Friday, December 26, 2008

Panasonic AVCCAM featured at January Meeting (UPDATED!)

Panasonic's new HMC 150 camera will be part of the featured presentation at January's meeting. AVCCAM is the next wave of affordable HD.

Wes Carr, District Sales Manager for Panasonic Broadcast and Television Systems will present the new HMC 150 AVCCAM at the January meeting. AVCCAM is Panasonic’s professional implementation of the AVCHD recording format. Based on MPEG-4/H.264 standards, AVCHD allows hours of stunning HD recording onto SDHC cards. The AVCCAM line up currently includes the AG-HMC70 and the newly released AG-HMC150. In addition to illustrating the AVCCAM Workflow and Technology, both the AG-HMC150 and AG-HMC70 will be available for a hands on look.

In addition, there are several additions for this meeting:

-A new RAFFLE! We will be raffling off some really awesome gifts including a copy of Pinnacle Studio 12, some AVCHD Decks, a copy of Shooting Action Sports, and some really cool swag! Tickets are only $1 and the money will go to support new group initiatives. So gather up your spare change and be ready to have some fun!

-Bruce will bring his Steddipod camera stabilizer to try so feel free to bring your cameras and try it out!

-BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS about new PVCF initiatives we are planning for 2009!!!

The meeting will be on January 27th at 7 PM, and will be held at Full Sail. Room number TBD.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The PVCF Annual Holiday Banquet!!!

The PVCF Annual Holiday Banquet!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 6:00PM

The Royal Crest Room at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links
5330 Michigan Avenue, St. Cloud, FL 34772 US

Please join us for a fabulous evening of delicious food and fun company! We will be enjoying a great dinner with the choice of Chicken Marsala with Wild mushroom Sauce & Crispy Onions, Chicken Piccata Herb Crusted Salmon with Dijon Cream, Sliced Pork Tenderloin with Madeira Sauce or Sliced London Broil with Mushroom Sauce. We are pleased to announce that PVCF will be paying for each member's dinner! You are encouraged to bring a guest, however, that will need to paid for by the guest or the accompanying member. The price will be $24.95 plus tax and gratuity. RSVP's must be made by December 10th. We hope to see all of you there!!

Register and get directions at:
PVCF Holiday Banquet Invitation

Monday, October 27, 2008


October 28, 2008 7:00-9:00pm in room FS3B-113
At Full Sail University
3300 University Blvd
Winter Park, FL 32792

Full Sail Students and Industry Professionals are welcome to attend!
Featuring Randy Baker, Producer, Director and Director of Photography. Randy has nearly 30 years of experience as a digital storyteller. Randy’s experience include Soap Operas, Game Shows, Reality Television and Documentary Films to include various projects such as Hogan Knows Best, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, SeaRay Boats and Eukanuba National Championship.

Also featuring Bob VanDorn, who manages and overseas the video crews at e Golf Channel. He has worked many broadcast tv shows. Bob has also taught in the lm Dept at Valecia Community College.

Please join us as Randy and Bob provide their expert knowledge in presenting a workshop on lighting.

ALSO, Don't forget to bring your horror film shorts!

Map of Full Sail


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

September Meeting Minutes

September's meeting at Full Sail was very productive.  Thanks to Bobby for securing the new space.

Desmond Hunt started off with a presentation on traveling with gear.  Most important points:  
  • Keep irreplaceable items with you in carry on
  • Keep an itemized list of all your gear with you (including model and serial numbers)
  • Pack carry on items for easy access in case you need to take them out for screening.

Next, Brian introduced the new web site and demonstrated how to update your Member Profile info.

Also announced was the upcoming Horror Film Festival for October's meeting (see details in a previous post), as well as a lighting workshop scheduled for October's meeting (details to follow)

Then, Steve Graham of Cinemedia gave a presentation on using the Glidecam 4000 and invited members to demo the gear he uses.

