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The Dos and Don’ts of Hiring a Video Production Crew

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You’re organizing a video project, and your next step is to find the right video production crew to bring your vision to life. But how do you find a crew? From expectations and experience to budget and timeline, we’ve put together a list of tips for hiring a video production crew.

DO vet the crews

When looking for the right video production crew for your project, past experience is a huge selling (or non-selling) point. If the crews you’re considering have a portfolio of work, take some time to go through each project. Listen to the sound carefully, pay attention to transitions, and rate the overall project. This will help you compare and contrast crews you’re interviewing.

DON’T book a crew without experience

You might have a project with a small budget, but that doesn’t mean you have to temper your expectations in order to find the right crew. As always, do you due diligence and fully vet crews until you find the right one. The quality of work can and should be high enough for your needs.

DO pay what the project is worth

As you decide on the budget for your project’s video production crew, keep in mind that you want to pay what the project is worth to you. If this project will represent your company and potentially bring in sales, the quality needs to be high. If this project will be available for the world to view, you want to make sure the outcome won’t embarrass you. Put a hefty budget toward your crew, and your project could bring in a high ROI.

DON’T wait until the last minute to hire

Unless you’re organizing a project with a quick turnaround, you don’t need to rush the process of hiring a crew. Much like hiring a qualified employee to come work at your company, hiring a crew for your project can take time. You’ll want to make sure their experience, availability, and understanding of your project are in line with your expectations before a contract is signed.

DO use a reputable crewing agency

Hiring the right crew might seem daunting. You might not have enough time to search for video production crews online, and you likely have other tasks to complete to support the project. In comes Crew Connection. Think of us as your personal matchmaker for bringing your project and the right crew together.

We assess your project’s needs including your timeline, the location (domestic or international), the needs of the project, and your budget. We then search through our database of qualified crews and deliver them to your inbox. Crew Connection has Audio Techs, Video Photographers, Field Producers, Post-Production, Drone Operators and much more. All of our crews have been fully vetted based on a variety of stringent qualifications. From there, you can get to know your top crew selections and decide which one is right for you.

Learn more about Crew Connection, and let us match you with the right crew for your project!

Meet Dani, our newest Crew Coordinator

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We are happy to introduce the newest team member. Clients and crews can look forward to working with Dani Lyman on future projects.

 

Crew Connection: Where did you grow up?

Dani Lyman: I grew up all over the place! My family’s from the Bronx, so we took those NY roots and culture with us to Miami, Detroit, Denver and Phoenix. I’ve also spent some time in Hawaii and Portland. I went to Film School in Scottsdale and graduated from ASU, so I probably consider Arizona my “home.” 

 

CC: What were you doing before you joined Crew Connection?

DL: I worked in the freelance video production and sports broadcast world. I worked often as a Production Coordinator and a writer for the video side and as a Producer or Graphics Operator on the Sports Broadcast side. 

I worked for fantastic companies like Pro Angle Media, Mountain West, MLB, ESPN, Mayo Clinic, SheKnows and more. I got to travel quite a bit, build my skills and experience and really explore my interests. 

 

CC: What made you decide to get into video production?

DL: My dad was an artist and my mom is a natural photographer. I think I was born with this gene and this need to see the world through a frame and share that vision. I was obsessed with art, images, music, writing–any kind of creative medium and I was dying to find my outlet and way of contributing or being connected to it all. 

I had this idea that film and video is the medium that connects all the arts together. It uses composition, lighting, music, writing, movement and editing to drive home an emotion, impact an audience, make you feel or believe something. Whether it’s a short comedy vlog, a film or a commercial–you get to use all these creative elements to tell a story and share a message. 

I wanted to be a part of that. 

 

CC: Do you have any pets?

DL: I have Lil Bit, a.k.a., Da Baby Kitties. He’s a sweet and fluffy black Ragdoll cat and he’s been my best buddy and travel companion for 13 years. He’s kind of my favorite thing. 

I also have a rescue Boxer named Champion who is super quirky and too adorable for words. He’s the best. It’s been amazing to watch him heal and develop his personality after the rough life he had before.

 

CC: What’s the best movie you’ve seen recently?

DL: I’ve seen Life three times in the last year. I love it. It’s really beautifully shot and kept me on the edge of my set the whole time. It felt like an experience. I want more movies like that!

