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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” (available in our store on this website and http://www.VideoProductionPrimeau.com ).

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.

Check out the NEW products in the Primeau Productions Store!

Friday, July 8th, 2011

New Napoleon Hill products are now available for purchase in the Primeau Productions Store online.
These products include:
1.Think and Grow Rich Limited Edition Collectors Hard Cover
2.Think and Grow Rich abbridged (2) CD audio book with Dr. Hill narriated sections
More to come from Napoleon Hill so stay tuned!

The Napoleon Hill Legacy

Friday, July 8th, 2011

If I were asked to name one single contributor to my success in life, I would have to say it was reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

I have read that book five times and learn something new every time. Think and Grow Rich is a book about success, not only financial success but life achievement success.  Long time associate of Thomas Edison wrote “this is not a novel.  It is a textbook on individual achievement that came directly from the experiences of hundreds of America’s most successful men. It should be studied, digested and meditated upon”.

Primeau productions, LLC was fortunate to become associated with The Napoleon Hill Foundation. About two years ago, we met Don Green by restoring several 16mm films of Dr. Hill lecturing to audiences in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. This connection has been one of the most exciting business relationships for me because of my affection for Napoleon Hill and his writings.

Today, we are working with The Napoleon Hill Foundation to bring Dr. Hills multimedia productions to the general public.  We are in the process of translating The Master Keys to Success videos to Spanish.  Other Hispanic multimedia products are also in production and will be made available in the near future.

We currently have four Napoleon Hill products on our Primeau Productions store.

Think and Grow Rich Limited Edition Collectors Hard Cover Book

This is a beautiful gold embossed cloth ribbon book mark version of the multimillion selling original book Think and Grow Rich that was originally published in 1938 by the Ralston Society.

Dr. Hill originally wrote The Laws of Success published in 1928 as the outcome to his interviews with over 500 distinguished successful people who share their own stories with Dr. Hill that have been condensed and summarized to Think and Grow Rich.

This limited edition collector’s hard cover book is a great gift for someone special who may have already read the original Think and Grow Rich and those who have never experienced the greatest motivational success book of all time!

Think and Grow Rich abridged (2) CD audio book with Dr. Hill narrated sections

Finally The Napoleon Hill Foundation has produced a (2) CD set of the famous Think and Grow Rich book in an abridged form that includes sections read by Napoleon Hill himself. Like executive summaries, this abridged (2) CD set will guide the listener through all of the famous success principles discovered by Dr. Hill.  Listen and learn the famous success formula passively while driving or exercising.

Your Right to be Rich

Classic Napoleon Hill re-mastered in a great sounding (9) CD set. “Your Right To Be Rich” is inspiring lectures by Napoleon Hill! For the first time ever on 9 CDs, “Your Right To Be Rich” presents the full 12 hour “Think and Grow Rich” lecture digitally restored audio recording in its entirety from the early 1960’s by Napoleon Hill.

Napoleon Hill’s classic Think and Grow Rich has sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. It revolutionized the whole concept of self-help writing and to this day remains the standard against which all other motivational literature is measured. It is said that Napoleon Hill has made more millionaires and inspired more successes than any other person in history.


This is your opportunity to hear not just a reading of Napoleon Hill’s written words but rather to hear Napoleon Hill recorded live in seminar. This is Dr. Hill speaking to an audience, personally explaining the principles he wrote about so inspirationally in his two classic bestsellers.

Your Right to Be Rich is a rare opportunity to listen in on Hill as he elaborates on and answers questions about his life-altering philosophy of personal achievement. These are the only recordings of Napoleon Hill speaking in a way that allows you to gain even deeper insights as he interprets and amplifies the seventeen principles that are the keys to:

# achieving financial success
# Overcoming adversity and defeat a springboard to achievement
# generating attention for your ideas
# influencing others in a positive way
# improving personal and business relationships
# defining your true joy in life

Your Right to Be Rich is a working blueprint for a life of prosperity—an inspiring listening experience that will motivate you, teach you strategies, and give you powerful tools to achieve your dreams.
Napoleon Hill got the answers to those questions he asked about success first hand from over 500 of America’s most successful self-made businessmen. Though born into poverty himself, Napoleon Hill became the protégé of steel baron Andrew Carnegie who introduced him to the most famous self-made multi-millionaires who personally revealed to Hill the secrets they had used to pull themselves out of poverty and create their own success. Hill was welcomed into their businesses and homes; he interviewed them for long periods, studied their habits, analyzed their methods, and learned the secrets of their success. For almost thirty years Napoleon Hill collaborated with America’s most creative and successful entrepreneurs, inventors, businessmen, industrialists, and political leaders, learning first-hand why they succeeded while others failed. Hill devoted those years to researching and proving his theories. Then Mr. Hill refined them into thirteen powerful principles that can be used by anyone to create their own success and realize their dreams.

Three Feet from Gold

In Three Feet From Gold, Sharon L. Lechter and Greg S. Reid have written a remarkable business allegory with a powerful message that resonates especially in times of economic downturn: never give up, you could be three feet from gold–the greatest success of your life. This book will not only inspire you to believe in yourself but also provide an invaluable equation for personal success based on advice from the top entrepreneurs, in addition to supplying a practical workbook for finding your own path to achievement.

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