Archive for November, 2013

DVD Production for Music Videos Auckland

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Kingsland Dawn video is finished so check it out. I make cheap music videos, didn’t you know?

Kurb doing kingsland promotions – all over auckland for posters, cd duplication, dvd duplication, childrens entertainment through pirates of auckland!

I did my numbers. We’re still moving forward in dvd production and auckland cd duplication so we can still be confident of our newest initiatives, but it’s not time for slacking off – blogging helps you stay grounded. We are thinking of all the diligent maintenance we could be doing.

Car needs a service. Selling those websites is also something to look back into we haven’t had much interest. We take care of loose ends before we trip up over them.

But heaps of work is coming in for kurb cd duplication and dvd reproduction services, and I don’t really need the work. It’s really confusing when I’ve got proper work, music videos, pirate party videos and also tour videos all to deal with. How can I use the extra money I’m earning to speed up the process? More editing.

We have to keep the videos coming. It’s pretty hard to stay motivated advancing music video production services and auckland cd duplication. We’re just doing the little things like archiving, and checking out our footage. We’ve had problems archiving our footage in a suitable format so this presents an opportunity to finally start moving forward. So many mishaps coming to understand mp4’s, avi’s, movs and all the rest I think we might now finally be coming to our point soon where we can tackle this job but we need a better way we need another computer doing conversions.

Now we’re ramping up our archive capabilities. We’ve just discovered that VLC will play disc image files which means we can change footing on the archive tip over to iso file collecting and then turning those files into movie stuff after viewing to see if theyre any good.

But this free dvd ripper that I downloaded looks to be more than capable of both ripping ISO images and converting to mp4 we just have to test mp4 with premiere and we can get to work. Rip all the DVD’s with conversions, save 1 copy for reference, stick all the copies together and leave it as done. Have 2 sets, one thats all just corporate trash that can go, and one of discs of merit.

Archiving is hard gruelling work in that you can be working on it for hours and only get a tiny amount of work done.

Now we’ve come upon more issues. We need to install premiere 12 to be aware of it’s abilities to edit and render various formats, we need to see that before we decide how to move on in archiving, which format to choose, and whether the new software will work better with the formats we’ve already been using.

Man so we’ve been through a lot but as expected, the new premiere handles all these formats sweet, so not only can I move on, but everything ive done is good to go. The premiere has to be activated online which gives me the opportunity to set this new video converter up so I can have up to 3 stations going at once on the archiving and aim to do 30 copies a day and within, well we could complete the job this year!

***

Still plenty of other things to be getting on with, my car needs a service, computers are back getting their little fixes.

But most importantly my passport renewal and other tour things, then pirate things and my mower situation.

Looming up there is getting ibnul rocking along. So I’ve set up his first job on the blogs, now I will start thinking about changes we are making to the artist websites especially in the whole contact/bookings area as this is the general direction of bringing the cohort together. Eventually the cohort will have it’s own page but this for now is for engaging collaborators around music, performance and video.

So I have set up website jobs and video editing jobs. When the pirate blog is finished, does that mean the pirate site is finished? Well for the next few months, until we actually start getting bookings and pushing out I would say it is finished!

The goal with the website is to get the contact booking page to the point where we need cohort based refinement. Why redo the whole romantech site unless you have a purpose to do so?

MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCTION

Now I have almost finished the Paper Tigers clip. 1 more day of watching and rendering and we’re done.

Gonna Getcha, Meatgrinder, these will still take 2 full nights of editing either side. But for $100 we will remove about 10-12 hours work in the middle, and else where it will ensure we only spend half a night getting it down to 20 minutes, and half a night on the final product. For paper tigers, akira, wishes, Ik, Shadows, so good. So about 10 nights editing. 2 nights a week? I had better get to work, right?

Meatgrinder, and Gonna Getcha it might be worth spending more money because those two will be hell to edit and we need to get started. Blue Room will help plug the gap while we slug gonna getcha home in about 5 weeks. Kingsland Dawn in 2 weeks, Paper Tigers in 3 weeks.

But I’m thinking of a different strategy for the editing, I think we can get it down to say 12 minutes pretty fast. It’s getting it from say 12-15 minutes down to 6-8 minutes. Meatgrinder and Gonna Getcha will be different in that way because they don’t have weird double exposure shit going on.