 

CC: What’s your favorite classic movie?

DL: Tombstone. Best, most quotable movie ever. I am obsessed with it and have been since I was 9 years old. Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday is one of my favorite performances of all time. Anyone who knows me knows I can talk about this movie forever. So I’ll just stop now.

 

CC: Who have you been listening to lately?

DL: My music tastes are across the board, but these artists are always on my playlist:

The Revivalists, NeedToBreathe, Chris Stapleton,  Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Leon Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Marshmello, NF, Flume, Aokay and Jidenna.

 

CC: What’s the last concert you went to?

DL: Gary Clark Jr. at the Ogden in Denver. Blew my mind. 

 

CC: Are there any other questions that you have cool answers to I haven’t asked?

DL: I’m really passionate about writing. I would say it is my “art.” I won an awesome comedy award in LA for my first screenplay and now I’m finishing up my second, more of an Indie Drama, to submit to festivals this season. I also mentor young writers and just taught my first screenwriting workshop! 

 

About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a suite of marketing tools at your fingertips. Get your demo reels, stills, gear, awards, and more in front of the biggest clients all over the world—for free. At Crew Connection we pay video and post production providers within 30 days of receiving your invoice so your work and your life are never interrupted. Need live assistance or want to add quality jobs to your pipeline? Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock. Sign in to Crew Connection, call 303-526-4900, or email info@crewconnection.com.

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Featured Crew: AV1 Productions

Featured Crew: AV1 Productions 960 720 Heidi McLean

At Crew Connection, we only work with the best of the best. If they’re on our database, it’s because they get the job done. Amir Valinia at AV1 Productions is no exception. Our team loves working with him because he accommodates every shoot size and truly goes above and beyond for our clients.

We talked with Valinia to find out more. Here’s what we learned:

 

Crew Connection: What’s your story?

Before knowing where he wanted to land, Valinia was an engineering major in college. One radio/TV class changed his course completely and he graduated with a BA in communications. Valinia said, “Best move I ever made!”

 

CC: What sets you apart?

Valinia feels very lucky to be able to be one of the few who truly does what he loves for a living. He even goes so far as to say that it doesn’t feel like work to him. Being able to work at a different location and on different types of productions each feels like being on vacation. The variety and constantly having a new “office” (which may end up being a beach!) and new people, cultures, and projects to work on keeps it interesting.

Valinia has worn many different hats on many different projects and understands each production department better for it. He uses that knowledge to provide better service and easier solutions for their production needs.

 

CC: What gear do you use most often?

The Sony A7SII! Its size and portability, along with with the fact that it shoots beautifully in low light makes it a top pick.Valinia had one shoot by a lake after the sun had already gone down. Even though they could only see black with their eyes, the camera captured an image that looked like dusk.

 

The bottom line

With services offered from Dallas to San Antonio, Valinia is a phenomenal Texas production resource we are always book confidently.

 

About AV1 Productions:

Director Amir Valinia is passionate about the creation of purposeful and transformational film and video. As the President of AVl Productions, he has steadily worked as a Director in the entertainment industry on various commercials, TV shows, music videos and feature films.

About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a suite of marketing tools at your fingertips. Get your demo reels, stills, gear, awards, and more in front of the biggest clients all over the world—for free. At Crew Connection we pay video and post production providers within 30 days of receiving your invoice so your work and your life are never interrupted. Need live assistance or want to add quality jobs to your pipeline? Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock. Sign in to Crew Connection, call 303-526-4900, or email info@crewconnection.com.

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When extreme winter sports and creative filmmaking collide

When extreme winter sports and creative filmmaking collide 3000 1909 Heidi McLean

The season is coming to a close, but at its peak, winter sports are where it’s at here in Colorado. Some businesses even have a powder-day clause. This post is a celebration of what happens when two of our favorite thingscreative filmmaking and extreme winter sports–collide.

Candide Thovex is the only person who can make a cliffside parachute skier seem tame. Whatever he does, when Candide Thovex dons a GoPro and some skis: get ready for the ride of a lifetime. Hint: stealing a horse is the least of it. Another epic ski video featuring a camel but no snow, will also leave skiers itching for a powder day and filmmakers scratching their heads.

