DIY Performance Video Part 1: Pre-Production and the Shoot

DIY VideoAs I was filling my car with gas the other day, a television was blaring commercials to me at the pump. Video has become the ubiquitous window that allows us to glimpse the good, the bad, and plenty of the ugly aspects of 21st century life. According to the latest Nielsen Television Audience Report, there are now more televisions (2.93) in the average American household than there are people (2.54), and an average of two computers per four-member family. Read more…

What are Region Codes?

When DVDs were introduced, studios wanted the ability to combat piracy and control release dates throughout the world. As a result, region codes were developed. Region codes restrict where (what region of the world) a DVD can be viewed. Each area of the globe, or region, is assigned it’s own specific number or region code. The regions are as follows..Read more…

Music Library Buyer’s Guide – Music to Your Ears

Finding the right soundtrack for your video production can be a challenge and confusing. With the right direction and a better understanding of the process, giving your video production a happy and musically appropriate ending is easier than you may think. With all the work that goes into shooting and editing a video, constructing the perfect soundtrack may be the last thing on your mind. However, when the time comes to add that depth, flavoring and ambience to your scenes through music, you may find yourself without many options. Not to worry! Read more…

Fast Path to Blu-ray: Bruce Nazarian Interview, Part II

Bruce NazarianDespite justly being known as a digital jack-of-all-trades (aka Mr. Digital Guy), Bruce Nazarian thoroughly enjoys his vinyl collection, including many records he personally produced early in his rich and varied career. Much of his work has involved pushing the outer boundaries of creativity in the digital media realm – from pioneering achievements in direct-to-disk recording to evangelizing the potential and use of DVD and Blu-ray discs. Read more…

The Digital Guy: Bruce Nazarian Delivers His State of the Industry Address

Despite justly being known as a digital jack-of-all-trades (aka Mr. Digital Guy), Bruce Nazarian thoroughly enjoys his vinyl collection, including many records he personally produced early in his rich and varied career. Much of his work has involved pushing the outer boundaries of creativity in the digital media realm – from pioneering achievements in direct-to-disk recording to evangelizing the potential and use of DVD and Blu-ray discs. Read more…

Designing Custom DVD Menus: Part I

DVD authoring software makes it easy to create and design template-based DVD menus. But many of those templates have limitations and drawbacks that may produce a less-than-acceptable DVD menu. At some point you may need to abandon templates and create your own custom designed menu. This may seem intimidating at first, but if you have the design talent, it’s really not difficult at all. Read more…

From DV to DVD: Tips for Outstanding Results

From the time your video content has all been shot, acquired, and compiled, your post-production efforts are likely to include thoughts of DVD. DVD is an inexpensive, efficient way to deliver your work to your audience, whatever the content and purpose. Though you may have mastered some of the intricacies and challenges of production, getting your work onto DVD requires attention to some technical considerations that may be unfamiliar to you. Read more…

Blu-ray FAQ

Ready to jump into Blu-ray? Here is a brief FAQ to help you make an informed decision.
How does Blu-ray work? Larger capacity on Blu-ray discs is achieved through the use of a shorter wavelength laser as opposed the larger red laser used on SD DVDs. The blue laser allows BD to utilize smaller pits and lands than are used on SD DVDs. Pits and lands are the method by which information is stored on an optical disc. Because the pits and lands are smaller they can be placed closer together resulting in more information being stored on the same size disc. In conjunction with different optics and faster disc rotation, BD discs can store 5X more data than SD DVDs. Read more…

Finding Inspiration

Finding InspirationInspiration is the spark that fuels creative work. As a graphic designer and a musician, I know how easy/difficult it can be to find that spark. I don’t see inspiration as an object to be sought out in old books or in dusty corners of the internet. It’s something that needs to be found within, nurtured, and applied to your everyday life. The good thing is that inspiration comes from just about anywhere as long as you keep your mind hungry for it, and allow your experience and taste to guide you.

That being said, here are a few places that really put me in the mood to be inspired. Hint: If you’re looking for ideas for your next album package design, these are some great resources! Read more…

Where Social Meets Creative

Crowdsourcing is a relatively recent phenomenon – a means by which creative projects are performed by networked individuals whose geographic location on the planet is entirely irrelevant. If a contributor can log onto the internet, upload a file, and participate in an online forum, he or she has met the key requirements to participate. Taking advantage of bandwidth improvements for accessing the internet, social networking platform advances, and growing acceptance of cloud computing, crowdsourcing has gained a growing body of advocates and each new project completed serves as a further proof of concept. Read more…