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Meet our Presenters: Douglas Spotted Eagle!

Meet Douglas Spotted Eagle

Douglas Spotted Eagle is a multi-talented, multi-award winning audio and video pro. He is a Grammy recipient who has DuPont, Peabody, and Telly awards lining his studio; he is also a participant/producer in multiple Emmy winning productions. Douglas is the Managing Producer for Sundance Media Group, and has authored several books and DVDs and has served as a trainer and consultant for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters.  He also thrives in the adrenaline-filled world of fast-action videography, where he has broken new ground in the use of POV cameras.


Corporate Video Production

Talking heads and wide shots in long-form business videos just don’t cut it anymore. Preparation, persuasion, and creativity can make the difference between acceptable and spectacular.

Tuesday, June 18 | 3 – 6pm>> Read more & register!

Producing Training Videos

Training videos are in demand! With videos for products, clients and corporations and the advent of YouTube and everywhere else – training videos have become an everyday part of our lives.

Wednesday, June 19 |10am – 1pm>> Read more & register!

Go Beyond the Full HD!

This session includes information related to the latest HD production and post- production tools, including newly released technology. Camcorders and software have evolved to include 2k, 4k and more. In today’s market, you must understand both the technology and the HD workflow to keep pace.

Wednesday, June 19 | 3 – 6pm >> Red more & register!


Wingsuit weekend at Pepperell from Douglas Spotted Eagle on Vimeo.

Meet Our Presenters (Douglas Sonders!)

Meet Douglas Sonders

Douglas Sonders is a photographer and filmmaker born and raised in the Virginia suburbs just  outside of Washington D.C. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (with an Advertising Photography degree) and images in his portfolio regularly appear in the world’s most high-profile magazines. Douglas, as an acclaimed photographer & filmmaker, is constantly in-demand, participating in on-location shoots around the world, traveling on assignment for some of the biggest companies and magazines in the world.  He co-founded 8112 Studios, a full scale video production company that handles everything from pre-production to filming to post-production.  8112 Studios’ award-winning work can be seen on televisions internationally and numerous websites. Sonders was named one of Washington D.C.’s most influential people under 40 by Washington Life Magazine, and named one of D.C.’s top 25 creatives of 2010.  He’s also been profiled in a variety of photography and entertainment magazines for his lighting-style, body of work, and professionalism.


The Power of Marketing your Personal Brand

Branding yourself as a photographer has become increasingly difficult in this age of over-saturated social media and intense competition. How do you stand out from the crowd? How do you brand yourself in a way that will keep you happy as a photographer and help keep new clients interested?

Tuesday, June 18 | 3 – 6 pm>> Read more & register!


Shooting a Music Video/Short Film – for Still Photographers

You’ve heard about still shooters making attempts at moving into filmmaking, but it’s not as easy as everyone thinks. Get a leg up on the competition. Learn to plan smart, shoot smart, and budget smart to create effective video projects.

Wednesday, June 19 | 11:30am – 2:30pm>> Read more & Register!


FREE: Intro in to Phase One IQ2 Cameras and Software

Learn why Phase One makes the class-leading medium format camera system as well as
the best combined tethering and RAW processing software (Capture One Pro).

Two FREE Sessions>> Read More and Register!

Tuesday,  June 18 |9:15 – 10:45am  &   Wednesday June 19 |9:15 – 10:45am


ProFusion 2013: Meet our Presenters (Garrett Brown!)

We are THRILLED to be playing host to such a stellar lineup of talent at this year’s ProFusion Imaging Expo. So much so that we want to introduce them to you – one by one!

Our first presenter needs no introduction to film buffs and filmmakers, alike… so, without any further ado:

Meet Garrett Brown

Best known as the Oscar-winning inventor of the Steadicam™, Brown has shot with it on nearly 100 movies, including: Rocky, The Shining , and Return of the Jedi. Garrett holds 50 patents worldwide for camera devices including Steadicam Merlin™ for camcorders, Skycam  – the robot camera that flies on wires over sporting events, and Mobycam, Divecam, Flycam, et al, that pursue athletes worldwide. His new zeroG™ technology floats tools and reduces workplace injuries. In past lives Garrett has recorded for MGM as a folksinger, sold Volkswagens, directed TV commercials, and made films for Sesame Street. And his voice was the other half of that well-known ad-lib duo on radio for Molson and American Express. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the Directors Guild, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has recently been inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Garrett’s Moving Camera lecture has been seen at film schools and festivals around the world.

