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A new look for Sports & Welfare

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Customer Spotlight, Feature | 0 comments

A new look for Sports & Welfare

This week sees the launch of the new look web design for Sports & Welfare – A members only ‘club’ exclusively for serving and retired employees of the West Midlands Fire Service. This collaboration between Two Birmingham design agencies lead to some inspiring creative ideas. Vivid provided the slick design & Ant Powers Web Development the all important CSS and backend coding. Please click to view the Sports and welfare...

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Crowd Funding movie for New Outlook – My Guide project

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Blog, Editorial, video | 0 comments

Crowd Funding movie for New Outlook – My Guide project

This short film is set in Birmingham at New Outlook Chatham Place. We follow Phyllis over a week in order to highlight the need for help and support for the partially sighted. More about the project and the people New Outlook support New Outlook support people with sight loss to get out and about on their own terms, reducing isolation and community disconnect. There are over 27,000 adults who are registered blind or partially sighted living in Birmingham and this figure is set to double by 2050. Many people with visual impairments also suffer from another long-term illness or disability. Over 40% suffer from depression, with sight-loss having a negative effect on mood and lifestyle. As well as reduced mental health, sight loss results in decreased social functioning. Having a visual impairment is associated with lower social relationships and poorer connections to family and friends. Over 50% of people with...

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Filming and editing Cruse Bereavement Care – 40th Anniversary

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Blog, video | 0 comments

Filming and editing Cruse Bereavement Care – 40th Anniversary

This project was filmed and edited for Cruse Bereavement Care 40th Anniversary. Cruse is a leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. They offer support, advice, and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. The project was filmed and edited in two days. Thank you to Cruse for allowing Vivid to film the celebrations and thanks to Aaron Manning for helping to capture some great footage of the day. Chris is a film and movie producer / editor. You can see my most recent work at: VividShare on Vimeo. If you require any help or advice please visit my contact page  for further details, Do you need help, with your next video project See our Video Editing...

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Benefits of POP3, IMAP to Exchange Server

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Blog, Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on Benefits of POP3, IMAP to Exchange Server

Benefits of POP3, IMAP to Exchange Server

Have you ever wondered what happens when you set up an email account on your computer, or how email is sent from one computer to another? If you’re confused by those prompts you sometimes get for an incoming or outgoing server password and want to know your ‘pop3’ from your ‘SMTP’ for example, then this helpful and informative little blog is for you. POP3: – Post Office Protocol 3 Emails are past from server to server regardless of the email handling method or service in use. This is an industry standard protocol that enables emails to be sent and received with ease. You can connect to POP3 accounts using popular email systems such as Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird and Apple Mail. These systems connect to the POP3 and download any emails to your computer. Most POP3 applications have a default setting not to delete downloaded emails...

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SMTP Error Codes – what do they mean?

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Blog, Tips & Tricks | Comments Off on SMTP Error Codes – what do they mean?

SMTP Error Codes – what do they mean?

From time to time you may experience error message when sending emails. This can be for a number reasons. Below is a list of the most common errors. SMTP 550: Permanent Failure for One or More Recipients? The most common generic error message. It means the email could not be delivered. This could be for a number of reasons. The users mailbox is full The users mailbox doesn’t exist anymore Blocked by spam due to the content or by the senders network The senders network maybe blacklisted. What can you do? If possible, try to contact the recipient by other means. If the error message points to a specific blacklist or spam filter, do try to contact the list or filter administrator. Failing all this, you can always explain the unfortunate situation to your email provider. They may be able to contact their colleague at the receiving end and get the...

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So you have a great looking WordPress site, what next?

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Blog, Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

So you have a great looking WordPress site, what next?

Making a great looking responsive website is only half the battle. You will need to make the website work hard day and night to bring in the revenue to pay for itself. With a responsive WordPress website the inbuilt Content Management system is a very good place to start. Most WordPress templates come with good inbuilt SEO. WordPress out of the box is more than capable of handling the small changes needed to get you noticed in search engines, additional plugins are freely available to give your site a boost. The Market Not many sites are in the strong position of selling a unique product and attracting clients from the initial launch. The chances are your website sits in a highly competitive market and requires a few alterations to get you more traffic. Time is at a premium, what should I focus on? You’ll need to install Google Analytics...

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Working from home as a freelance video editor

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Blog, Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

Working from home as a freelance video editor

I started freelance video editing about eight years ago. Working with videographers on small editing projects for West Midlands Fire Service. This soon grew and I now film and edit projects for many businesses in the Birmingham area. This project was filmed and edited for Castle Vale swimming pool. The facility was facing closure and required a promotional video to gain exposure and support for the campaign to keep it open. Equipment This is my set up; what works for me Apple iMac with plenty of ram BMPCC camera and lenses H4N sound recorder Final Cut Pro editing software Several fast external Thunderbolt drives Vimeo pro account for sharing content Several card readers for capturing media Video Storage In the past I used many LaCie drives to manage and video edit content. I recently invested in a Drobo raid drive and several fast Red drives for stability and raw...

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Google’s mobile friendly algorithm rewards responsive sites

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Blog, Editorial, Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

Google’s mobile friendly algorithm rewards responsive sites

Google recently released its mobile friendly algorithm, which caused much controversy across the internet. This update means sites that are not fully optimized and register as mobile friendly will receive a lower score and could incur a penalty losing vital page positioning in the Google browser. Fortunately the nice folks at Google have provided you with a simple way to mobile friendly test your website. Below is the mobile friendly test page and what it looks like, its very easy to use. By adding your domain you can receive instant feedback on how Google views your websites. If you get a FAILURE message you will also get a list of useful pointers to help you improve your sites performance. If your websites already Responsive then you shouldn’t receive any errors. Google recommend this approach for maximum scoring. A good website template will allow the site to display across all mobile friendly devices without the need...

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BMPCC – Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm 3.5

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Blog, Tips & Tricks | 1 comment

BMPCC – Carl Zeiss Jena 135mm 3.5

I’d had my eye on a Carl Zeiss lens for a while. This one I acquired by chance in Sheffield while visiting my brother in law. It came with some extension tubes and handy leather case. When the 135mm lens is attached to the BMPCC, it roughly equates to a 388mm lens. This beast of a lens is not so easy to focus when using hand held. I used a tripod for the shot below. I added some simple colour correction using ColorFinale, crushing the blacks and raising the highlights. This made the footage from the lens come to life. I also found the lens worked great as a macro, especially when combined with the extension tubes. The thing I like most about this lens is it’s short focal range and the great bokeh effect it makes when pointed at any dancing light such as sunshine through trees. All in all a nice addition to my...

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Shortlisted for movie Award

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Blog, Customer Spotlight | 0 comments

Shortlisted for movie Award

Myself and colleagues from the Fire Service have been shortlisted for an award in London.  The award is for a movie entitled ‘The Unusual Suspects’ a thirty minute piece to camera made by dyslexic members of staff who talk openly about what it means to be dyslexic. The awards dinner is scheduled for the 9th July 2015 at the Emirates Football Stadium in London. We are so excited to be nominated for this award. It was great to work on this project with Aaron, Tristan and the cast from West Midlands Fire Service.”      ...

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