How BeBop enables any size workforce to work remotely.

Here are 9 ways BeBop is enabling people to work remotely.

1.  User identity and access
It all starts with managing identities. BeBop can manage identity and network access for all users. Whether they are an employee, partner, or supplier, every user who needs to access the corporate network receives a primary account synced to a company BeBop Account.

2.  Multi-factor authentication (MFA)
MFA is required to access your BeBop account. When a user connects remotely using their BeBop credentials, MFA is almost transparent, but they have a safe and secure connection to the workstation and storage.

3.  Managing devices
The BeBop support team will customize your workstation with all the apps and extras you need and are responsible for keeping them up to date. Your workstations require no additional IT personnel to maintain software or hardware.

4.  Productivity applications
BeBop enables users to access resources and share files with post-production Apps like Adobe Creative Cloud and/or non production apps like Microsoft Office, storing their content in the cloud. Users save their files the same way they traditionally saved files to their C: drive; the cloud storage drives show up under “This PC” just like an attached hard drive sitting next to your computer.

BeBop users are also now able to do real-time co-authoring and commenting on documents in the cloud, which is extremely useful for a distributed workforce.

5.  Meetings and collaboration
Using OTS (Over The Shoulder), other team members can have secure encrypted 2-way video conferencing with the ability to see the desktop of another user.

6.  Service monitoring
With the increased load and usage from so many people working remotely, service monitoring has proven crucial to making sure everything is operating as it should. We carefully monitor application and network performance to ensure you have best possible experience.

7.  Culture and change management
Remote work can create challenges in maintaining a healthy work culture and managing change. Our systems are preconfigured for optimum performance to make the transition to remote work smooth and hassle-free. Using our Zero Client solution, your employees get a plug and play system that takes only minutes to set-up.
8.  Designing specialized workstations for specific roles
While BeBop is primarily designed as a remote post-production solution, it can also enable other types of workers to work remotely as well.  We can create different workstation builds that cater to different worker’s needs.

9.  Disaster Recovery (DR)
Using cloud storage as a primary data repository also serves as a backup system. If there is an interruption caused by a power failure, hardware failure or other events that precipitate the need to work away from a company’s workplace, your data, and workstations to use that data, can be accessed from anyplace that has qualifying internet access speed, which is most remote workspaces like WeWork or most residences.

BeBop serves as the single productivity hub for your employees and managers, connecting remote sites, incorporating digitizing workflows, and ensuring workers have real-time access to all your critical data at any time.

Enabling a team to work remotely is an ongoing challenge, and we get that this challenge is different for every organization. Contact for more information, schedule a demo or get a quote.

TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

I really love these noise cancelling headphones from TaoTronics.

Eclipse time-lapse from NY

I used my Canon 5D Mark III to video the solar eclipse today. I had to resist the urge to look at the sun but I didn’t have the special glasses so I headed the dire warnings (can’t think of any time when looking at the sun is recommended…). The sky never really got dark and there was intermittent clouds as well so it wasn’t really apparent that the sun was being blocked. The neighbors dog seemed to notice and was barking during the time when the sun was covered. The next one in 2024 will give us here on the east coast a different look so that will be fun!

Premiere Pro CC 2014

Depend_timelineI am really enjoying using Premiere Pro CC 2014. If you had told me 3 years ago that I would be singing the praises of Premiere, I would have laughed and said no way. However, after having fully made the switch and having edited a good number of projects with the CS6 and CC versions, I am a convert. It is now my preferred choice of NLE’s and the more I use it, the more I like it. I really like how it handles file based media like P2 and XDCAM natively and can even handle H.264 media. I recently worked on a project which I will elaborate on in a subsequent post, that had a very short turnaround time, and I don’t think I would have been able to complete it as quickly as I did with Avid or Final Cut Pro 7 (I am still not using FCP X). The footage was shot on multiple formats, including XDCAM, ProRes, and some footage I shot using my 5D Mark III. I did transcode the H.264 files but the rest was just imported natively and I was quickly able to start editing. The slowest part of the process was copying the files off the cards.

I also like the integration of the other CC programs like Photoshop and After Effects and I am learning how to use Audition for smoothing out the sound. Media Encoder has replaced Compressor for me – it’s great to cue up an output and keep working in Premiere and it also works well for transcoding batches of files and making multiple versions. I still like Handbrake but I’m using it less and less as I get more proficient with AME. While Davinci Resolve is my color correcting app of choice, I am also learning SpeedGrade so I can take advantage of its connection with the other programs.

Another plus of the CC bundle is that with the 2 seats I get with my subscription (which I really think is a great pricing model despite what others say), I have it on My Mac and on My Dell PC and my settings are always in sync. The Creative Cloud software has been a great upgrade for my Dell system, which has 2 NVIDIA cards and accelerates those programs with CUDA.

