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Do You Need a Multi-Camera Production? Ask Ashley!

Will my video production need one camera or a multi-camera system? Many questions arise when planning a video shoot, but we encounter this question time and time again. The number of cameras needed is often dependent on the size of the production. Let’s Ask Ashley!

Multi-Camera Shoot

Multi-camera, or multicam, is a method of video production in which several cameras are set up at a single location. They are designed to simultaneously record or broadcast an event. Our multi-camera system might be right for you if you are planning a large production or performance. Graduations, dance recitals, plays and awards ceremonies often require a large staging area. You are assured that every angle is captured with multicam. This system is also great for providing a variety of different types of shots including wide angles and close ups. The different angles are great for large ceremonies. With Multicam, you can capture the audience but also focus on the stage. A multi-camera production is also great for live streaming and can significantly cut down on editing time. multi-camera shoot

Another advantage to our multicam system is that you can finish the shoot quicker! Using multiple cameras means you do not need to relight every scene. Once the cameras are in place, there is no need to re-position them. Finally, multi-camera productions give the director creative freedom! The director can review the tapes and decide which angles and shots work best, without having to re-shoot any footage.

 

Single Camera Shoot

Mutlicam works great for large, outdoor or arena style events, but what about single presenters? When single camera green screenyou have a single presenter, the focus is in one place. A single camera is usually enough to capture everything. This is often the case when the speaker is using a power point or giving a demonstration.  Interviews can often be a single camera production, but sometimes two cameras are used. When using our green screen studio, a single camera is ideal for taping your footage and adding the background of your choice. If you have ever wondered how green screen works, check out this article. Single camera shoots are also great for instructional videos and seminars.

Every production has it’s own unique challenges. A one on one consultation is the best way for us to determine the number of cameras you need. To discuss your project, give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or fill out our contact form here. We look forward to working with you!

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Should You Live-Stream Your Next Event? Ask Ashley!

Live-streaming your next event can be a spectacular way to help your business or organization. To learn more about live-stream, let’s first Ask Ashley!

 

Live-Stream Your Event

A live-stream is when an event is broadcast live over the internet. A link is set up ahead of time that is distributed to those who wish to view it. All of the cameras are linked into a computer system, which then releases the signal on the day of the production. Live-streaming is perfect for large events such as graduations, dance recitals, concerts, plays, and more. We all have friends or family members that have a hard time traveling.  Illness, finances and other factors can be a major problem when making travel plans. All of these issues are no problem with live stream! Everyone can watch your event from the comfort of their own home, office or even their smartphone! With the use of a multi-camera or multicam production, every moment of your event will be recorded and broadcast live.

If you want to ensure that everyone is included in your event, live-streaming is the way to go. Live-stream is not just for large scale concerts and ceremonies, it can be very beneficial to businesses too.

 

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Live Streaming and Businesses

In the business world, there are many benefits to live streaming. For many years now, various SEO and marketing firms have known the value of live-stream. Broadcasting content in real time creates a unique marketing experience for customers, which can set your business apart from your competitors. Check out this article by Forbes for a breakdown of what live-streaming can do for your business.

 

So is a live-stream right for you? If you think that your business, school or organization could benefit from this service, give us a call at (904) 730-9999 to discuss your project. We are here Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm, so feel free to stop by for a chat. We would love to work with you!

DVD Duplication – Let’s Ask Ashley!

We know that you have DVDs that are special to you and your family. We often have clients convert their VHS tapes to DVD and then ask how they can share them. To answer that question, let’s Ask Ashley about DVD duplication!

DVD Duplication

DVD duplication is a fast, easy way to make multiple copies of your favorite home movies. When the disc is duplicated, you can rest assured that the copies will be of the exact quality as the original. You don’t have to worry about the sound, color or picture becoming degraded or altered in anyway. You dvd copies will come in clear, plastic, protective polybox cases. These cases are of the highest quality and are designed to protect your disc for years. Another advantage to polybox cases is that they ship very easily. A simple padded envelope is all that you need to safely mail your disc.

The polybox cases come standard, but they are not the only option we offer. You can have your discs packaged in paper sleeves, Amaray cases or clam shells. In some cases, you might not need packaging at all! In that case, we would be happy to put your discs on a spindle. Prices do vary for all of our different styles of packaging, so when you place your order, please ask for details. Now that you know what kinds of packaging we offer, the big question is, how many can you get? To put it plainly, the answer is, as many as you want!

