Check out our Newest Production

A few weeks ago our Director of Photography, Kevin Almodovar shot a commercial for the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Currently being aired on TV, the shot was completed in just 2 days. Using the latest technology and lighting techniques, we were able to replicate the message our clients at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center wanted to send to new patients. Take a look in the video below.

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Gaffer Tips: Photographs & Lights

Today at Revive, we experimented with lighting options for group photos. Perhaps you have encountered the problem of limited lighting within a small room. For your next photoshoot, we have a great fix for this issue. Continue reading, to discover one of our gaffer tricks.

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Hero Shots

With the help of our Director of Photography, Kevin Almodovar, we attempted to take group photos in our lobby. The first time around we had one light, which is called a keylight. The keylight was set up in the front of our team lighting down on us.

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As you can tell in the image above with just the keylight, the image seems to lack lighting since our group blends into the dark background. In our next round, we added what is called a hairlight, or also referred to as a backlight. The backlight stands behind and over our team to add extra lighting. You will see that new image pictured below.

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As you can tell, by adding the backlight we established what we like to refer to as a 3 dimensional look to the photo. Our team now “pops” and viola! We have new team photos! Need more information about our video production services? Contact our team for more information!

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What does a Director of Photography do?

The director of photography or also referred to as the cinematographer plays a vital role in video production. The DP (Director of Photography) must have a very vast knowledge and understanding of cameras, composition, lighting, and film. A DP’s duties and responsibilities include the work he does before, during and after film production. Learn just some of the steps a cinematographer takes in making a video.

Pre-production
The DP is needed in the early stages of video production since they decide instrumental decisions such as how to interpret the script in line with the director’s vision and they also set the cinematic style and tone.

Storyboards
While the DP may not always physically draw the storyboards, the cinematographer must still go through the script and create a visual representation of every shot. The storyboard will lay out the film in its entirety so that the director and producer can schedule and plan production.

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Cameras
A large part of time is spent selecting cameras and lenses to create a uniform style for the film. Along with camera selection, comes the specific lens kit and lenses to best capture each shot.

Lighting
The DP gets to dictate how he or she wants every scene lit. In some cases, a DP is in charge of a single gaffer or an entire lighting department depending on the type of project.

Framing
Framing each shot requires great attention to detail from the DP. Working alongside the cameraman, the DP properly frames each shot. This process can take hours depending on the film.

Once all of the production is done, the DP can get into the post-production process. This includes the digital grading and film development process.

Have any questions for our Director of Photography? Our cinematographer has many years of experience. Contact us today for your next video production project. Let Revive take your video idea from concept to delivery!

Why Corporate Video?

In contemporary society, most businesses are applying the corporate look to their companies. Some of this is apparently visually, from logos to signs to even business cards. Other methods are less direct but increasingly popular, such as video production for marketing and advertising; more media-based-training in order to maintain that professional appearance. Corporate video is a primary source of success for growing businesses While some companies have a whole division dedicated to corporate video work, others rely on hiring professional production agencies to get the job done. Our company specializes in all types of video production, corporate included, and we have the right tools to give your company a fresh, digital makeover.

Why Corporate Video?

So why even do corporate videos for your business? Why spend the money? In this day and age, digital media is everything, so keeping up with modern trends is essential to maintaining a successful company; PowerPoint can only do so much. Additionally, corporate videos can be a variety of subjects.

Our Video Production Services

Our company offers a bevy of production services, including video production (for corporate, commercial, and advertising to name a few), post-production editing, graphics, and much more. Revive Media Services’ goal is to create first-class video with a message that has a cinematic feel to it, because we want to treat a client’s project with the same respect they have for it. In this industry, nothing less than dedication and hard work will cut it, otherwise the product suffers. Fortunately, we are professional enough to operate that way.

Revive Media Services specializes in corporate video and video production. If you are interested in our services, view our portfolio and our equipment list. We would be happy to hear from you and speak to you about what you have in mind for a corporate video for your business!

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Northwest Florida Regional Airport – Television Ad

Here is a look at Revive’s most recent television ad! The Northwest Florida Regional Airport recently hired us to shoot their newest 30 second commercial. Contact us for more information about your video production needs! Our phone number is 850-362-0001

 

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Behind the Scenes of the Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau shoot

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Check out the pictures from our latest shoot! Get behind the scenes!

