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Sports Video 3 Camera Profile

We worked on this three camera profile of Golden State Warrior star Kevin Durant last week before the Warriors returned to Oklahoma City for first time since KD made his move to Oakland to play for the Warriors. ESPN ‘s Marc Stein conducted the interview at the Warriors training facility in downtown Oakland. Working alongside my colleagues we used three Sony FS7 cameras to capture the conversation for ESPN. With a combination of the terrific Sony FS 7 camera and a variety of Canon lenses we were able to achieve a nice low depth of field look for this shoot despite being in a practice gym with overhead halogen lights.       Here is the full interview that aired on...

Education Video-Wharton School of Business

Education Video is a big market these days as more and more schools are putting their course online for consumption by remote located students around the world. This week Rockk Video produced tow days of educational video for the Wharton School of Business. one of their instructors interviewed entrepreneurs about their skills and experience for a special class on this subject they are offering. For this shoot we set up in the faulty lounge at the SF location for Wharton. It was a two camera shoot and we used two Sony HD XDCams for the sessions. Our newest rig, the Sony FS7 XDCam was used for the first time to record these interview. What a great new camera to have in our arsenal. Education Video by Rockk...

New Gear for the New Year

4k and HD Video from the ground and from the air are part of the new updates to Rockk Video’s arsenal of tools for the New Year. We have just taken delivery on the Sony FS7 HD/4K camera. This awesome camera shoots on the highest quality formats so you can get the absolute most out of your video shoot. Pairing this camera with high quality zoom lenses or prime lenses allows us maximum flexibility to give clients the best video for their money. Sony PXW-FS7 XDCAM: Designed as a camera that is at home on productions as diverse as “Cinéma Vérité”-style documentaries, reality TV, commercial and corporate applications Sony’s PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System is a flexible 4K camera system. It features a Super 35mm size sensor that allows you to capture images with cinematic depth of field. The camera’s E-mount is machined from stainless steel and allows you to use E-mount lenses or with the use of optional adapters to accept most 35mm lenses including PL, EF, Leica, and Nikon. The camera can capture footage to optional on-board XQD media cards in either DCI (4096 x 2160), UHD (3840 x 2160) at up to 60 FPS or HD at up to 180 FPS. Now our other exciting new addition to the kit is our ability to shoot from above as well as on terra firma. We have added the very exciting 3DR Solo quadcopter to our kit. This copter is super smart as it features its own onboard 1 GHz computer. The copter carries a GoPro Hero HD camera on a gimbal so you get the smoothest and...

NBA Playoffs 2015

Working the NBA playoffs for ESPN this month in addition to some other sports events. May is not usually heavy for sports gigs but this one is different and I have been enjoying it for sure as I always have liked covering sports since way back in the day covering the Niners in their glory days. Thinking back on it now I count at least 20 NFL playoff and championship games, four World Series, US Open at Pebble Beach and the Olympic club, one NHL playoff series, and now the NBA covering the Golden State Warriors. It has been some fun times over the years. (But I am trying to forget the time I slipped in the mud at Candlestick and landed flat on my backside covered in goo…) Some images from last nights game. Related articles Warriors bring out ‘lucky charm’ for Game 1 against Houston Rockets Rockets vs. Warriors: Game 1 Video Highlights and Recap from 2015 NBA Playoffs Vegas Makes Warriors Title...

Corporate Webcast Production

Yesterday Rockk Video was part of the production team for a corporate round table  webcast for a Fortune 100 company. This video production entailed three cameras to capture a four person round table discussion that was moderated by the corporate CFO. We took a bland conference room and turned it into a decent looking studio arrangement for the client. This included having a large monitor on set for he client to refer to the slide deck for the cast. The two HD cameras recorded the participants while the third camera (DV) captured the slides for editing into the program. The HD cameras recorded onto external SSD drives in ProRez 442 resolution. This is an example of the type of corporate video production that Rockk Video is capable of producing for clients. It takes careful onsite planning to get the room to look right, careful cooperation with the client to make sure they are happy with the look and feel of the production, and most of all completely professional behavior on set so that the client and the participants are at ease and confident in the production. Here is a shot of the set before we rolled the webcast: So if you need a team of professionals to record your corporate video let Rockk Video help shape and record your production....