Even after a look behind the scenes, anyone who spends time behind a camera will still be left trying to figure out how it was all done.

Below are some of the behind the scenes images from Candide Thovex’s Instagram account.

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About Crew Connection

Crew Connection puts a suite of marketing tools at your fingertips. Get your demo reels, stills, gear, awards, and more in front of the biggest clients all over the world—for free. At Crew Connection we pay video and post production providers within 30 days of receiving your invoice so your work and your life are never interrupted. Need live assistance or want to add quality jobs to your pipeline? Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock. Sign in to Crew Connection, call 303-526-4900, or email info@crewconnection.com.

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How to nail your creative video pitch for internal clients

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As the internal creative agency bidding for a project, you know the brand as well as anyone and you cross paths with the decision makers every day. That doesn’t mean you should approach it like a sure thing. Here are some ways to nail the creative video pitch, and make sure the project remains an inside job.

 

6 tips to nail your creative video pitch

 

1. Use your intimacy and access to your advantage 

Nobody knows a company and its brand better than the people who eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You know  the vision, the budget restrictions, and the decision makers’ likes and dislikes. You know which of the past campaigns accomplished the goal and which ones fell flat. As an insider, you have a unique position of internal knowledge and access. Keep everything you know in mind and use it to your advantage as you create your pitch.

2. Understand the project fully 

Take enough time to understand the project completely—the audience, the goal, the tone, etc. Ask questions. Once you understand it well, gather your creative team to brainstorm. Start with all the ideas, even if they’re terrible. Once you have a list of about 20 that feel like they have some meat, start picking them apart to find the holes.

3. Develop your ideas fully 

Take the top three ideas that made it through the gauntlet and develop them as well as you can among your internal team. Research reference materials for inspiration. From there, present the ideas to your colleagues as well as people unfamiliar with the company and product. Their questions and feedback will reveal where the holes are so you can rework.

4. Create an unforgettable presentation

Once you’ve developed your three ideas, choose a format (such as a storyboard or slideshow, for example) to present them. In addition to some images and/or reference materials that give life to the important beats, include a campaign name and a description of the tone and strategy.

5. Be prepared

Don’t take it for granted that, just because you walk by these people every day, they’ll forgive a sloppy presentation. Make sure your team is fully prepared and then pitch like your job or your paycheck or your next vacation depends on it.

6. Take a moment to breathe 

Giving your best is important (even if just so you can sleep well at night), but remember the stakes aren’t life and death. If all you’re thinking about is how you have to get this right…you’re almost surely going to get it very very wrong.

The bottom line 

The market is crowded with plenty of other hardworking, qualified individuals and agencies itching for a chance to bid the same project. Do your homework and nail your pitch to ensure you’re the one who wins the job.

 

About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a suite of marketing tools at your fingertips. Get your demo reels, stills, gear, awards, and more in front of the biggest clients all over the world—for free. At Crew Connection we pay video and post production providers within 30 days of receiving your invoice so your work and your life are never interrupted. Need live assistance or want to add quality jobs to your pipeline? Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock. Sign in to Crew Connection, call 303-526-4900, or email info@crewconnection.com.

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February, 2018: The month in entertainment business news

February, 2018: The month in entertainment business news 5760 3840 Heidi McLean
After an arduous January, February almost vanished without a trace. Almost. The shortest month of the year still managed to register a few noteworthy moments in the entertainment business world. Here are some of the headlines in the entertainment business and the questions they answer.

 

Where are the jobs?

1. Adelaide, Australia is about to have 500 jobs in the special effects business.
2. Los Angeles is still where it’s at, with digital media jobs growing in the double digits and jobs that don’t require a degree in high demand.
3. If you’re looking for a change of scenery, mark your calendars for 2021. Cinecittà Studios, in Rome, is undergoing a relaunch.

 

Where are the scandals? 

 3. A lawsuit over a TV series covering Natalee Holloway’s 2005 disappearance.
4. In Taiwan, where a fatal earthquake depicted with animation is stirring up ire.

 

What are people watching?

1. The Olympics. Here’s how broadcasting a live event works. Who knew?
2. New technology that allows simultaneous uploading or livestreaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and others.
3. The Black Panther, which is putting Wakanda on the map.

 

What’s the going rate for corny movies?

 

And just like that, it’s March.

