Monday, December 7, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Join us for our next Orlando Post Pros meeting:Apple Certified Trainers John Lynn and Jeff Fortune of GeniusDV will cover the new features in Final Cut Pro 7.0, plus share some new and exciting media management techniques.John also has a new book out titled "Final Cut Pro: Portable Genius" available through Amazon.com. We'll be giving away a couple of copies at the meeting, too!Tuesday , September 22nd
6:30PM - Networking
7:00PM - Meeting5224 South Orange AvenueOrlando, FL 32809Refreshments will be served. Our meetings are free and open to all area production and post professionals.We'll see you there!
Friday, July 24, 2009
International industry superstars Patrick Moreau, Konrad Czystowski (StillMotion) and Kevin Shahinian (Pacific Pictures) combine their efforts for this one of a kind presentation...
Perhaps more important than the commonly asked question of “how” to achieve technical proficiency in your wedding films – from camera options and production techniques to format and post workflow – is a preceding question that dares you to establish a unique artistic voice sure to take your studio to the next level: “why.” Prepare to be inspired by industry leading filmmakers, Patrick Moreau, Konrad Czystowski of StillMotion and Kevin Shahinian of Pacific Pictures as they answer informing questions and explore what it takes to create "Inspired Wedding Films."
When: August 25th, 2009
10am - 5pm
Where: Buena Vista Palace
Buena Vista Drive,
Lake Buena Vista, Fl. 32830
NON-MEMBERS: $35.00Admission Fees will be collected at the door -- cash or check ONLY, please. (Make checks payable to PVCF.) MEMBERS must be current and dues paid to qualify for discount. No student discounts at this event. Space is limited. Please RSVP early!
For more info about In-Focus, visit www.infocusvideoevent.com. For registration information for the Orlando event, visit www.pvcf.org to reserve your seat for this incredible event.
Monday, July 13, 2009
We'll start off with a presentation on Color Grading, followed by a demonstration of recording and capturing live to an NLE.
SHOW & TELL!
Bring your favorite piece of gear, tool or handcrafted item to share with the group.
Got something to sell or trade? Bring it in and make some room for something new, or pick up that much needed item you've always wanted.
We'll also have our monthly raffle so bring your extra $$$!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Last Tuesday, PVCF had the great pleasure of hosting An Evening With... Ray Roman, and what an evening it was! Playing to a nearly packed room, the evening began with an in-depth interview where Ray shared his story, his insights, advice and some of his trade secrets with our members.
Our next Orlando Post Professionals Meeting:Tuesday, July 7th, 2009Adrenaline Film Productions
6:30pm - Networking
7:00pm - Meeting
Monday, June 8, 2009
the Featured Presenter at the June Meeting.
Multi CEA award winner and industry trendsetter, Ray is a passionate filmmaker on a mission to change the perception of wedding video. Self-taught and ambitious, Ray has shaken up a huge South Florida market and has quickly become one of the most sought after wedding cinematographers in the region. With his non-"Fly on the Wall" approach, Ray uses simple techniques to create spectacular imagery. Ray also utilizes ground-breaking tools such as 35mm lens adapters, sliders and Steadicam rigs to enhance the look of his imagery. Learn more about Ray at www.RayRomanFilms.com
Friday, May 29, 2009
By Ciara Daykin
With all the talk about wedding cut backs and getting the best deal brides have got it into their heads that it’s a great time to haggle with wedding professionals over their prices. In fact, I’ve had couples (who are not my clients by the way) corner me at parties to tell me what great deals they’ve secured with their wedding vendors and how they’ve “beat them down” in price.
Congratulations- your wedding is going to suck.
Well, it’s the truth isn’t it?
When bridal couples beat down wedding professionals in price no one wins. There is no way that the same level of service is provided when our prices are haggled down. It’s just human nature to be bitter about it and not bring your A-Game even if you don’t mean to do it- it happens.
So How Do You Stop A Haggler In Her Tracks?
I had a bride who came to me the other day and when I quoted her our price this is how our conversation went:
Bride: “Is there room to negotiate on that price?”
Ciara: “I could lower the price but I would have to start taking away services and you won’t get me on your, you’ll get one of my other planners.”
