Archive for Video

Blu-Ray/HD

In 2006, my Dad and I purchased an HD DVD player. For reasons unknown I felt that that was the better decision at the time. But we bit the bullet on that investment as Blu-Ray won the HD media player battle. Then in 2009 I bought a Playstation 3. I could have gone with an X-Box 360, but I liked that the PS3 had the ability to play Blu-Rays.

Whenever I went into Best Buy I would stop at an endcap display that contained a Sony Bravia TV hooked up to a Blu-Ray player. It was 1080p HDTV with 120 HZ TruMotion capability. Essentially it blurs and smooths motion on the TV. So I eventually bought an LG HDTV with the same features. The new TV and the PS3/Blu-Ray went together splendidly. The picture was so sharp, and the motion was so smooth. I was in awe. Thats when the collection process began.

My first Blu-Ray I purchased was Step Brothers. I used to be intimidated by the higher cost of Blu-Rays and the fact they only came with Blu-Ray discs. But progressively the prices have declined and are coming in Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital Copy combo packs for a little over $20. Plus with my taste in movies usually being big, epic, sweeping blockbusters with beautiful cinematography, I figured it’d be worth the money.

Lately I’ve been on a big Blu-Ray kick. Mainly because I’ve started to get back into movies, having finished marathons of several of my favorite TV Shows. I’ve started to replace some of my favorite movies such as Apollo 13, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Boondock Saints, Kingdom of Heaven, the Transformers trilogy, Avatark etc. I’ve also started purchasing Blu-Ray packs. I bought the 9-disc Star Wars Blu-Ray trilogy, The Pacific, and most recently 15-disc The Lord of the Rings trilogy extended edition. The Blu-Rays I’m looking forward to getting are The Five Year Engagement, Titanic, and possibly the Hunger Games.

HTML / CSS

In high school I started to get into HTML / CSS and website design. I took several classes where I learned basic skills in coding and HTML. However, I took a few years off from webpage design in between my high school class and college class. I forgot most of the basics, so it was like starting from scratch.

In the class I took this past semester, I’ve really enjoyed re-learning what I had forgotten. I also have benefited from learning new things as well, especially CSS. I’ve had a YouTube page since 2006, so I’ve had some web presence. I had been meaning to create an official website for years, I just didn’t understand hosting. Until I took this class, and figured out how.

I secured my domain name, chrishansenproductions.com, and began to upload files via an FTP server. This was the start of the creation of my official website for my business, Chris Hansen Productions. After we learned how to write HTML and CSS coding, we began to use WordPress. Then I installed my theme and went to work creating the look of the website.

I embedded a lot of my videos from my YouTube and Facebook accounts, which are acting as my demo reel for the moment. I still have countless videos to upload and embed on my site. I am hoping to use this website both as a platform to secure future business opportunities, and professional networking opportunities as well, in hopes of securing employment.

I like programs like photoshop, and video editing. I like to be able to tweak and manipulate the product until I get it just perfect, I’ve found that website design is very similar. I hope to continue learning more about HTML / CSS and webpage design. My website is good for starters, but over time I will attempt to make it a reliable, and fluid tool for marketing, networking, and business purposes. It’s kind of exciting putting this site together for the purpose of getting my work out there, in hopes of getting a job and entering the real world.

Dream Jobs

I have many passions, and have a diverse set of skills when it comes to video production. I’d like to share with you several potential dream jobs i’d love to have. I have been the Video Coordinator for Drake football team for the past 4 years. I have had an unbelievable experience during my time at Drake. I’ve traveled all over the country filming football games. The access that Drake Football has provided me has been second to none for getting high quality video.

I would very much like to continue doing something similar, but on the professional level. My number one dream job would be to work for NFL Films (or HBO Sports). I was inspired by Hardknocks: Training Camp with the New York. I like football, and I love video production, so the combination of the two would be amazing.

My second dream job would be an MLB broadcast camera operator. I absolutely love baseball, and I love watching it on TV. So again, combining the two would be ideal. Also, to work at a Major League ballpark everyday would be perfect, given my love of sports architecture. I can take my experience working on sports broadcasting crews and apply it in the real world. And I would get to travel a lot, which is also something I’m passionate about. I think that would be a very fun and satisfactory.

Having the opportunity to work in the film industry would be like fulfilling a childhood dream. I feel like I have a cinematic vision, I’ve just lacked the proper tools and equipment (i.e. cameras, cranes, etc), so I’ve had to do the best with what I’ve had. As a professional Director of Photography or Cinematographer, you are responsible for the look and feel of a film. To create the look of a major motion picture film would be another dream job.

