG-HMC150, out in the field for a series of wedding shoots and examines its usability and features, tests its low-light performance, and offers comparisons to Sony's popular Z1U. NOW AVAILABLE: ALL 5 VIDEO CLIPS THAT ACCOMPANY THIS ARTICLE!
In the Field - Posted 17 Feb 2009 - March 2009 Issue By
Mark Von Lanken field-tests the HMC150 on a series of weddings with attention to key features and image, feature, and usability comparisons to the Sony Z1
EventDV-TV - Posted 16 Feb 2009 By
By utilizing both modern and vintage filmmaking tools and even including new fusion techniques, the entries for this competition are poised to be some of the most inspired and most unique showcases of talent seen yet
Breaking News - Posted 05 Feb 2009
New issue features Philip Hinkle's search for the perfect reception light, Jan Ozer's best practices for delivering HD video online, Stu Sweetow's surefire plan for avoiding catastrophe when shooting on location, and more
Features - Posted 01 Feb 2009
Lee Rickwood | The anticipation of "white space" issues precipitated by the DTV transition has caused a great deal of anxiety for many customers and major mic manufacturers, who have now officially responded with new, and presumably future-proofed, products.
Gear & Now - Posted 30 Jan 2009 - February 2009 Issue
Philip Hinkle | Does the search for the perfect reception light stop here?
In the Field - Posted 30 Jan 2009 - February 2009 Issue By
Stuart Sweetow | Nowhere is Murphy's Law more applicable than shooting on location. Mr. Murphy's goal is to keep your video from ever seeing the light of day. You'll never eliminate Mr. Murphy, but anticipating some of his sinister moves using techniques described here can minimize his impact.
Features - Posted 30 Jan 2009 - February 2009 Issue
Highly streamlined workflow allows you to quickly and easily capture video and produce DVDs in quantity, all within minutes of the end of your live event
Breaking News - Posted 26 Jan 2009
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Introducing EventDV-TV, EventDV's forthcoming video channel, which will debut in February on www.eventdv-tv.com.
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 26 Jan 2009 - February 2009 Issue By
Polls now open for 2008 EventDV 25, the 25 hottest and most influential videographers in the business
Breaking News - Posted 05 Jan 2009
January 2009 EventDV Table of Contents
Features - Posted 01 Jan 2009 By
Elzabeth Avery-Merfeld | Kevin Shahinian was rushing out his door, on his way to shoot a musical number at a library on the outskirts of Los Angeles, when we first spoke to him about the Bollywood "mini-epic" he was making for a couple from Southern California...
Studio Time - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - January 2009 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | New lighting gear can help professional videographers lighten their loads during on-location shoots, while at the same time reducing some of the costs associated with adding light. Light emitting diodes (LEDs), as the foundation of a video lamp, can help reduce power draw, heat output, and bulb replacement frequency.
Gear & Now - Posted 01 Jan 2009 - January 2009 Issue
Introduced several years ago as a 2-DVD set called Business Everlasting and later expanded into The Complete Course with a 3-ring binder chock full of useful content, Alan Naumann's definitive memorial videography training kit has been recently updated with a variety of helpful materials.
Continuing Education - Posted 31 Dec 2008 - January 2009 Issue By
WEVA Expo 2009 to be held at brand new Hilton Orlando
Breaking News - Posted 24 Dec 2008
December 2008 EventDV Table of Contents
Peter Chung | The Indicam Pilot (not to be confused with the Steadicam Pilot) is a low-cost camera stabilizer that gives you what you need in a camera stabilization system without all the bells and whistles associated with the other two models, which makes its offering more affordable and appealing to the aspiring filmmaker.
In the Field - Posted 01 Dec 2008 - December 2008 Issue By
Stu Sweetow | Here's a look at some strategies for developing corporate projects that will help you answer the questions that arise when you encounter a corporate client and do the best--and most profitable--work you can.
Features - Posted 01 Dec 2008 - December 2008 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | As high definition and high-end cameras such as those from RED Digital Cinema, Arri, and Sony become more popular among feature filmmakers and wedding videographers alike, we need more power for location shooting of almost any kind, but particularly for long-form HD production—and the manufacturers are responding.
