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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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Talking openly about what it means to be dyslexic

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Blog, Customer Spotlight | 0 comments

Talking openly about what it means to be dyslexic

This video entitled ‘The Unusual Suspects’ is a 30 minute video made by dyslexic members of staff who talk openly about what it means to be dyslexic and how it has affected them at work and at home. It has been made to increase awareness of Dyslexia and marks the start of the Positive About Disability campaign by West Midlands Fire Service to raise awareness of disability among its staff. The video has already been endorsed by the Department of Work and Pensions and the British Dyslexia Association. It was great to work on this project with Aaron and the cast from West Midlands Fire Service. The project was filmed in a studio and edited over four...

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A fresh new look for Dash

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Customer Spotlight, Feature | 0 comments

A fresh new look for Dash

This week sees the launch of the new look web design for DASH – a disability led charity working with arts and cultural organisations and individuals regionally and nationally. This collaboration between two Birmingham design agencies lead to some inspiring creative ideas. Vivid provided the slick design & Stunn the all important CSS and backend coding. Read More about...

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Why WordPress makes for a great content management system

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Blog, Editorial | 0 comments

Why WordPress makes for a great content management system

WordPress as been around since 2001 and is a well established content management system (CMS) in the web community. Its simple to install and as a great number of professionals writing and developing plugins to enhance its capabilities. Its all these factors which make for a stable, secure and highly customisable platform. Support WordPress themes play a key role in its success. With many to choose from you’ll never get board of the possibilities.  We can help design or customise a theme for your business add professional plugins to maximise user interaction. It also supports video streaming and multi-lingual user interface and offers great web standards and a easy user experience. WordPress links Google’s mobile friendly algorithm rewards responsive sites How social media can benefit small business Why WordPress makes for a great content management system How to password protect your WordPress site How to disable comments on your...

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How to password protect your WordPress site

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Blog, Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

How to password protect your WordPress site

Security is always a big issue when you have an online presence. WordPress is no exception. Along with a good backup routine and maintaining a healthy plugin directory you always want to make sure your WordPress site as a strong username & Password. When WordPress is first installed a ‘Admin’ user account is created by default. Its a good idea to delete this user account and create a new account with a strong username and password. Don’t be complacent, attacks can happen The longer the password. The more difficult it will be to crack. This should be a combination of characters and contain upper-case letters, numbers and keyboard characters. What makes a bad password Because attacks to sites are becomming more common its worth taking some precautions Don’t use only letters or just numbers Don’t use family names, children, girlfriends/boyfriends or pets Don’t use phone numbers, Social Security numbers...

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How to disable comments on your WordPress site

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Blog, Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

How to disable comments on your WordPress site

You may wish to disable comments globally on your WordPress website for security reason. Perhaps if you’re posting sensitive material and don’t always require users to leave feedback. 1. Login to your WordPress website and navigate to the Dashboard 2. Choose ‘settings / discussion’ in the menu 3. Uncheck the box that reads ‘Allow people to post comments on new articles’ Unchecking the box will not effect previously saved posts and settings. WordPress links Google’s mobile friendly algorithm rewards responsive sites How social media can benefit small business Why WordPress makes for a great content management system How to password protect your WordPress site How to disable comments on your WordPress site How to add comments to your WordPress posts Removing the URL field from the WordPress comments form How to Import a Microsoft Word Document into WordPress...

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How to add comments to your WordPress posts

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Blog, Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

How to add comments to your WordPress posts

By default your designer or administrator may have disabled the comments on your WordPress website. To activate the comments on selected posts follow the simple instructions below: 1. Login to your WordPress website and navigate to your Dashboard 2. Click on the ‘All Posts’ link 3. Locate the post you wish to add comments 4. Click the ‘Quick edit’ link under the post entry 5. Tick the box ‘Allow comments’ When you click update the comments should be available on your website. WordPress links Google’s mobile friendly algorithm rewards responsive sites How social media can benefit small business Why WordPress makes for a great content management system How to password protect your WordPress site How to disable comments on your WordPress site How to add comments to your WordPress posts Removing the URL field from the WordPress comments form How to Import a Microsoft Word Document into WordPress...

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