Numinous Strategy

Medium and Message

Originally posted on: September 13, 2013 A while back Phil Cooke wrote an article which appeared on his website entitled, “The Medium is Really the Message.” I have to admit even now many months later I am uncomfortable with the brashness of his title. Upon first reading it I wanted to scream out, “Jesus’ work […]

Cameras Directing Systems

Camera Locations

“Location, location, location!” the old real estate adage goes. The three most essential factors in determining the desirability of a property is indeed its location. This tricolon does not solely apply to real estate though.  It equally applies to camera positions in a live church-service production environment. One of the most basic questions a video […]

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Building Arks

Original version posted on: May 5, 2017 Photo attribution: Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P. “Predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” – Warren Buffett Last week, prior to attending FILO in Chicago I drove from New Jersey to Charlottesville Virginia to attend my son’s graduation (with a Master’s degree) from UVA.  My drive took me directly […]

Directing

Director Spotlight: Don Hewitt

Originally posted on: August 28, 2013 Don Hewitt  began his career during the dawn of television, starting in 1948 and working at CBS for an incredible sixty-one years. Shortly after World War II while the new medium of television was just in its infancy, Don and his contemporaries literally invented how this new communications technology could […]

Directing

Active Cameras

Photo attribution: Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Flickr Originally posted on: May 28, 2014 Stay static, push, pull, pan, dolly, truck, pedestal, crab, track and dolly-zoom. It seems like the options are endless. Add to this list flying the camera on a jib, crane or wire, canted (dutch) angles, shaky cam, soft focus, rack-focus, whip pans […]

Directing

Air traffic video directors

Photo attribution: Antonio Zugaldia Cross an air traffic controller, someone who is responsible for the efficient implementation of schedules in an altogether unforgiving and dynamic environment; with a story-teller / visual artist, and you’ve just described a live multi-camera video director. No, I am not suggesting video directors are responsible for the safety of thousands […]

Systems

Production IP Workflows using NDI

This article will provide insight on advantages and examples of using IP video workflows, based on the NDI protocol. NDI (Network Device Interface) is a protocol which supports very low latency IP video over Ethernet and Wi-Fi network connections. It is also intended to work over gigabit network implementations using ordinary Ethernet switches and routers. […]