 

Order Size

When placing a duplication order, most clients only ask for a few additional copies, but we often receive large, bulk orders from various companies and businesses. Many businesses need thousands of copies for conferences, trade shows and other special events. We can easily complete your bulk orders, sometimes in as little as a day! When placing a bulk order, we do ask that you provide a good copy of the master disc as well as any art work or graphics that are to appear on the discs. If you do not have a graphic but would like one, we offer custom label design for a small fee.

DVD duplication is a big part of what we do each and every day. We are proud to provide this service in a quick, professional manner to all of our customers! If you have any questions, please email them to askashley@easyeditvideo.com, or give us a call at (904) 730-9999.

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DVD Storage Questions? Let’s Ask Ashley!

Have you had your VHS tapes converted to DVD? Do you have a lot of movies on disc? Now that you have spent the time and money growing your collection, it’s very important to take care of it. When caring for your DVDs, There are many things to consider. Let’s take a moment to Ask Ashley!

History of the DVD

The DVD, or digital versatile disk, was first developed in the early 1990s. The first DVD players were released in 1996 and DVDs quickly became the most popular form of home entertainment, surpassing VHS in popularity in just 7 short years. Movie rental businesses across the nation had to completely restock their shelves with this new form of home entertainment. It wasn’t long after, however, that things went a step further and the Blue Ray disc was released. Blue Ray was a huge step forward because of the high definition quality they delivered. DVD and Blue Ray are still a very popular medium, but MP4  and streaming are quickly becoming the preferred way to view videos. Check out this article by Did You Know? for a complete history.

 

Disc Care

Now that you know a bit more about DVDs, caring for them properly should be a top priority. Ashley has already given you some helpful tips, but here are a few more.

  • Discs should be stored in conditions that are similar to the environment in which they will be played.
  • DVDs should be stored at a temperature of between 40 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and at a relative humidity of between 20 to 50 percent.
  • Magnetic and strong electrical fields will not affect discs. Neither will x-ray exposure from an airport metal detector. This mean that you do not have to worry about storing your discs near magnetic or electrical equipment.
  • Avoid wiping your discs with paper towels or tissues. They contain coarse fibers which can cause scratches.
  • It’s okay to leave a disc in the player for a short period of time, however, leaving a disc running unattended for more than a day is not a good idea.
  • Avoid using canned or compressed air when cleaning your disc. They are extremely cold and may thermally stress the disc.

It has been estimated that a disc can hold data for up to 100 years if it is cared for properly. Therefore, DVDs will out-live the technology used to view them! Taking care of your discs is a great way to ensure they will be around for generations to come. Remember, we can also convert your disc to an MP4 file. An MP4 file is an excellent way to share your memories with loved ones or store them in the cloud.

If you have any questions about DVDs or anything else we specialize in, please send an email to askashley@easyeditvideo.com. You can also come by our Baymeadows Way location, Monday – Friday 9:00 am-6:00 pm.  (904) 730-9999

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Tape Storage

Tape Storage Questions? Let’s Ask Ashley!

We all have priceless moments on our VHS tapes, so proper tape storage should be a high priority for all of us. If you do not store your tapes properly, serious, permanent damage may occur. Nothing is more heartbreaking for us than having to tell a client that their tapes are too defective to transfer!  So how should you store your tapes, and where? Let’s start by asking Ashley!

Proper Tape Storage

Storing your tapes properly is truly one of the best ways to ensure that your memories will be around for years to come. In addition to Ashley’s advice, here are some more tips on tape storage.

 

-Store your films in protective cases or boxes. This helps prevent moisture damage. It can also protect your film if dropped.

-Rewind your VHS! This prevents the film from sagging over time.

-Keep your tapes away from magnets! The film itself is magnetic so any exposure to magnets can damage or even erase your movie!

For more tips, check out this great article from Film School Rejects.