Gear & Now - Posted 24 Nov 2008 - December 2008 Issue By
Monthly competitions are a run-up to early 2009 launch of WedFACTION international online film festival and competition
Breaking News - Posted 05 Nov 2008
November 2008 EventDV Table of Contents
Elizabeth Avery Welsh Merfeld | When the time comes to put his legacy in order, Lee Bakogiannakis wants to be remembered for his contributions to the Greek wedding video industry. But for now he'll settle for being known as the guy who "made Bon Jovi cool again."
Gear & Now - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - November 2008 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | New wireless audio products are being released and are now shipping worldwide. The manufacturers of these products insist that their offerings do not conflict with current or proposed legislation, so new features and functions are being introduced into a number of products.
Gear & Now - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - November 2008 Issue By
Anthony Burokas | Can single-chip camcorder models priced less than $1,000 and bearing the bold "Full HD" logo do the job of prosumer and professional camcorders costing many times that price? In this article I'll take two high-end consumer HD camcorders into the field—specifically, the wilds of the Alaskan bush—to see what I can do with these little devices.
In the Field - Posted 01 Nov 2008 - November 2008 Issue By
Second day of seminars, second-line parade, and everything you always wanted to know about Super 8 wedding filmmaking but were afraid to ask.
Feature - Posted 09 Oct 2008 By
Reporting from New Orleans' French Quarter on the opening sessions of the long-anticipated boutique seminar experience for event videographers
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 07 Oct 2008 - November 2008 Issue By
October 2008 EventDV
Features - Posted 01 Oct 2008
Marshall Levy | I always film a wedding ceremony with at least three cameras--usually four or five and even more if I have an assiatnt. This article will discuss how I position those cameras at typical Jewish and Christian ceremonies, along with strategies for getting the best coverage possible.
Features - Posted 01 Oct 2008 - October 2008 Issue By
Elizabeth Welsh | The rise and fall of (well, OK, only the rise of) Hollywood spoofmaster Loyd Calomay of Red 5 Studios
Studio Time - Posted 01 Oct 2008 - October 2008 Issue By
Shawn Lam | Doug Jensen's Mastering the Sony HVR-Z7U and the HVR-S270 training DVD set gave me a further understanding of the video camera I had already been using for 6 months. It has positively changed the way I film, which is very high praise.
Continuing Education - Posted 22 Sep 2008 - November 2008 Issue
Two-time EventDV 25 honorees and 15-time WEVA CEA winners Jeff & Andee Wright offer on-location shooting and a "fun and intimate learning experience"
Breaking News - Posted 19 Sep 2008
3-hour, 2-disc (DVD-Video) workshop includes tutorials, step-by-step examples, and detailed instructions covering the most important aspects of camera setup, menus, shooting techniques, clip naming, file management, clip importing, picture profile settings, basic editing, and even archiving
Breaking News - Posted 13 Sep 2008
Most recent Sound Academy was held at the world-famous Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage in northern California
Breaking News - Posted 09 Sep 2008
A FREE P2HD Workshop to be held by Specialized Communications Corp. of Maryland in DC featuring Barry Green as guest speaker. The seminar is amust-attend for videographers and a chance for hands-on "playtime" with Panasonic's latest P2 cameras and more
Breaking News - Posted 04 Sep 2008
Hal Slifer | To be successful today, wedding and event videographers must have a Cash Cow: a product that supplements their mottom line by delivering regular (and often quick) revenue and makes them stand out from the competition. Here's what several top videographers told us about their Cash Cows and how they've kept their businesses profitable in the current economic downturn.
Features - Posted 02 Sep 2008 - September 2008 Issue By
September 2008 EventDV
Features - Posted 01 Sep 2008
Alan Naumann | I was recently asked to shoot a 50-year class reunion at a local high school. There are 150,000 high school reunions each year, with an annual total attendance of 27 million, or 180 per reunion. That's a lot of potential business for event videographers.
Cradle to Grave - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - September 2008 Issue By
Shawn Lam | For those who want the look and feel of a shoulder-mount HDV camera, Sony has a real contender on its hands with the S270.
