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For information about various production activities and published articles by Anthony Burokas and IEBA Communications.

 

ARTICLE: Using Inexpensive DJ LED Lights to Jazz Up Video Productions

For the cost of one good fresnel light and accessories, you can get an entire multi-light, expandable LED lighting package. Let me show you how I use my LED light kit.

ARTICLE: What is: IMAG

Anthony Burokas discusses what tools and techniques do you need to use, or be aware of, to pull off a successful IMAG production. Read the article on Streaming Media Producer.

REVIEW: Test results of the Nikon D800’s video- grading, sharpness, moire, and more.

In part two of Anthony’s comprehensive review of the Nikon D800’s video capabilities, he provides examples of audio quality, sharpness, grading, and moire.

REVIEW: How well does the Nikon D800 work for shooting video?

In part-1 of this 2-part review, Anthony Burokas examines how well Nikon’s much-heralded D800 DSLR works as a video camera, in terms of operability and functionality.

ARTICLE: “What is” Live Switching?

Streaming Media Producer’s look at live switching, touching on the differences between switching and mixing, assembling the components and crew of a live switch, and the basics of “punching” a multi-camera show or event for live delivery.

Dalton Highway HD

We are proud to announce that Dalton Highway HD is now available. Look for retail stores in Alaska, and soon on Amazon and Amazon Streaming and YouTube rentals.

REVIEW: Litepanels MicroPro Hybrid DSLR LED

How well does the Litepanels MicroPro Hybrid do both stills and video lighting in one compact package?

Live Events with the iPad3 Mobile Video Production Platform.

Apple’s New iPad 3 is making quite a splash. Several key features really play out to the benefit of media producers for whom ultra-fast turnaround is paramount. With the latest processing horsepower and the latest version of iOS iMovie a lot of computers are going to be left collecting dust withRead More

Adapting ENG Lenses to DSLR Production, Part 2: Power & Rigging

Let Anthony Burokas tell you how to wire power to an ENG servo zoom lens attached to a vDSLR.

Adapting Smooth Servo Zoom Lenses for DSLR Production, Part 1

DSLRs have become the standard by which current and future large-sensor camcorders are judged. But as we adopted DSLRs and primes to produce more “filmic” video for our clients, we left something critical behind: the feathery smooth servo zoom that serves feature film producers so well. So how do youRead More

REVIEW: Panasonic AG-HMC80 On-Shoulder Camcorder

In an era of ever-shrinking HD cameras, cell phone HD, and DSLRs, you might ask, why would anyone need an on-shoulder HD camcorder? Is it the copious amount of I/O jacks? The ergonomics? Or the easy access to numerous features in a big camera sort of way that enamor theRead More

Review: Panasonic AV-HS400N HD Video Mixer

HD video mixers aren’t cheap, but they do offer amazing functionality inside compact boxes. I put Panasonic’s AV-HS400N through its paces during an awards ceremony. I found much to like, and a few minor issues, and look forward to technologies like this becoming more affordable in the years to come.Read More

Covering the Frisco Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards for the third year straight.

When it comes to business in Frisco, TX, the Frisco Chamber of Commerce is a busy little organization. Helping small businesses get the word out, ribbon cuttings, networking meetings and a whole lot more. Every year, they host an awards banquet honoring the successful businesses in many categories. For threeRead More

ARTICLE: Multi-Camera Color Calibration in the field.

How do you get all the different cameras you might use to cover an event to match? There is a trick you can use to set up a color profile for each of the cameras, and then use the corrections established there to correct for the rest of the footageRead More

Long Lens work for Ambit Energy’s 7-location webcast.

