Match Frame Media Blog

New and completed projects, gear and other stuff I'm interested in. 

SA Jazz Songbook

August 14, 2018


I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project! When Dr Karendra Devroop from Unisa Music Foundation phoned me earlier this year to hear if I'd be interested in editing and mastering this project to DVD for him, it took me about half a second to say yes! I had worked with Karendra before and I was thrilled to have another opportunity to do so again.

Honestly working on this was a breeze. Kudos to Unisa for giving me full access to the raw footage, all the branding artwork I could ask for and just being super helpful in general. It is rare these days to have university projects run this smoothly and to get this level of cooperation from internal departments when you're a freelancer.


Above: this, folks, is what your footage backups should look like. I've been advocating this approach myself for a long time - keep every project on its own drive. So all those little files you have scattered all over your computer and the bloody "cloud"? Yeah that's just going to get you into trouble sooner or later... 

Unisa's Sound and Video department supplied HD footage from five camera sources on harddrive. I also received a set of mixed soundtracks, recorded and mastered to perfection by sound engineer Evert de Munnik. Setting up the editing project required me to pull everything into Avid Media Composer and perform a five source multicam edit. Syncing the footage up with the mixed soundtracks was easy thanks to Media Composer's waveform analysis function, and of course the good ol' Mk I eyeball - if you look for the right visual cues in multiple angles it is possible to sync picture and audio up with a large amount of accuracy.



The project, supported by the US Embassy in South Africa, features a number of jazz tracks from South African composers and is performed by local and US musicians. This really is top class stuff and good news is that it will be on YouTube after the CD is launched in a few days. So stay tuned!   
 

So thrilled with my Sony Alpha...

August 14, 2018


My compact little Sony A7Sii keeps on impressing me. I did this interview for the friendly folks over at Optentia a while ago, and really 4K UHD just never disappoints. That in combination with proper cine glass and Red Giant's Magic Bullet in Media Composer has finally given me that much sought-after cine look. 


Above: setting up for an interview shoot with the Sony A7Sii. Sound & lighting assistant Ferdi pictured here setting up our set of LED video lights. With adjustable colour balance t...

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GoPro 5 Session and app reviewed

July 29, 2018


Above: GoPro 5 Session. And photobombing river bird.

An upgraded GoPro camera has been on my wish list for a while now. Why? Because I’m a fan boy, of course! But also because the transition to 4K/UHD production necessitates cameras that can capture footage at better-than-HD resolutions. I own two: a battered and bruised Hero2 that survived a mildly serious motorcycle crash and still works hard on a many of my shoots, and a Hero3+ (that the missus crash-tested on her bike) that can top 2.7...


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Flying with your camera gear

June 5, 2018



How do I get all my gear to the Middle East and back in one piece?!  That was the first thing that crossed my mind in November 2017 when my Saudi corporate project got confirmed. Indeed, how do I fly two full camera kits with audio and lighting to the Kingdom and back? It turned out to be a two-part challenge: one part being customs documentation and the other being airline weight and size restrictions. Although flying everything cargo like the broadcasters probably do would have been n...


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"But did you at least ride a camel?"

May 1, 2018



I have a friend who works in the film industry. I’ve always envied him because he is an incredibly talented cameraman who has worked on several high-end television and movie productions. I once asked him about the glamorous entertainment industry he worked in; about all the expensive toys and the famous people that surrounded him on a daily basis. He then knocked my feet out from under me when he paused briefly and remarked with a tired expression on his face: “You know the bigger the pro...


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SAAB Gripen cockpit video

January 25, 2018


It's GoPro jet time! (Well actually it seems to be a Garmin action cam, which also explains how they got the G-force info, but who cares right?)

Had your breakfast yet? Because there are some serious G-forces at work here. Check out this video from Saab's YouTube channel.
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"Alive" - amazing Canadian wilderness time lapse

January 25, 2018


I simply had to post this story from www.diyphotography.net.

German filmmaker Florian Nick spent six weeks in Canada filming this epic time lapse. It took nine months to edit. Why? Because it is actually composed of 54 000 INDIVIDUAL still images! Interestingly he used a Sony A7SII and Rokinon optics, similar to the kit I just purchased for this year's 4K projects.

Remarkable work. Read the full story here

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Welcome to 2018

January 25, 2018
Every year I start off the first blog post of the year with "We're back! It's 20 whatever". I can't do that again...tedious repetition and all that. But it is 2018 and we're back! 

(Dammit..!)

This year marks a rather dramatic change in direction for Match Frame Media. You'd have to be blind not to recognize that a lot of our projects to date have centered around a certain institution of higher education. We (again we - I'm no longer in this alone) have been collaborating with a number of very ...

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2017. The record year.

November 18, 2017


2017 was a record year for Match Frame Media. Again it feels weird to even write that when I look at the broken state of the world around me. But I am truly grateful to be blessed. After seven years my business continues to grow, both in terms of quality and quantity. During September alone we produced 37 individual videos…I still have no idea how that happened or how we even managed that! But we did.

Note that I say “we”. Because I didn’t do this alone. This business is not just ab...


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Varizoom Camera Rod System

November 14, 2017


I'm slowly turning into a VariZoom fanboy...

If you've been following my blog (and who doesn't!) you'll recall I Frankenstein'ed together a camera rod system myself a few months ago to use with my VariZoom shoulder rig. It worked well but it weighed a ton and I realized that I needed something more compact and also something that I didn't have to remove from the shoulder rig first to use on a tripod or slider. I have a very nice Genustech follow focus unit that fits my new set of Rokinon lense...

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Turning "Meh" into "My Goodness!" with Magic Bullet Looks

November 4, 2017


I first worked with Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks a few years ago. It was the demo version and I loved what it did to spice up some rather mediocre 1080i camcorder video. But I pretty much just dumped presets over my footage without really knowing what I was doing. Fast forward to the present where I now have a better understanding of what goes on in Media Composer's waveform and vector scopes and grading as a whole, and the Magic Bullet Looks suite takes on a whole new meaning.



If you're se...

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And this is why you should be shooting 4K now

November 4, 2017


4K, or UHD is all the rage right now. So what is all the fuss about? Well, the resolution of UHD images is absolutely gorgeous! If you need convincing just walk into any electronics store and take a good look at the 4K ready monitors and the demo material Sony, Panasonic and many others are peddling now.

But other than beautifully crisp images there's a very good reason to start upgrading at least one or two of your HD cameras to UHD soon. Most of us edit 1080p HD projects and output that as w...

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