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
Newsletter - December 2012
In this Issue:
  • Five Steps to Economically Create a DVD or Blu-ray Disc and Sell it on Amazon
  • Three Interesting Performances
Five Steps to Economically Create a DVD or Blu-ray Disc and Sell it on Amazon
Step 1: Selecting a Venue to Record

The selected venue must have a relaxed and pleasant environment, have excellent acoustics, and should be visually appealing. If you are a pianist, confirm that you will have access to first-class pianos with an on-site technician. Make sure that the venue allows you to bring your own audio engineer with his or her own audio recording equipment. Your audio engineer and the equipment that he or she uses will have a significant impact on the recorded audio quality and cost of your recording.

Step 2: Reduce Video and Audio Production Cost

Video and audio production, which involves filming with multiple cameras and professional audio equipment, is the key to achieving the audio and video quality that you desire. Because most venues blll at an hourly rate, it is important that you decide in advance how many hours of recording time you will need to cover the music being performed and to correct any mistakes.

The best and most efficient way to reduce the number of hours spent in the venue is to be well-prepared. One way to ensure you are ready is to schedule the recording sessions soon after you have performed your concert. This way, your performance is already well-rehearsed, and you reduce the amount of time necessary to spend in the venue correcting mistakes.

Step 3: Reduce Editing and Mastering Costs

If you want some control over the editing process, selecting your best takes ahead of time and submitting them to your editor will reduce your editing cost. If you do not have the time or energy to review the footage yourself, allowing an editor to use his or her best artistic judgment is also an option. Because editors often bill on an hourly rate, it is important to choose (if possible) an editor with a musical background. An editor who understands the music can choose for you the best takes, combine them into a single performance, and create for you the recording master quicker and more seamlessly than an editor without a musical background. Minimizing your interaction with the editor over editing choices with which you are not satisfied saves you many hours of editing time and reduces the cost of editing.

The edited master is encoded either to DVD or Blu-ray, which becomes your final disc master. The disc can contain multiple menus, allowing the viewer to select certain portions (chapters) of your performance, as well as bonus features, such as an interview featuring yourself or other information you'd like to add on the disc.

Step 4: Reduce Artwork and Manufacturing Costs

The fourth step is to design the artwork for your DVD or Blu-ray Disc case and manufacture the discs to your desired quantity. The artwork includes the wraparound cover as well as the actual disc face label. In addition to that, you can also add an insert which can highlight all the chapters (tracks) on the disc. Because the price range for designing artwork varies greatly, I suggest that you ask your graphic designer to quote you a flat rate for the design. Do not agree to hourly rates, because you may end up paying much more than you budgeted for.

Step 5: Reduce Distribution Cost and Sell Your DVD or Blu-ray Disc on Amazon

The fifth and final step is to sell your DVD or Blu-ray Disc on Amazon. Amazon provides individual seller accounts, order fulfillment, and distribution of your title. Amazon charges a commission rate plus a flat fee, in addition to the fees it charges to store your records in their warehouse, which is calculated by weight. Click here for more detailed pricing information regarding Amazon's costs.

There are two methods that are involved in manufacturing discs - duplication and replication. Duplication is more suitable for those that need lower quantities, which helps reduce cost. These discs are manufactured using computer disc burners.  Replication is more suitable for commercial release and has a minimum requirement of 1,000 copies. These discs are manufactured from a molding machine and offer higher compatibility with disc players. Click here to learn more about the different methods.

Three Interesting Performances

Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Conductor: David Bernard
All Saints Church, Manhattan, New York


I want to share with you a video clip of a concert that I recorded recently at the beautiful hall of the All Saints Church which is located on the Upper East Side of New York.

The program included Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Opus 60, and Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan").

This remarkable concert was performed by the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony under the baton of the conductor David Bernard, who is also the Music Director of this orchestra. Mr. Bernard conducted the whole concert without a score!

David Bernard was awarded this year a First Prize in Orchestral Conducting. The prize was awarded by The American Prize Competition 2012. The American Prize is a series of national competitions for ensembles and individuals.


Park Avenue Chamber Symphony
Performs at All Saints Church in New York
Conductor and Music Director:
David Bernard

Videography: Asaf Blasberg
Audio Production: Gunnar Gillberg, Antonio Oliart
Mastered by: Asaf Blasberg
Brentano String Quartet is Now on the Silver Screen!


The Brentano Quartet, which I filmed half a year ago, is now on the silver screen!

The critically acclaimed film "A Late Quartet", starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and directed by Yaron Zilberman, opened on November 2nd, 2012.

Based on Beethoven's Late Quartet, Opus 131, the film uses the Brentano String Quartet's new recording of this work as the basis of its soundtrack.

Click here to visit the IMDb page of "A Late Quartet" and to watch a trailer of the movie.


Brentano String Quartet Performs
Live in Concert at Richardson Auditorium,
Princenton University, New Jersey

Videography: Asaf Blasberg
Audio Production: Princeton University
Mastered by: Asaf Blasberg

Jeff Franzel, piano
Faust Harrison Pianos, White Plains, New York


I filmed Jeff Franzel's recent performance at Faust Harrison Pianos recital hall, and I want to share with you Jeff's beautiful improvisation on the Beatles' song "Eleanor Rigby".

In this recital, the audience was very impressed by Jeff's improvisations on his popular songs and the songs of other composers. Some people in the audience suggested Jeff specific themes such as "Hurricane" and "Sunshine," and he would exquisitely improvise with grace and elegance.

Jeff Franzel is a multi-talented songwriter and composer with over 30 years experience in the music business. Jeff began his career as a jazz pianist and toured with many groups, including big band legend Les Brown. During that time he accompanied such artists as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Mel Torme.


Jeff Franzel Live in Concert
Performs at Faust Harrison Pianos,
White Plains, New York

Videography: Asaf Blasberg
Audio Production: Asaf Blasberg
Mastered by: Asaf Blasbferg

He currently is leading his own jazz quintet in NYC and has been a Yamaha artist for over two years. He recently played the Park City Jazz festival with Anna Wilson and Sean Smith.  (read more...)

Click here to visit Jeff Franzel’s website and listen to his music.

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New York, NY 10023

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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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