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VIDEO: How to Get the Best Sound: Sound Devices MixPre Line-Up

VIDEO: How to Get the Best Sound: Sound Devices MixPre Line-Up

Posted by Guy Cochran on 5th Apr 2018

In this video, DVE Store owner and Video production guru walks us through the changes in audio equipment and how YOU can have movie set quality gear within your budget!   Transcript: Hey. Guy Cochran here today, and we're gonna be taking a look at some recorders and mixers and just how far that we've come in audio for video. So, just a few years ago, we had to get our XLR mics into our cameras with these boxes from companies like Beachtek, and these were hugely popular.
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Pro Bono Video  Production: The Nourishing Network

Pro Bono Video Production: The Nourishing Network

Posted by Jason Jenkins on 2nd Apr 2018

I love using my talents for good causes, so I was happy when I heard that the DVEstore would be helping to produce a couple of videos for the Edmonds Foundation. One particular focus, this year, is on a program called the Nourishing Network. I find it very fulfilling to work for a cause that does such good in the community. In fact, I wouldn't mind spending all my time producing videos for good causes! That brings up an important point to consider. One cannot make a livi
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Shooting Interviews Part 2: Shooting for the Edit

Shooting Interviews Part 2: Shooting for the Edit

Posted by Jason Jenkins on 1st Apr 2018

As a one-man-band 'preditor', I learned how to shoot for the edit. Nobody likes PPP (painful post production); where you have to work overtime to battle bad audio, improper exposure, or just plain poor interviewing technique.Whether you are shooting for yourself, or someone else, the editor will love you if you can master the following techniques!Training the Interviewer & Interviewee:Most people don't have much experience being interviewed on-camera, so it makes good sense to spend a couple of
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The Best Camera Ever! 20 years of Corporate Video Cameras

The Best Camera Ever! 20 years of Corporate Video Cameras

Posted by Jason Jenkins on 28th Feb 2018

Disclaimer: This blog post is blatantly biased, utterly incomplete and replete with the meandering, melancholic musings of my muddled memory.I started my video production career in 1998 on a Sony VX-1000 mini-DV camcorder. It was Uh-mazing! The quality was comparable to the big $50K Beta SP cameras of the day (so I was told). And the price? A paltry $6K.When a local furniture store owner called up my deejay Dad needing a voice over for a local cable TV ad, I talked her into letting me shoot and
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Shooting Interviews Part 1: Audio & Lighting

Shooting Interviews Part 1: Audio & Lighting

Posted by Jason Jenkins on 28th Feb 2018

Interviews are the bread and butter of many a video producer. I've done more than a few over the years, as a one-man-band, and I'm going to share with you the techniques and gear I use to get great results. Whether it is a corporate talking head, a testimonial for a promotional video, or a "how we met" for a wedding video, you need good light and great audio. In this post, Part 1, we will be focusing on just that; lighting and audio.Example 1; The Doctor: Indoor, No Ambient LightThis is the idea
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Three Decimators and Why You Need Them

Three Decimators and Why You Need Them

Posted by Jason Jenkins on 1st Feb 2018

Decimator Design has long been known for their famous MD-HX scaler/converter, and for good reason. However, there are two other low priced products in their line-up that deserve some attention as well. The purpose of this post is to give an overview of the three most affordable Decimator Design products, and to let you know how they can make your live streaming/live switching life oh-so much better.Decimator MD-HXConvert SDI to HDMI or HDMI to SDI, while changing the signal, e.g. 1080i59.94 to 1
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The Best Sub-$1K Video Switcher!

The Best Sub-$1K Video Switcher!

Posted by Jason Jenkins on 22nd Jan 2018

We carry two video switchers that are very popular–because they work well–and they cost under $1,000. I often hear the question, "Do you recommend the Roland V-1HD or the Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD?". The honest answer is that I recommend both of these switchers! The one best for you is dependent upon your particular needs and wants. The purpose of this blog post is to compare and contrast the V-1HD and the ATEM TVS HD, so that you can determine which one will work the
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Flypack Hack: Mounting a Monitor on a Pop-up Gator Case

Flypack Hack: Mounting a Monitor on a Pop-up Gator Case

Posted by Jason Jenkins on 29th Dec 2017

I was prepping for Dancember; the big, 24-hour charity fund-raising event that we help out with each year. I needed a portable rack case to hold the TriCaster TC1, the SmartView Duo, the SmartView 4K, and a rack shelf for the AJA Helo. The Gator GRC-10X8 PU was almost perfect for the job. Some modifications to the pop-up top will take it over the top! This case was originally designed for audio gear, and the pop-up top is meant to hold an audio mixer at up to a
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