“Mark Holzman of National Video Documentors is brilliant at capturing the essence and spirit of important events with his video artistry. Our recent musical tribute to the legendary Chicago folk musician Jim Post packed the intimate Space club in Evanston, IL with 200 delighted patrons. Now, thanks to Mark’s first class multi-camera film, thousands of people around the world can experience a magical evening as if they were there with us. He’s a dream to work with and the results are incredible.”

Richard Friedman

“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
Director of Marketing &
Building Owners and Managers
Association of Chicago

“You know Mark. You just have to think about it for a moment. If you’ve touched video production (at all) over the last few decades, you’ve hired him, worked with him, or seen something he’s done. There’s a reason for this. Mark treats every project like it’s the only project in the world. No matter how big or small, everything Mark touches gets treated with the same professional diligence. His eyes add the refinement that you might otherwise miss, and that refinement translates into instant production value. When Mark does it, it just looks better.”

Jim Munkacsy
Media Technologist
Midway Games

“Mark shot and produced an incredible video for our organization’s ribbon cutting event. He did a wonderful job highlighting both our building, the services we offer, and the youth in our care. The video was produced in record time and was the highlight of our event.”

Mimi Alschuler
Director of Development
Covenant House Chicago

“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
CBD Marketing

“Mark Holzman of National VideoDocumentors is my favorite Director of Photography. His creative skill behind the lens has impressed my clients time and time again.”

Chris Skrundz
Amazing Media

“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

2) You want your video well produced. Read more

3) You want good value. Read more

4) You want your video finished on time. Read more

5) You want peace of mind. Read more

Camera Packages


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) and Sound Devices PIX 240i HD field recorder (to record switched program), and Blackmagic Design Web Presenter (for streaming switched program).

Ideal for…

  • PowerPoint presentations with audience Q&A
  • panel discussions
  • sit down interviews
  • theatrical performances
  • religious services
  • concerts
  • streaming services available


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 Kinotehnik Practilite 602 AC/DC bi-color LED fresnels, 2 Nanlight FS-300b bi-color LED lights with fresnel lenses, 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, Hawk-Woods and SmallRig 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, DJI OM3 Smartphone gimbal, 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.

Additional Equipment

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)

Pro-Prompter i-Pad teleprompter
(ideal for shorter on-camera presentations…no additional operator required)

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)

Blackmagic Design Web Presenter
(stream your live program, publicly or privately, to Facebook, YouTube and other content distribution networks)

Zoom L12 12-channel mixer/recorder
(record each panelist on their own audio track and remove distracting sneezes, coughs and whispers. Included with our Mackie Thump PA system)




(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!

Live Switch

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

Freelance Services

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.

  • camera operation
  • audio
  • lighting
  • grip
  • production

Stuff We Do

Corporate Broadcast
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

Client List

Client List

National Video-Documentors is proud to have been contracted or subcontracted to shoot and/or produce for the following companies…

Abbott Labs
ABC News
Access Hollywood
Airline Pilots Association
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association of Illinois
American Veterinary Medical Association
Astra Zeneca
Avon Breast Cancer Research
Barilla Foods
Beckman Coulter
Borg Warner
Brinker International
Brown & Williamson
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
Chicago Transit Authority
Chicagoland Subaru Dealers
Chicagoland Volvo Dealers
Comedy Central
Dairy Farmers of America
Delta Building Products
Discover Financial
DSW Shoe Warehouse
Dunkin’ Brands
Edelman Worldwide
Electronic Arts
Encore Network
Ernst & Young
Fox Business Network
Fox News Channel
Golin Harris
Hartford Insurance
Healthy Choice Foods
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Illinois Tool Works
Independent Film Channel
Interactive Health
Intl. Assoc. of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
Karen Neuburger Brand
Kraft Heinz
Kubota Engine
Leo Burnett
McDougal Littell
Mercedes Benz
Morton International
Motorola Mobility
NCAA Women’s Lacrosse
National Car Rental
National Geographic Television
Nicor Gas
Northwestern University
OAG Worldwide
People’s Energy
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Publishers Clearing House
Quantum Foods
RR Donnelley
Rohm & Haas
Ryland Homes
Saputo Foods
Skylight Professional Development
South Bend Corporation
Speed Channel
Stepan Chemical
Susan G. Komen Foundation
Tribune Entertainment
Underwriter’s Laboratories
US Census Bureau
Warner Bros.
Waste Management
Weber Shandwick
Wells Fargo
World Business Review
WMS Industries
Zimmer Holdings
Zurich Insurance

5 Good Reasons

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 12/31/24 and are subject to change without notice after that.”


NVD “No Worries” Footage Backup Policy

Can’t locate your camera footage? Accidentally erase all your files? No worries. All footage shot by NVD is backed up immediately after each shoot. We’ll hold on to it for 6 months. If you need it before then, just give us a call.

Who else does that? Nobody but NVD!

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