Easy Edit Video Films The Chamber Music of Gary Smart

  UNF and the Cummer Family Foundation Chamber Music Series presented “The Chamber Music of Gary Smart”, last Tuesday in the Recital Hall at The University of North Florida. Easy Edit Video had the pleasure to cover the concert using a two camera wide angle set up with high quality video and audio recording equipment.Filming Chamber Music

The program began with a segment called “Street Music” performed by Piotr Szewczyk on violin and Betsy Federman on cello. This segment was a bluesy, layered and complex piece. Then followed a premier segment called “Heartwings” with Simon Shiao on violin, Jorge Pena on viola, and Alex Downs on cello. This was a string trio piece inspired by the emotional life of birds; being abstract, spacious and beautifully lyrical. The final segment before intermission was called “The Encantadas” performed by Piotr Szewczyk on violin, Betsy Federman on cello, and Gary Smart on piano. In this piece, they expertly recreated Spanish traditional music to show common ground in diversity.

UNF Music ShootThe final performances were “Fellow Creatures” featuring Jimmy Hall as the tenor and Gary Smart on piano, followed by “Piano Quartet” with Philip Pan on violin, Jorge Pena on viola, Alex Downs on cello and Gary Smart on piano. “Fellow Creatures” are ten songs inspired by the poems of Ogden Nash, who was a clever poet that wrote short and silly, yet sophisticated poems. These were songs that Gary Smart wrote in his younger years and he now performs them with his friend Jimmy Hall to relive those special moments. “Piano Quartet” was the final piece of the night. It a wonderful number based on several international folk tunes including  African American, Chinese, Hindu, Swedish and Mexican cultural melodies.

We were honored to not only film this memorable performance but to work with the great people at UNF who know how to put on a quality performance and pleasant evening.

Get Your Business Noticed Online With Video

Over the last few years, a new trend in the retail and the service industries has emerged. More and more businesses are seeing that the customer’s attitude towards purchasing products have changed and so have their expectations. Smooth user-interface on a website and a direct presentation of your product or service are vital objectives to meet the expectations of today’s customer. Whether you are selling a product, service, or promoting a brand, video has become the proper medium for brands to speak to their customers in a fast and efficient manner.camcorder_image

73% of consumers are more likely to buy products after watching a video! We think it’s safe to say that it’s a powerful tool to answer concerns or questions customers may have when they view your site. When you make a video featuring a few insights about your product, your chances of gaining a customer that is confident in your product increase.

Videos were once considered to be viral content or homepage information that were used to tell the tale of your brand. Now, marketers are utilizing video to educate buyers and build stronger, longer running relationships, ultimately leading to more sales. Video makes the consumer feel like they are gaining something by buying the product because witnessing the product or service in use before purchasing it makes them feel like they won’t be ripped off or sold short.

blog_social_mediaVideo also can be beneficial with your social networks. Posting videos on your company’s profile can bring lots of interest to your business as well as a great deal of buying power. People are 44% more likely to buy a product after watching a video on a social network. It’s a wise move to consider posting a video to popular social networks like Facebook. Social networks also provide keen analytics such as demographic information, location, and click-through rate to give you a more focused view on your customers and their buying habits.

Videos are great medium to promote the true essence of your product and with 60% of  total digital content on line being video, it is necessary to stay relevant and engage with your customers. Come see us at Easy Edit Video and we’ll help make your product or service come to life!  Monday – Friday 9-6   (904) 730-9999

Protect Your Precious Memories!

With the recent tropical storm moving through the area, we all know how important it is to protect our property, even if Hermine wasn’t so scary! Renters, home owners and car insurance are a must-have in North East Florida and something that no one should be without. We all know that these polices will help you replace your home or your car, but what about the things that can’t be replaced? If you haven’t already, now is the time to protect your special keepsakes!

Here in Florida, one of the best things you can possibly invest in is a waterproof safe. This is the perfect place to store all of your important documents, jewelry and small items of Tropical Storm Herminevalue. Waterproof safes are certainly not cheap, but a small investment now can make a huge difference in the future should a storm arise. If you can’t afford a waterproof safe, purchase plastic totes to store some of your more sentimental items. They won’t be as well protected, but at the very least, they will have some protection against the elements.

