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YouTube HQ Video Comparison

Just stumbled across Editing Organazized and found this enlightening post:

To make YouTube content work on non Flash-based devices (AppleTV, iPhone), recent videos are available in higher-quality, non Flash versions.

To view higher quality MP4 (H.264) versions of videos, add ‘&fmt=18′ to the end of the address.

So here’s a comparison test embed of Jose Gonzalez posted with the Compressor 3 iPhone setting:


with the additional code &fmt=18


Jon Salvia ……………….. Camera Producer

Salvatore Salvia ……….. Camera

Peter Salvia ……………… Cuts Color Compression

Quoting Rory’s immediate, professional, knee jerk opinion:

Hey, I think the top one looks better. No wait, yeah, I can see the difference. But not much.

Thanks for the blog cameo Mr. Sheridan. And thanks Editing Organazized for the awesome and informative post.

proactively • peter


Ryan Bingham’s New Single

Tell My Mother I Miss Her So


Jon Salvia …………………… Camera & Producer

Chris Hartman ……………. Camera & Sound

Peter Salvia ……………….. Cuts Color Compression

As far as I know this is the only recording of this song anywhere on the internets as either audio or video. This is our best guess as the title. Alternate title could be Distant Lands but we went with Tell My Mother for good measure.

So my 40min DVCam tape spools out but the crowd wants more from Ryan. For his encore he drops this diddy, which he lets us know he hasn’t recorded yet and will be on his new record (wow!).

I decided to do a split screen of Chris running through the green room and then the crowd. Trying to add as much of a documentary element to these live performances as we can.

Truth be told I was really frustrated with the production of this performance. The wait staff kept walking in front of my camera and at one point people in the audience asked me to move out of their way. The Ram’s Head in Annapolis only holds about 150 people and I guess it’s a testament to Ryan’s fans that they packed it to the brim. Simply put there was no breathing room for me and my hand held PD150.

But I couldn’t be happier with how these clips turned out. Heads walking past the camera adds to the raw feeling of the show and to the energy of some of the cuts. Chris did an unbelievable job monitoring the house sound and shooting with his GL2 simultaneously. As hand held camera number three he single handedly saved the show. Thanks Chris!

And another round of thanks to Bob Waugh, Rob Timm, and Alex Crotright from 103WRNR for making this show happen. IMHO this is the best Private Artist Showcase to date.

proactively • peter


Spoon’s First Ever Performance…

…of their cover of Paul Simon’s Peace Like A River.


Jon Salvia ……………………… Camera Producer

Chris Hartman ………………. Sound

Peter Salvia …………………… Camera Cuts Color

Tory Salvia ……………………. Sage Advice

This is the first public posting of Spoon’s performance at 103 WRNR’s Private Artist Showcase back on 23 October 2007. This video also represents the first production my brother, Jon Salvia, and I worked on together professionally.Jon came to me two weeks prior to this performance, tells me “Spoon’s coming to Annapolis, we’re [103 WRNR] gonna have them do a Private Artist Showcase! This is gonna be huge!”

I was reluctant, to say the least, my knee jerk “…we don’t have a release” production mindset kicking in. “We need them to sign a release, we need a release from the record company, we need a note from their parents to let them ride on the bus…” I threw everything plus the kitchen sink at Jon. He would have none of it. And 103WRNR would take care of everything.

Having just finished a whirlwind tour of Boston and then Santa Monica to complete my Final Cut Pro 6 and Motion 3 training certifications from Apple, I woke up a bit jet lagged, swung by Mom & Dad’s, Dad faithfully handed me his PD150 (fully charged overnight) and I headed to the Ram’s Head on West Street.First time shooting there and I walk through the door and see Chris Hartman working house sound. I played baseball with Chris back in High School, and we pick up where we must’ve left off on the field and get to lighting the stage. Chris also brought his GL2 and is happy enough to lend it to the production camera for the wide lock down.

I make sure all three cameras (PD150, GL2, and HV20 which recorded HDV in 24f cinematic mode) are set to anamorphic. Then I scout the layout and figure out positions for me and Jon to get good shots and be least intrusive for the audience. Mid set up, Dad swung by with an extra tape for Chris’s camera that we hadn’t expected to be there (thanks again Dad!).

