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

by IEBA on Oct.03, 2012, under Published Articles

These are the cool little lights. Good-quality light fixtures are well worth the money spent as they will provide years, even decades of faithful service. But a single, good fresnel light head, stand, doors, etc. can easily run several hundred dollars. Then, to get creative, you still need an external dimmer, and several colored gels to craft the light into something more creative.

Alternatively, LED panels have been gaining popularity for energy efficiency and cool running. Looking beyond the small set of white and bi-color LEDs specifically made for video production, you can find a whole other world of LED fixtures made for other markets–including “disc jockey” LED lights and controllers. For the cost of one good fresnel light, you can have a multi-light, expandable LED lighting package. Read more at Streaming Media Producer.


by IEBA on Sep.06, 2012, under Published Articles

Anthony Burokas produces the TEXO Annual Report with Magic Communications.IMAG is IMage MAGnification. It’s as simple as that. Most often used whenever a person needs to speak to an audience larger than could comfortably sit around him or her. Get to 50, 100+ people and some people will be too far. You’ll need a video camera, a projector and a big screen to help this individual make that direct face-to-face connection with his audience.

But what tools and techniques do you need to use, or be aware of, to pull off a successful IMAG production. You can read more at Streaming Media Producer.

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

by IEBA on Aug.03, 2012, under Published Articles

Enough already! take me to the article!There’s no question that video-capable DSLRs deliver a very different look from what you get with a prosumer camcorder, for about the same price. Plus you get killer stills, something no video camera—not even a 5K RED Epic—is going to match. This is especially the case when the camera is the 36 MP, full-frame, Nikon D800.

The D800 and Nikkor 24-120mm VR lens system I received from Nikon for review lists for $4,200. A decent prosumer camcorder, like the Panasonic AG-AC160, which I had an opportunity to test a few months ago, has a street price just north of $4,000. So they are definitely comparable in price. The real issue is the look of the image, as well as usability and features.

In Part 1 of this two-part series on the D800, I looked at the operation and functionality of the D800 as a video camera. Now, in Part 2, I’ll share some usability notes, as report the results of some audio and video tests comparing the D800 to another highly regarded DSLR, the Panasonic GH2, and to a more traditional prosumer camcorder. Read more of this 5-page (and 5 video) review at Streaming Media Producer.

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

by IEBA on Jul.23, 2012, under Published Articles

Anthony manhandles the Nikon D800.There’s no question that video-capable DSLR cameras offer a very different look from prosumer camcorders for about the same price. Plus you also get phenomenal stills, something no video camera–not even a 5k RED Epic–is going to match. I found this to be especially true when shooting with the 36 MP, full-frame, Nikon D800. The D800 and Nikkor 24-120mm VR lens system submitted for review by Nikon, lists for $4,200. A decent prosumer camcorder, like the Panasonic AG-AC160, which I had an opportunity to test a few months ago, has a street price just north of $4,000. So they are definitely comparable in price. The real issue is the look of the image, versus usability and features.

In this two-part series, I’ll begin by looking at how well the D800 works as a video camera, in terms of operability and functionality. In part two, I’ll report on some audio and video tests comparing the D800 to another highly regarded (though significantly less expensive) DSLR, the Panasonic GH2, and to a more traditional prosumer camcorder. Read more of this 4-page article at Streaming Media Producer.


ARTICLE: “What is” Live Switching?

by IEBA on Jul.03, 2012, under Published Articles

Streaming Media Producer kicks off its “What Is…?” series tackling essential topics in the streaming media production world with a look at live switching by Anthony Burokas – a 20 year veteran of multi-camera production. In this article, he touches 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.

Live switching is something we take for granted every time we watch a TV program. If it’s an episode of serial TV, we expect the camera angles to change while the action appearing on screen continues in a fluid manner. We expierience the action on screen via a mix of wide shots, close-ups, 2-shots, reaction shots, and so on. Read more of this 4-page article at Streaming Media Producer.

Dalton Highway HD

by IEBA on May.10, 2012, under NEWS BITS

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

by IEBA on May.01, 2012, under Published Articles

Litepanels recently shipped the MicroPro Hybrid, a dimmable, on-camera Hybrid LED that can refresh itself much faster than most any strobe light can. Thus it may pack a powerful 1-2 punch for DSLR producers who need to capture both video and still images. But how well does it handle both tasks? In this article Anthony Burokas reviews the new light and compares it to an LED light that’s one-fifth the cost to see how these two lights measure up.
Read more at Streaming Media Producer.

Live Events with the iPad3 Mobile Video Production Platform.

by IEBA on Mar.22, 2012, under Published Articles

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 with this.
Read more at VideoUniversity.

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

by IEBA on Mar.06, 2012, under Published Articles

The goal of adding an ENG (electronic news gathering) lens onto a DSLR is primarily to take advantage of the servo zoom part–the smooth, consistent, motorized zoom. But there are other useful advantages, even if you never use the powered servo zoom. You have multiple focal lengths like any zoom lens and a consistently low f-stop throughout the zoom range. A third, less-talked-about advantage is the cost-effectiveness. For the cost of two good, bright, prime lenses, you can get a decent HD camcorder lens for your camera. So let’s talk more about getting that ENG lens up and running.
Read More at Streaming Media Producer.