Bride: “Well, what do I tell my fiancé when he asks if I negotiated a good deal?”
Ciara: “Tell him I told you $500 more at first and then I gave you a deal.”
She signed with us that night.
The lesson to be learned from this interaction? If you’re worth the price that you’re quoting then you need to stick to your guns and you’ll get the client.
And for me, when brides come into my office I’ve already established a relationship with them through my ezine, blog, social networking presence, my portfolio and the testimonials on my website. They know that I’m an expert and I really connect with them. We talk in depth about the benefits of working with us and I also address all their objections in our initial sales meeting even if they don’t voice them.
You know the objections brides have to working with a planner and you need to come up with answers that nullify the objections. By operating in this manner you grow your business into an empire, you don’t just squeak by working with one haggler and then the next.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Here is a list of all board positions (as listed in the by-laws) with a short description of each position and the duties and responsibilities that go with it. For a full description, please refer to the by-laws, published in the MEMBERS section of the PVCF website. (pvcf/videographer)
- President - presides over meetings, presents periodic reports, represents PVCF when dealing with the public, plans meeting agendas
- Vice President - presides over meetings in absence of president, coordinates meetings and A/V needs, assists president with performance of his/her duties
- Secretary - Obtains, maintains and submits minutes of all monthly meetings and official business, keeps all official records
- Treasurer - ensures PVCF are reasonably and prudently invested, maintains financial records and bank accounts, prepares operating budget and files any appropriate annual income taxes
- Webmaster - maintains web domain and hosting details, updates website, transmits newsletters/updates via email, maintains blog and forum
- Membership Director - maintains contact information database of all members, maintains record of meeting attendance, solicits new members
- Promotional Director - (new position, unofficial description) Promotes PVCF image to the public and membership at various events, discover and create promotional opportunities to enhance the image of PVCF and Professional Video (eg. bridal shows, open house), develops promotional materials to be distributed at official PVCF events
- Librarian - Acquire and maintain professional developmental materials to be used by PVCF members, make materials available to members at monthly meetings and track their usage
We will also be looking for volunteers for various committees to assist the Board in their duties.
If you are interested in being a candidate for any position, please inform Bobby at Tuesday's meeting! Don't forget your Annual Member Dues!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
- Wireless microphone locations such as sports and entertainment venues may be registered with the database and that spectrum will be considered restricted and unavailable to other wireless services.
- Channels 2-20 will be restricted solely to fixed TVBD use, but may be accessed by portable wireless microphone systems on an "itinerant" basis.
- In 13 major markets, two channels between 21 and 51 will be allocated entirely for wireless microphone operation. TVBD's, fixed and portable, will be completely restricted from operating in these channels.
- Channels 52-69, the so-called "700MHz range" in the UHF band, have been reallocated and either purchased by communications giants such as AT&T, Verizon and Qualcomm or reserved for public safety radio communication (channels 63, 64, 68 and 69). This spectrum is basically off-limits to any television broadcast, or any wireless services other than those provided by the owners. There are no longer any white spaces in this region, according to the definition. After the June 12, 2009 DTV transition deadline any remaining wireless interlopers will be required to vacate the 700-806MHz spectrum entirely, wireless microphones included. Think of squatters being removed from a newly purchased property.
700MHz Trade-in and Retuning Programs
For the benefit of our many wireless customers and to allay any nascent fears and concerns some of you may have, we've included a list of wireless mic manufacturers for whom B&H is a dealer that are offering either trade-in or factory retuning services for 700MHz systems and components.
- SENNHEISER - Follow the link below to the rebate information form. http://www.sennheiserusa.com/media/pdfFiles/Pro_700MHz_Range_Rebate.pdf Sennheiser is offering retuning services for their 3000 and 5000 series of wireless systems in the 700MHz band, and tiered rebates for the Evolution Wireless G2 systems in the C range purchased between 1/1/2006 and 12/31/2008. The contact phone number is 860-434-9190. Valid through 12/31/2009, postmarked 12/15/09.