Steadicam: The Moving Camera

Why is one moving shot better than another? How does one quiet little item rivet the audience and advance the plot, while another, even a grand flashy swoop, bores, distracts and sets us back? The kinetics, dynamics, psychology and narrative wallop of the moving camera  – plus the daring artistry of camera operating –are the secret sauce of great moviemaking.

Videographers and aspiring Steadicam operators interested in a general overview of the Steadicam will not want to miss this event!

Tuesday, June 18 | 9 – 10:30am >> Read more & register!

ProFusion 2013: Do you have your FREE tickets?

We’ve been MIA for a while, but that’s because we’re furiously crossing the Is and dotting the Ts on this year’s ProFusion Expo! We’re so thrilled with the lineup of exhibitors and seminars that will be on offer this year… so you do NOT want to miss out.

Once again, this year, the event takes place at the Toronto Congress Centre. And the fun gets underway Tuesday, June 18, continuing on through Wednesday, June 19.

The Show Hours
Tuesday: 10am – 7pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm



ProFusion 2012 in Photos!

You may have noticed a bit of a lull here on the ProFusion blog as of late. But that’s only because, after a highly successful ProFusion 2012, quite a few of us took a well-deserved vacation…

BUT we’re back and want to share some of the highlights of our action-packed two days with you!

Not only has this event continued to draw more attendees and  more exhibitors, but it’s tripled in size since its inception! And we’re all quite proud of this accomplishment.

We’d like to extend a HUGE thank-you to everyone who came out to see us and to all of our exhibitors, vendors,  presenters and sponsors. ProFusion is no small undertaking and it takes every person involved (that means you, Vistek staffers who ran your feet off for two days straight!) to make it a success.

We look forward to seeing you all next year at ProFusion 2013!

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ProFusion 2012: Live from the show floor!

Can’t get away from the office? Planning to come check things out a little later? Why not have a quick look at what’s going on right NOW at ProFusion 2012!

Courtesy of some talented Humber College graduate students and the Humber Mobile Production Truck , we’ll have a live stream from the show floor for the entirety of ProFusion 2012. So check it out! Then come on out and see it for yourself!

Watch the ProFusion 2012 Live Stream!


ProFusion 2012: Setup day time-lapse!

ProFusion 2012 is only minutes from getting underway! In the meantime, take a look at how much hard work has gone into bringing you all of this year’s excitement!

ProFusion 2012: Even more reasons why you NEED to attend!

In addition to FREE expo tickets (what? don’t have one yet? GET ONE!), a full roster of seminars by world-renowned presenters, the PRO STUDIO: Live Shooting Experience with photographer Iden Ford, more gear than you even imaging and show specials that are going to ROCK your socks off – ProFusion 2012 has an incredible selection of free seminars on offer as well!

Yes, that’s right — FREE.

Sony Canada will be on hand for three exciting video seminars, but you do have to register for these as seating is limited (and it’s going to be first-come, first-served… so don’t wait until the last minute or you could miss out.)

New Product Overview/Launch
Sony Canada is pleased to introduce its 2012 line of Prosumer, Broadcast and Digital Cinematography cameras.

June 19 | 11:30AM – 12:15PM | FREE >> Read more & register!

So, You Want to Work in 4K?
Join us for a presentation on Sony’s 4K offering  –  from the creation of a picture to the delivery in theatre.
June 19 | 2:45 – 3:30PM | FREE >> Read more & register!

XDCAM and NXCAM Workflow
In this presentation, Sony will compare and contrast the XDCAM EX and XDCAM optical formats and how they can be imported, viewed, converted, conformed and exported.
June 20 | 11:30AM – 3:30PM | FREE >> Read more & register!


And that’s not all! Our friends at Witz Education will be presenting (at their booth #2801) a number of workshops every hour, on the hour.   Drop by, say hello, and glean some great advice and education! Some of the topics they’ll be covering include:

  • What’s New in Photoshop CS6: Explore the new features aimed at photographers
  • Displacement Maps in Photoshop CS6: Map 2D content onto a surface with flexible Smart Objects
  • Using Motion in Final Cut Pro X: Publishing Parameters from Motion to Final Cut Pro X
  • Audio Editing and Effects in Final Cut Pro X: Learn to sync audio and apply convincing effects to enhance your recordings
  • Creating 3D Animation in Photoshop CS6: See the new intuitive ways to work with 3D content in action
  • Working With Video in Photoshop CS6: Exploring the new Timeline panel – video & audio tracks
  • Color Correction in Final Cut Pro X: Explore the auto-balance, color match, & preset abilities in Final Cut Pro X

Check out their full schedule and make sure you pay them a visit!

