VHS to DVD Conversion Service

Well it’s another working week for us here at Midway Media and we’re excited that it’s ONE MONTH until Christmas Eve! It is definitely a perfect time to let you know about our popular service that we’re offering.

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So what are we offering?

Over the last two weeks we have received a fantastic amount of old VHS films to be converted to DVD. I wonder if they are going to get watched during Christmas as this is a time for families to come together and share memories. Our conversions are processed in our home, we do not send them off, we look after them and keep them in a safe place.

Prices?

For one VHS film we charge just £12.50 for the conversion and if you have more than one video we charge £10 per video. By looking into other companies that offer video conversions we decided to half the price as we really enjoy offering this service. It is an exciting project and the smiles on our clients faces are certainly not forgettable.

What is included in the price?

After the conversions are complete we print the name of the film onto the DVD disc, pop them into a case and then you have your DVD all ready. If we can get a print screen still image from your videos we will print one on your disc for you.

If you have any enquiries please email us on enquiries@midway-media.co.uk or contact us through our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/midwaymedia.

Enjoy the rest of your week :)

Supplier Spotlight Winner

Hello there :) I’d like to say thank you to all of those that entered Midway Media’s suppliers competition recently. We did pick our winner at random, that winner was Michelle owner of New Beginnings ~ Celebration Stationery from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, UK. Michelle has written her own post about her business and she’s introducing herself for you all to get to know:

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Hello, I am Michelle – the creator behind New Beginnings ~ Celebrations Stationery, I am married, have 3 beautiful children and am based in Hertfordshire…

I have always been creative and I had tried a multitude of crafts in the past, but have always had a passion for paper and pretty things! So when my husband finally agreed to ‘set the date’ for our wedding, which was back in May 2009, I made it clear right from the very start that I wanted to design and make all of our wedding stationery. After receiving such lovely comments from our guests, and numerous people saying that I should consider putting my talents to good use and make Wedding & Celebration stationery for others, I decided to take the plunge and start my own business… and so, New Beginnings ~ Celebration Stationery was born towards the end of 2009 when I received my very first order to design and make Invitations, Order of Service, Guest Book and Thank You cards for a Wedding in May 2010… I haven’t looked back since.

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The back story behind the name of the business:

Why I chose the name ‘New Beginnings ~ Celebration Stationery’… The idea came from the theme for our wedding, which was ‘Butterflies’… Butterflies are known to symbolise ‘New Beginnings’, which I thought was very appropriate to that time in my life. Why was this? Well… a ‘new beginning’ as a married woman, turning 40 the day after our Wedding along with the saying ‘life begins at 40’, a new direction in my life starting my own business… I also didn’t want to cater just for weddings, hence the reason for ‘Celebration Stationery’, which covers a vast array of occasions and New Beginnings in peoples’ lives.

What services and products do I offer?

All of my items are articulately handcrafted by myself, everything made to order and not mass produced. I am able to offer the complete package of wedding stationery needs and requirements, from ‘Save the Dates, to Table Plans and Guest Books, and pretty much everything else in between, and more. Many styles and designs are available, everything can be fully personalised to suit your requirements. I also offer a bespoke service too, so if there is something in particular you have in mind, I am always very happy to help design and create what you are looking for. This is one of the things I really enjoy, my clients are extremely important to me and I will work with you every step of the way. I love a challenge and have been asked to make a variety of ‘bespoke’ items, such as a 16 page ‘Who’s Who’ Booklet which had a little ditty about each guest and was a perfect way to introduce and amuse guests at the Wedding Breakfast… I have also designed and created themed items and Table Names for ‘Rock Bands’, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Superheroes’.

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A little about myself and the business:

I am passionate, and a perfectionist, I take great pride in everything that I do, from the quality materials I use, the time and attention to detail given to each individual piece, to the friendly service I provide. It does not matter how big or small an order is, I treat every client in the same way and offer the best possible Customer Service I can, as you never know who your next client could be. This I learnt a couple of years ago when a Bride2B contacted me after reading an article in a Wedding Forum that a past bride of mine had written, she went on to place a small order for some slimline Menus and a little Sign for her destination wedding and was happy with what I had done for her. With the connections and experience I have gained it has allowed me to take on bigger challenges. I have now gone onto creating pieces for a promotional photoshoot, with my pieces being featured in their Wedding Brochures, promotional flyers and Website, another Corporate Event, and more recently commissioned to make some special pieces for their #YourBigDay 2014 Wedding Competition Winners; a lucky couple who won their dream destination wedding.