Launching DigitalEd

Online education is a huge growing market as schools and universities all over the world are putting their classes online both for free and paid versions. There are several online class platforms out there but one we have found to be very interesting and revolutionary is the NovoEd platform developed at Stanford University by Professor Amin Saberi and his team of engineers. Rockk Video has now become the preferred video production partner with NovoEd to facilitate high quality video for educators wanting to integrate their course online with this unique platform. To date we have shot five of these online courses for clients and hope to be producing many more in the coming months as this partnership grows and develops. DigitalEd is a service of Rockk Video and features partners Kevin Rockwell, Rusty Dornin, and Chuck Afflerbach. You can find the DigitalEd services located here.   Related articles New MOOC Provider Says It Fosters Peer Interaction Stanford’s Venture Lab MOOC Platform Goes Private, Relaunches as NovoEd NovoEd, another Stanford MOOC startup, opens small-group learning services to public [GigaOM] Ed-Tech | Stanford Professor launches startup to make elite education available to all Stanford’s NovoEd Brings Collaboration And Group Learning To MOOCs To Help Fight...

New Sony XDCam now in house!

Just took delivery of a new camera for our production arsenal today. The brand new Sony PMW-100 XDCam is now in hand. This great new full HD (can do full 1080 at 50MB/sec) camera will be a great addition to the toolset. Here are the specs of this new beauty: The PMW-100 is Sony’s first handheld camcorder supporting the 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 codec. It is a good companion to the PMW-500 XDCAM HD422 shouldermount camera. With its one 1/3″ (actual size: 1/2.9″) Full HD Exmor CMOS sensor (1920×1280), the PMW-100 is able to achieve high resolution, high sensitivity, low noise, and wide dynamic range in a small camera. The PMW-100 can be used for both SD and HD applications. It can be set to record 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 as MXF files on UDF formatted cards just like the PMW-500 memory camcorder or the PDW-700/F800 optical disc based camcorders. Or you can set the camcorder for FAT mode recording to shoot SxS cards which are compabile with the XDCAM EX format made by the PMW-EX1/R or PMW-320/350. For SD applications you can make DVCAM recordings as either MXF files or XDCAM EX compatible files. Highlights: Single 1/3-inch Exmor CMOS sensor (actual size: 1/2.9 – inch) 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 recording as MXF files (UDF mode only) SD Recording and Playback (DVCAM) standard 10x Fixed Zoom Lens (f= 5.4 – 54 mm) (servo/manual switchable) Two ExpressCard SxS Memory Card Slots Record up to 4 hours 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 in camcorder using two 64 GB SxS-1A memory cards (must be purchased separately) UDF (Professional Disc compatible) or FAT (XDCAM...

Growing Fuel From Algae

Rockk Video just finished posting a project for Aurora Algae of Hayward. Aurora had us shoot Broll of their laboratory facilities in Hayward and then edit that video with HD video of their production facilities in Western Australia into a video presentation for investors. The video details the process that Aurora uses to research algae, grow it and then harvest it for use in pharmaceuticals, animal feed and bio-fuels. They are proving that algae can be grown in large quantities and with minimal impact on the...

ZeoBit Software

At the 2012 MacWorld show in SF we provided two cameras to help the folks from ZeoBit Software show off their MacKeeper software at this annual show. They had us doing customer testimonials in HD, show video, interviews with journalists, interviews with software insiders and more. Our production helped them show off their brand for all to see at this important trade show for Apple products fans. We set up a production corner in their show booth that allowed them to gain visibility while at the same time gathering crucial video they can use to brand and promote their software around the world. We shot on the Sony HDV Z1 cameras. The crew was Kevin Rockwell and Chuck Afflerbach, both of whom have over 30 years of video production...