In the Field - Posted 01 Sep 2008 - September 2008 Issue By
Shawn Lam | Now with talk of the U.S. economy revolving around sub-prime mortgage problems, record crude oil prices, and hints of a recession, I was interested to see what message Roy Chapman and his lineup of speakers would give at this year's 18th annual WEVA Expo, and they didn't disappoint, with many of the speakers sharing valuable business strategy insight, interspersed with the usual breathtaking video
Conference Wrap-Up - Posted 22 Aug 2008 - October 2008 Issue By
Laura Moses | Truly great films don't just tell a story, they create a mood—not unlike a dream—that draws audience membersinto an experience they are able to feel with their entire being. Event filmmakers, though working within restricted parameters that don't allow directorial control, can nevertheless draw upon these elements of filmmaking to touch the soul of a viewer.
Vantage Point - Posted 18 Aug 2008 - September 2008 Issue By
3-hour, 2-DVD workshop includes tutorials, step-by-step examples, and detailed instructions covering the most important aspects of camera setup, menus, shooting techniques, exposure, and more
Breaking News - Posted 04 Aug 2008
August 2008 EventDV: Features, Tutorials, Columns, and Departments.
Features - Posted 01 Aug 2008
August 2008 EventDV
Jan Ozer | When producing and compressing corporate video for the web, set design can have a profound effect on both the perceived and actual quality of the video you deliver. This article describes what works and what doesn't, and lists approaches you can use in a variety of shooting scenarios.
Features - Posted 01 Aug 2008 - August 2008 Issue By
Patrick Moreau | The challenge for us as videographers, is how to achieve a very shallow DoF with sensors that are much smaller than those our photographer counterparts use to create a similar effect. The solution comes in the form of a sexy, black carbon fiber tube that attaches to the front of your camera, the Brevis 35 adapter.
In the Field - Posted 01 Aug 2008 - August 2008 Issue By
212-page book covers everything a video professional needs to know to transition to HD
Breaking News - Posted 02 Jul 2008
Kris Malandruccolo | Two new instructional DVD titles from multiple CEA and AAA winners and two-time EventDV 25 honorees Steve & Laura Moses
Continuing Education - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - July 2008 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | The latest installments in Mark & Trisha Von Lanken's definitive series on motion techniques for wedding and event video shooters picks up right where MCT I left off and adds tips for handheld cameras, and provides fascinating behind-the-scenes looks at first-dance shooting and how the Von Lankens cover bride and groom prep. Essential stuff.
Continuing Education - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - July 2008 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | LED lights are capable of generating much greater brightness and at a much lower power consumption rating than standard tungsten lights. There are now LED units rated with a 2,000 lumen output, so they have the punch that videographers often require. Here's a look at the latest and greatest in LED lighting.
Gear & Now - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - July 2008 Issue By
Mark Von Lanken | After I transitioned to a handheld camera (the Sony Z1), I wondered where I would find a camera bag that would hold most of my accessories. My research found the Petrol PCPR-1 as the perfect solution for me. At a street price of $149.95, it's a real bargain.
In the Field - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - July 2008 Issue By
Michael Y. Wong | The Steadicam Merlin is the company's latest attempt at providing the professional videographer with a fully functional yet affordable Steadicam, complete with all the bells and whistles, as well as the ease of use these support devices provide.
In the Field - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - July 2008 Issue By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | A discussion of the use of inanimate objects in art film to convey shades of meaning and character development in Paul Auster's new book sent me in search of examples of this same technique used powerfully in wedding video. Here's what I found, and why it works.
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - July 2008 Issue By
Anthony Burokas | While HDV and the move to HD have produced some truly amazing cameras—even in the consumer arena—compared to what was available for many tens of thousands of dollars just 10 years ago, those of us who regularly produce live shows are facing a new hurdle: expensive HD switchers.
HD Today - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - July 2008 Issue By
Joe McManus | The man behind the #1 YouTube video, "Unicycling in the Streets of Manhattan," talks to EventDV contributing editor Joe McManus about the joys of Glidecam shooting and extreme unicycling, as well as the challenges and advantages of producing Glidecam-enhanced documentaries, weddings, and more while riding a unicycle.
