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EventDV Magazine: July 2008
July 2008: Features
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.
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Marc Franklin | NAB, the annual national broadcast convention, always features a few great new products in the event videographer's wheelhouse. Here's a quick guide to the best products for our market from this year's show, divided into three parts: cameras, production support, and postproduction.
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July 2008: Tutorials
Ben Balser | In this installment of Cut Lines, we look at a growing trend among Final Cut users: utilizing Keynote--the iWork application designed for slideshow-model presentations--as a quick-and-easy motion graphics tool for creating DVD backgrounds.
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Lance Gray | For this installment of Graphic Thoughts, it's kind of a 3-for-1 deal: one column, three quick ideas, regarding three applications, beginning with a great Photoshop plug-in called virtualPhotographer.
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July 2008: In the Studio
Chris Randall | The Discproducer is an innovative, high-quality solution that makes DVD duplication and printing easier than ever. Whether you want to use it for an individual disc or a batch job, its high reliability, superb print quality, and cost-effectiveness make it the ideal system for videographers who are looking for an all-in-one solution.
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July 2008: In The Field
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.
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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.
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July 2008: Column: Amen Corner
Tim Siglin | From time to time, I get a chance to consult for one of my favorite types of clients: churches that want to move beyond their "tape libraries" and into streaming or broadcasting their services and conferences to the world. Many of those churches have already moved into putting their services online, via a podcast on iTunes. But in doing so, they've found that they don't get the full impact of allowing viewers to join with them live. Just after the mid-April National Association of Broadcasters show, I had the chance to visit one of the churches I'm working with.
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July 2008: Column: Cradle to Grave
Alan Naumann | This past year I had the privilege of introducing event videography to a young man and watching his excitement as he discovered the wonderful world of video. Scott Leake (www.makingmagicmemories.com) is a talented young man who has been working with me since Aug. 1, 2007. Recently, I asked him to share his thoughts about his first year as a professional videographer.
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July 2008: Column: The Gadget Bag
Ed Wardyga | There are several things that can be done to help that bottom line in tough economic times—by adding income streams, reducing overhead, or combining the two. Obviously, adding income is a no-brainer, but eliminating waste and unnecessary expenses can also balance the scales a bit more in your favor. We'll look at cleaning up the bottom end first; that is usually the easiest and quickest way to see a healthier balance sheet at the end of the month.
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July 2008: Column: HD Today
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.
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July 2008: Column: The Moving Picture
Jan Ozer | I got flamed repeatedly after writing a blog post about Sony Vegas while I was at NAB. In essence, the post stated that it was easy for me to recognize the NLE's many strengths, but that didn't make me any more comfortable using it. These responses made me crystallize my thinking about why we choose the video editors we choose, and it came down to three reasons: "the complete product," "first love," and sheer, subjective preference.
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July 2008: Column: The Nonlinear Editor
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.
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July 2008: Column: The Reel Deal
Kris Malandruccolo | What do women want? And why should you care? Women have tremendous power and influence when it comes to all types of purchases. And there's nowhere this dynamic is more prevalent than when it comes to making decisions about a wedding—especially choosing wedding vendors.
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July 2008: Column: Strictly Business
Steve Yankee | If you give your customers a little extra, you'll get an extra measure of appreciation in return—and good customer relations is all about having your clients appreciate you more than they do your competition.
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July 2008: Department: Continuing Education
Stephen Nathans-Kelly | Pixelpops' fast & Fabulous Volume 1—a rapid-fire assortment of great graphics tips—is that it not only transcends the limitations of many of the tutorial DVDs we see, but as a download-only Flash-based title, it also sidesteps one of the primary shortcomings of DVD as an instructional medium.
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Kris Malandruccolo | Two new instructional DVD titles from multiple CEA and AAA winners and two-time EventDV 25 honorees Steve & Laura Moses
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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.
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July 2008: Department: Gear & Now
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.
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