What’s Hot in Video at ProFusion 2012

by Brian Young – Product Manager Video and Production Technologies, Vistek

The video section at Profusion 2012 is greatly expanded with many more vendor booths, new areas to explore and hundreds of new products to see and touch — many for the first time ever in Canada.  There will be a noticeable uptick in the quality and size of booths from various vendors as well as the level of products that will be on display at the show!

There will also be many more professional, broadcast video production and systems-level products on display along with a wide selection of prosumer video products. You will also see a noticeable difference in the amount of AV presentation and display products this year, in addition to more audio and lighting products. So, whether you are directly involved in production or Post, or come from the staging, rentals, corporate, independent, educational, government or house of worship markets – there will really be something for everyone this year.

Along with the vendor booths, our demo theatre has expanded to include three additional stages for our video vendors to present their latest product.  A Post Production stage  will feature sessions on video streaming products, the new Adobe CS6 suite of software along with presentations on AVID and Apple Final Cut Pro.  An Audio, Lighting & Display Products stage will feature presentations on display products for staging, presentation, video conferencing, digital signage, and 3D, as well as sessions on audio and lighting products. A third, main Video Products, stage will showcase  gear from the likes of Sony, Canon, Nikon, Ikan, Redrock Micro and more!

Check out all of the ProFusion 2012 Demo Theatre schedules HERE.

On top of all this, we will have more production rental companies represented at this years show – all displaying a wide array of production products, including camera systems, flight packs and more. As well we have grouped several rental and production companies together to create a new 3D production area, where they will be showcasing a wide selection of 3D solutions.

This year’s video seminar series is also the best-ever, with sessions covering wedding, corporate and documentary production, interview lighting, audio, DSLR video production, and some of the best digital file-based workflow seminars available. And the entire lineup is being presented by leaders in their fields, each with decades of practical hands-on experience to share.

Be sure to check out the full seminar line-up HERE.

Another incredibly exciting addition to this year’s show is the  Humber HD Digital Production mobile truck. They’ll be on hand to give tours of the truck and 17 Humber graduate student volunteers will be producing live streams that will be broadcast from the show floor and capturing additional content from the show that we will share after the event!

At the close the first day (June 19), an Industry Mixer cocktail hour will take place from 5:30 to 7pm. It’s certain to become a major highlight of the show as you’ll have a chance to rub shoulders with the best-of-the-best in the Canadian video industry.

Cap all of the aforementioned off  with representation from a number of industry groups and organizations and you have the best industry event ever presented in Canada! If you work in video – or any facet of the imaging industry –  it will certainly be worth your time to stop by and be a part of ProFusion 2012.

ProFusion Presenter Q & A: Gary Adcock

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been introducing you to our incredible roster of seminar presenters.  Gary Adcock, founder & principal information architect at Studio 37 Inc. , will be sharing a wealth of wisdom during his five video seminars at ProFusion 2012 (and you still have time to register!)

With his extensive background & CV, we thought the best way for us to tell you more about Gary Adcock would be to let him tell you… in his own words!

How did you get your start in this industry?

I was working as a professional still photographer who had dabbled in video projects, when my next door neighbor needed a hand on a video shoot. I started my first job as a dolly grip and gaffer. I knew how to light, or at least thought I did.  From that point on I tried to learn as much as a could. I was already known as a computer geek by that time, so my transition from print to video progressed rapidly at that point. I was soon doing support for the first Avid Systems in Chicago, then I was doing Photoshop and Graphics, then editing. I was one of the early adopters of Final Cut Pro, even founding the Chicago Final Cut Pro User Group which meant I was sharing my ideas and techniques regularly and from that sprang the teaching and speaking career.

You’re also a writer, speaker, seminar presenter and are heavily involved in NAB workshops – which do you consider your principal career/passion?

My main work is consulting with a number production companies and manufacturers both in and out of the video industry.

