DLP or LCD Projectors?

By now you have heard how sharp High Definition TV (HDTV) is compared to the old Standard Definition TV (SDTV). It is a matter of lines in your resolution (see Blog Post High Definition vs. Standard Definition). Next is the difference between DLP  and LCD projectors.  DLP or Digital Light Processing is super high definition output for projectors that can be digitally adjusted or enhanced.   It’s worth the upgrade to show your HD video, especially when you want to use a spiffy enlarged projection surface or have a difficult projection location.

Most projectors today use liquid crystal display (LCD) technology for flat panel display or electronic visual display using the light modulating properties of liquid crystals, which don’t emit light directly.  DLP is a display device based on micro-electro-mechanical technology using a digital micromirror device.  Originally developed by Texas Instruments, is is now use for static and interactive displays without the concern of image persistence or “image burning” on the display.  Consequently, you now find 85% of digital movie theaters using DLP projectors.

Screen shot 2015-02-19 at 4.28.09 PMCreative Video’s DLP Projectors come from Christie, the world’s leading digital projection company.  We use our Christies to provide cinematic sharp images on a variety of surfaces providing much deeper color saturation for true color.   The ability to warp around wall feature, edge blend projector images together and digitally map on surfaces has really impressed us.  It’s ability to project on creased screens and crumbling walls.  The new projectors are 100% programmable, compared to LCDs adjustable corners. Warp!

Examples of its particular use:

You are in a Ballroom with pillars.  With the DLP, the projector can be manipulated to work around the pillars for a full picture.

You are in an old building with an odd shaped wall where you want to project your image.  The Christie M-Class DLP can warp the image onto the outcroppings or eliminate the picture on something sticking out.


    • Native HD resolution (1920 x 1080)IMG_0613
    • 13,500 center lumens 
    • Variable contrast ratio of 2500:1 (full on/ off) /
    • 650:1 ANSI for crisp, detailed images
    • At maximum brightness the projector draws 1500W at 110V
    • Smallest chassis in its class
    • Dual mercury lamps (450W)
    • Comprehensive Color Adjustment (CCA™)
    • Embedded Christie Twist™ image warping and edge-blending
    • Dust-sealed engine, filter-free design
    • Motorized yellow notch filter
    • Intelligent Lens System (ILS™) for zoom, focus, horizontal and vertical offset
    • Multiwindowing and screen processing (up to a 3×3 array)



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New TV Video Production Studio in NoVa

Creative Video unveiled its new television video stage at the new Herndon facility.  CVW now offers a large insert stage to accommodate productions that require a controlled environment.  Excellent for interviews and demonstrations; props and background can make the stage your world.  Our top notch production team can take your production to the Internet, convention, television or training.  Stage Green Screen

Our in-house stage features a 13’-foot high, 25’ foot by 19’ foot shooting area with a lighting grid and black velour drape line at 12’ high. The ceiling and back wall have Sonex sound proofing.

The stage has a floor to ceiling black velour infinity drape around 3 walls and a Chromakey green across the 19’ wide main wall and 12’down both sides and on the floor. The lighting grid has a combination of 1000 & 2000-watt instruments, including soft lights for the Chromakey area, pepper lights, and Lowel lights with Chemera sort light covers. It also features a six-channel dimmer for complete control. Props include fixed and swivel seating, tables, a podium, and plants.

The stage has a dedicated air conditioning system that is fully sound proofed. There is a sound proofed narration both next door along with a conference room and our two edit suites.   Studio 11

Our stage is also used for audio recordings, which require multiple people and micro-phones. We rent the stage out to independent producers, as well as put it to use in our own productions.

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Telly Award for “Creative Use of Graphics”

cvwtelly_newlogosmallCreative Video is proud to announce that Kristen Westphal has won a Telly for “Creative Use of Graphics” for a video produced for the American Institute of Architects.  The video was used in AIA’s annual awards ceremony for outstanding chapters to show an innovative app for cellphones that was developed by the Florida chapter.Screen shot 2014-07-14 at 10.35.17 AM

The American Institute of Architects each gives out a few select awards annually honoring its chapters for outstanding programs. CVW produces videos showcasing the programs, showing what they do and highlighting why they have been selected for this prestigious honor. Screen shot 2014-07-14 at 10.36.05 AM

The 2014 AIA Component Member Communications: Outstanding Overall Program Award for AIA Florida’s mobile application stood out as very different. Editor Kristen Westphal said, “When I saw the script for the video that our writer, Wendy Wilson, wrote for the video, I was completely confused. There was no voiceover narration. The story was all told through mobile text messages.”Screen shot 2014-07-14 at 10.35.54 AM

The video relied almost completely on the use of graphics, on the creation of the mobile phone world and the use of text messages “popping up” rather than voiceover narration to tell the story. View the video on YouTube

Writer Wendy Wilson had only praise for Kristen. “She carries the ball on these projects, makes the magic happen without any drama, and handles changeable clients with grace and ease.”  Pat Harris, AIA Director of Component Programs and Events was enthusiastic in her praise.

