Another Nikon D5000 Camera Video Test

This is another camera test of our Nikon D5000 in movie mode, using a 105mm prime lens. These are clips from the Texas UNT Jazz Singers Alumni rehearsal, and all shots were handheld. Sound was recorded by the D5000 as well. Continue reading

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Open Source for Web Design and Development

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Let’s get it out of the way right up front: Open Source is not the be-all, end-all for web design or development. There are projects where it makes a ton of sense to go Open Source. There are also reasons for choosing other routes. Right now, we’re helping to design and develop a rather large project that isn’t Open Source- it’s all Microsoft. And that decision was the correct one for the client and their situation.

That said, we use Open Source tools a lot, and most of our clients benefit from the advantages Open Source brings to their projects.

LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) has become our preferred development environment. Not because the tools are free, but because it gives us the ability to work with a wider variety of clients and a larger community of developers. I make a Continue reading

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Another Good Review of Couch Cases

Our web comedy series is a Featured Pick at eGuiders.com, and their reviewer Varlo Vanore said our show Couch Cases is  “full of relationships gone awry, risque sitcom situations, and great side characters. I give them lots of props for the story lines and production value… This one is worth keeping an eye on.”

Thanks Varlo!

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Life Lessons from Nursery Rhymes

Today’s nursery rhyme is Row Row Row Your Boat. Continue reading

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On Being A Green Web Company

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I was asked last week if we were a green web design and video production company. The answer is yes, and we’ve been quietly yet decidedly green for a long time. The very nature of our industry lends itself to being environmentally aware and friendly, but we’ve always made a point to go the extra mile. After all, we’d like the planet to be around for a while.

A lot of companies talk the green talk, but then you’ll find out all that means is they recycle some of the tons of office paper they burn through each month. That’s not us. Here’s a list of things we do that help us stay lean and green: Continue reading

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More Nikon D5000 Video Tests

Here’s another YouTube video test I made using our Nikon D5000’s video capabilities. All shots were handheld (sorry bout that), no post processing was done to any of them besides slowing a few clips down. The lens was a manual 105mm prime lens. Only available light was used, and fstops ranged from f1.8 to f5.6.

The event was the Jazz Singers Alumni concert rehearsal for Paris Rutherford’s 30 Years of Vocal Jazz, at UNT in Denton Texas. Continue reading

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Article: Becoming A Green Web Design Company

While we’re on the environmentally-friendly business topic, our founder wrote an article recently on running a green web design company:

What started as a fringe movement has finally gone mainstream as people have realized that “going green” is not only good for the planet, but great for business. Hooray!

But how do you get your web design company on the train to green-town? It’s easy, here’s a few ideas we put into place at PatrickOrtman, Inc. in Los Angeles (Read More @ Mint Articles)

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Paris Rutherford 30 Years Of Vocal Jazz: Rehearsal #2

Here’s a few photos from the Saturday afternoon rehearsal at UNT in Denton, TX.

Flash required, or check them out on Flickr.

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Couch Cases Production Stills

Some stills from our web comedy series Couch Cases. It’s been seen over a million times, and it has been chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Toronto Star and featured in USA Today.

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Couch Cases is online at www.couchcases.com

Another New Website Design

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We’ve embarked on a pretty cool little web design project for our good friend and sometimes partner Kathi Funston. She’s getting a much-deserved website redesign, and it includes all sorts of cool stuff.

First of all, the CMS for the site is ModX (of course, because ModX rocks!). Kathi’s got tech skills, but her time is best spent doing what she does best: creating cool content. ModX lets Kathi log in, make her updates, and go back to creating.

We’re also adding some really fun functionality based on a few plugins for JQuery, like SuperSized and ThickBox.

I (Patrick) conceived the design as a punk rock look, based on one of the client’s publicity photos. Punk, yes, but cluttered, no. The design has an appealing simplicity, and creates a nice framework to hang Kathi’s content on. And boy, does she have a lot of content to put up.

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