Mark Holzman of National Video Documentors is my favorite Director of Photography. His creative skill behind the lens has impressed my clients time and time again.
Chris Skrundz – President Amazing Media
On our last project together, my client was impressed with NVD’s ability to make changes on the fly. That creativity, professionalism and “can do” attitude is exactly the type of video partner I need and what I count on from NVD every time we work together.
Don Harder – Associate Creative Director
NVD took our concept for our Annual Meeting video and created an engaging piece that conveyed exactly the message we wanted to resonate with our members. Not only did NVD “get it” in terms of what we wanted to do and say, they were patient, creative and diligent in their work, finding ways to create a video that exceeded our expectations in a tight timeframe.
Amy Masters – Dir. of Mktg. & Comm. Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago
I have relied on NVD’s steady hand and keen point for over fifteen years. There’s no one I’d rather have on-location, or in the editing room. They’re the best.
Jotham Burrello – Vice President
Elephant Rock Productions
5 Good Reasons
to Choose NVD for Your Next Video Production
1) You want a partner who shares your vision. Read more
NVD’s PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) system allows one operator to control multiple cameras remotely, thereby providing outstanding coverage at a very attractive rate.
System includes 3 Panasonic AW-HE42 PTZ cameras with 20×1 optical zoom (30×1 digital) and a Panasonic AW-RP150 remote controller capable of storing and replaying programmable camera moves. Controller’s joystick has a built-in zoom rocker switch enabling complete camera control with just one hand (leaving operator’s other hand to switch between cameras). Also included…Panasonic AW-HS50N 5-input HD switcher, 3 Blackmagic Design Video Assist monitor/recorders (to record footage from each camera, facilitating future changes), Ocean Matrix audio D/A and Sound Devices PIX 240i HD field recorder (to record switched program).
any shoot where minimal crew size is essential
Sony FS5 4K camcorder with Super 35 Exmor sensor for a richly detailed, cinematic look. Comes with 5 Rokinon cine prime lenses (14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm), Sony 18-105mm zoom lens. Will shoot 10 bit, 4:2:2 HD footage up to 240 FPS for super smooth slow motion shots. Built-in Wi-Fi or wired LAN connection for live streaming. Camera’s small size, perfect balance and light weight make it ideal for travel, handheld work or situations where space is at a premium.
Sony PMW-350 XDCAM EX HD camcorder with three 2/3” 1920×1080 CMOS chips & Fujinon 20×1 HD Broadcast lens. Shoots 1080i, 720p and 480i in variable frame rates, all with embedded audio. 4 independent, individually adjustable audio channels plus HD/SDI and HDMI outputs for multiple HD monitoring. Beautiful imagery, quick file transfer…the workhorse of our camera collection.
All Camera Packages Include…
Ocee 21.5” or Small HD 7″ field monitor, Sachtler 18II, Sachtler 20 or Cartoni Focus 12 tripod, multiple light kits including 4 LitePanels Astra 1×1 AC/DC bi-color LED panels, 2 Kino Flo Diva-Lite 401 fluorescent fixtures, 1 Kino Flo Diva-Lite 201 fluorescent fixture, 2 Intellytech F165 light canon AC/DC bi-color LED fresnels, 2 Kinotehnik Practilite 602 AC/DC bi-color LED fresnels, 2 Arri 650 fresnels, 2 Arri 300 fresnels, 2 Arri 150 fresnels, 2 Lowel Totalights, Boling BL-P1 RGB camera-mounted LED light, Dedolight pattern projection system with focusing lens & wide assortment of cookies, assorted Chimera video pro lightbanks with Lighworks grids, 4 1K dimmers, a wide assortment of backdrops and green screens, Anton Bauer Dionic HC and Hawk-Woods M98HP hot-swappable batteries and chargers, Sanken COS-11, Tram TR-50 and Sony ECM-77B lavalier mics, Shure SM-58 and Beyer M-58 handheld mics, Shure MX-393 omni and cardioid boundary mics, Sanken CS-3 or Sennheiser MKH-416 shotgun mic, Lectrosonics FCC-compliant wireless systems, K-Tek fishpole, Sound Devices 442 4-channel or 552 5-channel field mixer w/built-in SD recorder, DJI OSMO dual-screen 4K action camera, full grip kit with C-stands, sandbags, clamps, gels, flags, nets & diffusion.
Other cameras available. If you don’t see what you want, just call.
DJI Mavic Air Drone (with FAA certified pilot)
(Enhance your program with visually stunning aerial footage! Features include 4K photo/video camera, 20-minute flight time per battery (3 included) and full ND filter set)
Edelkrone AC/DC motorized camera slider
(consistent, repeatable tracking shots and pans add a professional touch to any production – watch the demo on this website)
Sound Devices PIX 240i portable HD recorder (with two 240G solid state drives)
Panasonic AW-HS50N compact live switcher (with 4 HD/SDI inputs and 1 DVI-D input)
Mackie Thump PA system
(make sure your audience gets the message with a Mackie 1604 16-channel mixer and two 1300-watt Mackie 12A powered speakers on stands)
EZ-FX jib package
(smoothly float the camera up and down to reveal interesting perspectives…with Sachtler 20 tripod and tripod dolly)
Telex intercom system
(with five 2-way headsets)
Blackmagic Design Web Presenter
(stream your live program, publicly or privately, to Facebook, YouTube and other content distribution networks)
Zoom F8 8-channel mixer/recorder
(record each panelist on their own audio track and take extraneous sneezes, coughs and whispers right out)
Gentner Digital Hybrid III telephone interface
(add telephone lines to the audio mix with clean, clear sound)
(Save 20% on edits when we also do your shoot!)