- SHURE - Follow the link below to the rebate information form. http://www.shure.com/stellent/groups/public/@gms_gmi_web_us_pro/documents/web_resource/us_pro_700mhz_rebate_r2.pdf Shure is offering a rebate/trade-in program of up to $1000 on new Shure wireless systems and trade-ins of 700MHz systems made by either Shure or other manufacturers and purchased before 2/1/2007. The contact phone number is 800-257-4873. Valid through 5/31/2009.
- AUDIO-TECHNICA - Follow the link below to the rebate information form. http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/resource_library/files/714a05455102e247/700mhz_sub_form.pdf Audio-Technica is offering a rebate/trade-in program for purchases made between 2/1/2009 and 12/31/2009 of new Audio-Technica wireless systems and trade-ins of 700MHz systems made by either Audio-Technica or other manufacturers. The contact phone number is 330-686-2600; refer to the 700MHz trade-in program. Valid through 9/30/2009.
- LECTROSONICS - Follow the link below to the rebate information form. http://www.lectrosonics.com/PressReleases/whitespace/BlockChanges_Exchanges.pdf Lectrosonics is offering an extensive reblocking (retuning) program for their 700MHz systems and components, and a trade-in program for discontinued 700MHz Lectrosonics products made after 2/18/04. Contact the Service Department at 800-821-1121.
- ELECTRO-VOICE - Follow the link below for retuning service information. http://www.electrovoice.com/pressreleases/860.htm Electro-Voice is offering a rebanding (retuning) program for Electro-Voice and Telex 700MHz wireless systems and components. Contact their Customer Service department at 800-553-5992 ext.701.
- AZDEN - Azden is offering accommodation pricing for new Azden systems below the 700MHz range on a "case-by-case" basis. The contact phone number is 800-247-4501.
- SAMSON - After June 12, Samson's repair department will offer 700MHz retuning services as a warranty repair covered by their 3-year warranty program, if applicable according to the date of purchase. The contact phone number is 631-784-2201 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
June 14 - 19
(Exhibit June 17 - 19)
You’re invited to attend InfoComm 09 this June in Orlando, Florida! Don’t miss your opportunity to Experience the Power of AV at the largest and most comprehensive pro-AV event in the world. More than 30,000 professionals from 80+ countries are expected at InfoComm 09. Join your peers and colleagues this June and discover why InfoComm is the premier event for the AV industry.
You can't afford to miss this opportunity to see the latest advances in the industry, all in one short week.
To get entrance FREE---admin to all 3 days a $125 value, 2 seminars, free one day parking at Orlando Convention Center acess to all exhibits and more, follow the instructions below.
Register at www.infocommshow.org After filling out all the info enter POWER in the VIP code box and it will be free. They will mail you a badge.
DJ Stevens from WHDO-TV 38 came out and spoke about her great new television station with plenty of opportunities for video producers who have content they want to broadcast. DJ took questions regarding the opportunity for PVCF members to submit work. We look forward to partnering with WHDO-30 to get our footage shown to a larger audience. Thanks to DJ for coming out and meeting us…
Next up President Bobby Fishbough set-up and demonstrated an affordable camera jib that allows us to create incredible “flying boom” shots, adding value and up-sell potential for our projects. Thanks once again to Bobby for going the extra mile in sharing his tools and strategies. We saw great footage of the jib in use and discussed the low cost for such a high-end production tool
Finally Brian (carrying his cute infant son) ran the raffle for some give-away prizes, plus pulling in some extra cash for the association. Thanks again Brian for continuing these fun raffles every month.
Treasurer John Perez reported that we had $1980 dollars in our account—not including the three new members who signed up Tuesday night.
Please keep in touch reading our blog on what’s in-store for our May meeting.
Happy sellin’ shoot’n and editin’…
Reported by John Perez
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
To further advance those efforts, we will be creating a promotional video featuring samples of our members' work. To facilitate this, and to ensure that we put our best foot forward as well as to give all members and equal opportunity to be included, we will be showing and voting on clips at our next two meetings.
To have your clip included, here are the guidelines:
- Bring in your best clips, limited to 2 per member/company.
- Clips should brief, about 4-5 minutes in length.
- Clips can be of any part of the wedding, but should be a whole segment (eg. Prep, Vows, Post-Ceremony, Reception Highlights, Wedding Day Highlights, Dancing, Love Story), rather than a compilation of multiple weddings.