And let’s remember without all of that it will render and playback much better – and that’s not 10 hours work, in fact I’m getting much better with my editing

Then it while we bring meatgrinder home in 6 weeks, akira and wishes are already being shot, like, in 3 weeks, and maybe extra bits for shadows, so that we can drop 2 videos before christmas and work on having the other 3 done over christmas. So good would be a good one to drop over christmas. The rest just comes down to which

week 5 shooting wishes/akira, editing blue room edit gg/mg
week 6 finish gg shooting wishes akira edit mg
week 7 finish mg editing wishes/akira
week 8 finish blue room editing wishes akira
week 9 fiinish akira/finish wishes

I mean that seems daunting enough and we havent even included inside knowledge and shadows. Wow.

But we do have to think about blue room.

***

Well I need to be ready for my pirate performance. We have the net. I need a costume check and maybe look at some extra props we could include.

We have to recognise that if we can finish all these videos, have my money right, and still write 3 or 4 more songs then we have done awesomely.

Now I’m onto my gardening because I still want to do it even though it’s not really going to be business – more local industry so to speak – it won’t be profitable in any efficient sense. But if I enjoy growing my vegetables and I’m committed to doing it, then I may as well do it efficiently.

So what do we need our fiverr girls to do?

– putting on lipstick
– hair flick
– answer phone
– listen on phone then make “disgusted” face
– looking into camera and becoming confused
– dance around
– hold up 2 signs: one saying “soul science” “gonna getcha”
– 4 sign offs – thumps ub, wink, wave, blow a kiss

I may have to give then a tenner each, and even then I might not get the lot. But 5 will do, and if I need to get more from one of them I will give them another tenner.

Sure could cost me $100 just for the cam girls, but it might create the impression I have gone to a lot more effort than I have, that is what my videos are all about.

VIDEO LISTS

til 2nd: Gonna getcha night/
8th – meatgrinder/gonna getcha at vision gig
til 9th: meatgrinder days/
til 16th: meatgrinder night
17 Gonna Getcha
21 Fields
28 Meat grinder
8 blue room

Music Audio CD Duplication Business

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Just because I don’t require my business to be super profitable or growing steadily, it doesn’t mean it can’t be more efficient.

Writing this blog because it helps with search results is one way I help my website for dvd duplication and cd duplication stay at the top of the rankings. And it still seems to work!

The situation we’re in now is that we are under no pressure to grow, but if it looks like an option why wouldn’t we? Why wouldn’t we take the opportunity to do things better. Yes some machines around here could really use being replaced. Where are the bottlenecks now?

Also where can we look at making business processes more exciting and interesting for me, fulfilling? These are legitimate outcomes once you’re happy with your business performance in terms of profit. As I’ve been talking about I want to do music video production and I want to be more involved in promoting events and children’s entertainment. Possibly even some kind of food truck but we do want to keep a limit on what we’re trying to do, we’re trying to be more free, are we not?

Free to do business or not!

Where are our productive processed stalling on our current projects?

With video well we have 3 videos to edit and we have 3 videos we want to start working on, organising the shoots for. Then we have to get back onto the pirate stuff. That’s our content factory right now.

Once we have content, then we need to have the promotion channels working so that the content is getting out there, and bringing fans in, and that the fans can be engaged from there. How does that work in practice?

You just have to have more videos, more songs, more blogs, more pics. and the systematic process to distribute it.

So moving on from that point, first, to get promotion underway we are setting up specific blogs, facebook pages, twitter, tumblr, instagram, youtube etc to get the content out, and so that users can find their preferred content stream and then we begin the advertising.

This is pre landing page. We’re talking facebook, and adwords going to the news blog. Then you have to keep posting pics, videos, sounds. Vines even as teasers for youtube videos.

Get all that bookmarking going. Link building. Even for the dvd duplication and cd duplication because more money is more advertising, then we’ve got our audience what are we going to do with them? Well we need content that is funnelling towards specific objectives and more often than not it’s about getting people to turn up for the gigs. Yes, getting people to pay for the music is great but we need to increase our appeal with people who want to come to the gigs because thats where the objective lies in all of this – not making money, but free holidays playing music! Producing videos! Opportunities to do music and create successful experiences.

AGENTS, COHORTS, CABALS

So we need to bring people on board. Activate the cohort. When sound, video, pics or text content goes out there must be a regime that follows the submissions of particular content and then the bookmarking or whatever it is these days.

We build a press list of mainly nz, australia this and that for when the song/vid combos do drop, somewhere around february. So we kind of get a flow chart check list type deal going on so that content is processed out there.

The idea is there are very specific promotions jobs to be taken care of. Some of them can be managed at a lower level, this becomes straight forward but there are specific skills we are lacking in order to bring our best plans to effect.