 

About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a suite of marketing tools at your fingertips. Get your demo reels, stills, gear, awards, and more in front of the biggest clients all over the world—for free. At Crew Connection we pay video and post production providers within 30 days of receiving your invoice so your work and your life are never interrupted. Need live assistance or want to add quality jobs to your pipeline? Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock. Sign in to Crew Connection, call 303-526-4900, or email info@crewconnection.com.

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3 tips for smoother shoots and the secret benefit of good preparation

3 tips for smoother shoots and the secret benefit of good preparation 4032 3021 Heidi McLean

Have you ever watched a pilot prepare to take a single-engine plane into the sky? It’s a highly-detailed art. No matter how well they know their aircraft or how many times they’ve flown, they still go through that checklist with meticulous care. After all, think of the stakes. If they get it right, it’s gonna be a beautiful ride, but if they get it wrong, it just might all go down in literal flames. The stakes for a well-planned shoot aren’t as high (although if you ask a producer on a particularly stressful day, they may argue that point), but better preparation still leads to better, more enjoyable shoots.

 

3 tips to make your shoot smoother

 

1. Follow a “night before” checklist

You know your gear better than anyone. Make a checklist that covers everything from the biggest details to the smallest. Be sure your tripod is packed, your batteries are charged, and your memory cards are empty. Special bags with your unique needs allow you to have a home for each lens and any other required gear. Put every item in the same place each time and before long, you’ll be like Forrest Gump when you’re packing and unpacking your bag. You may even go so far as to lay out the clothes you’re going to wear and prep the breakfast you’re going to eat. Include anything that will make you confident you can grab your bag and walk out the door calmly, not thinking of a damn thing except how good your coffee tastes. Keep that checklist in your gear staging area and, just like the most meticulous pilot, go through your checklist the night before each “flight.”

2. Follow a “day-of” checklist 

When it comes to the actual shoot, everyone’s process is a little different. But no matter what, you need to make sure your camera is on and stable and your subject is well lit. Make a physical copy (a mental one leaves too much room for error) of whatever it takes to get to that point. Include the little things like, “test microphones.” If you’re prone to getting into an all business mode, you may even want to include something like, “say hello to crew.” Go through your checklist for when you actually set up for the shoot. You can laminate it and make it small enough to put in your pocket. It may seem like overkill, but if you’ve ever missed the money shot because of a preventable error, you know it’s worth it.

3. Recover from mistakes quickly

No matter how much you prepare, sometimes, things will not go as planned. If you make a mistake or miss something important, pivot. Use all your creative juices to decide how to get what you need another way. Ask any documentarian ever and they will tell you that some of the best moments on film came from some of the worst mistakes. If you can remember that and recover quickly, it won’t be a mistake anymore.

 

The secret benefit of good preparation

Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama see such value in paring down decisions that they wear roughly the same thing every day. They say it reduces decision fatigue, or “the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making” and frees their mental capacity up for more important decisions.

Similarly, one of the most important benefits of good, practical preparation before a shoot is that it frees your mind up for mental preparation. When you are confident all of the details are covered, you get to dig deeper. You can think about the tone of the shoot. You can think about lighting and framing. You can think about the story. That’s where the art happens. Just about anyone can learn to light a subject, focus a lens, and set a camera up on a tripod. But that’s not what you’re there for. You’re there for the magic that led you to pick up your very first camera. You love the craft. It’s harder to access the magic that lives beyond the practical when all you can think about is whether you remembered to charge your batteries.

 

About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a suite of marketing tools at your fingertips. Get your demo reels, stills, gear, awards, and more in front of the biggest clients all over the world—for free. At Crew Connection we pay video and post production providers within 30 days of receiving your invoice so your work and your life are never interrupted. Need live assistance or want to add quality jobs to your pipeline? Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock. Sign in to Crew Connection, call 303-526-4900, or email info@crewconnection.com.

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What content creators can learn from the Super Bowl’s most controversial ad

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Every year, the American public witnesses a battle royale on two fronts: One is between two football teams contending for a championship ring and the other is to determine which commercials will most capture the American public’s attention. Finding a place in social media as among the best, funniest, and most shared ads is something of a Super Bowl type pursuit in itself.