- Submissions must be presented on DVD, and a .mov file must be provided on a separate disc.
- No logos or identifying marks on clip or menu.
- DVDs should be labeled with the clip's title only (eg. Carrie and Mark, Prep), and have no company name so as to be anonymous.
Our March meeting featured an extremely informative presentation on Production Insurance given by Karen Marshall of Marshall Entertainment Insurance, Inc. Production insurance is a vital necessity to our industry. Karen started with an overview of the various types of coverage available, and focused on the options that were most pertinent to the members of our group. She then thoughtfully answered our members' questions, and shared her insider tips for dealing with many of the local venues who require insurance certificates.
Then, Brian revealed the new PVCF Bridal Show Banner that was purchased with proceeds from the monthly raffle. Special thanks to Focal Press and all the contributors and sponsors who have generously provided items for this awesome revenue generator! Featured books at this month's raffle were: Directing the Documentary, 5th Edition by Michael Rabiger and Audio Postproduction for Film and Video by Jay Rose, both available at Focal Press.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Our next Orlando Post Professionals Meeting:Tuesday, April 7th, 2009Adrenaline Film Productions
6:30pm - Networking
7:00pm - Meeting
Topic: Get more out of Final Cut Studio
Final Cut Studio is more than simply Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro. If you haven't integrated LiveType, Soundtrack Pro, Motion or Color into your Final Cut editing workflow, then you aren't getting all the bang for your buck. Oliver Peters will walk you through Final Cut Studio's round-tripping processes and show you how to use each of these applications to improve your Final Cut Pro projects.
Plenty of door prizes to be raffled off at the end of the meeting. Orlando Post Pro meetings are open and free to all interested in production and post.
Bobby, Bruce and Brian sat down for brunch with Bill Edwards (Panasonic North America) and Neil Ugo (Panasonic Osaka Factory) to discuss Panasonic's new AVCCAM professional recording format. Neil is on the team that developed the AVCCAM format and designed the new HMC-150. It was a great opportunity for us to get more detailed information about the technology, as well as to offer input and ideas for future implementation. They are both very enthusiastic about the direction that Panasonic is heading with both the broadcast and event markets and predicted that we will see even more exciting products in the near future as many companies convert to both HD and tapeless recording formats, and as support for the AVCHD/AVCCAM format grows.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Even though many clients are looking for ways to cut wedding costs, many businesses see amazing growth during a recession. Now's the time to rethink your business strategy and capitalize on new opportunities.
Why not seize the moment and diversify your services by expanding your offerings? Increase your marketing efforts by expanding your networking, targeting your referral base and engaging in creative brand building. And, if you find your bookings are down because potential clients find you too expensive, create special promotional packages that cater to couples on a budget, rather than slashing prices. That way you'll bring in some extra business without devaluing the premium services you offer.
Here's some ideas:
- Reduced rates for off-peak days
- Create simple 1-camera packages, with fewer coverage hours
- Offer Raw footage, in-camera edits (that can later be upgraded full edits)
And keep this in mind when talking to potential clients -- they only have ONE chance to capture their day on video. And while well shot raw footage can later be edited more artistically, poorly shot video with bad audio will never get better no matter how many filters you put on it!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Next Tuesday, March 24th at 10 AM, Neil Ugo, Panasonic Factory Strategic Planning for AVCCAM Products, from the Osaka factory in Japan, will be in Central Florida. His mission is to get feedback from the marketplace about what people like/don’t like about AVCCAM and what features are important for the various markets. All of this helps shape future products and market approaches.
Panasonic would like our input on this great new format. If you are interested in attending, please express your interest by adding a COMMENT to this post below. Additionally, you should notify Brian at email@example.com and let him know you would like to come no later than Friday. There will be a limited amount of openings for this opportunity, but it would be valuable to have our members who are considering this format in attendance.
- When: Tuesday, March 24th at 10AM
- Where: Panera Bread on the corner of 436 and Maitland Ave, just East of Altamonte Mall
696 E Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, 32701
(407) 332-7600 | phone Catering Contact: Christine
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Featured videos produced by Bobby Fishbough
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Matrox Video Products Group will be the featured presenter at the February PVCF meeting. They will be showcasing the Matrox RT.X2 Realtime Editing Engine for Adobe CS4 Production Premium and I/O Devices for Apple Final Cut Studio. In addition, Profile East of Orlando will also be in attendance to participate in the presentation.