Maybe I need to actually connect with actual low level agents and managers. We can find people to do the work for the business, and to help do filming, those are low level, cohort jobs. Then fairies, and people who want to be more involved in our event promotion.

But then there’s the people who make the big difference and offer skills to meet my deficits.

So basically if the gigs all booked themselves there would be no issue? You have to do the numbers.

$400 a day? 3 days? $1200

Costs? Travel? $200 – If it’s any more, then that has to be reflected in the fee, IE queenstown, wanaka etc
Accommodation – $300

So you give the agent $200 and you keep $500 for 3 days work. That’s not really much money. I think they should get 20% of the profit, $140, so I at least get $560.

But what if I was charging $300? Well then I would make $1040 and they would make $260. That’s lots of money for me. $250 sounds sensible I mean come on I make $800. But seriously to drive somewhere, hamilton, tauranga, friday, saturday, pirate gig sunday and drive home? Collect $1000, costs $300?

So the agent books the gig, and the travel, and the accommodation. They collect the money and pay me. What details do they arrange for?

Pirate: well time, requirement

DJ: 2-3 hours, $50 tab, gear.

I mean if the travel is arranged, and accomodation, then what do I have to do except turn up and do my thing? I don’t even have to get the money. It’s mad.

I’ll just say to the agent, 1 tour per month.

I need 4 gigs. Imagine you could do small town malls and small town market/fair days. They all have $250 for an auckland guy. Or sell the combo and charge $500 and a room for the pirate/DJ combo on the town fair day. That should be easy to sell! A school on the friday. So once you have the $1000 locked in, $560 in my hand, and $140 in the hands of the agent, thats like 8 hours work.

From that point they could add another 1 or 2 pirate gigs. Or a gig on the thursday if there was accom, and then aim for the thursday pirate. If that happened I’d be in for $800, and the booker would get $200 for 6 gigs.

Then we lay out a plan for auckland. Maybe just add $50. No well they cant book us into dnb line ups can they? They have to book us into nights.

We offer posters and DJ’s and turntables for 4-6 hours. We want $100 bar tab, sound system, dancefloor. The agent gets $100 finders fee, and 20% of earnings therein. Or talk to the agent and say you should be getting $100 to make the gig a success, take steps to get an extra 20 people down there.

And basically 50% for any other gigs – drum and bass, chill out, house, reggae, NZ – pirate gigs! I want to be able to film a wedding and DJ at it for like $800 after expenses. But we dont want them loading us up with gigs. Thats the thing if an agent can make $100 a week out of me by booking 1 mini tour, and a few others here and there, then I’m only one of 10 clients they might have.

She wants to see me make $500 a gig and do 10 gigs a month so she can get $800 thats almost a weeks pay. I’d be making $800 a week just from DJing and pirates? I mean remember by the time we’re getting $500 we should be able to be grabbing those gigs anywhere.

$600 is more realistic. While still making $1000 or more from cd dvd duplication? Wow! Then I would definitely be pouring moneys back into promotion and looking after the manager, but remember, I can give her more work if she wants to hustle more.

So there are all the options there, we just need to be aware of the point at which we can start easing this person in once we have acquired our target.

But we also have to be aware of the promotional materials we will need. Sample mixes. Videos. Campaigns to back up our objective, to make us look like an appealing proposition to those we are approaching, so we’re tooling up in the game.

Ella might be good for some presentation videos. A new kurb intro and maybe ones for cd dvd duplication, postering, and video production. It needs a serious way of doing this! I mean, where is the big business idea?

Auckland CD Duplication Services Survive

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

There are still plenty of reasons to use cd duplication in the 21st century and if you’re looking for auckland cd duplication services, kurb offers a cheap and professional cd printing and cd burning service which means you can get your CD’s copied with little cost and no fuss!

I imagine we will still be doing some cd duplication and dvd duplication for 5 years or more, it won’t simply decline without warning. It will be a lesser part of my income sure, but while it’s still a great visual way to physical pass on data and media, then we’ll keep offering auckland CD copying and cheap rates.

Bands will always want a physical representation of their product as an audio CD. While corporates just find it easier to distribute alot of information or data through a cd which is inexpensive and simple to produce, or a dvd which can provide detailed instructions through videos, there really isn’t a more straightforward means to distribute this kind of media in a physical situation.

As more people use videos, the more they will see the added benefit of having a physical copy of that video through dvd copying, and again the visual aspects and branding that cd dvd printing offers.