I’ve been editing video since I was in middle school, to do it on the professional level would be very fulfilling. When editing, its like putting a puzzle together. As an editor, you have a great influence on the final product of a film or video. I like that kind of pressure. Plus getting your name in the credits would be an incredible feeling. I would be proud to show my friends and family my work on the big screen or on TV. Doing anything in the film industry, or getting the opportunity to work with any of my heros or idols would be a true dream come true.

Michael Bay and Ron Howard’s use of camera cranes has inspired me because those are my favorite kinds of shots. You can start high and wide, and drive the camera all the way into a tight close up. The camera crane is so versatile, you can do almost any kind of shot with it. I’ve tried to build by own, and failed tragically. If I had the opportunity to be a camera crane operator either in the film industry, or television or at least incorporate those kinds of shots into my films would be an experience i’ve been looking forward to for a long time.

Aviation is always something I’ve been interested in. I’ve always loved to fly. When I watched Black Hawk Down, part of me wanted to learn how to fly helicopters. Aerial cinematography is often my favorite parts of films and videos. If I could either be a camera helicopter pilot or to be an aerial cinematographer / camera operator will be a thrill of a lifetime. As long as the camera is moving, I am happy. These are a few of my dream jobs. If I am able to do any of these in my lifetime it would be the ultimate satisfaction.

Duplication Media

Earlier this year I took a job at company called Duplication Media. I found out about the company after my Mom got my baby videos converted from tape to DVD. While our most common service is VHS to DVD transfer, we are capable of doing much more than that. We can take old 8mm films, develop them, then put them on DVD. We also can take almost any kind of tape (Digital 8, Hi8, VHS-C, VHS, MiniDV, BETA, etc) and put it on DVD.

We also provide a lot of audio services as well. We can take casette tapes or reel to reel and put them on CD. We also do audio editing. We scan developed still photos, or we can scan negative 35mm film slides. Video editing and slideshows are another service we offer. Duplication Media is flexible, reliable and capable of completing any media service you can think of. If we can’t, we find a way.

It is easily the most interesting job I’ve ever had. You never know who is going to come in the door, or what they are going to bring in. The most common item brought in are old family tapes, especially of babies or children growing up. People also bring in old films, which we outsource for development. The most recent notable project was when a man brought in pictures and videos of him and his family. I didn’t directly work on the project but when we watched the final product, it looked as if his wife had cancer. He had us create a picture/video slideshow for their wedding anniversary. It was a truly riveting experience, and the customer loved it. Hopefully we made a product that had an impact on someones life.

Thats a part of video production that I love. Being able to capture or bring back good memories for people. It makes me feel good when I can impact someones life in a good way. If you have any media duplication needs  give us a call or stop by the store!

New Camera

SEARCH FOR NEW CAMERA

The official camera of Chris Hansen Productions for the past 6 years has kicked the bucket. It was a Sony HDR-HC3, which captured video at a very crisp 1080i. It was a useful tool for my video productions over the years. However, as I have learned more about cameras I eventually outgrew the HDR-HC3. As a consumer grade camcorder it posed several challenges when it was being used for more professional purposes.

Sony is known for not outsourcing their accessories to be produced by 3rd party vendors. Because of this, for example, the only external, wireless microphone attachment available for the HDR-HC3 was a Sony Bluetooth wireless microphone for over $200. Another issue I had with the camera was the focus ring, or in this case, the lack of a focus ring, which made manual focus almost impossible. In order to adjust any settings manually, you would have to scroll through the touch screen menus, which tended to be very inconvenient. The easiest way to operate the camera was when everything was set on automatic, which wasn’t appropriate for some settings especially in low light situations. Overall, the camera suited my needs perfectly. However, now as a professional I will require more advanced features and settings from my camera.

I am in search of a low end professional camera, with an adjustable iris, and duo XLR audio inputs (among other features). These are important because two of the most common and most difficult parts of producing quality video is capturing quality light and sound. I shoot a lot of weddings, and no two weddings are the same especially when it comes to this. With a consumer camera with fully automatic settings, you loose a lot of control over what you are capturing.

My search for a new camera has only just began. I’ve been fortunate to be able to use Drake University’s cameras during the past two football seasons. I would love to have cameras of that caliber but they are easily over $5000, which is way out of my price range. The picture of the second camera is similar to the kind my roommate had freshman year. This would be a perfect example of what I’m looking for, however, I don’t remember the exact model number. I am open to suggestions from any media professionals who know their way around a camera. As my search continues, I am open to suggestions from people who have good ideas on what model or brand to look for. Please comment below!

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