Following the presentation, an excerpt from a video on interview lighting was shown.  For those of you that are interested, the item can be found at the following link:

Tuesday, September 30, 2008


PVCF will hold its First Annual Horror Film Festival at the October meeting (Tuesday, Oct. 28th) following the regular meeting and planned workshop.  Entries should be less than 3 minutes in length, cost less than $100 to produce and be of a horror or Halloween theme.  Prizes (TBA) will be awarded in a variety of categories.  All PVCF members are encouraged to submit, but the festival is open to non-members and students as well.  Just bring your DVD or Blu-Ray to the October meeting.  WE DARE YOU TO SCARE!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

PVCF Website is Up and Running!!

Well, it took some time, but the new website is up, running and linked to this Blog and the Forum.  Take some time to familiarize yourself with the new site.  For Business Professional members, review the member directory and check out your listing.  Not all listings are up and running at this time, but I will try to get all the listings up in the next week or so. 

To update or create your member profile with video, go to the website.  Click on I AM A VIDEOGRAPHER.  Log in to the MEMBERS ONLY section.  (email me at if you need the log in info.)  Go to MEMBER PROFILES.  Click on UPDATE MEMBER PROFILE and follow the instructions on the form.  You should upload your demo video to Vimeo, Brightcove or YouTube before doing this so you will have the link info when filling out the form.  Your updated or new profile should be posted within a few days.  Keep in mind that only BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS (those with a business license) will receive a listing in the MEMBER DIRECTORY, but all members will be listed in the general Member Profiles section in the Members Only area.

Also, please note that we will be limiting the amount of email to members in the future.  All major notices will be posted to either the Blog or Forum, whichever is more appropriate.  Meeting notices will always be posted to this Blog.

Membership Director needed

PVCF is in need of a Membership Director.  If you are interested in the position, please let us know so we can fill it soon.  Although the duties are relatively minimal, we anticipate an influx of new members over the upcoming year as we plan on promoting several new initiatives.  Description of the position is as follows:

Duties of the Membership Director shall include, maintaining a data base of contact information of all members. Other duties include solicitation prospects for membership, name tags for meeting's, accepting applications for new or renewal of membership, maintaining a data base of guests who attend meeting's.

Please leave a comment if you'd like to be considered for the position.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


We've got a great meeting planned for September!  

We finally got a room at Full Sail thanks to some persistent work by Bobby.  He has also set up a workshop training session for that night which will focus on the Interview, including camera, audio and lighting set up.

Also planned is the unveiling of the new PVCF website which boasts some really cool features for Business Professional members that will add a ton of value to the site.  There's still a few things to finish, but it's about 95% done.  It should go live by Tuesday or Wednesday of that week.

We are still in need of your video clips which will be featured in the new PVCF promo video, currently in the works.  Please bring a miniDV tape, .mov/.avi file on disc, or a DVD of your best 1 minute clip to the meeting.  This is a great opportunity to have some of your work showcased so don't miss out on the opportunity!

Again, don't forget to check out the forum and post -- it's a great way to network for the 30 days when we don't see each other.


Saturday, August 30, 2008

New PVCF Forum is up and Running!

The PVCF Forum is now up and running!  Why not stop by and get in on the discussion?  The more our members participate and network on the forum, the stronger our organization will become. 

The best way to add value to our organization is by sharing our knowledge and experience with each other, so if you haven't posted to our board yet, now's your chance.

If you are an experienced videographer, why not start a new topic in one of the forums?  Or post a link to a video you've just finished.  Or ask a question of your peers.

If you are new to videography, there's a wealth of knowledge to be tapped from our seasoned veterans, so why not ask  something you've been wondering about.  This is the place to do it.

Monthly meetings are just not enough to build a strong organization, so let's keep the networking and learning going throughout the month.  Let's make this new forum the first big step to raising the bar on Professional Videography in Central Florida.

