Last month we shot and live-streamed a training seminar for Greenpeace as part of their #SummerOfResistance program. Shot on Canon C300s, we cut the video and added graphics and commercials on the Tricaster 460, recording and streaming to thousands of viewers on Facebook Live. Led by Greenpeace organizers, the video provides resources and training for creative, non-violent action. Overall it was a big success, reaching over 200,000 people on Facebook and inspiring action around the country.
Live-stream shoots need to be meticulously planned and executed since there’s only one shot at delivering a polished product. With dozens of successful live-streams under our belts here at Studio B, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and guarantee peace of mind that our experienced crews will deliver high quality production value for any budget. Our client Dan from Greenpeace left us a great review: “As for the pieces I was involved with – working with you was very easy, even on a tight timeline things ran smoothly and you made yourselves available to lend your personal thoughts and opinions to our project. We really appreciated this. We also appreciated how patient and straight forward the coordination process was and your willingness to answer our questions in a timely manner. I also heard rave reviews from staff who worked directly with you and the rest of the team on Sunday.”
“The truth is, there has never been a better time to embrace live streaming. Audiences are watching more streamed content than ever. Plus, the costs are within reach of even modest budgets.”
We’re big proponents of live-streaming. Whether it’s a business conference, awards ceremony, sporting event, concert, or comedy show, there’s a huge value in delivering the video content directly to your viewers in real-time over the web. Newtek, the company that makes the Tricaster system that we use for most of our webcasts, put together a great short ebook that covers the benefits of live-streaming and seven lessons for those looking to get more out of their content using live-streaming. While the ebook is targeted towards video professionals, it’s got several great lessons for all businesses and content producers.
For example, lesson #3 is about driving greater engagement with social media. Here’s a brief excerpt:
“In an age of ever-increasing social media engagement, it’s crazy not to take advantage. Failing to join in means you won’t be able to take part in conversations about your programs. As a result, you’ll always be at least one step removed from the active, engaged audience that every sponsor and rights owner values.”
As a producer/director, I’ve traveled around the world putting together dozens of video crews ranging from small documentary teams to large commercial productions, so I know how challenging it can be to put a great crew together.
Here are nine helpful tips for assembling the right small crew and creating a good vibe for a successful shoot.
New in rentals are the Westcott Flex Lights. Lightweight and powerful, these fixtures have the “flexibility” to light all kinds of scenes. Each light is constructed of an LED array on a soft panel that can either attach to a square frame for support or stand alone in unique lighting situations.
All of the Westcott Flex Lights are impressively bright and generate significantly less heat than fresnel or HMI lighting sources. And with a super low weight and profile, the panels easily mount anywhere — handy in very tight setups.
The Westcott Flex Light Travel Kit includes everything you need to set up two 1×1’ soft light sources. With dimming options, battery power and adjustable color temperature, this kit is perfect for setting up quick interviews or adding light to “run and gun” productions. Studio B also offers a 2×2’ daylight balanced Flex Light for situations that require higher output.
The lighting systems come with frames, diffusion, dimmers and adjustable ball joints compatible with baby pin mounts.
Ever tripped a breaker trying to plug too many lights into a house circuit? Check out this video that covers guidelines for where to plug in different lights (along with the basics of house circuitry), featuring local gaffer and Studio B favorite Alan Steinheimer. For more videos like this, we recommend watching the rest of Luke Seerveld’s “Meet the Gaffer” series on Youtube where he covers a wide range of gaffing and grip techniques and information.
We’re as happy as everyone else that 2016 is finally over, but we’re also excited to look back and take stock of what was yet another successful year in rentals. We ran the numbers and pulled our top ten most rented items of the year, judging by quantity of rentals in the context of respective equipment categories.
One note: we left out grip equipment here, because c-stands, sandbags, stingers and the like never go out of style, (and would dominate the list). So besides that, and in no particular order, here are the top ten most rented items of 2016:
Studio B is in the VR game these days, shooting and stitching 360-degree video for the web, mobile, or VR headsets like the Oculus Rift. Check out our non-interactive reel above to see some samples of 360° videos we shot recently.
We’re especially excited about the possibilities that Virtual Reality presents and have been experimenting extensively with 360-degree rigs and VR storytelling. While not the right medium for every story, when your goal is to drop the audience into an immersive experience and take them to places that they would otherwise not have access, we think there’s nothing quite like VR. It’s truly an amazing tool.
We are offering 360° camera rentals as well as services such as concepting, shooting, stitching, and editing VR footage. To read about the services we offer and possible video applications for 360, check out this page here. To rent our GoPro Omni 360° camera rig, go to this page here or give us a call!
Here it is, the new demo reel showing off our event services here at Studio B Films. Along with our full service creative video production, we also offer live multi-camera production, webcasting, event coverage, onsite interviews, event openers and sizzle videos.
Check out our Live Events and Webcasting page here, and call today to shoot and webcast your next big event!
Need to learn how to set up the DJI Ronin gimbal stabilizer, but don’t want to sit through endless tutorials that take forever to get to the point? Here’s our Quick Setup video guide to the Ronin. Learn the basics of balancing this awesome tool in a little over two minutes. Make sure to download the DJI Assistant app to your phone for full control.
Everything you could ask for in a soft keylight. Extremely high light output with full control over hue, saturation, intensity, and color temperature from 2,800-10,000K. Rental comes with ballast and cables, standard diffusion panel, Chimera softbox, and combo stand.