Johns Hopkins University - Class of 2022 Convocation


Focal Point Productions assisted the great team at Event Tech by providing an HD IMAG (image magnification) for Johns Hopkins University Class of 2022 Convocation on August 29th at the Homewood Campus.

IMAG is often used in large venues when the audience won't be able to see the speakers on stage.  A camera's video is displayed on large screens so that everyone can see the action, no mater their seat.  Event Tech supplied 2 - 10k lumen projectors with large screens, in addition to supplying the stage, audio, and lighting.

Focal Point's video feed was also supplied to another vendor supplying the University's live stream to Facebook and uStream.

Blakehurst Senior Living 25th Anniversary Facebook Live

August 16th marked our 2nd Facebook Live broadcast for the week.  This Baltimore live streaming production took place at Blakehurst Senior Living.  The facility was holding their 25th anniversary celebration.  Some residents were not able to attend for medical reasons.  Focal Point was brought in as live streaming specialists to broadcast the event so these residents, family, friends, and neighbors could watch the event live.

On Location Facebook Live for Future Care Health Management

On August 14th, Focal Point Productions teamed up with ZMB Media to produce a Facebook Live Broadcast for Future Care Health Management.  This was the first in a series of four live productions for the company's "Vital Strong" initiative.  Rick Dempsey hosted the 30 minute broadcast, which was live streamed to the Future Care Facebook page.

Focal Point provided all equipment, including a Blackmagic switcher, four cameras, wireless intercom, audio, lighting, and much more.

Facebook Live Training Videos from the Studio

On August 8, 2018, Focal Point Productions produced a Facebook Live broadcast for the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association.  The 25 minute training and educational live webcast was aimed toward new players in the Olympic Development Program (ODP).

The team at Focal Point used the TriCaster TC1, three cameras, a wireless intercom system, tally lights, Vidpresso (for social media graphics), a Teradek Cube, and much more.

Studio Training Videos


As a Baltimore video production studio, we often get asked to record training videos.  But recently we took a different approach to producing training videos for a local consultant.  The client wanted to record four training sessions, each with two people, three cameras, and multiple teleprompters.  For most videographers this would be extremely challenging and time consuming.

 Blackmagic video switcher showing the 3 camera angles.

Blackmagic video switcher showing the 3 camera angles.

But because Focal Point Productions specializes in live streaming and multi-camera productions, this was easy.  We used our Blackmagic video switcher kit.  This allowed us to switch in-real time between all the cameras.  Now, instead of taking weeks or months to edit these training videos, they'll be edited in a few hours.


Our Maryland Video Production Studio

Focal Point Productions recently hosted doctor's from Chesapeake Urology and recorded several patient education and promotional videos for new treatment options.

Having a Baltimore video studio allows Focal Point Productions to the ability to produce videos training videos easily and cost effectively.

 Dr. Marc H Siegelbaum in studio recording a promotional video.

Dr. Marc H Siegelbaum in studio recording a promotional video.

MedStar Health Facebook Live

On June 27, 2018, Focal Point Productions live-streamed a Facebook Live webcast for MedStar Health.  The production was held at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital's Transradial Cath Lab and was hosted by WBA-TV’s Megan Pringle. The one hour show was split into two-segments, and featured interviews with several different doctors, informative videos, and questions from the online audience.  To ensure a smooth production, Focal Point's crew of 6 people used three video cameras on tripods and one free-roaming camera.  By using a video switcher called the Tricaster, the team was able to switch between camera shots, add graphics, play videos, record a high quality master and live stream..  The video was streamed live to MedStar’s Facebook page.  As people asked questions, the producer was able to send the comment to the host's laptop teleprompter.  Simultaneously and isntantly, the comment was turned into a graphic and inserted into the video.  The webcast had a peak live audience of fifty viewers. By the next morning the video had reached 5,381 people; 3,756 minutes viewed; 1,200 unique viewers; and 232 post engagements.

Medical Promotional Videos for Chesapeake Urology


Focal Point Productions recently produced several medical promotional videos for Chesapeake Urology.  The videos feature three care providers discussing a new treatment being offered for women.  The series will be released on Chesapeake Urology's YouTube account, Facebook page, and website.

In this production, the team used a Canon C100, teleprompter, four lights, and a boom microphone.  Each shoot lasted just over two hours, including time for set up, breakdown, and the actual recording.  