Best Wishes,


P.S.  Don't forget to bookmark the site and visit frequently.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

August Meeting Minutes

The August Meeting was held at the Red Lobster at Waterford Lakes.

The agenda consisted of some updates on the search for a more permanent meeting location, highlights of our meeting at WEVA 2008, updates on the new website and forum (which is now operational!) and video viewing and discussion.  We also had a few new members in attendance who will be added to the PVCF website shortly.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Welcome to the new PVCF Blog!

Welcome to the new PVCF Blog.  It's a work in progress so be patient. We'll be adding new graphics and tweaking the site as we go until we get it just right.

Here you'll find the latest news updates, meeting notes and archive, meeting schedule, agenda and more as well as fun stuff like polls, video clips, a monthly update from the president and links to other web sites that may interest you.  We'll also keep you updated on the progress of the new website and message board as we work to come up with something that will showcase the new direction of PVCF.

Of special interest:

  • Monthly Meeting Info can be found in upper right corner of blog.
  • The Poll of the Month can be found in the right sidebar.
  • Archives (including monthly minutes) can be found in the right sidebar as well.  Just scroll down.

We welcome your input and feedback and hope that this will encourage a new level of interaction between members and an even broader community.

P.S.  Don't forget to take the monthly poll!


CORRECTION:  This meeting was in addition to the August meeting on the 26th, which is still scheduled to take place, location TBA.

PVCF President Bobby Fishbough has arranged for August's meeting to take place at the upcoming WEVA convention.  This will be a great opportunity for us to network with other Professional Video groups from Florida and other areas.  

To coincide with the WEVA convention, August's meeting will take place on a different day and time than usual as well.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 13th from 4PM to 6PM at the J.W. Marriott Grand Lakes.  Room location and details will follow in a future update.

Our meeting room will be free, however, there is a fee for entering the convention. Please see the link below for a 75% off discount. YOU MUST REGISTER BY 11PM TOMORROW, FRIDAY, AUGUST 8TH TO RECEIVE THIS DISCOUNT!!!!! Please carefully read the WEVA ad below on how to get this discount!!

There is also a fee for parking. The WEVA website has it listed as $14 for WEVA attendees who are not registered at the JW Marriott. Please do plan on attending as there is so much valuable information!

The meeting agenda will be similar to July's agenda: 
  1. Brian will start with an update on the new web presence
  2. Golf Channel producer Chris De Celle will give feedback to members, so bring your videos for viewing!
  3. Mike Van Horn will speak about After Effects, Photoshop and Graphic Design
  4. Kris Malandruccolo (a vendor at the trade show) will be speaking about the power of video and the workshops she does.

Also, don't forget to bring a short clip reel of 2-3 of your best clips so we can edit them into the new PVCF show reel.  Any format is fine (eg. DVD, miniDV tape).

For discounted Expo tickets go to:

For more information about the WEVA Expo 2008, go to

New PVCF Logo

PVCF VP Julie has put together several new logo designs as a potential replacement for the old PVCF Logo.  Please take a look and leave feedback below using the comments.  She has intentionally left them in grayscale for the time being, however once a final design is approved, it will have new colors added to coordinate with the new website and graphics.

Logo #1

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Hello everyone!

We had another great meeting this past Tuesday! Thanks to everyone who was able to attend! For those who weren't, I hope you find the following notes from the meeting to be helpful to you:

1.Chris De Celle, who has directed and produced for several networks, gave his professional input to member videos. He also answered questions about the television industry, producing and directing. he gave suggestions and recommendations about projects that members are currently working on.

2. Brian, our webmaster, spoke about the upcoming changes to our website.

3. Bobby, our president, spoke about our upcoming video/film festival.

Thanks to everyone for your helpful comments and suggestions. I think that in general, everyone is excited about the upcoming changes to the group that will benefit us all. As always, if you have any suggestions, they are always welcome. See you at the next meeting!

Kind Regards,
Julie Kaplan