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 - September 2012
In this Issue:
  • 7 Reasons Why You Should Film Your Live Concert
  • Blu-ray: The New Standard in Home Entertainment
  • 6 Key Differences Between Blu-ray and DVD
7 Reasons Why You Should Film Your Live Concert
Step 1: Selecting a Place to Record

In my June newsletter, I discussed reasons for artists to film their recording session. I was pleased to learn that during the summer, several of my customers filmed their recording sessions and they are working now on releasing their DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles.

However, now that the 2012-13 season has started, many of you will perform live concerts at the major concert halls throughout New York. I would like to share with you 7 reasons why you should film your live concert.

A live recording captures the unique energy, excitement and musical magic of a performance. Many performers will tell you that playing for a receptive audience brings out the best in you.


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
Here Are 7 Reasons Why You Should Film Your Live Concert:

  • Performing in a beautiful and famous concert hall adds credibility to the artist's performance and adds artistic beauty to the final DVD/Blu-ray Disc title.
  • Knowing that the filming was made during a live performance adds credibility to the artist because the potential buyer of the DVD/Blu-ray Disc knows that this is exactly how the artist performed and not an edited version that was recorded in a studio.
  • Cameras can be positioned at strategic locations, and one camera can be placed in front of the audience to capture their applause and response.
  • Performers can ask the videographer to film them greeting the audience after the concert, shaking hands, and interacting with fans and other concert-related activities that artists can ask for. This can add some creativity to the final product.
  • If permitted by the concert hall's management, the videographer and audio engineer can stay for an hour after the performance and fix mistakes that occurred during the concert. This can then be edited into the final Blu-ray or DVD master.
  • Recording a live performance is more cost-effective compared to filming your performance in a studio because it is only a one-time event (generally two hours) as opposed to multiple sessions in a recording studio. Furthermore, because the cost of the concert hall is already included, artists need only pay for production and post-production.
  • In case of ensembles or other multi-artist performances, costs can be shared by all the performers, thus substantially reducing the production and post-production fees for each individual performer.
Blu-ray: The New Standard in Home Entertainment

According to the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), sales of Blu-ray Discs in the US have grown steadily by 13.3% in the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year.

The number of homes with Blu-ray players continued to rise, with 1.4 million Blu-ray Disc players (inclusive of BD set-tops, PS3s and HTiBs,) sold in the second quarter, bringing the total household penetration of all Blu-ray compatible devices to more than 42.1 million U.S. homes.

Furthermore, more than 4.6 million HDTVs were sold to U.S. consumers in the second quarter of 2012; HDTV penetration to date is nearly 80 million U.S. households. 

Blu-ray is now the new standard in home entertainment, depriving the DVD format of its previous spot. Blu-ray's dominance also contributes to the rising number of homes equipped with Blu-ray compatible electronic devices.

Click here to read DEG's full report.

6 Key Differences Between Blu-ray and DVD

Blu-ray Disc (BD) is the successor to today's DVD format for high definition entertainment. It offers 5 times the picture quality of DVD and advanced interactivity. It enables recording, rewriting and playback of high definition content, and storing large amounts of data. Blu-ray is currently supported by the world's leading consumer electronics, personal computer, recording media, video games, and music companies. The format also has support from all Hollywood studios and countless smaller studios.

Co-developed by Sony, Philips and Pioneer, Blu-ray Disc takes its name from the blue laser pickup which reads the digital data stored on the disc. Because the blue laser has a shorter wavelength, data can be stored more densely on a Blu-ray than on a red-laser DVD. Here are the 6 Key Differences Between Blu-ray and DVD:

  1. Storage Capacity - The main benefit of Blu-ray Disc over DVDs is the increased storage capacity. The Blu-ray format offers as much as 5 times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs. It can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer disc and 50GB on a dual-layer disc. This increased storage capacity translates to higher video resolution and audio quality on your TV screen. Because Blu-ray Disc can store 25 GB of data you can fit an entire HD movie on a single layer disc.

  2. Picture Quality - The DVD format is limited to a resolution of 720 x 480 which is called SD (Standard Definition). This resolution looks fine on a standard old "tube” TV utilizing all available pixels on the screen. However, if blown up to accommodate a widescreen HDTV the picture needs to be up-converted and looks grainy. Blu-ray resolution can be as high as 1920 x 1080, which is called Full HD (High Definition). This superior resolution is what really makes Blu-ray video stand out from DVDs. A higher resolution image means the viewer sees sharper and clearer detail when they watch the screen. Furthermore, Blu-ray Disc uses a progressive scan format that projects the entire image in each frame. By contrast, DVDs use an interlaced format where individual frames project alternating lines of video. Progressive scan images are clearer and sharper than interlaced images.

  3. Audio Quality - Blu-ray's extensive storage capabilities mean that it can store lossless, or uncompressed, audio. Most DVDs on the market today use compressed audio, which results in lower quality audio reproduction. This is critical especially for the music market, which strives to deliver the best audio quality.

  4. Bonus Features - The added space that gives Blu-ray better picture quality and better audio quality also gives the medium added space for lots of bonus features. More commentary tracks, deleted scenes, and behind-the-scenes footage are possible with the extra space. Unlike DVD players, Blu-ray players can be connected to the Internet as well, allowing for Internet-enhanced content.

  5. Cost - Blu-ray Disc players cost slightly more than DVD players; however, prices are going down rapidly. Blu-ray Disc players can be purchased for as little as $60 and high definition TVs for as little as $299.

  6. Menus - Blu-ray Disc offers better interactivity than DVD – specifically, with menus that can run concurrently with the film. For example, while watching the movie, the viewer can launch a popup menu on the screen, allowing the viewer to access any part of the movie without having to stop playback. This makes the entire user experience much more satisfying. This pop up menu feature is not available on DVD, which requires you to stop playback and access the menu, interrupting movie playback.

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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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