Kobre & Kim – Teleconferencing Boardrooms

One great aspect of the AV Integration world is that each solution is unique, each client has specific requirements and in many cases, we get to work with them to create, design, install and maintain throughout the life of the system. This in turn challenges our team to think new, form relationships that last, and deliver excellence at each step of the journey. We all need meaning in our work life and to feel like we are helping people. In the case of this international law firm we are providing a bridge to communicate, face to face, around the globe. It’s the next best thing to being there. Check it out.

The New Canon COMPACT-SERVO Lens

 

Canon just introduced the newest member of the Compact-Servo lens family. The COMPACT-SERVO 70–200mm T4.4 EF lens combines high level 4K optical performance with a compact size of only 7.2 in. in length and a weight of only 2.76 lbs. provides outstanding mobility. Here are two videos about the lens:

 Canon COMPACT-SERVO 70-200mm T4.4 Lens Introduction

 Canon COMPACT-SERVO Family of Lenses

Acknowledging the need to control zoom, focus and iris, Canon has developed this zoom lens with full external servo control. The integrated servo drive unit is compatible with broadcast industry-standard lens controllers including Canon’s standard broadcast lens controllers (ZSD-300D/FPD-400D). The optional ZSG-C10 Zoom Servo Grip can mount to the lens for handheld operation.

Three levels of Image Stabilization and incorporated autofocus functions set the COMPACT-SERVO 70–200mm T4.4 EF lens apart from traditional Super 35mm Cinema lenses. A 9-blade iris creates a rounded aperture so out-of-focus highlights appear circular. The lens also features a 2.8x zoom magnification, a focal length range of 70–200mm and a 130º smooth rotating focus ring. The lens is also compatible with our Canon EF 1.4x III and EF 2x III Extenders. The 70–200mm T4.4 EF lens offers professional video functionality all at an affordable price, making it ideal for a wide range of video applications including documentary, cinema, news gathering, wedding and other video production.

Midtown Crew Spotlight

Photo Credit: Rebecca Dominquez

Hello and welcome! This is the first edition of our new Midtown Crew Spotlight blog! Once a month a Midtown crew member will be sitting down with our social media assistant, Kristina Rodriguez to answer some fun and inspiring questions. This is a 2-3 minute read and will brighten your day.

Employee Spotlight: Rebecca Dominguez, Senior Rental Technician

KR: What is your role at Midtown Video?
RD: Senior Rental Technician

KR: What are three words to best describe Midtown?
RD: Friendly Innovative Support

KR: What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had, before working at Midtown?
RD: Getting flown out to Texas to cover a professional football benefit/children’s outreach program. I was lucky enough to cover something that matters and travel at the same time.

KR: How has Midtown helped you in your career development?
RD: Advancing my camera knowledge.

KR: What has been your favorite project at Midtown?
RD: Taking photos at Midtown is the highlight of my time here, whether it’s promoting new products, introducing our crew members, or testing out a new camera; I’m in the zone and nothing could make me happier.

KR: What have you gained from working at Midtown?
RD: As a rental technician I have the ability to adapt to multiple camera set ups.

KR: What is your proudest moment at Midtown?
RD: When I understood the process beginning to end of live stream broadcasting.

KR: What advice do you have for prospective Midtown Video candidates?
RD: Watch this video… Talent VS Skill

KR: What is your favorite line from a movie?
RD: Clever girl. – Jurassic Park

KR: What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
RD: Maui

KR: What is your favorite quote?
RD: The only way to predict the future is to invent it.

KR: Who is your favorite late night show host?
RD: I don’t watch any. My bedtime is strictly 10:00 PM.

KR: Do you have an office nickname? What is it?
RD: Becca.

KR: Motto or personal mantra?
RD: C’est la vie.

KR: If your house was burning down, what is the one non-living thing you would save?
RD: My Nikon D5000.

KR: What do you like to do in your spare time?
RD: I like to be close to the water… “She loved the sea, the vastness of the horizons; it made her feel small, but free as well.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

KR: What did you want to be as a child?
RD: Music Video Director. I got my first still camera in the 2nd grade, and in 5th grade my first Sony Camcorder. I still have those cameras. I would edit videos by playing back from my camera using RCA cables and recording cuts with my VCR. I probably still have those videos.

KR: What is the one thing you can’t live without?
RD: My phone calendar, because organization is the key to saving time and increasing efficiency.

KR: What is your favorite meal?
RD: Seafood. Yum!

KR: What has been the most important innovation or discovery you have witnessed in your lifetime?
RD: Smart phones.

KR: What music is on your playlist?
RD: Country, 90s pop, electric trap, pop, acoustic, classical.

