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Portable-Temporary Camera Platform

Last week I posted step-by-step instructions on how to build a rock solid semi-permanent camera and/or operator platform out of wood. This week as promised, here are instructions on how to build a portable or temporary version of the same. In last week’s blog post I included a lot of…

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Robert Orlando Interview

I am pleased to welcome Robert Orlando to controlbooth.tv. Mr. Orlando is a filmmaker, producer and director. His projects range in scope from major biopic documentaries – with distribution under Sony Pictures – to shorts, commercials and other select projects for businesses and organizations including Princeton University, Harley Davidson and L’Oreal….

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Semi-Permanent Camera Platform

In this blog post, I (a person admittedly without carpentry skills) will offer step-by-step DIY instructions on how you can build a rock solid (semi-permanent) camera platform out of wood, even if you (like me) have only rudimentary skills and tools available to you.  In a future post I’ll cover…

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Shot Composition

An often discussed topic among church video tech people is the matter of shot composition.  How much headroom is appropriate? Do the Rule of Thirds apply for all shots? If so, when? Is shot composition solely a matter of individual aesthetically pleasing yet independent shots strung together sequentially … or…

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Ron de Moraes Interview

Ron de Moraes’ credits include broadcast video Director for “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,”  the Miss Universe and Miss USA Pageants, the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul,” “The Celebrity Apprentice Live Finale,” “Disney Parks Christmas Parade Special,” “In Performance at the White House:…

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Defining Excellence

I would venture to say one of the most discussed yet misunderstood subjects in church production today is “excellence.” Week after week I see blog posts about excellence. Discussions with church technical artists often touch on the subject. Social media from peers address it.  Could it be that I am just…

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Attitude of Gratitude, a Tech Leader’s Most Important Resource

What would you say if I told you that there was a totally free, always available way you could multiply your own productivity as well as increase the efficacy of your volunteer’s time and efforts, grow and retain team rosters, better everyone’s mood by improving your work environment, insure your…

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Jon Small Interview

Jon Small’s credits include broadcast TV Director and/or Executive Producer for “Garth Brooks: Yankee Stadium Live,” “Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert,”  “Blake Shelton Live: It’s All About Tonight,” and various other shows starring Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Morrison and others. Originally recorded for a 2012 break-out session at…

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KZ ZST & ZS10 In-ear headphones

This “Things I Like” are an inexpensive set of in-ear buds I found out about from Scott Devine’s “Scott’s Bass Lessons” YouTube Channel. The in-ear buds are manufactured in China by a company called KZ. The model I bought is called the ZST and they are available via Amazon for…

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Event Multi-camera Production Challenges & Solutions with NDI

Providing multi-camera video production services supporting weekly church services from a recurring location with an integrated AVL system can be challenging. If the AVL system is not permanently installed – as in portable-church applications – the challenges to maintain high production value content and execution increase exponentially. If then the…

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