When it comes to corporate work, especially webcasts, the traditional camcorder is still the workhorse. These cameras can be set to interface directly with multi-camera video mixers, and even be remotely painted to match perfectly. Plus, like DSLRs, they can have the lens changed out for something more appropriate forRead More

REVIEW: The Panasonic AG-AC160 Prosumer Handheld Camcorder

Panasonic has several camcorders with similar build, but different underlying core technologies — specifically, the AC160/130 and the HPX250. The key difference between them, respectively, is 4:2:0 MP4 GOP at 1920×1080 resolution and AVCCAM recording as high at 21Mbps, versus 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame, 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra 100 recording.Read More

REVIEW: Sonnet Qio High-Speed File Transport Center

Sonnet has crafted a beautiful solution for rapid footage offload that gives your laptop far more connectivity, power, and capability than ever before. The system is solid, and in pure professional parlance, it does what it says it can do. The Qio is, according to Anthony Burokas, the most usefulRead More

REVIEW: Panasonic AG-AC7P Shouldermount Camcorder

A physically similar follow-up to Panasonic’s more professional AG-HMC80 AVCCAM, the AC7P uses the more consumer AVCHD format, loses a few ports, and drops $1,200 from the price tag, making the $1,300 (MSRP) AG-AC7 the least expensive actual on-shoulder camcorder you can buy. But what do you get? Read moreRead More

Mastering the Dallas Screenwriters Association – 2011 Short Film Showcase

What does it take to master 11 DVD’s, 4 WMVs, and 3 .mov’s onto one disc? Not a lot. But it does take a thorough of understanding what goes into mastering a DVD and what the shortest distance is between Source and Delivery.

Covering WFX For EventDV

Two days on the show floor conducting interviews & product shots for a video that will be on EventDV Live. Lots of big vendors and cutting edge technology around every corner. I interviewed Teradek, Blackmagic Design, Haivision, Stream Monkey, Panasonic, ZiXi, Rushworks, and more.

Documenting Radio History

Anthony was called in to document a very special event where two of the three inventors of the most used mode of amateur radio today were to talk about the invention of Single Sideband Radio at the October meeting of the Richardson Wireless Club. It was a golden opportunity toRead More

REVIEW: Roland VR-5 Audio Video Mixer / USB Streamer

In this age of “one device does everything,” Roland-a name more associated with audio gear than video-has been producing some quite capable video mixers, recorders, and players. The company’s latest mixer, the VR-5, features multiple video inputs, an internal media player, computer input and conversion, a built-in audio mixer, twoRead More

Waveform Talk for DFW-PVA

Jim Caldwell and I will be giving a presentation on how to read a waveform monitor and vectorscope for the DFW-PVA. Part of that presentation will be a paper Jim Caldwell put together and for the convenience of everyone I’m attaching it here so everyone can download it and getRead More

Music Together Dallas’ 2010 Grand Opening

I was tapped by Music Together Dallas to put together a series of videos to help them promote themselves on social media. We thought through a series of videos, the first of which would be a “splash” video highlighting the grand opening festivities at their new Dallas location.

ARTICLE: Anthony reviews the Sonnet Qio for EventDV Magazine

Anthony Burokas tests the Sonnet Qio and Fusion F2 drives for Event DV Magazine. Are they as good as they seem?

Anthony Directs Frisco Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala

When it came time for the Frisco Chamber of Commerce to put together their 26th annual awards banquet / musical performance / auction event, they worked with Tetra Media Group, who immediately called Anthony Burokas to provide the control room, engineering, camera, and to direct the entire IMAG and recordedRead More

Engineering Video for Ed Slott In Dallas

IRA expert and industry guru Ed Slott travels the country advising other IRA advisers on new regulations, strategies and the many little legal potholes that are out there- and how to avoid them. When the team that produces his show & DVD’s came to Dallas, they hired only one localRead More

Media Wrangling for AMP & VideoFest 2009.

When AMP Productions needed crew for their Dallas VideoFest shoot, Anthony stepped up to the plate with many of the local production industry’s best. This two-day shoot pulled out all the stops and featured full-on RED shooting, and some beautiful locations, as well as some expensive props, including a Lamborghini.

Camera work for “School of Beats” TV pilot.

Just finished a few days operating camera for the School of Beats pilot. A very interesting concept of urban music hip-hop beatmasters competing to win various in-show competitions, but also a reality show with challenges and tasks and events thrown into the mix to make it interesting to watch, and/orRead More

When in Rome- or rather, The Old West…

Now that movies are shot with HD video cameras, there is certainly a lot more work for video professionals who previously only aspired to produce TV. Everything else was film and that was a completely different beast. But now that the West was won by digital video cameras, I’ve beenRead More