“Kristen and Wendy, thanks so much for your patience in delivering a fantastic final product.  I know it was challenging ,  but you still made it happen.  We are a GREAT TEAM!!
Kirby, you have a wonderful staff and I really appreciate these ladies.  I have many Grassroots projects in the works at one time and they made my job so much easier It’s a pleasure working with all of you.
Thanks Kirby, Wendy and Kristen!!! “AIA Telly


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CVW wins 3 Telly Awards for Live Event Production and Editing

tellysmonitorThe Telly Awards has named Creative Video of Washington as winner of three awards in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for video production and editing. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor. Creative Video won awards for “Live Event Production,” “Editing” and for “Editing: Use of Graphics.”

The “Live Event Production”award was for for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration show, “In Performance at the Kennedy Center.” The Latino Inaugural Concert was hosted by actress Eva Longoria featuring performances by Antonio Banderas, Rosario Dawson, Raul Esparza, Jose Feliciano, George Lopez, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Wilmer Valderrama, Ballet Hispanico, the Pan American Orchestra, and many other entertainers.   Creative Video provided and directed all the camera work seen on the feeds for the worldwide audience. Hispanic Awards

Creative Video President Kirby Whyte congratulated the entire Latino Inaugural crew for the Live Event award. “Director Matt Eidemiller and the rest of the crew assembled a fantastic team for major live events.  They did an outstanding job with minimal preparation and a lot of  “on the fly” decisions. It was a well executed performance by all involved.”

Creative Video Editor Kristen Westphal won two Tellys for her creative editing. The first editing award was for the American Truck Dealer Commercial Truck of the Year Nominee Video. It showcases the top truck entries in the heavy and medium duty categories. The winners are announced during the annual ATD Convention & Expo. The video not only highlights each of the trucks’ various features but also includes insights from the panel of judges as well as fleet managers and truck technicians.Screen shot 2014-07-14 at 10.32.26 AM

“I’ve always really enjoyed working with ATD producing this video,” editor Kristen Westphal said. “It allows me to be very creative, both with the editing and the graphics, which is a lot of fun. I look forward to it each year.” The video won the Telly award for the editing. Screen shot 2014-07-14 at 10.35.54 AM

Westphal’s second Editing Telly was for her creative use of graphic images of text messaging to demonstrate a mobile app for an American Institute of Architects conference. The video relied almost completely on the use of graphics, on the creation of the mobile phone world and the use of text messages rather then voiceover narration to tell the story. The video was awarded the Telly Award for its “Use of Graphics.”

telly_logoThe Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, our highest honor. Approximately 25% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly. “The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “Creative Video’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great video production.”tellys3

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New CVW Herndon HQ – We Moved!

CVW Entrance Creative Video of Washington has moved to bigger and better space, effective March 1, 2014. The new headquarters is just off the Dulles Toll Road, allowing CVW’s staff better access to the entire Washington, DC metropolitan area. As business has evolved, more space was necessary to handle the increased video projection and presentation services. Creative Video’s edit suites and onsite studio are larger and more efficient for current client needs to meet the changing video demands of social media, website, training and post-production video.

“We are excited to have new, expanded space to meet our current and future needs and to anticipate new video production requirements, said CVW President Kirby Whyte.  “Since 1981, Creative Video of Washington has met the challenges of an evolving industry and we will continue to meet our clients’ current and future needs.”

New address: 470 Spring Park Place, Suite 900, Herndon, VA 20170 Telephone hasn’t changed: 703-891-2620

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CVW Blog Reboot: Location or Studio?

While we are building our new studio at our new location (to be revealed soon), it seemed a good time to reboot one of our earlier posts of the value of using a studio vs. doing a location shoot. We are going to be bringing back some of our earlier Blogcasts and posts for our more recent audience, but note that you can search for topics.

Screen Shot 2013-07-11 at 3.03.19 PMOne of our first Blogcasts discussed the pros and cons of shooting on location or on-site versus in a studio. Creative Video has had a great studio, and our new studio will be even better, but honestly,  most taping is done at our clients’ locations. Check out what you need to know and how to decide what works best for you.

Check out our Blogcast #2: When Location Matters and our earlier blog posts, On-Site Video Production and In-Studio Video Production.

Get in touch to discuss your needs to achieve your communication objectives by calling 703-891-2620 or emailing sales@creativevideo.com.


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New Herndon Production Studio in the Works

Creative Video of Washington doesn’t move often,  from Arlington to McLean, VA locations over 32 years. So we are pumped about our upcoming new location in Herndon with its brand new Production Studio that is 25 percent larger than our current studio, with new editing suites, conference, offices and warehouse space with lots of parking. We officially dismantled the old 21 x 17 foot studio with 9 1/2 foot ceilings and can’t wait for the new space to be finished up.

Old Studio

Big and Bad!  Our new studio will have 13 foot ceilings with a floor space of 25 x 19 with room for sets, lights and cameras. We had to get taller ladders!  Our green screen will allow you to be anywhere in the world!

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Wait until you see the rest of the space – coming soon!