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I am enjoying the journey that New Beginnings ~ Celebration Stationery has taken me on, it has been a little bumpy here and there, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I have taken paths that I never ever expected, and have met some fantastic people along the way. But most of all, I am passionate and enjoy making people happy, knowing that I have created something special, unique and personal for them.

How can you contact me?

Being a self-confessed technophobe, I am at my most confident when working with card, paper and all the pretty materials that come with this wonderful profession of mine, but I now feel that it is time to broaden my horizons and reach out a little further than just the comfort of good ole Facebook, so my intention now (in between working on orders that is) is to focus on having my very own website designed to enable me to showcase my work to a much wider audience… You can currently find me on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewBeginnings.CelebrationStationery

Twitter: @NBCelebrations

Instagram: newbeginnings_celebrations

Email: newbeginnings-celebrations@hotmail.com

Thank you Michelle for entering our competition and thank you for sharing your lovely work. You’re a worthy winner :)

Final Cut Pro X

It’s been quite a slow journey moving from my pc to my iMac. Mainly because I was so used to editing on my pc using Sony Vegas. It was after all the first film editing suite I learnt. I’ve never even used Windows Movie Maker or iMovie. I generally just go for the big guns and learn from there.

I had a day’s training on Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) and that prepared me a little but I was in no position to edit a full wedding. In fact a few months down the line, I’m actually editing my first full wedding using FCPX. I’ve edited a few small projects for practice and get used to the program. It’s certainly different for many reasons. The Mac works in a completely different way, commands are all different and I still need to figure out how not to lose my synced audio when I do a cutaway as it moves! So things are moving albeit slowly. There is hope though! I will have to do some googling to tackle the audio issue before I set to edit the full ceremony and speeches. I’ve synced them in Plural eyes 3.5 (not used multi cam function). See in Vegas you just press S on the timeline and it cuts the film, you delete then drag files to position on timeline, easy. FCPX to a new person is a tad scary but I am enjoying the challenge and FCPX in general. I’m most impressed so far. I have Motion to tackle next… ummm

I shall be sharing a few short films that have been edited in FCPX over the course of the next few days. So please do check back…

My poor pc has got ridiculously slow and everything keeps crashing, so it was just time to move over to the iMac or end up with pc sat in garden upside down. Yes it actually got that close.

Here’s just a couple of screen grabs from the wedding I’m currently editing at the moment. Plus one large logo jpeg comprising of three companies that I created in Photoshop for the first time!

CREST – Corporate Filming

Good morning there :) hope you had a fabulous weekend. I know I did, I went off to the Your Horse Live 2014 event on Saturday at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, had a great time there plus meeting the lovely Mary King and Carl Hester was an additional bonus. Anyway, I ramble…..

Today I’d like to show you a film about a local school near to where I live that offers an after school club where pupils can come and be a part of the club learning all about creative science and engineering. Student’s get to study scientific topics they’re interested in and partake in practical side of scientific engineering, if there project requires this.

The purpose of this film is to promote the school’s club to other students from that school and other neighbouring schools, as it is the only local school around the Swadlincote area that offer this amazing opportunity to pupils of all ages. It interviews students that are come to the club, what they like about it and what they’ve learnt. It also demonstrates what student’s can achieve. Science Teacher, Adam Rayson runs the project where students can attend once or twice a week. Student’s also get the opportunity to enter competitions against other CREST members from other partaking schools. Contact William Allitt school for more details of the days CREST runs as since filming this, the days may have changed with the new academic year.

Here is the film:-

If you’re a school or college that offers something different and would like to promote it to other students, on your website etc, why not get in touch with me to discuss. I’d be delighted to assist.

Thanks for watching

Tracey

Introducing Red Bow Bridal

Hello there :) hope everything is well and thank you for visiting my blog. It’s been a while since I did one of my Supplier Spotlight blog posts, so with things quieting down a little now that Autumn is here,today I’d like to introduce you to Michelle from Red Bow Bridal. Michelle told me that she started her business shortly after she became engaged back in 2013. It all started as she wanted something for herself that was different and more personalised. After designing her own bouquet she got a lot of interest from other brides to be and her business began. Michelle works closely with all her brides individually to design and create unique bouquets. They can be personalised with bride and groom intials, something blue or a horse shoe. If a client has a completely different idea, Michelle will create it. Michelle will also match any colour or theme. Michelle, mainly specialises in brooch bouquets and satin rose bouquets. Michelle provides the extra touch of sparkle and luxury to your big day and beautifully done they are too. If you’re getting married and want something different, why not see for yourself and visit Michelle’s website www.redbowbridal.co.uk

Times are Changing – Embrace the iMac

After a good few years of working on my trusty pc and editing films using on great piece of software (which I will still use, just need to upgrade to a later one), I am finally embracing my iMac!

