Archive for March, 2011

Lifetime Heritage Films

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Preserving priceless memories.  We transfer any media.  Lifetime Heritage Films has been trusted by museums and archives to digitize their films and slides. Let Lifetime Heritage Films preserve your memories before your priceless media is gone. As well as being experts in transferring 8mm and 16mm film to DVD, Lifetime Heritage Films can also weave together your priceless stories into Life Stories or Biographies. It costs nothing to call us today… if you lose your memories, it costs a lot!

Lifetime Heritage Films
John Romein

XDCAM EX Quick Tip #2

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

So you start up your EX camera and you see a flickering/pulsing in your picture (it even happens outside) but then it goes away within 30 seconds or so. What is it, you may ask.

more after the jump

XDCAM EX Quick Tip #1

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Did you know that there is a setting in your camera’s many picture profile adjustments that deals exclusively with shooting under office-type florescent lighting? Oh yes. Take heart, fellow shooters.

more after the jump.

Higher SSM Prices

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

For those of you who are considering buying more solid state recording media in the near future you might want to do it sooner rather than later. I just found out that there has been a considerable price hike for my particular Sony SxS Pro 32G memory cards from $879.00 to $1009.95 at B&H Photo. I’m not sure if this is a developing trend because of recent events in Japan but you might want to check prices for whatever you’re considering.

– Don

Vimeo Now Has Custom URLs

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

This is some nice news. Vimeo now allows you to have your own custom URLs for your profile and your videos. Here’s Vimeo’s blog post about it.

If you have an account, I’d change yours up. I did it now and my shiny new URL is

That looks a lot better than (That’s not a real number by the way).

It’s also nice for your videos as my latest video has a URL of

I read on the Vimeo blog post that this is purely aesthetic, meaning, there is no SEO value in this. It simply looks better when you’re sharing your link with others.

National Toyota Commercial

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Check out this spot for Toyota Canada that is not only on youtube and facebook but now national TV.

Live switch workflow training

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Tonight Shawn Lam will be offering hands-on live video switching training at 5:45-6:30, just prior to the BCPVA meeting.

Please RSVP by texting 6×4 722-1772.

The set-up will revolve around the NEW Roland VR-5 video mixer that has an integrated audio mixer, recorder, scan converter, and even USB out for webcasting.

Shawn just finished using it in a series of meetings across BC in remote communities and will be sharing some of my experiences and recommendations.

Don’t miss out on this professional development opportunity. Don’t forget to RSVP.

The Audio-Video Relationship

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Recently I’ve been hearing a lot of people in the video production industry talking about the relationship between audio and video and their affect on one another. How many of us think about audio as being secondary to video in our productions and projects? Do we think that audio is………

more here after the jump.

“Henry’s War” Trailer shot with the New Sony F3

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Henry’s War Website

* All aerial work was shot on the Panasonic HPX3700

How To Go Paperless Video

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Hey y’all.

I finished a video on how to go paperless. I’m doing these videos a couple times a month for my site

In any case, I had some people say that the Vimeo version stutters while the Youtube one doesn’t. I know most of you have rocking machines, but if you do find it stutters, can you please post a comment and let me know.

Right now I’m including both versions on my site so that people with slower connections can play the video OK. I understand you can adjust resolutions (and thus download rates) by toggling options, but I don’t know if most people are savvy enough to do that.

I generally don’t have problems with video stuttering myself, and if I did, I would probably let it buffer a little bit. Do you guys do the same or do you say “screw that slow-loading video”?

Vimeo Version

Youtube Version

Field Monitors and Canon DSLRs – some facts

Friday, March 4th, 2011

If you combine this:     with this:    you might be

losing up to 36.7% of your monitor’s picture resolution and not even realize it. Fortunately you can get your monitor to use most of its pixels again by following a few simple guidelines.

