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.

Flash is required to view. Or, check these out on Flickr

Couch Cases is online at

Another New Website Design


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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Nikon D5000 Movie/Video Tests, Takes One & Two

Here’s the first two tests, right out of the box, of our new Nikon D5000 in movie mode. You’ll notice that in the first clip there’s a lot of noise (look at the red kettle to the right, although the H264 compression on the YouTube video masks a lot of the noise). The ISO was set to 1600 and it’s a relatively dark room with no additional lights. Continue reading

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Don’t Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste

The Wall Street Journal has a really good article on opportunities in a downturn. Good reading!

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Video Production ShowReel Posted

We’re happy to show off our brand-new ShowReel for Summer, 2009. This reel includes bits and pieces of our video production work, including TV commercials, web video, original entertainment, industrials, and viral videos.

The awesome indie band from NYC Hot Seconds is the music.

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Preview: Summer 2009 ShowReel

We just finished our summer 2009 ShowReel, and it’s up on our Film page. Check it out!

It’s going to be up in HD on YouTube shortly, so we’ll be embedding that here soon.

The video features the Hot Seconds song “Excuse Me”, and we love the tight indie “f-you” vibe of the song. Learn more about Hot Seconds here.

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Why ModX Rocks For Websites


A client recently asked me what the big deal was about ModX, compared to other content management systems (CMSs) like Joomla, or custom solutions. Good question.

First of all, custom CMS solutions suck. They’re terrible. They suck because by definition they lock you into a custom solution, and quite probably lock you into working with the company who built it. Forever. Or, until you get so sick and tired of their crap that you have to find someone else to take the project and redo it from the ground up. And that costs money. If a web design company wants to build you a custom CMS, run!

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PatrickOrtman, Inc. is one of the top-rated video production companies in Los Angeles and New York City. We make high-end corporate videos, and commercials for TV and digital for clients that include 11 Fortune 500s.