Videographer and Video Editor in New York City

Videographer and Video Editor in New York City

Videographer and Video Editor
in New York City
Videographer and Video Editor
in New York City
Videographer and
Video Editor
in New York City
Frequently Asked Questions

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What do I receive when I hire you to film a live concert or a recording session?

You will receive all the footage as original, camera-native, high-definition video files copied to your portable hard drive that you will supply. The hard drive will be formatted so it can be read by both PCs and Macs. Having the highest-quality footage for your records is extremely important, particularly in the event you need to do future editing.

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Do you have the ability to film with more than one camera?

Yes, I am able to film with multiple cameras. Typically, I operate the first camera myself, creating an artistic interpretation of your performance by panning and zooming to get both wide and close-up shots. The additional cameras can be either static (non-operator) shots, or I can use operators for each camera, depending on your budget. Click here to learn about the benefits of filming with multiple cameras.

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Is editing the video and/or creating a DVD/Blu-ray Disc included in your filming fee?

Yes, I include a basic transfer (no menus or chapter points) to Standard-Definition DVD or High-Definition Blu-ray Disc (your choice). Editing is provided at additional cost (this includes anything from adding titles, to complex split-screen effects, to changing camera angles for multiple-camera projects). If you need to create a DVD/Blu-ray Disc Master which contains professional features such as root, motion, chapter and pop-up (exclusively on Blu-ray Disc) menus, as well as frame-accurate chapter points, that would also be provided at additional cost. For more information, please visit the Video Editing and DVD/Blu-ray Disc Authoring pages for more information.

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How much do you charge for your services?

I provide a free consultation that can be done either by email, phone, or in-person to best discuss your project requirements and budget.

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What kind of audio quality will I receive when filming a live concert or a recording session?

The audio quality will depend on where the live concert or recording session takes place. If you are performing in a venue or a concert hall, in many situations, the venue itself has its own professional audio equipment. The audio engineer can provide me with an audio feed to my camera, significantly improving the quality of the track. This method is always preferred, since the camera’s microphones provide just basic audio. If the venue does not have professional audio equipment, I provide my own two-track audio recording by using two external microphones placed close to the stage. If you are very picky when it comes to audio and need more than two tracks, I strongly recommend Joseph Patrych of Patrych Sound Studios, a well-known recording producer in New York.

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What kind of cameras do you use to capture my live concert or recording session?

I use Canon XF300 high-definition camcorders, which I prefer for their beautiful colors and sharp video. The Canon XF300 HD camcorders feature 18x HD zoom lenses, which allow me to film with very slow and gentle zooms and pans, including wide and close-up shots. For steady shots, I can use tripods for the cameras; if you need more dynamic shots, I can use a hand-held technique and get different angles from just a single camera. There are many possibilities!

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How long does it take to complete the project?

It depends on the complexity of the project and can range from a few days (for a simple editing job) to many months (for a multi-camera, multi-day recording).

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What venues do you recommend for filming a recording session without an audience?

There are many venues in New York City that provide excellent specifications for filming a recording session. It really depends on your needs. If you are a large band and audio is extremely important to you, it is best to film a session in a recording studio that has isolated rooms for each instrument. Using multitrack audio recording equipment, the audio engineer can then provide me with audio files for each instrument. Then, it is possible to adjust each instrument to your liking until the balance is just right. Finally, I can create an audio mix and synchronize that with the video. One such recording studio with this capability is Avatar Studios. If you are a soloist and play an acoustic instrument like piano, for example, it is important to find a venue that has a concert grand, 9-foot piano. One of the venues that I recommend for that requirement are the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Also, make sure that the venue has adequate lighting! If you find lighting not to be sufficient, however, it is possible for me to provide additional lighting equipment. Remember that achieving a good video requires three basic components – sufficient lighting, HD cameras and professional audio.

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How do I make sure I look the same for a multiple-day recording session?

It is imperative that every aspect of your physical appearance be identical on every day of the shoot; otherwise, the differences will be obvious when doing the editing – that includes hair, makeup, lipstick, jewelry, and any other physical component of your appearance. I strongly advise you to take a copy of the footage after the first day and use it as a guide to your appearance for subsequent days of the shoot.

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What are your methods when it comes to editing footage that was shot by you? How can I best estimate what my editing fee will be? What do you charge for mastering?

I have three methods of video editing. The first method is having you come to my studio, and we work on the editing on the fly. With this method, you can instantly preview your edits before accepting them. Here, my editing rate is calculated on an hourly basis. The second method is for you to review all the footage yourself in your own residence and create an edit decision list. Based on your edit decision list, I come up with a fixed price for editing calculated on a per-edit rate. With this second method, you do not have to pay the hourly studio rate, since I can edit the footage myself based on your edit decision list. Based on previous cases, it is safe to estimate about 20 edits per hour of recorded footage. Obviously, the number of edits for your project will vary depending on your editing requirements. A third method of editing, for artists who are too busy to have time to choose their best takes, is to allow me to use my own artistic/musical discretion. My rate for this method depends on the amount of work involved; please contact me for a quote. Once all the editing is finished (regardless of which method you work with), there is a final required process called "mastering." where I go through the entire production and optimize audio and video levels. I then render the final high-definition file ready for delivery to either the web or a physical disc format, such as DVD or Blu-ray Disc. The mastering fee is based on a fixed price.