Thanks to the great crew. Shane ReynoldsSteve Baker,Lauren Nicole BrownlowAlex LauJon Deckert, Ryan Tapp, Christian Bauer, Lynn Dominique, Joy Lamas, Fred TurnbowMaryAnn Gaudry Sadler, Lewis Communications, ECCC Crew and the lovely and talented Rianna Freeman that was sent by Barefoot Modelsandtalent.

Graphics and how to choose a Graphic Designer

Color Feeling Chart for Graphic DesignsWhen people think about graphic design they normally think about a desktop program (such as Photoshop or Gimp) that allows them to create images and publish them on their website, business cards, invitations, or in a variety of other places. However, this is not true graphic design, and in fact, in order to produce professional graphic designs, this requires the skill of a graphic artist. The process is much different than using some type of desktop application because it requires a graphic designer that can create a unique experience when it comes to color, print, typography and the overall visual effect to the viewer. In this blog you will discover the importance of graphic design, and how you can benefit when it comes to hiring this type of service.

Why Graphic Design

Creating a visual impact when it comes to advertisement or designing a website will require the skill of someone that understands how to put colors and images together that are not only eye-catching, but pleasing as well. This will not only be important from the standpoint of the visitor or person that is looking at a design or image that has been displayed on your website or advertisements, but this is also important for you as a business owner because this is a critical element when it comes to the unique marketing aspects of your business.Color Feeling Chart for Graphic Designs

The reason for this is the designs, graphics, and colors you display, over time, will become associated with you or your business. In this respect, it will be important to choose a graphic designer that can establish designs that will convey the message you’re trying to get across to your potential audience. So, as you can see, graphic design plays a huge part when it comes to you, your business, or your marketing strategies. With that being said, this leads to the next point that will be just as important, and that is choosing a graphic designer and successfully working with your Graphic Designer.

Choosing a Graphic Designer

There are a wide variety of graphic designers available for those trying to get some graphics completed for a specific project or website design. However, it will be important to realize that every type of graphic designer will not be the same. You will discover that there are some that will specialize in certain types of design while others will work in specific areas that have to do with graphics. For instance, when looking for a graphic designer you’ll need to consider website design, company logo, photographic images, business cards, flyers, brochures, product packaging, and even your business stationary.

All of the items listed above will need to be considered, and it will be up to you to choose a graphic artist that will be able to handle the specific areas where you have important requirements. So, with the information provided above you can see why it’s important to choose a graphic designer that has superior knowledge in any specific area. Now, these are only a few areas where the skills and knowledge of a graphic artist will play a huge part; however, you can see that being a graphic designer is much more than using a simple desktop application.

Another good thing to look at is that, companies that have multiple graphic designers, would be the best route to go, when deciding on themes for your company or individual needs. Having two designers is better then one, because they are able to help and give each other ideas or pointers in if a graphic is to cluttered, the graphic is to amateur looking in visual aspects or if the colors are not blending well.

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Testing the Teradek Cube

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It’s a busy morning here at Revive Media Services! We are preparing for an upcoming shoot and today we are testing the new Teradek Cube which allows for wireless transmission of video up to five devices including iPads and laptops!

To learn more about the Teradek Cube, please visit the Teradek Website

Flash To HTML5

I have been involved with Adobe Flash for over a decade. At one point about 7 years ago everything I built for the web was in Flash. In this time I’ve watched Flash shape change in its entirety from a simple animation tool for designers (Flash 2), to a robust programming language for developers (Flash CS3 and later versions). All the while it managed to maintain all previous facets of itself. It was everything to everyone and the thing to have a website that was made out of Flash.

However by the end of 2008 Flash Player could be found on about 99% of PCs Worldwide per statistics from Adobe. If you had a cool Flash site, most people could see it. Hip and slick flash websites were all the rage and developers were flocking towards the Flash environment.

Flash CS4 launched that year and incorporated a new and more robust Media Encoder, which meant that most formats of video could now be streamed though Flash too (So AVI, DV, MPG, MOV files could all now be turned into FLV flash video). This made Flash video the premiere and most widely used movie playing software on the web.

Adobe had also in 2006 launched the new, super sleek version of its programming language, Action Script 3.0. This object orientated programming language was something Flash programmers and developers had been needing for years. So now Flash could also be used to program fabulously funky, fully functioning shopping carts .

Flash had done it again, it had morphed to become what was dreamed of it.