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Protect Your Film Reels

It’s not just VHS tapes that need to be stored carefully. 8mm and 16mm film is highly susceptible to damage! Heat and humidity really do a number on 8mm and 16mm. Film becomes brittle and basically unplayable. The outer sprockets can also began to warp, causing the frame to bounce and jump. Heat also causes the chemicals used to develop the film to breakdown at a rapid rate. The breakdown of those chemicals seriously reduces the quality. A way you can tell if your film has suffered heat damage is by the smell. If your films smell like vinegar, ( yes, vinegar!) they have suffered heat damage. If your films do have this smell, don’t panic! In some cases we are able to salvage some of the film, but, there is no guarantee.

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If you are concerned about saving your films, then bring them in to us! Have them transferred to a more stable medium such as DVD or MP4 to ensure that your memories will last!

Easy Edit Video 8431 Baymeadows Way Jacksonville, FL 32256

(904) 730-9999

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

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Questions About On Location Production? Ask Ashley!

An on location production is a great way to grow your business or showcase your event. There are many factors that need to be considered when planing this type of shoot. First, let’s Ask Ashley and get some idea of what to expect.

 

On Location Production Do’s and Don’ts

When you are planing your project, there are many things that you should keep in mind. One of the very first things to consider is safety. On location productions can become nightmares if the film sites are too remote, too small, elevated, or has natural hazards. When scouting a location, keep in mind that safety must be first!  Here at Easy Edit Video, we have tackled all kinds of shoots, so if you are unsure if a location will work, talk to us about it. Here are some more great tips on location scouting.

Creating and sticking to a budget is important for any business or organization and this is true of production projects as well. When planing your project, keep in mind that set backs and unexpected expenses are always possible. Have a budget surplus and contingency plan in place before production begins. This will help ensure that your project will go as smoothly as possible.

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Finally, have a plan but, be flexible. We all have had moments when we have planned thing out perfectly, only to have those plans come to nothing. Often times, there are just things beyond our control that can put a major kink in our plans. We know that your on location production is important to you and we will do everything we can to help you see your vision, but some things simply can’t be helped. Be adaptable to change and trust that, in the end, it will all come together.

If you have any questions about on location production, in studio productions or any of the other services we offer, email us at askashley@easyeditvideo.com. You can also give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or stop by for a talk. Monday – Friday  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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VHS Tapes

VHS Tapes But No VCR? Let’s Ask Ashley!

There was once a time when almost everyone had a VCR and VHS tapes ruled the world. Every popular movie (and some not so popular) was released to VHS, spawning businesses such as Blockbuster Video and Movie Gallery. In the 1980’s, the home camcorder was introduced, causing even more tapes to clutter our living rooms and dens. Now that VHS is gone and has passed the crown to Netflix, what can you do with your VHS tapes? Let’s take a moment to Ask Ashley!

 

 

The Rise and Fall of VHS Tapes

VHS tapes were truly an amazing innovation. Developed in the 1970’s, you could decide on what you wanted to watch from the comfort of your own home. No longer were you forced to watch what ever was on television or in the theaters. Once it became known that you could record one show while watching another, VCRs became a hot commodity in the United States. You were in complete control for the first time ever!

Sales were a bit sluggish at first, due to the high cost of early players. New ways of producing VCRs were explored however, when it became clear that there was a large market for them. This led to the production of cheaper, more affordable players that most families could fit into their budget. Once the home video camcorder was introduced, VCR sales went through the roof. Families across the nation were eager to record all of their special moments and share them with friends.

Eventually, technology evolved and VHS tapes became a thing of the past. With smartphones and streaming, VCRs have become obsolete. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean that all of your VHS tapes are doomed to the recycling bin! We can bring back those memories for you with a VCR to DVD conversion or mp4 transfer. Affordable and fast, you’ll be revisiting those special family moments again! You will have your video copy in no time. Give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or stop by and we would be happy to help you with your tapes! If you have any questions about this topic, or would like to submit a question, we want to hear from you! Send your question to askashley@easyeditvideo.com.

 

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35mm Slides and What You Can Do With Them! Ask Ashley!

Most of us have piles of slides sitting in boxes or in the back of the closet. With so few projectors still running these days, most of the 35mm slides out there are simply collecting dust. So what can you do with your slides now that you can no longer view them using traditional methods? Let’s Ask Ashley!

