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Primeau Productions helps Carry Napoleon Hill’s Message into the Future

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

OLD KEY-2In March of 2009, we uploaded low resolution videos segments of Napoleon Hill on the Primeau Productions YouTube channel. These segments are excerpts from “The Master Keys to Success”.
The program consists of 13 videos of the 17 principles from the best selling book “Think and Grow Rich”

In 2010, many of the videos have viewings in the tens of thousands. Now in 2011 the fist video clip has exceeded 300,000 views. I suspect this clip has helped a lot of people realize the keys to success.

In September of 2009, I had the idea of investigating the availability of producing those videos on DVD. Around the same time, (coincidentally) we received a call from Don Green, CEO of the Napoleon Hill Foundation.

Don had checked us out on line and was impressed with our video forensic and video production blend of business activity. The result was the beginning of a business relationship which led to Primeau Productions, Inc transfer and restoration of several 16mm films from the 1960’2 of Dr. Napoleon Hill.

We mentioned in an earlier blog post, my friend and client Mike Pallin gave us a set of “Your Right to be Rich” audio cassettes in 1992 introducing me to Napoleon Hill. I have listened to them virtually non stop while building Primeau Productions, Inc.

It is an incredible honor to have been selected by the Napoleon Hill Foundation to be responsible to digitally convert and restore (7) titles to date.

The 16mm films have either an optic or magnetic audio track. These films of Dr. Hill have an optic audio track. An optical audio track is herd by projecting light through the film, causing a sensor to translate the varying intensity of the light into electrical signals that are then converted to sound.

Magnetic audio tracks are recorded onto oxide stripes on the edge of the film, which are read by playback heads in the projector and work the same way as audiotape. Optical audio tracks look like a sound wave and take the place of a second set of sprocket holes on one side of the film as seen in the image below.


On the left side of the film are the sprockets that aid the projector in moving the film. On the right side is the optical audio track.

The Restoration Process
When the films first arrive at our Rochester Hills location, they are examined and cleaned before the transfer process. Since these films have the original master edit cuts, careful attention is paid to the brittle aged edit tape splices holding each edit together. Every time a camera angle is switched, a splice can visibly be seen on the film. Weak splices are repaired before the film is digitally transferred.

We are using a Cannon XL2 digital video camera with a wide angle lens for the transfer. An Elmo 16mm film projector is used for the film playback. The audio is taken from a ¼” output from the Elmo projector, sent through a direct box and converted to -10db microphone level for the XLR input on the Cannon XL2.

We find that the sound is clearer by stepping down from line to mic level instead of transferring line level audio from the projector to the digital video camera.

We always transfer 24ips to remove film flicker and maintain integrity. Two transfers are made onto the mini DV tape with slightly different iris settings. Focus and cropping is checked ahead of time using other film sources to avoid complications with this rare and historical Napoleon Hill footage.

Once the film has been transferred to Mini DV, we load it into Final Cut Pro for color correction, sharpening and audio optimization. We have been experimenting with a DVD series opening title and graphic.

We receive feedback and requests daily from the original YouTube videos that were posted in 2009 asking for Napoleon Hill on DVD. Teachers and other interested parties tell us that generation X and Y as well as millennials’s want to watch instead of read and listen. We believe that by making these Napoleon Hill videos available on DVD, Dr. Hills message will live on for years to come serving future generations.

Primeau productions, Inc. is honored to be able to help the Napoleon Hill Foundation restore these films and digital convert them for future generations! Stay tuned for more information and updates.

CCTV Camera Grid Solves Mystery

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

DSC07300Whenever I am asked to review some CCTV system footage to help identify the activity and people in the footage, I begin with creating a camera grid. A CCTV camera grid is a layout of all closed circuit cameras with their location and proximity to the activity and people in the recording.
There are several types of CCTV cameras, one of which is a point tilt zoom camera. These PTZ cameras are made to follow the action as directed by their security (or loss prevention) operators.
In one case I was asked to review several cameras from a department store that covered a shop lifter. Several of the cameras were an extremely high quality PTZ camera and actually followed the suspect around the store. Since the CCTV system was digital, the footage looked amazing and needed very little clarification.
What the case did need was a camera grid. Working for the defense in this case, we had a series of events that needed to be determined that would help negotiate a plea. So I set off to draw the store layout on a piece of paper and layout the cameras numbering them as I went. We were able to determine which cameras were in what area of the store so when the suspect passed through those areas a second time, we knew to look at the previous cameras for any other activity that could be seen outside of the main coverage area.
Then two great breaks came when we found camera shots in unlikely places that showed us a series of events as they actually occurred on other cameras in addition to the main camera in that specific coverage area.
By starting your video forensic examination with a camera grid, you can discover a lot more about your CCTV video footage than by simply relying on the obvious cameras for each series of events.
Lastly, keep in mind that nearby businesses like convenience stores and gas stations have exterior CCTV systems that may have video recordings that can help your case. A video forensic expert can enlarge and clarify footage that is in the distance that might help add evidence to support your case. Remember, it’s about the preponderance of the evidence. All we have to do in any case is tip the scale slightly to address and establish a reasonable doubt.

The Power of Video

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

old-video-camera-5-1418767Every one of you reading this post has experienced the Power of video at one time or another. Video has brought controversy to the media like in the Rodney King video. Court room trials like OJ and Casey Anthony would not be half as popular without the visual aspect to the story.

We have arrived at the Video Revolution because video has hit critical mass on the Internet. It’s obvious why video is so powerful but just to make sure I am communicating properly, let’s consider why.

Sound reproductions are nice but once a visual perspective has been added it becomes much more stimulating and invigorating than audio alone. To show you an example of what I mean, look at the Drum Circle Video from Venice Beach California below. Try closing your eyes and listen only to the music then open your eyes and take in the sights as well as the sound.

What can you do for your business or other cause with video? Pet adoption is much more effective with video on the Internet than just text advertisement. Video can be posted on Youtube (the second largest search engine) then embedded on your website with text and pictures if applicable, just like this blog post.

Welcome to The Video Revolution, a whole new way of getting attention from people on the Internet using blended content that includes video.

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