Fall Newsletter 2009
Bright House Cable Network and CCI Partner to Broadcast Football Games
The CCI Production Truck and Bright House Cable Network set up at
a Tampa area Football Field
CCI's new Mobile Production Unit #6 rolled out over the summer to successfully produce a number of rocket launch broadcasts, but it recently went under the lights for LIVE coverage of a series of High School and College Football games for Bright House Sports Network. The truck was configured to provide 8 camera coverage of High School Games and 10 camera coverage of college games. CCI's EVS and Beta decks were both used for replays and
roll-ins. The internal clip player on the Ross Visions 3 Switcher was used for interstitials. Vision 3 also controlled the Digi-Cart locking sound effects to the clips. Bright House used the two Chryron Duet's in the truck for graphics; using the two channels of the LEX for clip play out with sound effects, full pages and lower thirds and the 2nd Duet Le to generate the score stripe.
"CCI's Ross Vision 3 was a pleasure to work with. The clip player has enough memory to hold many clips and that makes it unnecessary to use an external device for transitions and animations. The Custom Control feature makes it a breeze to program timelines and macros to perform a multitude of tasks. The Ross also lets you save many different profile setups so it is easy to go between different shows, "says Mark Cassoni who was the technical director on most of these shoots.
Bright House used the CCI truck to produce coverage of high school games from Winter Haven, Bradenton Southeast, Largo High School and a University of South Florida Game from Raymond James Stadium Tampa, which is the home field of the Tampa Bay Bucs.
New Production Truck Gets an Upgrade with Ross Vision Switcher
CCI's new SD/HD Mobile production truck is now equipped with a Ross Vision 3 Multi-Definition Production Switcher.
The new production truck can accommodate HD or SD for live production events. It also supports side-by-side work for additional stations or networks or multi-language feeds at large events. The new SD/HD truck went into service in early summer. It will allow CCI to produce twice as many live events.
|New CCI Production Truck|
"We were faced with digital transition and there are only a few manufacturers and suppliers that could offer powerful yet affordable solutions, while also offering free software upgrades," said Jim Lewis, President and General Manager, CCI. "The Ross Vision 3 QMD met our needs accepting up to 48 HD or SD inputs and providing rich macro, DVE, and animation feature sets. Vision's flexibility made Ross the perfect choice."
The Vision 3 at CCI is configured with 7 paths of Up/Down conversion as well as SD and HD output to meet the needs of any production.
David Ross, CEO, Ross Video was so impressed with the CCI
truck installation he visited CCI personally. "We're happy that CCI looked to Ross for their Switcher needs. They have also organized an open training session to the freelance community in Florida, which was a big success." said David Ross, CEO, Ross Video. "The success at CCI really underscores the continued growth of Ross Vision switchers in the mobile truck marketplace."
CAPTION (Right Photo): CEO David Ross Visits with CCI General Manager Jim Lewis
|CEO David Ross Visits with |
CCI General Manager Jim Lewis<
CCI Hired To Video Shuttle Launches for HDNET TV
CCI's Videographer, Dan Jones, was honored to work three recent shuttle launches – the STS-125, STS-127 and STS- 128. STS-125 and the crew repaired the Hubble Space telescope. The STS-127 launch and crew brought supplies to the International Space Station. And the most recent launch of Discovery carried supplies and a new crew member to the International Space Station.
|STS-125 Shuttle Launch|
On all three launches Dan served as a camera operator. He filmed the talent during a live show on HD NET. Greg Dobbs hosted the launch shows. Greg also hosts other shows on HD NET. Dan was also responsible for setting up shots of the VAB and clock with two other cameras. The cameras used on the shoot were Sony HD camera EX 1.
|CCI's Dan Jones serves as a camera operator|
HD Net broadcasts a live one hour show of the launch.
Kennedy Space Center Video Showcases Employees
As part of a new exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Complex, CCI's Dan Jones teamed up with the creative minds over at BRC Imagination Arts. Their goal: to create a video for the youth showing work at the Space Center in a fun and unique way. The first day of shooting included interviews with the employees at KSC. CCI provided a red camera unit, and a Panasonic HVX 200 as a second camera. Dan was the camera operator of the HVX 200. CCI also provided additional crew, such as: production assistants, and a computer tech.
|CCI’s Crew Shoots|
Kennedy Space Center Video
BRC and CCI followed the day of interviews with a day of shooting b-roll of the complex. Shots included one of the launch pads, inside the Vehicle Assembly Building, and one of the transportation devices for shuttle rollout to pad. For this shoot, a Panasonic HPX 500 was used. CCI's Dan Jones acted as camera assistant and was responsible for the work flow and downloading of footage from the P2 cards. CCI also provided two PA's as additional crew members.