 

 

 

35mm Slides in the 1950’s and Beyond…

35mm slides were once one of the most popular forms of viewing photos. It did take a little time for them to catch on when they were introduced in the 1950’s. But before long, it seemed that everyone had a slide projector. We have all experienced sitting in the living room at a friend’s or relative’s house, watching slides of recent vacations! Slides were a wonderful way of bringing special moments and memories to life! After a sharp rise in popularity through the 1960’s and 70’s, slides began to slowly fade. With the introduction of the VHS home movie camera in the 1980’s, slides seemed outdated. They did, however, have enough of a following to hang on until 2004, when Kodak announced that they would no longer be manufacturing slide projectors.

Slides are still a popular medium among artists today. Many new, up and coming visual artists favor slides for their high definition, yet, vintage look. The often stunning color saturation of slides render them as crisp and vibrant today as they were decades ago.  Many art galleries across the globe feature art installations consisting only of slides and this trend does not appear to be slowing.

If you are ready to take your slides to the next level and save your precious memories, bring them in to us! You will have your pictures to DVD or CD in about a week to 10 days, depending on size, and all work is done here on site! if you have any questions about slides, give us a call at (904) 730-9999, or email us at askashley@easyeidtvideo.com.

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Do You Have 16mm Film? Ask Ashley!

Over the years, there has been many different types of film available to consumers when it comes to home movie making. One of the most popular forms of film was 8mm and super8, but 16mm film was also widely used. We are often asked about the differences between the two, or simply, how to tell which kind you have. One of the easiest things you can do is measure the width of the film. The 8mm and 16mm film refers to the width. Give your film a quick measure and you will have your answer! To learn more about film, check out the latest edition of Ask Ashley!

 

 

Hollywood Embraces 16mm Film

There are so many great things about 16mm film, it would be impossible for us to cover all of it in a short video. For instance, did you know that 16mm film is making a comeback in Hollywood? The blockbuster giant Star Wars: The Force Awakens did more for movie making than most people realize! The director and producers of the film decided that they wanted to go back to basics with The Force Awakens, relying less on digital and more on actual props. That also included using real film! Other movie makers noticed the vivid colors and overall richness using film brought to the look of the movie. And with that, using actual film is making a slow but steady comeback.

Some directors, including Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino, have sworn by film from the start and will never use digital. Watching any of their films, it is easy to see the difference in tone and quality. So what about your 16mm film…do you have your own family masterpieces sitting on reels at home?

Bring in your 16mm and we would be happy to transfer your film to DVD or MP4! Do you have any questions about 16mm? Give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or send your email to askashley@easyeditvideo.com. Our hours are 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday -Friday.

8431 Baymeadows Way  Jacksonville, FL 32256

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CD or MP3? Let’s Find Out and Ask Ashley!

Last week we told you all about DVDs and MP4s, but what if you have audio? CDs and MP3s are the way to go to have all of your audio transferred to a more user-friendly format. When was the last time you used a turntable or reel to reel? By transferring to CD or MP3,  you can once again enjoy your favorite music and recordings. What types of audio can we convert for you? Here at Easy Edit Video, we can do it all! We can transfer albums, reel to reels and even cassette tapes! Remember all those mix tapes you made back in the day? Bring them in to us and you will be able to enjoy them again. Not sure which format you should transfer them to? Let’s Ask Ashley!

 

Now is a great time to dust off your old album collection and have them transferred to CD or MP3. With Summer rapidly approaching, think about how great it would be to listen to your favorite recordings on your road trips! Do you have old reels sitting in the closet? These reels could contain priceless family messages! We can’t tell you how many times people have brought in reel to reels, not know what is on them because they no longer have a working player. Time and time again our clients have been pleasantly surprised to hear grandma’s voice again once we have made the transfers. So transferring your reels can be a great way to clean out the closet and reconnect with your family!

Don’t worry about getting your albums and cassettes back. Once the transfers are complete, we will return your original audio media. All of the work is done right here in our Baymeadows facility so you can rest assured that your items are safe and will not become lost or damaged. If you have any questions about audio transfers or any other service we offer, please email askashley@easyeditvideo.com.  You can also give us a call Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at (904) 730-9999.

Do you have a topic you want us to cover in our Ask Ashley series? Let us know! We welcome all questions and look forward to hearing from you.

 

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