Why the Shiny Piece Of Plastic Isn’t Dead Yet

Everybody knows that the Compact Disc has died, replaced by a digital world where files and streams are the main methods of music delivery. The only problem with that statement is that the CD is not yet deceased by a long shot, and it’s still a real tool in the belt of artists and bands everywhere. Sure, it’s rapidly diminishing in importance, but important it still is. I know that most of you reading this don’t believe me, so let me give you three reasons as proof.

Reason #1: Last year there were 211 million CDs sold in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. While this number is down 78% from the format’s peak in 2000, it still amounted to around $2.5 billion in revenue, or about 35% of the income of the entire industry in the US. If you think that there’s weeping and gnashing of teeth in the business now (although there’s less than in the recent past), you’d hear some real wailing in record label boardrooms everywhere if the format were to disappear into the ether tomorrow.

Now 211 million of anything is a lot of units, but keep in mind that these are only the sales that the RIAA could count through their traditional distribution channels. This doesn’t account for all the CDs sold independently by artists at gigs, shows, church services, or online from personal or band websites, and who knows how many other outlets. And keep in mind that CDs are a high-margin item that makes not only more revenue per sale but more profit as well. An artist or band selling a few units per night might not seem like much, but this is occurring by the thousands daily, which adds up to real money that’s not on the books anywhere and never will be.

Reason #2: There are still certain audiences who would rather buy a CD than get their music from a digital alternative, like country, hard rock, and the church market to name a few. You can argue that this may be because these audiences are less tech savvy than the mainstream, but the fact of the matter is that they’re currently comfortable with the format and will happily make a purchase if they like what they hear. If you’re a label or artist, you have to give the customer what he wants.

Reason #3: Here’s a major issue that many digital proponents don’t understand. If you don’t have a CD, you can’t get reviewed. Reviewers just don’t take digital-only releases seriously, especially for newer artists, and unless a writer has that bright and shiny disc in his hands, the release doesn’t count. No disc, no review. Believe it or not, this also applies to bloggers, who ply their trade in the virtual world.

While most artists would rather play on a stage filled with broken glass than be part of some old-school distribution technology, the beautiful thing about our current digital world is that even the most physical-averse artist or label can press CDs without the hassle of buying a mass number of copies like in the past. CDs can now be purchased in extremely low quantities (as few as one) from on-demand companies like Kunaki or Trepstar, who will even drop-ship them to a customer if the purchase is through CD Baby or Amazon. A DIY artist or band no longer has to play the physical game as it was once played. Need 37 copies and not a disc more? It’s now possible.

Don’t take this article as the rant of someone still living in a music world gone by. I haven’t bought a CD in years and wouldn’t be bothered a bit if they disappeared tomorrow. In fact, I believe that the future of music is getting brighter as we live more and more in a streaming world, and it will eventually be as prosperous or more than the CD era at its peak. The fact of the matter is that while the CD market is clearly drying up, there’s still a lot of water left in that lake. CDs remain more important than you think in the grand scheme of an artist’s survival. Ignore the format at your own peril – at least for today.

Advancing Auckland CD Duplication DVD Video Services

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

I did my numbers. I shot in Kingsland in Auckland, and now I’ve received numerous knowledge upgrades in regard to video. My learning this weekend was extensive.

I have learned new camera techniques, an awesome new editing technique that will save me hours, and I have narrowed down what I need for my next video editing rig. I’ve learned a lot more about how the components of your computer rig work together for optimum performance. Right now I am just putting a new video graphics card and getting the software updates – and upgrades, for premiere and such so we can really continue to make our life easier in the video production stakes, leading to more production of auckland dvd duplication and cd replication in auckland and across new zealand.

But heaps of work is coming in for kurb cd duplication and dvd reproduction services, and I don’t really need the work.

It’s really confusing when I’ve got proper work, music videos, pirate party videos and also tour videos all to deal with.

I get real happy when I make $1k worth of sales in a day, I almost doubled that, today would have been one of my biggest selling days ever. So I just kind of relaxed and didn’t care. It’s a real bad habit, but then, like, we’ve arrived at that point where well, even if make no more sales this week, I still got over $500 there I don’t know what to do with. With the $300 from last week and the $300 from the week before that I’ve got.

Well I said it might be possible and likely that I’d have an extra $5k I didn’t know what to do with. But then I’ve already got $4k earmarked for web and video projects. We covered this scenario. If we start projecting beyond that . . . well brace yourself for this australian development because your bank account and every other aspect of your business must be ready to take the slack.

