Monday, June 22, 2009

My, what a busy month

Picture This has had a busy month so far with a number of productions, live events, new equipment and sound stage rentals. As tends to happen in the Portland summers, production picked up starting June 1. Right on schedule. The influx of projects has included work with the Wii, Michael Jordan, Microsoft's Zune, and even a project entitled "Poop." Talk about variety!

The Live Event Department has been busy with fundraisers, webcasts, meetings and corporate events.

Our equipment inventory has grown to include the Sony PDW-700 XDCAM, an HD lipstick camera (the Sony HXR-MC1), an on location distribution center, a remote tripod head and a beautiful Panasonic 27" HD monitor that works perfectly with our HD switching system.

The stage has been rented for a number of projects including a commercial shoot, still photo shoot, webcast and talk show scenario.

All this, and there's still one more week of June to go!

Of course, we work hard at Picture This, but we also like to play. We kick started the summer with an outdoor BBQ. Who doesn't love having the chance to kick back and relax on a sunny afternoon with your co-workers? We hope to do it again sometime soon. In the meantime, it's back to work. And we appreciate every bit of it.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

New Chip on the Block

Wow, what a easy to use camera. Everything just where you expect it to be, like a Sony should be. Easy playback and functionality. 30 second pre-record, intervalometer, and a nice piece of glass hanging on the front.

The PDW-700 camcorder comes equipped with three 2/3-inch type CCDs – a newly developed “Power HAD FX” progressive CCD with 1920 x 1080 effective pixels. Stunning-quality HD images can be captured by this high-resolution CCD in conjunction with the 14-bit A/D converter and advanced digital signal. On top of the exceptional technology, the PDW-700 offers very high quality HD recording at a data rate of up to 50Mbps using the MPEG-2 4:2:2P@HL compression. It also provides multi-format recording flexibility including 1080i, 720P and SD*, which comes with HD/SD conversion and cross conversion between 1080i and 720P

Monday, June 1, 2009

Location. Location. Location

 "Help you said, Im shooting on location and only have access to a stove drop."
Cool your jets- tiger, the 240/120 VAC Extreme box  gives you 80 amps of 120 juice and a little extra juice to spare.
Plugs into a standard stove drop, makes you nicely secure for ground interfacing, and your very own circut breakers at the flip of a switch!
Power, Safety and production Nirvana.

Now just how many lights can you run on this light-weight Bad Boy?
How about 2-1200 HMIs, 1 800-HMi, 1 -400HMI 
2-4x4 Kinos, 2-2x4 Kinos and 2-2x2 kinos.
thats alotta light!!!

Letting the Gennie out of the bottle

Summer's here and the location shooting is underway. 
We have put together an awesome smaller Gennie package for location use, that pairs nicely with our location distro system.
Not only do you have great stable power, but its also  45 feet away from you GPI distro source. Quieter sets, happier sound people!

A Honda 7000 watt Generator with this system allows you to power up all these lights, making daylight your friend again!