Every Marshall Electronics camera that I have used in production (and/or reviewed) has always lived up to the Marshall reputation for building great looking cameras that are also rock solid, reliable units. Marshall cameras I have used stand up to the rigors of harsh weather and challenging placements. This winning streak for Marshall and for me extends way back to my days as a remote sports truck guy.
Mark J. Foley, MBA BA is an award-winning producer and director and the Technology Editor for ProductionHUB.com. He is on a mission to provide the best in new equipment reviews, along with exclusive analysis and interviews with the best, the brightest, and the most creative minds in the entertainment and production business. Have a suggestion for a review? Email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating great sound along with mixing and editing is truly an art form, one that I really have admired for a long time. The sound tools used by creative professionals today have taken audio to a whole new place. Audiences at all levels want and expect really good audio whether it is in the movie or home theatre. Clear dialogue, background, sound effects, and music all have to be spot on. Boutique studios and full on post facilities know that getting all the elements right matters to the success of the program.
As many of you know change is such a huge part of our everyday creative work environment. We're tasked with implementing new technologies and thinking on our feet no matter which part of the industry you work in.
It's the most wonderful time of year. Yes, I'm referring to ProductionHUB's 2021 Awards of Excellence! You would think that after all this time putting the Awards of Excellence list together would be easy, right? Oh boy, not even close to easy. But that’s the way we want it. Just as in years past, our award recipients earned their place on this year's list due to their innovative technology and creativity. Products are always chosen on merit and innovative design. Each was carefully selected to represent the best of the best. The selection process wasn’t easy—it never is—but in the end we feel our ProductionHUB 2021 Awards of Excellence winners list was well worth the wait. We hope you’ll agree!
Here we are, the holiday season is already upon us, which means that it's time for the 2021 ProductionHUB Gift Guide. The Gift Guide is one of our favorite traditions, mixing in some practicality along with those awesome gifts that you (and I) really want and deserve right? There are always a lot of new and exciting things for us production types to check out. Let's get into them!
When first unboxing the Epiphan Pearl Mini it looked like a small video “switcher”/encoder with some nice built in features. And the first impression turned out to hold a lot of truth. The Pearl Mini—which is part of the bigger Epiphan Pearl family—does switch and encode extremely well. But truth be told, when I really started to dig in, I quickly found out that the Pearl really lives up to its name and a lot more. The Pearl Mini is only Mini in name, certainly not the feature set. Although this is going to sound like a big time cliche, it was, in fact, like finding a pearl—full of a ton of features to explore, and surprises.
Have you ever noticed how the most successful people in the production world are always booked out? That’s not just being lucky although luck helps sometimes, right? It's hard work, practice, and a professional attitude that keeps people busy.
Let’s face it, our audiences are wanting more than ever. Higher production values in all productions have never been more important. I think we all get that, right? What about the technical specifications of those challenges? Will the gear you choose be able to deliver not only that engaging content, but do it seamlessly and not fall down on the job? Today’s creative content creators and streamers have so many challenges to not only create compelling content, but to do it in less time, with tighter budgets and more agile production staff. They also may have the new additional challenges of live streaming which can present another whole set of technical parameters that need to be addressed in order to get that fabulous content to the house.
The moment many of us had hoped for is finally here. With the restart of productions, new cameras and important upgrades seem to be popping up all over the place. Yes, the production landscape continues to be changing and I don’t think we are done yet. In part one, we will explore four cameras that have captured quite a bit of interest over the last couple of months. Part two will cover some of the incredible gear that is emerging in 2021 . Check it out!