I am struggling to see how I am supposed to get rid of $4k on video production and web promotion this year, and if you add another $5k? madness.

It’s crazy, because I have a lot of work to do! How can I use the extra money I’m earning to speed up the process? More editing.

We have to keep the videos coming. It’s pretty hard to stay motivated advancing music video production services and auckland cd duplication. We’re just doing the little things like archiving, and checking out our footage. We’ve had problems archiving our footage in a suitable format so this presents an opportunity to finally start moving forward. So many mishaps coming to understand mp4’s, avi’s, movs and all the rest I think we might now finally be coming to our point where we can begin moving forward with this, chipping away.

But in the bigger picture, we have to recognise that if we can finish all these videos, have my money right, and still write 3 or 4 more songs then we have done awesomely.

Well I need to be ready for my pirate performance. We have the net. I need a costume check and maybe look at some extra props we could use for this online video series which would then go into dvd video copying for pirate story dvd merchandise offer!

***

So now we need to be more focused than ever, because we take a big step back and recognise the new shape of our business. If there’s cd duplication and dvd duplication to do, cd burning, cd printing, well that’s what we do, I’m still here typing out the key words, right? We still will rely on that to cover our basic costs. The pirates will be there, the cratch will be there, and possibly even some opportunities in our small business stalls, we may even look at new investments.

Essentially we’re trying to keep the duplication steady, while building in our kid’s shows, and getting music and kid’s shows and all that entertainment going, if I’m doing 2 kids shows and a music show on average a week, I’m making over $500, then you got the cart getting involved, we’ve discussed all this, but it’s a bit of organisation around these events, and you’re trying to keep the duplication going at the same time. What it looks like is more work than I actually want to do. We have to pay people to do a lot of stuff, I mean surely we can break off a few hundred to somebody or bodies to fill in the gaps.

I mean with cd printing, postering, video services, but also booking and organisation for doing gigs out of town, if all I have to do is pay the bills and do the shows, then we could have a little fairy that also hustles and books the gigs, and organises the props, and invoices etc.

This connects with the higher concepts regarding the cohort, that eventually I will pay someone not only to do the business, but to organise gigs and videos and promotion etc.

That way I will start to be fully focused on content – video production, music videos, blogs, pics, etc. – and performances. Booking gigs. Lesser Projects such as working on:

– website / blog
– web presence – soundcloud etc.
– archiving

We need to consider how a virtual assistant could help us more with online things that have to be done but we have to be smart about how the whole process is managed, as well as with cd duplication, online marketing, video production – if we can create a service that works for ourselves we can then sell this service.

HIRING VIDEO SERVICES ONLINE

So I am preparing for a new music video I am working on by hiring cute presenter girls online to film little bits for the video. 15 in total, and already have one bulgarian chick locked in for $10. What if they all come back? Oh well.

So far we have the twins, chris, blonde kitten, so that’s kind of four or five counting the bulgarian, six haven’t got back to us, leaving another five – except its six. 1 refused, 1 wants more info, 1 said $40, 2 said $20, and 1 said $15. I would say I would want 6 counting the twins as one. Right now I have 4 counting the twins as one. So I think I will do the $15 girl . . . okay re up.

so bulgarian 1 came back and it was pretty awesome for $10, I’ve ordered with chris.

I’m ordering with koala, annie and maggie

While blonde kitten and the twins are still on hold. What did I say? 6 counting the twins as 1. What have I got? 6 counting the twins as 1. So if nobody else comes back I think I will go for the brazilian chick.

So now I have ordered with annie and maggies, meaning I’ve placed 4 orders, just to sort koala, the twins and the brazilian.

Now I have all but the brazilian and I think I will chill on that for now unless one one of those other girls come back. I still spent $75.

So what do we need our fiverr girls to do?

– putting on lipstick
– hair flick
– answer phone
– listen on phone then make “disgusted” face
– looking into camera and becoming confused
– dance around
– hold up 2 signs: one saying “soul science” “gonna getcha”
– 4 sign offs – thumps ub, wink, wave, blow a kiss

I may have to give then a tenner each, and even then I might not get the lot. But 5 will do, and if I need to get more from one of them I will give them another tenner.

Sure could cost me $100 just for the cam girls, but it might create the impression I have gone to a lot more effort than I have, that is what my videos are all about.

And also attempting to advance auckland cd duplication and divd duplication services – cd printing, dvd printing in new zealand for the cheapest prices!