That brings us to another title—not necessarily the most coveted—but an important one nonetheless. It’s the most controversial ad of the year. In years’ past, racy hamburger commercials (forgive me for not hyperlinking one that would make my mama blush) or an insurance ad featuring a dead kid have made the list. This year, the title seems to go to that Dodge Ram commercial that relied heavily on a sermon by Martin Luther King Jr..

So what does this ad—and its reception among the public—mean to video content creators?

 

3 lessons for video content creators from one of the Super Bowl’s most controversial ads

 

1. Controversy is memorable

One user overlayed the original Dodge Ram ad with different audiothat of King disapprovingly speaking of buying into capitalism. The brand defended its choice, saying it worked closely with King’s estate and was honored to “celebrate those words.” Whether this is an example of effective, sticky marketing or a tone deaf faux pas demonstrating American marketing at its worst is up for debate. What isn’t up for debate is that people (like yours truly) are still talking about the controversial ad. And if you believe the adage that even bad press is good press, then that might not be such a bad thing.

2. Tackling the iconic is risky

Memorable or not, it doesn’t hurt to take a lesson from The Voice. If you’re going to cover a song by one of the legends, you need to bring it. From the first notes of a Whitney Houston classic or one of Adele’s heart thumping ballads, you can see the judges wince. They know how easy it is for even the most talented singers to fail spectacularly when tackling one of the legends. A historic figure like Dr. King carries weight in every way imaginable. People recognize his voice instantly and have deeply ingrained feelings about who he was and what he represents. That means the stakes for using his voice and words are high—a lot higher than performing in a singing contest. This is not to say that you can’t step on stage and belt a Whitney Houston classic or use audio from a historic speech to promote a brand, it’s just to say proceed with extreme caution.

3. Content creators need to have thick skin

When you step into the realm of the controversial and iconic, one thing is sure: People will react. Add that to the fact that the internet has given place to the strangest of phenomena—an intense level of arguing over anything—and you have a unique beast to contend with. Even if you say something as simple as “pretzels are the best snack,” you will be bombarded with counterpoints, often accompanied with a disproportionate level of vitriol. So if you’re going to say something a little more bold, you need to be ready to take the inevitable heat. Or maybe the real lesson is to stay away from the comment section of your videos. Because who really cares what pretzelfanboy17 has to say anyway? Consider the source and go about your business.

Video content creators have a big job. Please the client, reach the audience, and do it without ticking too many people off. That’s why they pay you the big bucks, right?

About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a suite of marketing tools at your fingertips. Get your demo reels, stills, gear, awards, and more in front of the biggest clients all over the world—for free. At Crew Connection we pay video and post production providers within 30 days of receiving your invoice so your work and your life are never interrupted. Need live assistance or want to add quality jobs to your pipeline? Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock. Sign in to Crew Connection, call 303-526-4900, or email info@crewconnection.com.

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The freelancer’s guide to the 30-second sale 

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When you’re in business for yourself, you know you must be on your A game at every networking event. Do you also have your game face on when someone asks what you do after your yoga class or while standing in line for coffee? New clients tend to show up in the strangest of places and the idea of the elevator pitch is that you’ll be ready to quickly and effectively communicate your value during any such opportunity. Whatever solution you offer, you’re more likely to end up selling its value on the fly than in a conference room full of decision makers.
You already know you offer a great experience and a dynamic final product. The 30-second sale gives you a chance to make sure your prospects know. The market is crowded and despite topnotch talent, you may struggle to get a seat at the table. Communicating confidently, clearly, and concisely keeps your business cards in demand and your phone ringing.

 