I think we can all agree that some of the most important items we have in our homes include priceless home movies and irreplaceable photographs and slides. It’s not always easy to store these items in a weather-proof safe or container… so how can you save and protect your memories? Bring them to us! Here at Easy Edit Video, we can transfer your VHS tapes, 8 mm film, slides and photographs to DVD, CD or USB. By transferring your family memories to digital format, you are ensuring that you have an easy to store, easy to carry copy of your irreplaceable moments.

For more information, give us a call at (904) 730-9999. Or better yet, stop by Monday -Friday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and have a chat with us about what we can do for you!

Are Your VHS Tapes Worth Big Bucks?

For many of us, the idea of watching a VHS tape today is not only outdated, but pretty much impossible. Having made the switch to DVDs and MP4s, very few of us still have a working VCR! With that being said, if you are anything like us, you still have quite a few VHS tapes in your home. At first glance you may think that those tapes are worthless, simply taking up space and collecting dust; but did you know that some of your VHS tapes might be worth a great deal of money?

Due to nostalgia and rarity, there are many different types of VHS tapes that are worth big bucksrare_VHS_Tapes. For instance, Pro-wrestling VHS tapes from the 1980s and 1990s are worth quite a bit of money to collectors. Music videos and movies are also highly sought after by die-hard fans, searching to get anything and everything distributed by their favorite bands. Speaking of die-hard fans, some of the most dedicated followers of any movie genre has to be horror enthusiasts!

Horror fans all over the world are willing to pay top dollar for low-budget films, or B movies. These movies fetch a high price mainly for their rarity. Why are they so rare? When major film companies moved away from VHS to DVD, many of these films were not deemed important enough to make the transition. Because there is no other format in which these films are available, the VHS copies are often the only recordings of these films, and horror fans go nuts for them!

Finally, the last type of rare VHS tapes we will discuss is banned or discontinued films. As times change, so do societies and cultures. What was once considered to be normal or acceptable, can quickly change and these changes are reflected in film. Certain movies that were once considered to be perfectly acceptable family entertainment, are now considered unsuitable for a variety of reasons. Much like banned books, collectors scour flea markets and the Internet searching for many of these banned films.

These are just a few of the types of VHS tapes that are highly sought after… do you own any of them? Now is a great time to take a look at your forgotten VHS collection and make some extra cash, but before you do, remember to bring them in to us and have them transferred to DVD first!

DVD or USB? Which is Best For You?

Here at Easy Edit Video, we get numerous questions every week pertaining to VHS tapes, video production and the editing process. Having been in the business for more than 20 years, we know that many people trust us with their questions and that is something we take very seriously. One of the reasons we have been in the business so long is that we have grown and changed with the times. As new technology emerges, we are the first to embrace it! Recently, one of the most frequently asked questions we get has been all about format. Not a day goes by that we are not asked “which is better, DVD or USB?”. The answer we give is, of course, “it depends.” On the surface, that may seem like an unhelpful answer, but in truth it opens the door for us to ask our clients questions and find out what would work best for them. Just as every person is different, so is every job we do and we want to make sure that your order is exactly the way you want it. So which is the right format for you? Let’s take a closer look at DVD and USB.

DVDs are often confused with CDs as they look exactly the same, however, they are quite different. CDs are used to hold music and files, such as pictures or document images, that can be viewed on your computer. DVDs can also be used for this purpose but are mainly used for video. DVDs are great for storing video long term as they are not as sensitive to light, heat and moisture like traditional film. If you treat your DVD right and do not scratch it or mishandle it, it is possible for your DVD to last for 100 years!  Most people, young and old, have a DVD player, so if you are transferring a VHS tape or 8mm film as a gift, DVD might be the way to go. One drawback to having your film transferred to DVD is that once the DVD is burned, you can not edit the film… what you see is what you get!

USB and DVDUSB drives, also called thumb or jump drives, can hold many different kinds of files, including video. You can access the files from your computer or even your smart TV. USB drives are a great way to store a ton of information and files in a portable format. With your films on a USB drive, they are easy to share and can be uploaded to any computer with a USB port.  Most companies and businesses prefer USB video files as they are much easier to upload and share via email. Small and portable, your USB drive can travel with you anywhere. Finally, video files on a USB can easily be edited with numerous editing software packages available to the public.