Matrox RT.X2 lets you get the most from Adobe CS4 Production Premium. Experience REAL realtime mixed-format editing. Enjoy end-to-end tapeless workflows with P2HD and XDCAM EX. Spend your time creating, not rendering.
The Matrox MXO and MXO2 input/output devices streamline editing with Final Cut Studio on the Mac. We’ll walk you through the steps of the most popular workflows with Apple Final Cut Studio. You’ll discover the benefits of broadcast-quality input/output, monitoring, and up/down/cross conversion in a small, portable box, then walk away understanding how the Matrox MXO family of products can give you new-found freedom — edit anywhere!
Whichever platform or application you use, you’ll learn how Matrox products will help you quickly create your best work and let you focus on building your business.
There will also be an outstanding raffle at this month's meeting featuring 2 awesome books from Focal Press, Audio Postproduction for Film and Video and The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide. And as if that wasn't enough, the grand prize will be a Matrox RT.X2 LE (a value of $1095), generously donated by the awesome folks at Matrox. Tickets are only $1 at the door.
This is a meeting you won't want to miss!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
We wanted to share with you an excerpt from a love letter of sorts, written by videographer Laura Moses of Vantage Point Productions in San Dimas, CA. You can link to the complete article at EventDV.com.
The lack of a perfect wedding never stops us from pursuing the creation of a perfect film. Neurotically, we obsess over thrilling our clients. Our goal: to prove—once and for all—that a wedding film is priceless.
As unsung specialists in extreme guerilla filmmaking where each successful production can be compared to a minor miracle, we’re lucky to receive a fraction of the respect and earnings most photographers command. The mainstream has yet to get the memo that this vocation requires us to be expert cinematographers, documentarians, and storytellers, as well as gaffers and audio acquisition and engineering virtuosos.
Though sensitive to a fault, we’re tougher than nails. We have to be. We deliver—despite rain, sleet, snow, or suffocating sauna heat—and we do it while starving. Circumstances rarely allow us the time to eat our stale little “banquet-in-a-box.” Sometimes we’re lucky enough to be provided with an actual vendor’s buffet. But if the band gets there first—which it always does—we go back to work, starving.
Moreover, we work without the luxury of a script, our cast usually shows up late, and our shooting locations can change due to a drop of rain—or the drop of a hat. Under similar conditions, most cinematographers in the motion picture industry would never be able to accomplish what we pull off every weekend. Still, the public and more than a few relatives think our job is easy because we spend it at a party.
We work with music, hearts, and dreams. We’re the keepers of the flame for future generations. After we’re gone there will be pieces of us—little bits of our hearts—scattered across the globe, telling stories about love.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
A new board position of “Promotions Director” was brought to the floor, voted for and approved. Brian will take on these duties (he’s actually been performing these duties unofficially, and we thank him so much for doing sign-in and a fun raffle where cool prizes were given out at the meeting.)
Our featured vendor guest was Wes Carr of Panasonic. He showed a power point presentation on AVC CAM (AVC HD) format which is delivered in the H264/MPEG4-AVC container. It was a great overview of the tapeless workflow that Panasonic has developed. Then he showed us 2 cameras, the AG-HMC70 ($2495), and the AG-HMC 150 ($3995.) We viewed footage on an HD monitor and it looked great.
Brian spoke briefly about two events which the PVCF Board is developing for this year: 1) A bridal show hosted by PVCF, exclusively featuring video and held at a local venue. And, 2) A trade show where local and national vendors could come in and pitch their products to members as well as other interested videographers. The Board needs a few volunteers to help plan and organize each event. Please contact Brian or Bobby if interested.
Bobby spoke briefly about DG FastChannel; a video commercial server service which allows content providers (you and me) to upload commerical spots which the nation’s broadcasters can find and download.
Finally, Mike Konstan, president of the local editors group Orlando Post Pros invited us to meet with or attend their informal monthly meetings. Please find more info on their website at www.OrlandoEdits.com.
Minutes provided by: John Perez, PVCF Secretary