• You Can Never Be Too Careful

    by Steve Russo, Director of Operations - July 27, 2017 | Tags: ,

    Everyone would agree that video equipment is fragile. Despite our best efforts to keep it secure and safe things happen and damage can occur. Sometimes the damage to video gear is subtle, other times it's catastrophic. Obviously, if a camera falls off the tripod it could be destroyed, but even if a piece of equipment is simply placed down too aggressively a small part can break and go unnoticed for a while. Such was the case with one of our small nine-inch video monitors. At some point this monitor must have taken a sizable hit on the corner and because it is wrapped in a "protective case" the damage was not noticed for some time. As you can see in the pictures, what seems like just a small crack turned out to be a more significant issue affecting the power button. Luckily the damage was fixed with some super glue and a product called Sugru but it could've been a lot worse. 

  • Gearing Up for Election Season

    by Jenn Adams, News Director - July 21, 2017 | Tags: , ,

    It’s that time again – the time when candidates we know and candidates we don’t vie for one of the seats on the City Council and School Committee that are up for grabs. And this year, there’s a mayoral election too.

  • The Search for the Perfect Mouse

    by Eugene Foygelman, Production Coordinator - July 14, 2017 | Tags: ,

    When it comes to actually using your computer, the computer mouse is most people’s preferred method. Some might like to jump around with their keyboards, others have pens, and some use track pads (which are basically mice but worse).  When it comes to the PC universe there’s a large variety of mice, from extremely cheap basic ones with only three buttons to large expensive ones with a yacht-load of buttons. In the Apple computer sphere, there are a couple of options that work well, and then there’s the other PC mice that sort of work with a Mac. My rant is more about computer mice overall, and how the expensive price points sometimes don’t mean anything when it comes to the build quality, comfort, and control.

  • XLR Cable Coiling Tutorial

    by Angela Harrer, Co-Director of Original Programming - July 07, 2017 | Tags: , ,

    One of the most annoying discoveries on a shoot is finding out that all of your cables are tangled. Most of the time the XLRs are the culprits, and that's because the over-under coiling technique isn't easy to learn. Here's a quick tutorial on how to properly coil XLRs.

  • What is a Showrunner?

    by Jessica Leff, Digital Marketing Specialist - June 29, 2017 | Tags: ,

    Do you know who is responsible for your favorite television show? Do you know whose creative vision is being made into a reality for you to enjoy each week (or for about thirteen hours in a row if you’re choosing to binge watch a season of a Netflix show)? Do you know the person you have to thank for giving you something to talk about, bond with your family about, or a joke to laugh about at the end of a long day? While a ton of work goes into one episode of television, someone is in charge of the process and that is the showrunner.

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