Features - Posted 01 Jul 2008 - July 2008 Issue By
Registration has opened at www.wevaexpo.com for the WEVA 18th Annual Wedding & Event Video Expo August 11-14, 2008
Breaking News - Posted 25 Jun 2008
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Re:Frame re:loads and announces its first 2009 event: Re:Frame Austin, set for April 27-29 in a hotbed of indie filmmaking innovation and featuring StillMotion's Patrick Moreau and world-famous British DOP, editor, and cinematographer Philip Bloom
The Nonlinear Editor - Posted 16 Jun 2008 - September 2008 Issue By
VIDEO 09 will be held January 12-15, 2009, at the beautiful Doubletree Hotel At The Entrance To Universal Orlando
Breaking News - Posted 04 Jun 2008
Shawn Lam | The show is over, the curtains have been drawn, and the performers are heading home. Now the work begins: postproduction.
Stage to Screen - Posted 01 Jun 2008 - June 2008 Issue By
Marla Misek Clark | 2007 EventDV 25 honoree, Re:Frame Collective member, and GM senior manufacturing engineer Don Pham markets his award-winning wedding productions as "stylized movies," using techniques such as music overlays, natural audio, and voice-overs to enhance the story and capture special moments "in a dramatic and artistic fashion."
Studio Time - Posted 01 Jun 2008 - June 2008 Issue By
Ben Balser | For those that produce multicamera live-switched events, the MCSDI-1 can boost you to uncompressed signals from lower-priced cameras, increasing your final product's quality, and decreasing your overhead. A clear winner for those that do this kind of work!
In the Studio - Posted 01 Jun 2008 - June 2008 Issue By
Elizabeth Welsh | While corporate video producers are notoriously tight-lipped with their tricks of the trade, here four studios who've successfully crossed over from wedding and event to corpporate provide a road map from the altar to the boardroom.
Features - Posted 01 Jun 2008 - June 2008 Issue By
Daniel Boswell | For years I've been waiting for a camera that would deliver high-quality HD images, shoot great in low light, include progressive capabilities, and be able to get very clean slow motion via overcranking for specialty shots. I also was looking for a tapeless workflow for Same-Day Edits--all for under $10K. On paper, Sony's new PMW-EX1 offers everything I'm looking for--but does it deliver?
In the Field - Posted 01 Jun 2008 - June 2008 Issue By
Shawn Lam | Is the whole greater than the sum of the parts? That's the question I set out to answer when I tested Sachtler's SOOM, a new tripod system with three components that function on their own or together, on a series of 31 event shoots over a two-month period.
In the Field - Posted 01 Jun 2008 - June 2008 Issue By
Features - Posted 28 May 2008
For every Overture1 and Overture2 switcher purchased, the company will provide the user with a complimentary training DVD outlining use of the switcher's unique features, functions, and capabilities
Breaking News - Posted 21 May 2008
The latest LED lights are taking the video world by storm, and promises of bright lights with very low battery drain have many of us excited. I've spent some time on recent shoots with two of the most popular choices, the Sony HVL-LBP and the Zylight Z90. The Zylight light costs $375 more than the Sony light, but the truly innovative features in the Zylight make it well worth the extra cost.
In the Field - Posted 01 May 2008 - May 2008 Issue By
Kris Malandruccolo | Two new DVD training titles from three-time EventDV 25 honoree Steve Fowler
Continuing Education - Posted 01 May 2008 - May 2008 Issue By
Shawn Lam | In this part of the series on mastering the stage event video production business, we are going to explore just a few of the key decisions that have to be made before the show begins.
Stage to Screen - Posted 01 May 2008 - May 2008 Issue By
Elizabeth Welsh | Studio 26 Productions' Ryan Bodie thrives in wedding video and religious-themed feature film
Studio Time - Posted 01 May 2008 - May 2008 Issue By
Lee Rickwood | Finding the best vantage point for camera positions at live video events is often a serious challenge. A good line-of-sight is crucial for the best shot and most telling composition, but often physical hurdles must be overcome. Sometimes, all that's needed is a little creative ingenuity. At times, a dedicated device is required. Here are some of the latest and greatest entries in the camera support market.
