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


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


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


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!


5 Things You Should Know To Keep Your Gear Secure


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.

PERG Meeting and Hamilton in NYC

Wow, since studying broadcast journalism at the University of Miami, working at television stations, production companies, and my own business for more years than I care to admit , I am lucky to be able to say “I love what I do!” I recently represented Midtown Video as a council member of the ESTA/PERG, Production Equipment Rental Group. Our Advisory Council is made up of some of the most sincere, hard-working professionals in the camera and lighting rental industry as well as associate members such as insurance providers and manufacturers.

Panavision hosted our meeting and it was eye-opening to experience the vibe of another rental company. We spent the day working on programs and benefits PERG is providing to the members. You can see the more here- http://www.esta.org/join/membershipbenefits.html.  After the meeting we hosted our third annual Oktoberfest party for PERG and AICP members and guests at a restaurant in the theater district. This joint venture brings together our members and customers in an informal setting where we can share ideas and get to know each other better.


Of course, a trip to NYC is not complete without a Broadway experience and here’s where my trip continued the WOW factor. We got tickets to the buzzy play Hamilton in advance because I had a connection to the Tony and Grammy award-winning Music Director and Orchestrator, Alex Lacamoire. When he was about fourteen years old, he was the pianist in residence at my parents’ eight week summer camp in Central Florida. He played all the camp songs during campfires, skits, and musicals and accompanied the campers during talent night and other activities. It was a thrill to see him on Broadway! Hamilton blew me away. History well told by rap music, with fly dancers, and revolutionary casting and staging. It is bound for more Tony’s and awards.

Great times in the Big Apple.  Loved every minute.

Changing the Face of Medicine with A/V Technology at Baptist South Miami Hospital

If you’re familiar with popular hospital shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, then you’ve probably seen how young doctors and medical students learn on the field. The shows depict aspiring doctors viewing procedures behind glass walls while seasoned surgeons complete complicated surgeries. The students and surgeons at Baptist South Miami Hospital used a similar method until recently. However, since we teamed up with the hospital, we’ve made some serious modifications to the way they interact with young doctors and experts.

The New Surgical Training Suite

In the spring Baptist South Miami Hospital reached out to Midtown Video to task us with creating a link between a surgical training room and two 21st century operating rooms. The goal was for doctors performing surgeries to interact with and answer student’s questions – while they watched in a different room using monitors and audio equipment. The hospital also wanted to be able to video teleconference with other doctors in remote locations outside the hospital.

What we did was design a very complex audio/video system that allowed two-way communication from the operating room, classroom and “mock” operating room. All three rooms are now able to view and listen to each other thanks to multiple cameras and monitors installed. This is exceptional because students watching in the classroom can ask questions while they watch a live surgery in the operating room AND students in the “mock” operating room can also ask questions while they simulate surgeries during training.

Everyone is learning because everyone is able to communicate in real time, and that’s a beautiful thing.

The project took months to complete, but we love providing solutions to challenging projects! Our team worked nights and weekends, around scheduled surgeries and even worked around the medical tech team’s busy schedules  – all while meeting antiseptic requirements.

The completion of this project changes the face of medicine. Doctors can now videoconference and collaborate from different hemispheres and students have more access to their educators.

Here’s some of the equipment used to complete this project:

  • Sharp AQUOS monitors
  • Crestron Control systems
  • Polycom conferencing equipment
  • Chief mounts

To learn more about the different AV and IT projects we’ve provided solutions for click here.