So now we return to the original question, which is the right one for you? do you plan on sharing your video in an email or with co-workers? Do you plan on editing the video? Do you need the video in an easy to carry form? If you answered yes to these questions, then a USB drive might be best for you.

Do you want to watch your films on your TV but you’re not sure if it’s a Smart TV? Do you plan on storing your video for many years? Are you giving the film to someone as a gift? Then a DVD just might be the ticket!

These are just a few examples of the differences between DVD and USB as there are many more, but these are the first few questions to consider. Still not sure? Give us a call at (904) 730-9999 or stop by and have a chat, we would be happy to assist you!

Livestream Your Next Event With Easy Edit Video!

What do GE, Wendy’s, Nestle and SpaceX all have in common? They are all major companies that have taken advantage of live streaming! Live streaming is when an event is broadcast live on the internet in real time. It is a way for those who are unable to physically attend, to experience the event from the comfort of their own home or office. Livestreaming can be very beneficial to a company in numerous ways. It can spread your message to a larger Livestreaming-eventaudience, generate more online social interaction and bring in new customers to your business. Livestreaming is also a really great way to make your company stand out from the crowd! The great thing about livestreaming is that you don’t have to be a Fortune 500 company to take advantage of this great way to reach people. High schools, colleges, universities, and businesses large and small can all reap the rewards of livestreaming.

On the surface, livestreaming may seem like a complicated and daunting task and truthfully it can be. A great deal of equipment and expertise has to go into a successful livestream. But never fear! We here at Easy Edit Video have everything you need to skillfully livestream-event-capturelivestream your next event or conference. With numerous events under our belt, our highly trained staff have what it takes to make sure that your event is streamed live online without a hitch! Think of the possibilities for your business or school! From graduations, plays and dance recitals to training seminars and awards ceremonies, everyone can feel included with live streaming! Want to learn more about this service? Give us a call at (904) 730-9999.

It’s Back To School Time!

Where did the summer go? It seems like only yesterday the final school bell rang and summer vacation began. Now kids across the state are gathering their supplies and getting ready to head back to school! For many parents (and kids), this is an emotional time as their children head off to college for the first time.  For many young adults, going off the college is the first time they will be away from home for an extended period of time and the prospect of being away from family and friends can be a scary one. Here are some great tips to make the transition easier for both students and parents.

  1. Get help from your friends. Many in-coming freshman are going to be feeling the same anxiety that your student is feeling. Encourage your child to make friends with others, thus, creating a support network.

2. Get involved. Colleges and universities across the country offer a wide variety of extra curricular activities ranging from  sports, to book clubs, to everything in between. Getting involved with a group, team or club is an excellent way to not only make friends but also helps your student have a well-rounded college experience.

3. Bring a piece of home with you… but a small piece. Your student’s tiny dorm room will      VHS to DVD Transfersimply not be big enough for a lot of keepsakes, but a few small items are a   good way  to remind your student of home without overwhelming them. College is about growing up and moving forward, but a little reminder of home can be very  comforting. What items from home should they bring with them?  This is entirely up to you and your child, but home movies can be a great choice.

Here at Easy Edit Video, we convert 1000’s of VHS home movies to DVD every year. Small and easy to store, DVDs of favorite moments and cherished memories can be a great comfort to home-sick freshman. While you’re at it, make an extra copy for yourself!  Sending your child off to college can take an emotional toll on parents too and just as your home movies can comfort your child, they can comfort you too!

To learn more about our VHS to DVD transfer service, call us at (904-730-9999).

Is The Summer Heat Ruining Your Videos?

As long time residents of Jacksonville, we are the first to tell you how wonderful it is to live in Florida. From the Beaches to the Ever Glades to the Keys, Florida is truly one of the most beautiful, fun-filled states in the union! Unfortunately, with all that Florida has to offer, it comes at a price; summertime heat! With temperatures in the high 90’s and heat indexes even higher, our tropical paradise has been a little unbearable lately. We all know how this terrible heat can take it’s toll on us, but have you considered what it is doing to your videos and films?