Gear & Now - Posted 01 May 2008 - May 2008 Issue By
New remote titling system provides producers flexibility to update and make immediate changes during live TriCaster production
Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2008
F-1 is the newest member of the popular and growing lineup of EDIROL field recorders combining video capture with multi-channel audio
Breaking News - Posted 14 Apr 2008
Adventures in HD Delivery, Color Isolation in After Effects, Shaping Text in Photoshop, LED Lights Shootout, Using Apple TV As a Sales Tool, and More
Breaking News - Posted 13 Apr 2008
Speakers include David Robin, Dave Williams, Steve Fowler, Chris Chibucos, and Keith Anderson
Breaking News - Posted 11 Apr 2008
Mark Von Lanken | The Multi Rig Pro is my answer to attaining the stability of a shoulder camera from a handheld camera. I use it for a wide variety of events, from capturing the toasts at rehearsal dinners to shooting football games. With the Multi Rig Pro, I can shoot anything with my Z1 without missing the stability of my DSR-250.
Feature - Posted 30 Mar 2008 By
Joel Peregrine | For the past 8 years I've relied on monopods to bring the level of my productions up while at the same time allowing me to shoot more discreetly, and use longer focal lengths than shooting handheld would allow. The Manfrotto 560B takes these benefits one big, creative step further by adding a smooth pivot point at the base, and shows that Manfrotto was clearly paying attention to the needs of run-and-gun videographers.
Feature - Posted 30 Mar 2008 By
Shawn Lam | Sony'z Z7U is the best camera for the event video market today. It has the picture quality of the Canon XH A1, the low-light sensitivity of the Sony DSR-PD170, the interchangeable lenses of the JVC GY-HD110, the flash recording capabilities of the Sony XDCAM EX1, and none of the CMOS problems of the Sony HVR-V1U.
Feature - Posted 30 Mar 2008 By
Tony Cucci | Anton/Bauer's ElipZ system, designed specifically for the smaller DV and HD camera user, provides a dependable way of powering a camera for a full day of shooting in the field, as well and a lighting system that can stand up to the demands of a live shoot.
Feature - Posted 29 Mar 2008 By
Hal Slifer | Is the photomontage dead as a commercial product for videographers?
Feature - Posted 29 Mar 2008 By
Shawn Lam | How much do you charge for your stage event DVDs? It seems like a simple enough question, but sometimes the simplest questions have the toughest answers. In this month's column I'm going to show you how to answer this question when you are doing sales presentations to new clients.
Feature - Posted 29 Mar 2008 By
Marla Misek Clark | Eng Tiong Teo's resume includes accolades from WEVA—two Gold awards and one Finalist award for Photo Montage Production (in 2004, 2005, and 2006, respectively) and a Bronze for Corporate Production (2006); three DVDA Excellence Awards for Born in Singapore, a joint project of the country's prestigious Ngee Ann Polytechnic and the Ministry of Information, Communication, and the Arts (2001); and, more recently, Best Original Film in Competition honors at the 2007 Asian Film Festival of Rome.
Feature - Posted 29 Mar 2008 By
Lee Rickwood | With change being the common denominator these days in both location video and electoral platforms, many event and wedding videographers will be impacted by new rules and regulations affecting the way we work, and the way we get to work.
Feature - Posted 29 Mar 2008 By
Seven veteran members of the NPVA presented topics on varied aspects of video production
Breaking News - Posted 26 Mar 2008
P-10 is equipped with 12 keypads, dedicated knobs and dials; the user has tactilecontrol and accessibility to all their material
Breaking News - Posted 13 Mar 2008
Next generation video mixer represents the natural expansion of the industry standard EDIROL V-4 four channel video mixer incorporating the same primary feature set
Breaking News - Posted 12 Mar 2008
Wireless, off-camera lighting system designed for wedding receptions
Breaking News - Posted 10 Mar 2008
Daniel Boswell | If you're like me, you're always looking for ways to make your videos look more like film. In my opinion, there is something about the aesthetic of film that makes it preferable to the look of video. One key element of the "film look" is shallow depth of field. Here's how I achieve it using the Letus 35mm Adapter.