I have been leading the charge for data-only, tapeless workflows for video and film production for the last 6 years and that transition can be a daunting task. I work with every manner of camera, on an incredible variety of project – from industrials and corporate work all the way to mainstream feature film production. I’ve helped compile and define the data handling protocols for the Camera Union in the US, presented 3D training at NAB and IBC, in addition to workshops around the world.

But I still am a production guy. I started behind the camera and love to shoot. But in my travels, I have found that my skills are best for creating the best workflow for any given production. People need to understand that every project requires its own workflow: from which camera that is best for the job to how the footage is named, handled and archived. That needs to follow all the way into the editing and finishing tools and what is to be delivered to the theatre, client or on the Internet.  There are hundred of alternatives at every critical decision you need to make in your production – and a mistake early on in production can quickly cascade to costly or even prohibited cleanup in post.

Which part of your day-to-day most keeps you on your toes? Which part do you enjoy most?

The consulting is what drives me – different clients, different problems with any number of viable solutions – my days are always changing. The client list includes:  Adobe, Aja, Apple, Arri, Autodesk, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, as well as media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, IRIB, Discovery Networks, MTV Networks, WGBH (Antiques Roadshow USA), FOX Broadcasting, National Geographic Inc. and the National Geographic Networks worldwide. My  commercial clients include such prestigious brands as McDonalds, Taco Bell, HBO, MLB, NASA, Citibank, NBA Entertainment and NFL Films.

How do you keep on top of the continually-evolving technology in your field? It must be a daily learning process.

Staying ahead of the curve has become my living. I am lucky that many of my clients contact me to solve problems and issues before they release new products. I worked with Panasonic on the release of P2 HD and with Sony on the release of the EX1. Arri sought me out, because of my knowledge of Apple’s ProRes codec to test the very first of the Alexa cameras with ProRes recording. Being the first with a new technology can be exhilarating at the same time being massively frustrating. That dichotomy makes you look at problems from every possible angle.

What new tech has you the most excited right now?

Thunderbolt. It changes everything. Speed of editing, formerly limited to the largest desktops, is now the bastion of the laptop. With Thunderbolt there is no limit to what can be done on a laptop, when needed. I am seeing data transfer rates on my system of over 1 Gigabyte of data per second, with speeds in the 200MBps to 500MBps very common on a single SSD drive. When you consider that uncompressed 10-bit 1080 60i video is about 160MBps, you understand that we are in a brave new world. Now take that speed and use it for file transfers and data backup on set. The rule of thumb has been about 4 minutes of transfer time for 1Gigabyte of data on a Firewire drive. And, with Thunderbolt, that per-gigabyte transfer time accelerates to less than a minute on a multi-drive array, so the data handler is no longer the last guy on set while everyone else has gone home. Thunderbolt will change your ideas about what can be done on location regardless of whether you are in production or post.

You travel, teach, are a regular contributor to such sites as Macworld and  and you’re also a Hot Glass artist… how do you find the time to fit all of this into a 24-hour day?

Persistence. I live in a connected world, and there are plethora of devices I use to stay connected. I travel almost 200 days a year – which means that I have a large amount of time that I can use to stay in touch. I also take time to enjoy the people and locations around me. Just this spring I was able to experience the Taj Mahal during a business trip to India and I am actually premiering part my latest 3D project on the last of the breed of Glass Masters of Murano to investors the weekend before ProFusion.

What can people coming to ProFusion 2012 expect to learn at any of your five seminars?

I share what I can – the more people ask questions, the more information I will share. I have always considered learning to be best in an interactive environment. I will be covering a wide range of ideas, concepts and solutions during my sessions at ProFusion 2012 that will offer attendees more than just a boring Powerpoint demo. I show and share from my personal experience and those I work with.

Be sure to catch one of Gary’s informative seminars at ProFusion 2012!

Trials & Troubles to look for in HD Production
June 19 | 9:30 – 11am | $59 >> Read more & register!

Working in HD with Mixed Formats
June 19 | 12:45 – 2:15pm | $59 >> Read more & register!

Monitoring: On Set & in Post
June 19 | 2:45 – 5pm | $59 >> Read more & register!

File-based Acquisition & Workflow
June 20 | 9:30 – 11am | $59 >> Read more & register!

Working with 4:4:4 Content: 2K and Beyond
June 20 | 12:45 – 2:15pm | $59 >> Read more & register!


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