First off, the image sensor in Canon cameras like the 5D and T2i have an aspect ratio of 3:2. The trouble comes when you connect a 4:3 or 16:9 field monitor to the DSLR via the HDMI cable. The camera sends a 1920 x 1080i signal through HDMI but in reality what you’re actually seeing in the monitor is only 1620 x 1080, or a 3:2 aspect ratio (same as the sensor) imbedded in the 16:9 HDMI stream. In order to appear as a widescreen shape the camera will pillarbox the 3:2 image to fit the 4:3 or 16:9 monitor screen shape. Then the monitor will letterbox that frame so you can see all of it. Are you confused yet? Not to worry. And if you don’t have a DSLR you can skip to the last paragraph. It’s okay. Really.

The better field monitors on the market today will have two important features to manipulate the image coming down the HDMI cable. They are zoom and scale. Zooming into the 3:2 image to fill more of your monitor’s screen will not soften the image. On the contrary, because there are more pixels on the camera’s sensor than there are on your monitor’s screen the image will actually sharpen up because you’re giving the picture on your monitor more resolution.

My field monitor has a screen aspect ratio of 16:10 as do many other field monitors. If I have a Canon 5D attached to my monitor the picture will initially be letterboxed and pillarboxed, reducing the picture size by a large amount. By zooming in I’ll get rid of the black borders on the sides but there will still be a bit of letterboxing on the top and bottom because I’m viewing the camera’s HDMI 16:9 picture on a native 16:10 monitor. The same thing happens when I have a widescreen video camera signal on my 16:10 monitor. But you don’t want to keep zooming in until the letterboxing is gone from your monitor’s picture because now you’ve hidden the sides of the frame. You want to see all of the pixels coming from the sensor in case there’s something in the frame you don’t want, such as a mic boom, lighting stands, etc.

The other feature you want on your field monitor is called underscan, or scaling of the picture. As I’ve already said, seeing all the pixels transmitted by your camera’s sensor(s) is critical to avoid things in the frame you don’t want. If there’s the tip of a mic boom in your shot but you can’t see it in the monitor you’ll carry on with the shot and won’t know that it’s ruined until you get home and see every pixel of that shot on your computer screen. Fortunately the picture on most good monitors can be scaled. On my particular monitor I can actually move the picture around on the screen, squish or expand it until I see the edges of the camera’s actual sensors. When I see a green horizontal or vertical line I know that’s the edge of the frame. Field monitors such as the Small HD DP6 even have presets for different video and DSLR cameras, including the Canon 5D, 7D, T2i etc.

And if you think that your camera’s stock viewfinder is showing you all the picture elements (pixels) of your camera’s sensor(s), well……it isn’t. To learn more about today’s modern field monitors there’s a number of great video tutorials here.

– Don

AJA Ki Pro Mini – the latest

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

A few days ago I tested my new Ki Pro Mini and discovered that under certain conditions the device would not record files to my Lexar CF card even though the screen showed that there was recording taking place. AJA contacted me and after a few tries was able to duplicate the issue. They must be working on the problem because it’s been 2 days now and there has been no communication from AJA. So……we wait.

Update: March 2nd 3:31 pm

From AJA:

An issue has come to our attention regarding the use of Lexar 32GB Professional 600x Compact Flash cards as originally qualified for use with the Ki Pro Mini. If the Lexar Compact Flash cards are inserted in the Ki Pro Mini prior to powering up the unit, the Lexar Compact Flash cards will falsely report recording; in actuality data will not be written to the Compact Flash card as expected. While this issue does not occur if the Lexar Compact Flash card is inserted after the Ki Pro Mini is powered up, we can no longer recommend the use of these cards at this time. We are actively working to determine the cause of this issue, but for now, the Lexar 32GB Professional 600x Compact Flash card has been removed from our list of qualified Compact Flash cards for use with Ki Pro Mini.

Please note that the issue described above for the Lexar Compact Flash card does not affect the other cards qualified for use with the Ki Pro Mini. Additionally, we will be adding new choices to the qualified list of Compact Flash cards for use with Ki Pro Mini in the near future.

We apologize for any inconvenience the recommendation of the Lexar 32GB Professional 600x Compact Flash card may have caused.

The amended Qualified Compact Flash Card document can be found here:

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