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SVG NITCO Production Equipment

There were a few very interesting factors that contributed to the video marketing company Skillman Video Group’s most recent Boston video production shoot. The equipment used during the time spent filming at NITCO tailored nicely to the specific type of video production site. Three factors came into play as SVG was shooting that enabled the video production day to run much more efficiently.

Steady Camera Suit

Steady Camera Suit

Steady Camera Suit

Being a production company in Boston, Skillman Video Group can receive a wide range of clients that require certain equipment to be filmed at the optimum value. A steady camera suit was used specifically at this video production site, which permitted a quick and “steady” film process. A back brace and waistbands were used to support the weight of the camera, which allowed for our Boston videographer to move swiftly around the warehouse capturing all the moving parts in the shot. This was a great piece of equipment to have as part of our video production services because the quality of the shots recorded were professional and swift for a one minute and 30 second requested video. Using the steady camera suit gave the videographer just the right amount of mobility while still capturing expert shots.

External Mobil Monitor

External Monitor

External Monitor

On this video production site, SVG decided that it would be a great idea to have an external monitor set up for the producer and the clients benefits. This external monitor was streaming live feed via Bluetooth from the camera being used. The advantages of this during the production were fantastic because it enabled the clients to have a better view of the shots the camera man was getting and allowed the producer to see a better idea of what we would be working with in the editing room. This external monitor was a fantastic addition to the production set and created a cohesive environment between the camera and the audience during this Boston video production.

No Lighting Needed

Steady Camera Suit

NITCO Production

Since the warehouse Skillman Video Group was filming in was nicely lighted, there was no need to have external lighting supporting the shots being filmed. This was an advantage for our Boston videographer and producer because we were able to move quickly around the site and obtain the shots needed for the client. Without this external equipment and an effective mobile camera suit, our video production services were optimized fully. This production was technically very effective with NITCO and worked to SVG’s advantage.

Skillman Videography Group LLC specializes in Boston video production services. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.

Protecting Equipment from The Environment

Before starting your next Boston video production shoot, there are several potential obstacles to keep in mind that are all related to the environment. Be it water, wind, or heat, Skillman Video Group has a few tips for protecting your equipment from environmental hazards.

Wind

You have to be ready for wind any time you record audio outside of a controlled environment.

Professional Video Production Corporation

A controlled environment.

This point isn’t really about potential damage to equipment but more so about the quality of your video production projects. An audience can generally tune out white noise, but all the nuances in wind patterns can be easily noticeable and often times distracting when it takes over an audio recording. As much as possible, do your best to minimize the gain levels of a recording device, especially in a windy area. For these scenarios, it is best to attach a wind sock, fuzzy, etc., to filter out the wind.

Rain/Mist

Rain is always a hazard when carrying electronic equipment, but mist is definitely more applicable when a video production company is working at a harbor or in a beach area. Harbor Video ProductionThe danger of mist is that the water comes horizontally, so it is much harder to prevent mist water from getting into equipment compartments than rainwater. Also note that the caution against water also applies to lights. When it comes to professional-grade lights on a set (tungsten, LED, etc.), water collecting on a bulb can cause it to fizzle out, pop, and possibly spark a fire. In many cases, it will be necessary to find a pocket of cover under a building or an outside tent area if it is completely impossible to avoid the water.

Snow/Ice

For Boston especially, think about snow in the winter and how ice can be dangerous to both the equipment and crew members. During winter, be sure that all crew members are properly equipped with gloves and winter boots with good traction. The last thing you want is a camera operator to slip and tumble with an expensive camera in tow. Keep in mind that snow will melt the second it touches your equipment, so it may be ill-advised to film something during a snow flurry or blizzard.

Heat

When possible, always store video production equipment in covered areas with plenty of shade. If an electronic device is left out in the sun for too long, it may malfunction when you need it most due to overheating. There are increasingly more options available for insulated equipment bags, satchels, etc. If you are doing live event videography and are unable to take breaks in the shade, you can carry around an umbrella or similar cover to block direct sunlight.

Skillman Videography Group LLC specializes in Boston video production services. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.