On the Front Lines for the Vietnam War
Maitland resident Tom Marshall hired CCI to edit some Vietnam War footage. Marshall presented the footage in Philadelphia at a one hour presentation in front of more than 100 members of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's Assoc. Marshall also published a historical memoir of the people he met in Vietnam in 1970-71. The Price of Exit was published in 1998 by Random House. He flew the OH-58A, UH-1H, and OH-6A aircraft in Vietnam serving in the 4th Infantry Division for three months and the 101st Airborne Division for nine months. CCI is also assisting Marshall with his documentary.
|Helicopter during Vietnam War|
ON THE WEB
CCI is currently working on developing a new website for the Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel & Suites located in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
|Best Western Sibling Page|
"Your Website is one of your most important marketing tools that you have. CCI has been a real pleasure to work with. When developing a new site like ours you are making many changes in copy and art. They have made this important process seamless. Pros like working with Pros and CCI has done a great job for us," believes Rick "Hutch" Hutcherson, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Best Western.
The Cocoa Beach Best Western property has rooms located directly on the beach and is the closest beach hotel to Port Canaveral. Since the hotel is located directly on the beach executives and CCI web designers plan to incorporate a beach theme.
"Giving it a beach theme like incorporating a surf board shaped navigation background, sandy borders around all the main content areas, and use of large background photos taken from the beach will give it a more resort style look and feel," says, Tom Affeld, CCI Web Manager.
The new website design will feature large photos of the beachside property and showcases many of the hotel's special packages like "Park and Cruise" and the "Kennedy Space Center" packages.
CCI also found for the Best Western a booking engine provided by www.ihotelier.com and incorporated it into the website. The Booking engine is a considerable upgrade since it has a 2 way interface with the properties (GDS) Global Distribution System and the (PMS) Property Management System. The website will also highlights useful information on the area attractions, dining, weddings, corporate travelers, and photo galleries of the property. It is scheduled to go live by the end of the year.
ESPN and CCI Produce Florida College Football
The College Football season is in high gear and CCI was a part of the kick-off party for FSU and Miami in Tallahassee on September 7th. CCI supported ESPN for Live HD College Football between the University of Miami and Florida State Seminoles. The match up is a rivalry that goes back to the 1950's.
|Live ESPN Game Day Coverage|
CCI provided lighting for the ESPN set on the field. CCI also used a grip truck and lighting with daylight balanced HMI lights. The company provided a camera operator and lighting director. The Hurricanes blew past the Seminoles with a 38-34 win.
|FSU fans enjoy the first game of the season|
CCI Produces City Visioning Meetings
CCI is producing the Cape Canaveral Visioning meetings. The city planning meetings are held 2 or 3 times a month. CCI provides AV rental support with two cameras, a flypack and 3 support technicians and camera operators. You can watch the City of Cape Canaveral Visioning meetings live on Space Coast Government TV.
VIP Launch Viewing Parties
CCI was honored to capture the launch of two Delta rockets. Friends, family and VIPS gathered at Jetty Park to catch the rockets blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with GPS satellites on board. The first mission in August marked the end of an era for United Launch Alliance, the Delta II rocket and the Air Force. After 20 years, and 49 GPS launches, the Delta II will give way to the larger Atlas V and Delta IV rockets.
CCI's A/V Rentals Department provided a live audio feed and a sound system of the launch broadcast at Jetty Park, and mission audio for VIPS.
"CCI is able to provide unique support to our space clients. We provided a real-time audio feed for VIPS and special guests. Working outside in the Florida August heat can be tough, but we were able to stay cool. The September Delta launch was much cooler weather wise and guests seem to enjoy watching the launch live outdoors, said Andrew Marcus, AV Rental's Manager.
The current generation of Navstar GPS satellites was originally intended to fly on NASA's space shuttles. After the 1986 Challenger accident, the Air Force decided to launch the spacecraft on expendable rockets such as the Delta II. Next-generation GPS satellites are wider and heavier, which is why they will launch on Atlas V and Delta IV rockets. United Launch Alliance has seven more NASA and commercial Delta II missions scheduled through 2011.
For more information on how CCI's AV Rentals Department can help you, contact Andrew Marcus in Cape Canaveral at (321) 783-5232 or in Orlando at (407) 903-9730.
CCI Takes Home 3 Crystal Reel Awards from the FMPTA
Awards Include Best Editing and Best Public Service Announcement
CCI recently won 3 awards from the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association (FMPTA).
|CCI’s General Manager|
Jim Lewis and Production Coordinator
Robin Champagne accept the awards
CCI won awards in the following categories:
Best Public Service Announcement - Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure video
Best Editing for Public Service Announcement - Race for the Cure video
Best Editing for Marketing/Corporate Video for the City of Cape Canaveral
"The team at CCI helped us articulate our vision of Cape Canaveral and then transformed that vision into a movie that captures the magic of our community," said Dianne Marcum, Cape Canaveral Business & Cultural Development Board.
"The entire room was captured?? by the Race for the Cure video when it was shown on the screen at the awards ceremony. The video has received an overwhelming response from the central Florida community. We understand people as far away as the UK have watched it and remarked on how moving the video was," says Jim Lewis, VP and General Manager of CCI.
The 20th Annual FMPTA Awards were held Saturday, September 12, 2009 in Plant City, Florida.
FMPTA is the oldest not-for-profit trade association in the state of Florida. The Crystal Reel Awards annually recognizes Florida films and filmmakers at a dinner and awards program. This year's event was emceed by Tampa area writer and television personality Bill Murphy.