Working Together to Create a "Facebook Live" Broadcast for Calvert Education


On June 15, 2018, Focal Point Productions worked with Larmar Video and Everclear Video (both members of the Baltimore Videographers Association) to produce a Facebook Live broadcast for Calvert Education.  People from all over the country and world tuned in to watch the school's first  high school graduation, which took place at the Royal Sonesta in Baltimore, Maryland.

The three camera production was streamed live to Calvert Education's Facebook page.

Baltimore County Police Foundation Sponsorship

Focal Point Productions was proud and honored to have been a sponsor for the Baltimore County Police Foundation Annual Awards Program. The team at FPP produced 8 videos showcasing Baltimore County's finest.


Facebook Live Studio Webcast for MSYSA

Hi everyone, this is Brooks Gray. I am an intern this semester at Focal Point Productions, underneath of Marty Jenoff. On February 11, 2018, Focal Point  hosted the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) for their State Cup tournament draw. This was FPP's third year for producing this live webcast from our Owings Mills Maryland video production studio.  

The live video was streamed to the MSYSA Facebook page, and had a peak of 83 concurrent viewers.  By the next day, the video had more then 9.100 minutes viewed and 180 post engagements, making it a huge success.

I was in charge of the Facebook live comments. It was my first time running the system, but I ended up managing it to the best of my ability. Marty was working the TriCaster TC 1, which is a video switcher, recorder, and live streaming device. The TriCaster can also add titles, graphics, power point slides, and other elements to the program. Another intern, Greg, operated the teleprompter for the host. Ty, a crew member was the floor manager in the studio. Overall, everyone did a great job and we helped the MSYSA to assure everything ran smoothly. 

-Brooks Gray 

Corporate Town Hall Meetings

Focal Point Productions was recently hired by Sheppard Pratt Health System to live stream their quarterly town hall meetings.  The Towson, MD based health system has offices and affiliates throughout the state, - and they wanted those employees to be able to watch the company meetings live and in real time.  Each quarterly meeting will take place in a different location.

Five Days of "Facebook Live" Broadcasting from Orlando

Two weeks ago our crew packed up a uHaul, and drove to Orlando, Florida for the BBYO International Convention 2018.  Focal Point Productions was hired to live stream 5 days of festivities from the Hyatt Regency Orlando for the Washington DC based Jewish teen youth group.  Eight shows from two different locations were broadcasted for a combined 8.5 hours on Facebook Live.

Our equipment consisted of a NewTek TriCaster TC1 (with a control surface), four cameras, a Teradek Bolt, Teradek Cube, NewTek Connect Spark, four laptop computers, and lots more.

At the end of the five day convention, the combined 8 Facebook Live shows had more then 160,000 minutes watched, 6,400 post engagements, 1,600 comments, and a reach of almost 70,000.  And those numbers will continue to grow as more people watch, share, and comment the videos.  The videos were also uploaded to YouTube and have 4,000+ combined views.

Video Production as a Tool to Market Hospital and Medical Services

Healthcare is an essential aspect in the daily lifestyle of the millions of people all over the world. There are circumstances when patients need the assistance and support of expert health personnel. They will need to find a hospital and doctor that can satisfy their specific needs. 

Meanwhile, are you an up-and-coming medical professional? Do you work for a particular hospital in Baltimore, Maryland? Well, for sure you want to gain more patients to attain a high degree of sales and income in the medical field. However, it cannot be denied that it is difficult to convince more customers to choose your medical services.   

Fortunately, there is a perfect solution for that. This can be done through medical video production in Baltimore, Howard County, Carrol County, Anne Arundel County, and the surrounding area. There are several video producers that are toughly competing with each other in the market. With this, you need to be very careful in selecting the best one, thus it can greatly affect the success of your medical institution. 

To mention a few, the following are some of the advantages that you can expect from a professional videographer, such as Focal Point Productions. 

  • Get more potential clients with a professional and creative video. With the help of a videography services provider, you can create a new video that can serve as your powerful tool to market your hospital services. Since the internet and social media plays a major part in people’s daily lifestyle, you can upload your video to different social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Vimeo. 
  • You can share your own story and you can also show how you perform the medical services to your patients. The good thing about this is that your video can serve as an online campaign to boost the success of your business. Additionally, you can also reach a wide audience, possibly and hopefully becoming new patients.    
  • It can be a powerful tool to create a definite impression among your audience. As a matter of fact, it can be your chance to form a good and solid reputation with the public. With just a single click, you can convince a person to choose your medical services. In return, you can widely welcome more patients and better patient satisfaction. 
  • It’s the perfect method to promote your medical services without sacrificing a big amount of your money. With this, you can save more money and time when it comes to advertising your business. It can be the best marketing strategy that you can use to attain your business’ goals and dreams in a fast, reliable, easy as well as professional manner. 
  • Videos can also introduce patients to your entire professional team and how they work together in the workplace. With this, your potential customers can create a definite impression about your medical services. With social media, they can even share your videos with their friends, and help promote your services. 

