Match Frame Media Blog

New and completed projects, gear and other stuff I'm interested in. All the gear I review is my own. No paid reviews here.

In production: Unisa promo series

October 16, 2018


I'm thrilled with how this turned out! I'm currently working on a series of promotional videos for the Unisa Music Foundation and the first promo went live on YouTube yesterday.



As usual Unisa really pulled out all the stops to assist me in producing this, supplying as much archived concert footage, artwork and original concert photography as I could possibly need. The technical staff responsible for the facilities at ZK Matthews hall at their main Pretoria campus were also on hand when we filmed the interviews, going as far as halting renovation work for the duration of our shoot so we wouldn't have any sound issues, and even changing the stage lighting to assist us in getting the look we wanted! Again, that is a level of support I'm simply not used to as a freelancer!



One of the challenges (and an initial concern of mine) was the 16:9 Standard Definition archive footage I'd have to incorporate into a series of videos along with super crisp UHD/4K interview footage and cutaways. Not everything I'm being provided with started life in HD, and for some of the older concerts DVD copies are the only available source footage. However I was able to get a pretty good visual match by uprezzing the VOB files to DNxHD 185 in Sorenson Squeeze, and giving everything a very careful grading treatment in Media Composer. Pieter de Bruin at Artema Recording Studio did his usual magic and the soundtracks all cleaned up perfectly during audio post production.

This first promo really set us up perfectly and the rest of the series is currently in production.
 

Think Tank Lens Drop

October 9, 2018


So you're on one of those run 'n gun video shoots and you find yourself having to swop lenses on your DSLR or cine camera for a new shot. You pull out a new lens, disconnect the other one from the camera and then find you need another set of hands to hang onto either one of the lenses while you fiddle with lens caps and lens adapters. You turn to your assistant for help, but he's holding onto a sound boom, cables and the rest of your gear. And so the ridiculous juggling act begins, the result...

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Mon dieu! French Navy GoPro jets

October 9, 2018


Haven't had GoPro jets on here for a while, and that's just wrong... 

To whomever films the French Navy's video footage: well done! Featured in this video on their official YouTube channel are French naval pilots putting Rafale jets through their paces. The footage is absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy.    

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SA Jazz Songbook CD set launched

September 25, 2018


Folks, it has arrived! You'll soon be able to pick up your own copy of the SA Jazz Songbook CD/DVD set from your nearest music store.



The YouTube promo is live and you can watch a few of the tracks we produced over the next few days if you subscribe to Karendra's YouTube channel. I'm thrilled of course because this is the first project I worked on for national distribution. I also didn't know this at the time, but it took these guys ten years to make this performance happen! That is reason e...

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Filming in Boipatong

September 25, 2018


We were back filming in the townships recently for an Optentia project on unemployment. 



This project saw the NEX-FS100 come out of retirement as I wanted to travel light and also out of security concerns. It is still a good camera, even if it is now showing its age in the compact age of 4K clarity. With Rokinon glass on the front I find I can still get matched footage in an HD project.



Ferdi and I have filmed in a number of South African townships over the past few years and I'm struck by t...

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SA Jazz Songbook

August 14, 2018


I thoroughly enjoyed working on this project! When Prof 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 j...

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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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