Adobe Creative Cloud provides instant access to all the latest Adobe products, including Premiere Pro, Photoshop, AfterEffects, Illustrator etc. When Adobe releases a new product or update, we have it for your immediately…along with our Adobe-fanatic editors who know how to use it. Can’t make it to our place? We’ll come to you! A fully-loaded MacBook Pro makes editing on-location a breeze!
Time is money. Save more of both with NVD’s popular Live Switch package. This custom set-up enables one person to shoot and edit at the same time, thereby producing a finished program at the conclusion of your event. PowerPoint slides & graphics are taken directly from the presentation computer and cleanly inserted into the camera footage as it’s being shot. The result? An effective, affordable, fully-edited program that’s ready to use right away…all produced at a fraction of the cost of programs requiring post production. Shooting a panel discussion? Book a live switch with a second unmanned camera to enhance production value.” Live Switch Demo
If you’re looking for freelance help, look no further than NVD. We’re totally comfortable working with our gear or yours. Best of all, our years of experience guarantees the integrity, expertise and creativity you seek.
Stuff We Do
seminars & conferences training videos surgical videos educational videos trade booth presentations new product introductions new business pitches live events in-house corporate communications media training corporate capabilities videos cooking demonstrations streaming videos special events fashion shows panel discussions sales meeting openers focus group interviews man-on-the-street interviews stylized talking heads web videos
TV spots radio spots video news releases news reports press junkets network programs cable programs satellite media tours remote shoots studio shoots multi-camera shoots live switch shoots
National Video-Documentors is proud to have been contracted or subcontracted to shoot and/or produce for the following companies…
Airline Pilots Association
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association of Illinois
American Veterinary Medical Association
Avon Breast Cancer Research
Brown & Williamson
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
Chicago Transit Authority
Chicagoland Subaru Dealers
Chicagoland Volvo Dealers
Dairy Farmers of America
Delta Building Products
DSW Shoe Warehouse
Ernst & Young
Fox Business Network
Fox News Channel
Healthy Choice Foods
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Illinois Tool Works
Independent Film Channel
Intl. Assoc. of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
Karen Neuburger Brand
NCAA Women’s Lacrosse
National Car Rental
National Geographic Television
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Publishers Clearing House
Rohm & Haas
Skylight Professional Development
South Bend Corporation
Susan G. Komen Foundation
US Census Bureau
World Business Review
5 Good Reasons
You want a partner who shares your vision. At NVD, we take the time to understand what you’re trying to communicate, then suggest creative ways to accomplish your goals. We ask the right questions at the right time. And we’re totally committed to your success. Hey, when you look good, we look good…and a successful video benefits us both.
You want your video well produced. High quality work projects a high quality image. If that’s what you demand, insist on NVD. We’ll meet your video communication needs in ways you may not expect…like with an audience reaction shot to something being said, soft lighting that evokes a touching, emotional response, or a thoughtfully chosen camera angle that helps define a brand.
You want good value. NVD offers 1–man bands and half–day shoots, sends reference copies of your camera footage the following day, provides free loaner hard drives (how cool is that?) and brings a boatload of gear to your shoot (more than we usually need, but enabling us to meet just about any challenge.) Our editors are surprisingly fast and reassuringly capable (even fun to work with!) And if it takes a little longer to do a job right, we’ll do it without even glancing at the clock.
You want your video finished on time. Time is money. NVD save you more of both with directors of photography who shoot in a manner that makes editing a breeze, editors who know all the keyboard shortcuts to make quick work of a lengthy job, and production assistants who anticipate your needs and act swiftly without being asked.
You want peace of mind. If you want a detail-oriented camera crew that arrives on time, has all the right gear, shoots gorgeous footage, backs everything up on-site, leaves the location looking as good or better than they found it, sends reference copies of your footage the following day, then edits, revises and refines your program until you are completely satisfied, well…relax. You’ve come to the right place.
Terms / Back Up
All prices exclude recording media (except where noted). Half-Day: 1-5 hours…Full-Day: 6-10 hours (portal to portal). Overtime = 1.5 times hourly fee. No mileage charge for first 75 miles…current IRS approved rate per mile thereafter. Parking billed at cost. Cancellation: No cancellation fee if job canceled at least 24 hours in advance. If canceled less than 24 hours prior to job, 100% of daily labor fee will be charged. If canceled day of job, full charges apply. NVD retains the right to bring only that equipment which NVD feels is necessary to meet its client’s needs. Full payment is expected on delivery of finished product unless other arrangements have been made. Deposit required for first-time customers or projects requiring substantial up-front costs. Rates valid through 12/31/21 and are subject to change without notice after that.”
NVD “No Worries” Footage Backup Policy
Drop your hard drive on the way home? Accidentally erase all the contents? No worries. All footage shot by NVD is backed up immediately after each shoot. We’ll hold on to it for 6 months. Prior to that, you will receive a courtesy notice of upcoming footage removal. If you still need the footage, just send us a hard drive and shipping account #. We’ll transfer the footage and return it to you at no charge.
Who else does that? Nobody but NVD!
Learn more about NVD and how they can meet your video production needs.