Engaging with a Baltimore video production team will help keep you on top of the competition in the medical industry.   

Video Production: Leading People into More Personalized Healthcare Experience

Whether you are managing a huge urban healthcare facility or small rural hospital, the use of video productions in Baltimore is increasingly becoming successful in handling managerial, educational, and patient issues. One way of ensuring that all the patients, as well as other people involved in the healthcare facility, will get more satisfied with the services and process is to use videography or video marketing.  They are getting more popular methods, especially in Baltimore. With video technology, your other collaborative strategies will end up with great results. By using high quality videos as part of your videography strategy allows the doctors and staff to connect with their patients, as well as to other medical staff.

Continued education and learning

Today, technology is making everything possible. There needs to be a continuous flow of information between healthcare professionals and the public. Videography is a great tool in reaching targeted patients of a healthcare facility. Now, doctors can share their learning with their patients, peers or even other clinics through videos.
Better awareness. With the latest technology for videography, it will be now faster and easier for you to let the public be aware of the medical treatments and any other services. Videos can be uploaded to YouTube and any other social media platforms. These videos can be uploaded hours or days after the shoot.  You may also include a video about FAQs in medicine and tips on a certain topic. By doing so, you will be able to let the public know that you are capable in handling queries and provide prompt

So in the coming months and years, adding a series of professional videos to your healthcare facility’s media plan is a great way to provide the public with more personalized healthcare services.

Tips when being Interviewed

There are instances when you will get interviewed by the news media or for a video production on certain issues wherein they need your point of view. Interviews are greatly common today since it is one way of accumulating information from significant individuals.

If you are someone who will be interviewed by a videographer in Baltimore or Maryland, it is always best to prepare and practice to make the interview a good one. 

Getting interviewed is a big opportunity since it means great exposure for you and your company. 

Tips when you are being interviewed 

There are times that you will feel tense or nervous just before the interview and it is a common scenario. Everyone experience jitters. However, because of these, people tend to ruin their own interview since they may begin to stutter or even provide answers that are unrelated to the questions given by the interviewer.

If you want your interview to finish in a smooth pace and be unforgettable, here are some tips that you should keep in mind.

Be prepared

The interviewer should not be the sole person prepared for the interview.  You must also be ready. It is always best to be equipped, especially if you are briefed about the questions. Preparing your responses is good.  While you should practice, don’t over practice or rehearse.  Your delivery should sound natural and unscripted. 

Be confident

Confidence is always the key and having it when being interviewed will give you the best outcome. There are several people that are interviewed repeatedly because they are knowledgeable and confident. If you have the confidence, you will surely answer all the questions of the interviewer no matter how complicated it can get, because you know that you can overcome it. Just believe in yourself.

Wear presentable clothes

In every interview, you must be aware of your presentation and that will be defined by the clothes you wear. Always look presentable when being interviewed because it is one of the factors that you have complete control over. Don’t just wear clothes that you like but always wear the one that is appropriate for the interview.  Its typically recommended to avoid pinstripes, tight patterns, and all white shirts.

Always be on time

There are times that you may take an hour or two just to fix yourself without noticing that you are running late for the interview. When being interviewed, it is always best to be on time or arrive early so that you can get accustomed with the environment and will still have the time to relax.

Being interviewed is nerve wrecking especially if its your first time.  Using a local Baltimore video production can help you become more comfortable and relaxed. If you follow these tips, you will definitely overcome the interview and finish it with flying colors.


Tips for Video Marketing Production

Video marketing helps improve and boost the exposure of your business, market share and sales. With the increasing popularity of video hosting sites such as Yahoo, YouTube, Facebook, etc., video marketing and videography services continuously grows by leaps and bounds. 

With the new technology, the convenience and ease of making a sales video becomes more and more user-friendly. Nowadays, even the average person can completely create a professional-looking video with minimal cost, and have it live within a few hours or even minutes. 