Feature - Posted 09 Mar 2008 By
Elizabeth Welsh | One of the most interesting new trends in wedding video is the "new documentary" style, which eschews the pomp and grandeur of cinematic video with quicker cuts, more ambient audio, and less reliance on orchestral scores. Six leading practitioners explain what the new doc is all about, and how it's set their work apart.
Feature - Posted 09 Mar 2008 By
Laura Moses | There are a few potentially lethal shots to avoid in order to keep your brides looking beautiful. Here are some to look out for.
Feature - Posted 08 Mar 2008 By
Jan Ozer | Before each shoot, I print a checklist of configuration items for each camcorder and each shot location. This forces me to consider how I want to set each option beforehand, and helps me verify that I've done so, especially when working with multiple shooters. Here are the items on my checklist and some thoughts to consider for each.
Feature - Posted 07 Mar 2008 By
Marriott reservation operators will begin taking WEVA guest room reservations next week
Breaking News - Posted 06 Mar 2008
Consists of three distinct yet related events: Cine Gear Expo and Premier Seminars, Master Class Seminars and Film Series Competition
Breaking News - Posted 28 Feb 2008
Director of Education Tim Ryan announced his leave from The 4EVER Group due to personal and private reasons February 25
Breaking News - Posted 26 Feb 2008
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | What happens when nine leading wedding filmmakers who met online get together in New Orleans to discuss the future of wedding videography? In a word, Re:Frame. But what exactly is Re:Frame, who's behind it, and how do they plan to reframe the image of the wedding video industry, beginning with the self-image of wedding videographers themselves?
Feature - Posted 25 Feb 2008 By
Chuck & Jewel Savadelis | As videographers we can, at least partially, mitigate the heartache of a mother not being able to see her daughter be married—and not just by showing her what it was like after the fact. Technology has advanced to the point that we can broadcast events live over the internet from almost anywhere on earth. Here's how it works.
Feature - Posted 14 Feb 2008 By
Elizabeth Welsh | If it's forward-thinking, technologically superior, and luxurious, then newly minted EventDV 25 honoree Cloud Nine Creative--a boutique wedding video studio and pubisher of WedLuxe, Canada's luxury wedding magazine--is probably first out of the gate with it.
Feature - Posted 04 Feb 2008 By
Tim Siglin | Recently I've been hard at work on a white paper about Flash Video that relates to the insurgence of high-definition streaming, I'd like to review three HD formats that are vying for low-cost professional attention: HDV, AVCHD, and H.264.
Feature - Posted 04 Feb 2008 By
Hal Slifer | My name is Hal. I'm a same-day edit addict. I need to do one at every video job I am hired for, whether the clients want one or not.
Feature - Posted 03 Feb 2008 By
Todd Gillespie | TriCaster Studio is a broadcast studio and mobile production truck at a fraction of the size. NewTek has set the standard for what to expect out of a mobile production switcher. There is no product that comes close to its functionality and versatility for the price. If you're in the market for a mobile production system with virtual set capability, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better product out there than TriCaster Studio.
Feature - Posted 01 Feb 2008 By
Cross-platform teleprompting software is professional, simple, powerful
Breaking News - Posted 30 Jan 2008
Starting Tuesday, January 29 At 1:00 p.m. at PMA 08
Breaking News - Posted 29 Jan 2008
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Great seminars; awards, awards, and more awards; legends built and and stars born at the 4EVER Group's Video 08
Feature - Posted 28 Jan 2008 By
In this video tutorial, EventDV Moving Picture columnist Jan Ozer explains how you can stabilize your video effectively and efficiently with proDAD Mercalli using a host of well-chosen presets and more.
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Vision 1M, the Vision 2M, and the Vision 2X
Breaking News - Posted 18 Jan 2008
Shawn Lam | If all of my markets had a similar sales-to-production time ratio to the dance recital market, I could increase my sales by 50% without working any harder. And the dance video season ends just as the wedding video season is beginning, creating a very simple one-two market punch.
