Vivid 350 – Virgin’s Speed Demon

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I moved to Virgin fibre a few months ago, and the experience so far has been perfect.
Although BT Infinity only ever had a handful of outages, the price and upload speed were far from satisfactory. My contract had expired and as an Infinity customer for 6 years I’d hoped for a good deal from BT but the deal they offered was worse than for new customers… Bye BT! To make it worse we have two mobiles on their highest rate tariffs, and still no customer care, so we will be moving them to Virgin too!

I’ve tried many different routers and hubs over the years with BT and ended up buying my own hardware, but even then I’ve always had poor Wi-Fi around the house. Whereas the Virgin hub is available throughout the house with only a mild speed loss.

I signed up well before Vivid 350 was officially announced, and was getting approx 380Mbps download. I was expecting the speed would drop to 350Mbps after the official roll out, however the speed has held up throughout. Not that a few Mbps matter, not even a few hundred Mbps!

I bought the highest package because it’s totally unrestricted, unshaped and unlimited. And as I’m often uploading 50GBs worth of rushes at a time, it’s the only package that I could use anyway.

Here’s today’s speed test:

Toolbank 2015

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Another year, another record breaking Toolbank ‘Real Deals for You’ campaign: The Christmas Collection.

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This year’s design included present boxes wrapped in shiny foil, which I built as 3D models in Cinema 4D.

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Then creating various coloured versions as looping quicktime files, converting them into particle effects in Motion and making them fly towards camera. Also I built custom box transitions in Motion with full rigging into Final Cut Pro X. This meant I could change the direction and colour of the box wipe transition using just a simple pull down inside FCPX.

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After three days of workshop filming back in April, I started putting the main campaign video together, which at over 30 minutes long is versioned in two currencies – Sterling and Euros.

We also filmed over 60 Social Media product demos which are presented ‘to camera’ by Andy or Nigel from Toolbank. These get embedding in the product pages on the Real Deals website

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Then, in August I filmed the TV commercial at Prime Studios in Leeds. This time filmed as a chromakey.

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Using my new JVC LS300 I fed an SDI picture to my 23 inch location monitor, and also streamed a Wi-Fi video feed to a laptop for timecode logging. Our great pal Vic McCullagh was on hand to light the set and provide his unique perspective on proceedings.

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Love that guy!

Park It Mister!

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Stress Free

The lovely folks at Stress Free Parking asked me for a quick turn around video to demonstrate the new valet parking at their Luton Airport facility. After agreeing an initial filming outline, I arrived on the Friday – one of the hottest days of the year and the shoot went better than planned.

Once I’d made a rough cut the clients provided graphics in the style of their newest website branding.
By Monday lunchtime the video was signed off and uploaded to YouTube. Super Fast!

Leeds Local Television

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This morning I launched a new website:
LeedsLocalTelevision.co.uk is a domain I’ve bought recently to help local businesses find me.

I’ve added basic information about scripts and filming techniques, so visitors have a better understanding about what I offer and what to expect from any video production.