When it comes to VHS tapes, 8mm film and 16mm film, there are three main factors that umbrella-raincontribute to the rate of deterioration. The first factor is moisture. When film comes into contact with moisture, it can cause the film to wrinkle, twist, even snap! large amounts of moisture can cause the film to become water logged and completely unplayable. With so many summertime thunderstorms, it is  important to keep your films in a dry place. Keeping your VHS tapes or films in a leaky shed or garage could potentially cause irreversible damage.

heat-sunAnother factor that contributes to the rate of deterioration is heat. Extreme heat, (like our recent heat wave) can cause the chemicals used to develop your film to breakdown. It can also cause the film to warp and become unplayable.  Just as we need air conditioning and shade to stay healthy, so does your film. Storing your VHS tapes and film in an environment lacking climate control can cause serious damage.

humidityFinally, the last major factor that can cause harm to your VHS tapes and film is humidity. Humidity has been known to get trapped inside VHS tapes, causing the film to develop mold and mildew. Once this happens, the tape becomes unplayable. Much like moisture, humidity can also cause the film to become water logged and (without a costly restoration) your home movies and precious memories are lost forever!

Clearly, summer in Florida is pretty rough on tapes and film ( as it is on us!) and precautions need to be taken to protect your priceless moments.

Worried about loosing your VHS tapes and film to the elements? Now is the perfect time to have all of your tapes and reels transferred to DVD. Easy to care for and store, DVDs are a great way to save your films before they are lost forever. To learn more about VHS tape and film to DVD transfers, give us a call.

Easy Edit Video hours        Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (904) 730-9999

An Exciting Opportunity at Easy Edit Video!

Here at Easy Edit Video, we are constantly on the look out for new talent. Through the years, we have found that one of the best ways to bring in the best and brightest in North-East Florida is with our Internship Program. Year after successful year, we have worked with Florida State College at Jacksonville and the University of North Florida to offer an exciting program to students interested in a career in public relations and/or production. We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Fall 2016 internship!

Are you a fiend for Facebook? Are you Snapchat savvy? Do you love to write? Are you a social-media-iconschampion of customer service? Do you have an eye for design? Then our internship might be right for you! We are looking for a student with an interest in public relations, social media, email marketing and blogging. In our program, you will learn the ins and outs of our business all while gaining valuable public relations knowledge. We work with you every step of the way, helping you gain valuable insight regarding the production business but also to business marketing and public relations in general.

Does this sound like the internship for you? If so, call us at 904-730-9999 or send your resume to easyedit@easyeditvideo.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Easy Edit Video and First Coast Cardiovascular!

As you all know, we here at Easy Edit Video have had the pleasure of working with many Jacksonville businesses and schools. From the Paxon School for Advanced Studies to the Florida Department of Transportation to Gate Petroleum, we have worked with some of the best in the city! Recently we were given the opportunity to work with yet another great Jacksonville business, First Coast Cardiovascular Institute ! First Coast Cardiovascular Institute  has been serving North East Florida for many years now, providing top notch care to those with a variety of medical issues. From sleep disorders to varicose veins, the skilled staff at First Coast Cardiovascular are there to help!

Last week, we loaded up our gear and headed out to one of their many locations to capture doctor testimonials, which are a great asset to the doctors as well as their patients. First-Coast-Cardiovascular-ShootWorking together, Easy Edit Video and First Coast Cardiovascular made short work of the project, shooting numerous testimonials quickly and efficiently. In these videos, the doctors explained common health issues, described procedures and answered questions that frequently occur during office visits. Once uploaded, the doctors can now refer patients to the videos in order to educate them further, saving both them and their patients a great deal of time! Does this sound like something your business could benefit from?

Here at Easy Edit Video we offer a wide range of services to help make your company videos the best they can be. From on location shooting, to the use of our in-house teleprompter and green screen, we can craft the perfect video for your business. We can even take it a step further and edit the raw footage we shoot! Our post production services are some of the best in Jacksonville and we pride ourselves on our high customer satisfaction ratings! Either working with our editor or handing it all over to us, we will make sure your videos are exactly the way you want them and meet your expectations! Do you think a video would be great for your company but your not sure  what would work best? Give us a call and we would be happy to discuss all of the details of your project with you!

Call us Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 904-730-9999 or stop by! we are located at 8431 Baymeadows Way!