Yes. Please contact me for more information.
You will receive all the footage as 4K MP4 files via a Google Drive download link. If you want the original native camera files instead (not converted to MP4), you will need to bring a hard drive that you supply to my residence and I will be happy to copy all the footage directly to your hard drive in that format.
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.
I provide a free consultation that can be done either by email, phone, or in-person to best discuss your project requirements and budget.
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. It is also possible to record with multiple tracks should you need more microphones.
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).
I cannot guarantee that I will store your footage on my computer for more than a period of ninety (90) days from the date you receive the finished product.
Please make sure to have a backup of the footage should you need to access it later. You should have received from me either the camera-native files on a hard drive that you provided (recommended for doing editing in the future), or a link to download the footage from Google Drive as a compressed file, suitable for YouTube publishing.
If you have lost your hard drive or no longer have access to your footage, please bring a hard drive to my studio and I will be more than happy to copy the footage for you a second time at no cost to you so you have a backup. If you are shipping me a hard drive, it is your responsibility to pay for postage to my studio and postage back to your location. You can also pick up your hard drive from my studio later.
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.
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 Power Station. 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, professional cameras and audio equipment.
My most common method of editing is to provide a quote for a fixed price, based on your edit decision list. Using the raw camera footage provided from the session, you can watch and listen to everything to decide which takes are best by creating an edit decision list. This is done after production and is used to render a file (edited, finished product). I will provide a sample list to help you get started.
I spend additional time changing camera angles, adding crossfades as well as fade INs/OUTs, trimming the video’s length to match your final required duration, synchronizing the audio track with the video track, and finally, rendering a file for your approval.
For multiple-camera packages, I use my own artistic judgment with regards to changing camera angles and transitions in the editing process. If you would like to change the camera angles yourself, this would be quoted at additional cost.
A second method of editing is to do the editing with my supervision, where you will have full control over what works and what doesn’t. You can work with me in my studio at an hourly rate (please contact me for this rate). I work very efficiently, and a lot can be accomplished even in just a couple of hours. Working with me in the studio allows you to instantly see the results and make changes quickly (including camera angles).
A third method of editing is to have me choose the best takes for you using my own musical discretion. This method is designed for artists who are extremely busy and do not have time to choose their best takes. Please contact me for a quote for this method.
The best quality audio is always used throughout the post-production process and can be provided by myself, the venue, or another audio engineer.
If you need to add video titles and/or credits for specific selections, please contact me for a quote.
If you need to go back and make new changes (new edits or change camera angles), they would be quoted at additional cost. If not, the editing process is complete. I can then use the file to make you a DVD, Blu-ray Disc or convert the file for use on publishing on YouTube.
You can play back the raw footage using any PC or Mac computer with a software called VLC player (free): https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html. You can edit the footage using the following video editing software: Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut X, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, or Sony Vegas.
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 4K Ultra HD, 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 file that can be published in its entirety to YouTube. Please visit the Video Editing page for more information.
I do not have hard drives in stock and due to my busy schedule, I do not have time to purchase hard drives for you; you will need to purchase it yourself and bring it to my studio in person. Or, if you already own a hard drive, and are too busy to make a trip to my studio, you can mail it to me and i'll be happy to mail it back to you upon copying the raw footage, for an additional shipping charge.
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.
A file 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. A DVD/Blu-ray Disc is simple a disc version of the file. DVD/Blu-ray Discs can be played back on DVD/Blu-ray Disc players on both TVs and computers.
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 4K Ultra HD, 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.
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, unsatisfactory audio provided by the venue’s audio engineer, the inability of the venue’s audio engineer to provide me a feed for any reason, and/or interference from audience or waitstaff. I will take the utmost care with respect to the footage. However, in the unlikely event that all of 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.
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.
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 4K Ultra HD and regular HD 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 4K Ultra HD from the very beginning. Because I always provide you with the original, camera-native, 4K Ultra HD files, you will always have the best source media to work with, especially for the needs of editing.
I use Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve.
Yes, I film dance shows, live theater, documentaries, interviews and corporate events.
No, but I would be happy to refer you to a wedding videographer whom I recommend.
Yes. Please email me at email@example.com for more information.
Yes I do. Please visit my pianist and teacher website at https://asafblasbergpianist.com.