Tuesday, January 23, 2018

PluralEyes® & Presto – A Review From NAB Floor

June 28, 2012 by  
Filed under All Posts, Video Production

Last year we discovered PluralEyes® by Singular Software at NAB and thought it was the answer for multi-camera shooting.

We used PluralEyes® for a 42 series video program we produced last year and while there were some hiccups, it really did save ourselves days of tedius editing. I calculate it shaved off a good month in editing time.

At NAB this year, we revisited the booth and shot this short 3 minute video. Singular Software has also come out with Presto. If you shoot PowerPoint presentations, you’ll want to watch this video and see what Presto can do for you.

I talk about:

– Why PluralEyes® works so well;

– What Presto does;

– How you can use Presto to save you time and make your videos look great!

(If you’re unable to watch the video on this page, go to YouTube to view it.)

PluralEyes® and Presto are available for many editing programs. You can try also try them free to see how they may work for you.

Home Video Studio Basics: Lighting

June 25, 2012 by  
Filed under All Posts, Equipment, Video Production

Home video studio basics start with the lighting.

Several people have asked us lately what they need to set up a simple home video studio.  The good news is it doesn’t have to be expensive.

You can find LED bulbs and work lights at your local hardware store that will suffice. But with a little more investment, you can actually get some nice lighting kits that are much better to use and a lot less expensive than you may think.

Here are some lighting kits to get you started. I’m assuming you’re wanting to record yourself in your home. The smaller light kits I’m suggesting are fine for that application but would not be enough light if you want to light yourself in a larger setting, like in front of an audience. If you want to do that you’ll want the bigger light kits.

You can certainly spend more on bigger and more powerful light kits; these suggestions are for basic home video studio use.

Photo backdrops are readily available and give you a very wide range of looks. Search on “photo backdrops” on Amazon.com and you’ll see many options.

These are all daylight balanced bulbs so you won’t have a white balance issue if you have daylight spilling into your room. By combining these inexpensive lighting kits with some painted muslin or solid color backdrops you will go a long way toward making your videos look like they were done in a professional studio.




Here’s a simple, inexpensive light kit. This retails on Amazon.com for $55.95





Here is a much more complete light kit: I like that it includes a hair or rim light. You’ll be paying more for this – $220 at Amazon.com.











Here is an inexpensive backdrop stand in case you want to add photo backdrops. It retails for $54.99 on Amazon.com.






Here is a very inexpensive setup which includes a backdrop holder and a black, a white and a green backdrop. You can get it at Amazon.com for $151.43.







I like this for a super budget package because it has two lights for the model (key and fill light) plus two lights so that you can even light your background for easy Chromakeying. It isn’t a ton of light buy is adequate and is super affordable.

Retails $169.99 at Amazon.com.






You can purchase additional painted backdrops like this for $24.95 at Amazon.com.


Beauty Box Video: Lose 10 Years In 1 Minute With Skin Smoothing Plugin From Digital Anarchy

June 21, 2012 by  
Filed under All Posts, Video Production

Beauty Box Video skin retouching plugin from Digital Anarchy gives you or your on-camera talent an incredible makeover in the editing process.

We went to one of our favorite areas at the NAB Show 2012 – the Plugin Pavilion – and came across this new plugin that incorporates state-of-the-art face detection and smoothing algorithms. I got the top “Digital Anarchist,” Jim Tiereney on-camera to share with you how this cool plugin does it.

In the video you’ll discover:

  • How well this plugin works;
  • What programs the plugin works with;
  • Where you can get it.

(If you’re unable to watch the video on this page, go to YouTube to view it.)

Whether it is used for a feature film, music video or a corporate talking head, Beauty Box Video is a powerful tool for any production that requires people to look their best.

See before/after skin smoothing examples yourself at Digital Anarchy’s website.

Besides looking your best, there are other ways you can get more comfortable on camera. I put together a 4 video course that I’m giving away FREE on a new site we built, Video Marketing Resource Center. That site is dedicated to helping you unleash the power of video marketing by offering resources, tips and training. When you sign up for the “Get Comfortable On Camera” course, you’ll automatically be enrolled in the Video Marketing 101 program and receive tips and tools on a regular basis.

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