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These articles will keep you up to date with what’s been happening at Video Artisan.  Short stories, news updates and comments are published by the company’s founder, Kevin Cook.  Kevin has been in the professional video industry since 1985 and always aims to provide his clients with exceptional levels of customer satisfaction.  The company motto is, “Under promise and over deliver”.   At Video Artisan they always go that extra mile to provide an excellent product at a competitive price.

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Eiger Safety promotional film continues

It’s been a little quiet for the past couple of weeks on the promotional film front at Video Artisan (unlike my #VHS-to-DVD service which has been going bonkers).  I don’t think I’m alone in this respect as the Olympics have taken over the lives of most people in the UK.  It seems that those who are not watching the Olympics are going through their VHS tapes and realising their VHS doesn’t work any more. It’s kept me busy anyhow!

But the promotional film work is all kicking off again this week starting with a two days of filming for Eiger Safety – the first of which was at the Force India Formula One Team Wind Tunnel on Monday.

Eiger Safety installing systems at Force Indian Formula One
A sneaky shot at the model in the wind tunnel

Before all the Formula One fans start getting excited about this blog entry there wasn’t a great deal to see on the day.  The wind tunnel itself was not in operation as there were various refits and upgrades going on whilst we was there – in addition to mention the numerous latch-way and staircase installations being carried out by the guys at Eiger Safety.  I was hoping to get inside the actual wind tunnel itself to do a mock up shot of the guys doing some work in there but that just wasn’t on the cards.

Force India Formula One Team Wind Tunnel during promotional film for Eiger Safety
Atop the Force India Formula One Team Wind Tunnel

The main aim of the day was to set up a time-lapse shot of the construction of a steel staircase leading from the ground floor up through the centre of the ‘U’ bend in the wind tunnel area to a mezzanine floor on the level of the rolling road.  But what with the restrictions of the other works in place, plus a lack of a good vantage point to set the camera going for the three days of the installation, the time-lapse shot was scrubbed too.

This was not the best outcome but it didn’t stop me getting some material of Eiger Safety doing some of their steel fabrication work.  Having designed and fabricated it off site, the staircase arrived in kit form on the back of a truck.  The next couple of days would consist of putting this big-boy’s Meccano project together.  They were also installing various latch-way systems to enable safe access to the top of the wind tunnel – so there was plenty to film.

Steel staircase construction by Eiger Safety
The Meccano kit arrives

Right now I’m getting my kit together for two more days filming for Eiger Safety at the Clifton Suspension Bridge at Bristol.  This will be at least our third attempt at getting this location in the can as the weather has been against us on all previous occasions.  Unless there’s a weather front that we’ve missed, tomorrow should be about filming the guys testing the safety systems on the chains. Then, on Saturday night, we’ll be back on there in the darkness to film them installing some new safety systems.

Until then, I’ll just carry on getting this VHS-to-DVD work turned over!   I need to start clearing the decks for another BIG promotional film that should go into pre-production planning the week after next.

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Delivering VHS to DVD flyers

I’ve been killing two birds with one stone for the past week – 1/ Getting the message out locally about our VHS to DVD conversion services and, 2/ Getting some exercise in!  Delivering flyers has never been so beneficial.

VHS to DVD flyer
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The flyers were printed by my dear friends at N2 Visual Communications, but all the setting out and wording was done by yours truly.  I know its not the most amazing piece of printed literature or wonderful prose, but it is to the point.  It’s great having the knowledge on how to prepare such a thing for print as it can save me a packet!  I’m also not adverse to doing this kind of thing for other companies too if you are in need.

Just to prove hand-delivered flyers still work, the phone started ringing almost immediately!  It’s not all VHS to DVD though as I’ve got standards conversions, DVD duplication, cine to video and editing work so far – and all within the local confines of Loughton, Debden, Buckhurst Hill, Woodford and Chigwell.  Essex is obviously in need of me!


Another morning filming in Central London

Filming in Central London is always a pleasure, but the morning of 13th July was a truly glorious day to have rescheduled the shoot for St James’s Church in Piccadilly.

A well-known landmark on London's Piccadilly - St James's Church
The perfect day to be shooting in Central London

Blue sky, the occasional fluffy cloud and not too hot – a far cry from the other days we had scheduled in to shoot this location.  It really was a fine day to be up on a roof shooting the guys from Eiger Safety doing a routine inspection of the clock tower they had recently helped renovate.

I’m sure the Eiger chaps have become a little complacent about the places they get to work in (or should I say “on”) – but for me its a real privilege. I’m sure they think I’m a little slow off the blocks when it comes to getting the filming job done but for the first few minutes I’m just gawking at the view.

Up on the roof at St James's Church Piccadilly
Going over the edge of St James’s Church clock tower

There’s only one filming location left on the Eiger project now – namely the guys working the chains on the Clifton Suspension Bridge at Bristol.  That’s coming up in a couple of weeks and, thankfully, I should be filming most of it from a cherry picker platform.  However, there’s also some talk of filming some of their fabrication works at the Force India F1 team works – which will be very interesting if it comes off.

Really looking forward to getting this on the edit suite – but equally hope that I’m soon back filming in Central London very soon!


New website section on VHS to DVD conversion


Having had a comparatively slow couple of days this week it has given me time to get a more detailed information page together on my VHS to DVD conversion services.

VHS to DVD conversion services
Mind out, your VHS machine might want to chew up your precious memories!!!

Though some conversions had already started filtering through from my original “passing mention” on my facilities page, I really wanted to get something more substantial together as VHS to DVD is one of those services that’s just getting bigger and bigger.  I’m also geared up for many other video and file conversions – and if I can’t do it myself I certainly know someone who can!

VHS to DVD disc
Convert your VHS to DVD before its too late

When I first got involved in the video business back in 1985 it was all Cine to Video conversions (which I can still do).  Over the years I’ve converted many thousands of feet of cine film, stacks of 35mm slides and just about every other form of redundant media to the current day media.  Whilst this has mainly been for the home market I’ve also carried out many conversions for businesses and local authorities.

We’ve now reached a point where people’s VHS machines are dying, tapes are breaking up and all those precious memories are at risk of being lost forever.  Whilst we were all led to believe that VHS recordings were going to last for hundreds of years the truth is that poor handling, storage and (most commonly) defective players can swiftly bring an end to the images and sound recorded on videotape.  Once lost there is very little you can do to bring them back – so getting them converted to DVD is a great way to archive them and enable today’s generation to enjoy the wonders of the past.

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See – not only am I a great videographer but I’m also a bit of a superhero too!!!  Contact me today for more details or simply check out the VHS to DVD section in the main menu above.  Please also contact me if you have any other conversion, duplication or specialist media requirements.