Jon’s HV20 was set to auto focus, camera stabilization on, and auto exposure. Set the PD150 to full manual and set zebras to 90. Set focus on the GL2 and locked it down wide and set it to record. People had started filtering in and were already ordering their lunches (Private Artist Showcases are usually midweek noonish). Somewhere in there Jon reminds me that Spoon was on The Late Show or something the night before. “This is gonna be HUGE. Things are coming together I can FEEL it.”

“Ok, Jon. Just hold the camera steady and DON’T ZOOM,” I said. I knew he would zoom regardless, I just wanted to minimize it so we’d have a consistent, medium hand held shot to cut to. And it was our first pro gig so lets just keep it simple, stupid.”

Just make sure you start the cameras before they come on and don’t stop recording no matter what. We’re on TV all the time,” I remember telling Jon, as we say in the biz.

5 minutes later Spoon takes the stage, 28 minutes later we’re with Alex Cortright shooting the post performance interview (soon to come), and two days later I was instructing at Michael Rosenblum’s Travel Channel Academy at Discovery’s headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. I took a cut of The Underdog with me back to Santa Monica in November for the Color T3. Found out there’s a few gotchas sending multiclip sequences to Color and ended up accidentally deleting the media I had intended to use for my presentation at the end of the seminar.

So the above video, maybe you’re still listening to it now, takes me back. It reminds me of that first wild twinkle in Jon’s eye, his words “Spoon’s coming to town,” and how that started all this crazy live indie music moonlighting we’ve been doing these last four and a half months. Josh Ritter, Spoon, the Bird and the Bee (coming soon), Rilo Kiley, Mike Doughty, George Stanford, Jose Gonzalez, Alice Smith

…and there’s going to be a lot more to come. Check back soon for our cut of The Underdog. And hey, if you’re an indie band out there and you dig our work, drop me a line.proactively • peter


Jose Gonzalez

We (Jon & Tory) shot this at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC this past Tuesday. From the footage this looks like an awesome venue. Tory shot with his new HV20, Jon with his HV20, and Alex guarded the PD150 locked down wide.

Post-production workflow:

• digitize dueling Canon HV20 footage with Sony HVR-M10U VTR. FCP easy setup is HDV-Apple ProRes422 1080p24.

• digitize Sony PD150 footage with Sony HVR-M10U VTR. Export clip using Compressor and upconvert to Apple ProRes 1440x1080i.

• hand sync three cameras to sweetened Marantz audio record.

• create multiclips based on in points.

• edit

• media manage song sequence.

• send sequence to Color for grading, send back to FCP.

• export Color’s graded FCP sequence using Compressor with custom H.264 setting based on Vimeo’s specs.

• upload to Vimeo.

Following the show Alex interviewed Jose for 103WRNR. I’ll cut that this weekend along with a few more songs from the performance. You can watch the show in glorious full screen HD here or press play to see the not nearly as impressive embedded SD version below.

Check back soon for more.


Jon Salvia ………………. Camera & Producer

Tory Salvia …………….. Camera & Sage Advice

Peter Salvia ……………. Cuts Color Compression


Ryan Bingham

Here’s some clips I cut for 103WRNR. I’m working with my brother Jon, promotions director at the station, to develop WRNR’s New Media offerings. You can check out their feed here. Ryan Bingham performed live at the Ram’s Head in Annapolis, MD. His music is described as Americana. Hard to believe the guy is only 25 years old.

We shot 4 cameras (PD150, HV20, GL2, XL1 lockdown wide) and I hand synced in FCP’s timeline to a marantz recording of the house board’s monitor output. It’s pure joy to work with Bingham’s material. Hope you like it a tenth as much as I do.

I could put together a DVD of the entire performance if there’s enough interest out there. Let me know what you think.


Hard Times


Bread and Water


Southside of Heaven


Ghost of Travelin’ Jones



Jon Salvia ……………………. Camera & Producer

Chris Hartman ……………. Camera & Sound

Peter Salvia ………………… Camera Cuts Color Compression

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