Feature - Posted 09 Jan 2008 By
Elizabeth Welsh | As they modestly described their respective crafts—Amina's photography represents the "Still" of Still-Motion, and Patrick's videography provides the "Motion"—it became clear that the pair more than just balance or complement one another. Their synergy defines Still-Motion—that, and the way they approach their work: as an ever-evolving process.
Feature - Posted 09 Jan 2008 By
Ben Balser | If you do corporate work, serious sports shooting, indie filmmaking, and the like, Panasonic's HPX500 is an awesome camera to use. Great color depth, detail, improved depth-of-field, and ease/flexibility of control, along with the wide flexibility of recording formats, make it very worth its price.
Feature - Posted 09 Jan 2008 By
Anthony Burokas | Sony recently unveiled its latest HDV camcorders, the HVR-S270 and HVR-Z7. This wasn't just any ordinary product announcement; with the release of these new models, HDV arrived as a true professional video acquisition technology.
Feature - Posted 09 Jan 2008 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Since we published our November 2007 cover story on the emerging "Trash the Dress" trend, the trashing-bashing missives have come fast and furious. The problem here is that symbols like wedding dresses mean different things to different people.
Feature - Posted 08 Jan 2008 By
LightWave 3D® plug-in makes it easy to create photo-realistic, live virtual sets
Breaking News - Posted 12 Dec 2007
Free upgrade adds new preview monitor mode, full-featured character generator, and other significant improvements
Breaking News - Posted 05 Dec 2007
Tim Siglin | A growing number of churches are looking for ways to capture audio and video, and then project that content onto large screens. For those seeking to combine all those elements into a recording for archiving or streaming, this column will describe rich media recording (which may also include text and graphics) and how to integrate it into your worship program.
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2007 By
What products ruled the roost in event videography in 2007? And what were the biggest trends in the industry? The envelope, please...
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2007 By
Elizabeth Welsh | In the 5 years since Kristen* Souders began Bliss* Video Productions in West Hollywood with the bluntly stated goal of creating wedding video "that doesn't suck," her self-described "couture" approach--heavy on film--has earned her top dollar and attracted an elite clientele.
Feature - Posted 29 Nov 2007 By
In recent years, we've seen the rise in prominence of a new wave of dynamic videographers building successful businesses and national reputations before they're eligible to belly up to an open bar. In this article, we'll profile four event video prodigies.
Feature - Posted 28 Nov 2007 By
Complete Training for TriCaster STUDIO dives deep into the popular TriCaster release providing a perfect guide for broadcasters and live event producers learning the ins and outs of TriCaster's extensive live production capabilities
Breaking News - Posted 20 Nov 2007
New switcher includes a built-in MultiViewer preview, an expandable HD/SD architecture, 3D Digital Effects, chromakey, and a multitude of other advanced features
Breaking News - Posted 19 Nov 2007
Workshop presented by Glidecam and WEVA at Imperial Palace
Breaking News - Posted 16 Nov 2007
Hal Slifer | If you can produce a video that tells the history of the honoree and can allow the audience to laugh with, and not at, the subject's story, you will become more successful as the go-to video biographer in your market.
Feature - Posted 09 Nov 2007 By
Carly Mulliken | In spite of the fact that he runs three businesses--a psychotherapy practice, a videography studio, and a nonprofit organization he founded called ErieKIDS--Jeff Natalie says, "I will never not have enough energy for helping kids."
Feature - Posted 08 Nov 2007 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | In the three years we've been doing EventDV, relationships between event videographers and photographers have ranged all over the map. Open hostility is less prevalent than it used to be, cordiality makes good business, and cooperation makes for reliable references. But given the commonality of the two crafts, what about stepping beyond cooperation to collaboration?
Feature - Posted 08 Nov 2007 By
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Most videographers who are familiar with Joel Peregrine and his reputation for producing world-class cinematic wedding video from five-camera one-man-band wedding shoots have two questions: Is it true, and how does he do it? Here we find out, following Peregrine through a typical wedding, culminating in a wedding-day edit.
Feature - Posted 02 Nov 2007 By