Three steps to a rockin’ elevator pitch

1. Conduct an internal branding sessionTo become the talent of choice, you must be ready to communicate your value—anywhere, any time. A branding session allows you to hash out your own questions about who you are and what makes you stand apart. The goal here isn’t to share notes from your branding session with a potential client. It’s just an exercise to make sure you have an incredibly strong understanding of your brand so that when the opportunity comes, you can share your back pocket value proposition at a moment’s notice. Treat your prospects like the big agencies do. They come to each interaction equipped to sell—knowing they must earn confidence to earn business. You don’t have to conduct an expensive, days long branding session (though you certainly can if you want to). Even a 30-minute exercise like this, from The Muse, can do wonders.
2. Practice, pitch, and practice more
Consider your services, strengths, and technology assets from your potential client’s perspective so you can communicate in a way that resonates with them. They must walk away understanding how working with you benefits them. Practice your pitch for your partners, friends, and business associates. Record yourself responding to questions so you can bolster the areas that come across weaker than others. Practice responding to concerns about price as well as curveball questions.  If you’re not so familiar with all of these ideas that you could talk about them in your sleep, you’re not ready for an on-the-fly opportunity to sell your services.
3. Create opportunities: Once you have all your cards in your back pocket, create opportunities to play them.  This can be called creating your own luck or networking your face off. Effective and consistent industry networking is the foundation for your growth. Identify key stakeholders within your network and pursue departments and businesses you know are an obvious or immediate fit. Spend time in the right places so you can put yourself on the other side of the table. Show up where potential clients hang out. Drink lots of coffee. Eat two lunches a day if it gives you an opportunity to share your value. Create your seat at the table—whether you were invited or not.

Being comfortable with your brand and sales pitch means that the next time you meet a potential prospect on the fly, your handshake will be firm, not clammy; your delivery will be confident, not desperate; and your pitch will compel your prospect to ask for your business card. Follow theses steps to be ready for when those strange and serendipitous moments present themselves.

About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a suite of marketing tools at your fingertips. Get your demo reels, stills, gear, awards, and more in front of the biggest clients all over the world—for free. At Crew Connection we pay video and post production providers within 30 days of receiving your invoice so your work and your life are never interrupted. Need live assistance or want to add quality jobs to your pipeline? Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock. Sign in to Crew Connection, call 303-526-4900, or email info@crewconnection.com.

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CES: Our top picks for video content producers

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Content producers: hide your credit cards. CES 2018 is off to a great start with smarter smart products, thinner TVs and laptops, and even more Ks (8K here we come). We’ve gathered some info on our top picks promising to make your life easier, brighter, and in higher resolution.

 

Here’s what we’re paying attention to at CES

 

1. TVs

Stephen King says you can’t be a great writer if you aren’t an avid reader. If that’s true for video content producers, you’ll need to watch a lot of content. In that case, you may be able to justify one of these TVs for your studio in 2018. Among your options are Panasonic’s FZ950–a TV fit for Hollywood post production houses and the Q9S QLED TV, which “uses AI to make its own 8K content.” As for your space, why have a TV mounted on your wall, when you can just have a TV wall instead? The wall (that’s what it’s called) spans 12 feet across and is made up of smaller, nearly seamless MicroLED screens, each of which is “made of pixels that, like OLED, produce their own light.” 8K resolution is here to scratch the itch of those who look at their old 4K TVs and think, “Rubbish! That is so 2017!”

2. All the Ks

It’s not just TVs getting in on the resolution game. Sony’s $30,000 4K projector sits 9.6 inches from the wall onto which you’ll be projecting a 4K image. Among its standout features is that “the laser projector reaches a peak brightness of 2500 lumens.” At $30,000 it’ll up your home theater game to the best in the block while also making your post production house portable.

3. VR

Vive Pro has unveiled its latest headset. With higher resolution, built-in headphones, and a more comfortable fit than its previous model, HTC has taken virtual reality to the next level. If video is your world, you better pay attention to VR. It is to video what drones were in the last generation. Those who figure it out and master it first stand to make their presence known.

Where does it go from here? With VR, seeing is believing, but where hand-held controls fall short with the current simple vibration, it’s our sense of touch that still needs convincing. Companies are sure to focus on better haptics in future VR products and to answer the question, “Okay, but can it look even more real?” The verdict is already in: It can.

 

The bottom line

2018’s tech is bigger and better than ever. And in some cases, like this fingernail-sized sensor, that means smaller than ever. You can keep up with the rest of CES news here.

 

About Crew Connection

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Crew Connection puts a suite of marketing tools at your fingertips. Get your demo reels, stills, gear, awards, and more in front of the biggest clients all over the world—for free. At Crew Connection we pay video and post production providers within 30 days of receiving your invoice so your work and your life are never interrupted. Need live assistance or want to add quality jobs to your pipeline? Our crew coordinators are on call around the clock. Sign in to Crew Connection, call 303-526-4900, or email info@crewconnection.com.

This post originally appeared on ProductionHub. You can find it here.