Adapting Smooth Servo Zoom Lenses for DSLR Production, Part 1

by IEBA on Feb.16, 2012, under Published Articles

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 you get that capability on your DSLR?
Read more at Streaming Media Producer

REVIEW: Panasonic AG-HMC80 On-Shoulder Camcorder

by IEBA on Feb.10, 2012, under Published Articles

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 the Panasonic AG-HMC80 to its target end users? Let’s find out.
Read more at Streaming Media Producer.

Review: Panasonic AV-HS400N HD Video Mixer

by IEBA on Feb.10, 2012, under Published Articles

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 at Streaming Media Producer.

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

by IEBA on Feb.03, 2012, under NEWS BITS

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 three years running Anthony Burokas was tapped to help provide video services for the event.

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ARTICLE: Multi-Camera Color Calibration in the field.

by IEBA on Feb.01, 2012, under Published Articles

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 footage from your project.
Read more at Streaming Media Producer

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

by IEBA on Jan.28, 2012, under NEWS BITS

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 for the venue, like a very long zoom lens for capturing the president of the company as he stands on stage, an entire ballroom away.

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REVIEW: The Panasonic AG-AC160 Prosumer Handheld Camcorder

by IEBA on Jan.24, 2012, under Published Articles

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. For those who find AVCHD sufficient, but want a full-on camcorder solution without additional workarounds needed compared to more consumer cameras, the AC160 is meant to fit in your hand.
Read more at Creative COW.

REVIEW: Sonnet Qio High-Speed File Transport Center

by IEBA on Jan.11, 2012, under Published Articles

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 useful professional video production accessory for a laptop-enabled tapeless live production workflow that you can get.
Read more at Streaming Media Producer.

REVIEW: Panasonic AG-AC7P Shouldermount Camcorder

by IEBA on Jan.09, 2012, under Published Articles

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 more at Streaming Media Producer.

Mastering the Dallas Screenwriters Association – 2011 Short Film Showcase

by IEBA on Nov.15, 2011, under NEWS BITS

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.

The Dallas Screenwriters Association had gathered more than 12 movies for it’s 2011 Showcase. Add to this some PSA’s and some new media created specifically for this program, and you have the makings for a special challenge. But there’s a way around this potentially tricky multiformat maze that enabled the finished DVD to be delivered in just a couple days- and that includes delays for work on other projects, and the need to create a few new media bits. (continue reading…)

Covering WFX For EventDV

by IEBA on Nov.10, 2011, under NEWS BITS

Anthony on the WFX show floorTwo 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. (continue reading…)

Documenting Radio History

by IEBA on Oct.11, 2011, under NEWS BITS

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 to hear how SSB was introduced to the U.S. Military by two who were directly involved with General Curtis LeMay, General “Butch” Griswold, and Art Collins! It was a packed house for the presentation by Forest Cummings and Warren Bruene.

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

by IEBA on May.01, 2011, under Published Articles

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, two integrated LCD monitors to see video inputs, output and various device settings, and the ability to internally record your program output while also sending your program to a laptop for streaming-all for an MSRP of $4,995. Sound too good to be true? Well, after working with the VR-5 I can tell you that they pull off nearly all of it with aplomb.
Read more on EventDV.

Waveform Talk for DFW-PVA

by IEBA on Jun.10, 2010, under NEWS BITS

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 get a very basic understanding on how to utilize these very simple tools to powerful results.

Music Together Dallas’ 2010 Grand Opening

by IEBA on Jun.01, 2010, under NEWS BITS

Music Together Dallas bugI 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. (continue reading…)

ARTICLE: Anthony reviews the Sonnet Qio for EventDV Magazine

by IEBA on Apr.28, 2010, under Published Articles

I had the opportunity to review the new Sonnet Qio for EventDV magazine and was surprised to find that every one of its lofty engineering goals seems to have been attained. This is noteworthy in this day and age when everything touts to be the perfect solution to our needs (the perfect camera, the perfect light, the perfect software package) yet they all seem to fall short in many places (low light capability, flexibility, codec compatibility, etc.)
The Qio is the first product in a long time that not only does everything it says it will, it does it all well. (continue reading…)

Anthony Directs Frisco Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala

by IEBA on Jan.14, 2010, under NEWS BITS

FriscoGotTalentBUGWhen 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 recorded event.

The 3+ hour “broadcast” went perfectly and the 400+ attendees were thrilled at the quality of the production throughout the night. (continue reading…)

Engineering Video for Ed Slott In Dallas

by IEBA on Oct.08, 2009, under NEWS BITS

Videographer Anthony 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 local operator to come in and help set up the extensive camera, com & audio setup. They called Anthony Burokas. (continue reading…)

Media Wrangling for AMP & VideoFest 2009.

by IEBA on Sep.28, 2009, under NEWS BITS

Anthony Hold Green ScreenWhen 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. (continue reading…)

Camera work for “School of Beats” TV pilot.

by IEBA on Aug.10, 2009, under NEWS BITS

P8095020sobBugJust 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/or laugh at. (continue reading…)

When in Rome- or rather, The Old West…

by IEBA on Jul.16, 2009, under NEWS BITS

WesternNow 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 been tapped to work on a period western movie to be shot on P2 in HD. With considerable HD experience, I’ll be part of the camera teams, working under the DP, of course. When in the west… do a Western. Heeyah! (continue reading…)

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