We’ve had a crazy November here at Cypher Media, with jobs in London, Nice and Prague.
With 3 simultaneous jobs and another following shortly after, it was a great opportunity to really push ourselves. Kicking the lot off was the Global Independence Conference in Nice, followed by this years London Working Week being held in More London which also happened to overlap with the final Global Tax Symposium of the year. To top it all off we finished the month with the final International Tax Academy of the year.
It’s been a mad month but we made it out with nothing but positive comments coming from clients.
Whilst finishing up the last bits of preparation for our two weeks in Prague, we were called up for a shoot to gather clips that are to be used at the upcoming Global Tax Symposium.
The filming took place in Prague, we arrived on the Thursday 25th November to set up in preparation for the videoing that would be taking place the following morning.
We used two of our brand new flexible Swit LED lights with softbox diffusers, this made for an extremely lightweight kit.
We’ve recently finished the creation of a gorgeous community health centres website, Nuffield Health Practice. We agreed on creating a fresh, modern website that was HTML5 & W3C compliant as well as being mobile friendly. The website was built using Joomla CMS / PHP which was decided after agreeing to the finalised template design and website functionality.
If you’d like to give your website a stylish new design, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us for a quote.
We’ve just invested in a brand new lightweight SWIT Flexi Panel, they will be very useful on shoots where we don’t have any transport taking our kit to the venue. The Flexi Panel rolls up and fits inside a small tube making it extremely portable, if we were to take our Dedo Lights instead, they require a large case along with lighting stands.
The panels are bi-colour, meaning we can change their colour temperature between 3000k – 5600k to suit our - or the clients filming needs.
After a jam-packed few months of preparation, we’re finally kitted out to take on our three overlapping jobs in November! We’ve had all of our kit being used on the jobs out, tried and tested; we also invested in our fourth Blackmagic 4K Video Assist Monitor.
The event schedule/Programmable Onsite Display has also had lots of exciting updates we can’t wait to use onsite, such as backend changes allowing us to change the theme of the display without using colour codes, we now get a drop-down menu containing different theme colours; We can now upload more than one video and get them to play one after another. We look forward to using this in November.
As you well may know, we've got an extremely busy upcoming November here at Cypher Media; with four simultaneous jobs occurring in Nice and London, with two jobs one after the other in Prague. we'll have Cypher crew dotted around each event, Jake will be in London, Chris will be in nice and Adrian will be in Prague.
Due to the high-flux of jobs, we've had to purchase an arsenal of new storage units, including 5 264GB and 4 128GB SD cards.
Chris has been busy this week after jetting off to Amsterdam; he’s been recording interviews at the Sheraton Hotel, Schipol for our upcoming Global Tax Symposium being held in Prague.
We took along our trusty Sony XDCAM PXW-FS7 alongside a 50mm lens for some stunning interview footage.
Next month Stuart will be attending an IOSH course; IOSH stands for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. It is a three-day course that will cover working safely and managing safely. Working safely is aimed at all employees; this will cover the essentials of health and safety in the workplace. Managing safely, which is aimed at managers, supervisors and team leaders, will give them the skills and knowledge to manage health and safety within teams.
The training usually includes activities such as identifying hazards, then writing up and assessing potential risks and improving health and safety performance in general.
After a short rest period, we’re preparing ourselves for a busy November! We have three overlapping jobs that all kick off on the same day! We’ll be working simultaneously in Prague, Nice and London; they should really test our limits!
In 2016 we filmed for the London Working Week and we’ve been called up to do the same again this year; it will consist of a four-day-long shoot in More London and Bermondsey Yard. The filming will begin on Monday 12th and conclude on Friday 16th of September.
We’ll be managing a webcasting event in Nice from the 12th – 14th of September, on this shoot we’ll also be providing staging, branding, sound and lighting.
Finally, Prague, this is two conferences happening one after the other, work will begin on the 12th and finishing up on the 24th. We’ll be providing our services for a Global Tax Symposium and an International Tax Academy.
We’ve taken the quieter part of the year to sit down and think about how we can expand our array of equipment; after getting rid of our older Mac we invested in a brand new 15” MacBook Pro.
We’ve kept an older MacBook due to the fact it still runs using macOS version 10.11: El Capitan, this is useful due to it having the older version of Final Cut, allowing us to playback some of our older files. We use a piece of software called 7 to X; this allows us to edit older projects in our current editing system, Final Cut Pro X.
It’s that time again. Our yearly Portable Appliance Test, or PAT test, was carried out yesterday. The PAT test ensures none of our equipment may be dangerous to work with, and it is all inside the health and safety guidelines.
We called specialist PAT testers to the office, the device they use determines whether or not the equipment plugged into it is safe for use or not. The piece of equipment would then get a pass or fail sticker. The test includes both a visual and more in-depth check, gathering information on earth continuity, lead polarity and insulation resistance checks.
Since July of 2017 we’ve been working very hard on a programme that has been tried and tested throughout the duration of this, and last year. Cypher Media’s POD, or Programmable Onsite Display, is a real-time timetable system used for creating and managing event schedules.
The bespoke timetable was developed using NodeJS, SocketIO and MySQL. The main purpose of this project was to just create a timetable for delegates that could be easily updated from one device, meaning we don’t have to manually update every laptop.
In version 2.0 the system was extended so that videos would automatically play when given a time, the system also allowed us to upload multiple videos per session. Session highlighting was also implemented, when a session is in progress, the name and time grey out.
On our current version, 3.0, a new screen layout was added to give us more flexibility; having the ability to create both landscape and portrait timetables allowed us to branch out from laptops and plasma screens into ASUS Chromebits and standing LCD signs.
After a jam-packed few months with jobs in Rome, Madrid, Charlotte, Paris, Prague and London, we've now got some time in the office to prepare for jobs later on in the year.
We'll be sorting out all of our equipment soon for our yearly PAT testing. This is to assure that it is safe enough to work with and does not breach the health and safety guidelines.
Next up: updating of our asset list; it’s good to keep on top of what we have, this gives us the ability to rule out any equipment we no longer use so that we can put it up for sale and purchase newer, state of the art equipment. Our asset list also makes creating job carnets easier, as it contains the item name, serial number and location allowing us to get through customs much easier.
Finally, we’ll be doing some general kit labelling, numbering our cases will make it easier to load the trucks by simply giving the numbers of the flight cases we need for those jobs.