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How do I play back the raw footage that is supplied on the hard drive? Can I edit the footage myself?

You can play back the raw footage with the Canon XF software that is provided on the hard drive. Please read my "Hard Drive Instructions.pdf" file for step-by-step instructions on how to accomplish this task. You can edit the footage yourself using the following video editing software: Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 or CC, Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, or Sony Vegas.

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Is it possible for you to upload the raw footage to a file-sharing site like Dropbox or Google Drive?

Yes.

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What kind of footage can you edit?

I can edit any kind of footage that is supplied to me on either a DVD, flash drive or portable hard drive, ranging from web-quality videos to high-definition, broadcast-quality, professional videos. I can also synchronize your footage with an audio track coming from an external audio source. Once editing is complete, I can create a DVD, Blu-ray Disc or Digital HD master that can be published in its entirety to YouTube. Please visit the Video Editing page for more information.

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For transferring the footage you filmed on a hard drive, can you supply the drive for me if I reimburse you for it? Do I need to pick up the hard drive from your studio, or can you mail it to me?

I do not have hard drives in stock; they will need to be purchased from a retailer by you. Or, if you already own a hard drive, you can bring it to my studio. However, please make sure to back up all your data on your drive first. I can mail it to you for an additional shipping charge.

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What is included when I hire you to create a DVD or Blu-ray Disc master from my live concert or recording session?

If I was the person who filmed your live concert, my fee for creating a DVD or Blu-ray Disc master includes all the editing necessary to complete the final master. That includes footage of the entire concert, containing all the camera angles, fully edited onto the final disc. My basic package includes one pre-designed ROOT menu with a background image of your choice and a Play button. Chapter points are placed every ten minutes. It is also possible to place chapter points in specific places, depending on the content of the video. Please visit the DVD/Blu-ray Disc Authoring page for more information.

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What is the difference between a Digital HD master and a DVD/Blu-ray Disc master?

A Digital HD master is a video file that stores all your content digitally. It can be played back on any PC or Macintosh computer, as well as stored online on video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo. The master is stored in high definition for picture quality surpassing that of DVDs. It is possible for me to create this type of master for you upon request.

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Is it possible for you to upload portions of my concert on YouTube?

Yes. Not only can I upload portions of your concert, it is now possible to upload the entire concert on YouTube, providing you with a worldwide audience. Furthermore, all uploads to YouTube are always mastered in high definition, giving you the best possible quality online. This is very important for people who are interested in your career and want to see a sampling of your performances.

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What is your limit of liability?

I will not be held liable for any production problems beyond my control, including, but not limited to the following: intrusive inside or outside noise, bad weather, accidents and/or emergencies, distorted or unsatisfactory audio from the venue, poor or insufficient lighting from the venue, and/or interference from audience members. I will take the utmost care with respect to the footage. However, in the unlikely event that all the footage is lost, stolen, or destroyed, for reasons within or beyond my control, my liability for filming the concert is limited to the return of payments received.

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What qualifications do you have over another videographer?

With regards to the quality of my work, as a Juilliard graduate, I have specialized for the past 20 years in recording musical performances and have applied my musical knowledge to the art of video production. I have filmed renowned musicians in various concert venues such as Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, SubCulture, Spectrum NYC, Cornelia Street Café, The Juilliard School, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, and Klavierhaus Recital Hall, to name a few. I use top-quality video equipment that is very reliable and produces professional results. Having a musical background and carefully studying the music before the concert ensures I understand what is important to capture on video. Depending on the project at hand, I try to attend a rehearsal, which is significant when it comes to filming the important moments.

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I have footage that needs to be edited. Can I give it to you on a DVD?

The DVD format, while offering very good picture quality on a regular (standard-definition) television, is not recommended for editing footage, because the video has been compressed from its native source. This is important especially if you filmed your live concert or recording session in high definition. The DVD format requires all high-definition footage to be down-converted to standard-definition to properly play back on a DVD player, resulting in a reduction of picture quality. Therefore, all my videos are filmed in high-definition from the very beginning. Because I always provide you with the original, camera-native, high-definition video files, you will always have the best source media to work with, especially for the needs of editing.

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What editing software do you use?

I use Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Do you film anything else other than music concerts and recording sessions?

Yes, I film dance shows, live theater, documentaries, interviews and corporate events.

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Do you film weddings or bar mitzvahs?

No, but I would be happy to refer you to a wedding videographer whom I recommend.

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Do you design websites?

Yes. Please email me at asaf@asafblasberg.com for more information.

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So you’re a pianist. Do you give piano lessons, too?

Yes. Please email me at asaf@asafblasberg.com for more information.

Copyright 2017 by Asaf Blasberg

119 West 69th Street #3B, New York, NY 10023

Studio: (646) 505-0706  |  Mobile: (917) 715-8755  |  Email: asaf@asafblasberg.com  |  Top of Page↑

Copyright 2017 by Asaf Blasberg

119 West 69th Street #3B

New York, NY 10023

Studio: (646) 505-0706

Mobile: (917) 715-8755

Email: asaf@asafblasberg.com

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Copyright 2017
by Asaf Blasberg
119 West 69th Street #3B
New York, NY 10023 Studio: (646) 505-0706
Mobile: (917) 715-8755
Email: asaf@asafblasberg.com

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