Some of you will wonder what has taken me so long? The answer clearly is, familiarity but there once a time when editing video footage was a definite no no….. Now I do it all! Forever learning, being creative and following those that inspire me along the way, all these things make me the editor I have become over the last 3 years. It’s not been an easy journey but I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve learnt so much and yes I’ve made mistakes, I’m human after all and make a mistake once, you learn not to do it again!

So, my next chapter is to familiarise myself with the likes of Lightroom 5, Photoshop (although that’s another post on its own) and finally Final Cut Pro X and all the other bits and bobs associated with it. I have Motion 5, that’s another learning curve but for now, I’m just finding my feet with the workflow of Final Cut Pro X and I have to say, I love it so far! I know its been heavily criticised in the past but seriously now, to me, it’s a great piece of software to edit with. Lots of filmmaking friends of mine either use FCPX or Adobe Premiere, so I guess it’s a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it.

I shall embrace the change and start to create even more magic in my wedding edits and promotional films for businesses. I have two projects on the go in Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) at the moment, one is the Trailblazers film, shot a month or so back and my current wedding edit! So much fun to be had… right now though, it’s time for bed.

It’s good night from me….Do please keep following for all the latest news of what we’re up to at Midway Media HQ.

Tracey x

Winter Weddings – An Offer Not to be Missed

Now I don’t know about you but there is something special about winter weddings. It’s not just about the Christmas decor in December, it’s much much more. The crispness of the air, possibility of snow and those roaring fires. I just love roaring fires they give off a romantic hue! Barry and I got married in winter, it was a fantastic day and yes we had it filmed!

Wedding filming is often seen as a luxury add-on but seriously it is more than that. It’s a time where family and friends come together to see the bride and groom pledge their love and commitment to one another and it is here that a wedding film captures it all. Photos are great but a wedding film can fill in the blanks and it works so well with photography, it is definitely worth the additional investment. Imagine your children watching your wedding day in the years that follow and friends and family that couldn’t make the day for whatever reason, they can relive what happened by watching your wedding film. We film in a modern creative style and we are easy going friendly professionals. We love meeting up with couples to have a chat about their day and take it from there really. There is no pressure whatsoever, if you like us and our style then we’d love to be a part of your day.

We have a few dates remaining during the 2014/2015 winter season, after much thought and my love of weddings, I am offering a day’s wedding coverage with two videographers from the latter part of the bridal preps to the end of the first dance at a cost of just £899.00 The offer does exclude bank holidays such as Boxing Day and New Years Eve. All you have to do is book before 30th November 2014.

So for £899.00 you get all day coverage and 3 DVDs. Applies only to winter off peak weddings between now and beginning of March 2015. If the wedding is further than 60 miles from our postal address, accommodation would be required as well as our reasonable expenses. That’s it! All you have to do is get in touch and have a chat!

Recent Winter Weddings

Emma & Molly – ‘Divas and Horses’

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Today, I have the pleasure in introducing the lovely Emma and her horse Molly.  Emma was my second lifestyle photoshoot that I did where she opted for the glam look, as opposed to casual, which I call my “Divas with Horses” … Continue reading

Super Moon – 10.08.14

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So last night saw the Super Moon, without the cape of course!  I took these few pictures from standing on my sunroom flat roof with tripod.  Clambering through my bedroom window looked highly suspicious if any neighbours were looking out their window at that moment in time.  Once there, it was a bit of a waiting game as it was rather cloudy last night!  We got there in the end.  Moons move quickly so it was essential to keep my shutter speed quite fast.  This also prevents the glow effect as the ISO was no more than 200 so, no noise.  I even managed to get my f.stop at F11.  It was quite a spectacular site although I didn’t stay around long enough to capture any meteor showers that had also been predicted.  It was rather breezy out there and bedtime was calling and I was a little cold, being rather nest, I get chilly quickly although I love winter (not rainy winters though).

So here are a select few images captured last night!

Ali & Steve’s Wedding

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Today I introduce you to Ali and Steve who were married at lovely Dovecliffe Hall near Burton-on-Trent. This gallery demonstrates my work through the eyes of a second shooter.  I love weddings and I love taking photos.  This is all quite … Continue reading