New office long view

We will be just a few miles down the Dulles Toll Road and a stones throw from Reston Town Center.

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Broadcast Pix Granite Integrated Production System Anchors CVW HD Mobile Productions

It’s nice to be recognized as a technology leader.

Billerica, Massachusetts – December 17, 2013 – From the Kennedy Center to the National Mall, Creative Video of Washington, Inc., a full-service video production company based in McLean, Va., produces a variety of live events across the Washington, DC region. Although the company maintains a very healthy SD production business – a lot of association meetings are driven by PowerPoint presentations that still use the 4:3 aspect ratio – the company made the move to native HD production with its latest mobile package, which is anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 1000 integrated production system.

creative_video_granite_1000.jpgAccording to Kirby Whyte, CVW president, the Granite system has been in “almost constant use” since its launch in October 2012. “Frankly, it has become the heart of our HD switcher package,” he added. In addition to meetings, Creative Video regularly provides live video production for trade shows, awards ceremonies, and indoor and outdoor concerts. The company also offers pre-production and post-production services.

Creative Video had been using a Broadcast Pix Slate™ integrated production system since 2006.“The Slate became a real SD workhorse for us,” said Whyte. “When we decided to upgrade the production switcher to Granite, we built a complete mobile production package and then realized how powerful the Granite was. It was the best decision we ever made.” 

The Granite is housed in a six-foot rack, along with two 17-inch monitors, intercom equipment, and CCUs for the package’s Sony HXC-100 cameras. “The advantage to the Granite Server is that you can build it into your engineering rack and do all the wiring permanently,” said Matthew Eidemiller, CVW vice president of production. The patch panel on the back of the Granite makes it easy to connect cameras and other inputs during setup.

On location, an engineer is stationed in front of the equipment rack to handle camera shading. The Granite’s control panel is positioned nearby on a work table, along with two 42-inch monitors and a laptop loaded with Granite’s optional Chyron Lyric PRO 8 graphic creation software. The company opted to install the software on a separate computer so the remote package would not need to be accessed to create graphics during pre-production.

For most live event projects, Creative Video relies on a TD, engineer, and perhaps a content manager (formerly known as a tape operator) who handles clips and CG. The Granite provides the flexibility to adjust to each client’s specific crew requirements. “In our business, it’s all budget driven,” Eidemiller explained. “No two jobs are the same. Having a system that you can customize for each individual job makes our lives a lot easier.” 

Creative Video relies several of Granite’s built-in workflow tools, including Fluent-View, the customizable multi-view. Eidemiller changes the screen layout based on the type of live program being produced, and will often customize each 42-inch monitor separately to suit the unique viewing needs of the TD and content manager. “Those that have used it on their shows are blown away with how we can set up the screens for both the director and the TD,” Whyte added.

“I’ve always been a big Broadcast Pix proponent,” Eidemiller said. “We beat the system up more than most people. Things get bounced around from moving the system in and out of the truck. I love their customer support. They’re great at talking us through a solution or getting us what we need.” 

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios.

Broadcast Pix and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.


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New Year, New Offices Coming!

SpringPark Place, Herndon, VA

Spring Park Place, Herndon, VA

Behind the scenes and over the holidays, Creative Video has been planning our big move and working to build out our new offices.  We have been blowing out of our current quarters in Tyson’s Corner for a while and now have new space in the SpringPark Place office park in Herndon, Va. Located just off the Dulles toll road and the Fairfax County Parkway (286), we are just down the road from our current office.  Planning for the future, CVW is building state-of-the-art edit suites, a large studio, offices, and enough warehouse space for all our gear with an official loading dock. Pending final construction and permits, Creative Video will complete its move in February.

“Our new Herndon space will allow us to service our clients more efficiently and make life easier for our staff,” said CVW President Kirby Whyte.  “With more than 5,000 square feet, a studio, edit suites and storage space, Creative Video will be well positioned to meet the growing needs of our customers.”

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2013 Hispanic Heritage Awards

2013 Hispanic Heritage Awards presented by Target at the Kennedy Center Opera House September 5.

2013 Hispanic Heritage Awards presented by Target at the Kennedy Center Opera House September 5.

Creative Video loves doing the annual Hispanic Heritage Awards (watch them Sunday, Sept 15 6 pm MundoFOX) at the Kennedy Center. It’s a showcase of great talent with terrific staging, of which CVW had a great role.

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Eva Longoria accepts Hispanic Heritage Award for Community Service at the Kennedy Center.

Hosted by Judy Reyes and Rolando Nichols,  the Kennedy Center show was sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and presented by Target. Actress Eva Longoria, Los Tigres Del Norte, Lucero, Diego Luna, Jose Andres, Juan Pablo Montoya and others received one of many awards.

Featured performers included PeeWee, Lucero, Arthur Hanlon, Larlos Rose, Debi Nova and the mariachi Ambassadors Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez.

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Working with MundoFOX, CVW produced the video for the upcoming broadcast from cameras and engineering while simultaneously managing the onstage video projection for the stage screens and monitors.



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