So why are we now starting to seeing the death of Flash on the web?
There are 2 major contributing factors:

1.The SEO drawbacks have never been overcome. As the output of Flash is a movie, its very difficult for search robots (such as googlebot) to accurately read and distinguish flash content online. It is true the method of deep linking using swf address has somewhat helped in this area; but the fact remains that all other things being equal, a code based site will out-perform a flash site in search results.

2.The rise of the mobile devices. The refusal of the Apple organization to support Flash on its devices has been much discussed, and the fundamental reasons are well understood. See Steve Jobs’ 2010 article on the topic. However the underlying truth is that Flash excelled in the era of the PC and the mouse. It is far less ideal for use on mobile devices in terms of resources and interactivity with touch screen as opposed to mouse. This is true despite Android’s recent Flash support initiatives.
And I for one am not going to sit back and wait on the day when Apple will ever support Flash Player on its devices.

I my self have noticed a drastic drop in demand for flash websites or apps recently. In this case we judge its only a matter of time before the general public accepts the realities as our community sees them.
Indeed it would appear to this me at least that Adobe, with the release of Edge for HTML5 authoring, is reaching similar conclusions. I can just hope that Edge will evolve as beautifully as Flash did or better.
RIP Flash websites, I’ll miss you.

So what will replace Flash use on websites and how will this change the Web?

There is very little doubt that a large proportion of web interactivity in the near future will be driven through HTML5. Audio and video files for example can now be easily implemented through the language by simple tags.

The great open source language PHP will continue to feature heavily in dynamic web development initiatives. As for established open source content management frameworks, WordPress looks set to continue in its meteoric usage rise.

We expect to see a lot more 3D file integration in websites soon. The intelligently applied use of After Effects and Cinema 4D will bring a very fresh look to websites. As downstream bandwidth rates rise exponentially the barriers to running 3D applications will disappear.

But none of the above can do great animated interactivity as brilliantly as Flash.

Therefore there is nothing to totally replace Flash, but there are enough other cleaner elements out there that maybe this doesn’t matter anymore. We have all gotten over our amazement that the web exists at all, and we no longer need to watch a slick interactive flash animation to bedazzle ourselves. Now we primarily want information quickly from the “information super high way”. Information, research, entertainment though video or music, shopping and paying bills are all items we want from our time spent online.

As for Flash itself, it has always exhibited masterful ability for adaptation. Right now it is being heavily used in online gaming. The millions of sites incorporating Flash are unlikely to disappear overnight, but they will disappear over time as the world wide web continues to adapt to our needs.
So while the future of flash in website development is fading, it may well carve itself a new alternative path forward.

The opinions in the article are exactly that, opinions.

Meet Drake “The Man”

We are so proud of our team here at Revive Media Services. Diverse, experienced, passionate, talented and perfection-seeking … those are just a few words that come to mind when we think of the folks who work so hard to create your website, any video production you have or even advertisements! Okay, we are obviously biased, but we think you’ll agree as you learn more about the people behind our developments. Revive Media Services employees are pretty special.

Our workers hail from all over the Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Navarre and Niceville area. It’s important to all of us that every product we develop is made right to our clients satisfactory. We’ve been in business for more than 4 years and some of our employees have been with us right from the very start! We keep adding to the team with talented new hires as the business grows, but experienced or new, the one thing all Revive Media Services employees have in common is passion … passion for quality, for beautiful designs and for creating the very best products for your needs!

Now, in the spirit of getting to know the people of Revive Media Services, we’d like to introduce you to our newest team member here at Revive Media Services, Drake!

Where are you from originally?

“I grew up in Pinellas Park, Florida – 15 miles west of Tampa.”

How long have you been developing web designs?

“I’ve been developing web designs since I was about 8 years old.”

What’s your job title?

“Well some people call me ‘The Man’. But I am the new Design/Developer/Programer here at Revive.”

What does that mean, exactly?

“That means, when you have a custom website or image you would like designed; I am the nerdy guy people think about that is awesome on a computer. I design all my images from scratch and program everything you need until the client is happy.

I also spend a little amount of my time working with Kevin on making custom video products in the video production side of Revive.”

What is your favorite part of creating a new website?

“The initial design phase is the best, because I work to translate a vision of our clients into reality. It’s great to see the diversity in our clients minds basically come to life!”

Tell us some things interesting about yourself.

“I was sponsored for BMX Free-style riding when I was 16.”
“I have been playing on computers since I was about 6 years old, but designing since I was 8.”

What’s your favorite TV show?

“Dexter”

What are your favorite movies?

“The Big Lebowski”
“Pulp Fiction”
“Fight Club”
“James Bond”

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