Premiere is also gaining reputation as a serious contender to Avid’s lock on feature films. David Fincer recently posted his film “Gone Girl” with Premiere. Here is a link to a Studio Daily article about some aspects of the workflow:
I’m sure we will hear about more projects using Adobe Creative Cloud.

5 Minute Spot for Stemage Skin Care

Just finished working on a 5 minute spot for Stemage, a new skin cream that uses stem cell technology to stimulate the skin’s production of collagen. The spot is hosted by supermodel turned media mogul Kathy Ireland – don’t laugh, her brand is a billion dollar empire!

I cut the spot using Final Cut Pro 7 because the original long form was also cut on FCP7 and the project was way too big to try and transfer over to Premiere-there was over 12 TB of footage. Some of the graphics were made using AfterEffects and Maya on my Dell T5500 PC. Here is one that illustrates the healing effects of Stemage:

It was tough going back to cutting on FCP7 because it is such a graphics heavy show that the rendering was quite painful. Hats off to Daniel Johnson who did the skin animation and Rik Bogusz who did the other graphics for the spot.

Wolfgang Puck’s new Pressure Oven Videos

Recently I worked on videos for Time-Life about Wolfgang Puck’s new Pressure Oven. It was a great experience working with Mr. Puck, shooting the videos at his world-famous restaurant, Spago, in Beverly Hills.


Wolfgang Puck and Raff

He is a real pro at doing demos and was very fun to work with. Along with editing 12 videos, I was B Cameraman using my Blackmagic Cinema Camera.


Shooting Wolfgang Puck with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera


BMCC with HPX-3700

The primary footage which was shot on a Panasonic HPX-3700. I am very pleased with how the BMCC footage came out and integrated with the 3700 footage.

Click below to view one of the videos:

Wolfgang Puck’s Rotisserie Chicken Video

I shot RAW Cinema DNG and used DaVinci running on my Dell Precision T5500 to create footage and cut the segments using Final Cut Pro 7 on a MacPro. This will probably be the last job I cut with FCP7, as I am making the transition full time to cutting in Premiere Pro CC or Avid Symphony. I have been using Premiere and Avid on both PC and Mac platforms and I am not missing FCP7 at all… The Tesla card in the Dell really makes DaVinci work great and is so much faster than using a MacPro for creating dailies and finished footage. I am currently using Premiere Pro CC to edit a national spot for Euro-Pro and will have a report on that experience soon!

Here are additional videos that I edited:

How The Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven Works!

Wolfgang Puck’s Pressure Oven Cooks Food Faster!

Wolfgang Puck’s Pressure Oven Makes Entertaining Easier!

Wolfgang Puck’s Pressure Oven Can Roast, Bake, and Rotisserie!

Wolfgang Puck’s Pressure Oven Bakes The Perfect Cinnamon Rolls!

New camera stabilizer called MōVI looks impressive.

Vincent Laforet has been teasing us recently about a new piece of gear that he describes as a “gamechanger”. Today he has revealed on his blog that it is a new digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal which weighs under 4 pounds, costs $15,000 and doesnt have many of the challenges associated with traditional stedicam systems. The video showing it in use is quite compelling. I hope to be able to see it at NAB next week – the company that makes it, Freefly Systems, will be at booth #C9848.

Here is a video that shows the device:

Here is a video Vincent directed showing it in use:

MōVI from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

This short was shot with the The "MōVI" – a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal. The completely silent device weighs under 3.5 pounds bare and can be operated solo, or with the help of a second "gimbal" operator with a joystick to pull off some incredible moves. To read more about it go to: The BTS Video is at:

To download extra features go to:

All proceeds from the "Tip Jar" and Vimeo on Demand will benefit the Lollipop theater network – a nonprofit organization that arranges showings of first-run movies to children confined to hospitals.

This short was shot ENTIRELY handheld with the MōVI, a Canon EOS 1DC (at 4K) and a Canon 24mm 1.3 Cine Prime (and a Zeiss 18mm CP.2 for the aerial shots.)

Firefly Pain Relief System

Here is a spot I recently edited for a great client, Prizm Medical.

“Tommy Collins’ Fashion Shots” Show #3

Tommy Collins gives his views on fashion, this time it’s the men’s turn:

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera with Passive Micro Four Thirds Lens Mount

A second Blackmagic Camera has been announced:

IBC 2012, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 7, 2012 – Blackmagic Design today announced a second model of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera that features passive Micro Four Thirds lens (MFT) mount, so customers now have an even greater choice of lens options when shooting. The new Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT model supports any Micro Four Thirds with manual iris and focus, and is also easily adapted to other lens mounts such as PL via third party adapters. The ability to use third party adapters to allow other types of lens mount is due to the Micro Four Thirds lens mount being much closer to the image sensor and allowing space for adapters to other lens mounts.

See the whole press release here:
Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Cinema Camera with Passive Micro Four Thirds

I’m going to stick with the Canon EF mount version which I ordered and should be here soon. I’m happy that they seem to be continuing to develop the camera and are thinking about other options.