The Broadcast Audio Guy Should Be Fired!

[… or so I’ve heard …] I am fortunate to be able to work on a lot of live-live broadcast entertainment specials. Some recent ones include The Global Citizen Festival (MSNBC & web), Bill Maher’s special from Tulsa Oklahoma (HBO), the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC), the Disney Christmas Parade (ABC), Garth Brooks at Notre Dame (CBS) and various parts of the Grammy Awards (CBS). Like clockwork both during and after these tentpole live broadcast events, more than a few…

Deconstructing State of the City

One of the difficult things we do is train someone to be a competent technician. Training someone to be a video director is really difficult. Training someone to be a competent tasteful video director via a blog post is near impossible!  But then, I love a challenge. Why is training someone to be a competent tasteful video director near impossible? It’s that word “tasteful.” How do you teach someone to have “taste?” A number of people have encouraged me to…

Tech-Artists’ Proverbs

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary a “Proverb” is an adage, a saying often in metaphorical form that typically embodies a common observation. In the Bible the English word Proverb has the meaning of an aphorism, a pithy observation that contains a general truth. As a college student I trained to be a musician and arranger. At one school I studied Jazz and at another Classical. Studying the works and the lives of various artists proved beneficial not only as a musician…

4K consumer growth and globalization

If your church is like mine, you may still be running Standard Definition cameras, as well as projecting and streaming in SD. Mind you, I am not complaining. When the SD cameras were purchased many years ago the church bought very high quality cameras. We have CCUs, therefore ability to live color-match all the cameras and we shoot & stream in 16:9 aspect ratio. Life is good even if pixel deficient, yet we know we will need to find an…

4K Church

When I talk to tech-artist friends about 4K video for church productions I sometimes get one of the following responses: [Me] “So what do you think about 4K?”[Church Tech Friend #1] {No verbal response. Eyes roll upwards and backwards into the head} [Me] “Do you see yourself ever upgrading your system to 4K in the future?”[Church Tech Friend #2] “No, I am waiting for 3D to come back instead!” [Me] “Would a 4K work-flow help make your job easier and…

Viewing Habits – Mobile

It may not surprise you to find out that online media giants like Netflix study the viewing habits of their subscribers.  In a recent Wired Magazine article it was reported that 67 percent of all Netflix viewing now occurs on mobile platforms while viewers are out and about.  Ever been stuck behind someone who is staring at their cell phone while going up or down a flight of stairs?  Yes, that’s right; people are actually watching THE WALKING DEAD while…

Aja DataCalc

Ever need to figure out how many gigabytes of storage your video recording will take at a certain resolution, frame rate or codec?  Ever need to compute how many hours of footage you can fit on a certain drive size? This week’s “Things I Like” is Aja’s DataCalc, an iOS app, and it can do all those calculations whether you use a Aja recorder or not! Pros • Computes space requirements for many codecs including 8bit YUV, 8bit RGBA, 10bit…

Lens cleaning

A few years ago a TV show invited me to come by their set and take a look at their video projection system.  The producers complained that the projector looked dingy and they feared they would need to spend $10,000 to $100,000 to solve the problem, replacing the whole projector, or at a minimum the (expensive) lamp! Confident their call to me was “well, he can’t make it any worse,” I inspected the projector.   One could see years of dust…

pCAM Film+Digital

Things I Like: Nearly every day I use pCAM, a iOS app developed by Hollywood 1st AC David Eubanks.  I started using pCAM way back in 1998 on the Palm Pilot platform.  Eventually I traded in my flip-phone for an Android but would carry around a iPod Touch around just so I could use pCAM.  I finally upgraded to an iPhone and retired the iPod Touch (and Palm Pilot) since I can now use the telephone, play music and use pCAM from the…

Buying your (third) camera first

Or… “Things you need to know before buying your first camera.” I’ve heard it said that some churches purchase three PA systems before they get the right one for their needs and space. The way the story goes… the first PA system is purchased when a congregation builds a new church building or launches a new venue.  An architect tells the church he’ll take care of the of the sound system design.  What really happens is the architect passes the…