More of the market continuously adapts to watching video marketing messages. Reading of sales letters, emails, and other marketing messages results in more ad blindness from your niche or target market. 

Here are very simple tips to create an effective video marketing plan.

  • Know your target market – more like an effective sales letter, a great videography or video marketing message requires you to be knowledgeable of your target market’s current problems, needs, or issues that are needed to be solved. After you’ve identified the problems you desire to address in your video marketing message, proceed to the next step. Establish a way how your service or product can solve that problem. This needs to be the basic theme of your video marketing message.
  • Write you plan of action – Write out a script or storyboard of your video marketing message. You should plan out a start, middle, and an ending of your videography message.
  • Adapt the message to your target marketing with 3 points – Ensure to boil your message down to your target market in 3 point. In this way, you’ll be able to make your video message much easier to understand and be remembered. State you 3 main sales points and briefly elaborate on each one by simply providing antidotes, examples, or illustrations.
  • Don’t make long messages – Avoid making long messages in your video marketing message. Your messages needs to be punchy, brief, and targeted to one specific problem of your customers. Fight the temptation of selling in the videography. Just refer them to your website where you can have more space and room to explain what you’re offering, prove your claims to be true, and inspire them a call to action.
  • Call to action – Even though you shouldn’t use this video marketing message to close a sale, you still need to have an effective call to action at the end of the video. The call to action should direct your viewers to your website, to your business physical address, or to call you.
  • Keyword Optimization – It’s very sad to see people taking the previous steps, making an excellent videography message with very dynamic call to action and powerful sales point, but fail to do one of the most important details: optimization of keyword in the video. They fail to place the right keywords that will call the attention of search engine traffic or they have listed the keywords that are very competitive. You need to master and learn the keyword optimization and its principles. 

By following these very simple yet powerful ideas, you can instantly take your business to next level by simple providing targeted, powerful niche marketing videos.

Marty Jenoff Featured as Guest on Popular "Final Cut Pro Radio" Podcast

Earlier today the latest episode of the popular podcast "Final Cut Pro Radio" was released, and it features a 1 hour interview with Marty Jenoff.  In the show, host Richard Taylor and Marty discuss  why he prefer Final Cut Pro X, the Baltimore video production market, and some tips and workflows.  Listen to the podcast here.

Importance of Including Videos in Your Marketing Plan


The concept of video marketing or videography in Baltimore isn’t a new one in promoting products or services to the customers, but nowadays it’s considered one of the most trending and important advertising methods. Visual presentations are much more attractive to a company compared to plain text presentations. People tend to pay much more attention to a video than plain text or image documentation. Video marketing is now much more in demand as an effective marketing tool. Businesspeople often use it as a reliable tool in order to make a service or product more attractive and compelling. The video marketing or videography services in Baltimore offer a type of advertising where the videos are used in order to create a demand for services or products, and make it much more attractive to prospective markets.

Spreads your brand visually

A video marketing service will enable your brand to easily spread information about the service or product that you offer, and its benefits. The video can be placed on your website or another site that customers may be able to view it based on their interests. The best and most practical way to use a videography service in Baltimore is by posting the video on the most popular video hosting sites like YouTube and Facebook. Popular merchant websites, like Amazon, can promote your new products through the use of your professionally produced videos. By hosting the videos these websites, people who are visiting the website can quickly realize that there’s a new product offered by the company. 

Video marketing and social media

Video marketing in social sites and hosting sites is one dynamic and effective marketing strategy. One social media sites like YouTube, posting your promotional videography of products or services is valuable to attract potential and new customers in Baltimore. Even so, these promotional videos should target the interested customers so that the hit and response rate increases together with the sales of the service or product. In this sense, there’s a need to create brand responsiveness in order to encourage more and more people to pay attention to the latest offering of the company. In similar way, search developers must target buying customers as it is important for these kinds of videos to reach this demographic. Videography is proving to be the best solution in making information completely available to potential customers in Baltimore.

Product Promotion

There are a lot of ways to advertise your service or product and video marketing is one of them. It’s a very influential marketing strategy which has been used by a lot of businesses today. Its importance in marketing various services and products is very helpful is establishing good relations to the market. There are a lot of businesses that make use of it together with the text marketing and other marketing strategies. The internet or web based videography has a potential demand from the companies in Baltimore or around the world that are looking or low cost alternatives in order to ensure that their services or products will reach the people for whom it’s really intended. Because of the present circumstances, video marketing is now considered as the most in demand marketing strategy for online advertising.