KR: Which one would you want most: flying cars, robot housekeepers or moon cities?
RD: Robot housekeepers

KR: What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
RD: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

Next time you’re at Midtown Video make sure you let Becca know how much you enjoyed her interview!

Come back next month for another awesome edition of Midtown Crew Spotlight! Let us know if you have a specific question you want answered from our crew members.

Vous Church – creativity moves you

If you’ve ever visited a neighborhood called Wynwood in Miami, you probably noticed a creative energy in the environment. The vibe permeates the colorful art galleries, trendy stores, gourmet eating joints and of course the imaginative murals covering the exterior walls. There’s no better people watching in the entire “305” – body art, piercings, fashion statements and all. So, on Sunday it is no surprise to find the hippest church where parishioners participate in a service with live music, liturgy, and sermons led by Pastor Rich, an enthusiastic cleric that could double for Leo DiCaprio. Have I got your attention? Read more here

Everyone Wants to Stream Live on Facebook

Midtown Video just made that happen for tattoo artist and star of Miami Ink, Ami James. He hosted an eight week Facebook Live sponsored show called Mystery Tattoo. Danish production company Drive Studios hired us to provide the live streaming services, a critical component of the show. Our early adoption of live streaming techniques used on the monthly .videoshow with Jesse Miller for five years got us the gig.

 

While working on Mystery Tattoo we were faced with many challenges. One was the low internet bandwidth from the tattoo parlor where we were streaming. We overcame that by splitting the stream across wifi, LAN, and 4G LTE data using the LiveU Solo encoder.

The recent release of Facebook’s live delivery platform is creating demand for live television content that looks professional and broadcast worthy. Facebook is enlisting high end production companies to offer compelling content that attracts viewers. Mystery Tattoo episodes garnered more than a million views. This live streaming phenom is resonating with our customers and we have been getting many requests to provide reliable streaming services as well as creating studios for them to produce on their own. Read more about Mystery Tattoo on our Projects page.

St. Brendan High School, Miami, FL – The expanding world of video integration.

Video is seeping into every part of our lives, thank goodness. After all, it is how I have grown my career since graduating college at the University of Miami with a B.A. in Mass Communication. At the time, the only place I could get a job was at a television station. And, the news and engineering departments were the only options for applying. Now, video has expanded into schools, business, entertainment, hospitality, worship, and of course, social media.  We just finished a beautiful installation of a large video wall and studio control space for St. Brendan High School not far from Midtown Video in Miami. The school building is brand new and nothing you would expect if you went to high school in the last century like some of us. Please check out this project – a 98 panel video wall for an innovative high school.

Germain Arena Upgrades

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A champion Eastern Conference Hockey League team plays in a sleepy suburb of Fort Myers, Florida? I am a Miami native and proud sports fan but knew little about the Florida Everblades. We had the exciting challenge and pleasure to upgrade the Germain Arena video production system. Now they can shoot, stream, and broadcast in HD with live slo-mo replay just in time for the start of the season. Get the details here.

Island Luck’s Good Fortune

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We are lucky to be in Miami with accessibility to the beautiful tropical islands of the Caribbean. Business conversations flow like balmy sea breezes as we get to know the unique island cultures and people. Hearing a myriad of accents is an added bonus when I meet up with clients from Jamaica, Trinidad, or the Turks and Caicos. One of our most recent projects took our crews to the Bahamas, Nassau to be exact.

Island Luck, a significant gaming company in the Bahamas, launched ILTV Studio with the help of Midtown Video. Television production is a new direction for Island Luck. Now that they can televise their Quick Draw game, the first televised three-ball game in the country, they have a competitive advantage over others in the gaming industry.

Island Luck’s good fortune is spreading throughout the island nation. In the words of their CEO, Sebas Bastian, the new studio will “provide job opportunities in…production.” The company is also looking to offer internships with the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) and College of the Bahamas (COB) for students to further their education in television production.

To see more info on this project click here

DJI Ronin Handheld Stabilizer in Demand

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AG TV’s DP, Gustavo Acosta and Jesse Miller went over all the features of this amazing rig outfitted with the Canon C300 camera. I asked Gustavo why he picked the Ronin over other options and he said, “For me, this is the most excellent tool for incredibly smooth shots and that’s what my clients require. This is what the professionals are asking for; exceptional image quality and silky, stable shooting.” I caught up with Gustavo after working with the University of Miami Hurricane Basketball team on their way to March Madness. Go ‘Canes!

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5 Things You Should Know To Keep Your Gear Secure

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The Production Equipment Rental Group, part of ESTA has developed a highly informative plan to help stop equipment theft. Our organization has spent countless hours researching theft and fraud in the production industry resulting in arrests and returning gear to the owners. Consider joining ESTA/PERG. And, read about the 5 Tips to keep your gear safe.